Ikki O.

4.80(5) reviews
 

Available Areas

Chiba, Saitama (Living), Tokyo, Kamakura, Hakone, Nikko, Yokohama

 

Languages

English, Japanese, Tagalog

 

Response Time

2 days on average

 

Availability Updated

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About

My name is Ikki and I work primarily as a private concierge, consultant, an interpreter/translator/negotiator and also serve as a tour guide for some high-profile CEOs and celebrities.

I am not a regular tour guide but an extra-ordinary tour guide.

If not working as a premium tour guide for some companies and agencies I am connected with, I work as a photographer / creative which means I can document your stay with beautiful photos and video coverage/s. But mainly, I run an online shopping website curating Japanese arts and antiques mixed with premium vintage and street fashion clothing. My passion is in curating the beautiful works of arts, antiques and fashion that Japan has to offer. I work with museum curators, top notch art collectors, auction houses, fashion designers and interiors designers and/or specialists worldwide. This triple lights profile is an outlet for me to meet interesting people who values time and intellectual companionship in a tour rather than just having a "tour" per se.

I can drive and show around Japan and become totally a part of your Japan experience, providing you an out-of-the-box approach using off-the-beaten path adventures which surely will be enjoyable and full of fun. Just think of me as the Asian version of Jason Statham in the movie - The Transporter - I do that kind of thing most of the time mainly and armed with my camera.

I enjoy witty conversations with dips of comedy and laughter here and there - while plugging some interesting facts and information about Japanese culture from the prying eyes of a long-term resident of Japan. I have been living here since I came to study for university for a total of 18 years (half of my life) and been digging deep into being a Japan lover ever since.

Important

Basically, I run my own schedule and time and you can freely consult with me regarding your plan/s or trip. We can discuss it and always have extra activities as options on hand as well. I can handle up to 10 people and can help arrange for your transportation, logistics and everything else needed to make your trip memorable.

Regarding location limitations, I can always accompany you everywhere you want around Japan as long as you shoulder the transportation, lodging and other expenses and cover for the time for me to meet you and return to my home. I don't set any restrictions as long you can include those costs in your budget. I am more than willing to accompany and guide you wherever you want.

The rates I have provided here are just for my basic services, costs such as lodging, hotel, food, and entrance fees and such shall be borne by the hiring party. I understand that there is a basic round-trip transportation fee charged to the client but if it is shouldered and the time is covered as part of the job, I can always be on the go anywhere within Japan.

My rates vary differently based on the various factors below for your understanding:

1) Number of people to be handled (Additional person/people means additional work and energy for me to handle)

2) Difficulty of the tour concept / contents (if it is just a tour or a tour including/needing my professional photography skills as well - please refer to my tour packages)

3) Day Time and Night Time - I can extend my tour hours to night time or late hours if you need more time and company, but I charge extension/overtime fees as outlined below per hour per group if the time overshoots past 6 pm exceeding from our basic Day Tour agreement. (Sometimes I need to take cab to my house/office in Saitama or even a hotel to stay for the night and this premium rate covers for those costs and expenses)

*** RATES are subject to change without prior notice. For a full quotation for your needs, please do consult and ask beforehand to avoid confusion.

*** PEAK SEASON RATES MAY APPLY during the SPRING SEASON (March-May) and I reserve the right to increase my rates depending on my availability and demand.

All surcharges are to be paid and settled at the end point / end time. So please make sure to bring enough cash in yen to cover for other expenses not covered by the original booking.

------------------ RATES CONCEPT and GROUPINGS Explanation ------------------

A. Basic Rate concept: about $50 (5,000 yen) per person per hour

(This is what you will see being displayed below here but essentially, each tour package that I offer here slightly differs in the rates depending on the contents and difficulty and coverage which I offer them).

Please use this is as a peg rate or reference just in case you wish to book me for customized tours. For simple tours, you can request or book me using this basic rate of about $50 per person per hour then. However, I offer savings and discounts if you book me thru any of my available tour packages which I am have here on my profile.

------------------ Group Concept applies to the current Tour packages I am offering ------------------

*Theoretically for more than 2 persons, I have built-in savings and discounts if you book me using my available tour packages instead.

B. Group concept: I categorize groups per 2 persons. (1-2 persons = 1 group, 3-4 persons = 2 groups, 5-6 persons = 3 groups, etc.) 1 group is up to 2 persons.

Daytime: about $50-$100 per hour per group

Nighttime: about $100 and up~ per hour per group

------------------ EXTENSION / OVERTIME NIGHT TIME RATES ------------------

A: PAST 6 PM til 12 AM MIDNIGHT - (time exceeding past 6 pm if continuing from Day Tours): about $150 per hour per group.

B: PAST MIDNIGHT RATE - (if you book any of my Day or Night Tours and extended til past midnight): $200 per hour per group.

------------------ STARTING POINTS TO ENDING POINTS and OVERTIME COMPUTATIONS ------------------

Time starts the moment I meet you at our agreed meeting point (usually your hotel front lobby) and will end when I return you back to your original destination and pick-up point, unless agreed later in the tour where you want to finish as ending point.

Case Sample:

We may finish the day tour officially at 6 pm for example, but you wanted me to take you home either by train or taxi and we reach your hotel and lobby at 7:15 pm.

Extension rates apply on a 30-MINUTES Basis.

Although actual time is 1 hour and 15 minutes. Surcharge shall be computed as 1 hour and 30 minutes (1.5 units of OVERTIME A Rate of $150 per hour per group) and shall be $150 x 1.5 = $225 per group.

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If you have questions or anything regarding my premium tour guiding services, please do not hesitate to consult with me, I would be happy to answer your inquiries, and/or outline and explain the costs to you if needed.

I look forward to showing the best of Tokyo / Japan to you as the best and premium tour guide there could possible be!

Tours

Tokyo Family-Friendly Day Tour [Specialized and customized for families]

Tokyo
8 hours

The concept of this package is for me to conduct a family-friendly tour - which means I am focused on building rapport within the family group while doing the tour itself. I will take special consideration of the children, old members of the family in detailing / planning for your tours and the overall movement of the group. I will put more emphasis on creating a solid and fun experience for all.

FROM$346/ per group

TOKYO Night Life / Bar-hopping Tour with Deep and Intellectual Conversation/Discussion and Dinner

Tokyo
3 hours

You can hire me to accompany you to your meals / dinner and have meaningful, insightful and deep conversations about Japanese culture, society and other aspects of living here in this country being a long-term resident. This is my personal take in sharing my wisdom and observations to similarly "lost in translation" co-gaijin or co-foreigners here in Japan.

FROM$233/ per person

Mind-blowing "DEEP TOKYO / JAPAN" - Night Life Tour

Tokyo
3 hours

This tour is for audiences who are eager to explore the DEEP TOKYO or DEEP JAPAN thru different forms of nightlife entertainment. I can tailor-fit visits to such places where you can connect with the locals and eagerly meet them for some sort of cultural exchange and communication while I share my insights about their peculiarity/behavior.

FROM$194/ per person

Japanese "SUKAJAN" Souvenir Jacket - Shopping and Styling Tour ( Tokyo / Saitama )

Tokyo
8 hours

Go on a shopping tour exploring the vintage clothing / Japanese street fashion market both visiting shops in Tokyo (Shinjuku, Ueno, Harajuku, Koenji, or Saitama) with a knowledgeable expert on this niche piece of clothing as well as other wagara 和柄 types of fashion and styling.

FROM$350/ per group

"HYPE TOKYO" - Dope Japanese Street Fashion and Shopping Tour

Tokyo
6 hours

The theme of this tour is for me to accompany you discover the niche shops and stores that are either hidden and / or scattered all over Tokyo or nearby locations. I can accompany you in discovering these truly one-of-kind Tokyo styles and hypes. So if you are a fashionista or interested in getting to know deeper the Tokyo Fashion scene then hit me up and let us set on foot - scampering all over.

FROM$311/ per group

Authentic Japanese "Kominka" (Old-style house) Cafe Tour ( Tokyo / Saitama)

Tokyo
8 hours

Kominka literally means "old houses" and lately, there is a sprouting vintage lifestyle and antiques appreciation among the young Japanese. In this tour, we will explore and go on a Japanese "Kominka" or 古民家 Cafe Tour around Tokyo and Saitama. In a day, we can probably go around 4-5 cafes which surely will awaken your zen senses and make you learn to appreciate the roots of Japanese culture.

FROM$350/ per group

Reviews

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David S.

Sep 28, 2022

Great guide for local culture: Fashion and Anime

Ikki was very helpful navigating our family around some of the trendy neighborhoods and shops to support our daughter's quest for new and exciting items. Great attitude and never wavered despite her running him around the city.

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Janelle V.

Jan 19, 2020

TOKYO AT NIGHT

Our family of 6 did a night tour of Tokyo with Ikki a few weeks ago. He was very informative and a fun guide. He took us to all the spots we asked and then some. He gave our kids great advice on where they should come back and hang out in the club area of Tokyo, which they did a few nights later and had a great time. Ikki was really easy gong and knew his stuff so it made for a really great introduction to nightlife in Tokyo. He also gave us lots of tips on things to see on our last few days there and some new ideas we had not thought of. It was nice to see it through a locals eyes. We would definitely book to have Ikki guide us again when we come back and we highly recommend him for both young and older people. Thanks Ikki for a great and memorable tour.

Ikki O.

Thanks for entrusting me your stay guys, I felt part of the family gang by the end of the sweet tours we had. I am so happy to have shared my insights, experiences and wisdom with you all. I appreciate your enthusiasm and thus, I was naturally being more expressive as you allowed me to enter your worlds and share that wonderful night full of organismic conversations about socio-cultural movements around the world and the dilemma that Australia is facing right now amidst multi-culturalism and being diverse. Needless to say, I felt lonely heading back home having that "emptiness" when just a while ago we were just all together. I felt connected. And when things just started to become more exciting we had to part ways so it was a sort of a melancholic then. But I am very sure that the pleasant exhanges and connection will continue to be a reverie forever in our hearts <3 Until the next time and hope that Australia remains strong amidst the wildfires due our alarming state of woldwide climate change. Truly, tours such as this, is not a tour anymore. It is a multi-cultural exchange that is apt for our vastly moving societies and accelerated interactions amongst the people here in our planet.

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Dagmar L.

Nov 18, 2019

Great help

Very good guide, helped us perfectly to get around in Tokyo.!

Ikki O.

❤ This trip was truly a perfect example of being a premium tour consultant and specialist on call ❤ In a very very short notice of 1 night ( less than 12 hours ) before the actual trip, I am glad I was able to make the necessary adjustments and arrangements to have been able accomodate your big group. I am so honored to have been chosen by your strong more than 25 person Delegation made of high-profile professionals, professors, art enthusiasts and cultural lovers of Japan - among the rest of other guides here. I take pride in serving and making the impossible things to be possible while keeping the standards and exceeding expectations always. The Bonsai nursery trip was definitely a kill, matched with the elegant and beautiful tea ceremony experience shared by everyone and topped with a kimono wearing experience and pictorial in the wonderful Japanese Garden filled with Bonsais and surrounded by nature. Soon after, we found ourselves in awe of the vast space around the Tokyo Imperial Palace, checking out the monument of the legendary Samurai - Kusunoki Masashige and having a joy-ride around the circumferential moat protecting the palace from ninja assasins and shinobis during the Castle's Edo heydays. As we headed to visit Harajuku and marvel at the architectural genius of Kenzo Tange symbolized by the Yoyogi Athletic Stadium (circa 1964 Tokyo Olympics), I realized that our poetic group was syncing with Haiku verses of nature and urbanization vis-a-vis the serious dilemma advance countries are having - decreasing population, lack of young talent and exodus of homebred human capital. I am pretty sure, we all had a great pleasure and company celebrating multi-"cool-tural" exchanges in unusual flavors. At the end, it was a joyful parting with terrible amounts of smiles and hugs served. Success In a very very short notice of 1 night ( less than 12 hours ) before the actual trip, I am glad I was able to make the necessary adjustments and arrangements to have been able accomodate your big group. I am so honored to have been chose by your strong more than 25 person Delegation made of high-profile professionals, professors, art enthusiasts and cultural lovers of Japan. The Bonsai nursery trip was definitely a kill, matched with the elegant and beautiful tea ceremony experience shared by everyone and topped with a kimono wearing experience and pictorial in the wonderful Japanese Garden filled with Bonsais and surrounded by nature. Soon after, we found ourselves in awe of the vast space around the Tokyo Imperial Palace, checking out the monument of the legendary Samurai - Kusunoki Masashige and having a joy-ride around the circumferential moat protecting the palace from ninja assasins and shinobis during the Castle's Edo heydays. As we headed to visit Harajuku and marvel at the architectural genius of Kenzo Tange symbolized by the Yoyogi Athletic Stadium (circa 1964 Tokyo Olympics), I realized that our poetic group was syncing with Haiku verses of nature and urbanization vis-a-vis the serious dilemma advance countries are having - decreasing population, lack of young talent and exodus of homebred human capital. I am pretty sure, we all had a great pleasure and company celebrating multi-"cool-tural" exchanges in unusual flavors. At the end, it was a joyful parting with terrible amounts of smiles and hugs served. Success ♡(♡´❍`♡)*✧ ✰ 。* (。♥‿♥。)

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Fardin M.

Oct 12, 2019

Knowledgeable, thorough, and extremely friendly

Ikki was fantastic. From beginning to end. I could not have imagined a better tour and experience. Ikki covered all of Tokyo in a day's time. Not only did he provide the history of each site, but he also gave us a taste of Tokyo's modern culture. Moreover, he was so nice with a great personality and he became a close friend when it was all said and done. Thank you for everything Ikki. We had an amazing time. I highly recommend to anyone looking for a personal tour.

Ikki O.

Thanks for the wonder time as well. Just hang on a bit as I’m still trying to edit some nice pics and will collating them all as the highlights of your Japan vacay blast. Take care of the impending typhoon and all hope you enjoy every moment you spend here. I will be here if you need any assistance all the way !