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Yoshihisa

Licensed Guide
  (88) Reviews
Send message only 5 days available in October
$ 37 Hourly rate Price up to 5 people
It is desirable to carry overseas travel insurance because the guide is not liable for any damage or loss incurred during the tour. It is also requested to bring enough Japanese yen with you because some restaurants and taxis do not accept credit cards.
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Last updated: 2 days ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Hyogo , Kobe , Mie

Languages Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )

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(88) Reviews
Hourly rate 37 USD Price up to 5 people
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About

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?

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Price

The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

Duration
1 Person
Up to 5 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $37.48 $37.48 $4.68
4 Hours $149.92 $149.92 $18.73
8 Hours $299.85 $299.85 $37.46

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 10 maximum

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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.

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.

What happens after I book a tour?

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Is the price per person or per group?

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.

Can I add more people to my booking?

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.

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 ( 88 )
Josephine Josephine United States
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Excellent ”

Yoshi is a great tour guide. He was very informative and patient. We did the full day Kyoto tour and we added a couple of locations, so he spent over 11 hours with us. We took the public transportation which he easily navigated us through. I highly recommend Yoshi!

Yoshihisa:

Hi Josephine. Have your returned home safely with lots of nice memories and and souvenirs? I had a very nice time guiding you around Kyoto although it was pretty dark at the last attraction, Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine. I appreciate your kind review for my tour. If you have another chance of visiting Kansai region, be sure to get in touch. With best regards, Yoshie

Brett Brett Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ 5 Hour Tour ”

Yoshi is a great tour guide. Very accommodating to our requests and needs. He had an excellent 5 hour tour organized. Very friendly, and informative. Highly recommended.

Yoshihisa:

Hi Brett. Thank you very much for your nice review. I am glad that your family enjoyed eating snacks and yakitori - grilled chiken that they liked. I hope you have returned home safely with lots of nice memories and souvenirs of Japan. Next time you visit Kansai region, be sure to get in touch. Best regards, Yoshie

Jim Jim United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ A fascinating, full day with Yoshie ”

We just spent a full, fascinating and delightful day being guided through Kyoto by Yoshihisa. We visited many of the major sites, which he curates beautifully, and we never felt rushed nor stressed. A former English teacher, Yoshie is a wealth of history, stories, poems and puns. If you are visiting Kyoto for the first time, I highly recommend spending your first day with Yoshie.

Yoshihisa:

Hi Jim. I really appreciate your kind words of gratitude. I am very pleased to learn that you and your wife enjoyed yesterday's tour with me. I hope you will continue a nice trip and return home safely with lots of pleasnt memories in Japan. Next time you visit Japan in early April or late November, be sure to get in touch, please. Thank you again. With best wishes, Yoshie

Meg Meg United Kingdom ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Amazing Kyoto and Nara tour with Yoshie! ”

Yoshie is an extremely knowledgeable guide, he showed us (a family of 5 - children aged 16,13 and 10) the highlights of Kyoto and Nara across 3 days. He is full of interesting and amusing facts as well as being a kind, thoughtful and generous guide. A particular highlight was our meal in a traditional Izakaya restaurant - SUCH fun!! Thank you Yoshie!

Yoshihisa:

Hi Meg, Thank you very much for your quick and kind review for my tour. It has been terribly hot for the three days in Kyoto and Nara. I appreciate your patience, listening to me attentively in spite of the heat and humidity. Yesterday we had a karaoke party near the izakaya restaurant and I told the chef that you and your family had been very pleased with your meals and kind hospitality. He was also delighted to hear it. I hope you will continue a pleasant trip and return home safely with lots of nice memories and souvenirs. Next time you visit Kansai region, be sure to get in touch, please. With the best wishes, Yoshie

Benjamin Benjamin Mexico ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ BEST DAY IN JAPAN! ”

The tour with yoshie was extraordinary! We had a excelente day, full of fun and sightseeing. Yoshie was very knowledgeable on all of the places we vistited in Kyoto. His explanations and english were perfect. During the tour he adapted very well with our pace and Requests. Overall it was one of the best tours in japan with the best guide in japan! Yoshie is an excelent human being, we really enjoyed his company very much!

Yoshihisa:

Hi Benjamin, I am very pleased to have your wonderful review for my tour in Kyoto. Thank you so much. I am also glad that you and your family liked each and every site we visited in My Favorite Golden Tour. I hope you will have a pleasant trip in Nara and Osaka, too. Be sure to get in touch next time you visit Kansai region, please. With best wishes, Yoshie

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