Hi, I'm Yoko, a National License Tour Guide.
I speak with an American accent, 'cause I lived in Seattle, Washington for six years in my childhood(3-9 years old).
Now I live within a walking distance from Ueno Park, Tokyo, so I see a lot of International tourists walking around in my neighborhood every day.
(I'm giving some discounts on some of the tours, and I would appreciate if you could see things better at a reasonable price and I'm keen to introduce the places, so PLEASE CHECK EACH TOUR. The expenses are spelled out, too.)
"Tokyo is larger than we thought and the transportations are so complicated," Swedish guys told me. I'm here to help you. I know well about Tokyo, Yokohama, Yamanashi etc. and I travel most of the parts of Japan.
I would appreciate if you could see more sightseeing spots with me as your guide and enjoy your stay.
I love to answer your questions, even though I became nearly breathless when I was with American guests, a family of three, curiously asking me questions after questions:-)
I appreciated their interest in Japan very much.
I also go mountain trekking for twenty five years. I've been to the summit of Mt. Fuji and Mt. Kitadake three times. Talking about Mt. Takao, maybe more than fifty times.
I hope we can enjoy the beautiful view together.
I'm looking forward to seeing you soon and having a good time together.
Hope to hearing from you soon.
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 5 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 5 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 9 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.
Yoko was very helpful and informative throughout. She was detailed in how to get tickets ahead of time and where to meet for going to Nikko, she picked an excellent lunchspot and tailored the trip to exactly what I was interested in. She had the timing down perfectly to realistically say what could be seen and then keep us on schedule. In Kamakura she also tailored the trip well and organized the schedule around buses so everything ran smoothly. She even went above and beyond when back in Tokyo, taking me to the Samurai Museum before parting ways. She knows her stuff and is good company. I would recommend her as a guide to anyone.
Thank you so much for a great review, sir. I'm quite grateful to you that we could see so much beautiful spots in a couple of days. I appreciate all the conversations I had with you that it was so much fun for me. If you have your family with you on your next business trip to Tokyo, I would love to show them around while you might be working. Thank you again for everything.
My friend and I wanted to do some sightseeing outside of Tokyo during the last couple of days of our trip. After consulting with Yoko, we selected a day trip to Kamakura as Nikko would be too busy during the Kouyo (leaf changing) season. Neither of us had visited Kamakura before, so we were hoping to see some places that we couldn’t see by researching the city online prior to our visit. Yoko-san did not disappoint in this area. She was very knowledgeable about the area and the shrines we visited. She also was very prompt with her communication. She catered the trip towards my friend’s difficulty with stairs, and in addition to visiting the famous Buddha statue there, we also saw a very quiet bamboo forest that put the one in Arashiyama to shame. She took pictures of my friend and I... read more
I appreciate your detailed review, Amanda. I love the way you were so eager not to miss anything you can, and going up extra stairs didn't hold you back even after we walked a lot. I'm surprised, however, that you and Tara got the wrong impression on some points. About the omamori, because among young people it is quite popular to get those charms, and your young friend seemed to get all the things she would like to, I just thought she didn't notice the one. I never ever asked if "she didn’t want to find someone." I'm enjoying single life myself.:-) About the diet, I'm afraid of your getting diabetes, an incurable disease that my dad suffers for such a long time. He even had eye surgeries twice, caused by the complications. About how to wear kimono, if you search on the internet,... read more
Yoko demonstrated professionalism not only in English language and presentation of the subject of excursion but also in different aspects of religions and culture of Japanese people for better understanding of the country.
Thank you so much for a prompt review, Mr. Mostakov. I was so amazed that both you and your lovely wife had visited Japan so many times and quite familiar with Japanese cuisine. I'm glad that I could contribute to your better understanding of Japanese culture. As we visited the shrines for peace, may peace prevail on earth. Please enjoy the rest of your stay. Please give my regards to your beautiful wife, Mrs. Mostakov. I'll be looking forward to seeing you on your next visit to Japan and wish we could see Nihon Minkaen, folkhouse museum with houses from the Samurai period together next time.
Yoko was a very nice guide and was very knowledgeable about Tokyo. We had an awesome time exploring Japan, and would definately recommend Yoko to show you around. She was very accommodating to what we wanted to see, and wanted to make sure we made the most of our day. I would book her again for my next trip to Japan.
I appreciate your review, Sarah. I had a wonderful day meeting you and your wonderful parents, Barbara and Robert. The weather was also nice to stroll through the East Gardens and I had a great time myself sharing the time seeing the beautiful sculptures and traditional Washi (Japanese paper) store together and talking about the Nikkei society with you. I will be looking forward to seeing you and your lovely parents in the future. Thank you again!!
Spent 1.5 superb days with Yoko getting to know Tokyo. Yoko demonstrated incredible service way before I arrived in Tokyo. She provided a lot of useful information on arriving, hotels and planning my trip beyond Tokyo. Upon arrival in Tokyo, Yoko met me promptly at the hotel and took me on the whirlwind tour of Tokyo with a detailed tour the next day. Yoko is very passionate about Tokyo and this comes across in the information and instructions she provides on navigating the city. I saw a great deal - highlights being the fish market and the different shrines. It was incredible. I couldn't have hoped for a better introduction to Japan. The only comments I have that prevents me from rating Yoko a 100% is that at times in being do passionate about is doing guidance I sometimes felt a sch... read more
Thank you so much, Derin, for your review. So many customs are really different. I'm sorry I repeatedly told you about the escalator rules, keeping to the left in Tokyo, which is the opposite with those of London. We won't touch food we're not going to buy, so I was extremely shocked when you touched a Nikkuman at the Market to check if it was soft or not, so I had to tell you about those rules. I saw that you were waiting for people to get off at the station but I said that just to make sure, but I understood that was too much for you. I hope you would enjoy the other parts of Japan and please tell me about your journey when I see you in two weeks. Have a lot of fun!!