I'm Toichi. Please call me Ichi, which means No.1 in Japanese. Or you can remember it as 'itchy' Ichi.
Born and bred in Osaka, I would like to introduce you to this extremely diverse and interesting city.
I have travelled extensively around the globe, and I think one of the greatest pleasure of travelling abroad is meeting people who have different ways of lifestyle and thinking. Japan may not be an easy place for tourists to get to know its people. So, I hope to help you to get closer to meet real Japan and Japanese people.
I would like to show you how ordinary Japanese people live and think. And I am happy if you could have a day of unique cultural experiences which you can look back to in ten years' time!
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.
Toichi was very easy to deal with over the e-mail as he planned our walk. I suggested what we would like to see and Toichi used this as the basis of his suggested walk, as well as suggesting his own ideas taking in to account the number of hours available and our age (we are both 74). As we came out of immigration he was waiting for us - the very entertaining day had started.. Nothing was too much trouble and he even showed my wife where a particular shop was located and helped her as she bought certain items. We visited cherry blossom near the mint, the castle, Dotonbori area and had lunch in a non- tourist Japanese restaurant, couldn't have asked for more. He then escorted us back to our cruise ship and waited until we boarded. I highly recommend Toichi as a guide.
Toichi was an excellent guide and I really enjoyed the tour. He went above and beyond by making sure we got tickets to the National Bunraku Theatre which I’ve always wanted to see. The places we visited were interesting and fun which is exactly what I needed. He knows a lot about Osaka and made me feel very welcome. I can’t recommend him enough!
Our experience with Toichi was excellent. From the thorough research of our interests before we arrived, to his constant energy with us during the trip. His perspective on Japanese culture was insightful and we really enjoyed his outgoing personality. I've not come across many guides who prepares for the next day of the tour quite like Toichi and will highly recommend him as a guide.
I definitely would recommend Toichi. He guided our family of 3 around Osaka, showing us hidden gems around town. He was friendly and personable, and tailored our itinerary to suit our specific needs - adjusting throughout the day. He showed us a lot of things that we could never have found on our own. He took the extra time to tell us the stories behind things and even brought visual aids to better explain the history of the area. When we were tired and stopped for a rest, he told us a story to help us learn the Japanese numbers 1-100. He is a great guide and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.
We had two fabulous days touring Osaka and Nara with Toichi. He was fun and knowledgeable about both cities. He was very concerned about understanding what we wanted to see and experience and went out of his way to exceed our expectations. He even delivered pamphlets and other information to the hotel we were staying in a few days before our tour so that we had time to look at the information. He also stayed way over his time so that we could do everything on our list. He was truly amazing. His English is great so it made communication very easy for us. I really can't say enough good things about Toichi. If you have an opportunity to book a tour with him, jump at the chance. You won't be disappointed! He's fantastic!