Hi. My name is Yoshihisa. Call me "Yoshie", please. It means good or O.K. in Japanese. I live in Joyo City, Kyoto Prefecture, located just in between Kyoto and Nara. I was born and raised in Iga, Mie Prefecture. Iga is a birthplace of ninja and a renowned haiku poet, Matsuo Basho. I might be a descendant of ninja. I aim at becoming a linguistic ninja, following a part of Basho's lifestyle with the incorporation of seasonal changes into my tours. In addition to visiting famous temples and shrines, I invite you to lesser-known places of historic interest.
Once in a month I go hiking or mountain climbing with some friends mainly in mountains surrounding Kyoto and Nara basins. Recently I have got intrigued by the charms of Buddhist statues, which are manifestations of people's wishes and prayers. I also like izakaya (Japanese-style taverns) hopping, tasting delicious dishes and locally brewed sake at reasonable prices. Especially I like communicating with people from home and abroad, talking face to face. Some of the above-mentioned elements are included in my walking tours. I hope you will discover new aspects of cultural and natural beauty in Kansai area through one of my tours which you could never gain otherwise.
One of my favorite phrases that come from Zen Buddhism is Ichigo Ichie or this meeting-but only once in a lifetime. My interpretation goes this way: This place and this moment never cross again. Each and every good encounter, however, lingers on like the sound of a temple bell. Won't you explore a deeper world of Japanese culture in Kyoto, Nara and Osaka with me?
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 5 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 10 maximum
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Yoshi is a wonderful representative for his country. He speaks fluent English. He is passionate about Japanese culture, traditions and history. He is poetic, and has a lively sense of humor. We were impressed by his knowledge of history, and his enthusiasm for his work. He was inexhaustible as a guide and a story teller. We’re most fortunate to have found him. Many, many thanks, Yoshi.
Hi Natalia, It is a great honor to have such a wonderful review for my tour in Kyoto. I am really pleased to learn that you have enjoyed the tour to the full. I hope the memory of our good encounter will long linger on like the sound of a temple bell. ( Ichigo Ichie ) Next time you have another chance of visiting Kansai region, be sure to get in touch, please. With warmest regards, Yoshie
Yoshie was an amazing tour guide! He gave us great historical and social context for each place we visited. His restaurant suggestions were amazing and he was kind enough to think about my dietary restrictions (as I am a vegetarian). He is a wonderful guide! I would highly recommend him!
Hi Ujjival, Thank you very much for your nice comment on my tours in Kyoto. You were the first people who applied for My Favorite Silver Route: Kyoto One-day Tour. And I am awfully pleased that you enjoyed the two tours and the lunch at the two restaurants. If you have another chance of visiting Kansai region, be sure to get in touch, please. With warmest regards, Yoshie
I'm so happy that Yoshie was available to be my guide! He is a terrific combination of educator, storyteller, and superfun companion. We did a day in Osaka and a bespoke tour of Kyoto. Before I even booked him, he was of great assistance, offering advice about how to handle my travel to Osaka. Our day in Kyoto was nothing short of splendid despite the drizzle. The food! The temples! The food! I asked him to take me to the places that he likes to eat and he has very good taste in yummies. I have nothing but praise for him. He deserves all the tourists! I'm already planning my next trip to the Kansai region and will be sure to book Yoshie's time again. If you get a chance, get Yoshie to take you to his favourite izakaya. Yoshie, thanks again and please say hello to Hiro-san for m... read more
Hi Sarah. I really appreciate your heart-warming review for my tours in Osaka and Kyoto. I am very pleased that you loved the restaurans that I took you to. I guess my eating and drinking experiences for the past decade after retirement has helped me a lot for my guiding job. The other day I visited Hiro-san's izakaya and told him that you had been delighted with their tasty dishes and entertaiment, including his silly jokes. Do you treasure his small galss for beer drinking? I hope to see you again in Kansai region. With warmest regards, Yoshie
Yoshi has a wide experience and knowledge in all places we visited. He is very accommodating , informative and helpful. Thank you very much for the wonderful time from meeting us from the hotel, to the tours and sending us back to the train station back to Tokyo. Everything was perfect, Yoshi is not only an excellent tour guide but also as a skillful photographer for our family. We shall absolutely recommend your tour to our friends and relatives and you will be our first call when we visit Kyoto again in the near future .
Hi Winnie. Thank you very much for writing a wonderful review for my tour in Kyoto. I also had a nice time guiding you and your family around. I hope you have returned home with lots of pleasant memories and good souvenirs. I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year, hoping to see you someday soon. With warmest regards, Yoshie
My family and I had a wonderful day on Yoshie’s Favourite Golden Route covering north-western Kyoto. Firstly he obliged with a change request to the itinerary, and he helped us all day across the different transport options to get to the various sights and eventually back to the hotel. Yoshie also recommended other sights in our remaining days in Kyoto that we would enjoy (and we certainly did). His knowledge of the sights and local history was great, his English was excellent, and we really enjoyed his happy, relaxed and engaging manner. He even helped and motivated some of the more lethargic members of our party up the hill to see the monkeys in Arashiyama (one of our itinerary change requests)! All in all, we had a great day visiting some beautifu sights and we would definitely rec... read more
Hi Grant. Thank you very much for your heartwarming review. Thanks to the beautiful autumn day, I also took in the amazing scenery of colored leaves in Arashiyama. I had a wonderful time guiding you and your nice family around the north-western part of Kyoto. I was deeply impressed by your strong affection toward your children, too. Next time you visit Kansai region, be sure to get in touch, please. I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. With warmest regards. Yoshie