Hi my name is Shinichiro Yamana, please call me just SHIN.
I was born in Kobe, and exotic international port town, also famous for tasty Kobe beef.
I grew up in Kyoto, 1000 year old capital in Japan.
Now I live in Kawasaki city, 30 minute train-ride from Tokyo or Yokohama city.
I have three kids and five grandkids, its big family.
Since I retired from Japanese Steel company two years ago, I have been a tour guide
and my life amazingly and greatly changed.
By the way, where would you like to go and what would you like to to do to see and to eat in Japan?
I am afraid if you might be confused about how to make the best plan
and are already fed up with too many stereotyped tour guide books.
I think, where there are 100 travelers, there must be 100 kind of choices and requests.
I am waiting for your call, so I will do my best to make your travel marvelous,
breathtaking cherry blossom in spring, stunning fireworks in summer, magnificent autumn leaves in fall
and silver wonderland in winter.
Currently, I am posting the menu of Tokyo tour only, however I am available to meet your request
at your convenience.
Thank you for listening to my video message and I am looking forward to sharing our happy time in Japan.
S'wonderful, S'marvelous, I'd like to see 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.
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.
My family and I cannot thank Shin-san enough. He has been amazing prior to, during and after our tour. He puts his whole heart into and goes the extra mile in everything he does! He planned the perfect Hakone tour for us, making sure we have an open communication, and clearing any doubt we may have about our itinerary. He goes out of his way to ensure that we have the best experience of our tour, wherever it may be. My mother has difficulty walking long distances, and he was always mindful that she didn't get too tired during our tour. Truly, our Hakone trip would not be the same without his extraordinary guidance and help. We also had the good fortune of traveling to Kyoto, his hometown, with him, as our day of departure to Kyoto coincided. He even accompanied us to our hotel in Kyoto, so that we will not get lost and our mother can rest quickly. I cannot believe the luck we had to meet such a good person with such a heart of gold! We are very grateful to Shin-san. We are very glad that we met not just an amazing tour guide, but also made a wonderful friend. Thank you so much Shin-san, we wish you all the very best for all your endeavours!
I am very happy that I selected Shin san for my trip to Yokohama. Even prior to engaging his service, I asked multiple questions and Shin san patiently answered all of them in detail. He always replied my emails promptly, at times almost instantly! Once I confirmed his service, I was impressed with Shin's professionalism in providing me with the time schedule and the transportation cost. He took the trouble to include a map of the routes to show the sequence of the tour. I am grateful that Shin provided me with an estimate of the costs of the trip to Yokohama from Shinjuku. This enabled us to prepare extra cash to bring along. Most wonderful of all is that Shin communicated with me via whatapps and updated me on the weather prior to our departure date. Being able to contact Shin san easily makes us feel so at home and re-assuring that we have someone in Tokyo to seek help when needed. He offered his time to us and is so kind to reply us whenever we asked him for help. On the way back to our hotel, he went to the extreme to bring us and help us shop for the stuff we needed. We can see from the small actions that make Shin san so spectacular and different! Thank you, Shin san! You are our friend now! Having you made our trip to Tokyo memorable. We hope that you will and bring your family to visit my country soon.
I am so glad I selected Shin to be our guide around Tokyo. He was extremely organized, extraordinarily nice, and helped us a great deal. Shin speaks English perfectly, and humbly answered all of my silly questions from everything we were seeing to the ins and outs of the history of Japan. Shin met us at the airport at an hour I wasn't sure any guide would be willing to meet us. He navigated for us through all the public transportation from the airport into Tokyo, around Tokyo, and to another airport. He also helped us store our luggage while we toured around Tokyo, and he did a great job of picking places we would be interested in seeing (not typical tourist spots) and finding good traditional food to eat. My wife and I are looking forward to coming back to Japan and seeing if Shin will be available to be our guide again. To not only see more of Tokyo but also to see some of the other cities of Japan that Shin has lived in and is familiar with. Beautiful, clean, advanced, interesting country, and what a treat to get to have it shown to us by Shin--such a great guy that we are very grateful to, for choosing to spend his day with us. PS It was especially fun getting to see the different types of groceries and having explained to us what we were looking at. PPS I was also surprised the level of coordination that occurred throughout the booking process. I'd highly recommend both TripleLights and Shin.
My sister and I booked our tour with Shin having never been to Japan before. Seeing that we were in Tokyo for most of the trip, we wanted to experience the outskirts of the city as well. From the moment we expressed our interest to Shin he was incredibly enthusiastic and helpful. He did everything from sending us fun activity options and detailed itineraries, to thoughtfully sharing the whether predictions and giving us clothing tips in the days prior to our tour. Seeing that we were traveling two hours outside of the city we started our day around 7am. It was very easy to locate Shin as he was promptly sitting in our hotel lobby and we exchanged photos of each other. Shin was as enthusiastic and kind as in his emails. We started our day by taking the bullet train to Hakone and another train up the mountain to the Open Air Museum. Throughout this time my sister and I took advantage of Shin's knowledge and asked him a wide range of questions that he was excited to answer. Everything from how to navigate the subway systems to when the hydrangeas are in bloom. We arrived at the Open Air Museum which was incredibly breathtaking and spent a good amount of time walking around. Shin told us about the outdoor sculptures and showed us the incredible Picasso exhibit within the Museum. He kept us on schedule and we continued on our way up the mountain first by train and then by a very thrilling suspension railway car. It was a semi cloudy day but the views were still Breathtaking. We then took a boat across the beautiful Lake Ashi to a wonderful hidden gem Museum. This traditional Japanese art served as a nice contrast to the more modern work at the Open Air museum. Shin also had a vast knowledge of the Japanese paints - specifically the minerals used to make pigments. In addition to Paintings, this museum had a stunning view of the lake and a nice cafe where we all had some coffee and pastries. Next, we took a short cab to the natural hot springs which are scattered throughout Hakone. Shin made sure to reserve my sister and I a private room in advance so they had everything prepared when we arrived. We spent an hour soaking in the hot spring with a serene view of the forest. The establishment was clean, casual, and peaceful - we left completely rejuvenated. For the final leg of the trip we took the bullet train back to the subway and Shin showed us to our hotel. We arrived exactly on schedule and incredibly satisfied with our action packed day. Shin was the most kind, fun and gracious tour guide we could have asked for. He aloud us to enjoy these incredible experiences, be informed and eliminated all the stress of scheduling and navigation. Furthermore, he was just an incredible person to get to know and gave us a day we will never forget.
Shin was a great guide for the day, he was filled with great facts and history of the area. He even took time to talk about future visits to Japan with other areas to visit based on what he and I spoke about. Good day, highly recommend Shin as a guide.