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: 3 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.
Makiko was a fantastic guide - incredibly organized, keeping us on schedule, which was important given our tight timeline for a layover tour of Tokyo that was driven by train schedules and returning to the airport in time to make our connecting flight home. I highly recommend Makiko as a guide and would definitely book her again when visiting Japan. She was very responsive before the trip and was waiting for us when we exited customs in Tokyo. She was organized and had a plan for the day that she executed flawlessly, which allowed us to maximize the short time we had. I think using a layover for a quick city tour is a great way to get a small taste of a city, but it can be overwhelming to navigate on your own, and Makiko ensured we saw everything we wanted to see. She also provided a lot of information as we traveled and at each of our destinations about the history of Japan and its customs. The details Makiko shared with us definitely made a significant positive difference in our experience! For those curious what a long layover tour with Makiko looked like - this was our itinerary: Makiko met us at the airport, helped us exchange money, locate lockers for our carry-on bags and purchase train tickets. We were able to visit the Sensoji Temple and Nakamise Shopping Street and to get a birds-eye view of the area in a nearby building observation deck. We also visited the Meiji Jingu Shrine before having a delicious ramen lunch. After lunch, we went to the Shibuya station to experience this area before catching our train back to the airport. A 10 hour layover was split roughly as follows: - 1 hour from plane landing to clear customs and catch the train - 1 hour travel time to Tokyo - 5 hours within Tokyo - 1 hour back to airport - 2 hours at airport pre-flight to clear security and immigration for connecting flight I definitely suggest more time in Tokyo - there is so much more we wanted to see and do, but we are thankful for our short visit and will definitely be back!
Thank you very much for such a wonderful review with five stars! I am so happy you enjoyed my tour. I really had a lovely time with you and your family. It was so hot but we did many things within a short time. Hope you can come back in different season and spend more time in Japan. Hope to see you soon! My warmest regards to your family. Makiko
I told Makiko about the places that i’d wanna visit and the situation of my parents (they’re old and can be easily tired) and she tailored our trip to our needs. She even suggested ways on how we can take full advantage of what we paid. She’s smart and pretty and really nice. In fact, even after the trip, i asked her about my toubles in commuting and she guided me through it. She even made some calls to confirm my questions. I highly recommend Makiko on your travel!
Thank you very much for such a great review! I was so happy to hear you enjoyed my tour. It was a lovely to spend time with you and your parents. It was pleasure to help you. Hope you come back and enjoy more in Japan. My warmest regards to your parents. Makiko
The Best guide anyone can ask for. I can guarantee that...If you happen to be in Japan and need a guide, Makiko is the one...From the first time she met my two sons till the day they departed, Makiko was great - informative, helpful, and kind. I cannot thank her enough . THANK YOU VERY MUCH MAKIKO !!
Thank you very much for a wonderful review. It was a pleasure to be their guide. They are very nice young boys. I enjoyed to talk with them. Hope they enjoyed their stay in Japan and have a safe flight home. Thank you again, Mary. Makiko
We had a really educational and fun two days with Makiko who put together a comprehensive itinerary based on the things we were keen to see in Tokyo and Kamakura. She was also extremely flexible with what we wanted to do as we ended up visiting the Tokyo fish market impromptu for lunch. She was also very helpful with sorting out our JR Passes and identifying specific shopping places for my daughter to visit. We would thoroughly recommend Makiko to anyone looking for a friendly and informative guide in and around Tokyo.
Thank you very much such a great review! I am so happy to hear you had good time with me. It was such a lovely time spending with all of you. Hope you will have a wonderful time for the rest of your stay in Japan. Enjoy Japanese hot summer! Hope to see you again soon. My warmest regards to Sarah and Blythe. Makiko
If this is your first time in Tokyo, as it was ours, this is the way to go. We booked Makiko for a full day and I can tell you now this was worth every cent. She was all you could ask for on your first day. She was on time, her English was fantastic and her knowledge was awesome. Makiko took the time to show us how to use the rail system, so well in one day, we nailed getting to Disneyland and back to Shinjuku with no problems the next day. Very confident getting around now in general. We covered so much ground in one day it felt like we spent two days with her, in a positive way. Covered the Imperial Palace, Sensoji Temple, Skytree, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Ginza, Shibuya, and Harajuku and Takeshita area. Her knowledge of general history was excellent and very informative, without being excessive, which we appreciated. Showed us a great place for lunch, and gave us her contact details in we got stuck or needed help. Five stars, and a big thanks you again to Makiko.
Thank you very mcuh for such a wonderful review! I was so happy to hear you had a good time with me. I really enjoyed spending time with you and your family. Hope you have a great time in Tokyo and Osaka. Please come back in different season. Hope to see you again. My warmest regards to Tanja, Liam, Zane and Mya.