I was raised in several places, such as Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe, Osaka, and Nagoya.
After my professional sales experience for a business machinery company in Yokohama, I pursued an opportunity to teach in China.
I worked as a Japanese teacher to foreigners in Shanghai.
The longer I lived abroad, the more I came to appreciate the unique aspects of Japanese culture. So I started learning English and Chinese to become a bridge to help bring foreign visitors closer to Japanese culture.
I would be horored to be your guide as you tour our historically rich country. I am looking forward to traveling Japan with you. Thank you.
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: 4 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 10 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 GoWithGuide.
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.
Maru was quick to respond to my request and assembled a nice customized itinerary for our day in Tokyo together. The shrine we visited was incredible! She has good local knowledge and is very personable and friendly. Maru's English is excellent and she was able to help me put together a few key phrases that I used during the rest of my stay in Japan. I would highly recommend her!
Chris, thank you so much for taking your time to leave the review for me.. I made a decision to take you a super local place because I thought you would like there. I appreciate your kindness of inviting me for joining your breakfast and giving me lovely smiles all the time during our tour. Also thank you for teaching me about google photo. Hope I can enjoy delicious tapioca tea with you again soon!! Thank you so much again. From Maru?
She was very knowledgeable and helped me get good gifts for my son and friends. It was a nice time.
Thank you for your review, Patrick! I was glad to spend a wonderful time with you!
I was interested in seeing local sites and exploring Kamakura's ancient history while hiking through the area, but I don't speak Japanese. Hiring a local tour guide was a must. I checked a lot of guide user profiles and felt Maru was a good match based on my interests. She was incredibly knowledgable and friendly. She arranged a tour to see exactly what I asked in the timetable I had available. Even better, she was able to make it easy to enjoy the day. The best part was her flexibility. She asked what I was interested in and made that happen. I am not someone who enjoys shopping. I've had so many tour guides in the past who will stop at a shop and just say, "Ok, I'll be back in a hour, go shopping now." Maru asked me if I wanted to go shopping or buy souvenirs. I said that wasn't my thing... read more
Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review, Steven! I always make it a point to create customized tour for my clients depending on their personality. I am really pleased you enjoyed your experience in Kamakura. We walked a lot visiting some temples and shrines, enjoyed Kamakura’s specialty, Shirasu Don for lunch. Thank you for the wonderful day! I’d be glad if I could guide you in Tokyo or other cities next time! Please have great business meetings in Tokyo! Looking forward to seeing you again soon. ? Maru
She was extremely personable and very knowledgeable on the areas we wanted to visit (including ease of getting around on the train/subway system). We felt like we’d known her for much longer than just having met that morning. She met us at the train station nearest Tokyo Disney and we took public transportation to see the main Olympic stadium, then to Meiji Jingu, and finally to Shibuya where we walked the “Scramble” and then off to a cat cafe and to the American chain restaurant “Outback Steakhouse”. Had a wonderful time and would definitely hire her again! Thanks Maru ?
Thank you for the wonderful review for me, Dan! I felt exactly the same way when I saw you at the station. You and Camille had big smiles and I had a feeling I am going to enjoy very much spending half a day with you. We visited some places in the west side of Tokyo and I believe you understand how lively this part of Tokyo is like. I hope I will be able to guide you to the east part of Tokyo or other places next time. Thank you so much again!
I reached out to Maru with a request for a day trip to Osaka from Tokyo. She put together a great itinerary and even got us back into Tokyo a little early. Maru has a warm personality and likes to have fun. She knows a lot about the history of Japan and historical locations. I highly recommend booking her for any of your guide/travel needs while in Japan.
Thank you so much for taking your time to give me a wonderful review, Brian! Your tour broke my record for a longest tour hour! We had a long travel yesterday and I enjoyed spending the day with you. Thank you for choosing me as your guide. Please enjoy the rest of your stay in Tokyo. I’d definitely go to the restaurant you work for soon! Maru