Hi, I'm Ikumi, originally from Hokkaido, have been living in Osaka for over 7 years.
The reason why started tour guiding is because I myself enjoy traveling.
I think the dinamic of travel (for me) is to mingle with local people and glance their culture.
I also like challenging new cuisine!
I have standard tours and enjoy it a lot. I always find something new in my standard tour.
I also love to make your original plan. We can even decide where to go on the very day of the tour:)
--Little bit about me--
-Movies & TV shows
-Japanese sake & wine
-Visiting temples/shrines and collecting stamps
-Eating good food
I'm not a licensed tour guide.
I registered this site as a local guide last October, so if you're looking for someone who have more
experience, I may not be the one.
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
For each extra person
* Duration: 6 hours minimum and 10 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.
Delightful and informative, altered the tour to suit us.
Dear Deborah san, Thank you so much for your kind review! I'm glad to hear you had good time in Nara and Kyoto. I wish I could make your trip more effective so that we could go to the rest of the places. I learned a lot of things that I've never thought of from you:) Thank you so much again for choosing me.
Ikumi has excellent English skills and has a wonderful bubbly personality. We spent a wonderful two days being shown round Osaka and Kyoto. She has lots of fascinating insights and is excellent company with a good sense of humour. We can heartily recommend her services
Dear Kalsom san, Thank you so much for your great reviews! I had so much fun with guiding you around Osaka and Kyoto. I'm happy that you had a good time:) Hope to see you again in the future when you come back here.
Ikumiis a wonderful guide. We have 7 and 10 year old girls who are usually quite shy but they warmed up very quickly to Ikumi's welcoming personality and sun had lots of questions for her ( thanks for being so patient Ikumi!) My kids had a blast. We visited some shrines/ temples and enjoyed hearing about the history of them in addition to the Japanese culture. There was rain forecasted in the second half off our day so she was flexible in changing the itinerary to be sure we would see the most important places on our list first. She never rushed us and let us experience each location at our leisure. She was prompt to pick us up and was wonderful with the kids. Thanks again for such a fun day!
Dear June san, Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity in the whole trip. I also enjoyed guiding you around the city and got chance to know about you and your family. We're so lucky to visit most of the places in the list despite of the weather. I wish I could take you to the Nijo castle but hope you'll have time to visit there. I appreciated the girls took interested in each historical sites and had lots of questions. I hope I can guide you again next time you'll be here in the future.
Though Ikumi is relatively new to the industry, she makes a lot of effort in identifying areas of interests to make our Kyoto day tour lovely and enjoyable. She researches the history well and shows us the local rituals, which greatly enhance our understanding and appreciation of Japanese culture. She's helpful and friendly. We have got to know Kyoto more in depth than previous trips. Thanks, Ikumi, being such a lovely companion showing us around!
We spent 6 hours with Ikumi around Kyoto (2 young boys and 2 adults). Ikumi was super helpful planning our itinerary beforehand and even suggested (and booked us) a lovely restaurant in Kyoto. She gave us the key historical information of the temples we visited and for us it was easier to navigate around town without having to worry about getting lost. She got along with our 2 very energetic boys and was very patient when we had to take breaks. It was lovely meeting her!
Dear Paola, Thank you so much for your review. It was fun to guide you and your family around Kyoto. I really appreciated you to be patient since it took long to get to the one place to another and also there were no place for boys to play in each spots. I wish I could took you somewhere with playgroud so that boys wouldn't be bored. It was great to meet you too and hopefully meet you again in the future!