Hi !, I’m Koichi. I'm a certified National Tour Guide. I have been working as a English Speaking Taxi Driver for over 5 years in Kyoto.
I was born in Osaka. Now I live in Shiga near Lake Biwa, Japan's biggest lake.I can guide you mainly in Kansai region, including Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and Shiga.
Well, one of my hobbies is outdoor activity such as hiking, camping and kayaking. So I can also take you to some interesting areas where you can enjoy Japan's unique nature.
Let's go and enjoy together!!
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 6 people
* Duration: 5 hours minimum and 9 hours maximum per day.
* People: 6 maximum
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
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.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
We were a family of four including two teenagers. We had half day trip of Kyoto with Mr Koichi. He showed us Golden Pavilion and Imperial palace and Gion district in a short time. He took us around in his car that made it very efficient. He is very knowledgeable about the hostilely and told of lot of tit bits. It was very hot that day we toured with him but he made sure we were comfortable. Thanks Mr Koichi for you help
Dear Premila san, Thank you very much for your kind comments. It was a short trip, but I had a great time with you and your family members. I really appreciate you. Thank you for taking your precious time to write such a nice review. I’m looking forward to seeing you again. Koichi
Since it was the first time for my family of 5 to visit Kobe, I was a little worried that we might not be able to go to the sights that we wanted to see conveniently. Koichi was very accommodating to us. He was open to my suggestions for the itinerary and was kind to adjust to our requests. He was also very informative of the places that we went to.He even accompanied my husband and son to go to a robot store while in Kobe. My family had a wonderful first time in visiting Kobe, thanks to Koichi.
Mary san, Thank you for giving me such a nice comment. I was very happy to be with you and your lovely family members. I'm really looking forward to seeing you again. And next time, I would like to show you more interesting places and things. I really appreciate you for taking time and writing me a reference. Thanks again. Yours Sincerely, Koichi
Koichi is an outstanding guide and takes great pride to know details about Kyoto and its surrounding area. Our first day with Koichi was spent driving to many of the top sites in Kyoto. He was so knowledgeable about the temples, shrines, history of Japan, navigation of the streets, and traditions of the country. He also took us to off the tourist track locations like a 300 year old hundred thatch roof tea house that was such a joy to go to. Because Koichi had a car, we were able to see so much more than if we were to travel by public transportation. We did in one day, what many people do in 3 days. Our second day, we asked to go to two areas: a sake distillery and the tea area (Uji). We loved them both. We spent the morning at several sake distilleries and the surrounding area... read more
Dear Cynthia san, Thank you very much for giving me such wonderful comments. I am glad that I could share happy days with you and your family members. I really appreciate you for you and taking time from your precious time and writing me a reference. I would like to thank you again providing me with highly recommendable reference. I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip. I’m really looking forward to seeing you again! Arigatou-gozaimasu! Cynthia san. Koichi
Our tour with Koichi was just perfect! We have a 2 year old and a 6 year old - he brought a car seat for us and took us to Nara and showed us a lot sights on the way, he was easy to talk to and very kind and went out of his way to help with the baby stroller. He also treated us to some fresh Mochi which was amazing. I would highly recommend Koichi. Thanks for the amazing day.
Hi! Lubna san. Thank you for your kind review. I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed the Nara tour with me. I could also have a great time with Lubna san , your nice husband, and lovely children. I think childcare is very hard work, but please enjoy raising children since its period will pass by so quickly. I really hope to see you again in the near future. Best Regards, Koichi
I travelled to Kyoto with my family (total 5 people, 4 elders). We did one day trip to Nara, Osaka and a day in Kyoto with our base being Kyoto. Our time with Koichi San was amazing. He not only helped us understand the history and culture better, he was very empathetic to the needs of elders, patient with figuring out best routes and flexible in scheduling the day per our needs and taste. He is a very nice and genuine human being and a great company to spend your time with. I highly recommend having him your tour guide! Thank you Koichi San! Wish you very best in endeavors ahead.
Dear Saumya san, I really appreciate your generosity for taking time from your busy schedule. Thank you for your great warm-hearted comments for me. Very Arigatou-Gozaimasu!! I had a great time with you. Pleasure is mine, Saumya san. I'm looking forward to seeing you in the near future. And shall we enjoy singing Karaoke songs!! Best regards, Koichi