I’m Noriko, certified national tour guide.
I live in Wakayama prefecture, where there are a lot of nature and historic places, hot springs and delicious food, such as seafood and fruits.
Wakayama stretches from north to south on the Kii Peninsula, however, it takes only about one hour from Kansai International Airport to the north part of Wakayama prefecture.
I’m sure I can help you learn Japanese culture, history, and traditions, and fully enjoy traveling in Wakayama.
I'm looking forward to seeing you soon!
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.
I have no words to describe how amazing Noriko-san is. She is a guide, but I was looking for someone to help to trace my family back in Wakayama-ken. She offered more help than I could have asked for and she did a lot more than could have ever asked anyone for. I get emotional by writing this because she is exceptional. She goes the extra mile to please her client, and we literally went knocking doors to look for my relatives. She is fantastic, a blessed soul in my life. Noriko-san, I will be forever grateful for your commitment and dedication and will never be able to thank you enough. Hontou ni arigatou gozaimashita.
Dear Chelmy-san, Thank you so much for choosing me as your guide for visiting your ancestor’s home town, and giving a warm comment. Though it was rainy, I think you could still have such a good time in Aridagawa-cho. I really wanted to find your relative for you. I’d like to show you some other interesting places in Wakayama, too. I hope we can meet again sometime soon.Thank you again for sharing the wonderful time. Best regards, Noriko
Noriko was the best guide we had during our 12 day stay in Japan. My family of 5, with 3 children, spend two days with her. Prior to our first meeting, she took her personal time and money to help me find my Japanese relatives about 45 minutes outside the city we were staying. I was amazed at the quality of her guide work and ability to communicate with my entire family. I would recommend her with 100% confidence
Dear Todd, Thank you for your compliment. I’m happy to have been able to help you out. I hope it became a good memory for your children, too. I will certainly see you again soon. I offer my very best wishes to you and your family! Best regards, Noriko
I have an interest in traditional Japanese fermented foods and contacted Noriko via Triplelights for a visit to Yuasa, the home of Japanese soy sauce. We met at Yuasa train station and walked around town for the next five hours visiting two soy sauce makers, and a kinzanjimiso maker. Noriko had researched the tour thoroughly before I arrived, and was very professional, friendly and pleasant to be with throughout the tour. Soy sauce icecream with soy sauce topping was a surprise culinary highlight during the tour, as was wasabi kinzanjimiso. The spontaneous tour offered by a miso maker was most interesting to me, and the hands-on experience of making soy sauce at Yuasa Shoyu was a lot of fun. I'd also like to thank Noriko for suggesting the local specialty whitebait for lunch. Delici... read more
Dear Quentin Thank you very much for your kind message. You know very well about soy sauce and fermented foods. My knowledge about them was not very satisfactory but I am so happy that I could show you the birth place of soy sauce and you enjoyed walking the old historical town in Yuasa. The weather of the tour was perfect for walking. I hope you will come back to Japan. I am looking forward to seeing you then again. Thank you so much for joining my tour. Best regards, Noriko
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our walking tour with Noriko last week to Wakayama and to visit the Cat Station Masters. She is a very friendly, charming, knowledgeable and is passionate about what she does. Her english is excellent! Before the tour, she was very prompt to answers to my emails and made the extra effort to check out the information I requested regarding trains facilities, timing, special train type. And on the day of the walk, she made sure that we felt comfortable. She also brought us to a fantastic ramen lunch. Thanks for a great experience Noriko-san. Best Regards Grace
Dear Grace First of all, thank you very much for choosing me as your guide for your precious visit to Japan, and your compliment. I was very happy to see you and I’m glad you enjoyed Wakayama tour. I hope you will come back to Wakayama sometime again to visit Koyasan. I am looking forward to seeing you again soon! Best regards, Noriko
We had a lovely day with Noriko at Koyasan. She arrived on time and had our day planned to make the most of the sites we were to visit. Background information was good and all our questions were answered. A very informative and special day - thank you Noriko!
Dear Andrea and family, Thank you so much for joining my “Koyasan 1 day tour” and giving a warm comment. Though it was freezing cold and rainy, we could still have such a good time in Koyasan. I would really like to say special thanks for your kind cooperation during the tour. I hope we can meet again sometime soon. Thank you again for sharing the wonderful time. Best regards, Noriko