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Licensed Guide
  (9) Reviews
Send message fully booked in February
$ 30 Hourly rate Price up to 5 people
I am available if you ask me in advance and pay me the transportation fee.
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Last updated: 1 day ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Kobe

Languages English ( License )

(9) Reviews
Hourly rate 30 USD Price up to 5 people
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Hi, this is Yumiko. I welcome you all from all over the world. I myself love traveling and so I understand what travelers want. I also want to be flexible on your request. I am friendly and enjoy meeting people.
My major subjects are art and history. There are plenty of wonderful places to visit in my area Kansai which has major historic cities and offers you many choices to do. ( experience culture like kimono, cooking, fragrance making, Sake factory, etc...) I grew up in Nara which is an ancient capital in Japan, and Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe are my backyard.
I studied art in Polytechnic UK, lived in Hong Kong for 4 years and in the USA for 13 years. Therefore now I understand what good about in Japan more than before.
Though I took out Government certified guide license only a year ago, I have experience of taking Americans, Malaysian Chinese, and Italian to Kyoto, Nara, Hyogo, and Hokkaido.
I am ready to guide you anywhere you want!

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4.8 (9) Reviews
Very Good


The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

1 Person
Up to 5 people
Hourly rate $24.30 $29.70
4 Hours $97.20 $118.80
8 Hours $194.40 $237.60

* Duration: 3 hours minimum and 8 hours maximum per day.
* People: 5 maximum

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 date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 9 )
Evy Evy United States ( Friends )
2 days ago

“ Yumiko is the Best Guide In Japan ”

Yumiko planned an excellent day for my sister and me. We came from California and Minnesota. We had some travel delays and Yumiko was very kind and flexible with scheduling. She is very knowledgeable about the area. Not only did she plan our day, she also gave us ideas for other days on our own. Also, Yumiko’s English is SUPERB! She lived many years in the USA and she was able to understand my Minnesota accent. I highly recommend that you book your tour with Yumiko!


Hi Evy, Thank you so much for your review. I wish you wonderful stay in Tokyo. Yumiko

Rosely Rosely Brazil ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Amazing day in Kyoto ”

I and my family had an amazing day at Kyoto. We visited many beatiful places. Yumiko planned everythng, supported us since the hotel and talked a lot of histories about Kyoto. Thank you very much!


Thank you for your encouraging review. Nothing is better than knowing that you had an amazing day with me. You are like my friend from Brazil. I hoped you felt comfortable in Japan which is your grand parents' country. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

Sharmistha Sharmistha Australia
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Informative guiding ”

We spent 4 hours today being guided by Yumiko through the Kinkaku-ji temple and the spectacular rock garden at Ryoan-ji. Yumiko was unfailingly pleasant and patient with our questions, having planned the trip so we could avoid the rush of tourists. She also helped us plan the remainder of our afternoon, staying with us well past the allotted time. A great start to our stay in Kyoto!


Thank you for the nice review. I hope your Saihoji visit went OK smoothly. Have a wonderful new year with your lovely family! Listen to the JOYA-No-KANE on 31st midnight. ( you can hear the sound of bell from the temples. very traditional )

Kevin Kevin United States ( Couple )
2 months ago

“ Kyoto and Nara Tours ”

My wife and I had the pleasure of spending two days with Yumiko during our recent visit to Japan, with one day spent in Kyoto and another in Nara We found her to be a good communicator and very knowledgeable and our trip was significantly enhanced by the time we spent with her. She was also very easy to work with and highly responsive during the planning stages. I'd certainly recommend contacting her if you're looking for a guide, particularly for Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, and surrounding areas.


Hi Kevin, Thank you for a good review. I also enjoy being your guide. Enjoy traveling all over the world! Send regards to your beautiful wife! Yumiko

Carolyn Carolyn Australia ( Family )
2 months ago

“ Shrines, gardens and food ”

Thank you so much for your flexibility and efforts in meeting our ambitious itinerary, we did it. And we will not forget our lunch together at the famous tofu restaurant or in our Gion experience showing us the tea and parfait shop. Your warmth and conversations made us feel like we were with a friend.


Hi Carolyn, Thank you for your good review. I’m very happy if you could spend pleasant time with me. Actually I have just started this work. I thought it would be wonderful if I could help introducing Japan to people from the world. You helped me practicing this. I felt so bad I made a mistake. I will be better next time. By the way, did you have a successful trip in Shikoku. I am sure you had interesting experience. Send regards to your husband and friends. Thanks again. Yumiko