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
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
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.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
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.
We - me, my sister, my mom, and my aunt - had a wonderful time with Yoshie exploring Kyoto on his one day tour. First of all, planning it was great - Yoshie was responsive to every message and understanding when we said that, because of the heat, we might need to take it easier than planned. Meeting up with Yoshie was very easy, and then we were off to the best sights in Kyoto - the golden palace first thing in the morning when it wasn't so crowded, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Fushimi Inari - just to name a few. Yoshie was a great tour guide and knew the answers to every single one of our questions. And he gave recommendations for a dinner location after the tour and gave me ideas for the next day of touring on our own. Everyone in my group agreed that the tour day with Yoshie was a real highlight of our two weeks in Japan. We can't recommend him highly enough!
Hi Briel. I am very happy to receive such a wonderful review for my tour. I am also pleased to learn that you and your family enjoyed yourselves to the full in spite of the heat that day. Next time you visit Kansai region, be sure to get in touch, please. With best wishes, Yoshie
Yoshi was a great tour guide we asked at the last minute to modify our tour which he did without issue he was very easy to get along with and we enjoyed everything we saw loved the saki brewery
Hi Maribeth. I really appreciate your kind words of gratitude. I also enjoyed myself guiding your family around in Nara. I am pleased to learn that you liked the sake tasting at the brewery. Please get in touch if you have another chance of visiting Kansai region. With best regards, Yoshie
Yoshie took us to visit Nara for a day trip. We can't even begin to describe what a good experience we had with him. Not only was it a great learning experience, but we had a ton of fun and the day went by in a flash! He is incredibly smart, knowledgeable, kind, helpful and patient. We loved our visit with him and would gladly book another tour whenever we go back to the Kyoto area. Highly recommend!
Hi Nicole. It is a great honor to have such a marvelous review. I also had a fun time with you and Jason in Nara. Especially I am pleased to have shared sake tasiting with you at a brewery in Nara machi. Hope to see you two in Kyoto someday soon. Thank you again. Yoshie
Our tour was very informative and Yoshi was friendly and nice to our family. It was a hot day and he made it manageable. The lunch break was a perfect time to rest and eat some great food. Our family had a great time. Thanks Yoshi!!!
Hi Daniel. Thank you very much for your kind review. I am very pleased to learn that you enjoyed the tour a lot. The lotus flowers at Ryoan-ji Temple and the moss-covered slopes of Jojako-ji Temple were so beautiful after a week of rain, weren't they? I hope to see your family again during the cherry-blossom or autumn foliage season in the ancient capital of Japan. With warmest regards, Yoshie
Wonderful guide. Very physically fit. Excellently knowledgeable. Kindness overload. Loves his job so much that everything he does becomes personal. Places gone to were a balance for kids and adults, perfect for our group. Indeed he made our First trip to Kyoto memorable.
Hi Irene-san. Thank you very much for so quick a reveiw with many kind words of grititude. I am pleased to leran that both adults and children were satisfied with the tour in Kyoto. I hope you will return home safely with lots of good memories and souvenirs. Next time you come to Kansai region, be sure to get in touch. With warmest regards, Uncle Yoshie