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 8 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.
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
We had a great one day tour of Kyoto and Hiroko helped us learn a great deal about the culture and history of this great city
Thank you very much for your generous review, Chris. I had a great time to show your guests around Kyoto and to have a chat with you and your wife in the shuttle bus. Please send my regards to your wife and guests. Hiroko
this was our first day in Kyoto and Hiroko took us through sites we would have not thought of visiting, and which were absolutely stunning. Hiroko was not only great at explaining but also gave us great insight in local cultural aspects. thank you Hiroko!
Dear Srimoyi, Thank you very much for your kind review. You and your family were so nice that I really enjoyed being your guide in Kyoto. I could have done more, but I just didn't want to make you too tired as it was your first day in the city. Please give my best regards to your handsome husband and lovely daughter. Sincerely, Hiroko
We very much enjoyed our tour of Osaka with Hiroko. She was an excellent guide.
Dear David, Thank you very much for your kind review. You and Susie were so nice to me throughout the tour, and I felt as if I had gone out with my friends. It was my honor and pleasure to be your guide in Osaka. Warm regards, Hiroko