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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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.
Perfec day and tour with Youshie; well selected sites to see, very good english, and Youshie really good companion. Highly recommend.
Hi Gintaras. Thank you very much for your nice comment on my tour in Kyoto. I also enjoyed the evening at the izakaya restaurant with you all after the tour. It was a precious experience for me to talk with people from Lithuania. I hope you will return home safely with lots of good memories of Japan and souvenirs. With warmest regards, Yoshie
Had a wonderful day in Nara with Yoshi. He arrived at the port on time and was very organized. Through the day he educated us on the important aspects of what we were seeing and made sure our trip was as smooth as possible. His English is excellent too! We then had a relaxing afternoon in Osaka visiting some wonderful food and drink favorites which we very much enjoyed! Overall a wonderful with a lovely man! Thank you Yoshi from Karen and Steven.
Hi Steven. Thank you very much for your lovely review for my tour in Nara and Osaka. I also had a pleasant time, guiding you and Karen around Nara. I was pleased to see you enjoying kushikatsu and sashimi of tuna at the restaurants in Shin-Sekai ( the New World ). I hope you will get in touch with me if you have another chance of visiting Kasai region. With best wishes, Yoshie
The Golden Route tour with Yoshie was a highlight of our time in Kyoto. It was a day packed with history, natural beauty, and fun. Having a super knowledgeable guide like Yoshie makes temples and shrines a lot more fun to visit than on your own. He provided context and meaning for everything we saw, pointing out details we would have never noticed. His English is excellent and communication was very easy. We covered so much in one day that it would have probably taken us three days if we were left to our own devices. He also took great pictures and brought us to a local izakaya after the tour, which we enjoyed very much as it was not a touristy spot and had excellent good value food and sake. Whether you are in Kyoto for only one day or a few days, I recommend that you spend one of them wi... read more
Hi Anna, I appreciate your heart-warming review for my tour in Kyoto. I am very pleased that you enjoyed My Favorite Golden Route, my silly jokes and the dishes and sake at the izakaya. I also enjoyed your company all the time during the tour. I am looking forward to seeing you again in the near future. I wish you the very best of luck. Yoshie
Yoshie was an excellent guide, and also an exceptionally kind and pleasant person to spend the day with. His Golden Route tour packed a lot of sightseeing into one day, but we still had time to enjoy it, to learn from his detailed knowledge of the sights we were seeing, and to soak in the amazing views and architecture. There was a distinct flow to the day, and to the historical stories that went along with the sites we saw, that tied everything together and really added to the experience. That must have taken him a lot of effort to piece together in his research but it came across very naturally. And it also turned out that Yoshie really knew his stuff when it comes to food in Kyoto, an unexpected but very nice bonus! If we return to Japan, we will definitely sign up for another tour... read more
Hi Tom. It is a great honor and big joy to me to have such a superb review for my tour in Kyoto. I am very pleased to learn that you and your wife had a wonderful time with me and the dinner at Wakaba ( young leaf ). I also enjoyed your company a lot. Let's keep in touch. With warmest regards, Yoshie
My friend and I had a wonderful time traveling with Yoshi. He is happy, funny, high energy, polite, friendly, and patient and knowledgeable. He enjoyed his job and so as we enjoyed his company. We highly recommend him.
Hi Wai, I really appreciate your wonderful comment on my job in Kyoto and Nara. I also had a nice time, guiding you and Susan around. I hope you will visit Kansai region again in the near future, especially cherry-blossom or autumn foliage season. I wish two of you the best luck! Yoshie