Hi, I’m Riko. I’m a national certified tour guide. I have been living in Tokyo more than 30 years, so I could say that I know Tokyo like the palm of my hand.
I love showing visitors the best this city has to offer. With me you will discover so many attractions of Tokyo. I provide private tours so that you will learn more about Tokyo and the Japanese way of life.
I can tailor the tour according to your interests to make your stay in Tokyo an unforgettable experience, perfect if you have only a short time but want to see the very best of the city or if you have more time and want to see more.
In order to make your stay more enjoyable and memorable, I am here. Please feel free to contact me, and let’s enjoy Tokyo together!!
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 5 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 6 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 25 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.
Riko was an absolute pleasure to work with leading up to and during our trip. We were a large group of teens and adults which added extra challenges to our travel. Riko planned ahead and secured lunch reservations so that we wouldn't have to waste time waiting for a table for our large group. My husband has a severe shellfish allergy and she made sure that this was understood by the restaurants. The weather was extremely hot and humid during our visit and Riko made sure that we stayed healthy and set a reasonable pace. She customized our itinerary to our interested and was able to work in some very special experiences. I had mentioned to her in email that we were particularly keen on learning about sumo. Since it wasn't tournament season Riko found a training stable that allowed... read more
Dear Debra, Thank you so much for sending such a great review to me! I'm happy to hear you are satisfied with the tours. I think what I did is just normal things for me to make the tours efficient and enjoyable as a guide. As you may know, most of restaurants in Japan are small that cannot accommodate many people at once. So I thought " I should make reservations for lunch place for the group in advance, otherwise....". And also sumo, although to arrange a sumo-practice-watch is getting harder and harder, that is one of my favorite activities. I wanted to share its attraction with you since you were keen to watch sumo. Luckily I got a permission to visit the sumo stable. I think that a trip is special time for everybody. People have worked hard until that time and have looked forward it... read more
During our Tokyo vacation we were with Riko for 3 days. We arranged 3 different concept tours with her and all were very good. Riko has good verbal and written communication. Our group was 9 person ages from 6 to 76 and Riko managed very well all our needs. She did her best to make our Tokyo trip to be unforgettable. Thank you Riko and hope to see you in the future. I recommend Riko to every one who wishes to have a smooth and lovely Tokyo trip.
Dear Bora, Thank you very much for having me as your guide for three days. In addition to that, thank you so much for sending the wonderful comment to me! It has been very hot, so sometimes it was hard to get around in the city especially for a family with children and elderly people. I was impressed with your strong family tie. Pace of each of you varies, but everybody considers others and stays together. It would be great for me to see and tour you all again. I hope to see you again in the future (maybe in a mild season?!). Say hi to everyone! Thank you again,Bora!! Riko
Our family of three only had about 3 full days in Tokyo so we decided to hire Riko to make the most of our short time there. I didn’t want to waste any time worrying about ground transportation or figuring out restaurants. Riko was a savior for us! Not only did she speak perfect English, but she knew the background and history of everything we saw. Prior to our arrival, she and I went back and forth on possibilities - so she had a very detailed (but flexible) plan in place. She taught us how to use the subways/rails, she took us to two great restaurants, and she helped navigate a JR rail pass snafu (my fault but she went out of her way to fix). We are eternally grateful for all her help!!!
Dear Karen, Thank you so much for sending such a wonderful comment for me! I'm just happy if I could help you to make your stay more enjoyable and efficient in Tokyo. You and your family are so nice that I myself enjoyed touring you all very much, especially your daughter's chats. I still remember her cute smile. I hope that the problem of JR pass is solved properly and I have another chance to see you all again someday. I would like to show you other aspects of Japan, maybe the beautiful countryside for next time. Say hi to your gourmet husband and lovely daughter! Thank you again, Karen! Riko
We needed someone to help familiarize us with the confusing and overwhelming rail system in Tokyo. On our first full day in Japan we decided to acquire a tour guide to help us navigate the huge and busy city. Riko promptly met us in our hotel lobby and reviewed our agenda for the day. She was very open to our requests and gave great suggestions or alternatives. She always ensured we were accounted for and adjusted her pace to our pace. She is very knowledgeable about the architecture, history and traditional/modern customs. Through Riko we have gained a greater sense of respect for the culture and place. All accolades aside, on this tour be prepared for A LOT of walking. Break in your new shoes and make sure it's comfortable. If you are travelling during Japan's summer months please bewar... read more
Dear Chelsea, Thank you so much for sending your review to the website! Yes, Japan’s summer is hot and humid. It’s quite hard to walk outdoors for a long time even for the locals in this season. Our tour day was a typical summer day, so you must have been so tired after the tour. I appreciate your patience and also your great suggestion for those planning Japan trip in summer. As you suggested, I personally wouldn’t recommend walking tours in summer here for those who are not used to walking on a daily basis. Your actual voice will help them to consider more suitable travel plan. But as you mentioned there is a certainly benefit of walking tours. I hope you experienced something that cannot do on a bus tour. Although the tour day may not have been a perfect day for a walking tour, it... read more
Riko gave us a 5star gold plated experience.Helpful,flexible,patient and charming,Riko made our first day in Tokyo and Japan,one which we will always remember! Highly recommended .
Dear Mark, Thank you so much for posting your review for me! I'm pleased to hear you enjoyed the tour with. This time may have been too short to see everything about Tokyo. I hope to see the both of you again and show you around someday. Enjoy the rest of your trip! Thank you again,Riko