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.
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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.
Yoshie is a great local tour guide! He came and met us in Kobe for our tour in Kyoto. Our one day tour was well organised, and we were able to see the places that we most wanted to with a limited amount of time. Kyoto is a really beautiful city. Yoshie was very adaptable, making on the go changes to our itinerary, still ensuring we were able to return to Kobe for our departure. I highly recommend Yoshie!
Hi Deb. Thank you very much for your heartwarming comment on your time-limited tour in Kyoto. I am pleased that you liked the sites you had carefully selected beforehand. I do hope you will come and stay in Kyoto at least for a couple of days and see many more places of historic and scenic interest that Kyoto has to offer someday in the near future. With best regards, Yoshie
A day with Yoshie can help understanding what we just see as tourists. He is passionate about is job and I loved his sincere desire to share his knowledge with me. So... I do not only think that he is an excellent guide but I also think he deserves the best tousists, the ones who are deeply interested in Kyoto and love also less visited temples and shrines. Grazie mille Yoshie!
Hi Lucia. Thank you very much for your quick and kind review. I had a nice time guiding you around in the south-eastern area of Kyoto. I also learned a lot from the tour because you wanted to vist some lesser-known places as well. I hope you will have a pleasant tour the day after tomorrow, too. Till then take care! With best regards, Yoshie
He was very patient with us even after missing 2 trains. We have very hard to please kids not only with food but things to keep them occupied as well. And he took us to spots we would have never found and kept the children entertained the entire time. I would highly recommend him as a guide. Hes very sweet and speaks English which is hard to find. Thank you so much we had a fantastic time and enjoyed spending the day with you!
Hi Jennifer. Thank you very much for your kind review. I also had a nice time guiding your family around in Kyoto. I am pleased that your children enjoyed visiting the spots I took them to and that your husband liked the dishes very much, especially the toro, fatty part of tuna, and the kara-age, deep-fried chicken at the yakitori restaurant. I hope you will continue a pleasant trip and return to New York safely. With warm regards, Yoshie
My wife and I spent 2 weeks in Japan for our honeymoon. Our 1 day with Yoshie was by far the greatest of our entire trip. We learned, and will never forget - the right guide makes all the difference! The trip with Yoshie was his favorite Golden Route, with some added stops based on our conversations. The entire journey is one my wife and I will never forget. To call the day stunning, or excemplory - just wouldn’t do it justice. We loved ever single second! If we could have spent our entire trip with Yoshie, we would. Yoshie is kind, prepared, knowledgeable and an amazing person. It was such an honor to spend the day with him. Also, he is incredibly athletic - I’ve played soccer my whole life, and Yoshie can easily out walk me! The added bonus was Yoshie was so kind to also offer sugg... read more
Hi Charles. It is a great honor to me to have such a supreme review for my tour. I am delighted to learn that you enjoyed every minute of the tour in spite of the heat yesterday. Thanks to the sunny weather, however, we were able to take in nice views wherever we were, on a mountain-top or near a river. I hope you will continue a pleasant trip and return home safely with lots of nice memories and souvenirs. Let's keep in touch. With warmest regards, Yoshie
We had an absolutely fantastic time with Yoshi. Right from before our trip (when we had a lot of questions) to during the tour, he was very patient with us answering all our queries (including itenerary changes) and accommodating the demands of traveling with young kids on a very hot day. We covered everything that we needed and wanted to using cabs, walking and train. He was also very knowledgeable about Kyoto culture. The highlight for us was Shojin Ryori that he had suggested for us (since we are vegetarian). Unforgettable experience. Thank you so much!
Hi Vivek. I really appreciate your heart-warming words of gratitude. I am very happy to learn that you enjoyed your private Kyoto tour with me in spite of the terrible heat. I am also relieved that you liked Shojin Ryori at the restaurant in the precinct of Daitoku-ji Temple. Please get in touch with me if you have another chance of visiting Kansai region. With warmest regards, Yoshie