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Licensed Guide
  (25) Reviews
Send message fully booked in July
$ 32 Hourly rate Price up to 5 people
I am available if you ask me in advance and cover my transportation fee.
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Last updated: 18 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Kobe

Languages English ( License )

(25) Reviews
Hourly rate 32 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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The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

1 Person
Up to 5 people
Hourly rate $25.76 $32.20
4 Hours $103.04 $128.80
8 Hours $206.08 $257.60

* 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 ( 25 )
Rona Rona United States ( Couple )
1 month 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

Nancy Nancy United States ( Family with kids )
1 month ago

“ one day lovely tour in tokyo ”

Yumiko is great! From the time I contacted her by email to the end of the tour, she is very responsive, prompt, organized and informative. We learned a lot about Japan history and were able to visit many beautiful sceneries in one day! We are so appreciated that she was able to accommodate us at the last minute and add on an additional temple to visit despite passes her tour time. It turn out the last temple was the best one to see!! We highly recommend her to everyone if you want to learn about japan history and visit as many places as possible in a limited time!!


Hi Nancy, Thank you for your good review. It was really hot and busy day, but I hope you could taste of Japan. Now you are in Hong kong, right? Enjoy the rest of your holiday in Asia. Hope to see you again on someday in the future. Send regards to your family! Yumiko

Stefan Stefan Germany ( Couple )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ good guidance on a hot and crowded day ”

very open and friendly, excellent english, very structured


Thanks for your nice review. I hope you spent good time in Japan. Send regards to your wife. Yumiko

Hector Vallecilla Hector United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Local knowing what foreign wants ”

We spent two days with Yumico. One in Kyoto and one in Osaka. She used to live in Silicon Valley California, so she speaks very good English and knows what foreign but specially Americans want. She showed us the mail places, recommended us street food, went to us to help to make some shopping and tough us about Japanese culture and manners. I strongly recommend Yumico for your next experience in the Kyoto-Osaka area.

Melissa Melissa United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Two Days with Yumiko was Two Days of AWE!!! ”

Yumiko is beyond your typical local guide. She went out of the way for us and took such good care of us that we became friends instantly. She was extraordinary from the very beginning. I reached out to her by email and she was quick and responsive immediately. She took the time to paint the perfect itinerary for us in Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. She also provided estimated costs for us so we knew exactly what to expect. She was more than amazing! My kids both loved her so much, and they’re not easy to please! She was super patient and never left us for a minute unattended. She speaks English very fluently, and she took the time to explain the fascinating public transportation system so famous in Japan. She really went above and beyond for us, and we will forever be grateful that we ch... read more


Hi Melissa, Thank you for such a good review. I enjoyed being your company. Please come back to Japan in the spring or fall again! Yumiko