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 can’t say enough positive points about Hiroko’s custom tour for us - it was such a special, fantastic day. Hiroko and I emailed so she understood our challenging time restraints and everything we hoped to see, and she put together a thoughtful, magical day! Her English is perfect, she is so knowledgeable, so sweet and kind, and it was so interesting discussing local culture, history, current politics, religion... anything at all! It was a true pleasure spending the day with her. We can’t recommend her more highly - my husband and I have been on many local tours when we travel, and this was just one of the best. Book a tour with Hiroko without any doubt!!!
Sara, I am so grateful for your generous review. I wish I could have showed you more sites in Kyoto. Both you and your husband are very nice and intelligent, and I really enjoyed being your guide. I hope that you will come visit Japan again in the future so that I will be able to show you around in Osaka and Nara too. Please give my kind regards to your husband. All the best, Hiroko
Hiroko was wonderful. She took us everywhere that she promised and Kyoto was beautiful. I wish that we would have had another day. She was very knowledgeable and took us to a great authentic restaurant for lunch.We enjoyed Hiroko's company very much.
Thank you very much for your kind review, Neal. Both of you and your wife were so nice, and I really enjoyed being your guide. Please kindly let me know if you get a chance to visit Japan again in the future. I will be here for you! At this time of the year, I wish you, your family and your friends very happy holidays. Sincerely, Hiroko
Hiroko and I had been communicating through Triple Lights for a few months before my trip. I took the Shinkansen from Kobe to Kyoto, and recognized Hiroko right away. It was like seeing a long-lost friend! She is warm, generous, speaks perfect English and loves to smile and share her love for Japan. We went to the Torii Gates, to the Kennin-ji temple, the oldest Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, went to the Gion district and saw three maiko-san and geisha-san, then had a wonderful Okonomiyaki lunch in Osaka and finished at the Osaka Castle. She escorted me back to the Shinkansen station for my return bullet train ride, where she waited patiently until I was on the way back to Kobe. The whole day felt like being with a dear friend (and she truly is!) and I enjoyed the experience immensely... read more
Dear Linda, I feel highly honored by your kind and generous review. I really appreciate it. You are considerate and intelligent, and I enjoyed being your guide in Kyoto and Osaka. I also felt the same as you told me. I felt as if I had been with my longtime friend during the tour. I take that S.F. cable car keychain with me whenever I go out, and I think about you whenever I see it. Please feel better soon. Warm regards, Hiroko
What a delightful introduction to Kyoto! Hiroko met us at the train station with a smile and energy to spare. Our visits to the gardens of Kyoto were well chosen and a good representation of garden design over the centuries. We learned about Japanese history, culture, customs, life, and food. Hiroko was extremely knowledgeable and living in Kyoto she knew her gardens well. Spending a day with Hiroko in Kyoto was super. We enjoyed every moment. Seeing Ryoanji at dusk was a special and spiritual ending to a fantastic day in Kyoto. A job well done Hiroko!!! We would love to return to Kyoto with Hiroko as guide to see and learn more.
Dear Roine, I am truly honored to receive such good review from you. I am so glad and relieved to hear that you enjoyed the tour in Kyoto. All of you are very intelligent and gentle, and I really enjoyed being your guide. I really would like to see you again over here in the near future. Please give my kind regards to Charlie and Nancy. Sincerely, Hiroko
Just perfect !!!
Dear Assaf, Thank you very much for your generous review. You and your family were very nice to me, and I really enjoyed to be your guide. Please send my warm regards to your beautiful wife and daughter. Sincerely, Hiroko