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.
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 2 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 13 hours maximum per day.
* People: 4 maximum
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.