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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto

Languages English ( Business )

(6) Reviews
Hourly rate 39 USD Price up to 6 people
( Max : 8 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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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 6 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate US$38.89 US$38.89 US$4.86
4 Hours US$155.56 US$155.56 US$19.44
8 Hours US$311.12 US$311.12 US$38.87

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

Private Tours

Customized: Half Day Private Tour.

(6) Reviews
by KEI
The tour covers the popular areas in Kyoto for first timers. You can choose ONE AREA from the list of the most popular itinerary. You can also customize th...
4 Hours US$ 153 up to 6 people

Customized: One Day Private Tour.

(6) Reviews
by KEI
The tour covers the popular areas in Kyoto for first timers. You can choose TWO AREAS from the list of the most popular itinerary. You can also customize t...
7 Hours US$ 267 up to 6 people

Gion-District Night Walking Tour(2 hours).

(6) Reviews
by KEI
Gion-district is particularly exotic and beautiful in the evening. The guests are going to walk with the guide around Gion-district at a leisurely pace.
2 Hours US$ 57 per person

EXCLUSIVE: Gion-Festival Special Tour by the Event's Staff.

(6) Reviews
by KEI
This tour offers unique experience during the Gion Festival on July 14th, 15th and 16th. The guide is an official member of the ancient fesitival, which be...
3 Hours US$ 63 per person

Essential One Day Walking Tour:Fushimi,Gion and Nishiki etc.

(6) Reviews
by KEI
This is the tour designed for first timers to Kyoto-City. The itinerary covers popular attractions such as Fushimi-Inari, Gion and Nishiki-Market etc. The ...
7 Hours US$ 239 up to 6 people

Essential One Day Walking Tour:Silver Pavilion, Gion etc.

(6) Reviews
by KEI
This is the tour designed for first timers to Kyoto-City. The itinerary covers popular attractions in the Northeast area, Northern HIgashiyama, such as Sil...
7 Hours US$ 239 up to 6 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 time, there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting time, there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting time, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 6 )
MANAV MANAV India ( Family )
Very Good
8 months ago

“ Short but Nice Time ”

We were on Business Trip to Tokyo and had 1 day free in our schedule, so we planned to visit Kyoto on Shinkansen Train. As soon we reached the station, Kei was there to receive us on the Platform. He greeted us warmly and took us for a half day city tour of Kyoto wherein we visited Bamboo Forest, Nishiki Market, a couple of significant temples and also had Indian Lunch which was quite good. He has a great knowledge of Kyoto and explained us various things in a very good manner. I would recommend to go for him.


Hi Manav, Thank you for the nice review. I looked forward to the tour as I had been to India twice before and wanted to talk about your country. I hope your father and you enjoyed the tour. Kyoto is a religious city and has many attractions to offer. Please come back to our beautiful city with your family someday. With warm regards, Kei from Kyoto.

Lana Lana Canada ( Family )
9 months ago

“ Fantastic day and a half with Kei ”

Kei is an incredibly knowledgeable and attentive guide. He met us promptly at our hotel and customized the tour precisely to meet our needs. He maximized everything we saw and learned in the short time we had in Kyoto. His warm personality and kind demeanour made it a pleasure spending time with him. I would highly recommend Kei to anyone visiting Japan.


Hello, Lana-san. Thank you so much for the warm review. The itinerary we had on the two days were very efficient and enjoyable. I also found the conversation with your family stimulating and insightful. I hope your family liked our beautiful city and the tour. Thank you again! KEI from KYOTO. P.S. I enjoy being father very much too.

Myeshia Myeshia United States ( Family with kids )
1 year ago

“ Excellent Day with KEI! ”

I am so happy that we booked our first full day in Kyoto with KEI. This was a highlight for us. Kyoto has so much to offer. This city is defintly a contrast to Tokyo. Having KEI with us on the first day gave us the confidence to spend our 2nd day exploring the city on our own. He was absolutely the best. I highly recommend hiring KEI. Our time with him was similar to spending the day with a friend. I was traveling with my 15 year old nephew who at times was in that “teenage” zone. However, KEI was so understanding and patient with him. He would engage conversation with him in a fatherly way that was heartfelt and meant so much to me. KEI is also very organized. He met us in our lobby hotel to map out our route for the day. He was very knowledgeable and answered all questions abo... read more


Hi Myeshia, Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I did enjoy the tour for your group on the day very much. You were an elegant, intellectual and compassionate lady and it was fun to to be with you and your nephew, Kelab. I used to work as a teacher in my 20s so I like to be with teenagers. I understand that you are busy. It is considerate of you to take time and write a kind review. You have enjoyed one of the most beautiful cherry views in Kyoto on the day. As I told you cherry is an annual reminder to the Japanese that time is precious. I hope you enjoyed the visitation to KYOTO. Please say hi to Kelab for me. He is a good boy! KEI from KYOTO.

ED ED United States ( Couple )
1 year ago

“ Trip to Kyoto ”

He was terrific. Very knowledgeable re Kyoto and Japanese history and culture. Highly recommend!


Hi ED, Thank you so much for booking my tour and a good review. I hope you enjoyed the tour in Kyoto. My friend a the temple, Seizan, said hello to Ellen and you. We look forward to meeting you again in LA. Also, thank you for the discussion on the Meiji restoration. You have reminded me to study the importance of history. Best regards, KEI from Kyoto.

Julia Julia United States ( Solo )
2 years 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.