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.
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.
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
On the whole good and valuable
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 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 wanted to do as opposed to a fixed and rigid tour schedule made it great for our family. We really appreciated her helping us with the basics on our first day and sharing her tips on what to do in the different districts. There is SO MUCH to do and see in Tokyo and getting a heads up on the first day was fantastic. Makiko, we had a great time with you. Thank you.
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.