Toshi H.

4.95(102) reviews
 

Available Areas

Kanagawa, Saitama, Tokyo (Living), Kamakura, Hakone, Yokohama

 

Languages

English

 

Response Time

4 hours on average

 

Availability Updated

Today

 

About

Hi, I am Toshi.

I love traveling! It gives me a chance to get to know how other people live, their culture, and discovering new places (usually off the beaten track). This is why as a guide, my goal is to give guests a real "local experience"--the kind that I like when I travel.

I've been a licensed tour guide since 2008. I've conducted tours for international guests from the USA, the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Spain, France, Germany, Poland, Kuwait, Mexico, Singapore, the Philippines, Italia and so on. In fact, I conducted 90 tours (one day tours and a-week long tours) in 2019.

I am a former fire officer. As such, I coordinated educational fire department visits, including those for foreign counterparts. I also speak a little Spanish (un poquito).

In my spare time, I give back to the community as a volunteer: tsunami clean-up activities, entertainment at evacuation camps, guide for foreign visitors in affected areas, and at various cultural events.

Let me show you "My Tokyo"! Enjoy the city like a local and maximize your time in Tokyo!

See you soon!

Important

Multiple-day bookings are encouraged. I might have greater flexibility in opening closed slots in this case. Let's talk about it. Send me a message! :‑)

MORE INFO:

= We use public transportation (train, subway, bus and/or taxi) in my tours as it's the best way to see the city.

= Please book at least SIX HOURS PRIOR to a custom tour.5,000JPY/ hour

= The meet-up time marks the official start of the tour.

= Hotel pick-ups = only in Central Tokyo, Yokohama, and a few hotels in Kawasaki.

= Four-hour tours available = Tokyo, Harajuku & Shibuya, Odaiba, Shinjuku, Ueno, Yokohama, and antique flea market. Please check out the corresponding tour pages.

= HAKONE TOURS = Only available as an ADD-ON to a Tokyo tour (at least 4-hr Tokyo tour on a different day). 5,000JPY/hour


Tours

Scenic Kamakura, 6 hours

Kamakura
6 hours

Kamakura, the birthplace of Zen Buddhism, is a beautiful residential area dotted with zen temples. The Great Buddha is another highlight. The Pacific Ocean’s gentle breeze adds to the tranquil atmosphere. We’ll find the most suitable mix of destinations to match your interests and physical exertion level. (See the ITINERARY) A walking tour is good value for money (H1)! We’ll get to experience 5 temples and shrines! For a more leisurely pace, a bus and a taxi are best. See you in Kamakura!

FROM$217/ per group

Harajuku & Shibuya Half Day Walking Tour (4 hrs)

Tokyo
4 hours

Harajuku is Kawaii Town! (Kawaii = cute) It's a mecca for those into kawaii culture, particularly young ladies. This includes popular sites: the Meiji Jingu Shrine (largest Shinto shrine in Tokyo), Takeshita Street for kawaii fashion, Omotesando for its unique shops and cafes, and Shibuya Crossing (the world’s busiest intersection). These and many more await you on this tour! (Please note that we can modify the time and add destinations to the packaged itinerary below.)

FROM$148/ per group

My Tokyo – the modern & the traditional (7hrs)

Tokyo
7 hours

Ready for a Tokyo adventure? This is a wonderful blend of the old and new that Tokyo has to offer. It's the perfect one-day tour to see Tokyo's past, present, and future. There's something in it for everyone.

FROM$233/ per group

Scenic Yokohama, 4 hours

Yokohama
4 hours

Yokohama is a beautiful harbor city with mix of historical and modern buildings, and Chinatown with its genuine Chinese flavors .Excellent views and plenty of photo opps. It's just only 30 minutes away from Tokyo by train. Tour A is a walking tour with some options. Tour B (Sankeien Garden) is highly recommended if you're not going to either Kamakura or Kyoto. Combination of A & B is available. See you in Yokohama!

FROM$155/ per group

Shinjuku - Half Day, 4hrs - Daytime or Evening

Tokyo
4 hours

Would you like to explore Shinjuku, the entertainment capital of Japan? It's a walking tour which encompasses a visit to a 45-story observation deck, back alleys, Godzilla's head, and etc. Like shopping? We'll also go to a high-end department store and a wholesale outlet. The tour starts from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. In late March and early April, we also take in the soothing sight of cherry blossoms. [NOTE] I give discounts if you book two (2) 4-hour tours in one day.

FROM$155/ per group

Enoshima (view of Mt.Fuji) & Kamakura (Great Buddha) - 6hrs

Kamakura
6 hours

FIXED ITINERARY - Enoshima Island is one of the few places where we can get a magnificent view of Mt. Fuji in the WINTER (Nov to Mar). This tour is available throughout the year. • It's only 60 minutes from Tokyo! Who would have thought this nature paradise exists so close to the city? • An early start would ensure a better view. • Early blooming cherry blossoms in Enoshima are another treat in late Feb.

FROM$210/ per group

Reviews

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Dan L.

Jan 9, 2023

East Tokyo

East Tokyo - with Toshi over a day and a half - was both a leap to traditional Shogun and Imperial Japan and a dive into contemporary culture. Hamarikyu Garden, the Imperial Palace Grounds, the National Museum, the shrines at Ueno Park were all wonderful. And just as interesting, albeit on a different level, were the Tsujiki fish market, the Asakusa area (and the waterbus ride there) and other more modern artsy spots throughout the area. Toshi navigated attractions and logistics masterfully and was a veritable source of background, history and fun facts. We loved it. Thank you Toshi!

Toshi H.

Arigato, grazie, Dan! I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed our tour as much as I did. Three days were not enough to see Tokyo, though I tried to show you different sides of Japan, traditional, modern, cultural, art, and nature. One thing we didn’t cover was sport. So, next time I hope we can go and see sumo wrestling together. You're going to love it. Hope to see you again! Ciao!

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Dan L.

Dec 30, 2022

West Tokyo

We had a great time with Toshi, who led us on a very informative and fun tour of West Tokyo. We discussed Japanese history, contemporary culture and food. Only a few hours, and yet we feel we came close enough to savor the essence of the place and its people. Looking forward to another tour with Toshi soon! Dan

Toshi H.

Grazie, Dan! Glad to hear you enjoyed our tour as much as I did. We had experienced both the traditional and modern sides of Tokyo. Meiji Shrine gave us a peaceful moment. And just a few minutes’ walk, TeamLab showed us state-of-the-art technology. Amazing, wasn’t it? We just saw the west part of Tokyo. There is more to see in Tokyo. Happy new year!

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Rick D.

Dec 25, 2022

Perfect way to start a trip to Tokyo

On our first time to Tokyo, we wanted an overview of the city, to hit the highlights and get acclimated to how to “do” Tokyo travel. Toshi delivered on all of that in a wonderful, friendly and fun way. With her excellent English, Toshi navigated us to the highlights of the city. You could tell we were working with a seasoned guide because she knew the tricks to get the best access, the secret views and ways to avoids the crowds, or navigate them smoothly when needed. She knew the best treats along the way and offered helpful insights about what we were seeing. I would absolutely seek to use Toshi as a guide in the future.

Toshi H.

Thank you for your kind words, Rick and Clancy! It was great spending the day with you and your family. You're all so warm and friendly, I felt like a part of the family. Our tour was an excellent mix of the traditional and trendy parts of Tokyo. We could get a fantastic view of Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Bay, and the Imperial Palace. I hope you could feel the lively atmosphere of Shibuya. Enjoy the rest of your stay! Hope you can come back soon. There's so much more to see and experience!

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Lea M.

Dec 20, 2022

The perfect guide !

Toshi is the perfect guide for all foreign travellers; she is articulate, kind hearted and very helpful! Prior to our arrival she offered a selection of different itineraries and was very reactive to all of our enquiries. She was extremely knowledgeable and took the time to respond to our many questions about Kamakura, Tokyo, Japanese history, food, culture and beyond. We had an amazing day thanks to her expert guidance and we are so grateful to have met her ! Highly recommend !! Thank you so much Toshi and hope to see you again during our next visit to Japan !

Toshi H.

Thank you, Lea! We're quite lucky indeed to have beautiful sunny weather in Kamakura. We soaked in the traditional Japanese atmosphere and caught a glimpse of Mt. Fuji and a Shinto Style wedding. Next time, let me show you Yokohama. It’s another suburb of Tokyo, but with totally different scenery, say classic and modern. Hope to see you again! And, happy new year 2023!