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.
Very nice and friendly guide. Too bad we did not have long time to spend with him.
Dear Ms. AZLEEN I appreciate your feedback. I’m very pleased that your group enjoyed their tour. I had great time as well showing your group around Kyoto. I sincerely hope this experience was memorable. I also wanted to spend time more with you. I sincerely hope you visit Japan again and if so I would be glad to guide you again. Thank you!! Best regards, Kazuhiko Goto
We toured Kyoto for our first time with local expert, Kazuhiko. We found "Kazu" from a list of available private tour guides from the TripleLights.com website. From the initial planning stages, he communicated thoroughly with our itinerary and answered any and all questions very promptly. He went over and beyond by providing detailed maps and information for our tour. We specifically wanted to see the Gion district last on our itinerary (hoping to spot a Geiko or Maiko), so he rearranged our itinerary to accommodate it. We were on an Asia cruise with Windstar with a stop in the Osaka for 2 nights. We only had one day to see the cultural and historical sights of Kyoto. Kazu meet us promptly at the meeting point outside the cruise passenger terminal. We navigated throughout Kyoto by ... read more
Dear Ms.Jamie I appreciate your feedback. I’m very pleased that your couple enjoyed the tour. I had great time as well showing your couple around Kyoto. I sincerely hope this experience was memorable. I hope that you you can gain a lot of knowledge about spots in Kyoto, Japanese history and culture through the tour. I sincerely hope you visit Japan again and if so I would be glad to guide you again. I would like to show you other beautiful spots in Japan. Thank you!! Best regards, Kazuhiko Goto
We had a great time with Kazu during our 4-day tour in Kyoto-Nara-Osaka. Although his English pronunciation can still be improved, still we were able to understand and communicate with him. Also, it would be good if he can give more information about the places that we visited and the cities that we stayed as well. There were times when we asked some history questions and he could not really answer them. However, the following day he managed to do some research and give us answer to our questions. He is very kind and very flexible. And even if our schedule has changed, he will try his best to make up for lost time. He also walks very fast and he allows us to choose the restaurant that we like.
Dear Ms.Christine I appreciate your feedback. I’m very pleased that your group enjoyed their tour. I had great time as well showing your group around Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. I sincerely hope this experience was memorable. I'm sorry that I walked fast. Moreover, I am sorry that I often made your group hurry. I'm anxious that your members got tired. Regarding bus, the bus company which you made reservation was best. The driver was flexible and kind. I would like to use the bus company. I sincerely hope you visit Japan again and if so I would be glad to guide you again. Thank you!! Best regards, Kazuhiko Goto
Kazuhiko did a wonderful job for us. I organized a Kyoto trip for a group coming from a cruise ship. He was knowledgeable and personable. Triplelights seemed confused and the bureaucracy dysfunctional. I have done these kinds of tours all over the world and the companies, on the whole a pretty good. In this case, I was endlessly engaged with different people with one person not aware of what other fellow employees were doing. We loved Japan- wonderful people, enthralling culture and geographic beauty. Go! Thanks again Kazuhiko.
Dear Mr.Sam I appreciate your feedback. I’m very pleased that your group enjoyed their tour. I had great time as well showing your group around Kyoto. I hope that this tour will become your memorable tour. I sincerely hope you visit Japan again and if so I would be glad to guide you again. I would like to guide you in many spots in beautiful japan. Thank you!! Best regards, Kazuhiko Goto
We spent the most wonderful two days in Kyoto with Kazu and had an exceptional experience with him! We had a lot of specific areas we wanted to visit and he was able to keep us on a time schedule so that we were able to do and see everything on our list. We made sure to revisit places on another day to linger and shop in order to maximize our time with Kazu. (Most everything you see at the shops can be purchased at the airport anyway!). Kazu was passionate and proud to share information about his country. He was also very knowledgeable about Japanese history and was able to answer our questions and explain things very well. While English is his second language, I appreciated that Kazu was born, worked, and raised a family in Japan as spending time with him helped us begin to understan... read more
Hello!! I appreciate your feedback. I’m very pleased that you enjoyed your tour. I had great time as well showing you around Kyoto. You also enjoyed tea ceremony and Kaiseki cuisine. I sincerely hope this experience was memorable. Moreover, my wife and grand children are pleased to see nice present. Thank you!! I sincerely hope you visit Japan again and if so I would be glad to guide you again. Thank you!! Best regards, Kazuhiko Goto