Takeshi H.

5.00(29) reviews
 

Available Areas

Nagano, Tokyo, Kamakura, Hakone, Yokohama

 

Languages

English, Japanese (Native)

 

Response Time

0 days on average

 

Availability Updated

5 days ago

 

About

Hello! My name is Takeshi.

I am a National Licensed Guide Interpreter in English.

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 for a while.

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 a few years ago.

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 flexible and can customize the tour based on the customer's request.

I am also a Certified Travel Service Administrator. My hobby is Aikido and I hold the 2nd Dan black belt.

Hope to see you soon.


Important

I can also guide you to Nagano and the surrounding area from Tokyo.

Travel insurance is not included in our tours. I would recommend you take out your own travel insurance just in case of any unexpected accident.


Tours

Snow Monkey Park and Zenkoji Temple in Nagano

Nagano
8 hours

The park provides us a rare opportunity for us to watch the Macaque up close and observe their fascinating behavior. During winter the monkeys enjoy bathing in the hot spring. The history of Zenkoji temple started in 642 and it does not belong to any religious sect. Legend says that Zenkoji's golden triad was the first Buddhist image to arrive in Japan. After taking a walk in Nakamise street, you can enjoy Sake tasting if you like. 

FROM$296/ per group

One Day Tour to Hakone

Tokyo
12 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. We will visit Owakudani Valley, Lake Ashi, Hakone Sekisho, and Hakone Jinja Shrine. However, arrangements are possible according to your requests.

FROM$416/ per group

One day Tokyo tour for first time visitors

Tokyo
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 taxis. You will see the life of old and new Tokyo. The model plan will include Imperial Palace (Former Edo Castle), Sensoji Temple (Oldest temple in Tokyo), Tsukiji Outer Fish Market, and Tokyo Skytree. The model plan can be customized based on customer's requests.

FROM$277/ per group

Visiting Togakushi Shrine and Zenkoji Temple in Nagano

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$333/ per group

Matsumoto Castle and Daio Wasabi Farm in Nagano

Nagano
8 hours 30 min

Matsumoto castle which was built in 1593-94. The 5 roofed, six story tower castle is the oldest in existence in Japan. It is designated as a national treasure of Japan. Daio Wasabi Farm is situated amongst the picturesque valleys of central Japan’s famous Alps region. It is known as the largest farm of Wasabi (horseradish) in Japan and noted for its picturesque beauty and long history. The tour starts at Matsumoto station and we will visit these places by train or taxi.

FROM$314/ per group

One day Kamakura tour for first time visitors

Tokyo
10 hours

This tour is the most suitable for people who visit Kamakura for the first time. It is a one-hour train ride from Tokyo Station. So, it is one of the best destinations where tourists staying in Tokyo can go for a day trip. We will visit major sightseeing spots such as Hokokuji Temple (Bamboo temple), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kotokuin Temple (Great Buddha), and Hasedera Temple.

FROM$347/ per group

Reviews

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Stanley L.

Jan 3, 2023

Excellent guide for 5 days, definitely 5 Stars

Takeshi was extremely helpful during our five day trip to Japan. He arranged for all of our transportation. We used high speed trains, regular trains, taxies, buses and subway. Because of his excellent planning, there was always a smooth and timely transition and we did not waste any time waiting to go from one place to the next. He provided excellent English translation for us during the entire trip. He was always patient and answer all of our questions in a very respectable and gentle manner. Day one He made dinner reservation for my daughter’s birthday at a fancy restaurant and gave her a very nice birthday gift. We had a very delightful evening. Day two When visiting Zenkoji temple, Takeshi explained related Japanese cultures and traditions in details so we could appreciate the importance of the temple. Day three We learned more about Japanese history from Takeshi while visiting Matsumoto castle in the morning. Thanks to his excellent planning, we were able to get to lake Kawaguchiko to watch sunset over Mount Fuji. Day four Takeshi helped us hire a taxi that drove us to different viewpoints to see Mount Fuji. He told us the significance of Mount Fuji to the Japanese people. He even pointed out street corner where we could get a nice shot of the mountain. After learning that we would like to buy some herbal medicine, he searched for stores that were open during the pre-New Year holiday and brought us there so we could make our purchases. Day five Takeshi brought us to a shrine and a temple early in the morning so we could experienced the Japanese New Year tradition first hand. He also showed us the street fair and we had the opportunity to sample some very delicious Japanese food. We are putting all 5 day(Dec 28, 29, 30, 31 and Jan 1) reviews in one.

Takeshi H.

Thank you for your detailed reviews. I am very happy to have guided you and your family for five days. It was one of my most impressive tours I have guided before. Hope to see you again.

S

Stanley L.

Jan 3, 2023

Excellent guide for 5 days, definitely 5 Stars

Takeshi was extremely helpful during our five day trip to Japan. He arranged for all of our transportation. We used high speed trains, regular trains, taxies, buses and subway. Because of his excellent planning, there was always a smooth and timely transition and we did not waste any time waiting to go from one place to the next. He provided excellent English translation for us during the entire trip. He was always patient and answer all of our questions in a very respectable and gentle manner. Day one He made dinner reservation for my daughter’s birthday at a fancy restaurant and gave her a very nice birthday gift. We had a very delightful evening. Day two When visiting Zenkoji temple, Takeshi explained related Japanese cultures and traditions in details so we could appreciate the importance of the temple. Day three We learned more about Japanese history from Takeshi while visiting Matsumoto castle in the morning. Thanks to his excellent planning, we were able to get to lake Kawaguchiko to watch sunset over Mount Fuji. Day four Takeshi helped us hire a taxi that drove us to different viewpoints to see Mount Fuji. He told us the significance of Mount Fuji to the Japanese people. He even pointed out street corner where we could get a nice shot of the mountain. After learning that we would like to buy some herbal medicine, he searched for stores that were open during the pre-New Year holiday and brought us there so we could make our purchases. Day five Takeshi brought us to a shrine and a temple early in the morning so we could experienced the Japanese New Year tradition first hand. He also showed us the street fair and we had the opportunity to sample some very delicious Japanese food. We are putting all 5 day(Dec 28, 29, 30, 31 and Jan 1) reviews in one.

Takeshi H.

Thank you for your detailed reviews. I am very happy to have guided you and your family for five days. It was one of my most impressive tours I have guided before. Hope to see you again.

S

Stanley L.

Jan 3, 2023

Excellent guide for 5 days, definitely 5 Stars

Takeshi was extremely helpful during our five day trip to Japan. He arranged for all of our transportation. We used high speed trains, regular trains, taxies, buses and subway. Because of his excellent planning, there was always a smooth and timely transition and we did not waste any time waiting to go from one place to the next. He provided excellent English translation for us during the entire trip. He was always patient and answer all of our questions in a very respectable and gentle manner. Day one He made dinner reservation for my daughter’s birthday at a fancy restaurant and gave her a very nice birthday gift. We had a very delightful evening. Day two When visiting Zenkoji temple, Takeshi explained related Japanese cultures and traditions in details so we could appreciate the importance of the temple. Day three We learned more about Japanese history from Takeshi while visiting Matsumoto castle in the morning. Thanks to his excellent planning, we were able to get to lake Kawaguchiko to watch sunset over Mount Fuji. Day four Takeshi helped us hire a taxi that drove us to different viewpoints to see Mount Fuji. He told us the significance of Mount Fuji to the Japanese people. He even pointed out street corner where we could get a nice shot of the mountain. After learning that we would like to buy some herbal medicine, he searched for stores that were open during the pre-New Year holiday and brought us there so we could make our purchases. Day five Takeshi brought us to a shrine and a temple early in the morning so we could experienced the Japanese New Year tradition first hand. He also showed us the street fair and we had the opportunity to sample some very delicious Japanese food. We are putting all 5 day(Dec 28, 29, 30, 31 and Jan 1) reviews in one.

Takeshi H.

Thank you for your detailed reviews. I am very happy to have guided you and your family for five days. It was one of my most impressive tours I have guided before. Hope to see you again.

S

Stanley L.

Jan 3, 2023

Excellent guide for 5 days, definitely 5 Stars

Takeshi was extremely helpful during our five day trip to Japan. He arranged for all of our transportation. We used high speed trains, regular trains, taxies, buses and subway. Because of his excellent planning, there was always a smooth and timely transition and we did not waste any time waiting to go from one place to the next. He provided excellent English translation for us during the entire trip. He was always patient and answer all of our questions in a very respectable and gentle manner. Day one He made dinner reservation for my daughter’s birthday at a fancy restaurant and gave her a very nice birthday gift. We had a very delightful evening. Day two When visiting Zenkoji temple, Takeshi explained related Japanese cultures and traditions in details so we could appreciate the importance of the temple. Day three We learned more about Japanese history from Takeshi while visiting Matsumoto castle in the morning. Thanks to his excellent planning, we were able to get to lake Kawaguchiko to watch sunset over Mount Fuji. Day four Takeshi helped us hire a taxi that drove us to different viewpoints to see Mount Fuji. He told us the significance of Mount Fuji to the Japanese people. He even pointed out street corner where we could get a nice shot of the mountain. After learning that we would like to buy some herbal medicine, he searched for stores that were open during the pre-New Year holiday and brought us there so we could make our purchases. Day five Takeshi brought us to a shrine and a temple early in the morning so we could experienced the Japanese New Year tradition first hand. He also showed us the street fair and we had the opportunity to sample some very delicious Japanese food. We are putting all 5 day(Dec 28, 29, 30, 31 and Jan 1) reviews in one.

Takeshi H.

Thank you for your detailed reviews. I am very happy to have guided you and your family for five days. It was one of my most impressive tours I have guided before. Hope to see you again.