Since this was our first visit to Japan, it was great having a helpful guide like Koichiro. He was a wonderful choice for first timers like us. He met us at our hotel in Tokyo and was patient enough to wait for us as we get ready for the day ahead. Koichiro adjusted our original plan to accommodate our requests of places to go and things to do in Central Tokyo. He was extremely accommodating, polite, helpful and very reseachful. He took us to an Anime and Game shops in Akibahara that sells the things we are looking for and even went out his way to find a vintage action toy (which is something my partner have been looking forward to buy in Japan, the Voltes V). And then help us find a luggage we are looking for, he even helped us carry it until the end of the tour. He took pictures of us i... read more
Hi Cherry, Thank you for taking your time to write a positive and awesome review! I'm glad that I could help you get limited Voltes V and Lupin the Third figures, and lightest Rimowa suitcases. Also we had planty of chances to experience supreme Japanese food&drinks:) On that day, a very strong typhoon was approaching Japan and we were subject to occasional extremely violent wind and torrential rain, but when I reminisce about the day, everything can be felt magical because of that unusual event(in addition to great sake)! Now the great memories make up many of my thoughts in a day and give me incredible feelings each time when it comes to my mind. Thanks a million and do hope to see you&your partner to enjoy time again👍 Koichiro
Let me preempt this review by saying this is my second time hiring a guide through this website. My first experience with a completely different guide was excellent and paired with this guide's good reviews I was lured into a false sense of security. Little did I know, I was about to have the worst experience with a tour guide I had ever had in my life while getting taken advantage of at every turn. I originally booked this tour guide for 4 days on my week long trip to Japan, but after just two days I cancelled the remaining two days, because I had had enough. Up front, Koichiro comes off as very nice and friendly and eager to please, but I quickly began to realize that he was not what he seemed. Firstly, this guide has a tendency not to tell you anything straight out, he'll beat around th... read more
Dear Evaline, It's truly sad to know that you got hurt by me and my guiding style and that you ended up hating me as a person. Thank you for letting me know what you really disliked during the tour. I do apologize for that and I promise I've never done it with bad intentions to you and that I'll do my best so that it will never happen again in the future. I love guiding and best part of it is to see smiles of my guests and to see they like Japan more! I believe interaction with local people is the best part of traveling abroad and because I aspire to try to guide guests as my real friends with different backgrounds, I might sometimes lack respect and consideration. I apologize that I talked blatantly about my political stance and opinions which is opposite from yours because I felt you wer... read more
We had a great time with Kochiro. He met us at our hotel and we had a quick meal before taking us to teamlabs. He was patient and knowlegable. We really enjoyed his guidance. He also took photos of us and sent them edited in a digital album. Thank you Kochiro!
Hi Christine, Thank you for taking your time to write to me! Even though on that day weather was turbulent because of a typhoon and there was a delay on the bus, I'm glad to finally have been able to take your family to teamlab! At night it was a truly special with illuminations and I was happy that I could take many great pictures of you and your family... I also really enjoyed the time, thank you😁Koichiro
My day with Koichiro was amazing. I came as a solo traveler and did not plan my days I hired a guide for my first day but we went so fast I didnt get to see anything. I lost all hope until I met Koichiro. It honestly did not feel like a "tour" it felt like I was traveling with a friend. We got to do so many things even things that weren't apart of our initial plan. If I could have booked him for the remainder of my trip, I think i would have the best time. Thank you Koichiro for making my first trip alone to Tokyo one that I can remember forever....
Hello Janea, What a beautiful day it was!! We were very fortunate because everywhere(except for Mameshiba Dog Cafe) was empty and the weather held until the last minute😁 I'm glad you could have nice souvenirs, udon, Japanese sweets, snacks, and sake:) I do appreciate your cooperation all the time that made the tour truly beautiful. Please feel free to ask me any questions/help during your stay. I hope you'll keep having an awesome trip👍 Koichiro
This is our family’s first time in Tokyo. Without Koichiro, we will definitely spent more time looking for entrance and exit in the subway. He is very professional and accommodating. We change our itinerary many many times during the course of the day because of our son wants to spend more time in certain areas. We really had a fun filled day with Koichiro. Definitely recommend him for your first time in Tokyo.
Hello Tony, Thank you for taking the time to write a great review on triplelights! Our 1st day was great from the beginning - even though it was very hot, humid, really crowded and inconvenient sometimes, we could enjoy them and could made beautiful memories. I'm also glad to be able to give my Blissey on PokemonGo👍 Let's enjoy our 2nd day to come! Koichiro
Wonderful guide! We had a great time exploring Tokyo with him. He was very accommodating of our interests and tailored to tour according to them. Thank you!!
Hi Arjun, Glad to have been able to spend a day with you with a lot of fun&excitement😁 I do appeciate your respect and kindness during the day. It was special for me that I could hear your opinions about Buddhism and India as a local because I could never have known about them well without knowing how the local people feel about them! Thank you and I wish both of you all the best&prosperity in the future👍 Koichiro
Punctual , professional, polite and personable - a perfect companion for our four hour tour
Dear Kate, Thank you for choosing me as your guide for your coffee, tea, and sake tasting tour! It was great learning about coffee from a professional like you. Also it was a precious moment for me to feel passion about your national team from you during the World Cup season:) Thank you, Koichiro
I hired Koichiro for a tour in Tokyo and after a couple of days for additional tour in Hakone area. He is very professional and friendly guide, which provide me with remarkable tours. He is highly recommended for tours in Tokyo and surrounding areas.
Dear Dror, Thank you for the positive words, it's great to hear from you after you get back home! I'm glad that we could enjoy the time in cities in Tokyo, in Tsukiji in the early morning, and in Hakone with the view of Mount Fuji. Also glad to help you buy tasty sake😋 Do hope to see you again! Koichiro
Kim as we called him was an excellent tour guide, very professional and knowledgeable. He was also very kind and polite and he pleased us and accommodated the schedule according to our request. He introduced us into getting to know his culture and the lifestyle of Japan very well. I recommend him to anyone who chooses to see the city and be able to also indulge in the history behind it, he is good company and a great tour guide overall.
Dear Maribel, It's most rewarding for me to receive positive words after a tour, thank you! Even though interests of 4 of you differed, I'm glad to have been able to see all of you satisfied at some point in Tsukiji, Mori Digital Art Museum, Imperial Palace, Asakusa, and Tokyo Skytree😁 I truly enjoyed interactions with all of you and will be cherishing the memories! Kim
We hired Koichiro-Koji to guide us on our second day in Tokyo. Koji was all we had hoped for and more: kind, polite, patient and knowledgeable. He adjusted the schedule on the spot to accommodate our 18-year-old son’s wishes to see Akhihabara (he helped my son find a video game while my husband and I enjoyed free massage chairs; he also helped us get a discount on the game) and ended our day at the cat cafe, after finding out we love cats, instead of the sights previously planned. He took us to sample delicious fresh sushi and experience our first cold soba and tempura and cold matcha tea. More than “just” showing us the sights, Koji impressed us by being kind, sweet and happy to share the Japanese customs and his heritage with us; he was very friendly with our son and made sure to full... read more
Dear Mina-san, I appeciate your kindness to write a positive review😃 I felt fortunate to have been able to see your smiles many times and to take you to nice restaurants and stores that Filip liked. Knowing that he'd start his college life soon, I reminisced about the most exciting time in my life when I made up my mind to go to an American college. I wish all of you the best of luck&I do appeciate your help when I'm in Canada👍 Koji
Spent a couple of days in Tokyo on our way back to the States from the Philippines and had Koji for one day exploring Tokyo's main highlights. Without him, we wouldn't have been able to explore as much as we did. Koji was so accommodating and flexible right from the booking process. He customized the itinerary so that something even my 2.5 could enjoy but was flexible and accommodated all our requests at the spur of the moment. We spent the day trekking the must see's in Tokyo, getting some good bites and even a couple of good beverages. Using public transportation gave us a local experience and the tour felt personal. Overall a great day spent with a great guy. Thanks Koji :)
Dear Joy, Glad to hear you liked the time with me😃 Also great to hear you enjoyed the train rides as a local experience! The way people behave in a train gives us an good idea of how people like harmony in public places. I'm glad that I could take many great pictures of your family at the places! It was very hot&humid on the day, but I hope you remember the day with senses of excitement and wonder along with them! I wish all of you success&prosperity in the future👍 Koji
Koji is wonderful! and funny. We had him for two days and it was all worth it. We wouldn’t have seen all of Tokyo by just relying on our own. Using Tokyo’s train system is the most efficient way to tour the city and one will need to read, write and speak Japanese. Using a private tour guide personalizes the whole experience.
Ed, I'm really glad to know you liked the 2days with me!! The ryokan you were staying was located in a residential area which helped us to get a glimpse of real lives of people in Tokyo. I enjoyed assisting your interactions with Japanese people because I could feel like I was talking to my friends in the past. Thank you for the authentic moments, I wish all of you success and happiness in the future😃👍 Koji
Koichiro was an extraordinary guide. He listened very well to our food choices and recommended great sushi and tempura restaurants we would never have found on our own. From the Tsukiji Fish Market Uni stand to the best sake we have ever enjoyed, the day was a palate expanding journey through Japan. 5 stars to Koichiro. We would love to experience Tokyo again with him!
Hello Teresa, It was such an honor for me to have been able to get to know you&your family!! I'm glad that we were able to eat at great restarants all the time. Because you're an ESL teacher, your advice and encouragement reminded me of the memorable time when I was attending ESL classes at an American college. Thank you for the special moments, I wish all of you the best of luck in your future endeavors👍 Koichiro
Koichiro was great, very highly recommended, his English is excellent as he has lived in America for some time, was very flexible with our scheduling for the day, very open in explaining elements of Japanese culture, extremely helpful in navigating subway and trains (I’m sure we would have been lost without him, in fact we did get lost on our own the next day!). He took us from a traditional festival at Imperial Palace to the modern craziness at Akihabara and knew where to go, explaining everything clearly along the way, and making sure to drop us back off at our hotel. He is now quite booked up for the rest of our stay, book him ahead of time, early in your visit if possible. Happy Traveling
Hi Joe, Thank you for taking your time to write a good review of me😃 Because you mentioned you'd like to try unique Japanese food, I looked up all the interesting restaurants in the Tokyo station area and now I've become very versed with them thanks to you(I'm really glad to hear you liked it)! The time at the maid cafe in Akihabara with you helped me better understand how to enjoy the time there. Thank you, I wish you and Howie all the best for your future👍 Koichiro
Before traveling, we exchanged a few messages with Koichiro so that he could get a feel for what we wanted do and discovery with him during our day together in Tokyo. He understood exactly what we were interested in doing and seeing (and what we were not interested in doing and seeing). We spent a great day walking through some of the more preserved parts or Tokyo, tasting, smelling hearing, taking it all in with the great comments given by Kochiro. In conclusion, this was an excellent way to jump start our trip in Japan and we warmly recommend Koichiro and Triplelights who all did a professional job materializing this experience.
Hello Thierry, I'm glad to hear from you with positive comments of me. I enjoyed hearing your stories as a great person. I'm proud that I could take many great pictures of you, including the sunset picture at Yanaka Ginza:) I hope we'll keep cherishing the memories! Koichiro
Koichiro was an incredible tour guide! We discovered so many treasures of Tokyo all in a day, and even went past our allotted time. He was so gracious and helpful. We had an amazing day with Koichiro. I highly recommend him as your your guide!!!
Dear Crys, I'm glad to have been able to share truly great moments with you. We ate one of the best tuna and sake in Tsukiji, drank strong matcha at a teahouse in Hamarikyu Gardens, had a great view on Sumida River from rooftop boat, got great fortune and prediction at Sensoji Temple, and enjoyed walking at Harajuku and Shibuya streets. No problem with going past the alloted time because I promised to help you get JR Pass. I do hope you'll enjoy the reminder of the trip👍 Thank you, Koichiro
Koichiro provided a wonderful first time visit to Tokyo. He was very mindful of our dietary restrictions and tried to secure places that we could enjoy. He focused his itinerary to meet the needs of our interest. Koichiro was clear and concise with his English usage and his time management was excellent. His presented himself in a professional manner and we indeed had a fun experience.
Aloha April, I'm really glad to hear that you enjoyed and satisfied with the day with me! On that day, we visited some famous shopping streets in Tokyo in search of Japanese crafts. It was a beautiful day and I hope you've got a clear idea of the characteristics of Tokyo compared to the cities in the western part of Japan you've already visited. Also thank you for giving me a chance to know how revitalizing it is to eat non-MSG food😃👍 Koichiro
We had a great day with Koichiro, leaving from our hotel in Tokyo and ending at the next hotel in Hakone region. Koichiro had lot's of knowledge on the area and looked out the time schedules and best routes for our visit. I can warmly recommend him for a tour!
Hi Antti, I'm really glad to have been able to guide you the way from Tokyo to Hakone. Even though it was extremely cloudy and windy at the top of Mount Komagatake, we enjoyed it a lot and I could take one of the greatest pictures with you&your wife😃 Thank you for giving me a chance to know your beautiful country and the surrounding areas, I keep cherishing the moments and do hope to see you again in the future. Koichiro
This was my first visit to Japan and planning the details of my trip was becoming overwhelming. So happy to have found out about TripleLights and especially Koichiro. I can't say enough good things about him. He speaks excellent English and was easy to talk to. When I gave him a list of things that I wanted to see, he was able to quickly setup an itinerary for me that made sense given the locations to make the best use of my time. He even offered suggestions on other places to see that might interest me. Throughout the whole planning process, he was very flexible and answered all my questions in a timely manner. One thing that really stood out was his research into the places I wanted to visit. I know that he was unfamiliar with one of them and made a special effort to review t... read more
Dear Bill, Glad to hear from you with such positive words! Thank you for letting me make travel plans for the 4 days. I enjoyed the preparation process because some of the places you suggested were totally new to me and visiting the underground pilgrimage spot at Tamagawa Daishi Temple and the underground channel near Edo River with you have been and will be my lifetime experiences. Above all, I'm blessed to hear you are satisfied with the trip! I really hope to have similar experiences with you in the near future😁 Thank you, Koichiro
Koichiro or Kim is such a nice tour guide.He is friendly,reliable and punctual.At Narita express on our way to the hotel,he made sure that our luggages were in place and secured.He even helped us carry our luggages.During our tour he would always ask if we are already tired or hungry.At Shukiji market,he brought us to a well known sushi shop and i really loved the taste of sushi,will go back there in my next trip.When i asked him where to buy a santouko knife,he suggested a shop in Asakusa and it was of good quality.Aside from being our guide,he was also our photographer.When i went shopping at Shibuya he was very patient waiting for us althou it was already late.To make it short,we had a great time cause Kim is a hands on tour guide.A very professional guide who knows where to bring us to... read more
Dear Cleofe(Pinky), I was honored to be your guide, especially to be able to help you shopping for your sons&daughters! Even though the weather was not cooperating, we could enjoy memorable momemts and I was truly glad to take you to all the great places in Tokyo so that you can have clearer idea on how to enjoy Tokyo and Japan!! Thank you and I do hope I'll be able to see you&Boy again very soon👍
Well where to start , if you are looking for a personal guide , i can not recommend someone more qualified and more wonderful than Koichiro . What a wonderful friendly and warm soul he is , so helpful and thoughtful on my son and i trip to Tokyo and the area around , i requested a trip to the wind and ice cave near Mt Fuji ,and even though Koichiro had not been himself yet , you couldn't tell because how professional he was , always looking out for us and our needs .He went out of the way to make sure we were happy and comfortable ,I really enjoyed the fish market , if you come to Tokyo it is a must and Koichiro knows the best spots and vendors to sample , i felt so much at ease with him at our side ,We hired a guide but ended up making a new friend that i hope we see again on our next t... read more
Dear Victor, It's truly a great pleasure to hear from you with such kind and positive words! During the tour, I've always been moved by your gentleness and responsibility as a father which gave me inspiration for my future. Also it has been really awesome to have been able to talk hard rock/heavy metal music with you because I grew up listening to them! Thank you, wish Ian all the best for the preparation for college, hope to see you in Tokyo or in Fort Worth again:) Best, Koichiro
I spent 3 days with Kim and was very satisfoed with his services. I gave his in advance my wishes and interests, and he was very attentive and precise in organising our programe. I was very satisfied with his organisation. He was always on time, pleasent, friendly and willing to please by adding new places. He was also great in suggesting excellent restaurants. I would certainly reccommend him, he is an excellent guide.
Dear Daniel, It would be the best moment for me to receive sweet words just after the tour and I'd truly appreciate it. On the 3 days, we've visited all the important art galleries, museums, and antique shops in Tokyo. I'm glad that I was able to guide you these places efficiently. Above all, thank you for your generosity all the time, I hope you've liked Tokyo more:) Koichiro
I had a wonderful tour of Tokyo with Koichiro, who took me to some of the major attractions of the city, and also some hidden restaurant gems. I found the tour very interesting, and he offered many good insights into the local culture. Koichiro was also attentive to my interests and needs, adapting the tour to look at stores or areas I was more curious to see. He also went WELL out of his way to find an electronic device for my phone that I was looking for (which was not easy to find!). Even beyond the tour, he has been great at responding to any question I've sent him. I highly recommend him for whatever tour experience you're looking for in Tokyo!
Dear Meagan, Thank you for the really positive review! It has been great to introduce you to great restaurants and shops on the way - Tokyo has many of them. Also, walking in a residential area in Shinjuku for a pocket wifi shop must be a unique experience😃 I wish you enjoy the trip on the remaining days! Koichiro
We booked 2 days with Koichiro San (feb 16 and feb 22) so this review will be for both days. Promptness is truly appreciated especially when we are pressed for time. 2 days will never be enough to see the whole city but a well thought off guide certainly did the trick. The tour was very casual, like you're touring with a friend and flexibility is a plus. He made us feel comfortable, always thinking about us whether we are hungry, tired, need to stop for some rest or need to go to the restroom. Going from one place to another by train is chaotic in Tokyo but being with him made it worry free for us. We learned a lot about the Japanese culture, heritage, customs and traditions. We (me and my wife) appreciate him for not being too time conscious like other guides do. He wouldn't show that he ... read more
Dear Ivan San, I appreciate that you value the time with me! Even though the weather of one of the days was very cold and windy, we were able to have truly memorable time thanks to your kindness and cooperation. Also it was truly memorable for me to take you to Emy San's old apartment and also we were able to see it from the Water Bus:) Hope to see you and your family in Tokyo and Walnut and to drink more best sake/whisky soon! Koichiro
Koichiro was a lovely, polite, young man who showed my 8 yo daughter and I around town. Heavily jet lagged, having just arrived the night before, he was very accommodating to our slow pace. It was nice to have a guide show us around on our first day to help us get our bearings and acclimate and navigate the subway system. Thank you!
Dear Sophia, Thank you for sharing your precious 1 day in Tokyo with me as well as writing a review, I hope you and your daughter like the memories as I do! Thank you, Koichiro
Well planned and intresting tour. Combining knoweledge and fun.
Hi Ohad, Thank you for letting me guide you Shinjuku for a bar crawl. We were able try many unusual sake and delicacies in Japan. I hope you enjoyed the experience:) Hope to see you again! Koichiro
Enjoyed our day with Koichiro navigating our way around a large, crowded city. He took us to some of the quieter outskirts of the city and we explored some of Tokyos quirkier sites. A handsome young man, and very helpful to guiding us for the next day via subway directions so we could explore on our own without getting lost!
Hello Monique, I appreciate your kind words and am glad I was able to help you visit the places you requested. I was excited to hear stories of unusual countries you have visited and am also glad I was able to help you enjoy unusual aspects of Japanese culture! Your family is really great and I felt like I was in a homestay program when I was a boy, which shapes the best part of my memories. Thank you Monique, Jan, and Natalie and I hope to see you again in the near future:) Koichiro
We had a fantastic day touring Tokyo with Kim. He contacted me shortly after booking asking me what kind of places we wanted to see. We exchanged a few emails to setup the list of places. He met us on time in the lobby of our hotel and we toured the city together. He is very knowledgeable about Tokyo, its history, culture, and customs. He is very easy to talk to. He lived in USA for several years so he is fluent in English. He did more than just the tour. We were going to Mt. Fuji the next day and my girlfriend needed warm clothes. Kim took us shopping, and when the outfit she liked wasn't in her size on the rack he discussed with the staff and they found her size. All around a wonderful experience that set the good mood for the rest of our vacation in Tokyo.
Dear Jesse, I do appreciate your kind words and am very happy to have been able to help you in many occasions. I felt truly happy when I saw you and Joyce's smiles. Let's keep great memories for the next encounter! Thank you, Koichiro
This being our first trip to Tokyo we wanted to cover a lot of places and yet get a taste of the local flavour and the cutting edge Japanese sensibility. So while we did see tourist attractions like the Imperial Gardens and the Meiji Shrine we were also interested in seeing contemporary art and design and get a taste of authentic Japanese cuisine. Koichiro was able to navigate our schedule and needs and introduce us to great pork ramen, one of the best meals we had, expose us to the Doraemon exhibition and take us to the Tadao Ando exhibition. All in all he was an excellent resource who helped us achieve our aim and guided us through the unfamiliarity of Tokyo with ease and speed! We wish him well and hope the future brings him great fortune!
Dear Sreya, Thank you for taking your time to write a review. I'm glad to hear that you value your trip to Tokyo with my guiding. Also it was truly special for me to learn different culure&custom through interaction with you! I appreciate your kindness all the time and wish you and Swapan all the best:) Koichiro
I don't want to repeat all the other reviews but Koichiro was really a professional guide who went above and beyond his role. I planned my short trip to Tokyo to shop for souvenirs and electronics. As a tourist who couldn't speak Japanese, such undertaking was not easy. Thankfully, Koichiro planned everything for me so that we can visit many stores efficiently. He also helped me avoid tourist stores and visit stores where you can buy quality goods. When I wanted to buy tea cups, instead of buying low quality but expensive souvenir cups, he brought me to an art store where I found quality tea cups for a bargain. His style was really warm and laid back. He was very accommodating to my requests and (sudden) schedule changes. When I wanted to eat fugu at last minute, he happily obliged and... read more
Dear Anton, Thank you for writing me a really long review, I can't expect more! I'm glad to have been able to help you buy products&eat food you're looking for. Also I appreciate your willingness to cooperate and to enjoy the moments together. Also glad to hear you enjoyed conversation with me as I did:) I truly value the encounter&hope to see you again soon! Koichiro
Absolutely a wonderful guide! Koji or Kuya Koji as my son fondly addressed him (it means an older brother) really took the time to make us comfortable during our tour even giving all 3 of us a body warmer each as his presents. He's a warm, sincere, accomodating person; and very patient with my son. When told about my husband's minor knee injury (he accidentally hurt his knee the night before our trip), Koji efficiently adjusted our schedules and looked for ways to avoid staircases, and searched for elevator/escalator at train stations to minimize my husband's discomfort. Highly recommended! We safely arrived in my home country yesterday and have yet to report back to work. However, my husband is already recommending Koji's services to his colleagues who are planning their visi... read more
Hello Vivian, I'm glad to know you enjoyed your time in Tokyo with me! Even though it was raining heavily, I was happy to see that you were willing to have a great time and am really glad to have been able to let Seth see pandas at Ueno zoo:) Hope to see you again in the near future! Thank you, Koichiro
Koichiro was an amazing guide he showed me around Tokyo, he answered all my questions, he was very informative , professional & had a lot of patience, he helped me avoid the tourist traps, and took me to a good restaurants , where the locals eat. Highly recommended. Shachar
Dear Shachar, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the time with me! It was great to visit historic places, talk about things, shop, and enjoy local food&sake with you. I wish you have a nice trip on the remaining days! Koichiro
Koji had been an amazing tour guide on my 5-hour exploration around Tokyo. He listened carefully to my requests as my goal was to have as many good photos as possible. He took me to photograph-worthy places and he even took photos of me everywhere. So he is not just my tour guide, he also became my official photographer! Memories captured. He also took to the initiative to help me out on my shopping bags. Such a gentleman! My tour was not only fascinating with places we've visited, it was also very efficient as he planned our itinerary very well that we did not waste our time going around Tokyo. Thank you, Koji! I did not only have a tour guide in Tokyo, I gained a friend. Highly recommended! :)
Dear Joanne, I appreciate your kind words and glad to be able to guide you Tokyo as you'd like to and to enjoy the time together. I'm also glad to be able to get to know about you, your family and your city. Thanks again and hope to see you in the future:) Koji