Hello! My name is Takeshi. Please call me Tony.
I was born in Tokyo. I worked for Canon for more than 30 years including a 5-year assignment to the U.S. office. Before joining Canon, I received a master's degree in engineering in the United States.
After retiring from the company, I began working as a volunteer guide for foreign visitors in Kamakura and Yokohama.
However, I became fascinated by the beautiful nature of Nagano prefecture and decided to move here to the Yatsugatake Mountains, 1000m above sea level in Nagano last year.
Since then I go out to look at the breathtaking mountains, lakes, and shrines every day. I would like to guide you to these special sites and also share with you the Japanese culture in my guided tours.
I am a Licensed Guide Interpreter in English and a Certified Travel Service Administrator. My hobby is Aikido and I hold the 2nd Dan black belt.
Hope to see you soon.
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 4 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 8 hours maximum per day.
* People: 6 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.
Takeshi guided our clients in Nagano. He made excellent sightseeing suggestions and was always eager to answers questions to help plan the afternoon tour. Our clients enjoyed the tour and we would use his services again in the future.
Thank you for the good review. It is nice to hear that your clients enjoyed my tour. I would like to work with you again before so long. Thanks.
Excellent guide, was a pleasure spending the day with him.
Thank you for giving me the good review. It was really nice weather when we were in Obuse. Hope to see you again.
Mr Toni Takeshi is a seasoned guide who is very friendly and resourceful. He brought us around Nagano and to Masumoto and managed to cover the highlights for the day. He even found a very good ramen restaurant Ippudo for my kids who wanted to eat ramen that day. We all enjoyed the tour and the lunch very much. Big Thank you to Mr Takeshi.
Thank you for your review. I am glad that I could guide you to Zenkoji Temple and Matsumoto castle. The temple looked nice in a light snow falling. Please come to visit Nagano again. Hope to see you again.
Tikeshi was very knowledgeable and made for a very fun day around Nagano. His English is excellent and he was very flexible around my schedule. His insight and conversation made for a great trip. He developed a schedule and then let me stay as long as I needed. He also included an extra sake stop at my request. He was fun and friendly and made my trip great!
Mike-san, Thank you for your review. I am glad that I could guide you to Snow Monkey and Zenkoji Temple. There are many other beautiful places in Nagano. Please come to visit Nagano again. Hope to see you again. Takeshi
Very gentle, knowledgeable person. We had a very nice day in Nagano.
Dear Claudia-san, Thank you for visiting Nagano. I was very glad to be able to guide you to the Zenkoji temple and the Snow Monkey Park. It was fun being able to talk a lot with you while I was guiding. I'm looking forward to meeting you again. Regards, Takeshi Hamano