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Licensed Guide
  (74) Reviews
Send message only 11 days available in January
$ 40 Hourly rate Price up to 5 people
*The guide is not responsible for accidents and/or damage caused during the tour. It is recommended clients to take out a travel insurance themselves.
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Last updated: 5 days ago
Cities where I can guide: Tokyo , Mount Fuji , Hakone , Yokohama , Kanagawa , Nikko , Chiba , Narita

Languages English ( License ), Japanese ( Fluent )

(74) Reviews
Hourly rate 40 USD Price up to 5 people
( Max : 25 People )
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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!!

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4.9 (74) 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 5 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $38.64 $40.48 $5.52
6 Hours $231.84 $242.88 $33.12
8 Hours $309.12 $323.84 $44.16

* Duration: 6 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 25 maximum

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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 ( 74 )
Dominique Dominique United States ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ Great introduction to Tokyo ”

One of the best travel decisions we made was hiring Riko to introduce us to Tokyo. She met us in our hotel lobby the morning after we arrived, and within moments, she was effortlessly whisking us into and through some of the densest parts of the city. A great deal of time can be lost just trying to figure out which metro line to take, where to transfer, which sites are worth your time and energy, and how to navigate your way through the city, but a guide like Riko helped us make the most efficient use of our time in balancing city and nature. We started off at the glorious outdoor Tsujiki fish market, where we visited a variety of stalls featuring an unbelievably gorgeous assortment of seafood, vegetables, street food and pickled items that are unique to Japan. A visit to the nature-f... read more


Dear Dominique, Thank you so much for taking your time to write such a lovely review for me! I’m glad that you remember well about details of our tour and appreciate even small things during the tour. I also enjoyed touring you and your family very much. Your children are very polite and smart, your wife is fun to talk with ( I could chat with her all day long), and you are so kind and thoughtful person. Although it was only one day, it was nice meeting you all. If you have a chance to come back to Japan, I would love to show you other aspects of Tokyo and Japan. There are more and more attractions here that I want to share with you. I hope to have such an opportunity in the near future. Say hi to your wife and children from me!! Thank you again, Dominique! Riko

Eng Eng Australia ( Friends )
3 months ago

“ Riko's Best Spots of Tokyo (8h) ”

My friend, I and our spouses was shown around Tokyo for 8 hours on Sun 9 Sep 2018. Ms Riko arrived promptly at the hotel we stayed to meet us. I will not write on every details of our 8 hours walking tour except to comment that the places of interest that Ms Riko had chosen in her planned itinerary were much to our likings. Overall we are very pleased with Ms Riko being our guide to Tokyo for the day. She was very attentive to all our needs and is very knowledgeable. Ms Riko is an EXCELLENT guide and has all our appreciation and praises. We have no hesitation at all in recommending Ms Riko to anyone who need a guide to Tokyo.


Dear Eng sun, thank you so much for sending your review of the tour! It's good to hear that you are satisfied with my service. I remember that we walked a lot on the hot day. Only thing I regret is that I couldn't show you the inner market of Tsukiji Fish Market because it was closed on that day. It was nice meeting you, your wife and friends this time. If you have a chance to come to Japan again, please let me know. I would love to show you some more attractions such as Toyosu new fish market, sumo....etc. I hope to see you all again sometime in the future. Thank you again, Eng sun! Riko

Debra Debra United States ( Family )
4 months ago

“ Wonderful introduction to Kyoto ”

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

bora Bora Cyprus ( Family )
5 months ago

“ Very nice 3 days ”

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

Karen Karen United States ( Family )
6 months ago

“ Riko is the best! ”

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