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!!
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 3 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 9 hours maximum per day.
* People: 5 maximum
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
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.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Hiroki was extremely helpful and considerate. We did the iaido lesson,and I really enjoyed it.
Dear Aaron, Thank you very much for taking the "Iai-do experience tour to learn Samurai spirit" and giving me the excellent tour review!! Since the Iaido lesson includes not only how to cut a simulated target of a tatami roll with a real Japanese sword but also the appreciation of the museum piece Japanese sword and the Samurai Armours once possessed by highest ranking Samurai warriors called “Daimyo feudal lord” actually having those historic weapons in your hands, I’m sure you’re able to fully enjoy the lesson !! Thank you again, and please enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan!! Sincerely, Hiroki
Hiroki met us at our hotel and took us to Asakusa train station, we wanted to do a replica wax food workshop that required a guide to be with you, he arranged the booking for us and paid and organised anything, before the workshop he took us around the area and talked to us about the history and we also got to ask some of our burning questions we’d been dying to find the answer to during our trip in japan. He was lovely and insightful and knowledgeable, thank you so much Hiroki!!
Dear Freya, Thank you very much for taking my private tour of Walking around Asakusa with workshop and giving me such a wonderful review !! It’s just an hour walking tour in Asakusa near the workshop venue, but your questions to the point during the tour and the wonderful replica wax food making workshop made the tour meaningful and memorable one !! Needless to say, Asakusa is the one of the best destinations being able to give you enough satisfaction, moreover, your desired workshop was more than experiencing to make replica food !! I think experiencing the traditional replica food making method (Everyday ingredient of wax turned into life-like replica food such as “Tempura” after being dipped into the hot water by putting a little ingenuity !!)greatly helped you have a real experience o... read more
We spent a very busy, but enjoyable day with Hiroki. Before the day of our tour I corresponded with Hiroki and requested he focus on cultural highlights. Hiroki planned a full day and showed us many different areas of Tokyo. We traveled using the Tokyo's extensive subway system and he provided excellent commentary as we toured many different sites. Per our prior discussions Hiroki scheduled a special tea ceremony for us (at additional cost) which was a real highlight! He also did not miss a beat when we made a special request for lunch during the tour. It was a long day (my phone said more than 20,000 steps!), but most enjoyable. I highly recommend Hiroki as your Tokyo tour guide.
Dear Mark, Thank you very much for taking my tour and giving me such a wonderful review !! During the tour I really had a great time with you and your wonderful family, too !! Also, your son’s knowledge and sincere attitude towards Japanese language and culture really impressed me !! Honestly,it’s a bit difficult to squeeze in a tea ceremony satisfying you including your son on a day trip touring Tokyo’s highlights, but I’m so glad you fully enjoyed it !! It’s a simplified half an hour tea ceremony but, the special one performed in the authentic tea-ceremony room using antique tea bowls in the antique ceramic shop with a history of over 100 years seemed to give you full satisfaction. Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your family !! Sincerely, Hiroki read more
Hiroki was amazing, great translating, and very fun and nice guy to spend time with
Dear James, Thank you very much for taking the Iai-do experience tour to learn Samurai spirit and giving me such a wonderful review!! Since this tour includes not only how to cut a simulated target with a real Japanese sword but also the appreciation of the valuable antique Samurai sword and Samurai Armour once possessed by Daimyo feudal lord with actually having them in your hands, I’m sure you’re able to fully enjoy the tour !! Thank you again, and please enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan!! Sincerely, Hiroki
Had an amazing time. First class service and very knowledgeable of the history of Japan. Enjoyed the tour even with the rain.......
Dear James, Thank you very much for taking my private tour of Samurai Town & Narita-san Temple and giving me such a considerate review despite the tour in the bad weather !! While we had to unluckily skipp the last destination of the temple due to the rain getting heavier, it’s so good that we could visit not only the Samurai houses built in the early 19 century but also the private museum opens only a few days a week to appreciate the valuable antique Japanese swords from the early Edo Period owned by the museum. Thank you again, and please enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan !! Sincerely, Hiroki