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$ 33 Hourly rate Price up to 4 people
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Cities where I can guide: Tokyo , Kamakura , Hakone , Yokohama , Nikko , Saitama

Languages English ( License )

(51) Reviews
Hourly rate 33 USD Price up to 4 people
( Max : 6 People )
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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.

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The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

1 Person
Up to 4 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $30.80 $33.44 $4.40
4 Hours $123.20 $133.76 $17.60
8 Hours $246.40 $267.52 $35.20

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 6 maximum

Private Tours

Tokyo Private One-day Tour

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7h $ 216

Kamakura One-day Highlight Tour

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9h $ 301 up to 4 people

Tokyo Private Half-day Tour

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by Makiko
4h $ 123

Nikko One-day Highlight Tour

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by Makiko
8h $ 334 up to 4 people

Hakone One-day Highlight Tour

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by Makiko
8h $ 334 up to 4 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

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

Starting and ending points of the tour.

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.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

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.

Can I add more people to my booking?

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.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

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.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

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.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 51 )
Kiyo Kiyo Japan ( Family )
15 hours 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!


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 )
2 days 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


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 )
1 week 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


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 )
1 week 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


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 )
2 weeks 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


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.