Hi, I am Toshi! (T-chan for short.) I am a licenced tour guide and a retired fire officer from Tokyo. I coordinated educational visits to Tokyo for various people such as delegates from fire departments across the globe in the fire department. I speak a little Spanish, too.
I like to meet and help people, so I volunteer in my spare time. For example, I joined clean-up activities at a tsunami devastated area in 2011, helped provide entertainment events at evacuation camps, and took international visitors around the area (over 15 times).
I love to share a lot of happy moments with my guests. Tokyo has many hotspots. I will help you enjoy the city and maximize your visit to Tokyo! Besides regular sightseeing tours, I also offer two unique tours. The first is a home visit to see real Tokyoite life including sush- making. The second is an educational tour of an earthquake simulator ride and the Tokyo Fire Museum. You'll learn how Japanese prepare for emergencies.
I look forward to seeing you!
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.
Toshi met us at our hotel at the agreed time, and explained the course for the day. We went with her to the subway to purchase our day travel ticket. Our first stop was The Imperial Garden which was beautiful even in the winter, then caught subway to Harajuku which we walked through and found a Soba noodle place for our lunch. Next stop was Meiji Shrine where Toshi talked us through the importance of Shrines in Japanese culture. We then caught 2 more trains to Odaiba city, one of the trains being a driverless train. We found the entire day amazing, and Toshi was a great communicator telling us all about history and meanings of many ideals we encountered. We highly recommend Toshi as a guide for anyone wanting a truly authentic experience in Japan.
We were highly impressed with T- Chan for several reasons- apart from having a delightful personality, it was abundantly clear that significant effort had gone into our 6 hour tour, including research regarding a special dietary requirement. T- Chan clearly loves what she does, taking major pride in her home city. There was just the right combination of information sharing along with a down- to- earth humility and genuine friendliness. We would thoroughly endorse T - Chan as a reputable and friendly tour guide to anyone visiting Tokyo.
T-chan arrived at my hotel promptly in the morning to escort me on a memorable Tokyo adventure. Since this is my third trip in the last 6 months to Tokyo, I was looking for something adventuresome, personalized and off the beaten path! We began the day at the antique flea market held in Machida Tenmangu shrine. I was able to purchase two super cute kimonos as Christmas gifts for my two nieces. From there we explored Daiso which is Japan's version of America's Dollar General. Generically theses stores are called 100 yen stores. Then we blazed through the local supermarket, enjoying samples of food while we shopped for our sushi ingredients. I was also able to score two bags matcha green tea Kitkat bars to use as stocking stuffers for the kids back home. Next, T-chan made me feel welcome at her home then proceeded to teach me how to make sushi. Her well behaved dog Mame kept a watchful eye us as we made Futomaki(rolls), Temaki(hand roll), Inari (fried tofu wrap) and Chirashi. In addition to eating the sushi we made, this experience included tasting samples of Daiginjo sake and umeshu (apricot liquor), Maccha green tea and Wagashi (Japanese sweets, made from sweet red and white bean paste), "wa" means Japanese. Before returning to the train station for the ride home we took a stroll through Machida's quite streets, filled with lovely homes and natural areas. All through the day, T-chan was very attentive and took care to answer all of my questions regarding Japan's history and culture which I found to be very valuable. Thank you T-chan! This was a day well spent. I highly recommend you as a guide for anyone looking for a customized tour filled with attention to details.
Toshi was a wonderful guide for my parents
We had two wonderful days with Toshi (T-chan) and we met a tour guide who knew her work very well From the contact stage through email. In the way she prepared us for the tours. How to help the manager in Tokyo. And of course the fascinating walks and places we saw. Highly recommended with a five-star rating. Traveling with Toshi (T-chan) is a great experience