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Akira K.

Yokohama Kanagawa, Japan

Hello, Hajimemashite! ("Nice to meet you" in Japanese) My name is Akira (Arti) Kojima, and I would like to be your tour guide when you decide to visit my home country, Japan.

First of all, I would like to thank you for looking at my page.
I have been working as a licensed tour guide in Japan since 2010 and I have guided more than 350 groups. I am a 68 year old male, living in Yokohama suburbs adjacent to Tokyo with my wife.

My hobby is riding motorcycles (Harley Davidson) so I hope to find riders among you travelers too. I travel throughout Japan, not only in guide business, but also on my Harley. My "Around Japan" journey is on its 10th lap and I have been visiting different places and routes every time. That is how I accumulated all the local information which helps me a lot as a guide.

I can take you to non tourism places such as various factory tours, utilizing my engineering back ground.
I have also been a railroad fan since 12, which helps me to take around travelers to local railroad lines in beautiful sceneries.

I lived in the United States for 8 years with my family and have visited 38 countries in the world on business, so I understand the people and cultures of many countries.

My other interest areas are biology, entomology, linguistics, paleontology and electronics. I am a back alley food gourmet, and of course, I love drinking sake at local back alley taverns, too.

So, just email me about your interest in Japan! I will give you various suggestions when you decide to select Japan for your travel destination. I am more than happy to customize your trip for you, too.
I am available to travel along with you for more than 10 days.

A Recent Review of this guide

Arti led a fascinating full day tour across modern Tokyo, beginning with the outer and inner fish markets and ending with a view of Godzilla climbing a skyscraper. We traveled by subway and on foot, stopping for a sushi lunch and several coffee/tea breaks. Arti, who has lived in both Europe and the US for a considerable time, is extremely knowledgeable about Tokyo and Japan and shared much information about social issues and their larger contexts, and showed us various popular youth sub-culture locales.
Judith Baskin

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Credentials

I own a national license on English speaking guide, itinerary management and unlimited motorcycle rider's license together with car driving license. I have been trained in a Japanese and American travel agencies.
I have a master's degree in electronics.

Restrictions

I do not drive travelers but need to use publicly available transportation measures. I do not guide underaged persons nor wheel chaired person alone unless accompanied by his/her family due to local regulation.

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Tours by Akira K.

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Private tour guide Akira

Casual Tokyo full day excursion by private,...

Find deep Tokyo subcultures on custom designed itinerary

403 USD per tour

(for up to 7 people)

8 hours

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Day trip to Mt.Fuji area on motorcycle,...

Enjoy scenic by-roads and expressway on motorcycles in beatifull Japan.

470 USD per tour

(for up to 5 people)

8 hours

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Hakone full day by private guide

Private tour in Hakone to cover must see spots

440 USD per tour

(for up to 7 people)

8 hours

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Shore Leave, Private tour Yokohama half,...

Visit historical Japanese houses and indulge youself in Ramen lunch,...

275 USD per tour

(for up to 7 people)

4 hours 30 min.

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Casual Yokohama private tour in full,...

Strolling in central Yokohama by your private guide

406 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

8 hours

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Tokyo selected spots in 4 hours by private,...

For time saving travelers, this is the plan for you!

277 USD per tour

(for up to 7 people)

4 hours 30 min.

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Kamakura full day private tour

Visit first Samurai capital of Japan with a private guide

431 USD per tour

(for up to 7 people)

8 hours

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Visit world class train museums by a,...

In depth explanation by a private guide makes you Japanese rail expert.

394 USD per tour

(for up to 8 people)

8 hours

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Private day trip to Nikko

Visit world heritage Nikko in one day with a private guide

678 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

11 hours

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Factory tour in Tokyo vicinities by private,...

Visit Japanese high tec, high quality manufacturing sites.

440 USD per tour

(for up to 7 people)

8 hours

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Hakone custom half day tour

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Custom tour for specific agreement

330 USD per tour

(for up to 2 people)

4 hours 30 min.

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