Hello! I’m Mariko, a national licensed English tour guide.
I lived in Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Saitama (about 30km north from Tokyo), Sendai (located in north part of Japan), Chiba (about 20km east from Tokyo), USA, and Hong Kong.
And, I went high school & university in Kyoto.
I love Japanese culture, so I learned Tea ceremony for about 10years, and Japanese flower arrangement for 9years. Also I love to enjoy scuba diving in Okinawa.
Each city has own culture, and I always had wonderful time there.
Now, it’s my turn to welcome and introduce Japan to you! Let’s explore Japan with me!
I’ll try to introduce you somewhere not on the guide book.
I’m sure you can have wonderful experiences!
Please feel free to contact me.
I’m looking forward to seeing you!
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.
We had a very interesting and fun afternoon at Yanaka Ginza with Mariko, and then some very tasty grill food for dinner, folowed by a very nice sake brewery bar, where you could try many of their excellent sakes. Thankyou Mariko! We all had a great time!
Thank you Vicky! I'm very happy to hear from you that you all had a great time! It was a wonderful day for me, too! I can't forget the conversation between you and old lady at liqueur shop in Yanaka, both speaking in each native language but understanding each other. And I want to say thank you for the present that you gave me. The aroma is great! I love it! I hope you have fun during your rest of your days in Japan. And hope see you again some day!
Despite the rainy weather Marino was an excellent guide. She showed us everything on our list and then even more. She was prompt and knowledgeable! I strongly recommend her to anyone wanting a private tour with a great guide !
Dear Kathleen, thank you for your warm comment! I'm glad you enjoyed the tour, and also it was wonderful time for me. I hope I can guide you again on a fine day! Thank you!
We planned Mariko for one day to guide us from out hotel in Tokyo to our Ryokan in Hakone and show us the highlights there. Upon our meeting in the hotel the first thing she had to tell us was the Ryokan in Hakone could not be reached due to the heavy snowfall. She helped us to make new plans for that day. She is very friendly, speaks good English and is a pleasant personality. Thanks Mariko!
Thank you Joop! It was nice meeting you! I really wanted to show you around Hakone if it wasn’t heavy snow. When you visit Japan next time, I’m happy to be your guide. Please enjoy rest of your days in Japan!