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.
before the trip: communication was prompt. she provided clear instructions and offer various option on our transportation based on where we stayed. she provided suggestions on the activities we would like to do and advise on the weather for the trip. during the trip: she shared the various history of the roads that we went past while we were on our way to Hakone on the bus. she also allowed us to move around at our own pace and did not feel rushed throughout the trip. after the trip: she also gave a lot of tips and suggestions on where to go overall, a good experience and i highly recommend Toshi for anyone who would like to travel to Japan.
Hi J-chan and Soh-chan! It was fun to see a loving couple enjoying My Hakone! The silence made Hakone Shrine’s atmosphere feel more sacred. I do hope your wishes come true soon! Wasn’t it nice to have the place practically to ourselves? We hardly saw anyone during the short walk along the old Tokaido highway (Cedar Avenue) to Sekisho (Checkpoint). The Lake Ashi area was beautiful, but we barely scratched the surface of Hakone’s charms. Let’s check out the museums on the other side of Hakone next time! Hope to see you again!
Toshi San is an excellent and experienced guide. She is very knowledgeable in all the places she took us. She came to came to our hotel to pick us up and took us to all the placed and activities that we wanted to see and do. I have a knee problem and stairs are a problem. She went over and beyond to accommodate this. You may need to buy her a small snack, it she is totally worth it! Thank you Toshi San we will be back! -- Sheila Cemer Houston Texas
Thank you, Sheila! So glad to hear you had fun. I quite enjoyed our two-day tour, too. It was gratifying to see how much you liked Japanese food. We had a lot to eat on the tour! Good luck black eggs in Hakone (eggs boiled in the hot spring believed to extend our lives by an extra 7 years), curry-pan (doughnut filled with curry paste), sushi at the Tsukiji Fish Market, and taiyaki (fish-shaped pancake filled with red bean paste). Let’s have ramen together next time! Hope to see you again sometime soon! PS: Snacks are not necessary, but I wouldn't say No to it. ;-)
We had a great time with Toshi. Toshi arrived at our hotel as organised and she took us where we wanted to go. She explained the metro to us, showed us buildings and explained their history. Toshi gave us the confidence to use the metro on our own and visit convenience stores etc. Thanks Toshi for helping us.
Thank you, Sandra! You were here at the perfect shopping season. Many stores offer huge discounts for the "First Sale of the New Year” and “lucky bags” in the first week of January. Wasn't it fun to get your shoes at a huge discount in Harajuku? Tokyo has so much more to offer! Please come back so we can explore them together (a different season is also good). Hope to see you again!
8 of us had a fantastic day. Toshi was totally flexible and took us to places we wouldn’t of thought to go. 4 adults and 4 teen girls had a great time. We have Booked Toshi again in a couple weeks when back in Tokyo. Thankyou
Hi George! I quite enjoyed our tour, too. Thank you for bringing bright sunny weather with you! The view of Mt Fuji and the Tokyo skyline was made more breathtaking by the clear skies! We had a pretty nice vantage point, didn't we? Lucky for us, the holiday crowd had already dissipated when we went on tour. The Nissan Ginza Gallery really has something for everyone, doesn't it? It was fun to check out the latest model vehicles, VR racing, and the Macchi-Art latte. The personalized latte with the girls' portraits on them looked almost too pretty to drink. Insta-worthy indeed! Let’s explore more of Tokyo when you get back from Hokkaido. See you in a few days!
We had a 12 hour layover in Japan (HND) and didn't want to spend it sitting in the airport, so we researched available tours and found Triplelight to have excellent reviews. We picked T-chan as a potential guide based on excellent reviews and a humorous video she had posted to her profile. We were right! T-chan arranged a perfect tour for us. We were able to get out of the city and see some of Japan's beautiful temples, eat delicious food and take advantage of all the excellent modes of public transportation available. T-chan was a knowledgeable guide who was flexible around shopping and eating times/places. She was friendly and helpful, she made sure we were back to the airport with plenty of time to spare. Next time we are in Tokyo we will book with T-chan again! Diane Sisson
Thank you, Diane! Glad to know you both had fun; I did too! Did the tour help you stretch your arms and legs during your layover? Enoshima Island features beautiful nature, Japanese culture and religion. Exploring the cave shrine by candle light was quite an interesting experience, wasn’t it? It’s a prime example of how we blend two religions (Shintoism and Buddhism) in Japan. Let’s take a walk in Tokyo to see the cherry blossoms next time! Come back soon!