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$ 40 Hourly rate Price up to 5 people
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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara

Languages Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )

(26) Reviews
Hourly rate 40 USD Price up to 5 people
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Hi everyone! My name is Lisa.
Thank you very much for checking out my profile.
I am originally from Osaka, Japan, and completed my Bachelor’s Degree from Kyoto Prefecture University in architecture. During my stay in Kyoto I volunteered as a tour guide for foreign visitors.
After graduation I moved to Tokyo and worked in the marketing and promotions field. On weekends I continued to work as a tour guide volunteer in Tokyo.
I have also studied at the University of California, Irvine and worked for a tech company in Anaheim California. It was great oppotuniay for me to see Japan from foreigner's perspective.

My happiness for meeting new people and learning my own culture through guiding foreign visitors kept increasing and that made me decide to become a professional tour guide.
I offer tailor-made tours for individuals or groups. I have met a lot of wonderful people through tour guiding and look forward to the many more friends I will make.

My strength is the stock of Japan's historical and architectural knowledge, which I believe makes your Japan experience fun and interesting especially when you are visiting Japan's old capitals.
During my tour I will share with you historical contents of places or structures you are visiting so that you can understand the reason why you meet present Japan. I have friendly and mindful nature which will make your Japan experience greater!

Please feel free to message me if you have any question about your Japan trip!

Hope to see you soon in my tour.


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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 ( 26 )
camilla Camilla Brazil ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Lucky if you Have her! ”

Lisa was absolutly amazing, kind, easygoing, and so good with all the rich information about the coulture and history. We were so lucky to Have her in Kyoto! We wanted to keep her for at least two more days! Took us to an excellent restaurant and gave us so many tips about everything. We are grateful! Thank you Lisa!!!

Michael Michael United Kingdom ( Couple )
2 months ago

“ Osaka, Kyoto and Nara with Lisa ”

What an amazing experience. Spent 4 days with Lisa early November visiting many of the major sights in Osaka Kyoto and Nara. Lisa has a wealth of knowlege on Japanese history and culture, she is very organised but also adaptable to late changes to the schedule, as she did in our case. Prior to our holiday Lisa put in an enormous amount of work into providing us with a detailed itinerary and information for each of our 4 days, which meant we did not waste a second. Lisa has a lovely personality, kind,caring, speaks perfect English and is a joy to be with. By the end of our time with her we felt we had become firm friends. Thank you Lisa for a wonderful 4 days and am sure we will will visit Japan again and hopefully meet up with you. Michael & Mary Day

Aileen Aileen United States ( Family )
2 months ago

“ Kyoto tour ”

My sister and I had a Kyoto tour with Lisa and she planned an excellent itinerary based on our interests. She took us to great temples and was thoroughly knowledgeable at each place. We also went to Nishiki Market and learned a lot from her about Japanese history, food and culture. We really enjoyed our time with Lisa throughout the day. My sister wasn’t feeling well and Lisa even made time to take us to and help at a pharmacy. She is an wonderful guide and very enjoyable to be around!

Claro Claro Philippines ( Family )
2 months ago

“ Two fantastic days in Kyoto & Nara with the best guide ever: Lisa!!! ”

With just a few days before our trip to Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Kobe, I was exasperated over finalizing an itinerary considering the variety and number of must-see sites in the Kansai region. I knew I couldn’t cover them all with my family and needed help pritoritizing and planning the visits and the train and subway trips and, of course, the walking routes. A friend recommended that I search for and book a guide on-line and my search led me to Triple Lights and eventually to Lisa Watanabe. I booked her for our swing to Kyoto and Nara; one day per city. Lisa is an angel sent from heaven! Before the trip, she painstakingly and patiently coordinated with me in planning the itinerary. Because of the many options, I had to keep changing the itinerary and Lisa graciously accommodated all... read more

Alisha Alisha United States ( Family )
2 months ago

“ We didn't just get a tour guide, we got a friend! ”

Lisa was an absolutely amazing tour guide for us! With limited time in Kyoto, she was able to arrange a schedule that included the main sights of Kyoto, Himeji Castle, and a tour of Nara. My mother's knees can give her trouble and so Lisa was very accommodating with our plans and went at a good pace for us. She really does do her best to develop a tour that is best for her specific customers needs and their interests. Lisa wants you to have a wonderful experience and the help and information she shares really shows that. She is intelligent, fun, informative, and friendly! We loved the time we spent with her and if we were ever fortunate enough to return to Japan, we would book her as a guide again in a heart beat! We really did feel like we now have a new friend because she was so wonderfu... read more