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!
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 met the group at Keio Hotel, Shinjuku and proceeded to the train station which Aki got our train tickets to go to Kikko.. Aki was very informative and the group enjoyed the information that he provided to the group. He was very knowledgeable of the area. The group really enjoyed him. He was very considerate and answered the questions the group had. If we take another I will surely ask for Aki. Sorry for not getting back sooner, was trying to catchup sleep and taking of things before the news year. Happy New Year , Sanford Haseyama
Dear Sanford, Thank you so much for giving me such a wonderful review! I'm delighted to know that you and your family enjoyed a day in Nikko with me. It was nice to meet you. I enjoyed touring with your lovely family too. I hope you and your family had a good time for the rest of your stay in Japan. Please convey my regards to your family members. Thanks for choosing me as your tour guide! May the New Year bring a lot of happiness and smiles to all of your family! Sincerely, Aki
I highly recommend Aki as a tour guide. 😀 Even with the limited time we had in Tokyo, he was able to introduce us to all the important sights in Tokyo (Tsukiji Market, Imperial Palace, Meiji Shrine, Omote-sando & Harajuku). We didn’t go to Shibuya anymore because we already went the night before our tour. He also brought us to a very nice ramen restaurant for lunch. We all loved the broth of the ramen. He was very organized (mapped out a very logical itinerary for us), courteous and patient (specially since we had hard-to-handle kids and we were late in meeting him at the start of the tour), thoughtful (he even gave us a very nice and heartwarming token gift to greet the new year), considerate (always thought about our convenience by looking for elevator/escalator options, specially ... read more
Dear Louise, Thank you so much for giving me such an awesome review! I'm very happy to know that you and your family had a good day in Tokyo with my tour. It was my pleasure to have guided you. I'm pleased to hear that your family enjoyed tonkotsu ramen in Tokyo. I enjoyed touring with your kids and family members too. I hope you are having good times and memories in Japan. I wish your children would appreciate snow. It was very nice to meet you. Please convey my regards to your family members. Thanks for choosing me as your tour guide! I would love to see you again in the future. May the New Year bring a lot of happiness to all of your family! Sincerely, Aki
It was my first day in Japan, and after a mind-numbing flight I asked my guide Aki for the chance to have a calm and peaceful day, plus an opportunity to learn about culture and how to get around. It was excellent. Began the morning in a temple observing a ceremony. Visited quiet parks, temples and smaller museums. Yes, we had some busy areas but overall it was a calm and beautiful day.
Dear Ken, Thank you so much for giving me such a wonderful review! I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed a tour of peaceful places in Tokyo. I enjoyed talking with you while touring. It was nice to meet you and my pleasure to have guided you. I hope you have a great time during the rest of your days in Japan. Thanks for choosing me as your tour guide! Sincerely, Aki
Aki is immensely a kind, caring and knowledgeable guide. He speaks English fluently. He made everything comfortable for our family from arranging the bus booking in advance for us to fetching us to our hotel going to Mt. Fuji. He also provided me with the weather update at Mt. Fuji so we would could prepare well for everything. Best of all, Aki made our Mt. Fuji tour priceless! The itinerary he arranged for us was great, from our cruising on the Lake Kawaguchiko to the Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway and our relaxing walk around Oishi Park. Even our lunch in one of the restaurants in Oishi Park was really delectable. In the evening when we returned back to Shinjuku, Aki still assisted us even if it was past his schedule with us. We were asking him of the direction going to one shopping... read more
Dear Sarah, Thank you so much for giving me such an awesome review! I'm delighted to hear that you and your family enjoyed Mt. Fuji tour greatly. It was a tremendously nice day. The weather was so good, and autumn leaves were so pretty. The best thing of all, we were able to get magnificent views of Mt. Fuji. I hope you have wonderful memories of the day. Please convey my regards to your husband and children. Thanks for choosing me as your tour guide! Sincerely, Aki
Aki planned & guided an excellent day for us. He was prompt & answered our questions well. We could not have asked for anything more.
Dear Chris, Thank you so much for giving me such a wonderful review! It was nice to meet you and my pleasure to have guided you. I enjoyed touring with you in beautiful Hakone. I hope you traveled from Odawara to your next destination smoothly. Please convey my regards to your wife and friend. Thanks for choosing me as your tour guide! Have beautiful days in Japan. Sincerely, Aki