Hi, my name is Haruka!
I was born in Tokyo but have lived in Kyoto for the past few years. I am a native English speaker as I was raised in an international school.
While living in Kyoto, I have worked at several ryokans, a Michelin starred private dining restaurant, a Relais et Châteaux luxury ryokan and as a translator for Maiko and Geiko shows.
Through my work experience, I have become very familiar with the best sightseeing spots, restaurants from cozy to luxurious, the Maiko and Geiko shows, fun activities to experience the Kyoto culture, shops to witness and buy delicate crafts and tools of the Japanese traditional craftsmanship.
I would love to show you around in this beautiful city and come to love Kyoto as I do. Please feel free to contact me for a tour and if you have any requests, places you would like to go or things you are interested in, I will create a tour that is perfect for you and a trip that you will never forget!
Hope to see you soon!
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 8 people
* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 8 hours maximum per day.
* People: 8 maximum
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
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.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
We only had a little over 6 hours in Kyoto on a rainy day, so I turned to Haruka to help us to see as many places as we could, and he did it perfectly. Haruka arranged a car for us, and took us to all the main attractions in Kyoto. Besides perfect English and his knowledge about Kyoto, Haruka can also tell you anything about Japanese history and culture. We had a really nice tour of Kyoto, thanks to Haruka.
Dear Louis, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a great review for me. It was a pleasure to meet you and host your tour. There was a lot of crowd and traffic than I anticipated, so we couldn’t see as much as we could have seen on a less crowded day but I’m glad that you enjoyed my tour. Hope to see you again. Thank you and with best, Haruka
Haruka is a charming, friendly and kind young man with and excellent knowledge of the sites and history of Kyoto. He took us to sites which matched our interest, some of which we would not have found on our own and suggested changes to our proposed itinerary, as we went along, to match our interests. He navigated us around Kyoto expertly using local buses which added a flavour of local colour to our experience. His english is excellent and I would recommend him highly.
Dear Chris, Thank you very much for taking your time to write a great review and I am glad to hear that you’ve enjoyed my tour. It was a pleasure to show you and everyone around Kyoto. I myself enjoyed seeing those beautiful gardens at that special time, especially with someone who appreciated the things we’ve seen. Thank you also for the gifts and I’m hoping to see you some time again in your country. Thank you and with best, Haruka
Huraka is good tour guide. He took us to wonderful places
Dear Gil, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a great review. It was a pleasure hosting your tour. Thank you and with best, Haruka
My mom, aunt, and I had a full day tour of Kyoto with Haruka. We customized it and were able to squeeze in everything we wanted to do. He picked us up from the train station and dropped us back off there, making it much easier for us. Haruka spoke perfect English and was very knowledgable about Kyoto and it's culture/history/food/experiences/etc. He easily answered all of our questions. We had a wonderful and fun day. I highly recommend Haruka!
Dear Ashley, Thank you very much for taking your time to write a great review. It was a pleasure showing you and your family around Kyoto. I, myself enjoyed the experience as well and those sakes were really good. I’m glad that you enjoyed as well! Thank you and with best, Haruka
We spent a wonderful afternoon with Haruka seeing highlights in Kyoto. His English is very good and he was a pleasure to be with. One member of our group was a little less mobile than the rest and he helped us meet everyone's needs. He was knowledgeable about the places we visited and and flexible about our plans, for example stopping for ice cream or wandering down a street that looked interesting. He made navigating the train system so much easier. We recommend Haruka for your day in Kyoto!
Dear Melissa, Thank you very much for writing a great review. It was a pleasure showing you and everyone around Kyoto. I hope you will have a pleasant stay in Japan. Thank you and with best, Haruka