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Toshi(T-chan)

Licensed Guide
  (80) Reviews
Send message fully booked in October
$ 30 Hourly rate Price up to 6 people
PLEASE NOTE:
= Hotel pick-ups only in Central Tokyo, Yokohama and at some hotels in Kawasaki.
= Please book at least SIX HOURS PRIOR to a custom tour.
= Charges start at the meet-up time.
= Early pick-up (before 9:30) = extra 1,000JPY / hour
= Tour extention (extra hour service) = 3,300JPY/ hour
= For 4-hour tours, please check out my tours = Tokyo, Harajuku & Shibuya, Odaiba, Shinjuku, Ueno, Yokohama and antique flea market.
= HAKONE TOURS - Please contact the guide BEFORE booking.(No direct booking)
= MT. FUJI TOURS are offered only as an add-on to Tokyo tours (at least 4 hours in Tokyo on a different day) provided guests have already booked their own private car or van.

PEAK SEASON PREMIUM (for some tours) = 2,000 JPY per group
= Charged ONLY ONCE for the first day of the first tour of the peak season.
= Peak seasons:
>>> Spring : March 15 to April 30
>>> Autumn : September 25 to November 20
>>> Winter: December 22 to January 6

***I offer tours using public transportation (train, subway, bus and/or taxi).
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Last updated: 8 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Tokyo , Kamakura , Hakone , Yokohama , Saitama

Languages English ( License )

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(80) Reviews
Hourly rate 30 USD Price up to 6 people
( Max : 10 People )
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About

Hi, I am Toshi (My friends call me T-chan)! My love for travel has inspired me to be a tour guide myself.
I love discovering new cultures, new places (usually off the beaten track), and connecting with local people when I travel. My goal is to give guests a real "local experience"--the kind that I like when I travel.
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!

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Price

The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

Duration
1 Person
Up to 6 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $30.36 $30.36 $9.20
6 Hours $182.16 $182.16 $55.20
8 Hours $242.88 $242.88 $73.60

* Duration: 6 hours minimum and 8 hours maximum per day.
* People: 10 maximum

Private Tours

Harajuku & Shibuya - Half Day, 4hrs - Daytime or Evening

(80) Reviews
Harajuku is the center of Kawaii culture (Kawaii=cute). It's a must-see area for those into kawaii culture (a favorite among young women). This is a walkin...
4h $ 120 up to 10 people

Tokyo your way

(80) Reviews
There are many popular Tokyo hotspots. Let's focus on what you're interested in. For a 4-hour tour, please select one to three destinations from the High...
4h $ 129 up to 6 people

Home visit, Sushi making & learning from locals in the subur...

(80) Reviews
Toshi's house is in the beautiful upper-middle class residential area in the suburbs of Tokyo. First, we will shop ingredients for lunch at a local super m...
7h $ 92 per person

Kamakura your way

(80) Reviews
It's by the Pacific Ocean. It was the samurai capital from the 12th to the 14th century. Zen Buddhism was started in Kamakura. There are 100 temples and...
6h $ 184 up to 6 people

My Tokyo - traditional and contemporary (6 hrs)

(80) Reviews
Are you ready for a Tokyo adventure? This is the most popular itinerary among my various guests: young adults, seniors, and families with young children....
6h $ 170 up to 6 people

Yokohama your way

(80) Reviews
Yokohama is a beautiful harbor city with mix of historical and modern buildings, and Chinatown with its genuine Chinese flavors. For a 4-hour tour, please...
4h $ 120 up to 6 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

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

Starting and ending points of the tour.

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.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

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.

Can I add more people to my booking?

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.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

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.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

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.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date, there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 80 )
Mariluz Mariluz United States ( Solo )
Excellent
2 days ago

“ 6+ hours in Tokyo ”

My time in Tokyo with Toshi was very enjoyable. Toshi knows so much about the history of Japan and every little corner of the city. I asked her to visit specific sites and she delivered them beautifully. Toshi is graceful and calm which made for a very delightful day. Thank you, Toshi! I will be back!

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Mariluz! Glad to know you had fun; I did too! You requested a shopping tour for products made in Japan such as organic cosmetics, ceramics, stationaries, and green tea. What do you think of Ginza stores? I felt like as if we were doing museum-hopping as products were so beautifully displayed. Don‘t you think so? Our next stop was a small shopping mall with unique artisan works. There are more stores you need to check out! Please come back to Tokyo in spring so that you can see the cherry blossoms. Hope to see you again.

Wendy Wendy United States ( Family )
Excellent
4 days ago

“ Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya ”

Toshi is a marvelous guide! We had a great day with her in Tokyo. She is knowledgeable and a pleasure to spend the day with. We especially appreciated her kindness and flexibility as we had to rearrange our plans due to Typhoon Hagibis. Thank you Toshi for both your support and for showing us an awesome day!

Toshi(T-chan):

Arigato, Wendy! I also had a wonderful time with you and your family. So glad that we managed to hit all the places (and food) you wanted to visit. There are over 100 choices of crepes in Harajuku. Just looking at the colorful samples in front of the food stands was fun, wasn't it? You looked so cool with the beer at a warmly cozy bar in Golden Gai. How was the taste of Yakitori (skewered chicken) in Omoide Yokocho? Hope you liked it. Please come back as Tokyo has more local food you must try. Matane! (see ya' in English)

Seymour Seymour Canada ( Friends )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Wonderful private tours with Toshi ”

Toshi provided consistently excellent, knowledge-based, personalized touring. She’s a warm, engaging person who immediately made us all feel comfortable. In the planning for our trip, she was very responsive and helpful when replying to our questions and helped tailor our time with her to match our interests and physical abilities. She has very broad knowledge about Tokyo and Japan, their geography and history, and more than satisfied all our questions. She’s a very engaging speaker, she made sure we were all involved. She followed up on all issues in a complete and timely manner. She made excellent recommendations for places of interest we wanted to visit on our own. We couldn’t be more pleased with her service and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her as a guide.

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you, Seymour. Glad to hear you enjoyed our tour! I aim to please! It was great to spend two days with all of you. We had fun in Harajuku while we had meaningful time to immerse ourselves in the arts and culture in Ueno & Yanaka. The Asakura mansion is stunning, isn’t it? Please come back to Tokyo in a different season to see the flowers, e.g., cherry blossoms in late March and lotus flowers in July. In addition, let’s explore Yokohama together!

Laura Laura United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ A Wonderful Day with Toshi ”

The Meiji-jingu Shrine, Harajuku, Shinjuku and the Shibuya Crossing, with stops at a cat cafe, DAISO store, a fantastic tonkatsu lunch and shopping all along the way—that’s how my husband and I spent our amazing day with Toshi. She’s informative, fun and could not have been lovelier. I recommend Toshi to anyone reading this review, as I will back home in Los Angeles to my friends planning future visits to Japan.

Toshi(T-chan):

Thank you for your kind words, Laura and Paul! Your glowing review is very humbling. I quite enjoyed my day with you, too! So happy we could find shirts and shoes that your sons had requested in Harajuku. Maisen, the restaurant we had lunch, is the one of the most popular tonkatsu (pork fillet cutlet) restaurants in Tokyo. Enjoy the rest of your stay. Hope to see you (and your friends, perhaps) again in the near future!

Jennifer Jennifer United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ A fun and busy day around Tokyo ”

We enjoyed our day in Tokyo with Toshi. We are a family of five with kids ages 11,10 &10. Toshi kept everyone entertained. We used several modes of transportation to mo e about the city. We were telling friends all that we did with Toshi and they couldn’t believe we did it in one day. :)

Toshi(T-chan):

Hi Jennifer! So happy to know your family enjoyed the tour. The Tokyo skyline is quite stunning from the elevated train, isn't it? The breeze on the water bus ride was a welcome reprieve from the heat. How did you like the rainbow-colored cotton candy in Harajuku? Have you all had a chance to show friends your Purikura photos? You all had fake eyelashes, enlarged eyes, extra rosy cheeks and lips (even your husband!). So cute! Please come back in the spring to see the cherry blossoms in bloom. It's a sight to behold! Hope to see you again!

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