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
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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.
Yoshie was great. His knowledge of the area and English skills are a blessing for our trip in Kyoto. Be prepared to walk a lot and fast since there are many places to see in a single day. I would recommend for teenagers and up and not suitable for young children since there’s lot of waking involve.
Hi Vincent, Thank you very much for your kind words of gratitude. I also had a nice time guiding you and your family around Kyoto. I am pleased that your family kept up with my walkiing speed. If you have another chance of visiting Kansai region, be sure to get in touch with me, please. With best wishes, Yoshie
Yoshi was a great guide. He is very knowledgeable. He speaks English well and helped us accomplish our goal of being able to navigate 4 more days in Kyoto entirely on our own.
Hi Rem, Thank you very much for your kind review for my tour in Kyoto. I hope you had a very pleasant tour for the rest of your stay in Kyoto. Be sure to get in touch with me if you have another chance of visiting Kansai region. I wish you the best of luck! With warmest regards, Yoshie
Yoshi was a great guide. We appreciated the stories he shared and how he gave us a feel for the city. Thoughtful, kind, generous man. We loved being able to be with someone who would focus on what we were interested in. Definitely recommend Yoshi!
Hi Deborah, It is a great honor and pleasure to have such a superb review for my tour in Kyoto. I also enjoyed myself guiding you around the gardens, the temple and the shrine. It was good too to be able to see some cherry trees still in blossom. If there is another chance of visiting Kansai region, be sure to get in touch, please. With warmest regards, Yoshie
Yoshie was AMAZING! We had such an enjoyable trip to Nara with Yoshie. He was an excellent tour guide who taught us about the culture. We really appreciate it Yoshie and my family had a wonderful time. He also is very flexible with schedule and time. Recommend him wholeheartedly for an awesome trip.
Hi Trisha, Thank you very much for a wonderful review for my tour in Nara. I was pleased to see you and Mo enjoying feeding some deer a lot near Nigatsu-do Hall of Tohdai-ji Temple. It was also nice to be able to visit Asuka ni Imasu Shrine and Asuka-dera Temple. I hope you will return home safely with lots of good memory and souvenirs. With warmest regards, Yoshie
Yoshie was at the well described meeting point, sign in hand with a gift of origami figures crafted by his wife for our grandson! As a former teacher, his English was good and he was very knowledgeable about the various sites we were able to visit in the short time we had with him. Knowing that our grandson was interested in manga, he arranged for us to visit the Manga Museum which was a big hit. Although we are very active and in good shape, we found his walking pace a bit too fast at times (guess he wanted to make sure we covered all the places we had asked to see)! Over lunch he wrote some very clear notes on suggestions for our next two days in Kyoto. Yoshie took some great photos of us during the day!
Hi Skee, Thank you very much for writing a nice review for the tour in Kyoto. I am sometimes told that I walk too fast. I need to keep this precious advice in mind as a tour guide. Anyway I am glad that your grandson enjoyed visiting the Mnaga Museum. I hope your grandson will come to Kansai region and see me again when he grows older. With best regards, Yoshie