I am Makiko. I was born in Tokyo and I've lived here my whole life. I therefore know a lot about Tokyo and the surrounding areas. Tokyo has various kinds of charms of both traditional and modern aspects. I would like to show you the best parts of our exciting city.
I am a National licensed tour guide in English. I am an open-minded, sociable and thoughtful person. I really enjoy meeting people from other countries to share our cultures. I have experience in hosting students and interacting with people from across the world.
I studied a flower arrangement course in the UK and have been teaching flower arrangement for many years. I have experience in Japanese style flower arrangement and tea ceremony. I love flowers and plants and enjoy visiting gardens. I like traveling and watching films. I also love cooking, eating and drinking. So I can introduce you Tokyo's diverse food culture.
I am flexible about destinations and can arrange the tour according to your requests. I try hard to make your stay in Japan very special and memorable. Let's explore our beautiful and unique country together.
I am very much looking forward to meeting you!
*Please send a message to confirm my availability before booking, thank you.
*I do a tour within 6 people.
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 12 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.
Our family had 2 days booked with Makiko. She was very attentive from the start - emailing ideas for the itinerary and being extremely responsive to our questions and ideas. It was clear that she was most interested in helping us enjoy the parts of Tokyo that best fit our interests. We arrived into Tokyo on a Friday evening, and were thrilled to meet her on Saturday morning. Thank goodness we had Makiko to help us navigate and understand Tokyo station! She was a true joy to tour with - we (a husband, wife and 14 year old daughter) were very comfortable talking with and spending time with Makiko. She showed us many unique places, and explained the history of the Edo period through the present time in a fun, helpful way. Her recommendations for restaurants were very good. In between ... read more
Thank you very much for a wonderful review! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed my tour. It was such a pleasure to be your guide for 2 days. I had a lovely time with you and your family. Such a fun to talk about shopping story of your husband! We are very similar! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay. I very much looking forward to meeting all of you again. Makiko
Makiko is a first-rate tour guide. She was very professional yet so warm and caring. Our communication, via email, was exceptional. She speaks English well. She replied promptly to all my messages and provided me with all the informations I had to know about the places in Tokyo we wanted to go to. Few days before our arrival, she emailed me to remind me of the details of our meet up at our hotel. For our one and a half day tour with Makiko, she made it truly a very memorable one for our family. She brought us to some of the top-rated, historical places Iike Sensoji Temple and the Meiji Shrine. I told her of the shopping places we wanted to go to and she brought us to the BEST shopping places anyone would dream to be at. I also admire her patience. She made sure we had all the t... read more
Thank you very much for taking time to write a nice review. I am glad my tour was enjoyable and productive for your stay. We went to so many stores! Hope you had a good time for the rest of your stay in Japan. Hope you visit again. Best regards to Jake, Luis and Bea. Makiko
Makiko guided my wife and me during our trip to Tokyo, Nikko and Hakkone. She provided guidance even prior to the trip e.g. helping us to understand similarities among places we were planning to visit so that we ended up reducing the number of places visited and had different experiences in each place we visited. Makiko is very well organized. At the start of our trip, she helped make all the necessary reservations so that the complicated travel arrangements were perfect throughout the trip. She provided detailed information regarding the various places we visited. As a plus, since she is a licensed tourist guide, we did not have to pay entry fees for her at the many sites we visited. We wanted a customized experience and Makiko was very knowledgeable about various alt... read more
Thank you very much for a great review! I am very happy to hear you enjoyed my tour. We went to many places during 3 days tour. I think you could see quite many places and experiece many things for 3 days. Yes, it was very efficient to use a car in Hakone. We could go to places where are difficult to access by public transportations. I had a lovely time with both of you. Hope you had a good time in Kyoto. Hope you come back and meet again. My warmest regards to Elizabeth.
Makiko was pleasant, charming and a wonderful guide for our adventure in Tokyo and I would give her my highest recommendation. From the very beginning she was informative, helpful and responsive to all our questions and we quickly agreed to the agenda for our two days in Tokyo. She was very patient and flexible in dealing with our situation when we had to adjust our schedule to accommodate our Celebrity Cruise boarding time and made multiple trips out to Yokohama to help us navigate the complex train/subway system of Tokyo. Her communication skills were excellent and the information she provided was both informative and entertaining. She took a personal interest in what we wanted to experience from Tokyo and explained the culture and customs clearly for us to understand. Makiko was al... read more
Thank you very much for a wonderful review with five stars! I was so happy to receive it. So glad to hear you enjoyed my tour. It was a pleasure to be your guide in Tokyo. We could cover quite many places for 2 days. I had a lovely time with all of you. How was the cruse? I am sure you had a amaizing time. Hope you come back and meet again in Tokyo. My warmest regards to Vicky and Stacie. Makiko
A lovely morning wandering about Tsukiji with Makiko, eating in one of the many sushi bars. After a visit to Meiji shrine we had lunch in Kagurazaka at a traditional Japanese restaurant. Subsequent days included an isakaya visit and finally, best of all, a wonderful sake bar on a return trip to Kagurazaka. None of these restaurant visits could have been achieved without Makiko's marvellous assistance. She is very knowledgeable, has excellent English and is most efficient. One cannot wish for a better guide than Makiko.
Thank you very much for a wonderful review! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed my tour. It was a pleasure to be your guide during your stay in Tokyo. I had such a lovely time with you to talk about many things. Happy to hear you liked the restaurants I chose. Have a great time in Kyoto and Kanazawa. I am sure you will enjoy food there! Hope to see you somewhere soon. Thank you again for everything. Makiko