Hi, I am Toshi (or T-chan for short)! I am a licensed tour guide and 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.
We'll have a good time in the many Tokyo hotspots! Enjoy the city like a local and maximize your time in Tokyo! Please check out two of my two 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!
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.
T-chan was very personable, very organized and had planned the day according to what we wanted to see and do. She explained what we were seeing or doing and answered all our questions. We would definitely want her as our guide, should we need one again.
We are a family of four, including two girls aged 15 and 16, from the UK. We recommend using T-chan if you are visiting Tokyo. She was very helpful and communicative before we arrived, and came up with a tailored plan for us. She was very flexible in changing this when we changed our minds. We had 2 days in central Tokyo & 1 day at her house, where we had a tour of her neighbourhood, tea ceremony, made sushi and the girls dressed in kimonos which was most enjoyable and memorable. Will book again when we revisit. Thank you T-chan
T-Chan was our guide for one and a half days in Tokyo. She was the best! She is a very nice lady, warm hearted, spoke great English, and very informative about Tokyo city and Japanese subcultures and lifestyles. It was a tour on foot. She met us at our hotel lobby, and started the day by helping us purchase our all important IC subway cards. She helped make sense of the subway system. She tailored the tour to what we wanted to see, but still made sure we saw all the important sites like Asakusa, and neighborhoods like Harajuku and Omotesando. It was great to have a local guide! We covered a lot of ground. We are foodies and planned to have T-Chan take us out a half day on a second day dedicated to Tsukiji Fish market, ending up seeing the izakays under the old railroad. But Tsukiji Fisk market was a highlight. She brought us to a alley restaurant serving us the best maguro and Toro we’ve ever had. In fact, much of our tour was about the foood culture and of Tokyo. All in all, I would highly recommend T-Chan to any traveler! No need to feel intimidated by first time on Tokyo, if you have T-Chan by your side.
Toshi was an excellent guide, cannot recommend her enough. It was my solo overseas trip and she made me feel very welcome. The sites we saw were Shinjuku Gyoen Garden, Tokyo Toy Museum, Tokyo Fire Museum, Shibuya- crossing, Hachi-ko, faithful dog, Restaurant Nabezo – shabushabu and sukiyaki lunch, Kabukiza theater, Ginza shopping street, Isetan department store in Shinjuku. My highlight was the absolutely beautiful cherry blossom trees in Shinjuku gardens, a very peaceful place. Overall my first day was amazing and I enjoyed hearing Toshi tell me all about everything.
I can't even begin to express how incredible of a time we had with T-chan. She made our trip so memorable and I am so grateful that we got to spend our first (but not last) trip to Tokyo with her. From arranging airport transportation to samurai training lol to a lovely tea ceremony she prepared for us in her beautiful home, everything was outstanding. She is no longer just our tour guide, she's our friend!!!! Highly recommend T-chan to anyone thinking of visiting Tokyo!!!