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$ 31 Hourly rate Price up to 5 people
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Cities where I can guide: Tokyo , Kamakura , Hakone , Yokohama

Languages English ( License ), 简体中文 ( Beginner )

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Hourly rate 31 USD Price up to 5 people
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Hi! Welcome to Japan. My name is Shoji Kitamura, a licensed English-speaking tour guide. Please call me Shoji that is the same sound as a sliding screen made of wood and paper you may have seen in a traditional Japanese room.
I was born and raised in Yokohama next to Tokyo but lived for work in several beautiful and historical cities such as Nikko, Hiroshima, and Ise which have world heritage sites and/or national park. I fully enjoyed the nature, culture and lives in each city where I lived.
I retired after 36 years with a national research institute of fisheries in 2016.
During my career, I visited 5 continents except Antarctica, more than 20 nations for attending international scientific conferences, conducting collaborative research or teaching some technologies, etc. In Japan, I often took foreign scientists and government officers sightseeing. I had great times in these opportunities.
Such experiences made me decide to become a licensed English-speaking guide interpreter after retirement to introduce Japanese nature, culture, foods, etc. properly to many tourists coming to Japan from all over the world.
For more than 20 years I’ve been living in Nikko, which is located about 150km north of Tokyo, and designated as a World Heritage site and a National Park. If you consider a day trip from Tokyo, I strongly recommend coming to Nikko by 2-hour train ride from Tokyo. I am looking forward to showing you around in this historical and beautiful town.
Besides Nikko, I can also guide you in Yokohama, my home town, and in neighboring city such as Tokyo and Kamakura.

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The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

1 Person
Up to 5 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $30.60 $30.60 $9.00
4 Hours $122.40 $122.40 $36.00
8 Hours $244.80 $244.80 $72.00

* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 9 maximum

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

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

Starting and ending points of the tour.

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.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

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.

Can I add more people to my booking?

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.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

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.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

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.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 3 )
Marylou Marylou Philippines ( Couple )
2 months ago

“ Excellent travel guide! ”

Very friendly and knows all the places we visited. Highly recommended!!


Thank you very much for your heartwarming words. I was so glad you looked like having a lot of fun during the tour. I had a wonderful time with you too. I hope you’ll fully enjoy Japan on the rest of your staying in Japan.

Donald Donald Canada ( Couple )
4 months ago

“ Tokyo Tour ”

We took a 1day tour of Tokyo withShoji. He showed us 6 of the most popular sites. He was very well informed and gave us a very detailed account of the history of each location. Shogi was very pleasant and most accommodating and made our tour of Tokyo very memorable. We would highly recommend him Don &Mary. Canada


Thank you, Don & Mary for joining my Tokyo one-day tour. I had really a pleasant time with you on such a fine day. I am very grateful for your kind words encouraging me greatly. I hope you will come again to Japan some day soon. Shoji

Ralph Ralph United States ( Family with kids )
6 months ago

“ Excellent Day with Shoju ”

Shoji was our guide to Nikko, the trip was well planned with reservations set for a local restaurant, his knowledge of the area was incredible, the shrines were out of this world beautiful, and his added knowledge took the visit over the top. Shoji has alternate plans in case we took too long at the Shrines, which were necessary due to our lengthy stay. Shoji’s English was good, he was well organized, anticipated deviations from the iteniary with alternate plans, posssessed intiment knowledge of the area, and ensured we got back to our hotel. Shoji is an incredible ambassador for Japan and Nikko.


Hi Ralph, I am very glad your family enjoyed Nikko. I greatly appreciate your rating and heartwarming words. They are more honor than I deserve.