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Send message only 10 days available in July
$ 35 Hourly rate Price up to 10 people
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Last updated: 21 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Kobe , Shiga , Nagoya

Languages English ( Professional ), Japanese ( Native ), Danish ( Beginner ), French ( Beginner ), German ( Beginner ), Russian ( Beginner )

(22) Reviews
Hourly rate 35 USD Price up to 10 people
( Max : 30 People )
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Hello. I am Hero from Shiga. I have lived in Denmark, Canada, Germany.
I would like to explore Japan with you without language barrier. I know well about local foods (both cheap nice one and expensive fancy one), nature, sightseeing spots. Also I can guide hiking, fishing, snorkeling...all kind of outdoor sports. Let's go to adventure together. I am originally from Shiga prefecture. Then I have lived in Nara, Okinawa. My major is marine biology. I played volleyball, rugby, swimming and diving! So I am happy to talk with your about science. I can guide Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Kobe and Shiga!!In addition other places are negotiable by texting!

Also I know where we can eat tasty melon pan, Gyoza, sushi, sukiyaki, pizza, udon and Japanese BBQ!!
Vegan and vegetarian restaurant too!! Yes, I am super foodie person!

Jeg har boet i Nørrebro, København 1 år i 2010. Jeg kan tale dansk lidt.
Skal vi snakke Dansk?Jeg vil gerne går tur mit dig!Vi ses i snart!!

Hallo. Ich bin Hero. Ich habe auf Helgoland gewhont 1 jahre in 2016.
Ich kann Deutsch sprechen ein bisschen!Lass uns auf Tour gehen!!

Меня зовут хироши. Я немного говорю по русски.
Пожалуйста свяжись со мной!

Je suis Hiroshi. J'ai vécu à Toulouse 2 mois. J'aime le fran et tarte aux pommes!
Allons faire un voyage ensemble.


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4.9 (22) Reviews
Very Good


The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

1 Person
Up to 10 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $34.96 $34.96 $4.60
4 Hours $139.84 $139.84 $18.40
8 Hours $279.68 $279.68 $36.80

* Duration: 1 hours minimum and 20 hours maximum per day.
* People: 30 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 ( 22 )
Joe Joe United States ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ Day in Kyoto with Hiro! ”

We decided to get a guide in Kyoto, after arriving to Japan a week earlier after leaving Tokyo. Being from the US, and not speaking the language, it was quite overwelming the first few days, with my wife and two young adult children 18 and 20. We got in touch with Hiro, he responded quickly, asked us what we would like to see and do. We wanted to see Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu temple and eat some local food. He met us the next day right on time, and we were off. He decided the bus system and some short walks was the best way to get around that day, so we were off. He spoke great english , so communication was no problem. We toured the sights, he gave some great explainitions of some of the history of the sites, showed us some great spots around the city which only could be found be a local, ... read more


Thank you writing great review! It was nice to meet you in Kyoto! All of your family were kind and friendly for me. So I could enjoy guiding a lot too. I was happy to introduce your family about Japanese local knowledge not only historical knowledge. And when I tried to find your ancestor root, it was like detect treasure from few information. I also enjoyed a lot for helping you. I hope I can go fishing at your fancy pond and see your fancy cars!! All the best for your family!! Cheers!!

Tammie Tammie United States ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ beyond Expectations! ”

Hero is a delightful young man. His knowledge of history and current events is exceptional. He guided us through the stalls of the food market identifying and describing the exotic offerings. He is a true foodie! My husband was very anxious over purchasing and navigating the confusing {to us} train terminal for our very early departure the following morning. Hero took us there. Purchased the correct tickets needed and walked us to the gate where we would need to depart. When we ended the tour at our hotel, he met with the concierge to make sure our taxi would be instructed to drop us at the correct entrance! He even checked with us the next morning to find out if were were having any problems! On top of it all , he has a wonderful sense of humor! What more can one ask for?


I am proud of be able to guide you as your wedding anniversary. Thank you very much for sweet review!I was happy to introduce Japanese emperor histories and Japanese garden styles. In addition thank you for listening my knowledge with a lot of curiosity. Yes, we have strange food custom in Japan. And I appreciate you tried to understand exotic wired Japanese foods somehow. I hope you could find the reason why Japanese ancestor could not satisfy normal seafood cooking way and started having law fishes. I hope to see you someday in Japan or USA again!! Hug!!

Cheryl Cheryl Philippines ( Family with kids )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Fantastic Guide for a Group of 13 ”

Hiro is very friendly with all the members of the group, adults and kids alike. Helpful even with the extra things like pushing the wheelchair or stroller. Would be great if there were regular pauses throughout the sights for him to share the background of the place, nevertheless, he is always able to share a lot of information about it when asked. We also highly appreciate that he was flexible with the pace of the group and offered adjustments to the itinerary when needed. He was very generous with his time and resources. Even after our tour ended, he would help us look for a place to eat. :) A huge bonus was the amazing photos he took of our family. You did a fantastic job, Hero! THANK YOU SO MUCH! Hope to see you again soon!

Richard Richard United States ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Full Day Tour in Kyoto ”

My girlfriend and I spent a full day touring Kyoto with Hiro Inoue in May 2019. Hiro was friendly, professional and knowledgeable. During our tour, we visited the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Nishiki Market and Ryoan-ji Temple. We had independently purchased tickets for a private tea ceremony for the same day as our tour and Hiro escorted us to ceremony location (Which was a 40 minute bus ride) and stayed with us throughout making the whole travel experience very comfortable. Hiro also brought his own professional camera and took photos of us during the day and emailed us a link to download the photos a day later (great photos). Hiro speaks good English and has a very nice demeanor. I would highly recommend him if you are interested in a tour in Kyoto or the surrounding area.


Thank you very much for sweet reference. I was happy to escort both of you that day. Both of you respected Japanese rule, custom and culture. I hope you could get some nice things while I guided such as local spilt and hidden knowledge. Also I could get happiness from your couple. I will try to find a girlfriend soon. He he! Cheers ;)

Tony Tony Australia ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Hero is the best! ”

After having trouble navigating Japan and Kyoto on our first trip we decided to hire a guide and we hired the best guide ever! Hero met us at our hotel and was friendly, polite, accommodating, he took us to the Nishiki food market and we were introduced to many types of Japanese foods we would never have tried on our own. We then had lunch at a fantastic resteraunt that Hero recommended. The afternoon was spent touring Gion district and the Funishimi shrine. Hero was very knowledgeable, friendly, worked in with our needs and wants, even helped us to buy our bullet train tickets to get us back to Tokyo Narita airport! When we come back I WILL be asking Hero to guide us again! Thank you Hero for making our trip truly memorable!


Thank you for writing sweet review!!It was nice to meet you in Kyoto!Tony practiced Karate before in Australia. So he knew Japanese mentality. And Tony couple respected Japanese culture and local rule. So I was happy to guide 2 of you!!Tony was interested in Nishiki market sample foods. We could find Tony's favorite Yuzu drink!Also I know you do not like seafood and bamboo shoot! It was my pleasure time to find your favorite foods in Japan. Thank you for treating my lunch too!Thank you for treating me as a friends!I hope I can visit your cool garden and want to see your water system and goats!Have a good flight!! ;)