The tour with visitors from abroad

by Tomoko

This time, I guided  a family with 3 kids and showed them around the important sites.

They stayed at Kyoto style house called Machiya. This is very good for a family to stay at. You can rent a whole house for a couple of day as your accommodation. The necessary facilities, of course, come with the house, such as a toilet,a bath room, and a kitchen.  

I was worrying about the approaching typhoon, but luckily, the typhoon had gone when we started the tour.We were blessed ( too blessed?) with a fine weather, ......rather hot and humid. but we enjoyed the tour 

The tour itinerary

meeting at Machiya house at 9 AM

dropping at seven-eleven to withdraw money

( subway and a city bus )

Kinkakuji temple known as Golden temple

( city bus )

 Nijo castle founded in 1603

( subway )Okonomiyaki lunch

walking along Nishiki food maket to have dessert 

 ( they had soy-milk soft icecream, yummy~)

( subway and JR )

Fushimi Inari shrine




They knew about Okonomiyaki  and hadn't had it yet in Japan. They were pleased to have it for lunch.

They enjoyed various kinds of Okonomiyaki and Yakisoba ( fried noodles ) plus beer!!!!

The restaurant serves other kinds of food as a la carte so they ordered grilled green papper produced in Kyoto. They really loved it. 

They found it Nishiki market.  That must have been fun and interesting to them. I explained various kinds of Japanese food and how to eat  to them and they said everytihng was interesting.


Suica card is an IC card you can get in Tokyo for JR and subways and so on in Tokyo  but can be used in subway and private train line as well as JR in Kyoto. However, due to the machine trouble in Tokyo, somehow, two of their cards didn't have any record to show that they got out of a certain station in Tokyo. At the beginning, my clients were said that they couldn't use it any more in Kyoto because of the wrong record. So I negotiated with a station staff andthe wrong record inside of the cards was erased and made usable by the staff 
During the tour, unexpeted thing may happen. But If you are with a guide, it is much easier to deal with such a  matter.

 The tour with visitors from abroadThe tour with visitors from abroad

Kyoto highlight- tour

12 Jul 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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