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. So I know every corner in Kyoto and surrounding areas.
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 7 people
* Duration: 5 hours minimum and 9 hours maximum per day.
* People: 7 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 had a good trip under the guidance of Koichi San. Brought us for a delicious sushi and noodle lunch, one of the best we had. Koichi is definitely a trained photographer, taking beautiful photos of people and sceneries at different angles. Koichi San is very helpful and accommodating. Highly recommended if you are looking for a good guide.
Koichi arrived on time and waited for us right at the entrance of the port terminal. He tried his best to show us all the visiting sites in Kyoto in the short time we were there. His car was too small for a group of 6 persons and we had some problems in communications as we don't speak Japanese and English is not our native language. Anyway, at the end we returned to the port on time.
Thank you for sending me such a good review in spite of the very busy travel!! I'm afraid that the tour duration was a little bit too short for the return trip to Kyoto from Osaka port. Well, I think it's difficult for me to buy a new big van, but I would like to do my best to make your trip more enjoyable next time too. Koichi
When we initially met Koichi, he was just a guide. By the time we left Kyoto, he was a family member. Koichi is a kind, generous, and hospitable man who sees guiding as his calling. He met us at Ippudo and then we toured Western Kyoto (Arashiyama bamboo forest, monkey park, and boating on the Hozugawa river). I was struck by his genuine kindness. For example, when I mentioned I was afraid to feed the monkeys in Arashiyama, he bought apples himself and coaxed me to do so because he didn't want me to miss out on the experience. That night, he ate dinner with us in Gion at an okinomiyaki restaurant. He goes out of his way to make others comfortable and truly sees himself as an ambassador of his country. I was traveling with my father and husband and all 3 of us had infinite praise for... read more
Hi! Divya san! Thank you very much for giving me such a wonderful review. I really appreciate you for taking time from your precious time and writing me such a good and kind reference. I am glad that I could share happy days in Kyoto, with you , your handsome husband, and gentle father. I really hope to see you again with your family members. By the way, Shall we eat "Daigaku-Imo" (= University Sweet Potato) once more at Fushimi Inari??? Koichi
My parents took a little longer time than expected for the first few destinations and Koichi san was very accommodating and continue to provide excellent service with no complaints. Thank you once again! My family had a great time!
Hi! Trisa san, I was very happy with you. I deeply appreciate your kind words. I hope to see all members of your family again in the near future. Koichi
My wife and I had a great time in Kyoto and Osaka. We booked three tours in different cities through triplelights and all of them were great, but Koichi was the best. Both days were jam packed and we changed around the itineraries several times and Koichi was very flexible.