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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto

Languages English ( License )

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Hourly rate 36 USD Price up to 6 people
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Welcome to Kyoto. I'm KEI, a national licensed guide.

I have lived and worked in this wonderful city for over 20 years. Kyoto is an amazing city in that it is surrounded by the historical, authentic and beautiful atmosphere.

My educational background is a Bachelor’s degree in Commercial law and a Master’s degree in Buddhism. I spent one year in the US as a student and went to california for our honeymoon in 2013.

Gion Festival, one of the three major festivals in Kyoto, is another my passion. I do appreciate and enjoy the historical activity in summer.

I have guided many foreign tourists as a professional English tour guide for the past several years. My tours cover most of the popular destinations in Kyoto, but if you feel like some other options, please feel free to consult. I am happy to provide you with a special, customized tour.

When you have a chance to visit Kyoto, please contact me and join my tour.
I'll be looking forward to seeing you, spending wonderful time with you.

See you soon!    

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

1 Person
Up to 6 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $36.00 $36.00 $4.50
4 Hours $144.00 $144.00 $18.00
8 Hours $288.00 $288.00 $36.00

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

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 ( 2 )
Julia Julia United States ( Solo )
11 months ago

“ Explore Kyoto in 2 Half-Day Private Tours ”

I feel so lucky to find Kei as my tour guide. He made my first trip to Kyoto very enjoyable and much better than being a solitary adventurer. It was a last minute plan to visit Kyoto during cherry blossom season. Many hotels were either fully booked or charged premium price. Kei came out with an idea to stay in a hotel located in a huge Zen temple. This was a unique experience compare to regular hotel stay. By dividing the sightseeing of Kyoto into two half-day tours, I was able to see more places in a comfortable pace. Kei was outstanding, passionate, informative, engaging and was charming companions, as well. The itinerary was very well thought out. In addition to visiting the usual tourist sites, Kei has also obtained a special permission from a Zen monk to let me see the headqua... read more


Hi Julia-san, Thank you for the nice review. It reminds me of the two days with you. I am glad to know that you like Kyoto very much. Kyoto is woth a second trip. I look forward to meeting you again in Kyoto. Thank you again from KEI in KYOTO.

Alison Alison Australia
11 months ago

“ Tour of Kyoto ”

Kei is one of the best tour guides we have ever had. Not only did he take us to places not on our original itinerary, he was also so very knowledgeable about all things Kyoto and Japanese history. There as not a question that we asked that he was not able to answer. We spent the day exploring Kyoto and Kei's abiltiy to assist us in navigating the bus system and provide recommendations for eating was also greatly appreciated. We would highly recommend that if a tour is available that you snap it up with Kei as it will be one to remember and rave about for a long time to come.


Hi Alison Thank you for the message. I did enjoy the tour with your group on the day. It was a nice surprise to encounter the present from a Japanese God on the street in Gion-district ! This year cherry blossom disappeared earlier than usual so it was a great opportunity for your group to enjoy the day. Thank you again from KEI in KYOTO!