Hi. My name is Yoshihisa Tashiro. 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?
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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.
We spent eight hours touring with Yoshie and it was the best day we spent in Kyoto. He speaks English very well and was extremely knowledgeable about all of the places we visited. It was a real pleasure spending the day with him.
My husband and I booked Yoshihisa for private tours for 3 and 1/2 days. We did a walking night and dinner tour in Osaka going to places we never could have tried without him. The next several days we saw Nara, Kobe, and Kyoto. We did a lot of walking and saw Temples, Shrines, parks, gardens, food districts, shopping districts, and a harbor. Some places we wanted. Some places he suggested. It was a wonderful tour. Yoshihisa was very prepared and gave us history or background information on all the sites we visited. It was so nice to have Yoshihisa navigate the subways, trains, and streets. And lastly, Yoshihisa was a very nice person to be with for 4 days. I definitely recommend him.
Yoshie was an excellent and well-informed guide who made the most of our half-day tour of Kyoto. Each stop along our way was amazing, and Yoshie made them even more interesting with his knowledge of the places. He even made time to finish his itinerary well after our time was up, and I only wish we had booked a full day. Thanks, Yoshie!
Yoshihisa is an excellent tour guide for he's very helpful, honest, friendly and knowledgeable about the places that he took us to. He also communicated well with me during the booking and before the tour. Our group really enjoyed this tour with him being our guide. I would definitely recommend him.
Yoshihisa is an excellent guide that we enjoyed being with.