Halloo, I'm Shoko Shimazu.
I live in Kanagawa.
I love walking, eating, traveling, and have traveled a lot around Japan as well as overseas.
My place is near Kamakura and Hakone, so I have visited them many times.
If you are going to visit Japan, especially Kamakura or Hakone, please let me help you.
With my tenacious preparation and knowledge, I will make your trip become an enjoyable and memorable one.
I'm looking forward to seeing 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: 6 hours minimum and 8 hours maximum per day.
* People: 8 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.
A wonderful experience thanks to Shoko. Knowledgable, warm, friendly and beyond helpful. She couldn't do enough for us. Would recommend her to anyone. Look forward to a visit from her to us in DC.
It is honor that I could guide you. Everyone of your group is very friendly and warm, too. I'm really happy that with your cooperation and the good weather, the tour ended successfully. It is regrettable that you couldn't see the great view of Mt. Fuji. Maybe, next time. Thanks for your kind words, they encouraged me a lot. Please enjoy the rest of your trip. I hope that you will leave Japan with a lot of wonderful memories.
Met Shoko as discussed at Yokahama, lovely Lady but as I am disabled she found difficult to hunt down metro stations with lifts or escalators . Would recommend but if you have mobility issues in Tokyo do think twice about getting around as confusing metro lines. I would have to use a coach tour as unable to see the Imperial Palace or Government buildings due to up and down lots of steps ... Shoka is great at listening to your requests..
Hi KEVIN, Thank you for your review, I really appreciate. It is true that Tokyo is not kind to people with issues. It is regrettable that you couldn't see the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Government Building in this tour because of many steps. If I get mail from people with some issues from now on, I will remember you and remind the present situation of Tokyo to him or her. Thank you for everything. I had a great time in sharing with you in this tour. Please say hello to your kind wife, Elizabeth for me. Best regards, Shoko
We spent 2 mornings with Shoko in Tokyo (family of 2 adults and 2 kids). She was very patient helping us organise an itinerary before the trip, one that would work for our young boys and around lunchtime, which we appreciate. She even brought a nice book and origami for them to play. Shoko’s English is not excellent, so some people might struggle, but we were patient with her and it worked well. She gave us basic historical and factual information about each temple and area we visited (not too detailed information as we didnt have the time anyway), but we left with a basic idea of each area. I assume if you require much more detail and explanations about each area, she can arrange that. Lovely lady :)
Hi Paola, Thank you for writing the review. I was very happy to be with your family. I'm so sorry to hear that you struggled my English. Thank you for your patience. Your review is very useful to show me my problems. I will work hard to try to improve my English. Please say hello to your cute boys and your husband for me. Thank you for everything. Best regards, Shoko
Very good. Helpful and knowledgeable. Navigated us around efficiently. We saw a lot of interesting sights on our limited time. Highly recommended
Dear Alfonso Thank you for giving me 5 stars with a great review. With your cooperation, our tours have finished without any accidents, especially yesterday when it rained. Please tell Sally that I had a wonderful chat with her. Thank you. Please have a wonderful voyage, and take a great care of yourselves. Best regards, Shoko
We would actually give Shoko 10 stars if we could. Firstly Shoko is a first class lady and human,with a sense of humour and went to an enormous amount of planning and reconaisance for our day tour. Much more than we had expected. We love her. Shoko even brought her luck by rubbing a lucky rabbit foot and Mt Fuji revealed herself from the cloud.
Dear David, Thank you for giving me 5 stars. I'm really enjoyed your company. I'm not an experienced guide, but you're kind and cooperative so that the tour went so smoothly. I can not express by words how I appreciate your kindness. Your words are incentive to my future tours. I hope that you will have a good time on the rest of your trip and go back to Australia with a lot of wonderful memories. Shoko