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Hero

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(31) Reviews
$ 37 Hourly rate
Reviews ( 31 )
David David United Kingdom
Excellent
1 week ago

“ 2 days in Kobe & Osaka ”

We arranged for Hero to guide us in both Kobe & Osaka as we were on a Cruise and so had limited time in each port so wanted a local guide to give us a good taste of what is on offer in these cities. Hero was friendly, punctual and flexible with the schedule on both days giving us options of what to do and took us to local restaurants and bars which we would have not gone to as tourists on our own. Both the Japanese BBQ and Sushi Bar he chose were fantastic quality and good value. We really enjoyed the local experience of these. During the tour he was helpful providing information and taking photos for us which meant we have many more of us together than normal. Thanks for your time and great service Hero!

Hero:

Thank you very much for your sweet review. It was great time with both of you even we had limited time. Both of you were nice to me and respect my opinion and Japanese custom. So I was happy to guide for you too. I hope you will miss Japanese culture and come back to Japan again. Thank you again for hiring me!!Cheers!!

EVEN EVEN United States ( Friends )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Osaka castle ”

Excellent

Hero:

Thank you very much!! Have a good trip!

ROLF ROLF Japan
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Great day in Kyoto ”

It was really great to have Hiro as our guide. He was very helpful punctual, Informative, and wonderful to spend a day .We had an excellent experience. I would highly recommend Hiro as your guide .

Hero:

Thank you very much for hiring me. I also studied many things about buddhism. I hope to see you someday!

ADELE ADELE United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ A fun time in Japan ”

We had a great time in Japan with Hero as our guide. He took us around Kobe and Osaka and we had so much fun. He is the nicest guy. He took us to all of the best restaurants. He even taught us how to use chopsticks! We definitely will hire him again the next time we visit Japan.

Hero:

It was such a great days with you and many kind of animals. I do not know how many animals did we meet while our adventure. Thank you very much for proposing great itinerary. I will check your chopsticks skills. You have to practice chopsticks until next time! ;) Yes, we love all animals!!!Yeahhhhh!!!

Katharina Katharina United States ( Business )
Excellent
4 weeks ago

“ Wonderful Walking Tour in Osaka ”

Hero was so nice and friendly. He welcomed our large group and showed us around Osaka. We enjoyed his guidance and had a great tour overall!

Hero:

Thank you for hiring me this time. I worried about number of people before meeting. But it was a nice time with same generation guys. See you someday at somewhere! ;)

Jerica Jerica Philippines ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Kyoto/Osaka tour ”

We had a great time with Hiro who showed us around the tourist spots

Hero:

Yes!Exactly!!We visited Kyoto, Osaka and Nara under very strong sun!!We laughed many time, kidding many times, eating many times, making troubles many times...!!Yes!We were crazy group!!Ha ha!I hope I can do whoopsKiri with Jayson in Philippine!

Dov Dov Israel ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Great guide ”

Hero was excelent Very knowledgeable and very friendly

Hero:

Dov is super fit athlete. I impressed his swimming records. We walked a lot under the sun. But Dov and Judy could walk with me. I hope I can travel like you when I am 60's. See you on Israel!! ;)

Shayesteh Shayesteh Switzerland ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ A true Hero guide ”

We had 4 hours food tour in Osaka. He was very flexible making himself available as i misunderstood the booking and he immediately came to our hotel and made the tour with us. He is expert in fish and explained us all different fish Kinds. He was very nice and fulfilled all our wishes and answered our questions. He was vet care taking. We could also speak German with him. we highly recommend him and wish him all the best with his PhD.

Hero:

Thank you very much for your flexibility too. I was happy to hear your compliment about Japanese people. And now I have more and more positive image for Switzerland and Austria due to all of you. When I go to your city, I will let you know!! I hope after defencing my PhD. Vielen Dank!! ;)

REMO REMO Italy ( Couple )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Thank you Hero! fantastic trip! ”

Hero guided us in a beautiful tour of Nara, he explained us a lot of things about the city, the temples and the japanese culture. Strongly recommended!

Hero:

Thank you for choosing me. It was nice day with you in Nara. I could also enjoy exchange culture, language, thinking way between Japan and Italy. See you someday in Italy!!Ciao!! ;)

Joe Joe United States ( Family )
Excellent
4 months 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

Hero:

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 )
Excellent
4 months 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?

Hero:

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
5 months 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 )
Excellent
5 months 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.

Hero:

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 )
Excellent
5 months 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!

Hero:

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!! ;)

Roberta Roberta United States ( Family )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Pleasant, relaxed, knowledgable, and attentive tour guide! ”

Hero was an excellent guide during our trip to Osaka! He is relaxed and was attentive to the interests of our small group. He took us to numerous local inexpensive eating spots, and helped us navigate the intricate train system. He is adept at conversational English and shared much with us on Japanese life and culture. He emailed suggestions for our later trip to Kyoto, as well. If you are looking for a pleasant, relaxed, and informational tour of Osaka (or Kyoto), Hero will not disappoint!

Hero:

We started having 1 dollar Udon lunch. It was good start for foodie tour!! Roberta helped many Japanese students in USA as a host! So she already knew many Japanese life. Also her family could enjoy many kind of seafood, Japanese street foods and beers. So I was also happy to introduce my home county's foods. All of your family were easy going and respect Japanese custom and culture. Thank you very much for treating me many times and be gentle always. I hope to see you in USA someday!! Cheers!

Michael Michael United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Kyoto Sightseeing ”

Simply put, we had a fantastic experience with Hero! My wife and I were traveling to Japan for the first time with our 7 month old. We decided to hire a guide to help orient us to Kyoto and couldn’t be happier with our choice in selecting Hero. He led us though a bustling Nishiki market, stopping frequently at shops to introduce different aspects of Japanese culinary culture as well as other fun shops. What would otherwise have intimidated us with such a busy street became an unforgettable experience as Hero made the market become alive for us. From there, we crossed town to see the Gion and Yashaka districts and several important shrines and temples in the area. We saw idyllic preserved walkways that took us into the world we came to explore in Japan and cut through other passageways (tha... read more

Hero:

Thank you for writing sweet reference. It was nice to meet you under the sun with full of people everywhere in Nishiki market, Yasaka shrine and Yasaka area. Even this hot conditions, Michaele eastern so smart. It was unbelievable. I really appreciate her corporation. In addition, she is [Kawaii] always. So I could get happiness from her. Thank you. I hope we can meet up again someday in U.S or Japan.

Ahlam Ahlam United Arab Emirates ( Friends )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Great guide ”

We had an amazing day with Hero, very warm and spirited person. Very good restaurants choice, and breathtaking places. We will definitely come back to Kyoto to meet him again. Thank you Hero!

Hero:

merci beaucoup! Avec pleasir. It was nice to meet you. All of you were so kind and respect Japanese culture, custom and people. I also learned many things about Maroc and Dobai. Thank you very much. Now I want to make good couscous by myself. A bientot! ;)

Laurie Laurie United States ( Friends )
Very Good
6 months ago

“ We had a great day in Kyoto with Hero ”

Hero met us at our hotel and we spent the next 6 hours exploring parts of Kyoto including the Nishiki Market, the Kiyamachi area and, once it started getting dark, the Gion and Yasaka area. We ended our tour at a noisy all-you-can-eat-and-drink restaurant which was a lot of fun. After 6 hours of walking around, and all of it interesting/beautiful/compelling, we felt it was one of the best days of our vacation. Hero is a good communicator (lots of time spent in Europe and North America has made him a fluent speaker of English) and was very good company in addition to being a wonderful guide.

Fritz Fritz Germany
Excellent
6 months ago

“ It was like hanging out with a very good friend! ”

The day with Hero was amazing! It felt like hanging out with a very good friend. He is super friendly, open minded and talkative. Due to his broad knowledge about Japanese culture, society and nature we received great insights about the Lifestyle and Environment of Kyoto. By the way he is also a great singer :) Thank you for an unforgettable day Hero!

Hero:

Es war wundervoll!!Thank you for following me even it was very hot day by walking more than 5 hours. Your family reminded me my German life again. Vielen Dank. All of your family were curious about Japanese history, custom, lifestyle and human relationship. I was happy to explain all without politic filter for you. Thank you for treating me lecker Sukiyaki and Karaoke!!Es hat Spaß gemacht!! Bis bald!!

Elaine Elaine United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Very accommodating!!! ”

Hero was awesome! He took the family around Osaka to try out street foods and keys sites. He was also very helpful when we needed a stroller for my son who got sick. He went out of his way to call people and find us one. He was very flexible and accommodating. He is also very fun to be around and easy going. We would highly recommend him! Thank you Hero!!!!

Hero:

Thank you very much for writing kind reference. Your family was kind and followed my decision. So I could guide very smoothly. Also thank you very much for treating me many times at foods market and restaurant. I had great day with you. Thank you very much for hiring me. See you someday in USA.

Holly Holly United States ( Family )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Hero! The name says it all! ”

Hero is very knowledgeable, and more importantly a pleasure to spend time with while touring Kyoto and Osaka. He is quite the foodie and will highlight the better restaurants in the area by comparing 3 different foodie sites to choose the right one for you! We ate and drank our way around, also touring the many beautiful sites of the area, and all the while Hero took fabulous photos for us. This way we could soak it all in without having to look through a lens. So appreciated 🥰.

Hero:

Thank you very much for sweet compliment. I had really great time with your family. I also could learn many thing from you, Greg, Reed and Tessa. In addition, thank you for showing great view from your super high room. I felt I became a millionaire for short period. See you someday in USA. Bests for all of your great family. ;)

Lindsey Lindsey United States ( Family )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Hero was awesome ! ”

Hero was a great tour guide in Kyoto. He communicated well with me during the planning process prior to the trip. We were able to organize an itinerary that was comfortable and entertaining for the group of 11 adults. Hero went out of his way to many times throughout the day, taking pics, organizing Kimono rentals, and communicating with transport. I would highly recommend booking Hero for your next trip to Kyoto!

Hero:

Thank you very much for writing sweet reference. It was the best season for cherry blossom!All of your family loved to be a model for my photos. So I could enjoy shooting whole day!! About 400 shoots!? I was happy we could surprise your family by wearing Kimono. And I also enjoyed taking photos for all of you!!I wish I could meet up with you someday in USA. Say hi to all of your family! Hug!! ;)

Zachary Zachary United States ( Couple )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Wonderful Guide ”

Hero was an amazing guide and a great person. He is especially wonderful with kids. Highly recommended!

Hero:

We had a good day in Kyoto. Sandra and Elizabeth were interested in Japanese culture and foods. So I was happy to guide you more and more. I hope we can meet up again someday. Thank you for choosing me as a guide.

Seng Wing Seng Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Enthusiastic and knowledgeable ”

Our first time in Kyoto and very glad we saw it through Hero's experienced and knowledgeable local eyes and sensibilities. We went through Nishiki market, crossing Kamo river on Shijo bridge to Gion, visited several temples, he took on the role as our photographer making sure to captured images of us at places we visited. Helped us make a booking at a tempura restaurant we wanted to get into during the very busy sakura season in Kyoto. Friendly, approachable, flexible - we have already decided to come back to Kyoto to see more of it, hopefully with Hero again soon.

Hero:

Thank you for your sweet reference. Seng and Edward were polite guests. They respect Japanese foods culture, life style, custom and local people. So I was also happy to introduce it to them through Kyoto city. In addition, they have multicultural background. I wish I could travel like you. I hope we can meet up again near future. See you until then! ;)

‪Jessica ‪Jessica United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Tours around Osaka and Kyoto ”

As a family of thirteen with 5 children under 12, we were not an easy task to manage so Hero was exceptionally helpful in escorting us around Kyoto and Osaka. Although he planned a detailed itinerary before our arrival, he was extremely accommodating to everyone's needs and allowed us to tour these cities at our own pace - this definitely made things way less stressful. One downside in touring with such a large group with a stroller was the public transportation on the bus (the subway in Oasaka was much easier!), but Hero was very accommodating and adjusted the itinerary to fit out needs. Also, it can be quite hard herding our group together to share information, but Hero was very knowledgeable at answering any questions we may have had. All-in-all, we were not an easy group, but ... read more

Hero:

Thank you very much for hiring me!Well,,,I played rugby as you played. So this 2 days was kind of rugby team. I tried to be a nice piece of your big group. But I am sure I could not guide several sightseeing spot without your family support. Mahalo!!!In addition, kids were crazy but always made me happy. They were not complicated but purely simple nice kids!!I could enjoy spending time with them. Kyoto and Osaka people does not use Hawaiian time or Okinawan time. But I can switch it. So Hawaiian thinking way reminded me my Okinawa life!I hope to see you in Hawaii or US mainland!All the best for your amazing family!!

Despina Despina Australia ( Friends )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Thank you Hero! ”

Hero was the perfect guide to Kyoto! He explained so much of the culture, the customs, the temples, the food! It made a huge difference to our trip to have Hero host us in Kyoto - like having a good friend show us around. Thank you so much

Hero:

Ευχαριστώ!! Gratefully Despina family and Paul family respect Japanese custom and foods a lot. We exchanged many local background, fishing knowledge and language. We had great fun time even cold and rainy weather. I was happy to guide all of you. I hope you will explore exotic Japanese foods in next 2 weeks more and more. Maybe Evander can make some Japanese sentence soon!! I'm looking forward to seeing his growth. Have a good trip!!

Jessamine Jessamine Philippines ( Family )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ A Hero's welcome in Osaka ”

Our Osaka tour with Hiro was amazing. Even the restaurants he took us were all delicious, with a lot to choose from which made it enjoyable for everyone in the family (especially since not everyone likes raw food). He was also able to manage the last minute changes we had on our itinerary and made sure that we are able to cover as much as we can during the tour. He even made sure that we get to Nunobiki falls in Kobe (which we badly wanted). We really appreciate the information he was able to provide, be it about japanese cuisines/culture, to shrines and marine animals we saw at the aquarium. In addition to being a tour guide he's also a good photographer so you wouldn't have to worry capturing those candid moments. All in all, we truly enjoyed Hiro's company. He wasn't just our tour guide... read more

Hero:

It was a great honor to guide Jessamine family for 2 days. And there were surprising event also while I was guiding. I also did not know about John's surprise. I was like a Ivy. So I got a lot of happiness from all of you many times. You guys are such a warm family. Also I was happy many times due to your Japanese foods compliment. You love Kushikatsu, Sushi, Syabusyabu, Crab meat.... And now I really want to know Philippines local foods. I have had Philippine good banana and pineapple though. All of your family were very kind to me. So I was comfortable to guide for you. Thank you for appreciating my photos. Some photos were bad. But I hope your family will like it. Thank you very much again for hiring me!!Salamat po!!Kind regards, Hiroshi

Alex Alex United States ( Couple )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ A real gem of a guide ”

My wife and I travel all over the world and I have had many guides in many different countries, but I have never had one as good as Hero. He not only knows the history and details about all the sites, but he added a tremendous amount of local comments and flavor that made our day with him one wevwill never forget. We gave him an idea of what we wanted him to do, and he significantly exceeded our expectations. If I had another son, I would want him to be just like Hero. A real gem of a person who made our day with him very special.

Hero:

Alex, Gloria, Sarah and Eddy kept me entertained always!It was like kind of American comedy movie such as euro trip!!For you, Asian trip!!We exchange many local knowledge, teasing way and night life survival skills. I was happy when you were interested in Japanese history in Osaka castle. And also all of you guys were so curious about Japanese foods diversity. I impressed many times by your attitude for Japanese history, custom, foods and local thinking. I hope I will get a old like you guys!Have a good trip in next destinations. And have a fun with cool buddies, Gloria, Sarah and alcoholic Eddy!!Love you all! ;)

Carla Carla United States
Excellent
8 months ago

“ Kyoto with Hero ”

We had a great day in Kyoto with Hero! We ended up being very delayed arriving due to our ship docking later than scheduled but Hero waited! He suggested edits to our schedule based on this. Hero knew his way around the city and navigated his way around the crazy subway system like a pro. He was very friendly and also very helpful with our two toddlers. He also was great at taking photos for us and our large group. Thank you Hero!

Hero:

Thank you very much for your sweet reference. You are very welcome! I could also enjoy with everyone. Thank you again for choosing me!

Jordan Jordan United States ( Friends )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ Hero met us at Kansai airport and toured us through Kobe ”

We had a great day with Hero this past week. His English is excellent and he knows the Kansai region very well. Even though he doesn't live in Kobe, he took us on a great tour of the city. We asked him to take 5 of us out for a private food and drink tour, and he found many interesting places to take us. I would recommend him to anyone.

Hero:

Thank you very much for your sweet reference. Mahalo e!!Team cory was such a awesome group. I also enjoyed a lot with all of you. I am sure cory wedding will be succeed in June. Thank you for choosing me.

Nicole Nicole Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ Fantastic first day in Kyoto with Hiroshi!!! ”

As a family with teenage boys, we couldn’t have had a better guide! Hiroshi was fun, knew just what would interest the boys, great to chat with and knew where to get the best melon pan in Kyoto! We can’t thank him enough for our awesome day!

Hero:

Thank you for choosing me as your guide. I am really honored to hear you say that. I also enjoy chatting with your nice talkative family. Have a good time in Nara and Hiroshima!! ;)

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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Kobe , Shiga , Nagoya

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