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!
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.
We enjoyed our day with Aki. In advance of our tour of Hakone, Aki checked in several times to confirm the time, the itinerary and even give us clothing suggestions due to the weather. He also purchased train tickets for us in advance so that we were guaranteed to get a seat. He gave us interesting facts about the area and was seamless in his navigation during a very crowded time in Hakone. Aki also went above and beyond by staying with us to make sure we got to our ryokan at the end of the tour. His English and knowledge of the area are excellent. He is easy-going and friendly. I highly recommend a tour with Aki.
We enjoyed a 4 hour tour with Aki and were not disappointed. He communicated expertly with us in advance and was ready with a plan for the tour when he arrived at our hotel. He easily adjusted his plan as we told him what types of activities we enjoyed. Aki was knowledgeable and answered all our questions with a smile. He was a gracious host!
was excellent visit. Me and my wife enjoyed the trip. Mr Aki was very helpful and informative. He made our visit non forgettable one. I wish him all the best.
Aki was very enthusiastic and informative.
We asked to be taken around the fish market and Aki did a great job guiding us through the myriad of market stalls in the outer market, pointing things out and answering our questions. We then stopped for a sushi breakfast which was excellent, we were sat right at the chefs counter so could watch them at work. We then explored the Inner market. Next stop was the Imperial palace gardens, unfortunately we weren't able to enter as they have set visiting times that didn't fit with our schedule. Aki provided a good verbal explanation and additional photographic information using his notebook. We were very happy with the tour. Aki also has great English language skills.