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Send message only 5 days available in February
$ 32 Hourly rate Price up to 5 people
If you book me early, I can exchange mails with you many times to know what you want to do in details, collect information and prepare a lot for your plan. Please don't hesitate to ask me anything in advance.

I can guide you in the morning almost every day.(from 8:30 or 9:00 AM till 13:00 or 13:30PM)
This year, in case of the full day tour, Friday, Saturday, and Monday are available.
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Last updated: 2 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Shiga

Languages Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )

(4) Reviews
Hourly rate 32 USD Price up to 5 people
( Max : 8 People )
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Hello! My name is Tomoe. I'm a national licensed guide interpreter(English). I made my page here, TripleLights in October 2018. Thank you for finding me.

I was born and grew up in Otsu,Shiga, which is the next city of Kyoto.
I graduated from the university in Kyoto and lived there for four years due to my husband's job.
I like history and like to visit temples in Nara.
My hobby is to plan trips and have visited many cities and towns in Japan and abroad. One of my favorite places is the AIRPORT!!

I have enjoyed meeting and guiding people from abroad, to sightseeing spots in my country.
I really want many people from abroad to enjoy visiting many places and have wonderful experiences in my country. I'll be really happy if I can have such experiences with you!!
Please tell and ask me if there are any places which you want to visit and anything which you want to do in my country. I'll plan the trip only for you.

I am cheerful and always positive. I like to talk with people. I would like to talk with many people from many countries. Please tell me about your country, too!!
I'm looking forward to seeing you!!

* If you want, I will take you back to your hotel (within the time or with the extra hourly rate)
Or, I will show you how to go back to your hotel when we finish the tour.

* If you want, I will give you some advice about what to and where to eat your lunch/dinner.

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5.0 (4) Reviews
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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
For each extra person
Hourly rate $31.50 $31.50 $22.50
4 Hours $126.00 $126.00 $90.00
8 Hours $252.00 $252.00 $180.00

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 8 hours maximum per day.
* People: 8 maximum

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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 ( 4 )
Susan Susan United States ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ If you want to see Kyoto, have Tomoe guide you! ”

First of all, Tomoe was punctual and knew her way around Kyoto without hesitation. Her route was carefully planned which allowed us to see everything we had hoped to in such a short time (1 day). She was able to articulate the history of the sites that we visited and also shed cultural perspective. When we parted, we felt as though we had made a good friend! Thank you, Tomoe!


Dear Susan and Richard, Thank you so much for sending such a warmhearted review!!! Thanks to you, I had a really wonderful day in Kyoto. I'm very glad that you found my page, sent me a message, and chose me as your guide. It was such a warm and nice day even though it was a day in February, and you made it happen. Also, both of you are really cheerful and always made me positive. I told how nice couple you are to my husband at night...I do hope that I can see you again. Thank you very much again, Susan and Richard. TOMOE

Jenny Jenny Indonesia ( Family with kids )
1 month ago

“ Kyoto Day Trip ”

Tomoe was a great guiding us during our one day trip in Kyoto. Tomoe was very responsive in response my emails question her about Kyoto. She replied my email within hours or even minutes. Suggestions and changing itinerary with Tomoe is very easy and smooth. She also helped us make reservation for bus to Takayama since we cannot make reservation online and gave suggestions about what to do and what to eat in Takayama. Hope we have a chance to meet her again.


Dear Jenny and family, Thank you so much for such a warmhearted review!! I was really happy to see you and all of your family, and felt sorry because there were so many people wherever we went. New Year's holiday is special for us, Japanese, and especially, we visit shrines for praying during the holiday. I do hope that you will visit Kyoto again and would like you to choose me as your guide again. How about wearing kimono in Kyoto next time? I hope that you had a wonderful time in Takayama and Shirakawago. Please say hello to all of your family. I miss you... Thank you for such a wonderful day for me. TOMOE

Riza Riza Singapore ( Family )
2 months ago

“ Halfday Nara tour n full day Arashyima ”

Tomoe is an excellent guide that went above and beyond to ensure you get what you asked for and more...we had strict requirements with food and she did researches to make sure we have no worries. She speaks good English and is very knowledgeable about the places we visited. We highly recommend her if you need a patient and friendly guide. Thank you Tomoe..my family and I truly enjoyed your company. Arigato gozaimasu..


Dear Riza, Thank you very much for your warmhearted comment. Because you booked me early, I was able to exchange mails with you and learn what you want to do and collect materials for you. I enjoyed these two days with you and your family. I'm so glad to see all of you, such a nice family. I hope that you will visit Kyoto, and I can see you again. Thank you so much!!! TOMOE

Garry Garry United States ( Friends )
4 months ago

“ Tomoe is excellent! ”

We did a 4-person, 1 day trip with Tomoe. It was a very full day, covering not only Nara, but also the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto. As such, it required a lot of walking and a fair amount of logistics. Tomoe handled all of the logistics excellently. She is also quite knowledgeable. But this was not the best part--- it is that she was a delightful person to spend the day with. Her English is also quite good. If I had to find a negative, it would be that she speaks more softly than I would have liked. I wholeheartedly recommend Tomoe. You can't go wrong with her.


Dear Garry, Thank you very much for such a warmhearted comment! I'm really glad to receive it! I really enjoyed the day with you,too! The pictures taken with you are my treasure.I'm really happy to see all of you, and hope that you will visit Japan and I can see you again! I miss all of you...Tomoe