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  (22) Reviews
Send message only 4 days available in September
$ 35 Hourly rate Price up to 5 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. Osaka city : approximately 560 yen, 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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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara

Languages Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )

(22) Reviews
Hourly rate 35 USD Price up to 5 people
( Max : 8 People )
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Hello, my name is Toshiro. You can call me,”Toshi”.
Please let me introduce myself a bit.

I was born in Kyoto, raised in Nagoya and live in Osaka currently. I had a college education in the U.S. and became a media coordinator after I got back 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 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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4.7 (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
For each extra person
Hourly rate $34.50 $34.50 $2.30
4 Hours $138.00 $138.00 $9.20
8 Hours $276.00 $276.00 $18.40

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 8 hours maximum per day.
* People: 8 maximum

Private Tours

Kyoto : Arashiyama Boat Ride・Golden Pavilion・Nishiki Market

(22) 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

(22) 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

Kyoto : Higashi-yama・Fushimi Inari・Gion District

(22) 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

Osaka Five Best Spots One-day Tour

(22) 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

(22) 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

Osaka Culinary Culture Tour

(22) Reviews
by Toshi
Osaka, the second largest metropolitan area in Japan, is called "Tenka no Daidokoro", the kitchen of the country. During this tour, we will visit Dohtom-bo...
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 ( 22 )
Sebastian Sebastian United States ( Family with kids )
1 month ago

“ Excellent experience with Toshi ”

We had a half-day tour of Nara with guide Toshi. He was very knowledgeable and engaging, and was very accommodating to our schedule. Overall, an excellent experience. Thank you, Toshi!


Hi Sebastian, Thank you for your review. It was a really hot day. Your family seemed to havve a fun time in Nara, feeding deer, visiting the great Buddha, experiencing Japanese garden and watching Mochi-pounding and eating just pounded Mochi. I hope these things will be a good memory for your children. Best regards, Toshi

Lauren Lauren Japan ( Friends )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Kind and flexible ”

Toshi was professional and helped prepare for our requests to visit some less frequently attended locations. His kindness was lovely.


Hi Lauren, Thank you for your prompt review. I also thank you for arranging the van/ driver who were very familiar with local streets. I'm glad that we could join the first tour of Katsura Detached Imperial Villa without waiting time. We were lucky. Take care. Toshi

Josh Josh United States ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Nice, informative tour ”

Toshi took us on a nice 1.5 day tour of Kyoto. He customized the tour based on what we wanted to see. He also gave us good dinner recommendations.


Hi Josh, Thank you very much for your review. I’m glad that you had a wonderful time in Kyoto. If you find out the date you will be coming to Osaka, please let me know. I can take you some place interesting, or we can have dinner together, How about both? Best regards, Toshi

Margit Margit United States ( Family with kids )
3 months ago

“ Day in Kyoto ”

Toshi was super nice. He took us to some great places. He had a lot of knowledge about Japan. When we forgot our umbrellas in his backpack (we were luck to not have rain) he went completely out of his way to bring them to our next hotel. Thanks so much for all the help Toshi!!!


Hi Margit, I saw a few umbrellas and a raincoat in my back pack, after I got back home. I completely forgot to return them to you. I was hoping that it would not rain in Kyoto next day, while I kept them. I think the weather was OK, wasn't it? Thank you very much for your nice review. Best regards, Toshi

Ted Ted United States ( Family )
3 months ago

“ What more could you ask for? ”

Toshi spoke excellent English, was very pleasant to be with and took us all the places we requested to go. All this for just 5 of us at 1/3 the price of a cruise ship land excursion covering the same things on a bus of 40 people.


Hi David, I do not know about the land excursion trip for cruise ship passengers. But I'm happy that your family members seemed to enjoy my guiding service in Osaka. Thank you very much for your review. Please tell Paul that I had sent the post card right away, which he asked me to send just before all of you went back to the cruise ship. Best regards, Toshi