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Makiko

Licensed Guide
(55) Reviews
$ 33 Hourly rate
Reviews ( 55 )
Samuel Sina Samuel United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 days ago

“ Amazing Tokyo with Makiko ”

I’ve been in Tokyo at least a dozen times for business purposes and recently decided decided to take some time to visit the “insider Tokyo” and Makiko did a fantastic job. From visiting a little known but amazing temple to hidden sake bar. Very professional and impeccable English highly recommend

Makiko:

Thank you very much for a wonderful review! It was a pleasure to be your guide. I am glad to hear you enjoyed my tour. I had a lovely time with you to talk about many things. You knew a lot about Japan, especially, Japanese food culture. I am happy you enjoyed sake! Hope to see you sometime soon. Thank you again. Makiko

Daynelis Daynelis Cuba ( Solo )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Fish market , te ceremony , garden , temple , shopping ”

She is the best

Makiko:

Thank you very much for a lovely review with 5 stars! It was a gret pleasure to be your guide today. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. Makiko

Dan Dan United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Nikko day trip from Tokyo- fantastic ”

Makiko met us at the train station in Tokyo. Her English was excellent and easy to understand. Before our trip she communicated with us months and weeks in advance to clarify and coordinate the trip and to help tailor it to our wishes. When we met her, she was very warm and welcoming. She kept us on schedule, planning for purchasing return tickets in advance (lucky for us as trains were sold out and people were even trying to buy our tickets)! Makiko guided us from location to location with fun and charm, and made our visit and experience all the more magical. We 100 percent recommend a day trip to Nikko and 500 percent recommend Makiko as your guide!

Makiko:

Thank you very much for a wonderful review! It was a great pleasure to be your guide. Such a lovely time to spend with both of you. Thank you for showing beautiful pictures. They were very special! We were lucky for everything on the day. I was happy to show you beautiful autumn leaves in Nikko. I appreciated your respect to our culture. Both of you are very positive for everything, it made me so happy. Hope to see you sometime again. Have a nice and relax time for the rest of your holiday. My warmest regards to Carlos.

Carol Carol United States ( Family )
Excellent
4 weeks ago

“ Well planned ”

Makiko did a great job accommodating our requests for a more non traditional tour. She took us to a local restaurant for lunch and made sure to understand what we wanted to do. She included local cooking stores, sake tasting, zoo cafes, and of course a few traditional sites and gardens. She showed our daughter popular teen shopping stores as well as helping our son sample Japanese snacks. We would highly recommend Makiko. She will make the tour unique for everyone.

Makiko:

Thank you very much for a great review! It was a pleasure to be your guide on your first day in Tokyo. I enjoyed spending time with you and your family. Have a wonderful time for the rest of your stay in Japan. Hope to see you sometime again, maybe in Seattle? My warmest regards to Jeff, Ryan and Hannah. Makiko

Kiyo Kiyo Japan ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Meet & transfer w/Makiko ”

Makiko met my clients on their shinkansen platform at Shin-Yokohama and escorted them to their Kodama back to Odawara. With a big sigh of relief due to Makiko's professionalism and cheerful personality, my important guests were able to make this sudden change in transportation logistics with a few minutes to spare!

Makiko:

Thank you for a great review! Glad to hear I could help you. Hope they had a nice time in Hakone. Please contact me if you need my service again in future. Makiko

Charlotte Charlotte Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Brilliant Day with Makiko ”

Makiko made our short time in Tokyo amazing, we had a brilliant time with her. Makiko’s knowledge and explanations of history, culture and customs were second to none, we learnt and understood so much! Makiko’s English was superb no barriers with speaking and understanding. Makiko was punctual, polite, friendly always answered any questions and always asked if we needed any help. We can not recommend Makiko enough! We hopefully will be travelling to Japan / Tokyo in 2019 and would not hesitate to book Makiko again! Thanks so much Charlotte & Kingston

Makiko:

Thank you very much for such a lovely review! I am so happy you enjoyed 2 days with me. I really had a lovely days with you and your beautify boy! He is such a genius and so sweet! It was such a wonderful time to talk about many things, especially, our kids! You are great mother! I really hope I can meet you again and talk more. Hope you can come back sometime in near future. Love to see your husband and daughter. Thank you again for everything. You are such a generous person. I was amazed by your gift. We all will enjoy them! My warmest regards to Kingston, Makiko

Julie Julie United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Excellent tours! HIGHLY RECOMMEND! ”

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

Makiko:

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

Sarah Sarah Philippines ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ A short but well spent vacation ”

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

Makiko:

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

Gaiv Gaiv United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Tokyo, Nikko and Hakkone tours ”

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

Makiko:

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.

Mark Mark United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Warm, wonderful first visit to Japan ”

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

Makiko:

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

Andrew Andrew United Kingdom ( Solo )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ A wonderful introduction to food and drink in Tokyo ”

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.

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

Robert Robert United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Tokyo and surrounding areas with Makiko ”

This was our first trip to Japan and my wife and I arrived on October 6, 2018. We arrived at Yokohama by cruise ship on a 19 night transpacific cruise from Vancouver. As soon as we cleared customs, Makiko was there waiting for us. Because we spent many hours back and forth by email over the previous 6 or 7 months planning the itinerary with Makiko for this 5 day tour of Tokyo and the surrounding areas, it felt like we were meeting an old friend because of her warm and caring welcome. My wife and I have been on many cruises and land trips over the years and we have used private guides on most of our trips. I need to say, without exception and any reservation, that Makiko exceeded all the other tour guides we have ever had in the past with her friendliness, kindness, professionalism, kn... read more

Makiko:

Dear Robert, Thank you very much for such a wonderful review!! I am so touched. So happy to hear all of you enjoyed my tour. I had a lovely and memorable time with your family for those 5 days. 3,000 pictures! I wish I could seen all of them! They must be amaizing. I loved all of your family. All of you are so warm, caring and intelligent. I learnt a lot from you. We talked and laughed a lot! I really enjoyed talking with Bobbie. She is such a nice person... Hillary is so charming and smart lady. And you are super nice husband and father! What a lovely family you are! We went quite many places and did may defferent experiences for 5 days. I am glad you liked all places I took. All of you are so positive and accept many things and try everything. I admire your respects to our culture. I... read more

Susan Susan United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ A wonderful day! ”

We are first time Tokyo visitors and Makiko was invaluable in helping us get our bearings. The itinerary she designed was varied and delightful, and her knowledge of Japanese history provided context for the things she showed us. Along the way, she taught us how to use the subway and even helped us purchase rail tickets for the rest of our travels in Japan! Makiko’s thoughtfulness, knowledge and wonderful personality made a first day in Japan very special. We would highly recommend her as a guide!

Makiko:

Thank you very much for a wonderful review! I am glad to hear you enjoyed my tour. It was such a lovely time to spend with both of you. Have a great time for the rest of you stay in Japan. Hope to see you again sometime in future. Please come back in differnet season. Makiko

Aloka Aloka United States ( Friends )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Wonderful day with Makiko ”

We sent a wonderful day in Tokyo with Makiko! She met us at our hotel and took us to see the main sites we had requested in our1-day tour. I don't think we could have seen and understood as much without her guidance on the subways, speaking with shopkeepers, and explaining Japanese customs to us! She helped us plan our next half-day on our own, and made sure at the end of the day the taxi driver knew where we were heading. Would highly recommend her!

Makiko:

Thank you very much for a wonderful review! I was so happy to hear you enjoyed my tour. I had a lovely time with both of you. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Tokyo. Hope to see you again soon! My warmest regards to Sarah. Makiko

Dan & Mary Dan United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Great Introduction to Tokyo ”

Makiko was exceptional. She emailed us several times before we arrived in Tokyo to inquire what we wanted to see & do, she arranged an itenary & obtained our approval in advance. Makiko met us the first day at the hotel with only a few moments delay as there was a typhoon the day before which caused severe issues & delays in the train service. (She got up 2 1/2 hours early to meet us as she anticipated there would be problems). Even so, she made it to us with only a slight delay and then suggested an alternate transportation to avoid the commute backlog jam on the trains. She took us to all the different venues we had requested and also showed us how to purchase tickets & use the subway & train system to get around Tokyo on our own, which we have done on the following days we did not hav... read more

Makiko:

Thank you very much for a great review. It was a pleasure to be your guide for 2 days in Tokyo. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed my tour. It was such a lovely time with you. We were so lucky to have nice weather for both days. Hope to see you again. Please come back in different season to enjoy more flower. Have a wonderful time for a cruise! My warmest regards to Mary. Makiko

Roger Roger Australia ( Friends )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Tokyo tour with Makiko ”

We arranged the day tour of Tokyo through Triplelights but we always was in contact with Makiko directly. We arrived on the Quantum of the Seas into Yokohama at the Daikoku Pier, you can’t walk into Yokohama so we arranged to meet Makiko in a hotel in Yokohama, we went by taxi from the port to hotel about $30 Aust. All tours in Japan are walking tour you travel place to place by train with your guide. We traveled from Yokohama train station to the Tsukiji Wholesale Fish market , this place is a great place to visit the market is open five days a week,Makiko took us in the side door( I don’t think you are really are aloud in the market) it was fantastic to see the amount of fish traded and stalls packing fish to go to the Restaurants and stores. We then back on the train to visit the Sen... read more

Makiko:

Thank you very much for a wonderful review! It was pleasure to be your guide for your special day. It was rainy day, but we covered many places and walked quite a lot! Hope you were not too tired. I really enjoyed talking with you, especially on the train (we had a lot of travel time). Hope you have a chance to come back and we meet again. My warmest regards to Irene, Gwen and Joe.

Caroline Caroline United States ( Friends )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Great guide ”

We spent two days with Makiko and it was truly a pleasure. She tailored the tour to our interests and was most accommodating when we made changes to our tour due to weather. She was on time, professional and informative about the different places we visited. She shared tidbits about the Japanese culture which would never have happened had we trekked thru Tokyo on our own. She is fluent in english. She is considerate, respectful and patient, all traits we genuinely appreciate. Thank you, Makiko for making our trip so special. In fact, you made us feel welcomed and were excited to share your country with us such that we will return hopefully in the next year and will be looking for your services once more.

Makiko:

Thank you very much for a wonderful review with five stars! I am so happy to hear you had a good time with me. It was pleasure to be your guide for 2 days in Tokyo. I truly enjoyed spending time with you, talked about many things and had a good laugh. Both of you were always positive. It made me very happy. I can't wait to see you next year! Thank you again for everything. My warmest regards to Marlene.

Elisabeth Elisabeth Australia ( Solo )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Excellent tour guiide ”

I had a wonderful day with Makiko. She was flexible, very knowledgeable and easy to communicate with. Makiko gave me a good grounding for the rest of my stay in Tokyo, Thank you. I would highly recommend Mikiko as your guide around Tokyo.

Makiko:

Thank you very much for a great review. Grad to hear you enjoyed my tour. I really had a lovely time with you. Hope you had a wonderful time for the rest of your stay in Japan. Hope to see you again! Makiko

Kimberly Kimberly United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Top of the line ”

Our day with Makiko was excellent. She listened to what our passions were in the planning stages. She was flexible with options on the day of...to keep us on the time schedule we needed. She is charming, intuitive and knowledgeable in many topics including arts, culture, history and multiple areas of the country. It was a friendly relaxed day. I cannot rate her high enough. EXCELLENT!!!

Makiko:

Thank you very much for such a wonderful review with five stars! So happy to hear you enjoyed my tour. I really had a great time with both of you. I had a lovely time to talk about many things, such as arts, films, musicals and intersting places to visit all over the world. You gave me lots of idea. Thank you so much! Hope to see you again. Please come back to Tokyo in different season. Warmest regards to Todd. Makiko

Richard Richard Canada ( Couple )
Good
3 months ago

“ Good tour of shrine temple and garden ”

Overall was a good tour. Thought we would get a better understanding of Japanese history and culture to get better perspective.

Makiko:

Thank you for taking time to write a review. It was a pleasure to be a guide for you and Mark. Such a nice couple you are. I did my best to make your day enjoyable one. I am sorry if my explanation about history and culture was not good enough for your expectations. Please accept my apologies for not fully satisfying you. I will take your remarks to provide better services. Warm regards to Mark. Makiko

kenneth Kenneth Australia ( Family )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Excellent tour guide ”

Travelling with kids is a challenge, especially when travelling with toddlers who are energetic and inquisitive. Thanks to Makiko for accommodating our needs during our tour in Tokyo. Makiko managed it well for us to enjoy both outdoor & indoor activities. She made sure the locations are kids friendly and looked after the needs of our little ones. We definitely found our trip enjoyable with Makiko and we highly recommend her!

Makiko:

Thank you very much for your great review! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed my tour. I totally understand your situations as I was exactly same when my daughter was small. Your are great parents! I loved your kids. They were so well behaved and so cute. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay. Please come back and spend more time in Japan, maybe in different season. My warmest regards to your beautiful family. Makiko

Effie Effie Australia ( Family )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Visit to Pokemon Centre at Sunshine City, Nakano Broadway and Akihabara ”

Makiko was an excellent guide and was very happy to accommodate the needs of my family. Makiko was punctual in meeting us at our hotel. We visited many stores in the Pokemon Centre, Nakano Broadway and Akihabara and then took us to the Owl Cafe to experience a very special interaction with some owls. Thank you very much Makiko for your time today. My husband, daughter and I thank you wholeheartedly for this memorable day.

Makiko:

Thank you very much for such a wonderful review! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed a day with me. I really had a lovely time to spend with you and your family. Hope you enjoyed Owl cafe. Hope you had some rest after busy day. Look forward to meeting you soon!

Kelly Kelly United States ( Family )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Fabulous two days with Makiko ”

What a wonderful two days my family and I had with Makiko. My family and I traveled to Tokyo and decided to hire a guide to help ease and enrich our experience. Makiko did just that and more. She was simply fantastic. She initiated a lot of correspondence prior to our visit and suggested Many places based on our input. We explored all of the areas, ate at amazing places and visited shops, etc.. that we would never have visited without her. Makiko is warm, talkative, sincere, organized, polite, patient, smart and just a pleasure to be around. I wish we had had more time with her. Do not hesitate to hire her. She is really a treasure!

Makiko:

Kelly! Thank you so much for such a great review with five stars!! It was such a wonderful 2 days with you and your lovely family. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed my tour. I really enjoyed talking with you about lots of things. I wish we could have more time! Have a wonderful time for the rest of your stay in Japan. I am sure you will! Hope to see you sometime again. Please come back in difernent season, may be spring or autumn (not too hot like this time...). My warmest regards to all of them in your beautiful family. Makiko

scott Scott Australia ( Family )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ A day at Kamakura ”

We had a fantastic day with Makiko. She was a pleasure to be with and her knowledge of the sites and her insights into Japanese history and culture made it a wonderful experience.

Makiko:

Thank you very much for a wonderful review! I am so happy you enjoyed my tour. I really had a lovely time with you. Hope you can come back in different season and spend more time in Japan. Hope to see you soon! My warmest regards to Ann. Makiko

Anne Anne United States ( Family )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ A Highlights of Tokyo Layover Tour from Narita Airport ”

Makiko was a fantastic guide - incredibly organized, keeping us on schedule, which was important given our tight timeline for a layover tour of Tokyo that was driven by train schedules and returning to the airport in time to make our connecting flight home. I highly recommend Makiko as a guide and would definitely book her again when visiting Japan. She was very responsive before the trip and was waiting for us when we exited customs in Tokyo. She was organized and had a plan for the day that she executed flawlessly, which allowed us to maximize the short time we had. I think using a layover for a quick city tour is a great way to get a small taste of a city, but it can be overwhelming to navigate on your own, and Makiko ensured we saw everything we wanted to see. She also provided ... read more

Makiko:

Thank you very much for such a wonderful review with five stars! I am so happy you enjoyed my tour. I really had a lovely time with you and your family. It was so hot but we did many things within a short time. Hope you can come back in different season and spend more time in Japan. Hope to see you soon! My warmest regards to your family. Makiko

Julia Julia Philippines ( Family )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Makiko was wonderful! ”

I told Makiko about the places that i’d wanna visit and the situation of my parents (they’re old and can be easily tired) and she tailored our trip to our needs. She even suggested ways on how we can take full advantage of what we paid. She’s smart and pretty and really nice. In fact, even after the trip, i asked her about my toubles in commuting and she guided me through it. She even made some calls to confirm my questions. I highly recommend Makiko on your travel!

Makiko:

Thank you very much for such a great review! I was so happy to hear you enjoyed my tour. It was a lovely to spend time with you and your parents. It was pleasure to help you. Hope you come back and enjoy more in Japan. My warmest regards to your parents. Makiko

Mary Mary United States ( Family )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Too Good !! ”

The Best guide anyone can ask for. I can guarantee that...If you happen to be in Japan and need a guide, Makiko is the one...From the first time she met my two sons till the day they departed, Makiko was great - informative, helpful, and kind. I cannot thank her enough . THANK YOU VERY MUCH MAKIKO !!

Makiko:

Thank you very much for a wonderful review. It was a pleasure to be their guide. They are very nice young boys. I enjoyed to talk with them. Hope they enjoyed their stay in Japan and have a safe flight home. Thank you again, Mary. Makiko

Jeremy Jeremy United Kingdom ( Family )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Tour day tour of Tokyo and Kamakura ”

We had a really educational and fun two days with Makiko who put together a comprehensive itinerary based on the things we were keen to see in Tokyo and Kamakura. She was also extremely flexible with what we wanted to do as we ended up visiting the Tokyo fish market impromptu for lunch. She was also very helpful with sorting out our JR Passes and identifying specific shopping places for my daughter to visit. We would thoroughly recommend Makiko to anyone looking for a friendly and informative guide in and around Tokyo.

Makiko:

Thank you very much such a great review! I am so happy to hear you had good time with me. It was such a lovely time spending with all of you. Hope you will have a wonderful time for the rest of your stay in Japan. Enjoy Japanese hot summer! Hope to see you again soon. My warmest regards to Sarah and Blythe. Makiko

Mick Mick Australia ( Family )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ What an excellent introduction to Tokyo. ”

If this is your first time in Tokyo, as it was ours, this is the way to go. We booked Makiko for a full day and I can tell you now this was worth every cent. She was all you could ask for on your first day. She was on time, her English was fantastic and her knowledge was awesome. Makiko took the time to show us how to use the rail system, so well in one day, we nailed getting to Disneyland and back to Shinjuku with no problems the next day. Very confident getting around now in general. We covered so much ground in one day it felt like we spent two days with her, in a positive way. Covered the Imperial Palace, Sensoji Temple, Skytree, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Ginza, Shibuya, and Harajuku and Takeshita area. Her knowledge of general history was excellent and very informative, without being excess... read more

Makiko:

Thank you very mcuh for such a wonderful review! I was so happy to hear you had a good time with me. I really enjoyed spending time with you and your family. Hope you have a great time in Tokyo and Osaka. Please come back in different season. Hope to see you again. My warmest regards to Tanja, Liam, Zane and Mya.

Delly Delly United States ( Family )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Enjoyable!!! ”

I was glad that I chose Makiko to be our guide on our first trip to a busy hustle and bustle Tokyo. She made my trip very memorable. She was very helpful and make sure the rest of our trip went smoothly. She helped us bought Sinkunsen tickets to Kyoto and made sure we would have seat that can be over looking Mt. Fuji, she explained to us how to use the metro card and how to navigate around Tokyo. Best of all she made us feel like local☺️ We got to enjoy some nice Japanese food that we wouldn’t be able to find on our own. Delly.

Makiko:

Thank you so much for a great review! I am so happy to hear you had a good time with me. It was such a fun spending time with all of you. Hope you come back in differnet season and spend some time with me again. Have a wondreful time for the rest of your stay in Japan. My warmest regards to Bon and Darren, Makiko

Sandra Sandra Canada ( Couple )
Very Good
5 months ago

“ great guide through Tokyos beauty ”

Makiko met us at our hotel and guided us through different areas of Tokyo She is very knowledgeable and picked beautiful spots for us to visit Using the public transportation system with her help made the overall trip very enjoyable.

Makiko:

Thank you for taking time to write a good review. I am gald to hear you enjoyed my tour. I hope you had a wonderful time for the rest of your stay in Tokyo. Hope to see you again. My warmest regards to Nancy. Makiko

Nicole Nicole United States ( Couple )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Wonderful! ”

We spent the day with Makiko and she tailored our trip to all the sites we were interested in seeing and adjusted our trip based on the weather. She also made great suggestions about other places we should see/things to do on our other days in Tokyo. We highly recommend her and it was such a pleasure meeting her.

Makiko:

Thank you very much for a wonderful review! I am so happy you enjoyed a day with me. I had a lovely time with you and your husband. Hope you come back soon and see you again! Have a great time for the rest of your stay in Japan. Makiko

Caroline Caroline Australia ( Solo )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Tokyo Half Day Highlights ”

I enjoyed a wonderful morning with Makiko! She was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. She understood I wanted to see as much as possible in a short time and delivered.

Makiko:

Thank you so much for a great review! I am so happy to hear you had a good day with me. I really enjoyed spending time with you. Hope you come back in different season. Have a lovely time for the rest of your stay in Tokyo. Makiko

Joyce Joyce Australia ( Solo )
Very Good
6 months ago

“ Flexibility ”

Makiko is very, very flexible which suited me perfectly.

Makiko:

Thank you for your review. Glad to hear my flexibiliy helped your needs. Hope you have a good time for the rest of your stay in Japan.

Conor Conor United States ( Couple )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Best Guide Ever ”

Makiko was really great about showing us everything we wanted to see and more. Her English was superb and we would not have nearly enjoyed Japan as much without her guidance. She knew a lot of facts and history about each place that was visited which we appreciated very much. She was also very caring and made sure we knew where and what we were doing at all times, and that we stayed hydrated. We went to many different places each day and each place was greater and more beautiful than the previous. Makiko did a great job of showing us around Japan and we could not have asked for a better experience!

Makiko:

Thank you so much for a great review! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed my tour for three days in Tokyo and Kamakura. We walked a lot! I had a lovely time with both of you to talked about lots of subjects. You are such a nice couple. Hope to see you somtime again in future. Please come back with your family! Best of luck for your future. My warmest regards to Kayla, Makiko

Bruce Bruce United States ( Couple )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Tokyo Rocks With Makiko ”

We had the most amazing touring experience with Makiko. Makiko is a consummate professional with excellent recommendations and she is highly knowledgeable and a delightful person. Makiko planned our itinerary so that we could see the most interesting historic sights and she was so flexible as we went along to make new suggestions of what we would like based on getting to know us . Makiko organized the itinerary so that we could maximize our time and also knew when it was time to stop for tea or lunch. Makiko picked great places for lunch and for a snack. Makiko is such a lovely person and we felt like we were traveling with a really good friend. She also made some great suggestions of things to do and places to explore when we were by ourselves. Highlights included Tsukiji market ,Hamarik... read more

Makiko:

Dear Bruce and Jackie, Thank you very much for a wonderful review! I am so happy to hear you had a good time with me. I really had an amazing time with you for those several days to talk about many things and had a good laugh. I also enjoyed having a look lots of art works during our tour. Hope you are having a good time in Kyoto. I am sure you are, as you know how to enjoy your time! Thank you again for everything. Hope to see you soon. Makiko

Adrienne Adrienne Australia ( Family )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Getting to know Tokyo with Makiko ”

This was our first trip to Japan for my mother, sister and myself, and we had arranged Makiko as our tour guide for the first two days after arriving in Tokyo. We thought Makiko would be a good match for us after reading such wonderful reviews about her, and we were not wrong. Touring with Makiko was like touring with a friend. She contacted us before we left Australia to start planning itineraries, and to see if there was anything special that we wanted to see or do. Makiko then made suggestions for our time together. She met us in our hotel foyer, helped us purchase our Pasmo tickets, introduced us to the train and subway system, and off we went. It so happened that there was a special Shinto festival happening at the Asakusa Shrine over the two days we were there and so after seeing som... read more

Makiko:

Thank you so much for such a great review! You made me so happy. Great to hear you enjoyed my tour. I really enjoyed those 2 days with you and your lovely mother and sister. It was so lucky to have a chance to see spectacular parades in Asakusa. Happy to hear you enjoyed them. We walked quite a lot, I hope it was not too much for your mother. Hope to see you again sometime somewhere! Maybe in Australia? Hope you visit Japan again in different season. My warmest regards to Roma and Yvonne, Makiko

Kerry Kerry United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Only way to See Tokyo ! ”

If you want a perfect walking tour of Tokyo catered to what YOU want to see... this is your guide!! She meet us at our hotel -- asked in advanced what we wanted to see (made great suggestions too!) Designed our individual tour. She was knowledgeable and fluent and warm and fun! We felt we got a great insight not only into the shrines and attractions but to the culture and the history of Japan. If you want the perfect walking tour guide -- don't settle for anyone other than Makiko! -- Our Group tour had been cancelled twice and we needed to find a quick alternative... little did we know that this would be far superior to any group tour we took in Japan -- we will only use this option for other trips in the future!

Makiko:

Thank you so much for such a wonderful review with five stars! I am so happy you enjoyed a day with me. I had a great fun with you and your daughter. It was quite busy day and we walked a lot! Hope you were not too tired. Hope you had a wonderful days for the rest of your stay in Japan. Hope to see you again. My warmest regards to kellyanne. Makiko

Gwen Gwen United States ( Family with kids )
Very Good
6 months ago

“ Welcomed Introduction to Tokyo ”

This was our very first trip to Japan and Makiko was the right person to introduce us to an easy view of Tokyo. She asked us what we wanted to see, eat and do then proposed an itinerary which we tweaked just a bit. She was quick to respond to emails which helped reduce anxiety. Makiko met us in the lobby of our hotel and her warmth carried through the full day which made us comfortable to ask many questions which she calmly answered. She took us to the subway station and introduced us to and created PASMO cards for us then immediately got us on a subway to Tsukiji Market. Following her in Tsukiji (inner and outer markets) was amazing...she knew shortcuts and could redirect immediately if normal routes were too crowded or too slow. She took us to stores selling things she knew we wante... read more

Makiko:

Thank you for taking time to write a great review. I am happy to hear you enjoyed my tour. I had a lovely time with you and your family. I hope you had a wonderful time for the rest of your stay. Hope to see you again somtime somewhere. My warmest regards to Mike and Kelsey. Makiko

Cathy and Russell Cathy Australia
Very Good
7 months ago

“ Tour around asakusa area and beyond ”

Makiko was waiting in the foyer for us as planned and was a delightful host. Her English is very good so communication went well. Although the weather turned against us and the rain set in for most of our tour, we managed to see the fish markets followed by a delightful sushi meal at an authentic restaurant near the fish markets, followed by a trip to Ueno station to register our JR pass , which was very helpful. As the weather cleared Makiko then took us to the Shrines and marketplaces in Asakusa. She is very educated in all aspects of Japanese culture and informed us about cultural aspects as we walked around . All in all a very good experience and learnt a lot about the area . Would highly recommend Makiko as a tour guide . Cathy and Russell, Sydney, Australia

Makiko:

Thank you very much for a good review. I am glad to hear you enjoyed my tour. I feel sorry about the weather, it was not great... Have a wonderful time for the rest of your stay in Japan. Hope to see you. My warmest regards to Russell. Makiko

Sheela Sheela Malaysia ( Family )
Good
7 months ago

“ gave us a good and informative overview of Rokyo ”

On the whole good and valuable

Makiko:

Thank you for taking time to post the review. I hope you enjoyed my tour and the rest of time in Tokyo. It was a bit difficult to understand what you would like to do during the tour. My warmest regards to Arun.

Christie Christie Australia ( Family )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ A day of adventure and fun with Makiko in Tokyo! ”

TAKE ALL OF OUR MONEY! Not only was Makiko very knowledgeable in her local knowledge, she also spoke excellent English and has a keen love of people. She was accommodating and genuinely interested in what we wanted to see and do. There was flexibility on the day and we ended up seeing so much in a short time - Asakusa, Gardens near GInza, Hedgehog Cafe in Harajuku, Meiji Temple and Shrine and a river cruise where Makiko showed us many more 'must do's' that we visited the following day. Full of smiles and wisdom, we would gladly spend time with Makiko any day of the year!

Makiko:

Thank you so much for a great review! I am so happy to hear you had a good time with me. I really enjoyed to spend time and talk with you and your mother. I was honored to be your guide for your special trip. Hope you had a lovely time for the rest of your stay in Tokyo. Take care and my warmest regards to Sharon. Hope to see you sometime somewhere!

Victoria Susan Victoria Japan ( Family with kids )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Makiko was excellent! ”

Makiko too our family of 5 under her wing and helped us get acclimated on our first day in Tokyo. She took us to Tokyo Station and assisted with translation to get our Shinkasen tickets for Kyoto and then proceeded to show us how to used the Metro and public transit system to get around -- a really simple system once it's explained to you. We had advised that our kids (university aged) were not heavy tour takers and liked to stop and explore when in interested them and just move on when it didn't. Makiko totally understood this and was patient when the twins stopped to take photos and explore behind doors and walls and gardens. As a local, Makiko was able to share with us secrets -- like which vendor had the best snacks and secret lookout points. Makiko's ability to adjust to what we ... read more

Makiko:

Thank you so much for a wonderful review! I am so happy you and your family enjoyed my tour. I have a similar aged daughter, so I totally understand what they want. Hope you had a good time in Kyoto. Please come back to Japan in different season. My warmest regards to your lovely family, Kenneth, Kennedy, Kaitlin and Kaileigh.

Eduard Eduard Netherlands ( Family with kids )
Very Good
7 months ago

“ Tokyo private tour ”

Makiko is a very flexible and knowledgeable guide. She helps you to establish a nice tour based upon your interests. We would recommend her anytime.

Makiko:

Thank you very much for a nice review. I am glad to hear you enjoyed my tour. I had a lovely time with you and your family. I hope you had a wonderful time for the rest of your stay in Japan. My warmest regards to Julie and Collin. Makiko

Lisa Ann Lisa United States ( Family with kids )
Very Good
7 months ago

“ We had a wonderful day with Makiko showing us Tokyo! ”

We had a fantastic day with Makiko. Because it rained in the morning she provided us with alternative places that we all enjoyed. Her flexibility and knowledge of the sites that we visited enhanced our tour. She is a wonderful, cultured, guide that spoke excellent English and has many talents. Thank you for showing us your city. Aloha....Lisa & friends

Makiko:

Thank you for a great review. I am happy to hear you enjoyed my tour. I had a great time with all of you. It was a shame that we could not visit an antique market which you requested as it was cancelled, because of rain... Hope to see you sometime somewhere. My warmest regards to Marisa, Linda and Cathy. Makiko

Timothy Timothy Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Wonderful 1 day tour with Makiko! ”

We only had 6 days in Japan and wanted to make sure that we were using our time well so we made the decision to organise a guide. We were so glad to have met and spent the day touring with Makiko. She communicated with us repeatedly prior to the day in order to make sure the itinerary for the day was just right. Even though we only had a 1 day tour with her she managed to expertly guide us all over the city taking in a range of temples, shrines, gardens and the Tsuji market. She was a wealth of information regarding history and customs for all the places we visited. In addition she is a lovely person and we really enjoyed spending time with her .. wished we had organised more days with her .. maybe on our next trip! Thanks Makiko

Makiko:

Thank you very much for a great review! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed my tour. It was a lovely to spend time with you. I hope you had a wonderful time for the rest of stay. Hope to see you somewhere soon. It would be great if I can see you in Australia! Please visit Japan again with your children. My warmest regards to Yuen.

Andrew Andrew Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ Makiko is amazing !! ”

What a delight it was to meet Makiko in Tokyo . Her English both written and spoken is excellent . She recommended options for our 2 tour days based upon our interests which we had communicated with her via Triple Lights website. She was courteous and knowledgeable and her priority is you having a great holiday experience. We changed a couple of destinations at the last minute and she was flexible and forthcoming in suggesting alternatives. She put us at ease in navigating the complex train system and the masses of people and assisted us with activating our JR passes. She made recommendations for dining and other activities for our other days in Tokyo. She is an interesting lady and with lots of travel experience understands travellers needs. We highly recommend Makiko as ... read more

Makiko:

Dear Andrew, Thank you so much for a wonderful review! I am very happy to hear you had a good time with me. It was such a lovely time with both of you for these 2 days. I learnt a lot from you. It was pleasure to be your guide for you stay in Tokyo. Thank you for everything and hope we can meet again soon! Have a wonderful time for the rest of your stay in Japan. My warmest regards to Judy. Makiko

Frederique Frederique Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ Half day Tokyo city tour ”

I would highly recommend Makiko. She has excellent English skills and communicated clearly both in the lead up to the tour and during our half day together. She was able to tailor the tour to our needs and gave us many options to consider. She was very engaged thoughout the tour and we enjoyed a diverse range of topics in our conversations with her. Makiko it was our pleasure to spend a very enjoyable four hours with you. We look forward to returning to Japan and discovering more of Tokyo with you. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

Makiko:

Thank you very much for a great review! I am so happy to hear you had a good time in my tour. I really enjoyed to spend time with you and talk with you about many topics. Hope you come back to Japan sometime and we can meet again. My warmest regards to your family. See you soon! Makiko

Nanette Nanette Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ Tokyo day and evening tour over 2 days ”

Wow! What a great couple of days we have had with Makiko! Thank you soooooo much for the time you have spent with us showing us around Tokyo’s many sights and always being ready to adjust our tour to our needs. We wish we could navigate the crowds as you do! Makiko had so much knowledge about anything we wanted to know, we had many good laughs and she was absolutely professional at all times while still it felt like we were out with a good friend. When we come back to Tokyo it will be Makiko that we look for to help us navigate this amazing city. We miss you already Makiko. Nanette and Peter

Makiko:

Nanette! Thank you so much for a wonderful review!! I am so happy to hear you had a good time with me for those 2 days. I really enjoyed talking with you about several things. We didn't have enought time! Hope you come back to Japan sometime soon and we can meet again. I am happy to show you more places which we didn't have time to go this time. My warmest regards to Peter. It was great he really liked Highball! Have a lovely time for the rest of your stay. I will miss both of you! Makiko

Linda Linda Australia ( Family )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ Makiko is an excellent guide for your trip to Tokyo ”

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our first two days in Tokyo with Makiko as our guide. She is very professional yet flexible helping us to plan our days while also teaching us to use the subway. She is extremely knowledgeable about Tokyo and the Japanese culture and her English is excellent. She really helped us in all ways possible and her written communications before our tour was excellent. I would definitely recommend Makiko for your trip to Tokyo.

Makiko:

Thank you so much for your great review! So happy to hear you enjoyed my tour. I had a lovely time with you and your family. It was so nice to talk about lots of things. 2 days weren't enough! Hope to see you somewhere soon. Have a wonderful time for the rest of your stay! Keep in touch! Makiko

Stevie Stevie Australia ( Friends )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ Thank you Makiko! ”

If you're searching for a Tokyo guide, you've found her! Makiko was spectacular and made our 4 day Japan trip everything we could have hoped for. 4 days isn't a lot of time for such a big city but we felt we were there for a week. Everything flowed so well, we felt organised and maximised our time without feeling rushed. Our experience was so personal and suited us perfectly. Makiko's knowledge and love for Japan meant we were told things that we could never have learnt on our own. With Makiko you feel like a local, not a tourist.

Makiko:

Thank you very much for a wonderful review! I am so happy to hear you had a good time with me. I enjoyed a lot spending time with you. Hope you come back and explore Tokyo again with me! My warmest regards to Troy and Teagan. Makiko

Diane Diane United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
10 months ago

“ Fabulous Day in Tokyo with Makiko as our Japanese Guide! ”

Having only one day in Tokyo my daughter, a co-worker and I wanted it to be Stress Free and found Makiko through TripleLights Service. It was the best decision we made to book with Makiko. We had Makiko meet us at Ueno Station in Tokyo where we arrived from Narita on the SkyLiner train. That was so easy and from there she handled everything for us... getting the subway tickets, where we were going, adding in places of interest for us to see and showing us places we would have never found on our own! Makiko also shared Japanese history and customs with us all throughout the day. We loved that! She is so very gracious and also so much fun to be with! We felt like we had *Our Japanese Girl Friend spending the day with us*. Makiko found the perfect spot for lunch. It was delicio... read more

Makiko:

Diane! Thank you so much for a wonderful review! You are such a kind and generous person. I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed my tour. We talked a lot and laughed a lot, didn't we? Yes! The sushi chef was a lovely guy! It was a great honour to do a tour for your special trip. Hope to see you soon! My warmest regards to Kasey and Gail. Makiko

Wendy Wendy United States ( Couple )
Excellent
10 months ago

“ Half Day City Tour with Makiko ”

Makiko was great! She was very informative, pleasant and spoke English quite well. I always received prompt responses to my emails when setting up our tour. She was very flexible and tailored the tour to our interests and made wonderful suggestions as to what to see in the limited time we had to visit Tokyo. I would definitely recommend Makiko.

Makiko:

Thank you very much for your great review! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed my tour. Hope you had a good time after the tour. Please come back in different season to see more flowers. Best regards, Makiko

MA ELOISA MA Philippines ( Family with kids )
Excellent
11 months ago

“ Memorable Makiko ”

As early as June of this year, my family started planning our Japan trip for December. We started by purchasing our plane tickets online. Once the payment was made, there was no backing out. I have heard my friends talk about how amazing Tokyo is, so I decided to find a good guide to maximize our time. Scanning through Triplelights.com, I saw a lot of Licensed Guides who can give us a tour but Makiko really caught my attention- the affordable rate, the good reviews and her kind and pretty face that made me think I can trust her to roam around Tokyo with my teenage daughter. I then sent a message asking if she's available on my preferred dates. I am amazed about this woman. From the first moment Makiko responded to my email to the time we met and parted ways in Tokyo, I assure you of... read more

Makiko:

Dear Roi, Thank you so much for a wonderful review!!! You made me so happy! I'm honored to be your guide. I really had a lovely time with you, your beautiful daughter and charming sister. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed my tour. Hope It was not too cold. How was Osaka? I'm sure you had a good time. Please come back to Japan in different season. I'd love to show you more in Tokyo or other placed in Japan. There are many beutiful places where we didn't have a chance to visit this time. I cannot thank you enough for your kindness and generosity. Hope to see soon! Have a safe journey home and wishing you a very Happy New Year! Makiko

Alison Alison New Zealand ( Family )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Tokyo for the first time ”

Thanks Makiko for making our introduction to Tokyo such an excellent one! Makiko is very knowledgeable and was a perfect guide for an English speaking family with basically no Japanese language skills! We spent two half days being shown some of the many highlights around the city. We were able to organise the itinerary personally with many helpful suggestions to make the whole day go smoothly. With visits to Tsukiji, shrines, temples, parks and shopping, not to mention navigating the train system, these were so much easier with Makiko's local knowledge making all the difference. Thanks again for a wonderful start to our Tokyo holiday!

Makiko:

Thank you very much Alison, for a lovely review. I was so happy to hear you enjoyed my tour. I had a lovely time with you and your family for two days. Time passed so fast! Hope you had a great time at Disney sea and Akihabara. I hope you come back sometime again, perhaps in Spring? to see Cherry brossoms. Have a wonderful time for the rest of your stay in Tokyo and have a safe journey home! Best regards to your family. Thank you!

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