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US$ 29 Hourly rate Price up to 5 people
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Cities where I can guide: Kamakura , Tokyo , Yokohama

Languages Japanese ( Native ), English ( Business )

(4) Reviews
Hourly rate 29 USD Price up to 5 people
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Hello! This is Ryu. I live in Yokohama. My favorite places are Yokohama and Kamakura. Both cities, you can make a one day trip from Tokyo. They are important in Japanese history; the Samurai Warriors Era began from Kamakura in 12th century and the Modern Age broke out from Yokohama in 19th century. There are many attractive places to see, and it is my pleasure to share with you the combination of old and modern culture together with beautiful nature.

I have chemistry background and had been involved in R&D work for more than 20 years in the company. I worked on corporate planning in my late years. I am very good at making a travel plan for you according to your needs.

I love visiting shrines and temples, watching seasonal flowers, walking around the trails, watching beautiful Mr. Fuji over the ocean in the beach, eating in a nice restaurant at a reasonable price, having coffee with delicious sweets in cozy café. I ride mountain bike, and sometimes enjoy the ride in Izu, Hakone and Fuji area.

Hope to see you soon!

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5.0 (4) Reviews
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The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

1 Person
Up to 5 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate US$24.12 US$28.96 US$19.30
4 Hours US$96.49 US$115.82 US$77.20
8 Hours US$192.98 US$231.64 US$154.40

* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 8 maximum

Private Tours

Kamakura, Field Trip

(4) Reviews
by Ryu
You can make a one day trip to Kamakura from Tokyo (about 1 hour by train). Kamakura is an ancient Samurai Warriors Capital, and there are many attractive...
6 Hours US$ 116 up to 4 people

Tokyo, Best Selections

(4) Reviews
by Ryu
Tokyo is the first place you should visit when you come to Japan. There are many interesting places; traditional old towns, serene shrines, high quality s...
6 Hours US$ 116 up to 4 people

Yokohama, Dawn of Japan

(4) Reviews
by Ryu
Japanese modernization started from Yokohama. After experienced several disasters, e.g., Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and Air Raid during World War 2 in...
6 Hours US$ 116 up to 4 people

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 time, there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting time, there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting time, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 4 )
Nurul Nurul Malaysia ( Solo )
1 year ago

“ Awesome tour and excellent guide! ”

Ryu was an excellent guide and the tour was awesome! I dont think I would be able to survive Japan without him! Very knowledgable with the whole area, even brought me to lively small alley which I dont think I would encounter by myself. Only the local would know. If you want to experience it like a local or at least close to local, dont hesistate to book him as your guide. Im satisfied with the tour and really we went through all the places we planned (or probably more?). He even sent me back when he didnt have too. Really appreciate that! Thank you again for the amazing tour! On the next day I could venture out alone confidently though it did feel a little different without him around.


Hi Nurul, I am very glad you enjoyed my tour. It is me who had a good time with you. I always learn something new from people in other countries. That is my privilege and motivation to be a tour guide. You're nice girl. I am quite sure your travel experience would enrich your life. I hope you will enjoy the rest of the stay in Japan and safely be back to your country.

Bill Bill Canada ( Friends )
2 years ago

“ Excellent traditional Japanese guide ”

We used Ryu twice while we were in Japan. The first was a day trip from Yokohama cruise port to Kamakura with two other couples from the ship. The second was a day tour of Tokyo highlights for my wife and I. In both cases we found Ryu to be very knowedgeable, friendly, and informative. On the Kamakura tour we especially enjoyed the french restaurant (recomended by his wife!) he took us to - it was very good & an appreciated break from all the asian food we had been eating for the past several weeks. Ryu provided great background knowledge of the sights we were seeing and taught us a lot about historical Japan. He was very flexible and willing to customize the tours to our needs & interests. He was also extremely helpful with solving other problems we had, especially in arranging t... read more


Dear Bill and Lynne, Thank you for your nice message. I really enjoyed touring with you. I also feel relieved that you came back to your home safely. Hope to see you some day again. Take care of yourself! Best Regards, Ryu Oi

Todd Todd United States ( Family with kids )
2 years ago

“ Expert guide with great planning ”

My son and I had a desire to see Japanese car culture at highway parking areas in Tokyo and Yokohama. no other guide on TripleLights was as enthusiastic about helping us out Ryu took time to do research prior to our tour and did a fantastic job. he even organized a taxi for us to drive my family of 5 around the whole time. We even left my sons jacket in the taxi and the driver was nice enough to bring it back to us later.


Hi Todd, I also enjoyed guiding you very much. I was excited seeing Skyline GTR, costumed version, as much as you did. Did you find your roots in Nagoya? If you want to see something special next time in Japan, I will research it beforehand. Let me know. I didn't know your son left his jacket in the taxi, but I am pleased to hear you get it back. I am checking your *******. See you!

Pinkie Pinkie United States ( Family with kids )
3 years ago

“ An amazing tour guide! ”

We had a great tour to Kamakura with Ryu. He was punctual, friendly, knowledgeable, and was great with our kids. We were a family of 8 people that included 3 kids (twin 6-year-olds and a 12-year-old). We went to all the places we were interested in and had time for shopping. We are from the US and understood Ryu perfectly. We never felt lost or rushed. The tour was great!


Thank you, Pinkie, for your very kind feedback. I was lucky to see such a beautiful family like you. I enjoyed traveling Kamakura as much as you did. There are still many attractive places to visit in Japan. Hope to see you some day.


Genji Pond at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura

by Ryu
It was hot but very fine day.  I had a very good time with gests from the US.  I didn’t know there were such greedy carps and snapping turtl...

Hydrangea Viewing Tour in Kamakura

by Ryu
You can best enjoy Kamakura during flower season, especially Hydrangeas in June.  Kamakura is about 1 hour trip from Tokyo and you will have...

Hiking in Kiritoshi, a Mountain Pass, in Kamakura

by Ryu
Kamakura is surrounded by mountains, and there are many Mountain Road to come into the city.  These ancient roads were made by cutting rocks...

Another Gluten-Free Restaurant in Kamakura

by Ryu
This is a second Gluten-free restaurant I went in Kamakura.  I ate hamburger.  The hamburger bans were made of rice flour which was springy ...

Gluten-Free Sweets in Kamakura

by Ryu
 Gluten-free foods are taken much attention these days as a healthy diet.  Today I found a vegetable origin sweets café in Kamakura.  They d...

Zen Mindfulness

by Ryu
In Saturday afternoon, Kojirin of Engakuji holds Zazen meeting for beginners. I attended the meeting for the first time. I listened to the e...