Since 2007 I have been an English-speaking tour guide, visiting most of the major sightseeing spots in Japan with international travelers. At the same time I have been working as an translator, mainly dealing with technical documents.
Shizuoka prefecture has a number of spots for sightseeing, but they have not been fully covered in English-language travel books or on the Internet. So, as a local tour guide, through the TripleLights services, I am hoping to introduce some of the attractiveness of this region to the international visitors.
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.
Koji was excellent. Especially his ability to control the weather, which allowed us fantastic views of Mt. Fuji! He is very knowledgeable and knows all the little 'secret places' to take us. We highly recommend booking Koji.
Dear Dale, Many thanks for your comment and high rating! Of course, I am always praying to the Shinto deities for good weather. Sometimes it works, but not every day... Anyway, we (the taxi driver and I) will never forget the kindness we received from all of you during the trip. And also thank you for telling us a lot about your region, Ohio. Hope you will revisit Japan some day!
Had a great day with Koji in Shimizu. Booked for party of 5 well in advance and Koji was clear and concise on particulars of tour and pricing. Communicated well during planning. Pick up was seamless and trip was great, saw clear view of Mt Fuji, new observatory, Shrine, tea fields, pine grove and ate great Strawberries. Back to cruise ship in plenty of time. Koji is well versed in all aspects of the local scene and landmarks and has very good English language skill. Highest 5 star rating. Thanks Koji!
Dear Jim, Thank you very much for evaluating my tour highly. I am greatly honored. Encouraged by your words, I have already decided to study more in order to become a better guide. And also thank you for teaching me a lot of things during the tour. I also had a great day with you five, and please convey my best regards to everybody.
Very knowledgeable and polite.
Dear Donald, Many thanks for joining my tour yesterday and writing the good review. We (the taxi driver and I) had an enjoyable time with you six, mainly because you were all very gentle and nice people. Please send my best wishes to the other participants. Thank you very much.
Koji was an excellent guide. He was knowledgeable and able to answer all of our questions. He was very accommodating and tuned in to our needs. I would highly recommend him!
Dear Sandy-san, Thank you very much for writing the good review. Your generous comment about me is more than I deserve because I know there is a lot of room for improvement in my tour-guiding. But anyway, it is good you seem to have finished your cruise ship travel safely. Please send my regards to everybody, including your husband with whom I especially enjoyed a conversation with. Thank you very much.
Koji is a very kind and pleasant person to spend the day with. He has a very deep knowledge of the area and was able to answer all our questions. His driver, Totsu, is a very safe driver and also speaks English. Both of these gentleman represent their country very well. You could not visit a more friendly welcoming city than Shimizu. I could go on and on about how we meet so many kind souls in this city. Great port and wonderfull guide. We will never forget the day we spent with Koji and Totsu. Thank you so much !! Mike and Linda Arnold, Tucson, Az USA.
Dear Linda-san, Many thanks for your wonderful review for our work (and also for your comment about people in Shimizu)! We are highly honored. Spending time with you all was also an unforgettable experience for us, too. You were all very nice. I know your adventure has only just begun. So I hope you will take care and enjoy the rest of your trip! And please contact us anytime if you like. Thank you very much.