Hi, I'm Hiroko. I was born in Kyoto and currently live in its suburb. My parents are also from the ancient capital city, so some of its historic places were like my playgrounds when I was a child. Now, as a national certified tour guide, I would like to show you around not only Kyoto but also Osaka and Nara enjoyably and time-effectively. For your reference, I lived in New York, U.S.A. for about 20 years and worked there for about 17 and a half years, so I believe that I will be able to communicate and speak well with you in English. My motto as a guide: If you are happy, I'm happy. Please don't hesitate to ask me to customize your tour. I'm looking forward to seeing you soon!read more
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 5 people
* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 9 hours maximum per day.
* People: 5 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 great day with Hiroko and learned a lot touring some of the key historic and cultural sights of Kyoto, learning about local food in the markets and a great local lunch of Japanese pancakes. She is also a lovely person so made even more enjoyable. Thanks Hiroko!
Elizabeth, I am truly grateful for your kind, generous and quick review. I also had a wonderful day with you and your family. All your children especially impressed me with their brightness and politeness. I hope that you will visit Kyoto again in the near future as there are more to see here. Please send my warm regards to your family. Best wishes, Hiroko
Hiroko guided us through Kyoto for 6 hours and it was a wonderful experience. She took us on the train and subway expertly so that we were able to see as much of Kyoto as possible in a day. We never could have accomplished this on our own. We had tea at a gorgeous little place in the Gion and learned so much about Kyoto and the culture. Unfortunately, the lines and crowds were so long at one temple that we decided to forego the last one. We were exhausted by then and Hiroko escorted us to a terrific ramen place to end the day. I think we overplanned and tried to do too much, but Hiroko did her best to take care of us and make sure that we were ok. She is a lovely woman and I highly recommend her as a guide.
Debbie, I feel truly honored by your generous and kind review. You and Peter are so nice, and it was all my pleasure being your guide in Kyoto. I hope that you will visit over here again in the near future as there are many more to see. Please send my warm regards to Peter. Kind regards, Hiroko
Hiroko thoughtfully curated an excellent, efficient and tailored tour that checked all the boxes for my family and me. I am an amateur photographer, and had asked Hiroko to focus on opportunities to photograph beautiful fall foliage. Hiroko planned a great itinerary for us and managed time very effectively yet respectfully so that we were able to enjoy all the main attractions as well as to take great photos. The places Hiroko took us were stunning and we had a fantastic time. She was also an extraordinarily helpful interpreter in a few situations where we really benefited from being with a Japanese-speaking person, and provided great recommendations. I highly recommend her to anyone interested in a guided tour of Kyoto.
Nancy, I am deeply grateful for your generous, kind and quick review. Both you and your family are so intelligent and kind, and I really enjoyed being your guide. I hope that you will visit Kyoto again in cherry blossom season in the near future. Please have a great time for the rest of your stay here in Japan! All the best, Hiroko
We had a wonderful day with Hiroko in Kyoto. This was the first day of a five day stay and we visited some of Kyoto’s highlights. Hiroko helped us get our bearings in the city for the rest of the trip. We had a fun lunch at a great local spot and overall enjoyed our full day with great conversation. Thank you Hiroko! Our day was great.
Gina, Thank you very much for your kind and generous review. I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed the day. It was my pleasure to guide intelligent and nice people like you and your family. Please send my warm regards to your mother and husband. Kind regards, Hiroko
Hiroko’s attention to detail was above and beyond - from standing in line for attractions, to supervising bus and subway tickets - Hiroko was par excellence. Her kindness and consideration came through in so many ways.
Glenn, Thank you very much for sending me such a generous review. I hope that your family enjoyed the tour in Osaka. Jodi, Adam and Amanda are nice and honest, and I was happy to be their guide. Please send my warm regards to them. All the best, Hiroko