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Mari

Licensed Guide
  (71) Reviews
Send message only 9 days available in December
US$ 35 Hourly rate Price up to 4 people
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Last updated: 2 days ago
Cities where I can guide: Tokyo , Kamakura , Nikko , Narita

Languages English ( License )

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(71) Reviews
Hourly rate 35 USD Price up to 4 people
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About

“ICHI-GO, ICHI-E” meams “Treasure every encounter, for it will never recur.” The concept is commonly associated with Japanese tea ceremonies.

Travelling is a great thing to do. Learning about other culture and customs makes your perspective wider. I would like to help you.

I’m a full-time national licensed tour guide. I studied Japanese Art History when I was a student at Sophia University, Tokyo. One of my hobby is visiting art museums. I had experienced to work as a travel coordinator in one of the multinational companies for years. I am a member of Toastmasters International club where I practice public speaking twice a month. I have enjoyed conducting Tokyo private tours more than 100 times and received excellent reviews from them.

I usually customize a tailor-made tour upon our customers’ requests. I can explain historical back grounds of Temples and Shrines, and the comparison of old things and modern things in Tokyo. I have been guiding major sightseeing spots, including Tsukiji Fish Market, Asakusa, Imperial Palace, Meiji Shrine, Shibuya, Shinjuku, etc.

Everyone loves Tokyo. The people are polite, the food is incredible, the cultural heritage sites are stunning, the shopping is one of the best in the world.

Let’s enjoy Tokyo together.

P.S. If you want to see my previous customers, please click the right arrow of my video to see them.

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Private Tours

Historical and Artistic Exploration of Nikko Tour with autum...

(71) Reviews
by Mari
Let’s enjoy the Nikko World Heritage. Nikko stands for one of the spiritual centers of Japanese society. The most significant place in Nikko is Toshogu. I ...
11h US$ 294 up to 4 people

Tsukiji Outer Fish Market Walking and Sushi Making Workshop

(71) Reviews
by Mari
This tour consists of Tsukiji Outer Fish Market walking and Sushi making workshop. First, we will go to Tsukiji Outer market where you will have chances t...
4h US$ 140 up to 4 people

Tokyo at a Glance Tour with Tsukiji Market

(71) Reviews
by Mari
This tour is customized for travelers who are staying Tokyo for a limited time. Travel makes you a happier person by breaking routine, and providing new ex...
4h US$ 140 up to 4 people

Narita layover – Three hour tour visiting traditional Japane...

(71) Reviews
by Mari
If you have spare time more than three hours at Narita Airport, this excursion is just right for you! This layover tour is visiting nearby Narita area suc...
3h US$ 105 up to 4 people

Kids Tour with various experience options

(71) Reviews
by Mari
We will visit a shrine, Meiji Jingu Shrine or a temple or Asakusa Sensoji Temple to learn Japanese history. We will visit one of the activities, Japanese p...
6h US$ 210 up to 4 people

Cherry Blossom|Halal Lunch|Tokyo Camii

(71) Reviews
by Mari
The tour includes visits to one of Japan's most famous cherry blossom viewing sites, i.e. Shinjuku Gyoen. We start this tour from Tokyo Tower, visit Shinj...
6h US$ 210 per person

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.

Is the price per person or per group?

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.

Can I add more people to my booking?

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.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

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.

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 in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date, there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 71 )
Milan Milan Singapore ( Couple )
Excellent
4 weeks ago

“ Very nice and recommended ”

Mari was very helpful and patient in taking us through our trip. She made the effort to pick us up from hotel. She also explained the history behind the various places we visited. We told we are vegetarian and she found a great lunch place on the tour. Highly recommended.

Mari:

Thank you very much for your wonderful review. It was my pleasure to guide you in Tokyo. I also think that the vegetarian restaurant was delicious. We were lucky to see beautiful leaf-coloring in Rikugi-en Garden. I hope Jessica feels better now. Please enjoy the rest of your journey in Japan. Thank you again.

Lisa Lisa United States ( Solo )
Excellent
4 weeks ago

“ Best way to spend a Narita Airport layover & experience Japanese culture! ”

Mari helped me make the most of my layover, very efficiently introducing me to Japanese culture. In just four hours, she introduced me to Japanese pastries, we toured a gorgeous temple and grounds, attended a tea ceremony, visited a shrine, strolled the very quaint and historic town of Narita, shopped for personalized chopsticks and other crafts, and ate delicious ramen. Throughout, Mari provided history and context for the many Japanese traditions we witnessed. This was by far the best ever layover! Mari met me at the airport and escorted me back, helping me navigate the 10-minute train ride to Narita. She speaks excellent English and is wonderful! I urge anyone with a Tokyo airport layover to try her tour.

Mari:

Thank you very much for your excellent review. I also enjoyed guiding you in Narita. We were lucky; we were able to attend an authentic tea ceremony surrounded a beautiful leaf-coloring garden and to enjoy listening to a comfortable music. There activities were special for that weekend only. I am sure you took a nice break from your business trip and restored your energy for your future work. Thank you again. Regards, Mari

Davy Davy Philippines ( Couple )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ excellent 4-hour tour with Mari ”

Mari is a very cheerful and experienced tour guide. She brought us to Tsukiji and showed us all the interesting stores and places at the market. She narrated the interesting stories and events that happened at Tsukiji. Instead of queuing for hours to try quality sushi at the market, Mari steered us to a little sushi shop, Sushi Cho, a few blocks from Tsukiji which sells excellent quality sushi without the long line. Mari accompanied us to Ometasando Hills, the Olympic stadium and the Akasaka state guest house. I will definitely engage her services when we visit Tokyo in the future.

Mari:

Thank you for your review. I am glad you enjoyed my tour today. I hope Joyse will find the limited version of LV bag in future. When you plan to visit Japan next time, please let me know to guide you again.

Michelle Michelle United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Amazing day trip to Nikko ”

We could not have experienced Nikko in one day without Mari. She knew all the special sights and could explain the history and rituals to us. She let us take our time to explore and answered all of our questions. I would highly recommend for a tour of Nikko and any other tour she offers.

Mari:

Thank you very much for your excellent review. It was my great pleasure to guide you in Nikko. I will never foreget the beautiful leaf-colloring in Nikko, especially Taiyu-in temple and Kanmangafuchi Abyss. I hope you will continue enjoying the rests of your journey in Japan. Thank you again.

Gloria Gloria Canada ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Exceeded expectations ”

We could not have asked for a better guide. Via emails, Mari determined our interests well ahead of time, and prepared an itinerary that not only included sights we requested but also introduced us to some "hidden secrets" that made the tour very special. She is very knowledgeable on all matters of Japan (even though our focus was on historical art and architecture) and enlightened us greatly on the significance of many observations that we would otherwise have missed. Mari is very organized and knew what to omit in order to manage our time efficiently. We found conversations came easily with her and the day's experience was a total pleasure.

Mari:

Thank you very much for your excellent review. I also enjoyed guiding you. I am glad we had time to talk about Japanese art history and gardening. I hope your experience in Tokyo National Museum might give you an idea or imagination for your next artwork. I really like your paintings which show your artistic talent and great sensitivity. I hope you will enjoy the rest of your journey in Japan. Thank you again.

Blog

Cat Street/Harajuku – Vintage Fashion

by Mari
Many foreigners are visiting Cat Street.  Why? Cat Street in Harajuku is a birth place of various fashion trend. After World War II, on t...

My town’s festival "The Sutra of Great Wisdom of Thunder" in February - Dragged-up Bearers

by Mari
My town festival called ”Ikazuchi Dai-Hannya” is held the 4th Sunday of every February. About 50 young and old men who dressed up like women...

In Narita, you can enjoy a historical town with cherry blossom from late March to mid April

by Mari
If you have spare time more than three hours at Narita airport, you can visit Japanese old temple called Narita-san, Shinshoji and tradition...

Hello Kitty - Kawaii Culture

by Mari
Famous actresses, movie stars, singers, like Mariah Carey and Lady Gaga enjoy wearing Hello Kitty outfits. Hello Kitty is so famous in the w...

Fall Foliage - MOMIJIGARI

by Mari
Many maples have bright autumn foliage, and many countries have leaf-watching traditions. In Japan, the custom of viewing the changing color...

Cleanliness in Japan

by Mari
“Why Japan is so clean and tidy” is one of the most frequently asked questions while I have been working as a tour guide. Many foreigners a...