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.
My family and I had a wonderful day on Yoshie’s Favourite Golden Route covering north-western Kyoto. Firstly he obliged with a change request to the itinerary, and he helped us all day across the different transport options to get to the various sights and eventually back to the hotel. Yoshie also recommended other sights in our remaining days in Kyoto that we would enjoy (and we certainly did). His knowledge of the sights and local history was great, his English was excellent, and we really enjoyed his happy, relaxed and engaging manner. He even helped and motivated some of the more lethargic members of our party up the hill to see the monkeys in Arashiyama (one of our itinerary change requests)! All in all, we had a great day visiting some beautifu sights and we would definitely rec... read more
Hi Grant. Thank you very much for your heartwarming review. Thanks to the beautiful autumn day, I also took in the amazing scenery of colored leaves in Arashiyama. I had a wonderful time guiding you and your nice family around the north-western part of Kyoto. I was deeply impressed by your strong affection toward your children, too. Next time you visit Kansai region, be sure to get in touch, please. I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. With warmest regards. Yoshie
Command of English very good , expert in his field , accommodating and friendly. Would highly recommend and in fact will ask for his help again when in the area in the future.
Hi Alice. Thank you very much for your nice review. I had a pleasant time guiding your group around in Kyoto, Uji and Nara for two days. Alice, I was very much attracted by your warm personality, thank you. Be sure to get in touch next time you visit Kansai region. With best wishes, Yoshie
We had a great experience with Yoshi. He is a lovely person and a very knowledgeable guide. After the tour, we have a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and traditions. Every detail of the tour was perfectly planned out, he even showed us the best spots for taking photos. Thank you Yoshihisa!
Hi Julia. Thank you very much for your kind review. I also had a pleasant time guiding you and your husband around Nara. I wish he had had an experience of sake tasting at a sake brewery in Nara Machi, an old quarter of Nara. I sincererly hope you will return home safely with lots of nice memories and souvenirs. Be sure to get in touch with me next time you come to Kansai district. With best wishes, Yoshie
We truly enjoyed spending 2 days touring Kyoto and Osaka with Yoshi. He is professional, knowledgeable and is a very nice person. We had some personal issues during the first day and Yoshi was very helpful in helping to overcome those obstacles. He arranged the day in a very organized fashion and managed to get a lot of sights into a relatively short period of time. I would definitely recommend Yoshi for touring Osaka or Kyoto.
Hi Alex. Thank you very much for your heart-warming review in spite of your personal issues. I am still wondering if there was a better way to help you more. I sincerely hope you will have a more pleasant time in Shimizu and Tokyo and return home safely with lots of souvenirs. Be sure to get in touch next time you have a chance of visiting Kyoto again. With warmest regards, Yoshie
We did two private excursions with Yoshi. Yoshi is: Very polite Punctual Pleasant Knowledgeable A good person The two private day excursions were perfectly organised. I can not find a negative point. The perfect guide. Very happy that he was our guide. We wish him and his family a long and healthy life. Joël and Ilse. Flanders, Belgium.
Hi Joe and Ilse, Thank you so much for your quick and polite review for the two-day tours in Kyoto and Nara. I was deeply impressed by your sincere attitude toward my explanation about everything you saw and heard during the tour. Thanks to you two, I had a very pleasant time guiding you around. I hope you will return home safely with lots of souvenirs and good memories of Japan. Let's keep in touch. With best regards, Yoshie