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.
Very formative! We all enjoyed our Nara and Osaka tour. :)
Dear Lynn, Thank you for taking your time to write a great review. It was a pleasure hosting your tour and I had fun showing around Nara and Osaka. Thanks and with best, Haruka
My husband, 15 year old son, and I spent a very full day with Haruka who accommodated our requests with ease and facilitated a stress free, enjoyable day. Haruka is professional, warm and relaxed. He intuitively read our stamina levels, and masterfully shifted the itinerary as the day flowed. By choice, we focused our trip to sites in northern Kyoto including Ginka-kuji (Silver Pavilion), Jotenkaku Muséum (a bit off the beaten path, and a long walk...in retrospect a taxi to this site would have been better for our compact schedule), Shimogamo Shrine, Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), Ryoan-ji (Stone Garden), and (Ninna-ji) the Emperor’s family’s ancient compound. Haruka accommodated our request for an earlier start to the day to be at the Silver Pavilion at opening which proved to be quiet a... read more
Dear Mrs. Melody, Thank you very much for taking your precious time to write a great and descriptive review. It was a pleasure hosting your tour for you and your family. Please enjoy the rest of your stay in Kyoto and have a safe trip back home. I am looking forward to see you someday again, when I visit your country. Thank you and with best regards, Haruka
Great guide - excellent choice of attractions, courteous, thoughtful. Also recommended us an amazing traditional dinner place to complete the day.
Dear Elizaveta, Thank you very much for your great review. It was a pleasure showing around Kyoto for you and your family. I hope your trip to Kyoto was a memorable one. With best, Haruka
Haruka is a very kind and extremely considerate young man. My 15 yr old twins immediately bonded with him. He made sure we ticked all of our to do. Without him we could not have seen all that we did without him. He even arranged a kaiseki dinner within our budget which was superb. One of my daughters was not well. Haruka helped us get medicine and kept the pace slow so she could keep up. I can’t recommend him highly enough.
Dear Sarah, Thank you very much for writing a great review. It was a pleasure giving you and your daughters a tour in Kyoto. I myself enjoyed the experience and please enjoy your last day in Japan. I hope Nora (sorry if I spelled it wrong), is getting better and please have a safe trip back home. Hope to see you and your daughters someday in Singapore. Thank you and with best regards, Haruka
Haruka was very helpful in organizing our visit beforehand. He was able to hone in on the activities that we wanted to experience given our short time in Kyoto.