My name is Kazuo Sumi. I was born in Kyoto and I have been teaching English in Kyoto since 1976. I went to University of London to study Linguistics from 1985 to 1986. I have ever shown Japanese culture to a lot of people from the schools abroad, teachers, staffs, and students. I really enjoyed being with those people studying Japnese culture. I'd like to enjoy more, showing how interesting Japanese culyure is.
P.S. I can work as a tour guide mainly on Saturday and Sunday. Besides, I can do so if I don't have any classes at school, for example, Summer Holidays, Winter Holidays and Spring Holidays. What's more, I have a chance to do so even on weekdays when the school has some events without any classes, such as an excursion day, an athletic meeting day and so on. Please try to get contact with me if you are interested in culture of Kyoto and other places.
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 5 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 5 hours minimum and 9 hours maximum per day.
* People: 9 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.
I met Kazuo my guide for the day at the train station. He is a very knowledgeable and kind gentleman showing me the top sights of his home town Kyōto- in a very dense time frame. Always conscious of time to see the most relevant sights but also always ensuring my personal well being - great! Thank you / arigatou gozaimasu ! I will be back !
Dear Astrid, Thank you for your comment. I'm very gald to hear that you learned some of Japanese history and culture through our tour. I hope you will come back to Kyoto again and we will try to see more about Kyoto together. Thanks, Kazuo Sumi
Kazuo deftly guided us on a day excursion, bringing his considerable expertise and knowledge to bear on our rough ideas to create a truly memorable day. Well spoken and thoughtful, he's also quite funny. He planned our itinerary to be the most efficient possible, and was even able to add a few new sites for us. We were only sorry we couldn't have a second day with him in Kyoto!
Dear Maryanne, Thank you for your message. I really appriciate your nice cooperation on that day. Thanks to your interest in Jaapanese culture, I myself enjoyed the tour with you. I wish you could come to Japan again and enjoy another tour with me. Please send my best regards to your husband. Thanks, Kazuo Sumi
I am still talking to all my friends as to how wonderful it was to see Kyoto with Mr.Kazuo. We missed meeting each other in Nara as planned on the first day due to confusion of the train station exits.and after spending the following day with this wonderful guide and meeting such a nice person I regret the loss of my extra half a day association with him.he was educating,understanding and just great company.thank you Mr.Kazuo for making my vacation wonderful.
Dear Vasudha, Thank you for your review. I really appreciate your nice cooperation during the tour. You walked a lot and sometimes ran with me. Thanks to you, we could finish all the itinerary even though it was a bit tough schedule. You were really interested in all of the things you saw on that day. Here I express my hearty thnks to you and I do hope we will meet again sometime in the future. See you, Kazuo Sumi