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US$ 39 Hourly rate Price up to 10 people
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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Nara , Osaka

Languages Japanese ( Native ), English ( Business )

(5) Reviews
Hourly rate 39 USD Price up to 10 people
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Hello. I was born in Kyoto and moved to Osaka, then live in Nara now. There were an opportunity to spend ten years in London as a housewife, tourist, student for flower arrangement, etc., amateur flutist and Japanese language tutor for English business people from 1993 to 2003. After coming back to Japan, I had ten years’ activity of volunteer English guide around Nara in Japan, and I became a national certified tour guide. While my hobby is the tea ceremony and also teaching foreign people, I enjoy cooking and tasting Japanese sake.

4.2 (5) Reviews
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The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

1 Person
Up to 10 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate US$38.67 US$38.67 US$19.34
4 Hours US$154.69 US$154.69 US$77.34
8 Hours US$309.37 US$309.37 US$154.69

* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 8 hours maximum per day.
* People: 15 maximum

Private Tours

Bamboo Forest & Golden Pavilion & Gion Tour

(5) Reviews
by Kaoru
Visit Tenryuji-temple, one of the five greatest temples of Kyoto, with a pond garden in Arashiyama and then walk through the famouse bamboo forest, viewing...
8 Hours US$ 309 up to 10 people

Osaka Highlight

(5) Reviews
by Kaoru
First we are going to Osaka Castle to enter inside and climb up to the top level, where we can enjoy outside air and viewing around castle. Next visiting t...
8 Hours US$ 309 up to 10 people

Browsing Nara with 3 world heritage

(5) Reviews
by Kaoru
It is quiet and spacious in Nara, compared to Kyoto or Osaka. I introduce three world heritage, Todaiji-temple Kasuga ground shrine, and Kofukuji-temple. T...
8 Hours US$ 309 up to 10 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 time, there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting time, there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting time, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 5 )
Evan Evan United States ( Family with kids )
3 years ago

“ Pleasant but Uninformative ”

Kaoru was pleasant but overall uninformative providing us little information on sites we visited. She also didn't explain that we were going on trains to sites so we left our Japan rail pass at our apartment...She did have a pleasant demeanor and led us through sites once we arrived there..


Dear Evan, Thank you very much for your comment. I apologize for not mentioning about JR pass and little information on site. It is grateful for me to know how incompetent I was. Your pointing out my mistakes will be useful from now. I determine not to repeat same mistakes and improve myself. I appreciate you very much. Yours faithfully, Kaoru

Tom Tom United States ( Family )
3 years ago

“ Pleasant guide, very knowledgeable ”

Kaoru is a sweet and gentle person with much knowledge to share about Japan, customs, and Kyoto in particular. She speaks good English and is very pleasant to be with. My family took a custom tour with Kaoru and she started our day by explaining where we would go. As the day progressed, and my family over-stayed our time on some portions of the tour, Kaoru graciously worked with us to adapt the time remaining to the highest priority scenic venues. Kaoru used her expert knowledge to tailor our tour to the subjects we were interested in: architecture, gardens, and customs. All together we very much enjoyed Kaoru’s guidance and sharing of knowledge of the history and culture of Japan. The Japanese garden at the imperial palace is perhaps the finest Japanese garden we’ve ever toured. One ... read more


Dear Tom, Thank you very much very for your lovely coment. You were smiling all the time and very kind to people met like an ambassador. It made me relaxing and enjoyable all the time. Inspite of a lot of changes of the transportation, you and your family never complained, very patient, and walked very well. The atmosphere of imperial palace matched your family. Especially you and your wife were the most suited visiters there, I am sure. You will be welcomed at any places not only Japan but also all over the world. Best wishes, Kaoru

TINA TINA United States ( Family )
3 years ago

“ Kyoto highlights ”

Kaoru-San is so sweet and accommodating. She picked us up on time as we got off the train in Kyoto. We have been in constant contact prior to meeting up and Kaoru-San did her best to arrange to have all my must-see attractions squeezed into one day. She's super knowledgeable and very friendly. I would recommend her in a heartbeat. Thank you again. You made our day in Kyoto memorable!!


Dear Tina-san, Thank you very much for your lovery review! You, your family, and your friend challenged a lot of things during one day trip from Tokyo, such as kimono wearing in the bamboo grove, visiting traditional places in Kyoto, cherry blossom viewing, etc. I was surprised you got up very early to catch the bullet train and prepared very well for you trip to Japan. It made the tour happy and enjoyable. Happines for everybody, I hope. Tha....Ajinomoto!!!

Michael Michael United States ( Couple )
Very Good
3 years ago

“ Great experience ”

We had a great time with Kaoru, who was very informative and showed us around Kyoto's highlights. Very personal and attentive and a warm personality.


Thank you very much for your lovely message. I also learned a lot of things concerning great sightseeing spots all over the world from you and your wife!! It was wonderful time we shared! See you again!!

Umberto Umberto Italy ( Family with kids )
3 years ago

“ An excellent guide. ”

I booked the guide for a friend of mine and his family. They told me she was a wonderful guide.


Dear Umberto, Thank you for your kind message. Your friends and his family were so lucky to see snowy Golden Pavilion on that day!! And your idea and arrangement made the trip very nice, didn't they? I appreciate you booked me and using this useful system. It was fantastic FIT!!


Higashiyama Area

by Kaoru
Sannenzaka near Kiyomizu-temple It is loved by tourists for long time. There are many attractive shopse and noce for widow shopping. Oh!...

Arashi-yama & Bamboo Forest

by Kaoru
Autumn Leaves over Togetsu Bidge It is autumn season at Arashiyama. We can see autumn colour over the bridge. Togetsu bridge is like a shap...

Nara-machi Is Nice Place for Browsing

by Kaoru
Nara-machi (town) Do you know Nara-machi ? It is a cosy town related to world heritages. There are restaurants, cafes, sake tasting, and s...

Autumn Leaves around Todai-ji temple

by Kaoru
 can be seen around Todaiji-temple. Deer is also peacefully browsing. This area is behind Todaiji-temple, the name of the pond is Daibutsu-i...