Hi, I am Toshi (T-chan for short)! I've been a licensed tour guide since 2008. I've conducted tours for international guests from the USA, the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Spain, France, Germany, Poland, Kuwait, Mexico, Singapore, the Philippines, and so on. In fact, I conducted 60 tours (one day tours and a-week long tours) in 2018.
I am a former fire officer. As such, I coordinated educational fire department visits, including those for foreign counterparts. I also speak a little Spanish (un poquito).
In my spare time, I give back to the community as a volunteer: tsunami clean-up activities, entertainment at evacuation camps, guide for foreign visitors in affected areas, and at various cultural events.
Let me show you "My Tokyo"! Enjoy the city like a local and maximize your time in Tokyo! Please check out two of my unique tours: (1) Home visit to see real Tokyo living, includes making sush, and (2) Educational tour of an earthquake simulator ride and the Tokyo Fire Museum. You'll learn how the Japanese prepare for the many emergencies in the country.
See you soon!
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 6 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 6 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 spent two days with Toshi (T-chan). Her English is excellent. She was very gracious and accommodating, adjusting the sites we visited and the pace of the tour to our needs. She was very knowledgeable on Japanese history and culture. The high points of our included the observatory deck of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building, the Shinjuku Gyoen Garden, the Samurai Museum, the Golden-gai (bar streets) of the Kabuki cho area, Odaiba, the Imperial Palace gardens, and matcha ice cream. We would definitely hire her again!
Arigato, Ellen-chan and Jeff-chan! (Thank you!) We were very lucky to have seen quite a wide variety of cherry blossoms in Shinjuku Gyoen Garden. You're such a lovely couple! I hope the selfies you took with the cherry blossoms in the background came out well. We certainly had a lot of fun talking about Japanese culture: "herbivorous" young men , ladies' clubs (bars where good looking men serve and flatter women), sake, etc. We barely even scratched the surface of Tokyo! Let's explore more of it together sometime soon!
My parents and I had such a fun day on the 6h tour with Toshi. She showed us some of her city's highlights, mixing the old with the new while keeping us well-informed without being inundated with too much info. We thought she presented things in an engaging and totally enjoyable way. She's clearly passionate and experienced in doing tours; if we had more time in Tokyo we'd have loved to do more of her tours. Toshi is also very patient and allowed us to slow our tour down a bit for my dad, who doesn't walk well. Overall, great day. Nothing I would change about it. Thank you Toshi!
Hi Jordan! Glad to hear you and your family enjoyed our tour as much as I did. It was fun to get to know you all. The scenic train ride was a pleasant way to get around, wasn't it? Odaiba was an exciting mix of the futuristic buildings and the wide variety of flowers on the ground. What a treat to still have some of the cherry blossoms this weekend! It was so gratifying to see you all enjoy checking out the small shops in Asakusa. Please come back to see the autumn foliage in late November! Let's explore the area further!
We had a lot of fun with Toshi. She showed us a great over look of Tokyo from the very new to some of the oldest sites with history of those places. She was very easy to understand. She also gave us some history of the culture and customs. Arigatogosaimas Toshi hopefully we will see you on our next trip to Tokyo.
Thank you, Dmitry! We had a wonderful start yesterday as we visited the East Garden of the Imperial Palace. The atmosphere was so peaceful in the early morning hours that it felt like it was our private garden. Of course, we couldn't end the day without going to the Shibuya Crossing. Actually crossing the street looked more difficult than it was. It was exciting to be part of the 3,000 pedestrians (approximately) crossing the street at the same time, wasn’t it? Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan! Please come back soon!
Toshi was a substitute for a different guide that canceled due to illness. I had also mistakenly scheduled our tour on a travel day so we weren’t sure what to expect. Toshi arrived with maps and written literature on how to navigate Tokyo. She guided us to two special events that we would have missed otherwise. We got a late start and Toshi stayed with us into her dinner time. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our time with her and recommend T-Chan highly.
It was a pleasant surprise to meet you both, Karole and Tom! We were indeed lucky to have seen two seasonal events as they were only available on our tour date. The Hanamatsuri festival in Zojoji Temple was something, wasn't it? The parade of monks, supporters, traditional firefighters, children, and Buddhist choir was a sight to see! The kimonos they were wearing are special ones just for the occasion. Another lucky coincidence was the fact that they opened the Imperial Palace to the public for the hanami (cherry blossom viewing). We're usually not allowed to go inside. It was fun to stroll the the streets within the palace grounds. Did it make you feel like royalty? (I certainly did!) Hope to see you soon!
Toshi was very attentive to our needs and was very flexible. She has a great personality. Toshi really made our first day in Tokyo a great day.
Thank you, Monica! It was fun to see you enjoy My Tokyo! The weather was very cooperative that day. You were quite lucky to see the early blooming cherry blossoms in Asakusa. We also saw the interesting contrast between sights: a combination of the past, the present, and the future. Asakusa is a traditional temple town while Odaiba is a 20- year old man-made island. So glad you all enjoyed the udon lunch. It was the perfect thing after a day of walking. Hope to see you again.