With a family from USA

by Tomoko

I had a good time with a family from USA.

As they have a 6-year-old boy, I tailored  half-day tours especially for them.
Our tour is as follows

Day 1 

Meeting them in the lobby of the hotel at 9AM

Tenryuji temple ( zen temple listed as a UNESCO world heritage site)

walking Bamboo forest

Otagi nenbutsu dera temple with 1000 stone statues

walking the preserved area Oku-saga

Gioji temple with mini-moss garden

Dropping in at Japanese indigo shop

( while the tour they enjoyed a little shopping too )


Meeting at Sanjo keihan station at 12:30 

Fushimi Inari shrine. ( walking through red torii gate tunnel )

Yasaka pagoda

walking Sannen-zaka,

Kiyomizu temple

walking GIon Shinbashi showing Okiya and Ochaya, the way of life of Geisha


By accident,

we drop in at Japanese Indigo shop with a workshop place.  According to the staff of the shop, the fermented dyeing material is used only in Japanese method though there are some places you can see indigo dyeing in the world. The deep blue made in the indigo dyeing cannot be made by artificial method or paints.


 https://triplelights.com/japan/kyoto/tour/42/kyoto-high-lights  Kyoto highlights

https://triplelights.com/japan/kyoto/tour/43/arashiyama-walking-tour  Arashiyama walking tour 

With a family from USA

Stone statues of Otagi nenbutsu dera temple


At the last part of the tours, we had a chance to talk with Japanese junior high school students. It seemed they really enjoyed the conversation with the students who are just one year older than their daughter. The conversation was filled with smile and laghter.

I hope they enjoyed the tour with me!! 


14 Jun 2014

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I am a government licensed guide and have been working as a professional guide for over ninezerogroups after obtaining a license. in addition, I have fouryears of experience as a volunteer guide before obtaining a professional license, and guided over onezerozerogroups. I am good at making tour plans based on your interests because I know my city ( I was born and brought up in Kyoto) in detail. If you are interested in historic places, I will offer a tour for historic places, If it's cultural experiences, then a tour with cultural classes such as a tea ceremony, wagashi ( Japanese confectionery) making, and so on. Why don't you ask me? I will make your time in Kyoto more enjoyable. Kyoto has a lot of sites to offer you and it is difficult for you to decide which to choose among them. I think I will be of great help.

Here are the reviews from the tours I worked as a guide on another occasion.

Tomoko was very thorough in her preparation for our tour, adapting to our programme needs, and extremely knowledgeable of Kyoto, its transport system ensuring speedy transfers between venues and the history and detail of each activity we undertook, which included Zen gardens, temples, tea ceremony, good lunch venue, advice on other sight seeing venues and the Geisha and Gion area. Would strongly recommend her to anyonewanting a quality guided tour in Kyoto.


We had a lovely tour today with Tomoko! She's really experienced and knows Kyoto as good as her palm! She explained us everything that we needed to know additionally for the next days and took us to the desired restaurant .. Really helpful and high level of knowledge.

Your knowledge of all the places you took us to was unbelievable and your English was outstanding particularly your translation of the Monk's address at the Temple of the Ringing Crickets, without you we would have missed out on his enlightening message.You really took the time to consider the things that were of interest to us and provided a fantastic itinerary that left nothing out. Both of us felt at great ease in your company and we will remember our day at for many years as the highlight of our trip to Japan. Lunch was a great treat and the Bike tour enabled us to see so much of the area especially the great variety of amazing temples.

Tomoko, once again thank you so much for giving up your time to look after us for the day.

Tomoko was very accommodating of our tour group which had a wheelchair-bound elderly. She was able to explain the history and significance of the temples we visited in good English. She also made it a point to ensure that our top interests were fulfilled during our tour with her, which was great! Last but not least, she was extremely helpful in helping oneof our members retrieve a lost phoneduring the trip.

I needed to organize a 4-hour tour in Kyoto within twodays - and Tomoko Yamasho responded immediately, gave helpful tips over the internet and put together a tour tailored to my interests. When we met, she turned out to be a very knowledgeable guide, flexible to my new ideas (I had gotonezerosome more advice from friends in the meantime) with excellent English and with a good sense of humour. Thank you, Tomoko Yoshihara.
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