Hello my guests, I'm Toru, a national licensed tour guide. I've been mainly guiding an individual or small group tourists around Tokyo and its vicinities. I'm living in a town near Narita International Airport.
It's often said that one of the characteristics of the Japanese culture is to stick to details and yet tries to conceal its care. It means that there are a pile of unspoken stories behind what you see in Japan. I'm always trying to be an interpreter of those stories and help you enjoy the secrets of Japanese cultures well.
I prepare some guiding plans of Tokyo and its surroundings. I think they are the best plans especially for the first timers to Japan. If you are repeaters or interested in the other things or places, please don't hesitate to request what you want. Let's make the best plan for you together. I'm looking forward to seeing you in Japan.
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.
Fantastic day travelling around Tokyo like a local. Toru took us to places of interest to us. He is very interesting to talk to and very happy to discuss any subject of Japanese life and culture.
Hi, Linda. Thank you very much for your warm comments. Guiding for three days in Tokyo was very challenging and enjoyable for me. We have one more day and I'm looking forward to hearing your adventure story in Nagano.
Toru provided a wonderful experience for my husband & I while in Tokyo. His English was excellent and easy to understand. He had a great knowledge of the sites visited as well as the history and culture of his country. Both in planning and during our trip, he was flexible and very prompt. He helped us to make the most of our short stay in Tokyo. He was a true gentleman in many ways and we truly enjoyed our time with him.
Hi Donna and Ken, Thank you very much for your kindly comments. I was also enjoyed guiding favored by the friendly couple and magnificent weather for two days. I hope you'll be back to your country with enjoyable memories in Japan. Next time, I'm waiting for you in Autumn! Thank you again, good-bye for now.
Of all of our adventures around the world, our day with Toru is among our favorites. He is kind, generous, knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor. He was responsive to our needs and flexible to our whims. He navigated us through many experiences, including the food. He took great care to be sure we were having a great time and he was a very good conversationalist about many topics. He definitely went the extra mile for us. If we return to Japan, we hope to book him again. Thank you Toru!
Hi Lance and Dari, thank you very much for your warm comments. I'm very happy to know that you enjoyed the tour with me. I also enjoyed the tour with you and was very impressed with your tour style that reflects your own way of thinking. I hope you'll be back to your home with joyful memories in Japan. Looking forward to guiding you in the next trip to Japan. Thank you again.
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Thank you very much for your comment. How were the traditional gardens in Kyoto? I hope you went back to your home with wonderful memories in Japan. Please say hello to Lena and looking forward to seeing you again. I'll keep that map of Tokyo until then!
One of the best ways to see a place is using a personal tour guide, Toru responded quickly and adjusted to our likes and wishes . Comparing all the tours available, my group was able to go at our own pace and plan our itinerary . I asked to do a tea ceremony , which was definitely a highlight being private and his choice of the gardens was peaceful and beautiful . Our seaside lunch introduced us to the local fish and felt it was really A local spot - no tour buses! We even got to watch a surfer hitting the waves from the restaurant! He was knowledgable about the area and give us new insights. His English was perfect and clear , with a touch of accent !!! I wish we had more energy and time to cover all the sights. Thoroughly enjoyed his company and felt like I’ve known him for years ..... read more
Hello Corinne, thank you very much for your warm comments on the tour. I also enjoyed guiding you and your lovely family. This time it was a season of hydrangeas in Kamakura. Next time, maybe, in the season of cherry blossoms or Autumn leaves. I'm looking forward to seeing you and your family in the near future. Thank you again.