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Licensed Guide
  (36) Reviews
Send message only 2 days available in September
$ 33 Hourly rate Price up to 5 people
Please kindly note the following:
I basically conduct walking tours using public transportation.
Transportation, entrance fees and lunch for you and the guide are not included in the guide fee.
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Last updated: 3 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara

Languages English ( License )

(36) Reviews
Hourly rate 33 USD Price up to 5 people
( Max : 5 People )
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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!

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4.9 (36) Reviews
Very Good


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

1 Person
Up to 5 people
Hourly rate $32.55 $32.55
4 Hours $130.20 $130.20
8 Hours $260.40 $260.40

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 9 hours maximum per day.
* People: 5 maximum

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 ( 36 )
JoAnne JoAnne United States ( Family )
21 hours ago

“ Visit Kyoto with a knowledgeable friendly guide ”

The day we spent with Hiroko was fun and we saw and learned so much. By the end of the day we felt that we had spent time with a good friend. She was able to show us a great deal of her city making excellent use of public transportation. She also spoke to us about Japanese culture. Spending time and interacting with people is as valuable as visiting the impressive sites.


JoAnne, I feel highly honored by your kind, generous and quick review. I really appreciate it. As you and your family are nice and intelligent and were considerate enough to make me comfortable during the tour, I enjoyed being your guide in Kyoto. I hope that you will have a great time for the rest of your stay here in Japan. Kind regards, Hiroko

Frances Frances Philippines ( Friends )
6 days ago

“ Best decision ever!!! ”

The route she prepared is efficient, her english is very good. She’s thoughtful, always asking us if we need anything or just let her know if there’s anything we need. She knows the history of all the places we went to, made it more special for us. Will definitely book her again if I go back ❤️


Frances, I am so grateful for your kind, generous and quick review. You and your friends are very nice, and I enjoyed being a part of your group as your guide in Kyoto. There are many more to see, so I hope that you will come back over here sometime in the near future. Please give my warm regards to your friends. All the best, Hiroko

WILLIAM WILLIAM United States ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Osaka in an amazing day! ”

Hiroko knows her Osaka. We had the pleasure of spending just one day with her ( kicking myself for not hiring her for kyoto). The amount of knowledge she had was amazing. She put together an itinerary that meet all our needs and we saw the best of what I believe Osaka has to offer. Her english is very good and we we loved that she knew the answers to anything we asked.


William, I am deeply grateful for your kind and generous review. Both you and your partner are nice and fun, and it was all my pleasure being your guide in Osaka. I also wish I could have been with you in Kyoto, but I believe that you discovered and enjoyed your own Kyoto. Please give my warm regards to your partner. All the best, Hiroko

Frederick Frederick United States ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Best tour guide ever. ”

Have used many tour guides over the years and Hiroko was the best. Perfect English. Had a very full day in Kyoto. She customized our tour to include meeting us in port in Kobe, arranging the bullet train to Kyoto and then filling the day with all the major attractions. We rode trains, buses, trollies and taxis to get around fast. At the end of the tour at the Torri gates she put us on a train back to Kobe and waited until we were safely on our way.


Frederick, I feel highly honored by your kind and generous review and really appreciate it. You and your family are so nice, and it was my pleasure being your guide in Kyoto. I hope that the tour will become a good part of your memories of your trip to Japan. Please give my warm regards to Karen and Sierra. Sincerely, Hiroko

Winsome Winsome Canada ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ Kyoto in a day ”

Hiroko is amazing and accommodating guide. We are a family of 5. Hiroko was very patient and paced the tour to accommodate my aunt recovering from double knee surgery. We had the opportunity to visit all of the sights on our itinerary except for Gion due to late start as we tried to attend to lost luggage. Your patience and calm demeanour allows for a stress free hectic experience. We all want to thank you for such an amazing and informative tour of your city. PS. Brianna finally got her luggage when we returned to the ship


Winsome, Thank you very much for your kind and generous review. You and your family are very nice, and I really enjoyed being your guide in Kyoto. I also enjoyed a brief conversation with Brianna about her learning of Japanese. She is a bright young lady. I am so glad to hear that she got her luggage on that day. Please give my warm regards to all of your family. I hope that you will come to visit here again to see more if you get a chance. All the best, Hiroko