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National Certified Guide
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Check Availability only 10 days available in December
$ 33 Hourly rate up to 4 people
I can guide you in Kyoto, Kagawa(Shikoku) and Okinawa, if you pay my transportation fee. If you would be interested in being guided by me in those places, I'd appreciate it if you could contact me in advance.
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Last updated: 16 hours ago
Cities where can guide: Hakone , Kagawa , Kamakura , Kanagawa , Nikko , Tokyo , Yokohama

Languages English ( License )

(16) Reviews
Hourly rate 33 USD
up to 4 people


Hi, I’m Aki, a government licensed English speaking tour guide.

I was born and raised in Kagawa prefecture facing the 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 an opportunity to learn Japan through their point 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 that are 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!

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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.

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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Reviews ( 16 )

3 weeks ago |   by Elizabeth

“ Wonderful and caring guide ”

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.

1 month ago |   by Bruce

“ Accommodating Tour Guide ”

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!

4 months ago |   by Nabil

“ review of my visit to Tokyo ”

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.

Very Good
5 months ago |   by Elaine

“ We had a very good visit to the Peace Memorial ”

Aki was very enthusiastic and informative.

Very Good
6 months ago |   by Amanda

“ Visit to Tsukiji fish market & Imperial palace ”

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.