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.
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: 2 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.
We had a very full day of sightseeing in Tokyo. Shoji picked us up at our Hotel at the arranged time and we spent a few moments explaining what we would like to see. Immediately we set off for the Imperial Palace and was impressed how organised he was. We visited 3 other sites, had a lovely lunch in the meantime and finished our tour at Shibuya crossing where he helped us get on the correct train line for our Hotel stop. Shoji was very easy to talk to and was very knowledgeable on the history of Tokyo and the sites we visited. We would recommend him to any other person wishing to experience Tokyo the way we did.
We had an enjoyable day in Nikko with Shoji San. He knew Nikko very well, and we learned a lot from him, especially Japanese history! He was also very accommodating, and answered all our questions. He also brought us to a great restaurant for lunch.
Shoji was an excellent guide. He gave enough historical information for us to understand. He knew which direction to walk at the train stations. It was amazing!
Thank you very much, Eva and Randy for your review. Your kind words really encourage me. I enjoyed the tour with you too. I hope you will come back to Japan some time.
Our first time in Japan.. Shoji has an easy going communication style through which he provided historical information and cultural nuances about the sites we visited. Based on our food preference he took us to a wonderful resturant that enhanced our Japanese experience. Shoji provides a high quality experience.. We highly recommend his services.
Thank you very much for your kind words. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the tour with me. I had a great time with you too. Sorry we couldn’t see the parade of the Emperor. I hope you come back to Japan in another season and look forward to seeing you again.