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.
If you want a perfect walking tour of Tokyo catered to what YOU want to see... this is your guide!! She meet us at our hotel -- asked in advanced what we wanted to see (made great suggestions too!) Designed our individual tour. She was knowledgeable and fluent and warm and fun! We felt we got a great insight not only into the shrines and attractions but to the culture and the history of Japan. If you want the perfect walking tour guide -- don't settle for anyone other than Makiko! -- Our Group tour had been cancelled twice and we needed to find a quick alternative... little did we know that this would be far superior to any group tour we took in Japan -- we will only use this option for other trips in the future!
This was our very first trip to Japan and Makiko was the right person to introduce us to an easy view of Tokyo. She asked us what we wanted to see, eat and do then proposed an itinerary which we tweaked just a bit. She was quick to respond to emails which helped reduce anxiety. Makiko met us in the lobby of our hotel and her warmth carried through the full day which made us comfortable to ask many questions which she calmly answered. She took us to the subway station and introduced us to and created PASMO cards for us then immediately got us on a subway to Tsukiji Market. Following her in Tsukiji (inner and outer markets) was amazing...she knew shortcuts and could redirect immediately if normal routes were too crowded or too slow. She took us to stores selling things she knew we wanted to buy and even to some with high quality items we wanted to learn about. She got us to Asakusa to see Nakamise Dori and the Sensoji Temple and grounds. There she taught us the right way to enter the temple grounds, how to get our fortunes, purify ourselves, make an offering and leave the temple grounds. We also stopped at the Shinto shrine next door where the cutest monkey entertained the crowd. We had a lovely lunch in Asakusa then traveled to Harajuku ending up at the hedgehog, otter, rabbit and chinchilla cafe. Harajuku was wall to wall people but Makiko got us to our cafe quickly and safely. The only place we didn't make it to because of the crowds was Meiji Jingu but she showed us how to get there and encouraged us to visit. Our time with Makiko was soon up but we wanted to stay several hours longer in Harajuku to allow our daughter time to shop and buy treats being sold there. I'm sure Makiko was worried that we'd get lost but we insisted and she gave us specific instructions on how to get to the station and which subway train to catch. Before she left, she took us into a baby pet shop that our daughter truly enjoyed. Because of her great coaching, we were able to use the Tokyo Metro system ourselves and visited Meiji Jingu the next day without a hitch. We were lucky to see 3 very different wedding parties. Makiko taught us enough in one day to move about the city comfortably for the rest of our stay in Tokyo. She was patient and kind with us and kept us out of danger's way at the market, on the streets and on and off the trains. Having her experience helped us see much more than we ever could have on our own in one day and prepared us for the rest of our trip. Our whole family thanks you very much Makiko!
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!