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  (29) Reviews
Send message fully booked in September
$ 33 Hourly rate Price up to 5 people
For a trip to any city in Japan, I am available if you ask me in advance and cover my transportation fee.
For cruising trip, if there isn't enough time to stay on the port, I may not be able to take your request.
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Last updated: 9 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Kobe

Languages English ( License )

(29) Reviews
Hourly rate 33 USD Price up to 5 people
( Max : 5 People )
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Hello, 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 explore. (experience culture like kimono, cooking, fragrance making, Sake factory, etc...)
I grew up in Nara, 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 the charm of Japan more than before.
I have numbers of experience 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 (29) 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 $26.04 $32.55
4 Hours $104.16 $130.20
8 Hours $208.32 $260.40

* 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 ( 29 )
Michael Michael United States ( Couple )
4 days ago

“ Kyoto’s many facets ”

Yumiko was the perfect guide for us. She went out of her way to meet us at the train station closer to our hotel and we were off for a grand adventure. Yumiko assembled an excellent itinerary that hit key highlights like Fushimi-Inari, Kiyomizudera and the Gion district, but also some more off the beaten path spots. She was very patient with impromptu stops to shop and picked an excellent tea house for lunch. We had to end a little early due to a sudden thunderstorm, but in total, it was a perfect day exploring Kyoto. Domo Arigato Gozaimashita, Yumiko!


Thank you for your good review. I hope you had a good stay in Kyoto in spite of a sudden thunderstorm on the day for Kawadoko. I really felt sorry I couldn't show you lovely garden in Ginkakuji. So please come back to Japan in the near future. Yumiko

Amy Amy United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Great tour of Nara ”

Yumiko was a great guide for Nara. She laid out a great plan for the day and took us to all the sites. I would definitely recommend Yumiko to our friends. Her English was perfect and she had great knowledge of all the sites. We got to witness a Shinto wedding ceremony! It was a super hot day but she packed a lot of great sites in one day. I don’t think we would’ve seen so much on our own. She even found a terrific pizza restaurant to cool off and have lunch. You will not regret hiring her for the day.


Hi Amy, I'm glad you had a good time in Nara.( though incredibly hot and humid ) Please come back to Japan in cooler season and hope to see you again. Thank you. Yumiko

JENNIFER JENNIFER United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Kyoto is beautiful ”

My family of 7 visited Kyoto for one day in August. The bamboo grove, golden temple, and rock garden were amazing. Yumiko was kind and knowledgeable, but very soft spoken and you really had to ask questions to get information. Meeting place was unclear and she walked very fast, rarely looking back to be sure we were all There. We had a 7 year old who walked a bit slower, so it was kind of frustrating.

Timothy Timothy United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Very Flexible ”

Yumiko is a great guide! We were in contact from the very start about our itinerary. Due to the hot temperatures in Kyoto, I asked Yumiko to change the itinerary the day of, and she was super accommodating. I had a group of 5 people, two of whom are older, and we were able to pace the tour accordingly with many rest breaks! Would highly recommend Yumiko for anyone in the Kyoto area!


Hi Tim, Thank you for your good review. I hope you also had a successful day in Osaka. Did you enjoy Yakiniku dinner? You are really a good organizer. I wish I could be a help for you. I'm sure you and your family had a good time in Japan. Say hello to your family! Yumiko

Rona Rona United States ( Couple )
3 months ago

“ Friendly, knowledgeable , flexible ”

Yumiko was a wonderful guide in Kyoto. She really was attuned to our style and needs right away. She is so easy to be with and knowledgeable. She was able to take us through so many Kyoto areas and highlights. Managing time and distance is a great way. She has a lot of energy , speaks English very well and was able to give us the background and flavor of all the sights and areas. Would definitely recommend !


Hi Rona, Thank you for your good review. How was your experience of Ryokan( Japanese Inn )? Could you see the lovely view of Mt. Fuji? I hope you had pleasant experience in Japan. Take care and send regards to your husband. Yumiko