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.
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
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
She is the best
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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