Hi, I'm Nobuo Kono. Please call me "Nob" or "Noby".
I am a national certified English tour guide.
I became a tour guide, after working for a foreign company for over a quarter century.
I am interested in the Edo (the old name of Tokyo) culture. And I also join volunteer groups which are "the Edo-Tokyo Museum" and "the Imperial Palace East Gardens", which used to be the Edo Castle.
You will learn the present Japanese culture, history, the Japanese way of thinking, and a Japanese sense of beauty based on the Edo culture by joying the tour. I am sure that I can provide you with the most impressive tour.
I hope you enjoy your stay in Japan. I'm looking forward to seeing you soon!
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 8 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 8 hours maximum per day.
* People: 10 maximum
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.
We had 3 different tours with Nobuo - 1 at the Edo Royal Palace in Tokyo, 1 was a gereral tour of all of Tokyo and one was a trip to the country to see Mt. Fuji. Nobuo san educated us in the Japanese culture. After telling him our likes, he developed a customized tour schedule seeing the sites that were most important to us. He was very respectful and polite. He was also flexible as sometimes weather and traffic changes your plans. We wanted to see the tourist attractions but he also took us to places where we met the locals and had meals with the Japanese people. We saw things that we would have never seen if not for him. He also knew about timing so that we could accomplish everything in a fairly relaxed way and not rush.
It's very kinf of you. I am very happy to hear that. Please let me know when you come to Japan, I am looking forward to seeeing you again. much appeciated.
Fantastic arrangements by Nobuo made our progress in Tokyo without any problems whatever. Would heartily recommend his services to anyone. He was very helpful in getting us everything that we needed to do on arrival at Narita and guided us to the appropriate trains. Without him we would have been completely lost. We are very grateful for his sublime services. We would heartily recommend his services to anyone.
Palitha-san Thaks a lot. That's very kind of you. Please have a nice and fun time in Kyoto & Hiroshima. Take care of yourself. I hope I see again soon.