My name is Akiko, national licensed English-speaking tour guide. I'd be happy to help you in your adventure in Japan. I love traveling myself, and I actually traveled extensively in the world and also within Japan. I am interested in history, archaeology, and culture. So I believe I can be good company as well while being your guide. I love to meet new people because there is always something new to learn from them. And I enjoy learning new things.
I was born and raised in the city of Hachinohe in Aomori Prefecture which is located in the northern tip of the main island Honshu in Japan. I lived in Tokyo and worked with Americans for 30 years, and recently moved back to my hometown where I belong.
I can offer you a tour in Akita and Iwate as well. There are so many interesting destinations in Japan. Please come and visit Tohoku (northern Japan) where you can enjoy Japanese real local life and people. Looking forward to meeting you soon!
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 8 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 8 hours maximum per day.
* People: 16 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.
The perfect experience as Akiko organised everything to perfection and was very patient in explaining things. She also had back up plans. We were able to see Akita dogs and the traditional cherry bark craft. Thanks again Akiko and hope to engage your services next time we are Japan.
Thanks, Edward. Happy to see you all again at the noodle restaurant after the tour. Hope you enjoyed another day in Akita, and explore more during your stay in Japan.
Akiko planned a wonderful tour for us for the one day we had to tour Aomori Prefecture. Excellent planning, very flexible to meet our needs, and wonderful personality. We enjoyed the day so very much!
Happy to know that you really enjoyed the day including pizza! I hope to see you again in Colorado some time in the future. Warmest regards, Akiko
Me and my daughter(15 yrs old) had a great time with Akiko, she's organized. She met us up in the hotel on time, travel straight to the spots and explains while travelling. I did learn a lot about Aomori and when to visit best Aomori again. I will surely choose Akiko again.
Loreta, It was very nice seeing you again near the train station the other day! Happy to learn that you enjoyed the one day excursion outside the city. I hope you visit Aomori again during the different season next time. Thank you again!
Akiko's English is excellent - the best of any guide we encountered in a 3 week tour through Asia. She was well organized, exceedingly pleasant and arranged a perfect day for us. Our experience began with great communications prior to our departure arranging a private itinerary, Akiko provided immediate answers to any questions. She was interesting and informative. Everything she had arranged was first rate. Bravo Akiko and thank you. Our tour of Hirosaki was the highlight of our visit to Japan.
Hi, Maria, I am so happy to learn that all of your group enjoyed that beautiful day in Hirosaki. It was really the best day of the season. Thank you so much for your nice comment.
Akiko provided our family with a "world class" tour of autumn colors in Aomori! Arrangements and schedule were seamless, and the background history she provided at each attraction was outstanding. Thank you Akiko for making our tour in Japan most memorable! Aloha, The Date Family.
Aloha Dan, Thank you so much for your generous comment! I am very happy that you enjoyed one of the best autumn days in Aomori, and also tasted Aomori apples! Best wishes to you and your family. Akiko