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Takeshi H.

5.00(24) reviews

Available Areas

Nagano, Tokyo, Kamakura, Hakone, Yokohama



English, Japanese (Native)


Response Time

3 hours on average


Availability updated

1 day ago



Hello! My name is Takeshi. Please call me Tony.

I was born in Tokyo. I worked for Canon for more than 30 years including a 5-year assignment to the U.S. office. Before joining Canon, I received a master's degree in engineering in the United States.

After retiring from the company, I began working as a volunteer guide for foreign visitors in Kamakura and Yokohama.

However, I became fascinated by the beautiful nature of Nagano prefecture and decided to move here to the Yatsugatake Mountains, 1000m above sea level in Nagano last year.

Since then I go out to look at the breathtaking mountains, lakes, and shrines every day. I would like to guide you to these special sites and also share with you the Japanese culture in my guided tours.

I am a Licensed Guide Interpreter in English and a Certified Travel Service Administrator. My hobby is Aikido and I hold the 2nd Dan black belt.

Hope to see you soon.


Visiting Snow Monkey Park and Zenkoji Temple in Nagano

8 hours

Meet at Nagano Station, and proceed to the Snow Monkey Park by train (Nagano Dentetsu Line) or by bus. (It will take an hour) It is necessary to walk through the parking lot for 35 minutes to reach the park. After visiting the Snow Monkey Park, we return to Nagano station. Then, we will move to Zenkoji temple by bus (or taxi). After visiting Zenkoji temple, return to Nagano station.

FROM$270/ per group

One Day Tour to Hakone

9 hours

Within two hours away from Tokyo by train, we arrive at one of Japan’s best-known tourist areas. We will take either a Shinkansen from Tokyo or the Odakyu Limited Express train from Shinjuku to Hakone. At Hakone you can enjoy various rides including the ropeway, cable car, and cruise ship. Hakone is a great place to explore history, culture and the beauty of nature throughout the year.

FROM$304/ per group

Visiting Togakushi Shrine and Zenkoji Temple in Nagano

9 hours

Meet at Nagano station. Travel by bus for an hour to the entrance of Togakushi Okusha Shrine and walk about 40 minutes to the Okusha. After visiting Okusha Shrine we will visit the Togakushi Ninja Museum where we can see ninja tools on display. At Chusha Shrine we will have lunch at a soba noodle restaurant. From Togakushi, we will move to Zenkoji temple by bus (or taxi).

FROM$304/ per group

Visiting Matsumoto Castle and Zenkoji Temple in Nagano

8 hours

Meet at Nagano Station. From the station, we will move to Zenkoji temple by bus (or taxi). After visiting Zenkoji temple, return to Nagano station. From there, take a JR train to Matsumoto. (about 50 minutes) In Matsumoto we will visit Matsumoto castle, Nakamachi Street and shops along the street. The tour ends at Matsumoto station.

FROM$270/ per group

One day Tokyo tour for first time visitors

8 hours

This tour is the most suitable for people who visit Tokyo for the first time. In one day, we will visit main sightseeing spots in Tokyo by train or taxi if it is appropriate. You will see the life of old and new Tokyo on this tour.

FROM$270/ per group

One day Kamakura tour for first time visitors

9 hours

This tour is the most suitable for people who visit Kamakura for the first time. It is about 45 Kilometers southwest of Tokyo, less than a one-hour train ride from Tokyo Station. So, it is one of the beat destinations where tourists staying in Tokyo can go for a day trip. We will visit major sightseeing spots in Kamakura by train or bus if it is appropriate. You will see the town on this tour once it was a political capital and the birthplace of Japan’s first military government.

FROM$270/ per group



Kelton L.

Jan 6, 2022

Amazing Day

We were lucky enough to have Takeshi share with us his knowledge of the Nagano area and the Snow Monkeys. He is a very calm, kind and interesting guide. We would highly recommend using his services if you are in the Nagano/ Matsumoto area.

Takeshi H.

Kelton-san, Thank you for your review. I had a very enjoyable time with you while I was guiding. Hope to see you again!

Sharon B.

Mar 6, 2020

Snow Monkeys and Nagano highlights

What a memorable day! Takushi shared a lot of interesting information about the snow monkeys and the Nagano region and history. He has a broad knowledge of the Buddhist traditions and the gorgeous Zenko-ji temple. He helped me change my return train ticket efficiently so that I could take an earlier train. Thank you!

Takeshi H.

Thank you for the review. I am glad you could take the earlier train. The tour day was perfect. We could see the Snow Monkeys in the snowfall. I think it was beautiful. I hope to see you again. Thanks.


Sarah L.

Jan 7, 2020

A Wonderful White Christmas at Nagano

On December 24, our family went to Nagano Prefecture for a half day tour at a Ski Resort. Takeshi was our guide and he was very nice and organized. Before the tour day, he constantly communicated with me for everything that we need to know about the resort and what to expect. On the tour day, our family had a great time at the ski resort. My children enjoyed learning how to ski and we were mesmerized by the powdery white snow! Takeshi even arranged an exclusive ride for our family back and forth from Nagano to the ski resort. And in the evening before we went back to our hotel, he extended his time just to look for a good restaurant for our family to have dinner at. I highly recommend Takeshi. And as for our tour, it was one for the book!

Takeshi H.

Sarah-san, thank you for your review. I was a little worried in the beginning because it did not snow a lot this year. I was very happy when we had snow just one day before our tour day and could enjoy seeing the fresh snow view with your family!


Tim D.

Dec 22, 2019

Amazing day in Nagano area with Takeshi

Highly recommended. You won't be disappointed. Our family of 4 had a fantastic day with Takeshi to see the snow monkeys and visit Shibu Onsen. His organisation throughout the day was excellent. Everything was well planned. Conversation throughout the day was wonderful. We learnt a lot and really enjoyed his company. The recommended restaurant near the Snow Monkeys has easily been one of our best meals on our trip so far. Communication before the tour was friendly and great. A truly great guide and great person. Thanking you again Takeshi.

Takeshi H.

Thank you for your review. How was the Onsen experience. I think you may felt hot in the beginning, because many Japanese prefer to have relatively hot Onsen. I was glad to be able to guide you, Tim-san.