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Koichi

Licensed Guide
  (27) Reviews
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$ 33 Hourly rate Price up to 7 people
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Last updated: 7 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Kobe , Shiga

Languages Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )

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(27) Reviews
Hourly rate 33 USD Price up to 7 people
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About

Hi! I'm Koichi. I was born in Osaka, I studied in Kyoto when I was a university student. Now I live in Shiga next to Kyoto. I am a national government licensed tour guide. I have been guiding about 160 groups over the past twelve months.
I usually guide my customers mainly in Kansai region including Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe and Shiga.
I am curious about Japanese history, especially the history of Japan's ancient times since I was raised next to the world biggest mausoleum of the ancient Emperor called "Nintoku" in Sakai Osaka which has just become the one of world cultural heritage site I dug out some ancient earthen ware when I was a primary school student like the adventure archaeologist “Indiana Jones" (It’s our secret!!). That was my hobby. Now, one of my hobbies is outdoor activity such as mountaineering, kayaking, skiing and so on. So I would like to take you to some good places where you can enjoy Japanese unique nature.
I love to guide foreign visitors from all over the world. I think it is my calling, heavenly given job! Let's go and enjoy together! I hope to see you soon.

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Price

The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

Duration
1 Person
Up to 7 people
Hourly rate $32.80 $32.80
5 Hours $163.99 $163.99
8 Hours $262.38 $262.38

* Duration: 5 hours minimum and 9 hours maximum per day.
* People: 7 maximum

Private Tours

Let's go across the World biggest suspension bridge and enjo...

(27) Reviews
by Koichi
Do you know the world biggest bridge? It is "Akashi Kaikyo Bridge" spanning the Akashi Strait and has 3911 meters length. It is located about 50 km west ...
5h $ 211 up to 6 people

Kyoto Fushimi Inari Hiking tour - to Sanjusangen-do in Easte...

(27) Reviews
by Koichi
Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for many torii gates like an orange tunnel. But most tourists just visit only the entrance. I would like to show you the deep ...
5h $ 187 up to 6 people

Let's Enjoy half day Water Sports on the Lake from Kyoto !

(27) Reviews
by Koichi
Aren't you looking for some waterfront while planning for Kyoto trip, besides visiting the city?  I recommend this tour. In this tour, you can experience ...
6h $ 211 up to 6 people

Enjoy Hot Spring after Hike in mysterious mountains of Kyoto...

(27) Reviews
by Koichi
We will visit Kuramadera which is a Buddhist temple located along the steep wooded mountainside. Behind the temple's main building, the hiking trail contin...
6h $ 197 up to 7 people

Kyoto Mt. Daimonji Hiking Tour -from Bishamondo to Nanzenji...

(27) Reviews
by Koichi
Aren't you tired of busy sightseeing spots a little bit? Don't you want to move your body, and enjoy workout on the mountain path with calm historical sit...
6h $ 197 up to 7 people

One-day Nara tour from Kyoto with a private guide

(27) Reviews
by Koichi
Nara is a very beautiful and interesting city known by the old name of "Yamato". It was established as the first permanent Japan's capital in the year 710....
8h $ 281 up to 7 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date, there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 27 )
John John United Kingdom ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Day trip to Kyoto (from Tokyo) ”

Kiochi was an excellent guide and we would have no hesitation in recommending him to others. From the initial contact he was responsive and based on our available time, he proposed a schedule which would allow us to take in all the key sights of Kyoto. He met us at the station, provided a very informative overview of each site we visited and even arranged a superb lunch. We even managed to squeeze in an extra visit on the way back to the station. Without using the services of a knowledgeable and organised guide like Koichi, we would never have been able to see all the main sights and understand the role of Kyoto in the history of Japan. Thank you Koichi for a wonderful & memorable day.

Koichi:

Hi! John san. Thank you for giving me such a nice review. I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. It’s my pleasure. I wish you had more time to spend in Kyoto. In Kyoto and surrounding areas, there are many other places you should visit and things I would like to recommend. Well, I hope to see you again in the near future. Thanks again. Koichi

Elaine and Bob Elaine United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Great day with Koichi in Osaka ”

Koichi was terrific. He met us punctually at he SilverSea ship. We then took public transportation to Osaka sights. We went to the castle, he had us take the tram to save energy getting to the top of the castle area as it was extremely hot. He guided us to 5be lovely tea house on the grounds where we enjoyed a tea ceremony. Took the bus tram to save steps again to our next sight. We went to a lovely Shri e, a wonderful temple where a funeral was being performed and then we headed to the busy shopping streets of Osaka. We had a delightful local lunch which Koichi ordered for us. We did about 20,000 steps with Koichi that day. It was a really great day with a great guide.

Ian Ian Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Super personalised tour to Shigaraki pottery village. ”

Koichi was extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the local areas we visited. The tour was faultless throughout and was the realisation of a dream come true for me. During our tour we had a brilliant lunch suggested to us by Koichi and we visited several places which were not on our original plan, but made the day even more enjoyable. A super highlight was when Koichi suggested we stop at a local supermarket where he purchased a bottle of his favourite local sake for us to sample. Yum!! Thank you Koichi for such a wonderful day. Ian and Leanne

Koichi:

Hi! Ian san, Thank you for your wonderful comments for me. I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. It’s my pleasure! I hope to see your fine works that you made on the tour day. Well, have you contacted the kiln where we visited? They told us that today would be the firing day. I’m looking forward to meeting you again. Koichi

Donna Donna United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Our amazing day with Koichi san! ”

We could not have had a better guide for our day in Kyoto than Koichi san! From our initial contact he planned a wonderful day for us and accommodated our special request for a vegetarian lunch. He met us early at our hotel and we started our adventure. Mid-morning he accommodated our impromptu request to visit Arashiyama Monkey Park, which was a highlight for us, especially our daughter. He even helped my daughter get her first goshuincho book and first (of many) goshuins. He explained culture and history and taught us how to properly do the purification ritual at temples/shrines. And he took so many wonderful family photos for us! Another highlight of our time with him was an amazing lunch at the restaurant at Ryoanji Temple. We ate Yudofu in a tatami room that look out onto a beautiful ... read more

Koichi:

Hi! Donna san. Thank you for writing me such a wonderful comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour. I'm so happy to have been your guide. I think we were very lucky since we could see beautiful cherry blossoms for that time of the season. I would like to have a chance to guide you next time too. I really hope to see you in the near future. Koichi

Charles Charles United States ( Couple )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Spent 4 days in Kyoto area. Could not have been better. ”

From the first contact by email I knew we would be in good hands. Koichi helped me decide on activities for each day based on his extensive knowledge of the area and his quick grasp of what my wife and I would want to see. On our 4 days together we could not ask for a better experience. He is knowledgeable, a very careful driver and was very considerate of our interests, adding things to our original plan. He has a wonderful disposition.

Koichi:

Thank you for your wonderful comment for me. Charles san! I am very happy you enjoyed the tour. I would like to see you again in the near future since I want to show you some other hidden interesting places next time too. Koichi