Hi, I’m Aki, a government licensed English speaking tour guide.
I was born and raised in Kagawa prefecture, 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 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, visiting 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, knowing Tokyo, Yokohama, Kamakura, and Hakone very well. I love food, nature, cultures, and architectures, valuing 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 daily lives of the people.
Let’s share a joy of touring in this lovely country.
Thank you and see you in Japan!
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: 2 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 8 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.
Aki gave us a great tour of Tokyo and provided us with some great knowledge.
Dear Saunders, Thank you so much for giving me such a wonderful review! It was my pleasure to have guided you. I hope you enjoyed touring in Tokyo. It was really nice to meet you. Please convey my regards to your friends. Thanks for choosing me as your tour guide! Sincerely, Aki
Aki was a very well informed and considerate guide. We were very appreciative of his wealth of knowledge about Tokyo and his willingness to accommodate our queries. By the end of our tour we felt Aki had provided us with sufficient information to give us confidence to venture out the following days on our own exploration of Tokyo. Aki was at all times polite, well informed and good company during our first venture in Tokyo.
Dear Marilyn, Thank you so much for giving me such an awesome review! That's very nice of you to say! I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed exploring Tokyo by yourself. It was really nice to meet you and was my pleasure to have guided you. Please convey my regards to your husband. Thanks for coming to Tokyo and choosing me as your guide! Sincerely, Aki
Aki was great. He planned an excellent day tour for us, taking into account our two young children, ensuring that we all had a great time. It took almost no time to get comfortable with Aki as our guide, and as we talked during our train ride from Yokohama to Tokyo, it felt like we were catching up with an old friend. I highly recommend Aki to anyone touring Tokyo or Yokohama, especially families.
Dear Scott, Thank you so much for giving me such an awesome review! That's very nice of you to say! I'm very happy to hear that your family enjoyed the Tokyo tour. I also felt at ease with your family like an old friend. It was really nice to meet you. Please convey my regards to your pretty family members. Thanks for coming to Yokohama and choosing me as your guide! Sincerely, Aki
We enjoyed working with Aki very much during our recent trip. Many Thanks
Dear Chris, Thank you so much for giving me such a nice review! It was my pleasure to have guided your party. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your days in Japan. Thanks for coming to Tokyo and choosing me as your tour guide! Sincerely, Aki
We were a group of 6 for Tokyo tour and 4 for Kamakura. Aki is a good guide; very patient, polite and professional. He knows the subject matter and explains well; sometimes we wished he gave us more details or background history. He gave us an excellent orientation of the subway stations and how the Japanese rail system worked. We wished he did a better of job of time management. Eg. in Tokyo, the Imperial Palace which was the first place we visited we spent too much time; actually you can do this without a guide and at Kamakura we again spent too much time at the first sight Engakuji temple; as a result we then had to rush around. Also Aki should have done a better research for taking us for lunch; because when lunch time came, we had to scramble and look for restaurants and in Tokyo... read more
Dear Pervin, Thank you so much for giving me a kind review. I understand your disappointment. I realize that I need to be more sensitive to your expectations. Please accept my apology. Sincerely, Aki