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 5 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.
We had a great introduction to Tokyo with Makiko! She recommended us to visit the following must see sights in Tokyo for our first day in the city including Tsukijii Market, Asakusa, Meiji jingu shrine and Harajuku. Tsukijii market was great and she made recommendations on which shops had good prices on Toro sushi and where to buy the best green tea. Our trip was mid March and we were hoping to see the beautiful cherry blossoms of Japan, but we were 1-2 weeks too early to see them in full bloom, but Makiko was committed to helping us find cherry blossoms. We were delighted that Makiko found a beautiful Cherry blossom tree for us to take a family picture with in Yoyogi park. In harajuku I wanted to see the cute kawaii fashion of the Harajuku girls and Makiko brought us to an undergroun... read more
Thank you very much for such a great review! So happy to hear you enjoyed my tour. We were lucky to see the beautiful cherry blossoms. The family picture under the tree was lovely! I had a lovely time with you. Hope to see you again! My warm regards to everyone in your family. Makiko
Makiko was a wonderful guide. She arrived early, sensing we might be early getting out of Haneda airport. She was right. Makiko was warm and very friendly, and full of ideas on places to visit, especially since we had limited time to see a slice of Tokyo. We visited some very interesting sites, and had a great, entertaining lunch at a sushi restaurant. Makiko made sure we returned to the airport at the planned time, and stayed with us all the way back to the departure security line. We wouldn't hesitate to hire her again. A five-star travel companion!
Thank you very much for a wondrful review! Glad to hear you enjoyed my tour. It was a pleasure to be your guide. We could visit quite many places for even a short time. I had a lovely time to spend with both of you. Such a nice couple! Hope we can meet again. Please visit again in different season, spring or autumn! My best regards to Nancy. Makiko
Makiko is an excellent guide. She organized the day and ensured that we experienced the best of Tokyo. She is patient, kind and gracious. Also, her English is superb. She worked for the ******* of England and has an excellent English vocabulary. The true gem is her understanding of the city. I had the best sushi of my life with Makiko at a small authentic Sushi restaurant in Ginza. Finally, she is very genuine and authentic. I felt like I was with a long lost friend instead of a guide. My day with Makiko was the highlight of my trip to Tokyo! If you are looking for a marvelous guide who understands Japanese culture, knows the city and speaks excellent English, you must book with Makiko!
Thank you very much for such a wonderful review! You made me so happy! I was so happy to hear you enjoyed my tour. Such a lovely time to spend one day with you. So nice you felt being with a friend. Time went so fast. I really hope we can meet again. Please come back in different season, spring or autumn! See you soon! Makiko
Always friendly and accommodating to all your needs. Makiko will change your itinerary to suit your needs. She is always friendly and never irritated by clients needs. The best guide I had in Japan. Thank you dear Makiko.
Thank you for a great review! Glad to hear you enjoyed my tour. Such a lovely time spending with you. I am looking forward to another day with you! Makiko
We had an absolutely wonderful day with Makiko in Kamukura on February 3 upon hiring her as a private guide for our group of 3. She met us at our hotel (and was there even a bit early) and deftly managed the metro and train systems to get us to Kamakura, then navigated our journey on foot to some of the most beautiful temples and shrines, giving us lots of history along the way. Makiko is friendly, personable and speaks impeccable English. In addition to being a great guide, we also enjoyed simply spending time with Makiko and getting to know more about her and about Tokyo and Kamakura. I highly recommend Makiko as a guide and if we were staying longer I would hire her for additional tours!
Thank you so much for a great review! I am very happy to hear you enjoyed my tour to Kamakura. It was a pleasure to be your guide. I had a wonderful time with all of you, such an enjoyable conversation! I hope you come back and meet again. Have a lovely time for the rest of your stay in Tokyo. My warm regards to Dana and Lisa.