Hello, I’m Kazuhiko Goto. Please call me “Kazu”. I'm a national-licensed tour guide. I have a wife and 4 children.
I was born in Osaka city near Kyoto, although I have lived in many places across Japan. I used to work for multinational electric company and I traveled to many countries (U.S., Thailand, Hong Kong etc.) on business.
I have enjoyed guiding many foreign tourists in Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Hiroshima, Tokyo, Mt. Fuji etc. for many years.
During your tour, you can discover a rich Japanese history spanning about 2,000 years, learn about and experience profound Japanese arts (tea ceremony, flower arrangement etc.), feel the spiritual atmosphere of Buddhist temples or Shinto shrines, see a breathtakingly beautiful scenery of Mt. Fuji, bamboo forest, Japanese gardens etc..
Moreover, you can taste Japanese cuisine that each season has to offer (Sushi, Tempura, Soba or ramen noodle etc.).
You can get close to nature and feed wild deer or monkeys or even a build snowman in winter.
I’m sure that I can provide a splendid tour of Japan that will be a lasting memory for you to treasure.
Experience the mysteries of Japan with 5 senses !!
Your memorable tour awaits you.
Please feel free to contact me!!
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 18 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 28 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.
With no local language skills and short time to see so much, we are so glad we found Kazu online! Excellent English! On time meeting at our hotel, with personal stories and notes about the chosen sites, the culture difference between temples and shrines and a bit about living in Kyoto. (also pictures on his tablet) Great to get some history and culture ahead and during day (he gave us details before we started and on the trains & busses, not to loos any time) He is so knowledgable and it's obvious he loves his job. With good prior correspondence, he helped us choose between so many wonderful sights (we choose the bigger, busier shrines & temples, further from our hotel where we needed more guidance. we were even able to make a change during our day when we asked about a beautiful Bamboo... read more
Hi Carlos I appreciate your feedback. I’m very pleased that your couple enjoyed your tour. I had great time as well showing your couple around Kyoto. I'm sorry that I made you walk a lot in record-breaking hottests day. Moreover, I'm sorry taht I walked fast. I also had nice time with your couple. Thank you!! I sincerely hope this experience was memorable. And, I hope you visit Japan again and if so I would be glad to guide you again in other many spots in Japan. Thank you!! Best regards, Kazuhiko Goto
We spent our first full day in Kyoto with Kazuhiko for a Kyoto highlight tour. We were staying at an Airbnb in the Higashiyama neighborhood, but we ended up meeting Kazu at a hotel near Kyoto station as it was an easier meeting place. We used public transportation to go to Fushimi Inari Shrine, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and Monkey Park, Nishiki Market, Gion District (and spotted some geiko and maiko!). We had seven in our group, including our children (ages 5, 8, 10) and my parents. Kazu was very flexible with us as we altered our plans a bit based on everyone's interests, physical ability and the heat (it was 100 degrees). We added the monkey park to the itinerary while we were in Arashiyama, which required about a 20 minute walk up the mountain to the park (my parents stayed in the t... read more
Dear Ms.Andrea I appreciate your feedback. I’m very pleased that your nice family enjoyed their tour. I had great time as well showing your nice family around Kyoto. I'm sorry that I had made you walk a lot, and I'm sorry that I walked fast. Moreover, I'm sorry that I did not use a subway, though you had 1-day subway pass. Because, there are only 2 subway lines in Kyoto. I have guided many foreign tourists for several years. However,that was the first time I had guided guests in a record-braking hottest day, and that was the first time I had gone to Monkey park 4 times in a month. Therefore, I could not guide you enough, though I had tried to do my best, because I was also slight tired, Sorry!! I sincerely hope this experience was memorable. Moreover, I sincerely hope ... read more
great guide, great sevice, a very nice person, would use again next time in Japan
Dear Mr.Robert I appreciate your feedback. I’m very pleased that your family enjoyed their tour. I had great time as well showing your group around Kyoto. I apologize that I made your family walk a lot in the hot weather. I'm anxious that your family got tired. I sincerely hope this experience was memorable. Please visit Japan again, if so I would be glad to guide you again. Thank you!! Best regards, Kazuhiko Goto
Kazu is a very efficient and professional guide. He took care of my family of 11 in Kyoto as part of a shore excursion from Maizuru port. Correspondence with him prior to the trip was a breeze and he replied promptly to my queries. We appreciate his being organized, knowledgeable, and flexible as we visited must-see places in Kyoto. Overall, a very enjoyable and memorable trip! Thanks Kazu!
Dear Ms.Noreen I appreciate your feedback. I’m glad that your family had a nice time in Kyoto. I apologize that I made your family walk a lot in hottest weather. I had also great time as well showing your family around Kyoto. I hope that this tour will become your memorable tour. Please visit japan again. If so, I would be glad to guide you again. Thank you!! Best regards, Kazuhiko Goto
He was our tour guide for both Osaka and Kyoto! He was wonderful and prompt. He was very informative and very helpful! My kids even enjoyed having him as our tour guide! Thank you again so much Kazu for everything!!
Dear Ms.Maryann I appreciate your feedback. I’m very pleased that your group enjoyed their tour. I had great time as well showing your group around Osaka and Kyoto. In spite of the hottest days, I'm pleased that your group enjoyed the tour. Moreover, your kid presented me with small shell. That is my life treasure. Thank you!! I sincerely hope this tour will become memorable tour. Please visit Japan again and if so I would be glad to guide your group again. Thank you!! Best regards, Kazuhiko Goto