Hiroki K.

4.78
(51) reviews
 

Available Areas

Chiba (Living), Tokyo, Kamakura, Narita

 

Languages

English

 

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About

Hello everyone!!

I’m Hiroki,national licensed guide interpreter focusing on offering tours on the subject of hidden Japan charms,such as indigenous cultures, life styles, and highly skilled craftsmanship!!

Let me now intoroduce myself little bit, I’ve been living in Chiba city near Tokyo for more than 40 years since when I was a student of a university located in Tokyo.

I studied commercial science at the university.(Bachelor of business and commerce)

Incidentally, my graduate thesis topic was ”Rise of handicraft manufacturing in the late Edo period”.

After graduation, I joined a petrochemical company in 1980. As is customary with Japanese style lifetime emplpoyment, I worked for the company until the retirement in 2014!!(same company for 34 years!!)

And,after passing the state examination in the year 2015, I’ve started a new career of a guide interpreter as my second life.

Since then,I maily had an actual experience of an interpreter in a variety of traditional Japanese culture workshops for foreign tourists.(Specifically,Chanoyu-TeaCeremony,Ikebana-flower Arranging,Shodo-Calligraphy,Tougei-Pottery,Washoku-Japanese Cuisine,Iai-The art of Drawing the Sword,and so on.)

Fortunately,as every instructor in the workshops was an authority on the subject, I was able to develop a capability of giving proper explanation on Japanese culture through the great experience of acting as an interpreter with the masters.

Additionally,for all my long experience in petrochemical industory,the reason for choosing a brand-new career is to make my dream of transmmiting traditinal Japanese culture to the people all over the world come true.(I’ve always wanted to do this kind of thing after being inspired by my ancestral origin of being Samurai retainer served a Daimyo feudal lord for generations!!)

And so, that’s why I’m so happy to have a great opportunity to make your trip in Japan much more enjoyable!!

I’m really looking forward to seeing you in my tours!!

Tours

Tour of Tokyo's selected sites to learn about Japan !!

Tokyo
8 hours

It’s the private full-day walking tour with a knowledgeable guide, which is good for learning about Japan’s history and culture!! The destinations are strictly selected and combined from the perspective of answering your simple but significant questions about Japan effectively!! Every destination has its own theme to learn about!!

FROM$167/ per group

Private Iaido experience to learn Samurai spirit near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo!!

Tokyo
2 hours

Learn the SAMURAI spirit!! Authentic Iaido experience near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo!! [The venue:”Edo Mugai Ryu Iai Hyouho” dojo("The art of drawing the sword and Military tactics")] ※You'll slip back in time to the Edo Period in dojo filled with the nostalgic air of Samurai, where you will experience the samurai spirit through Test cutting of Sizan with real Japanese sword.

FROM$139/ per person

Tour of Samurai town good for stopover tourists in Narita Airport !!

Narita
4 hours

SAKURA city is most suitable sightseeing spot for the tourist who are going to stay in Narita or transit at Narita Airport!! Besides its locational advantage,it exposes all visitors to the Samurai warrior's culture and lifestyle. Because, it's a castle town flourished as a strategic point to protect the east of Edo. I invite you to slip back in time to the Samurai period!!

FROM$93/ per group

YANAKA Private Walking tour & Soba buckwheat noodle making!!

Tokyo
3 hours

Learn Soba buckwheat noodle making and try your own made Soba noodle. [The venue: Traditional Soba restaurant, ”やなか蕎麦YANAKA Soba” in YANAKA] 40 years experienced Soba chef, the restaurant’s owner spoon-feeds you!!(dough making,mixing,rolling and cutting the noodles) Additionally,this hands-on workshop come with 90minutes guided tour of the carefully selected highlights of YANAKA!!

FROM$79/ per person

YANAKA’s Walking tour with cultural experiences !!

Tokyo
4 hours

It’s a Temple Town, Yanaka’s Walking Tour with a stroll through the Historic Temple District there!! It’s a tour of the carefully selected highlights of YANAKA including the famous temples and traditional Japanese folk crafts shops and studios to learn about Japanese traditional culture !!(+Cultural experiences are available!!)

FROM$121/ per group

Sunday tea gathering in Samurai town near Narita!!(Tea ceremony experience & Samurai houses tour!!)

Narita
5 hours

Besides its locational advantage(60 minutes from Tokyo and 30 minutes to Narita airport by train),SAKURA city exposes all visitors to the Samurai’s culture and lifestyle through the tour of the original Samurai houses and SAKURA Castle Ruins. Additionally, you can enjoy tea ceremony experience after that. I invite you to slip back in time to the Samurai era!!

FROM$121/ per group

Reviews

Audrey H.

Jan 24, 2020

Amazing way to learn the city and history

We couldn't have asked for a better first day in Tokyo! Hiroki-san was gracious, funny, and was able to help us navigate the most confusing subway system we've ever seen! As first timers to Japan, it was very overwhelming trying to find what to do and how to travel there. By doing this tour, we not only traversed the city, but learned so many different things in the process! Hiroki-san was even able to customize our day based on preferences we provided. We never had to pull out a phone to navigate, got amazing pictures, and will cherish these memories forever!

Hiroki K.

Dear Audrey san, Thank you so much for choosing me as a tour guide on your first day in Japan and writing such a great review despite being busy getting ready for many things !! During the tour I really had a great time with you and your wonderful family, and yesterday was a day that leaves behind an enjoyable memory !! Also, your sincere attitude towards learning Japan really impressed me !! Thanks to the information for your preferences you gave me beforehand, I was able to customize your day smoothly. Thank you again, and please give my best regards to Josh-san and Ryan-san !! Sincerely, Hiroki

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Rajeev K.

Jan 19, 2020

Enlightening experience

Hiroki-san is a very kind and knowledgeable individual. I had a superb time with him exploring the treasures of Tokyo. His command over Japan's history is just amazing. I would definitely recommend Hiroki-san to anyone who has a free day to explore Tokyo city.

Hiroki K.

Dear Rajeev-san, Thank you so much for choosing me as a tour guide on your last day in Japan and writing such a wonderful review on my tour despite being busy just before your flight !! Since my happiest moments are when I hear that my guests had a memorable time, your heartfelt review really inspired me !! Thank you again, and have a nice flight to Singapore !! Sincerely, Hiroki

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Simone P.

Jan 12, 2020

lovely man very helpful

lovely man very helpful

Hiroki K.

Dear Simone, Thank you very much for taking the"Tokyo custom booking" and giving me the excellent tour review!! Since the itinerary consisted of not only the destinations how to learn about Japanese history and tradition but also the experience of the contemporary Geek Culture,thanks to your honest request given me beforehand, I’m sure you’re able to fully enjoy the tour !! (Particularly, the Maid Cafe was so fun !?) Thank you again, ang hope to see you again !! Sincerely, Hiroki

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Aaron F.

Dec 14, 2019

Great guy, fun tour

Hiroki was extremely helpful and considerate. We did the iaido lesson,and I really enjoyed it.

Hiroki K.

Dear Aaron, Thank you very much for taking the "Iai-do experience tour to learn Samurai spirit" and giving me the excellent tour review!! Since the Iaido lesson includes not only how to cut a simulated target of a tatami roll with a real Japanese sword but also the appreciation of the museum piece Japanese sword and the Samurai Armours once possessed by highest ranking Samurai warriors called “Daimyo feudal lord” actually having those historic weapons in your hands, I’m sure you’re able to fully enjoy the lesson !! Thank you again, and please enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan!! Sincerely, Hiroki