(English) ↓Spanish version down below ↓
My name is Toshi Nakahara.
I am certified tour guide for both English and Spanish.
I have lived in USA for 15 years in total starting from Iowa when I was in a high school as an AFS exchange student and later in Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco and finally in New Jersey as a business man.
I learned Spanish at Osaka University for Foreign Studies for 4 years and lived in Mexico, Venezuela and Ecuador for more than 5 years in total, and travelled some other countries in Latin America and Spain.
I am a certified Wine sommelier and quite knowledgeable about Japanese Sake.
So in addition to the regular tour of metropolitan Tokyo area and its vicinity, I can take you to very authentic and popular restaurants where you can enjoy wonderful world of Japanese cuisine with some local drink. That is my strength, so to speak.
I can do one day or half day tour for weekends for Metropolitan Tokyo area, but also can cater to the needs of people who want to be guided to some deep, casual and reasonably priced "Izakaya" style drinking places during weekdays after 5:00PM if I am open. I can also guide, if schedule allows, Yokohama, Kamakura, Hakone, Mt. Fuji vecinity, Nikko and some popular places in western Japan like Kyoto, Nara and Osaka as I lived there for many years.
I enjoy talking about many topics such as Japanese culture and of your own country.
My motto is to make visiting friends from overseas experience memorable moments and make them feel at home and happy.
(Ahora en español)
Me llamo Toshi Nakahara.
Yo soy el guía turística certificado de Español y de Ingles.
Estudié la lengua española en la Universidad de Osaka para estudios extranjeros por 4 años y un año en la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
Después, tuve la oportunidad de trabajar en Venezuela por 2 años y en Ecuador por 2 años.
Soy también sommelier certificado de vino y tengo bastante conocimiento en Sake.
No solamente poder guíar los visitantes extranjeros por la zona popular de Tokio y su vecinidad durante los dias al fin de la semana, puedo tambien introducir a unos bares o tavernas típicos conocidos como "Izakaya" en los días de la semana después de 5 de la tarde.
Me gusta explicar sobre muchos temas culturales del Japón y conocer culturas de sus países.
Mi motto es servirles a ustedes en la forma mas agradable y memorable haciendo
todo lo posible para que sean ustedes feliz y satisfecho.
"Con un poco de vino, me siento divino"
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 4 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 6 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.
Toshi was the perfect guide for my US family of 5, including 3 teenagers. His English is superb and he was very flexible. He had great recommendations and is extremely knowledgeable. Our trip to Tokyo was amazing thanks to Toshi!
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Toshi was such a great guide and made our trip memorable. With the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and the foreign language, it would have been a challenge to figure things out but with Toshi's help, he showed us some nice things and explained many different things we would have to figure out on our own. He was helpful, patient with my 2 young daughters, and fed us some great food! I would recommend Toshi to anyone as his English is impeccable and he's very knowledgable. Will hire again next time I am in Tokyo! Thank you Toshi for all your help.
Randy Thank you for your comments. I will be glad to be your guide again. Please come back again! May be on the way to another Disney resort in Asia?
Toshi worked hard on my itinerary and was adaptable to last minute changes which was wonderful Unfortunately I met a couple on our cruise which ended in Tokyo who wanted to join us touring Tokyo. It was my mistake to allow this. Toshi did his best to accommodate them. They offered me no money to pay Toshi. They turned out to be an annoyance. Once they left we all relaxed and had a wonderful time. Toshi did his best to accommodate them even though they were NOT his responsibility. I will definitely recommend Toshi to any friends traveling to Tokyo
Marylin Thank you very much for your comments. It was, as you say, very difficult for both of us to accommodate people who had different spectrum of values and set of morals. But these things happen in our life. At least we managed have a good time after they left us. That was a bright side, wasn't ? If you were happy, I am happy. (PS) Let's forget about that couple. We probably will not see them and they probably will not send any messages. They are gone!
Very nice person, very knowledgeable, very interesting. The entire day was just a wonderful experience.
Joseph and Anne Thank you very much for nice review and overwhelming gift at the end. I enjoyed very much your company and I hope our road will cross some time in the future. Hope you survive the Typhoon...
My husband and I had a lovely day with Toshi touring around Tokyo. We had been to Tokyo once before and Toshi took notes on where we had been and brought us to all new places. From shrines to temples, gardens and museums, it was a great day. At the end of the day, Toshi introduced us to and joined us at the most authentic Japanese restaurant in an old house - no signage or anything.. never would have found it without him. It was fabulous!! Apart from just being a tour guide, Toshi is very insightful and knowledgeable about a huge variety of different topics. Very easy and enjoyable to talk to! Thanks Toshi!! We hope to be back!
It was indeed a fun day for me too. Thanks for being a good client for me too. When you come back again, please let me know a little in advance. I will prepare an even better course for you including some toward some neighboring cities like Nikko and Kamakura. Hope to see you soon.