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 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
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
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
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
Our tour guide Aki was so very knowledgeable about the area and the items we’d picked out to visit Guiding us through a labyrinth of public transport and taking time to find and use available lifts where possible due to one of our group being injured Aki is a great help, a knowledgeable and patient guide and very flexible. He has a very good command of English and is easily understood, even providing assistance is buying some items during our tour I would expect to use Aki’s service and knowledge again if I visit this area Well done Aki 👍
Dear Bob, Thank you so much for giving me such an excellent review! That's very nice to say. I also enjoyed guiding you and your family around Tokyo. It was very nice to meet you! Please convey my regards to your family members. Thanks for choosing me as your guide in Tokyo! Sincerely, Aki