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!
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 4 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 14 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.
Ichi was so attentive and made my family feel so very cared for. He listened to what we wanted to do and then made our dreams come true. He was fantastic. We highly recommend Ichi!!
Hello Miracle, Thanks very much for your wonderful review. I was happy to be able to take part in making your son’s dream come true. I hope he would be able to return to Japan in the future! It was also great to meet you and your lovely parents. With the special name you have, I would never forget you, and I hope all the miracles you wish for in your life would come true some day! All the best, Ichi
I am a travel agent who was asked by my clients to get them a private guide for Kyoto. I had no personal knowledge of Kyoto guides and my usual destination guides were horribly expensive and perhaps not great either! I read Toichi's "profile" and decided he sounded like a good choice. What a treasure! I've heard from my clients at the end of their first day with him and they said he was great! The second day was also terrific. From my end, I liked him because he responded to anything I asked him (or told him about) almost instantly and always with what I could tell was good advice. From his written notes, he sounded as though he had a nice sense of humor and knowledge of the Kyoto area.
Dear Carol, Thank you very much for your review. I had a good time talking and getting to know Laurie and Bob during our two days in Kyoto. They told me great things about you, too! I hope they will be in OK in Nara and in Himeji on their own today and tomorrow. Thank you for choosing me.
Friendly, funny, engaging, knowledgeable
Buenos dias, Victor. Gracias por your review. Hope the rest of your trip will be great and more than anything, have a great life. Adios. !Nos vemos de nuevo! Ichi
I booked tours with Toichi for 5 days while I was staying in Osaka and was so happy I hired him as my guide. He's very conversational in English, so communicating with him was always easy. His service was beyond exceptional and he went out of his way to meet any of my needs. He's funny and full of energy and really adds to your experience of Japan. Don't over-look Osaka when you're selecting cities in Japan to tour. His home city is full of wonderful sites and he really loves guiding people around town.
Dear Don, Thanks very much for your overwhelming comments on my tour. Yes, it was 5 days I would never forget until I die. Especially your karaoke singing and cherry blossom viewing on rainy night still make me smile. Hope you will continue to enjoy your adventure around the globe.
Toichi is so thoughtful in helping prepare for your excursion. I messaged him quite a bit to make sure we would do all of the things we needed to see. Seeing the cherry blossoms was very important and he kept me posted on if they would be in bloom. He was flexible with schedule changes and even arranged dinner reservations. I highly recommend Toichi.
Dear Lisa, Thank you very much for your thoughtful review. I too did enjoyed the day. Especially Sarah kept me laughing and made my day! I feel sorry I couldn’t take them to Monkey Mountain in Arashiyama because it started raining just before we were getting there. Kids would had had enjoyed it very much. Hope the rest of the family’s trip will be as wonderful. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to work with you.