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Send message only 3 days available in May
$ 32 Hourly rate Price up to 2 people
Born and raised in Niigata prefecture, visit my mother and sister who live in Niigata city every month from Tokyo. Niigata has lots of attractions for tourists, including Yahiko Shrine/suspension cable car ride to the top of Mt. Yahiko, Northern Culture Museum where you can see the richest farmer's residence and garden, sake breweries with free sake tasting, castle towns like Shibata city or Murakami city, winter ski resorts with four meters of snow, delicious local sea food from Sea of Japan or from Sado Island/ fruits and brown edamame. It takes only two hours by Shinkansen train to reach Niigata from Tokyo.

Niigata prefecture and Niigata city each has a population of 2.3 Million and 0.8 Million, good sizes but much smaller than Tokyo, the biggest city area in the world. By experiencing both Tokyo on the Pacific Ocean side and Niigata on the Sea of Japan side, you can taste both modern gigantic city life/culture and traditional city/rural life/culture in Japan.
In addition to Greater Tokyo Area where I live, I will be happy to be your guide in any cities/areas on the Sea of Japan side as well.

My tour destinations outside Greater Tokyo area include Niigata-city, Nagaoka -city, Itoigawa-city, Sado island, Nagano city, Snow Resorts in Niigata and Nagano mountain areas, Yamagata city, Tsuruoka city, Sakata city, Kanazawa city, Oono city, Echizen city, Tsuruga city, Fukui city, Gokayama and Shirakawago which are World Heritage sites famous for Gassho-zukuri and Kyoto/Nara.
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Last updated: 12 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Tokyo , Kamakura , Mount Fuji , Hakone , Nikko , Niigata

Languages English ( License )

(10) Reviews
Hourly rate 32 USD Price up to 2 people
( Max : 4 People )
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Obtained my National Guide License (English) in 2010 and my MBA from University of Michigan's Ross School of Business decades ago, when I had more hairs to allow me to choose variety of hair styles.

In the past, have lived outside Japan for the total of 12 years in such cities as Boulder,CO; Ann Arbor,MI; Washington DC (USA); Manila (PHI) and Colombo (Sri Lanka), and visited 40 countries----I visited Kyrgyz Republic for one month in October-November, 2018 as my 40th country.

Examples of my tour destinations are Tokyo where I live, Nikko, Mt. Fuji 5th station, Lake Kawaguchiko, Aokigahara Forest, Hakone, Kamakura, Mt. Takao and Niigata prefecture.
Foreign tourists/media who visited Tomioka Silk Mill with me were interviewed by NHK TV crews at Tomioka, and my guests and I appeared on NHK Greater Tokyo Area evening TV news.

Tours will be conducted using public transportations or taxis in some cases as needed. According to your interests, physical/health conditions and duration of your tour, I will tailor-made your tour and arrange destinations. I can meet you at your hotel and take you back when the tour concludes.

Currently live in Suginami-ku, western side of residential area in Tokyo with my wife and two pet dogs. Can come to Shinjuku or Shibuya areas in less than 30 minutes, Tokyo station area in 45 minutes, door to door, by train.

Consider myself as one of the most experienced travelers who have survived many difficult situations without getting into any serious trouble. Can be a good tour guide for business persons or retired business persons or travelers who like walking/outdoor activities/taking photos/wine or sake tasting/finding healthy food ---fresh seafood such as sushi, sashimi--soba or buckwheat noodles.

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5.0 (10) Reviews
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The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

1 Person
Up to 2 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $31.85 $31.85 $2.73
4 Hours $127.40 $127.40 $10.92
8 Hours $254.80 $254.80 $21.84

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 13 hours maximum per day.
* People: 4 maximum

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Best of Tokyo in half or one or two day(s)

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by Takano
8h $ 250 up to 4 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?

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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 ( 10 )
Ter Ter Indonesia ( Friends )
3 days ago

“ An excellent one day trip ”

Takano san was very friendly, chatty and helpful. He was well prepared, very punctual and insightful. And thanks for the ice cream treat Takano san😀. Definitely recommend his service.


It has been a pleasure traveling and walking with two beautiful healthy ladies to Narabi Jizo, Toshogu Shrine and Tamozawa Villa. Please come back to Japan to visit winter resorts in Niigata Prefecture during snow season.

Troy Troy Canada ( Solo )
1 week ago

“ One morning in Tokyo ”

From the first moment of contact via messaging to the day of the tour Yoshi Takano was extremely helpful. He provided choices for the tour and helped guide me through the rail ticket process online. The day of the tour he meet me at the station and walked me through the tour and verified I was ok with the morning layout. As we toured he kept me informed on the history of the areas we visited and what each area meant to Japanese culture. When we ran into one part of the tour not being available, he was very quick to find another destination for us. As I was only able to take a four hour tour due to my schedule I was concerned I would not experience true Tokyo, but by the end of the four hours Yoshi was able to provide a taste of Tokyo that will remain with me forever! We also experience a n... read more


It is good to hear from you, Troy san. You must have already returned to Canada by now finishing all your business meetings and other busy schedules here. It has been a real pleasure to walk together in Tokyo and cover a lot of topics and areas in just four hours. Next time, please being your family members with you and spend a little bit more time in Japan. Yoshi

Marina Marina United States ( Couple )
3 weeks ago

“ Perfect rating ”

It was very pleasant experience, very personal and accommodating.


Hi, Marina san, It has been a pleasure walking with you and your husband in double cherry blossoms with some stop-over at street food places and small café. Trust that you have had a good very time in Japan. Hope to see you again on your next visit.

Sean Sean United States ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Good walking partner in Kyoto ”

Yoshi was a friendly and wonderful guide. We were able to move with speed throughout the city and cover everything we wanted to. He was easy to understand and his passion for Japanese beauty was great to be around. For lunch we had a great experience of sushi and Sake. We would use him again if traveling to Japan.


Dear Sean san and Kim san, It is.good to hear ftom you afrer one week. I have been wondering if you were able to see snow moneys. However, I was not your walking partner in KYOTO and therefore would appreciate if you could check the name of your guide in Kyoto again. I know that Japanese guide names could easily be mixed up. Cheers, Yoshi

Renu Renu United States ( Family with kids )
1 month ago

“ Great day at Mt. Fuji. ”

We had s excellent day with Takano, as we travelled from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji. He had done lots of homework & had maps & an itinerary printed out. He even had a fun quiz for the kids to keep them entertained on the train. He tailored the itinerary to our needs & to our tight schedule. Communication was great & his English is perfect. Thank you, Takano, for helping my family make wonderful memories!!


Thanks to Renu san, who brought her perfect family and blue sky to Lake Kawaguchi from California, we were able to see the whole Mt. Fuji without a single cloud and were able to enjoy Lakes and Aokigahara Forest. Please say Hello to your husband and your cute twin children.