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  (5) Reviews
Send message only 2 days available in March
$ 30 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: 1 day ago
Cities where I can guide: Tokyo , Kamakura , Mount Fuji , Hakone , Nikko , Niigata

Languages English ( License )

(5) Reviews
Hourly rate 30 USD Price up to 2 people
( Max : 5 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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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 $29.70 $29.70 $2.70
4 Hours $118.80 $118.80 $10.80
8 Hours $237.60 $237.60 $21.60

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 13 hours maximum per day.
* People: 5 maximum

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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.

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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 ( 5 )
Vincent Vincent United States ( Solo )
2 weeks ago

“ Interesting trip to Nikko ”

I had a day trip with Takano to Nikko and it was extraordinary. From calculating best transportation route to finding a great local restaurant, Takano worked in every possible detail to make sure my trip will be best accommodated. Also Takano had many adventurous stories shared with me along three hours train trips. I highly recommend Takano.


I also had a great time travelling together with Vincent san during our round trip to Nikko. You brought very fine weather with you to Nikko and told me lots of interesting and funny stories based on your experience in other countries. I know that this was your second visit and I hope that we will meet again during your third and next visit to Japan.

Corey Corey United States ( Family with kids )
2 months ago

“ The most interesting man in Tokyo! ”

Yoshi Takano is a Japanese treasure! While most tour guides know where to go, when to go, what to order in a restaurant, names and dates of significant sites, I would challenge any guide to shepherd you and your group in a way like Mr. Takano does. His deep experience from visiting and living in over 40 countries as well as his professional experience from being a retired senior executive of many large multinational organizations lends his incredible insight into your day. From the larger tourist areas and sites to the nuanced "locals-only" establishments and secrets, his perspective helped bring Tokyo alive to me and my family. He dumbed things down for me yet in such a scholarly way that made my interest in Japan grow all the more. He tolerated my ignorant questions with flair. Even thou... read more


Thank you for your comment. You must have already returned to your home in Arizona by now. Hope that some of the souvenirs that you and your adorable three children bought in Tokyo surprised your other family members waiting your return in your home, just like your gift item “ONE DOZEN Rattlesnake Eggs” from Arizona desert surprised me when I opened the envelop. Please bring other family members to Tokyo as well.

Tarak Tarak India ( Family )
2 months ago

“ Amazing guide! ”

Great guide, very flexible and knows a lot about Japan and Tokyo!


I enjoyed nature and hiking with Tarak san, his lovely wife and two children in wooded area of western Tokyo. Hope to see you all again when you come back to Japan sometime in the future.

Lara Lara United States ( Family with kids )
1 year ago

“ Great guide! ”

We had a really nice tour with Takano. He was punctual, flexible, and easy to talk to. He really cared about us having a good time and went out of his way to recommend other things to do on our next half day on our own. He’s such a nice guy, and I’d definitely recommend him to anyone visiting Tokyo!


I enjoyed visiting Mt.Fuji and Aokigahara Forest with Lara-san and her bright daughter. Please come back to Japan to see, to east and to experience something new with your family members again.

Maria Maria Philippines ( Family )
1 year ago

“ Mt Fuji in 6 hours! ”

Takano was very helpful. He knew exactly where to take us knowing that we were already pressed for time. Even our lunch was well selected according to what we wanted.


I enjoyed being with Maria-san and her family members including a little young handsome man and two lovely ladies. I will send you several family photos taken by my Canon later.