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Send message only 11 days available in December
$ 26 Hourly rate Price up to 4 people
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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Hyogo , Kobe

Languages English ( License ), Indonesian ( Intermediate )

(6) Reviews
Hourly rate 26 USD Price up to 4 people
( Max : 6 People )
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Hi.I was born in Kobe city famous for Kobe beef. So I grew up eating Kobe beef.No way! It is only a joke.
I like music especially jazz.Actually I can play jazz piano with my jazz band.But when I was younger, I was crazy about rock music. My other hobbies are cooking, oil painting, and calligraphy.
I really like encounter foreign people because of it's interesting and valuable experiences. Also I like to introduce Japanese culture and nature. As you know Japan is small country, but it has so many contents and diversity from Anime,Manga,Video Games, Robot to Samurai,Geisya,Ninjya etc. Of course Japanese food as well.
I have a license of guide by English, and I have been guiding for foreigners from all around the world for 4years. The number of guest is 85!. Therefor I will be able to guide you almost everything around Kasnsai area including from temples and shrines, famous landmarks, breathtaking beautiful nature to Osaka downtown's TAKOYAKI(octopus balls)stands ,SINSEKAI's deep-fried skewers restaurant and so on . Also I ca show you hidden place only a few people but bring you unforgettable experience.
So please join my tour. And have a lot of fun!

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4.8 (6) Reviews
Very Good


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

1 Person
Up to 4 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $17.60 $26.40 $8.80
4 Hours $70.40 $105.60 $35.20
8 Hours $140.80 $211.20 $70.40

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 8 hours maximum per day.
* People: 6 maximum

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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.

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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?

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

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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 ( 6 )
Donald Donald Canada ( Solo )
Very Good
2 weeks ago

“ Kyoto tour with Toru ”

Toru was waiting for me at the appointed time in the lobby of my Osaka hotel. This was his suggestion as I was storing some luggage there for my return later in the week and he thought I may have trouble finding my Kyoto hotel, so he accompanied me there. We visited most of the prominent Buddha temples, Shinto shrines, Nijo-jo Castle, pagodas, gardens ( the Japanese maples were just turning and the colours were beautiful),bamboo forest, central area of city - Pontocho street, theatres, Gion area, and its geishas. Toru explained well the history of all the places we visited as well as explaining Japanese culture. With our late start, Toru went well over the normal tour time; he seemed happy to do this because of his enthusiasm in showing his home land. I had a a pleasant and very informa... read more

Luchi Luchi Philippines ( Friends )
1 month ago

“ A kind of guide ”

Too kind and considerate



Pangkou Pangkou United States ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ First timers in Japan - Kyoto ”

Have you ever booked something and question if it’s right for you? I’m a big supporter of reviews and reading them prior to booking. From personal experience with Toru. I am more than pleased to say... he’s amazing at what he does. My husband and I had the chance first hand to tour with Toru. He’s very knowledgable and speaks great English. He’s made our trip a memorable one. We plan to visit soon again early next year, and hope to book him for our next visit. I highly recommend Toru if you want to know history and ignore some of the busy streets of Kyoto. He took us through back routes where no one was around making our trip easier. Thank you Toru for teaching us the history of Kyoto.


Thank you very much. Take care, and have a nice trip. I am looking forward to seeing you again next year.

Alan Alan Australia ( Couple )
2 months ago

“ Kyoto in a day ”

Toru is a pleasant friendly and well-informed about Kyoto - especially as he lives in Kobe! It was a fun day thanks Toru


Thank you very much. We had very pleasant time in Kyoto. I am looking forward to seeing you again. Please take care, Alan.

mike Mike United States ( Couple )
3 months ago

“ Excellent and knowledgeable tour guide ”

My wife and I spend two days with Toru-san touring both Osaka and Kyoto. He was extremely knowledgeable not only on every site that we visited but also very informative regarding the many questions that we had involving Japanese culture and history. My wife mentioned several sourvenirs that she was looking to buy for our children and Toru-san knew the best places to shop and prices to spend. I highly recommend Toru-san for your visits to Osaka, Kyoto or his home in Kobe. Thanks again for making our trip so enjoyable!!!


Thank you very much. I had read good time with you. You are so funny and good people. Please come back again especially spring and autumn. Si many flowers and changing Japanese maple leaf will make you happy. Best regards. Toru