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 20 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 40 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.
Kazu was great and was very patience and flexible and extremely helpful in guiding and assisting us with our travels from landing in Osaka, sightseeing and dinners in Kyoto. We had a large group of 10 adults and 8 kids(6-10yrs). He greeted half at KIX at lunchtime and then guided them around and then brought the group together when the other half landed in ITM and then big bus to dinner and off to Kyoto. Good english and communication and planning was excellent. We have hired him again in 2 days time for full day Kyoto tour.
Dear Mr.Vinh I appreciate your feedback. I’m very pleased that you and your nice family enjoyed the tour. I had great time as well showing your family around Osaka and Kyoto. I was concerned about your family getting tired. I'm sorry that I could not visit Fushimi Inari shrine because we had no time. I'm glad that I was able to show your family Osaka (Osaka Aquarium, Osaka Castle and Doutonbori) and Kyoto (Kinkakuji Temple and Arashiyama). Moreover, i'm glad that your family experienced Kimono, Kaiseki dish for dinner and rickshaw riding. I sincerely hope this experience was memorable and you visit Japan again and if so I would be glad to guide you again. Thank you!! Best regards, Kazuhiko Goto
Kazuhiko guided us to get to all the major spots spread out in different directions in one single day. We visited Fushimi Inari, Arashiyama bamboo forest, Kinkakuji temple and Kiyomizu dera.He kept our large group of 13 on track and ensured that we reached our points of interests in a timely manner. There is no way we could have figured it out on our own. I will certainly recommend him to anyone who wishes to visit Kyoto.
Dear Ms. Lata, 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. The pictures which were taken at Kiyomizu-dera temple remind me of when I guided your group. I'm sorry that I made your group walk a lot. Moreover, it took much time to move because of traffic congestion. I am anxious that your group got tired. Sorry!! I sincerely hope this experience was memorable and your group visit Japan again and if so I would be glad to guide your group again. Thank you!! Best regards, Kazuhiko Goto
Our walking tour of kyoto on the evening of 26th November with the guidance of Mr.Kazuhiko, we visited the enchanting Tori gate shrine of Fushimi Inari and the enthralling Kiomizudera with its beautiful illumination. Mr.Kazuhiko is an excellent guide with facts & figures about kyoto and surroundings. We were pleasantly surprised to see the similarities between the Indian & japanese traditions as well as practices & beliefs. Thanks once again.
Dear Ms. Ramya, I appreciate your feedback. I’m very pleased that your couple enjoyed the night tour in Kyoto. I had great time as well showing your couple around Kyoto. I have guided many guests for many many times in Kyoto. However, the night tour was only second time. Therefore, I also saw beautiful illumination at Kiyomizu-dera temple. Moreover, I'm sorry that I confused you, because I waited for you at the different hotel. I sincerely hope this experience was memorable and you visit Japan again and if so I would be glad to guide you again. Thank you!! Best regards, Kazuhiko Goto
Kazu was a knowledgable and friendly guide with terrific preparation of interesting facts that ensured our Kyoto tours were packed full of interest. His English is excellent. He did not walk fast but managed to cover all our requested site visits in a relaxing and enjoyable way within a reasonable time schedule. He chose different styles of outstanding lunch restaurants. He would definitely be our Number One choice of guide for whenever we return to Kyoto.
Dear Ms. Margaret, I appreciate your feedback. I’m very pleased that your couple enjoyed the tour in Kyoto. I had great time as well showing your couple around Kyoto. We visited many places in Kyoto. Regarding some spots, it is first time for me to guide guests. Therefore, it was nice experience for me and I also have found that there are many other beautiful spots which I have not been. Thank you!! I sincerely hope this experience was memorable and you visit Japan again and if so I would be glad to guide you again. Thank you!! Best regards, Kazuhiko Goto
Kazu took me to two temples to photograph the autumn colours. He planned the trip brilliantly and tailored the pace for an unfit older gentleman with a heavy camera bag and jetlag. His English was great and I felt I got to know him in even a brief space of time. Hugely recommend.
Dear Mr. Mark I appreciate your feedback. I’m very pleased that you enjoyed the tour and you took many nice photos of beautiful leaves at Tenryu-ji Buddhist Temple and Eikan-Do Buddhist Temple. I had great time as well showing you around Kyoto. I'm sorry that I made you walk a lot and I hope that you will recover soon. I sincerely hope this experience was memorable and you visit Japan again and if so I would be glad to guide you again. Moreover, you will be able to take nice photos of beautiful Japan. Thank you!! Best regards, Kazuhiko Goto