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  (11) Reviews
Send message fully booked in April
$ 31 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: 7 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Shiga

Languages Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )

(11) Reviews
Hourly rate 31 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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4.7 (11) 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
For each extra person
Hourly rate $31.15 $31.15 $22.25
4 Hours $124.60 $124.60 $89.00
8 Hours $249.20 $249.20 $178.00

* 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 ( 11 )
suresh Suresh India ( Friends )
2 days ago

“ Days in Kyoto ”

Tomoe was a very pleasant and keen guide who willingly took us around wherever we asked her to. Her overall ability to communicate details of the shrines and locations that we went out to was not fully satisfactory. She tried hard. But her knowledge seemed below par


Dear Suresh, Thank you very much for your review. I'm very sorry that I could not satisfy all of you, 6 people...even though I tried hard. I hope that you enjoyed Japan and Kyoto. Thank you for choosing me as your guide. TOMOE

Joanne Joanne United States ( Solo )
1 week ago

“ Tomoe Is a Superstar ”

Tomoe is an amazing guide who gave me the best possible experience I could have ever had in Kyoto. I’m sad our connection couldn’t have lasted longer. She honored every request I had even helping me find Shinkansen souvenir socks for my grandson. She knows the history of each shrine and temple we visited. Tomoe is a talented photographer so the pictures I asked her to take of me were posed skillfully. She is outgoing and treats everyone she meets with respect. I loved that she corresponded with me very often before my trip so she could get a sense of what my interests were. I can only hope our paths will cross again. Ten stars for Tomoe!!!!!


Dear Joanne, Wow!! Thank you so much for such a warmhearted review!! I have enjoyed exchanging mails with you and enjoyed these two days with you so much! Walking with you, talking with you, eating with you, and shopping with you, I enjoyed everything. Thank you very much for such wonderful days. We laughed a lot during these two days! I really hope that I can see you again. TOMOE

Miriam Miriam Australia ( Friends )
3 weeks ago

“ A special tour of Kyoto ”

Tomoe took 6 of us on a very special day tour of Kyoto. Amongst other sites, we visited the Golden Pavillion, the Silver Pavillion, the gardens of the Imperial Palace and Philosopher's Way. Thank you Tomoe for a brilliant day


Dear Miriam, Thank you very much for your warmhearted review. I'm really glad that we shared the wonderful memorial day and you enjoyed viewing cherry blossoms. I do hope that you and your friends will visit Kyoto and I can see you again. Thank you very much for such a wonderful day! TOMOE

Bill Bill United States ( Solo )
3 weeks ago

“ So much to see in Kyoto ”

I had a wonderful time visiting Kyoto this year. Tomoe put together a great itinerary which was no easy task given the bus and train schedules that had to be followed. I'm just amazed at everything we were able to see. There is no way I would have seen half of the places had I tried to do this on my own. She is also very knowledgeable about the sites and which helped put things into perspective. I highly recommend her as a guide.


Dear Bill, Thank you so much for such a warmhearted review. I'm really happy to hear that you enjoyed visiting places in Kyoto and Nara. I enjoyed the two days, too, and hope that I can see you again...Thank you for letting me guide you. TOMOE

Leo Leo United States
4 weeks ago

“ Great highlight of the best of what Kyoto has to offer ”

Tomoe-san is a seasoned tour guide who is fluent in English and knows how to bring the best of what Kyoto has to offer. She was very flexible and accommodating to our needs and suggested ideas that made the trip even better.


Dear Leo, Thank you so much for your warmhearted review. I had such a wonderful half day with you! I wish I could have more time to spend with you and your friends who are really nice people to be with. Please remember me to your friends and I would be so happy if you and your friends choose me as your guide again when you visit Kyoto and Nara. Thank you so much for a wonderful half day. TOMOE