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 timely, provided clear agenda for day and kept our family on time to ensure we achieved our tour objectives. She also gave us additional walking tours around neighborhoods after our tea ceremony experience, we enjoyed witnessing what locals do and best snacks to have on a busy walking tour day. Despite our family’s needs and questions for Yoko, she was very patient and tried her best to answer all our questions. In fact went above & beyond to provide follow up tips for our free day in Tokyo. Nothing beats local expertise and recommendations. Overall, we are very happy and thankful for Yoko’s guidance and care.
Thank you, Lynn, for such a great review. It was a great pleasure meeting you and your wonderful family. I had a great time talking with you and your family. Every one of you were so polite. I'm glad you liked Yanaka. It is a town still keeping the flavor of good ol' days of Tokyo. Yomogi mangu and "melon pan" were delicious, weren't they? About the question about the size of the tea bowls that Steven asked, it is larger because we whisk in the same bowls. I hope Steven could find something he could add to his collection of Tokoname-yaki. I wish I could also show you the awesome sculptures of Nikko, the World Heritage, some day. I'll be looking forward to seeing you soon.
The 1st thing to Understand is that Tokyo is huge and you really maximize your time by having a guide taking you to the places you want to see in the most efficient manner. 2nd - English is a very distant 2nd language - so if you can’t speak Japanese you will get frustrated without a guide. 3rd - Japan is very formal and generally speaking reserved. I found Yoko via a search and spent a considerable amount of time exchanging emails with her on how to organize her trip as we were arriving during the new year when many things were closed. Although there is a slight cultural barrier and she can be a bit rigid in her approach at times, her advice was very good and helpful. We changed hotels based on her recommendation for location and changed the order of our sightseeing due to holidays. ... read more
Thank you so much for writing such an excellent review during your flight, sir. English is not even a second language in Japan, it is a complete FOREIGN language for the majority of Japanese. The two languages have a completely different language structures and pronunciations are also quite different. Japanese have more vowels pronounced as you might notice if you would see some other guides' videos. You mention Japanese are reserved. Well, your daughter is also quite reserved , especially during shopping, so I had to make sure if she want it/them or not, which was cute. She was quite hesitant to ask you to buy them even when she wanted you to, so please tell her it's OK to ask you to buy things and kindly ask her more from now on. Sorry I asked a lot of questions before and during... read more
We were interested in a cultural and historical overview of Tokyo and Yoko delivered the most delightful day-long private tour. We not only visited temples, shrines, gardens, historical districts and architecture, but Yoko explained the tradition and meaning behind everything we saw. This was primarily a walking tour, but Yoko helped us cover a great deal of territory using the subways. An exceptional highlight of our day was when Yoko brought us to a local, traditional family-run tea shop for an afternoon break where the owner afterward presented us with an artistic drawing of the antique tea bowls we had used and description of their historical significance. We would highly recommend Yoko to anyone wishing to see Tokyo.
Thank you so much for a great review, Linda. I enjoyed those one day and a half with you, a lovely couple. We covered the Kabukiza Theater, Asakusa with Nakamuraza Theater, Ueno Park, East Gardens, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Shibuya Crossing and that Antique Gallery where you enjoyed the tea ceremony. It started to be rainy in the afternoon, but because I was with you and that lovely family hosts, it was quite heart-warming. As it the beginning of the year, I wish you and Ron's health and seeing you again soon to see more sights together. Thank you again for your review.
Yoko is very knowledgeable and flexible in her schedule. We were a group of four and she was able to keep the tour interesting. One of the highlights was the tea ceremony, which none of us had experienced before. The night tour of the Rainbow Bridge was also a wonderful sight to see. Riding the metro train during the busiest time of the day was an interesting experience. With Yoko's help, we were able to find the restaurant that was recommended to us by a friend, Umenohana. We thoroughly enjoyed the delicious dinner! We just returned a couple of days ago from our cruise to the Far East and Tokyo has been one of our most memorable, thanks to Yoko.
Thank you so much, Stan, for writing a review even you just returned from the tour. I'm glad you enjoyed the tea ceremony even if it was your first time. I also had a lot of fun having picnic under the Sakura of the East Gardens with the box lunches we bought at a department store. Please say hi to Bea, your beautiful wife and Paul and June. All of you were so nice so I miss you so much. I will be looking forward to seeing you in the near future. Thank you again for everything, Stan.
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.