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Licensed Guide
  (126) Reviews
Send message only 3 days available in September
$ 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 )

(126) Reviews
Hourly rate 29 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.


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 $18.40
4 Hours $117.76 $117.76 $73.60
8 Hours $235.52 $235.52 $147.20

* Duration: 3 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 21 maximum

Private Tours

1 day special customized tour in Kyoto

(126) 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 $ 230 up to 15 people

6hour Kyoto exciting private tour

(126) 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 $ 193 up to 8 people

One day tour From Gion to the Nishiki Market

(126) 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 $ 184 up to 10 people

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

(126) 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 $ 64 up to 5 people

Katsura Imperial Villa and Fushimi Inari

(126) 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 $ 129 up to 6 people

NijyoCastle, time slip to Edo period

(126) 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 $ 46 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 ( 126 )
Marjorie Marjorie United States ( Family )
1 week ago

“ Great day with friendly and knowledgeable guide ”

We booked Toshio last minute and she did a great job choosing sites that fit our needs.


Dear Marjorie Thank you very much for having me as your guide. And I appreciate your warm hearted review. I am afraid we walked too much on a hot day. It was nice meeting you and your beautiful family. Thank you. Toshiyo

Anne Anne United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Good overview of Kyoto ”

Toshiyo was very knowledgeable. She chose a meeting place near the train station that was easy to find, and she was prompt. We had limited time and she selected several top attractions that gave us a good overview of Kyoto. Her English is very good. She offered us the option of public transport, but we chose taxis because our time was limited and we visited on a very hot day.


Thank you very much for having me as your guide. I appreciate you visiting Kyoto all the way from Osaka port. I wish you had more time so that I could show to more peaceful places. Thank you very much. Toshiyo

Jerome Jerome Israel ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Toshiyo was all we could have wanted in a guide for Kyoto and Nara ”

Toshiyo was a patient guide---working with us in advance to plan what we wanted to see. We had many suggestions and she always responded well. Even after we in the midst of the Kyoto touring, she was willing to make adjustments when we thought of other places that we wanted to visit. Toshi was always prompt and pleasant. And, her command of English was very good. When there were sites with which she was not totally familiar, she always made sure that there was an appropriate "volunteer" English speaking guide to be with us. If I had one very small suggestion it would be that she slow her walking a bit when necessary.


Dear Jerome Thank you very much for having me as a guide. I hope you could see as many places as possible during your limited precious time. Also I hope you enjoyed and liked Kyoto and Nara. And I feel very sorry for have walked too fast even when there ware ups and downs. I appreciate having me for three days and a half day. I hope to see you again some day. Best regards. Toshiyo

Marie Marie Australia ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Amazing Kyoto ”

We were a group of four friends on a cruise. We caught the bullet train to Koyoto. In all my dealing with Tosi she was very prompt. Also allowing us to change our time to an hour earlier . We could never have seen all the wonderful sights we visited without Tosi. She was very patient and walked to our pace while still keeping us on track.We would highly recommend Tosi services. Many thanks Tosi for showing us your wonderful city. Marie Mal Joan & Peter.


Dear Marie,Mal,Joan and Peter, Thank you very much for warm hearted review. I appreciate you having me as a guide. I am also glad to know you enjoyed the day. Thank you very much for visiting Kyoto all the way from Kobe port. Please come back again to see cherry trees and autumn leaves. Best regards. Toshiyo

Manaswini Manaswini United Kingdom ( Family )
1 month ago

“ kyoto day trip ”

The tour was waste of money . She wasn't explaining neither making it an interesting tour.


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.