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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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.
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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 had the good fortune to connect with Yoshi. He was warm, friendly and truly engaged in tailoring our experience to what we were interested in. His English skills were superb. His knowledge extensive and he has a passion to learn more. Definitely a good choice.
We had an A-1 experience with Yoshi. He met us at the Nara station and immediately began the tour. We visited the agreed sites, Todaiji temple, Iesuyen Garden and the Nara Deer Park (easily the highlight for my family!) But he also went out of his way in explaining the various elements of the temples we visited and took us around the old Nara town and marketplace. What I especially enjoyed was our trip to a sake store for sake tasting, but as he found out we were enjoying, offered to even take us to his own favorite sake hangout at the Kintetsu line station, where we lingered, met up with other customers, who in turn took us to their favorite bars! What a great treat for all of us to experience the local drinking culture and all past the agreed time! Not only that, but Yoshi invited us to try his favorite sake standing bar in Namba the following evening, making a special trip to Osaka to join us after watching a concert in his home town that afternoon! We are so grateful for his hospitality and introducing us to so many friendly people wherever we went. I would highly recommend Yoshi san to anyone looking for a nice day in Nara, or even Osaka. His business card says that "this moment will never happen again", and we truly felt how meaningful that was for him in the way he welcomed us in Japan.
Yoshie-san gave us a day tour of major sights in Kyoto. We were able to see Kinkaku-ji, Ryoan-ji, Ninnaji, Jojako-ji, Bamboo Forest and Nonomiya Shrine, Tenryu-ji, Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine with a thousand tori gates, and end the day with a great Izakaya experience! We couldn't have done it without Yoshie-san's guidance. He also oriented us to the city so that we were able to navigate it by ourselves for the next couple of days and visit other sites at our leisure. Thank you Yoshie-san!
Yoshie was absolutely fantastic. He was very nice and accommodating, and helped specialize the tour and sites to meet our individual wants/desires. Yoshie was very informative and provided insight to details that we would not have noticed without him. It was a pleasure to spend the day with Yoshie and we would recommend him to anyone visiting Kyoto.
Yoshi was wonderful showing us around Nara on a very hot day. Very knowledgeable. Lovely day. Would strongly recommend him. Traveler's tip: because it was so hot, we took a taxi twice while in Nara. Each time under 1000 yen so very much worth having the air conditioned ride as a quick rest!