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Licensed Guide
  (137) Reviews
Send message only 5 days available in November
$ 29 Hourly rate Price up to 12 people
I can guide in Kyoto,Nara Osaka Koyasan and Shiga. I can also take guests to Kouyasan . I can also guide you in the evening.
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Last updated: 1 day ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Shiga , Wakayama

Languages English ( License ), Japanese ( Fluent )

(137) Reviews
Hourly rate 29 USD Price up to 12 people
( Max : 22 People )
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I was born and raised in Kyoto.Kyoto has a lot of things to see and experience. Kyoto is an ancient city with a lot of world heritage.
I am happy to show you both traditonal aspects of Japan and modern things.
I use public transportation and I am good at walking.
Also I am very flexible.


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

1 Person
Up to 12 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $29.44 $29.44 $13.80
4 Hours $117.76 $117.76 $55.20
8 Hours $235.52 $235.52 $110.40

* Duration: 3 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 22 maximum

Private Tours

1 day special customized tour in Kyoto

(137) Reviews
by Toshiyo
Kyoto has many beautiful places to visit. I especially would like to take you to the most exciting spots in Kyoto in 1 day. Please pick a few of the option...
7h $ 234 up to 15 people

6hour Kyoto exciting private tour

(137) Reviews
by Toshiyo
概要 You can experience both temples and shrines as well as visit beautiful Japanese bamboo grove and gardens. With my help, you will be able to understand ...
6h $ 197 up to 8 people

One day tour From Gion to the Nishiki Market

(137) Reviews
by Toshiyo
Kyoto is an ancient city, which used to like be the capital of Japan for 1000 years. There are about 1600 temples and 400 shrines and beautiful gardens. It...
5h $ 187 up to 10 people

Experiencing Japanese calligraphy and tea ceremony at a priv...

(137) Reviews
by Toshiyo
You can experience real traditional Japanese tea ceremony privately. I will pick you up at Otsu jr station or Hamaotsu Krishna station. Please feel relaxed...
2h $ 66 up to 5 people

Katsura Imperial Villa and Fushimi Inari

(137) Reviews
by Toshiyo
Katsura Imperial Villa is too beautiful to express! In the early Edo period, Prince Toshihito, who excelled in both literature and the martial art from chi...
4h $ 131 up to 6 people

NijyoCastle, time slip to Edo period

(137) Reviews
by Toshiyo
The castle is located in the center of Kyoto city and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. It was originally built in 1603 as the official K...
2h $ 47 up to 4 people

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 ( 137 )
Loi Loi United States ( Friends )
8 hours ago

“ Kyoto tour in Fall ”

We are group of 8 from California visiting Kyoto in Fall. Toshiyo was our tour guide for 2 days by walking and public transportation.She had shown great integrity, punctual, good knowledge, and very helpful in all aspects. We truly appreciate her charming and tour guide service. We recommend her for anyone. Cheers !!!


Dear Loi and friends, Thank you very much for you having me as your guide. We had beautiful fine days in Kyoto and I am very glad you enjoyed Kyoto. I appreciate your kindness and warm heart you showed me. Please come back again sometime. Best regards. Toshiyo

Steven Steven United States ( Friends )
Very Good
1 week ago

“ Guiding a large group of seniors through kyoto ”

Toshiyo was able to successfully guide a very large group (12 seniors) through subways and trains to see the major sights that we requested in Kyoto. Her command of the English language is excellent and her explanations were clear and helped us understand what we were seeing.


Dear Steven and square dancers Thank you very much for having me as your guide. I am sorry that I might have walked fast but I was glad you could see our main tourist spots successfully. I appreciate your kind review. I hope you will have great time another week in Japan. Thank you. Toshiyo

stephane Stephane Singapore ( Solo )
1 week ago

“ great time in kyoto ”

i spend two great days visiting kyoto with toshiyo. she knows place very well and will guide you to many hidde gems in city.


Dear Stephane Thank you very much for your warm hearted review. I appreciate you having me as your guide. Hope you come back again with your parents. Best regards. Toshiyo

Ramon Ramon United States ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Excellent day with Toshi in Kyoto ”

Our family (16 of us) loved having Toshi guide us through the different sites of Kyoto. We had excellent communication from booking to the end of the tour. She was very flexible and knowledgeable on all the historical sites in Kyoto. I gave her what we wanted to see and she provided input on the best way to cover all of them in 1 day. She provided advice on what to do at each site. She provided historical perspectives to all different sites and pointed other sites along the way. I highly recommend Toshi for anyone visiting Kyoto.


Dear Ramon Thank you very much for your warm hearted review. You have such a beautiful and talented family. Your mother in law is amazing. Hope you have a great impression about Kyoto and Japanese culture. I appreciate you having as a guide. Best regards. Toshiyo

Laura Laura United States ( Couple )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Kyoto/Nara/Osaka Highlights with Toshiyo ”

My husband and I wanted to get the most out of our two-days touring in Kyoto, Nara and Osaka, and Toshiyo made sure that we did. Her knowledge of all the local landmarks is extraordinary, and Toshiyo made it her mission to show us all that she could. From adorable monkeys and deer to majestic castles and shrines, Toshiyo hit all the high notes, making our visit to Kyoto and the surrounding area a memorable one. She was terrific.


Dear Laura and Paul Thank you very much for your warm hearted review and I really appreciate you having me as your guide for your special trip in Japan. I hope you could come visit in spring when time. Thank you. Toshiyo


The oldest wooden temple Horyuji

by Toshiyo
This is the oldest five stories pagoda in the world. It was built in 6th century. On the first floor there were clay figures. They are origi...

Animal lovers

by Toshiyo
We went to owl cafe in Arashiyama. I t was amazing. We could pat many kinds of owls softly. 

Indian family

by Toshiyo
If was a very hot day. On July 24. I took the 10 Indian family members including old couples with hard to walk. To Kinkakuji and Nijyo castl...


by Toshiyo
Today we had calligraphy at my house near Imperial palace. We wrote many paper.   This has been very hot in Kyoto so activities inside the ...

Japanese cemetery

by Toshiyo
CIf you climb up to Fushimi Inari Shrine you can see more sacred and peaceful section. My. Inari is a sacred mountain loved and respect for ...

Kyoto Imperial palace

by Toshiyo
This is at Kyoto IMPERIAL palace garden. Very pretty garden and it has traditional buildings. For free.