I worked as a public servant in the local government for 35 years. I belonged to the department of Redevelopment, Town-Landscaping and Architectural Guidance. (I have a national 1st-class architect license.) I devoted myself to revitalizing the city by making plans and improving infrastructure for citizens.
Gifu is located in central Japan near Nagoya. There are many unique tourist points to discover that are hard to find in hectic big cities like Tokyo and Kyoto. I had a hand in restoring and preserving many of them throughout my career and want to introduce them to tourists from abroad. That’s why I became a guide-interpreter in Gifu.
I also enjoyed traveling around the world. My favorite part of each trip was walking around the city and talking with local residents. Traveling has taught me many things during my lifetime. Now, I would like to help others have similar experience in Japan.
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 5 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 11 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.
Tetsuji was very nice and enjoyable to be with. He was flexible in terms of our adding places we wanted to see in Takayama. His English is very good. When we asked questions he couldn't answer, he worked hard to find someone who could answer them. We know that Tesuji is fairly new to this, and expect that he will gain more knowledge of Takayama as he takes more clients there.
Thank you very much for the photos enjoying our tour of Takajama. I very much enjoyed the tour of Takajama and especially your extensive knowledge of Takayama and the region. It was very much appreciated. The experience was outstanding and will always be great memories for me to reminisce. Tetsuji thankyou for your professionalism and leadership it was very much appreciated and I would have no hesitation in recommending your professional services to your prospective clients at anytime. Mary Cairnduff.
Tetsuji was our guide for 2 consecutive days. He is very friendly and flexible with his itineraries; and he went the extra mile to ensure our needs are met. Instead of meeting at the JR station as per his iitineray, he came all the way to the hotel to meet us. He is also very honest. When I wanted him to do a tour to view sakuar near his hometown on 14 April, he did not want to commit as he wanted to check with the meteorological station nearer the date to make sure that there were flowers on the particular day. A few days before 14April he emailed to say that there will be flowers in Takayama which coincided with the first day of the spring festival. He rushed to get us train tickets on the wide Hida train and paid with his own money first. We had tickets for the first class cabin and the experience was fabulous. He also took us around the shopping streets in Takayama and the old town too. The next day after we toured the castles, he arranged for us (at my request) to visit a traditional umbrella making artisan. This was not part of the itinerary but Tetsuji obliged me and went out of his way to do it. Despite being a Sunday and the shop was not opened, he managed to arrange for us to visit the shop. He used his personal car to drive us to the shop to save time and dropped us back at the train station in Gifu. Such is friendly, obliging, knowledgeable and flexible with the itinerary. Oh before I forget, he took us to the traditional Japanese dessert shop in Aichi for my favorite Sakura mochi. A trip to Japan is not complete without getting my fix of the Sakura mochi. Thank you Tetsuji for being our guide. Wishing you every success.
Tetsuji prepared special itineraries for me in smaller towns, one of which became problematic but not through any fault of his. I was impressed by the care and planning he had undertaken and how quickly he grasped what I wanted to see and made arrangements for lots of tea breaks so that we went at my pace. I very much enjoyed our time together and would recommend anyone visiting Japan to go out of the big cities to see different aspects of Japan with Tetsuji.
We were fortunate to have Tetsuji as our guide. He provided a wonderful experience for us as we got to see Gifu Castle, Cormorant Fishing, and Kawara-machi... we also enjoyed Squirrel Village & shopping. In addition, we relaxed in the open air Onsen at Hotel Park, under the beautiful moonlight with a view of Gifu Castle. Tetsuji was very flexible, personable & easy to understand. Highly recommended.