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Licensed Guide
  (22) Reviews
Send message only 5 days available in May
$ 32 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 )

(22) Reviews
Hourly rate 32 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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4.8 (22) 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 $31.85 $31.85
4 Hours $127.40 $127.40
8 Hours $254.80 $254.80

* 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 ( 22 )
Ralph Ralph Japan ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Outstanding Kyoto visit ”

Hiroko provided my wife and I an outstanding 2 days in Kyoto. She was well informed on each of the areas we visited. She was extremely accommodating of our need to take extra time walking and minimizing stairs. Hiroko included enjoyable Japanese restaurants.


Ralph, I feel highly honored by your generous review and really appreciate it. It was my pleasure to be a local guide for intelligent, talented and nice guests like you. I wish you further success in Tokyo. Please kindly give my warm regards to Wilma. She is great! Sincerely, Hiroko

Elizabeth Elizabeth United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ The Best First Day in Kyoto! ”

We spent 6 hours (11a-5p) with Hiroko on our first full day in Kyoto, and I’m so glad we did it! She met us right at our Airbnb, which was great. We saw so many sights that would have taken my husband and I several days to see on our own. Our time with her was very productive, but also felt relaxed, and not too rushed. Hiroko was very knowledgeable and was able to tell us detailed information about everything we saw. She spoke great English, as she had lived and worked in New York for many years. Hiroko took us to a great “local” spot for lunch which we would not have found on our own. She kept an eye on the clock to make sure nothing closed before we saw it. I had specifically requested to see the Golden Pavilion at the end of the day, right before it closed, because I had read ... read more


Dear Elizabeth, Thank you very much for your kind and generous review. Actually, I felt so fortunate to be a local guide for such a nice and beautiful couple like you and your husband Scott, and I really enjoyed being with you during the tour. I also will not forget our running together to the Golden Pavilion, which was fun in a way after all. Moreover, I am so grateful for your gift and note that you handed me at the end of the tour. I think about you when I look at them. It would be great if you would come visit here again to see and experience many more sometime in the near future. I will be here for you! All the best, Hiroko

Tara Tara United States ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Perfect Kyoto Guide ”

Hiroko was the perfect guide - so much knowledge of Japan & Kyoto, & planned a wonderful day for our family of 5. We highly recommend her - 5 stars!


Tara, Thank you very much for your kind and generous review. You and your family are so nice, and I really enjoyed being your local guide in Kyoto. I still wish that I could have found a fluffy stuffed cat for your daughter. Your children are great! I hope that you will come visit here again sometime in the future. Sincerely, Hiroko

Tess Tess Australia ( Friends )
2 weeks ago

“ Kyoto Historical Sites Visits. ”

Hiroko was a very nice & considerate person. She listened & was also very astute at being able to judge what her clients interests were & gave us as much historical information that we required. The itinerary she planed for us was perfect & ran to time as was set out. Her English was excellent. ( She even helped us by making a booking at a restaurant for us ) We would highly recommend her.


Tess, I am truly grateful for your prompt and generous review. I am also glad to hear that the itinerary worked out well for you. As a local guide, it was my honor and pleasure to be with such nice and intelligent people like you, your husband and your friends. I hope that you have gotten to Hiroshima safely and that you will enjoy Teppanyaki dinner tomorrow. Sincerely, Hiroko

David David Australia ( Family )
Very Good
3 weeks ago

“ Cultural visit ”

We enjoyed the day with Hiroko. She knew a lot about the places we visited, chose a terrific traditional Japanese lunch stop, and showed a good mix of the old and new. We had some interesting conversations, too. Thank you, Hiroko.


Thank you very much for your kind review, David. It was my pleasure being your local guide in Kyoto. I am also glad that you liked the Japanese restaurant near Kinkakuji Temple. There are many more to see in Kyoto, so I hope that you will come visit here again sometime in the future. Please give my regards to your daughter. All the best, Hiroko