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Licensed Guide
  (43) Reviews
Send message fully booked in May
$ 36 Hourly rate Price up to 4 people
I can guide you in Kyoto, Okinawa, and Kagawa including Naoshima and the other venues of Setouchi Triennale.
If you would be interested in being guided by me in those places, please contact me to confirm my availability in advance.
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Last updated: 4 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Tokyo , Kamakura , Mount Fuji , Hakone , Yokohama , Kanagawa , Nikko , Kagawa

Languages Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )

(43) Reviews
Hourly rate 36 USD Price up to 4 people
( Max : 8 People )
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Hi, I’m Aki, a government licensed English speaking tour guide.

I was born and raised in Kagawa prefecture, the venue of Setouchi Triennale, facing the beautiful Seto Inland Sea, in western Japan.
After graduating from a university, I had worked for a global electronics company in Tokyo for 30 years and retired early. Working with foreign colleagues gave me fantastic opportunities to learn about Japan from their points of views, and I came to think it's fun to talk about Japan with foreign people.

Also, I love traveling. I have visited a lot of places throughout Japan, amazed by its beautiful nature, great tradition, and wonderful food. I realized Japan has numerous tourist attractions.
Then I became a tour guide, hoping to entertain foreign visitors with my tours based on my experiences as a tourist.

I've been living in Yokohama and Kamakura areas for more than 30 years. I know Tokyo, Yokohama, Kamakura, and Hakone very well. I love food, nature, cultures, and architectures. I value genuineness of what to see, experience, taste and buy, which cannot always be experienced in a group tour.

I believe that participating in my guided tour will bring you a lot of fun. I can help you to explore Japan deeper and to get in touch with the locals, taking you to both popular spots and unbeaten sites where you can see the daily lives of the people.

Let’s share a joy of touring in this lovely country.
Thank you and see you in Japan!

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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 $36.40 $36.40 $4.55
4 Hours $145.60 $145.60 $18.20
8 Hours $291.20 $291.20 $36.40

* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 8 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 ( 43 )
Nancy Nancy United States ( Couple )
1 day ago

“ An unusual, beautiful day touring Naoshima ”

Naoshima was a lovely day-trip destination from our port in Takamatsu. Our guide, Aki, arranged for a high speed boat for our 6-member group to travel to and from the island, which was a bracing trip and a great way to go (faster and less crowded than the ferry). We had a lovely day looking at modern art on the island, including the spectacular and very unusual Chichu art museum. Aki was very pleasant, full of information, was easy to understand (his diction is excellent), and knew how to negotiate the island in the most efficient fashion. He helped us order delicious Udon noodles for lunch (the area's famous for them), and was happy to talk about any topic we raised. A lovely, special day.


Dear Nancy, Thank you so much for giving me such an excellent review! That’s very kind of you to say. I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed the trip to Naoshima. It was really a beautiful day. I also enjoyed touring and had a wonderful time with you, your husband, and your friends. Thanks for coming to Takamatsu and Naoshima! Sincerely, Aki

Richard Richard United Kingdom ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ First class ”

Aki took us on a one day trip to Kamakura, it was a very busy day there but he negotiated the viewings and travel to give us as little inconvenience as possible.He was informative and spoke very good English.One comment we were constantly paying for different temples etc it would be much easier if we could be told in advance and the money could be included in the sum paid to Triple Lights


Dear Richard, Thank you so much for giving me such an excellent review! It was my pleasure to have guided you. Although it was a very busy day, I hope you enjoyed a day in Kamakura. And thank you for your feedback on paying the entrance fees. I will consider it and improve my tour. Anyway, thanks for coming to Kamakura and choosing me as your guide! Please convey my regards to your wife. Have a nice weekend. Sincerely, Aki

ronelle Ronelle Australia ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Fantastic guide with a lot of local knowledge ”

Aki showed us the local experience of Japan .We visited historical sites including the Buddhist and Shinto temples which were magnificent to see. He has an excellent local knowledge of the areas and provided the historical back ground . We went to the local seafood and food markets which provided us with the experience of seeing how the locals . We had a traditionalist lunch which we enjoyed immensely. Overall We would highly recommend Aki as a guide friendly knowledgeable and able to tailor the experience to meet you needs Thank you Aki for a fantastic day.


Dear Ronelle, Thank you so much for giving me such an excellent review! It was my pleasure to have guided you around Tokyo. I enjoyed touring with you too! I hope you are having a good time in Japan. Thanks for coming to Yokohama and choosing me as your guide! Please convey my regards to your friend. Have a nice journey! Sincerely, Aki

Sianne Sianne United States ( Family )
Very Good
3 weeks ago

“ Nikko Tour ”

He is an excellent tour guide for the 7 of us : friendly, professional, informative and patience with our different paces and requests. He manages the time excellently even when our trip was made under such conditions that are beyond his control (rain and crowd). We would highly recommend Aki.


Dear Budiman, Thank you so much for giving me such an excellent review! I hope you are all fine after the long day tour to Nikko. The weather and congestion were pities though, I hope you enjoyed the scenes in Nikko even for a little. Thanks for coming to Nikko and choosing me as your tour guide! Sincerely, Aki

Martin Martin Germany ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Wonderful day with Aki in Tokyo ”

polite,flexible,excellent knowledge of history and places to see


Dear Martin, Thank you so much for giving me such a nice review! I hope you enjoyed the tour from Yokohama to Tokyo. It was very nice to meet you. Thanks for choosing me as your tour guide! Sincerely, Aki