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  (29) Reviews
Send message only 8 days available in September
$ 32 Hourly rate Price up to 4 people
My tours basically start from Tokyo area and end at Tokyo area. Please note if start from outside Tokyo, transportation fee (to and from) for guide will be added. Thank you for your understanding.
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Last updated: 9 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Tokyo , Kamakura , Mount Fuji , Hakone , Nikko , Saitama , Chiba , Narita , Ibaraki

Languages Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )

(29) Reviews
Hourly rate 32 USD Price up to 4 people
( Max : 6 People )
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Kon-ni-chi-wa. Hello! I'm Kaori, having lived in Tokyo for 20 years since I got married with a photographer. I'm originally from Shizuoka prefecture which has Mt.Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan.

I took 2 working-holiday-visa stays in my younger days. One is in Toronto, Canada, and another is Australia touring by motorcycle. One year respectively.

I love travel both international and domestic, especially by motorcycle. That's why I love helping individual travelers rather than normal package tours, cause I ,myself, love travel freely.

I love nature, trekking, greenery, cycling and food.

I am a national government licensed guide. So I've got deep knowledge of Japanese culture and history. I really enjoy talking about Japanese way of life with people from different cultures. But I'm so flexible that I don't bother if you're not so interested in.

We see only what you want to see, and talk only what you want to talk about. That's my style. All what you want is my choice. If you don't know what to want, I can help you with that.

I'm outgoing,(but organized well), very easy to get along with anybody, including small kids to teenagers.

I can't wait to see you soon!

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4.9 (29) Reviews
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The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

1 Person
Up to 4 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $32.20 $32.20 $4.60
4 Hours $128.80 $128.80 $18.40
8 Hours $257.60 $257.60 $36.80

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 6 maximum

Private Tours

Western Tokyo Highlights

(29) Reviews
by Kaori
This is private tour for you and your group, basically using public transportations. My Tokyo Western highlights includes ・Tokyo Metropolitan Governm...
8h $ 258

Private Hakone - one day trip from Tokyo

(29) Reviews
by Kaori
Private day trip to Hakone only for you and your group, starting from Tokyo. Surrounded by great nature with Mt.Fuji view, museums and hot springs, Hakone ...
10h $ 322

Tokyo Highlights for first timers

(29) Reviews
by Kaori
If you have only one day for Tokyo, I recommend this tour, including ・Asakusa (Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa Shrine) ・Sumida Boat Cruise ・Hamarikyu Gardens ...
8h $ 258

Tokyo Half-day as you like

(29) Reviews
by Kaori
This half day tour fits you all, from first timers to repeaters who love local experiences. Families, friends, colleges, solo travelers such as. Why? Becau...
4h $ 129

Tokyo One-day as you like

(29) Reviews
by Kaori
This tour fits all, from first timers to repeaters who love local experiences, because it's "as you like". If you have specific spots in your mind, I'll m...
8h $ 258

Private Mt.Fuji -one day trip from Tokyo

(29) Reviews
by Kaori
Private Mt.Fuji only for you and your group, starting from Tokyo and ends-up in Tokyo. Basic plan uses Express Bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchi-ko (one of th...
11h $ 322

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 ( 29 )
carol Carol United States ( Family )
1 week ago

“ Kaori is the best! ”

Kaori is kind, flexible, detail-oriented and organized! She was the first person we talked to on our 2nd day of Japan and she was instrumental to us. She showed us lots of cool neighborhoods, temples and shrines, and picked out a great lunch spot. She also gave us great additional personal recommendations after she had quickly figured out our tastes in shopping/museums/art. She stayed later past our tour time to help us plan our public transit for our other independent site-seeing plans.


Thank you for the excellent comment on me, Carol san. I cannot expect more than to be reviewed as the best. What a great pleasure to accompany a beautiful pair of mother and daughter in happy relations. We were very lucky to have been able to visit Japanese festivals such as a unique Yosakoi festival around Harajuku and Bon Dance Festival in Hibiya Park on our tour day, when you requested some kind of Omatsuri festivals as your interest. I hope you enjoyed Kyoto and loved Team-lab museum after Kyoto. If you come back here with your husband, l’d love to introduce some beautiful architectures for him. Looking forward to the time together. Thanks again. Hugs and kisses, Kaori

Leigh Leigh United States ( Solo )
1 week ago

“ Excellent Guide for a Custom Tour ”

I needed help with navigation and language during a trip through Tokyo, and had very specific ideas of what I wanted to see and do in a very tight timeline. A few places I wanted to go were not typical tourist destinations, but Kaori-san was happy to take me to game cafes and escape rooms, and we actually managed to escape one! Kaori-san went out of her way to learn more about the things I was interested in, and was able to suggest additional stops that enhanced my trip. She knew the Tokyo area very well. She was prompt and well organized, and I felt safe and well guided in a big, exciting new city.


Thank you for giving me such a warmest comment for me, Leigh-san. It encourages me a lot. Many thanks. It was great pleasure to help you to make your to-do-list come true in Tokyo. At the same time, it was great fun to try game cafes and especially escape rooms with you. How glad we were when we MADE it in time! I greatly appreciate you gave me this unique opportunity. And I feel really honored you kindly mentioned you felt safe during the tour. I always want my guests enjoy Japan without any concerns. I look forward to seeing again and time together. Thanks again. Hugs and kisses, Kaori

Benyamin Benyamin United States ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Great experience ”

Great guide Very helpful


Thank you for giving me an excellent review, Benyamin san. It was my pleasure to help you on your arrival and transportation. Relieved it seems you're back home safely. I'd love to help you whenever you need any kind of assitance in Tokyo and surroundings. Thank you for choosing me as your guide for Tokyo. Many thanks, Kaori

Winsome Winsome Canada ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Amazing Tokyo experience ”

Wow! Thank you so much much Kaori for such an amazing day. We are extremely impressed with your organization and the thought you put in to ensure we had a lovely day from transportation to having umbrellas for all 5 of us. You were able to exceed a 18 year old anime and Tokyo teenage culture fanatic with no luggage and the rest of us. By the way she thinks you deserve a rating of 7 for going above and beyond Thank you so much and we will definitely use your services the next time we are in Tokyo


Thank you so much for giving me the warmest comment on me, Winsome-san. Glad it seems you safely back home after your cruise. What a great honor to be rated beyond 5 by a young Kawaii girl who are into Japanese culture! I believe lost luggage was really tough for a teenage girl, not having clothes to wear, but happy to hear I could help with her finding enough items she loved during our tour. I enjoyed talking with her a lot and was happy to see she was enjoying every experience. I'm waiting to see you again and have more time together to show you and your family around. Hope it comes near future! Please say hello from me to all. Thanks again. Hugs & kisses, Kaori

Francois Francois United States
3 weeks ago

“ Great day in Tokyo ! ”

I strongly recommend Kaori. She was very nice and funny and made our day in Tokyo so much easier. The day before, we were on our own and it felt like work trying to understand the subway system...... The day with Kaori was so smooth and we just had to follow and listen to her interesting comments about the sites she was showing us. We could not have seen that much on our own without her. Plus, for lunch, she took us to a place inside Tsujiki outer market and we loved it so much that we ended up going back 3 times on our own. Tokyo is fun on your own, but you will soon realize that you will need a guide if you want to see many things in so little time. We really do recommend Kaori ! Don't hesitate, you will not regret and will have a wonderful day with her ! She takes care of everything f... read more


Thank you for giving such an excellent comment on me, Francois-san. I was impressed by your requesting Senso-ji Temple, Meiji-jingu Shrine, Imperial Palace and Tsukiji, as you thought it's better to have a guide in these spots even though you can move by yourselves. These spots are exactly same as my recommendations for first timers to Japan to spend time with a guide who can explain the sites and basis of Japanese way of thinking. I'm really grateful you both enjoyed talking with me about a lot of things each other. And surprising! you went back to sushi restaurant in Tsujiji 3 times during your stay! Really happy to hear you loved them so much. I'm sure they love you so much too. And thank you for your kind recommendation for me. Your kindness means a lot to me. Looking forward to seeing... read more