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Licensed Guide
  (18) Reviews
Send message fully booked in June
$ 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, Sunday,and Monday are available.
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Last updated: 18 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Shiga

Languages Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )

(18) 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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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 $32.20 $32.20 $23.00
4 Hours $128.80 $128.80 $92.00
8 Hours $257.60 $257.60 $184.00

* 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 ( 18 )
Cindy Cindy Australia ( Couple )
17 hours ago

“ Kyoto Highlights ”

Had a truly wonderful day with Tomoe in Kyoto. We had specific places that we wanted to see purely based on time restrictions and Tomoe got us everywhere. Although the weather wasn’t great it didn’t take anything away from our busy day. Tomoe is very friendly and easy going and it was a pleasure to have her guide us for the day. Terry is still talking about the conveyor belt lunch!! Thanks again for taking photos for us and giving us a taste of Kyoto - hopefully we’ll come back one day. Kind Regards


Dear Cindy and Terry, Thank you so much for your warmhearted review. You are such a nice couple, so, even it was a rainy day, I enjoyed the day with you very much. ( I told my husband how nice couple you are.) I do hope that you will come back to Kyoto (there are more wonderful places to visit in Kyoto!!) and I can see you again. I miss you! TOMOE

Ee lin Ee Singapore ( Friends )
4 weeks ago

“ Tomoe made our Kyoto trip even better! ”

My friend and I recently visited Kyoto. Engaging Tomoe’s service was the best decision we made for our trip! She tailored an itinerary which suited our needs and also gave us the historical, gastronomical and cultural overview while bringing us around. Tomoe brought us to some really good hidden restaurants for lunch where we enjoyed the best ramen and obanzai meal. To top it off, Tomoe has excellent photography skills and knows the best spots for photographs. Tomoe went above and beyond her role as a tour guide and did all this in a warm and friendly manner. Highly recommended if you’re looking for a reliable trustworthy tour guide.


Dear Ee, Thank you very much for such a warmhearted review! Meeting with such nice people like you makes me really happy and I really enjoyed the two days with you! I enjoyed talking with you so much! I thank you for booking me which gave me such a nice meeting. I hope that you will visit Kyoto again and I can see you in the near future. How about visiting Japanese sake breweries in Nada, Kobe and Suntory next time? I would like you to know the wonderful Onsen (hot spring resorts),too. I miss both of you...Thank you again. TOMOE

Charlotte Charlotte United States ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Wonderful day, with a wonderful person! ”

We spent a fantastic day with Tomoe in Kyoto. She was responsive, professional and just a wonderful person to be around. She made sure we saw all the sights we requested plus she reserved a wonderful lunch as well! We highly recommend Tomoe as a guide! Please book with her-you will not regret it!!


Dear Charlotte, Thank you very much for your warmhearted review! From the moment I met both of you at Kyoto station for the first time, I was fascinated how nice couple you are! A day spent with you was a lot of fun for me. I do hope that you will visit Kyoto and see you again. Thank you very much for booking me as your guide. Thank you so much for such a nice encounter! TOMOE

christina Christina United States
1 month ago

“ A beautiful and memorable trip at Nara and Kyoto with TOMOE ”

I have to say TOMOE is a very nice and patient tour guide that I have ever seen. I went to Osaka by myself, didn't have any idea of how to take train in Japan. TOMOE was so kind to email me the detailed mapping direction of how to meet her up from my hotel. That was really helpful and after that, I found out taking train in Japan was a lot of fun and I got to see the beautiful views of Japan on the road. TOMOE took me to the most place where I wanted to visit was NARA DEER PARK. I was so grateful that I could have the chance to actually feed the deer that close to me. NARA DEER PARK is so beautiful plus the deer are the cutest creature ever. They bowed to me for the rice cookies and chased me around was so funny. TOMOE took me to Todaiji Temple and Kofuku-ji Temple after deer park. She was... read more


Dear Christina, Thank you very much for such a warmhearted and long review!! I'm really glad and happy to hear that you enjoyed the day in Nara and Kyoto. I also enjoyed visiting places with you and had a wonderful day. You are such a nice and warmhearted person, and deer in Nara Park may have noticed that. I do hope that I can see you again with your family in the near future. Thank you so much again for booking me! TOMOE

Victoria Victoria France ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Unforgettable experience with Tomoe in Kyoto ”

Two days spent with Tomoe in Kyoto and Nara are amazing from all points of view. Tomoe is a very professional guide ready to share with you a lot of information about her beautiful country and a very nice person ready to help you and advise to make your stay in Japan comfortable and unforgettable. We are happy to choose Tomoe as a guide and really appreciate her knowledge and competences. Tomoe will realize your dream and you will definitely fall in love with Japan! Victoria, David


Dear Victoria and David, Thank you very much for such a warmhearted review! Two days with you gave me such a wonderful time and experience to me. I'm so happy to be able to share the precious memory with you in Kyoto and Nara. You are such a nice couple and I was very glad to be your guide. I do hope that I can see you again. Thank you so much for such a nice meeting! TOMOE