Jiro Takahashi Private tour guide in Tokyo, Kamakura, Yokohama - Japan

Jiro Takahashi

Guide profile:

Hi! Welcome to Tokyo! My name is Jiro Takahashi. Please call me “Jiro” for short. Since graduating from university here in Japan, I have lived in London and New York, as well as Tokyo, Yokohama, and Osaka. My career in the finance and IT industries (about 35 years) afforded me multiple opportunities to make many friends from around the world and understand various cultures much better. It was from these experiences that, once I retired, I decided to become a licensed English guide in Japan. My goal is to create a cross cultural bridge between Japan and other countries. In addition to being an English tour guide for overseas visitors, I am also a guide at the Edo-Tokyo Museum(350times involved until now). I look forward to taking you on a journey of historical and modern Tokyo, Yokohama, Kamakura and others.

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Susan E.

We had a great tour of Tokyo with Jiro in November 2018. He was personable, flexible and a great tour guide. His knowledge of Tokyo and Japan is excellent. He also had us try some new and exciting food with just the right amount of encouragement! He was well prepared and his English is very good. We had a great day with him and would definitely recommend him for your tour. He is a very nice man, and you can't go wrong with him!

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

Tokyo themed 7 hour tours:

Option1:

(1)Shinjyuku metropolitan goverment office-obesrvatory deck,high rise buildings,,,,

(2)Meijijingu Shrine(Shintoism)

(3)Takeshita street(costume playing areas,delicious foods),Harajyuku Omotesandou street(brand fashion street,famous architecture,museums,,,)

(4)Imperial Palace(former Edo castle-East gardens of the Imperial Palace,Ninjyangateway,inner and outer moats,,,)

(5)Tokyo station(like central Amsterdam station)

Option2:

(1)Tokyo station,Marunouchi business center

(2)Ginza street(fashion street for rich people)

(3)Kabukiza theater(as one of Japanese traditional arts)

(4)Tsukiji fish market(outer&inner market)

(5)Hamarikyuu garden (former shogun garden)

Option3:

(1)Sumo stadium

(2)Edo-Tokyo museum(famous themed park in Tokyo attracts 1.2 million people in a year)

(3)TokyoSkyTree(the tallest self support steel tower in Japan,634meters )

(4)Ueno park(Toshogu Shrine-Shogun cemetry,Tokyo national museum,,,)

(5)Ameyoko street(lots of old,small shops,big super market,,,,)

Option4:

(1)Tokyo tower

(2)Zoujyouji temple(one of Tokugawa shogunte mausoleums)

(3)Hamarikyu garden(Tokugawa shogunate garden,Admiral Grant stayed here)

(4)Tsukiji fish market

(5)Ginza street

Option5:

(1)Yanaka areas(old Japanese nostalgic atmosphere before the War)

(2)Nezu Shirine(Edo era)

(3)Kagurazaka street(temples, shrines, Geisha streets,French restaurants,,,)

Option6:

(1)Tamagawa railway

(2)Kishimojin Shrine(Edo era),,,,,

(3)Gokokuji temple(Edo era,tea center,,,)

and Kamakura(Koutokuin temple,Hasedera temple,Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine,Houkokiji bamboo temple,,,,) and Yokohama(Sankeiein Garden,,,)

Option7:

In addition to the above options, I would like to include Japanese typical foods at lunch time like Sushi, Tempra,Baked eel,Kaiseki foods,Shabushabu,Teppan Yaki,Okonomiyaku depending on your choices and your itinerary. Moreover, by hiring a car, visiting Hakone and/or Mt.Fuji tour is possible. Details will be discussed.

Transportation by tour guide:

I normally use public transportation such as JR trains, subways and buses. Because these are more convenient and economical in Tokyo and other cities in Japan.But if you would take a car, I am pleased to take a taxi or make a reservation of a hired car.The costs will have to be paid by guests..

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

Custom Tour Package for John C Price Per Group 920.00 USD
How Tokyo has been created since 1868? Price Per Group 250.00 USD
sightseeing tour of Samurai gardens in Tokyo Price Per Group 230.00 USD
sightseeing tour of Tsukiji and Toyosu fish market Price Per Group 200.00 USD
walking tour of Yanesen as one of the oldest Tokyo Price Per Group 200.00 USD

Tour guide interests:

Tokyo,Kamakura and Yokohama city tours personalized,moreover Hakone and/or Mt.Fuji areas

-Emphasis on cultural and historical walks

-Focussed incentive group,Convention group,Senior citizens and others

-Cultural and Historical perspective

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Susan E. 23 Apr 2018

We had a great tour of Tokyo with Jiro in November 2018. He was personable, flexible and a great tour guide. His knowledge of Tokyo and Japan is excellent. He also had us try some new and exciting food with just the right amount of encouragement! He was well prepared and his English is very good. We had a great day with him and would definitely recommend him for your tour. He is a very nice man, and you can't go wrong with him!

Tour Guide Comment: I have had a wonderful time with Mr.&Mrs.Esposito from Florida ,Nov.2018. I guess they must have tasted the best quality of sushi and some of Japanese unforgettable confectionaries!!!

5 stars John C. 26 Mar 2018

We had a great time with our guide Jiro. We booked several months in advance and then, via email, worked out our itinerary for our 4 couples touring Tokyo for three days. Jiro did a great job organizing our visit, and he suggested a rarely-available walk through the gardens at the Emperor's Palace. We had one problem with a lunch reservation and I gave Jiro some suggestions regarding how we thought the Suica debt card was the best method for paying metro fares with a group of 8 adults.

Tour Guide Comment: I have enjoyed myself with these 8 intelligent people during the tour.This time I took them to unexpected Cherry Blossom viewing places of the Imperial Palace and Chidorigafuchi outer moat of the former Edo Castle. We could see lots of cherry trees with flowers with lots of funs by making some poems in our minds.

5 stars Byron G. 16 Apr 2017

I highly recommend Mr. Jiro. We had a wonderful and memorable tour of the Hakone region on April 16, 2017. Mr. Jiro is very friendly and knowledgeable. He designed a great itinerary and managed the time for us in a very smooth way. He is a very engaging and cultured person and during the tour he provided us with a great deal of information, we talked about Hakone and Japan in general. We were able to visit more landmarks, beautiful and interesting places that we anticipated. Excellent!

Tour Guide Comment: The Garcia's family has brought us an excellent and clear day with us.We really could see a magnificent and spiritual Mt.Fuji from Lake Ashi and Hotel de Yama.It was when they have visited in Japan. Good health and happiness!!!

5 stars david R. 14 Apr 2017

I have had some very good private guides over the years and Jiro was easily the best. I highly recommend him. We had been to Tokyo before so we didn’t want to see some of the typical sites. Jiro planned an itinerary that fit our needs. He discussed Japan’s rich history and took us to some wonderful places, including a picturesque portion of the Imperial Palace, the Goyen Gardens, and a wonderful authentic Soba noodle restaurant. He even escorted us to our train and wheeled one of my wife’s bags.

Tour Guide Comment: April is always the best season in Japan and I took them to the most scenic and picturesques sites of cherryblossoms in Tokyo.They are very friendly good persons.

5 stars Thomas H. 11 Apr 2017

Jiro was an excellent guide. He listened to what we wanted and made great recommendations of where to go. He was knowledgeable and friendly and let us go at our pace. We enjoyed his company and learned about Tokyo and how to navigate the subways.

Tour Guide Comment: I have had a wonderful day with Thomas' family viewing cherry blossoms around the Imperial Palace in full bloom.They are really good friends and family from US.

5 stars RICARDO P. 21 Nov 2016

Mr Takahashi was very knowledgeable and patient. We got to know Japan's history and culture. Mr Takahashi had a well planned itinerary to maximize our time. It was great having him to teach us so much. I highly recommend him.

Tour Guide Comment: I have had a wondeful time with Ricardo and his family for three days in Ninjya pracice,Sushi,Okonomiyaki Japanese foods, plum sake,Japanese regular sake and Japanese macha.Moreover, Zen meditation with all his family at Kamakura. His family is very excellent. Jiro

5 stars Sue W. 28 May 2016

Jiro was excellent. He arrived at our hotel early, was very polite and thoughtful, and he went out of his way to show us as much as we could squeeze into the day. We were very grateful to have him and would recommend him very highly.

5 stars Patricia P. 01 Apr 2016

Mr. Takahaski as accommodating, engaging and knowledgable. He speaks English perfectly and has an in-depth understanding of Japanese culture and history. We had a great day together. Recommend Jiro highly.

5 stars Ann R. 22 Mar 2016

My family and I had two wonderful tours with Jiro in Tokyo and Kamakura. He's very knowledgeable and adapted well to the needs of the group which included elderly parents and young children. We very much enjoyed our time with Jiro.

5 stars ibrahim S. 26 Oct 2015

It was amazingly interesting tour. Mr. Jiro Takahashi is a very keen person, with high level of ethics and intelligence. He was guiding me and my 75 y.o. mother and telling to us a lot of interesting things about history of Japan. I would definitely recommend to tourists and visitors to use the service providing by this really interesting person.

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5 stars marilyn T. 13 Apr 2015

Excceexcellent tour. He walked in rain & wind. We wawalked all over Tokyo. He taught us the subway!.Excellent food in Tokyo station ramen & dessert at Kyobashi!

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