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Hiroki

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$ 29 Hourly rate Price up to 3 people
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Cities where I can guide: Tokyo , Kamakura , Chiba , Narita

Languages English ( License )

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(36) Reviews
Hourly rate 29 USD Price up to 3 people
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About

Hello everyone!!
I’m Hiroki,national licensed guide interpreter focusing on offering tours on the subject of hidden Japan charms,such as indigenous cultures, life styles, and highly skilled craftsmanship!!
Let me now intoroduce myself little bit, I’ve been living in Chiba city near Tokyo for more than 40 years since when I was a student of a university located in Tokyo.
I studied commercial science at the university.(Bachelor of business and commerce)
Incidentally, my graduate thesis topic was ”Rise of handicraft manufacturing in the late Edo period”.
After graduation, I joined a petrochemical company in 1980. As is customary with Japanese style lifetime emplpoyment, I worked for the company until the retirement in 2014!!(same company for 34 years!!)
And,after passing the state examination in the year 2015, I’ve started a new career of a guide interpreter as my second life.
Since then,I maily had an actual experience of an interpreter in a variety of traditional Japanese culture workshops for foreign tourists.(Specifically,Chanoyu-TeaCeremony,Ikebana-flower Arranging,Shodo-Calligraphy,Tougei-Pottery,Washoku-Japanese Cuisine,Iai-The art of Drawing the Sword,and so on.)
Fortunately,as every instructor in the workshops was an authority on the subject, I was able to develop a capability of giving proper explanation on Japanese culture through the great experience of acting as an interpreter with the masters.
Additionally,for all my long experience in petrochemical industory,the reason for choosing a brand-new career is to make my dream of transmmiting traditinal Japanese culture to the people all over the world come true.(I’ve always wanted to do this kind of thing after being inspired by my ancestral origin of being Samurai retainer served a Daimyo feudal lord for generations!!)
And so, that’s why I’m so happy to have a great opportunity to make your trip in Japan much more enjoyable!!
I’m really looking forward to seeing you in my tours!!

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Price

The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

Duration
1 Person
Up to 3 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $20.24 $29.44 $4.60
4 Hours $80.96 $117.76 $18.40
8 Hours $161.92 $235.52 $36.80

* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 9 hours maximum per day.
* People: 5 maximum

Private Tours

Private Tour of selected destinations in Tokyo to learn abou...

(36) Reviews
by Hiroki
It’s the private full-day walking tour with a knowledgeable guide, which is good for learning about Japan’s history and culture!! The destinations are stri...
8h $ 166

YANAKA’s Walking tour with cultural experiences !!

(36) Reviews
by Hiroki
It’s a Temple Town, Yanaka’s Walking Tour with a stroll through the Historic Temple District there!! It’s a tour of the carefully selected highlights of YA...
4h $ 120

YANAKA Private Walking tour & Soba buckwheat noodle making!!

(36) Reviews
by Hiroki
Learn Soba buckwheat noodle making and try your own made Soba noodle. [The venue: Traditional Soba restaurant, ”やなか蕎麦YANAKA Soba” in YANAKA] 40 years ex...
3h $ 78 per person

Sunday tea gathering in Samurai town near Narita!!(Tea cerem...

(36) Reviews
by Hiroki
Besides its locational advantage(60 minutes from Tokyo and 30 minutes to Narita airport by train),SAKURA city exposes all visitors to the Samurai’s culture...
5h $ 120 up to 4 people

Tour of Samurai town good for stopover tourists in Narita A...

(36) Reviews
by Hiroki
SAKURA city is most suitable sightseeing spot for the tourist who are going to stay in Narita or transit at Narita Airport!! Besides its locational advanta...
4h $ 92 up to 4 people

Private Iaido experience to learn Samurai spirit near the Im...

(36) Reviews
by Hiroki
Learn the SAMURAI spirit!! Authentic Iaido experience near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo!! [The venue:”Edo Mugai Ryu Iai Hyouho” dojo("The art of drawing t...
2h $ 138 per person

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date, there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 36 )
Robert Robert United States ( Couple )
Excellent
5 days ago

“ Amazing experience, thanks to an amazing guide ”

One of my favorite experiences of the entire trip. Our guide was extremely helpful and professional and the Iaido experience and master were unforgettable. I can't reccomend them both enough

Hiroki:

Dear Robert, Thank you so much for choosing our Iaido experience and giving us such a wonderful review !! (Our happiest moments are when we hear that our guests had a memorable time.) And also, I and the Iaido master had a memorable time, too!! Because, your questions gave us during the master's explanation about displayed antique Samurai weapons let us know how you are deeply interested in Samurai culture !! Thank you again, and enjoy the rest of your days in Japan !! Best regards, Hiroki

Clifford Clifford United States ( Couple )
Very Good
1 week ago

“ Historical & cultural tour of Tokyo ”

Hiroki is friendly and very knowledgeable about the shogun history of the Imperial Palace. He provided us with a folder with the tour itinerary and historical photos (3 pages) that compared historical & current day locations. Maybe he needs to revise his tour so that the tourists can reach the main gate of the Imperial Palace quicker -- too much walking for most. Hiroki offered to take many photos for us throughout his tour. Boat cruise on the Sumida River was 40 minutes to Asakusa; we walked through Nakamise Street fairly quickly. It would be better to allow tourists 15-20 minutes of free time shopping on Nakamise Street.

Hiroki:

Dear Clifford, Thank you very much for your great and helpful review for me and selecting me as a guide for your Tokyo tour to spend some precious time with your wife !! Thanks to your intellectual curiosity for Japanese culture, history and society etc., I could describe extensive informations for those and we could deepened our cultural exchange. Moreover, your highly suggestive review will improve my tour drastically !! Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your wife !! I'm waiting for both of you to come back to me in the future !! Yours sincerely, Hiroki

Eileen Eileen Singapore ( Family )
Very Good
2 weeks ago

“ 1 day tour & guide to Tokyo Disneyland ”

Hiroki was our guide for 1 day tour to Central Tokyo. We visited Imperial Palace, Ginza, Tsukiji Market Hamarikyu Gardens, waterbus cruise on Sumida River, Asakusa & Rysuseikan Dojo. We enjoyed our tour though it was a rainy day. Hiroki is a helpful guide. He gave us advice on how to travel from Narita airport to my hotel, how to come back from Disneyland & how to travel from hotel to Haneda airport. Thank you very much for your advice & help!

Hiroki:

Dear Eileen, Thank you so much for taking my tour and writing a nice review despite of an unfavorable weather such a rainy day. We took many photos but was your camera alright ? We regret that Tokyo's weather has become so unpredictable lately.... Anyway, I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour !! Particularly,Rysuseikan Dojo, the last destination seemed to be impressive. Actually, the tour of the Samurai Martial Arts training hall is a newly added tour attraction, but I was so happy to be able to watch that you and your family were all impressed to see in front of your own eyes the authentic Samurai training and antique weapons. Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your husband and daughter !! Yours sincerely, Hiroki

Doreen Doreen United States ( Family with kids )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Asakusa was fun ”

We particularly enjoyed our visit to Asakusa and the Sensoji temple where Hiroki explained how the temple came to exist. His tip about the Pasimo subway card was a useful one for we have used it even after the tour. He kindly took us back to our hotel at the end of the day even though he must have been tired as our tour was on the hottest day of the year and was patient when we had to make an unexpected stop. Thank you Hiroki.

Hiroki:

Dear Doreen, Thank you very much for such a wonderful review despite being the harsh weather !! I reflected and found that I should've increased a percentage of the indoor activities significantly. Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your family !! Yours sincerely, Hiroki

Lee-Ann Lee-Ann United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Tokyo Tour with Hiroki ”

Hiroki San was our local guide in Tokyo for 2 Days. He was excellent and cheerful throughout. Our family of 5 visited many places with Hiroki over 2 days. He planned a personalized itinerary for us. The highlights of which were a personal visit to a Samurai Dojo (Ryuseikan) and Tsukiji Markets (excellent choice for a sushi lunch as well). We absolutely recommend Hiroki as an excellent guide for all things Tokyo.

Hiroki:

Dear Lee-Ann, Thank you so much for giving me such a wonderful review !! My happiest moments are when I hear that my guests had a memorable time !! I and the Grand Master of the Samurai martial arts dojo had a memorable time, too !! Actually, the personal visit to the Dojo has just made a debut to make guests of various ages enjoy Samurai culture including warrior spirits easily after consulting it with the Grand Master. We're so moved by your family's(including 10 years boy)sincere attitude particularly during the Samurai swords appreciation lesson. I think it'd be unforgettable experience for them. And also, it's so wonderful memory for me to enjoy conversation with your cute and smart children !! Thank you again, and please give your family my best regards !! Yours sincerel... read more

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