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.
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
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
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!
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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.