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Licensed Guide
  (86) Reviews
Send message fully booked in March
$ 32 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: 2 days ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Shiga , Wakayama

Languages English ( License ), Japanese ( Fluent )

(86) Reviews
Hourly rate 32 USD Price up to 12 people
( Max : 21 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.

4.5 (86) Reviews
Very Good


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 $31.50 $31.50 $18.00
4 Hours $126.00 $126.00 $72.00
8 Hours $252.00 $252.00 $144.00

* Duration: 3 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 21 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 ( 86 )
Tina Tina United States ( Friends )
16 hours ago

“ Knowledgeable guide ”

Toshiyo knows quite a bit about the history of Kyoto, I believe she mentioned that she's lived there all her life. She did walk a bit too quickly for my friend and I who are in our 60's, but I think it was because she wanted us to see the sights that we had requested (also we like to souvenir shop). Toshiyo's English is good and we were able to communicate with her very well.


Dear Tina Thank you very much for your review. I am afraid I walked too fast. I should have been careful about your condition. I hope you had a great time in Wakayama and Shiokojku. Thanks again. Toshiyo

Mark Mark United States ( Family )
1 week ago

“ Awesome day in Kyoto with Toshiya! ”

Toshiya was a great guide for my daughter and myself. We had some emergency medical issues and we needed to move the time for meeting back by 1 hour. Toshiya was so understanding and very responsive by email. It allowed us to get some sleep and not mess up the entire tour. Toshiya is very knowledgeable about Kyoto and the history and really had great ideas of what to visit and when to go there. She knows the buses, the trains and the sights of the city and made a very enjoyable day for myself and my daughter (19 years old). Great tour guide and would love to spend another day with her if we had time.


Dear Mark Thank you very much for your warm hearted review. I really appreciate it.As I was getting to know about you, you seemed very high ranked. And your beautiful daughter was so attractive. I hope she has fully recovered. It was much pleasure showing around my city. I was very happy meeting you. Thank you for contacting me. Best regards. Toshiyo

Mervyn Mervyn Canada ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Pleasant day in Kyoto ”

Very informative and pleasant to be around. Accommodating to our needs Friendly and really had a nice day


Dear Mervyn Thank you very much for your warm hearted review. You are so gentle and knowledgeable. I was much impressed with your beautiful families you have. Best regards. Toshiyo

Justin Justin United States ( Family )
Very Good
2 weeks ago

“ Day Trip in Kyoto ”

Our day with Toshi was a good experience. We had the chance to visit several shrines and popular areas in Kyoto. Toshi was familiar with most of the places that we asked her to take us and was able to figure out how to get us to places less commonly visited by tourists. Her English was very strong and we had no issues communicating with her. One suggestion for a group would be to stay together when moving through crowds with Toshi as she didn't always pay attention to where other members of the group were, thus requiring us to stop and find them periodically.


Dear Justin and your beautiful family Thank you for your warm hearted review. I am very sorry about not paying attention to where you were at Kiyomizudera. I hope you can come back again in autumn season. Thanks again. Best regards. Toshiyo

Scott Scott United States ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Let a Local Be Your Guide ”

We travelled to Kyoto for a day-trip from Tokyo, and we wanted to make the most of our limited time in the city. Toshiyo organized an incredible day that helped us see parts of the city we would not have visited on our own.


Dear Scott Thank you very much for your warm hearted review. I really appreciate it. Please come back again to explore the western part of Kyoto. Best regards. Toshiyo