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Toshi

Licensed Guide
  (29) Reviews
Send message only 8 days available in November
$ 35 Hourly rate Price up to 4 people
* Toshi will charge actual transportation fee (R.T.) to get to your hotel from his home in Osaka at the end of the tour. (Ex. Your hotel in Osaka city : approximately 560 yen, Your hotel in Kyoto city : approximately 1000 yen)

* If you are working for a travel agency, please note that my guiding service is not available for your tour program, thank you.
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Last updated: 2 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara

Languages Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )

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(29) Reviews
Hourly rate 35 USD Price up to 4 people
( Max : 8 People )
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About

Hello, my name is Toshiro. You can call me,”Toshi”.

I had a college education in the U.S. and became a media coordinator after returning to Japan. Media coordinator helps foreign film makers, TV productions, or journalists assisting in such ways as taking care of logistics, setting up interview, location hunting and translating. Some of the coordinator’s tasks are similar to ones a tour guide has to do in order to present a good guiding service.

As a coordinator for media projects, I have traveled extensively throughout Japan, an experience that led me to a greater appreciation for my own country and its people, landscapes, customs, food, and cultures. I would like to share these things with you. I presented some tours around Kyoto and Osaka in my page. If you would like to explore Osaka, Nara, Kyoto or else, please let me know.

In addition to the tours I introduced, just one thing I would like to mention:
There may be some particular things that you want to see or do in Japan. You may be thinking, " I really want to try Zen meditation", or you may say to yourself, "Wouldn't it be wonderful to attend a tea ceremony." or you may think, "If only I could try my hand at Japanese calligraphy."

Whatever your wishes to be, all too often hesitations and fears about the language barrier, cultural differences, and a general lack of familiarity with Japan lead you to abandon these dreams. Just let me know what you want to try, to do or to see, if you have a particular thing. I will be very happy to be instrumental to realize your Japan-wish. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

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Price

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

Duration
1 Person
Up to 4 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $34.50 $34.50 $3.45
6 Hours $207.00 $207.00 $20.70
8 Hours $276.00 $276.00 $27.60

* Duration: 6 hours minimum and 8 hours maximum per day.
* People: 8 maximum

Private Tours

Kyoto : Higashi-yama・Fushimi Inari・Gion District

(29) Reviews
by Toshi
"Higashi-yama" means East mountain in Japanese. It is an interesting area with historic and scenic spots. They are located on the foot of Eastern mountains...
8h $ 276 up to 5 people

Kyoto : Arashiyama Boat Ride・Golden Pavilion・Nishiki Market

(29) Reviews
by Toshi
This tour is designed for a family with children and for those who want to have a fun day in Arashiyama. In addition to walking through unusual bamboo grov...
8h $ 276 up to 5 people

Osaka History and Nostalgic Area Tour

(29) Reviews
by Toshi
Osaka, the second largest metropolitan area in Japan, is famous for its contemporary architecture and street food. Except having lunch at the Japan's highe...
8h $ 276 up to 5 people

Osaka Five Best Spots One-day Tour

(29) Reviews
by Toshi
In Osaka, there are so many interesting places that you feel like visiting. Even if you would like to see a lot of them, it Is hard to see all within a lim...
8h $ 276 up to 5 people

Kyoto Fushimi Inari & Sake Brewery Tour

(29) Reviews
by Toshi
Fushimi Inari Taisha is the headquarters of over 30,000 Inari shrines across the country. The Senbon Torii, or the thousands of Torii gates, are spectacula...
8h $ 276 up to 5 people

Nara Hohryu-ji, Great Buddha and Deer Tour

(29) Reviews
by Toshi
Hohryu-ji temple, located in Southwest of Nara city, was registered as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1993. We will visit this historic temple...
8h $ 276 up to 5 people

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 ( 29 )
matthew Matthew Canada ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ very insightful ”

We had a wonderful experience with Toshi. He was very accommodating and was very happy to help cater the tour to exactly what we wanted to do and see. He was very insightful and gave great advice for enjoying the rest of our stay in Kyoto.

Toshi:

Hi Matthew, Thank you very much for a wonderful review. I was a bit amazed when I heard that you guys walked to the Hotel from Kyoto Station. Normally international travelers take a taxi to get to their accommodation site, because of unfamiliar environment and directions. I just thought that these people know how to get about. It seems like that you have had a fun tour in Kyoto. It’s nice to be young and healthy. I really hope that you guys will form a warm family and that she will pursue her career to cope with various issues. Best regards, Toshi

Dominique Dominique South Africa ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ A fun day touring with Toshi ”

We had a fun day touring with Toshi. He was knowledgeable and interesting. Had a great tour of Osaka with him.

Toshi:

Hi Dominique, South African team is going to participate in the finals. Congratulations! did you see Japan vs. Scotland game yesterday? I hope Japan and South Africa will meet in the final game, and XXXXX win. Thank you for you review. Please say hello to your husband, and take care. Best regards, Toshi

Diane Diane Japan ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Great overview of Osaka ”

My husband, son and I spent half a day with Toshi seeing the Osaka Castle and visiting a couple famous neighborhoods. He was very knowledgeable, speaks very good English, and was also flexible in adjusting the itinerary on the go to accommodate my son's interest in anime. Toshi suggested several good spots for pictures and found a great restaurant where he helped us order local food. Although the scheduled time was up, Toshi made sure we were able to find a store my son wanted to visit and then got us a taxi. We had a great time with Toshi.

Toshi:

Hi Diane, Thank you very much for your review. I myself had a fun time touring with your family. Your husband is friendly and an interesting gentleman to talk to and listen to. I was wondering whether your son got something he wanted have at the Animate place and got back home alright. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed eating local food at the restaurant. Please take care and convey my regards to your husband and son. Best regards, Toshi

Holly Holly United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Temples and gardens in the rain ”

Toshi-san and I had a lovely day touring temples and gardens. Even though it rained most of the day, with his knowledge of Kyoto’s transit system we were able to cover a lot of ground in a short time. We spent the morning in Arashiyama then ended our tour at the Golden Pavilion. As a solo traveler he made me feel comfortable and even eased my embarrassment when I realized I hadn’t brought enough cash! Thank you for your graciousness, Toshi. I enjoyed my tour!

Toshi:

Hi Holly, How are you doing? Thank you for the review. You mentioned about your embarrassment. I just wanted you to forget that while we are touring together so that you can enjoy what you were seeing and experiencing during the rest of the tour. I simply wanted you to have a fun day. After reading your review, I found out I kind of succeeded in doing that. Thank you. Could you see the cultural performance at Gion Corner? Best regards, Toshi

Sandra Sandra United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Wonderful Kyoto experience! ”

From the start, with prompt email responses, personalized itinerary, to the full day of enjoyable experiences, Toshi was an excellent guide. He was knowledgeable about the sites we visited and patient with our requests to find specific items and kept track of us while we meandered through the crowded markets! Thank you for an excellent adventure!

Toshi:

Hi Sandra, Thank you for your nice review. Too bad, that your husband was unable to join the tour. However, I'm glad that we could find the food and the Sake that you were looking for. I was hoping that your husband was happy with what you had gotten. If you ever come to Osaka or Kyoto, please let me know. Best regards, Toshi