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  (7) Reviews
Send message only 12 days available in September
$ 33 Hourly rate Price up to 4 people
I don't have a fixed schedule so you can let me know your preferences and I'll try my best to suit your wishes.
I could guide you in other cities if you can cover the cost of transportation.
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Last updated: 5 days ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto

Languages English ( Professional ), Japanese ( Native ), Dutch ( Beginner ), French ( Beginner ), Swedish ( Beginner )

(7) Reviews
Hourly rate 33 USD Price up to 4 people
( Max : 6 People )
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Yuki, a happy, smiley, friendly, easygoing and open-minded guide with a lot of traveling/living abroad experience is here! I'm not a walking guidebook kind of guide, but rather I'd love to show you Kyoto with new insights through true interactions.

I was born and raised in Tokyo but moved to Kyoto to study for 4 years. Later I went to the Netherlands for a master's degree (in urban studies) for 2 years and then traveled for 20 months in Europe and Asia. Finally I came back to Kyoto in 2019 March. I have also lived in the US, Finland and Sweden.

I always travel whenever I find time, and in my lifetime (about 27 years so far) I've spent more than 3 years in total travelling around, visiting about 60 countries. I always use CouchSurfing so that I can meet locals. It's great to have the local knowledge and exchange thoughts and ideas, which I'd love to share with you as a guide.

I am open to any kind of tour, so all is up to you. You can give me all the wishes in the world and I'll try my best to tailor a fun tour for you! I'm especially interested in food, cycling, transportation, urbanism, society and culture, but I'm generally interested in everything.

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4.8 (7) Reviews
Very Good

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.

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Is the price per person or per group?

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Can I add more people to my booking?

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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 ( 7 )
Sara Sara United States ( Family with kids )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Two days in Kyoto ”

We had a great two days with Yuki! He did everything on our itinerary and spoke good English. Yuki met us at the port in Kobe and Osaka (on a cruise ship) and guided us to Kyoto each day to explore. Thanks Yuki!

Marzena Marzena United States
2 months ago

“ Personal and fun ”

Yuki gave us everything that we asked for: we wanted a Kyoto tour through the eyes of the local: we wanted to see how people live and what are their habits. We also hit some of the famous and as well less famous tourist "must see." We got to try the food gems at great and hidden spots. Yuki knows the city extremely well and was able to guide us through the amazing transportation network, and that was efficient and fun at the same time. I also want to mention that Yuki has a great personality and after spending two days with him, we felt like we were old friends! Yuki's English command is perfect, so we were able to ask all the questions that were in our minds. Yuki also went out of his way to make our experience perfect! He even bought us fermented beans to try because we were wonderin... read more

Lye Kuen Lye Singapore ( Family )
2 months ago

“ Enjoying Kyoto with Yuki ”

We had Yuki as our guide on 25 and 26 Jun 2019. Our group of four comprised of my 90-year old mum and my friend's 77-year old mum. As our mums couldn't walk for long distances, we brought 2 wheelchairs along with us. Yuki accompanied us sightseeing using public transport like buses and train. Although the buses were crowded at times, we managed with Yuki's help. Yuki is friendly and sincere. He was very caring and he kept the pace suitable for us. He introduced and explained to us the Japanese culture & history. He readily gave a helping hand to my friend in handling the wheelchair for her mum. Without any hesitation, I recommend Yuki as your guide although he is new to conducting tours. Thank you Yuki.


I enjoyed guiding you around, especially with a lot of laughter thanks to your humor. :D Thank you for choosing me as your guide, and spoiling me with desserts!

Michael Michael Viet Nam ( Family with kids )
2 months ago

“ An excellent day with a great guide ”

Yuki was our guide around Kyoto for the day. I have only 1 word for this experience and it is “excellent”!!! My family and I had a wonderful time. Yuki was patient with my 11 year old and all her questions. He was able to give us a good explanation of all the places we visited as well some extras. Yuki took us to a fantastic restaurant which we thoroughly enjoyed. If you have a chance to have Yuki as your guide is do it!!! You won’t be disappointed.


I also enjoyed guiding you and the family all around Kyoto. I'm always glad to see a child with a lot of curiosities! Hopefully we'll see each other again soon in Vietnam!

Kathleen Kathleen United States ( Couple )
3 months ago

“ Hidden Treasures of Kyoto ”

We asked Yuki to show us some of the sights that (a) he considered interesting and (b) are largely ignored by most foreign visitors. He delivered! His English is excellent and he proved a pleasant and capable companion for our wander around Kyoto.


I'm glad you liked my selection. I enjoyed taking you to unknown places that I don't get to visit very often and talking about everything.