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Takano

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  (13) Reviews
Send message only 6 days available in October
$ 33 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: 17 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Tokyo , Mount Fuji , Hakone , Nikko , Niigata

Languages English ( License )

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(13) Reviews
Hourly rate 33 USD Price up to 2 people
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About

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), Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Bishkek (Kyrgyz) and visited 40 countries----I stayed in Kyrgyz Republic between October 2018 and Feb. 2019 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, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route 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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Price

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

Duration
1 Person
Up to 2 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $32.80 $32.80 $2.82
4 Hours $131.19 $131.19 $11.26
8 Hours $262.38 $262.38 $22.52

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

Private Tours

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

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One or two-day tour which covers best part of Tokyo with your personal guide who will give you neutral advice and information. Even if you are a first time...
8h $ 258 up to 4 people

Nikko World-Heritage Site in One Day using Train from Tokyo

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Will take train from Shinjuku JR railway station in the morning and stay in Nikko for four hours and come back to Shinjuku station in the evening. Even th...
9h $ 278 up to 2 people

Sake Brewery Visit and Sake Tasting Private Tour @ Niigata P...

(13) Reviews
by Takano
Tour will start in the early morning from your hotel in Tokyo. We will take Shinkansen train to a a local district in Niigata prefecture where we spend a h...
8h $ 270 up to 2 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 ( 13 )
Meg Meg United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Wonderful 1/2-day Tokyo Highlights Tour ”

Yoshi-san was a great guide for our 1/2-day Tokyo highlights tour. He is very accommodating, personable and extremely knowledgeable. We had a great experience and would highly recommend.

Takano:

It has been a pleasure walking with Meg-san and her handsome husband from Maryland/DC. Please re-visit Tokyo next year to see some Olympic games.

Jeannie Jeannie United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Day trip to Nikko ”

Takano helped us design a wonderful day trip to Nikko. He was very organized and crafted a perfect schedule to include the sights which most interested our family. His attention to every detail made our excursion flow effortlessly. I highly recommend this knowledgable and friendly guide!

Takano:

It is good to travel with a family from Colorado, who refreshed my memory of Rocky mountains. Thanks to extensive research effort by Jeannie san, we were able to cover strawberry farm and Kegon waterfall in addition to World Heritage sites in one day.

David David Canada ( Couple )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Takano in Tokyo ”

Takano was our Tokyo guide for 1 day. We like to use a private guide to make sure we see the "must see" sites efficiently and to help us get oriented in Tokyo. Takano was perfect for all of this for many reasons. He oriented us in the city and helped us get familiar with the intimidating but incredibly efficient subway and train system. He gave us good suggestions for our other days touring Tokyo and environs solo. He understood our touring style and adapted to it. We like to cover alot of ground in one day without getting caught up in the minutia of historical details (until we chose to return on other days). We did just that! Bravo Takano !

Takano:

You must have safely returned to Canada by now. I trust you have had a very good and adventurous time using complicated public transportation system not only in Tokyo but other part of Japan as well.

Ter Ter Indonesia ( Friends )
Excellent
4 months 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.

Takano:

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 )
Excellent
5 months 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

Takano:

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