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Licensed Guide
  (92) Reviews
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$ 45 Hourly rate Price up to 6 people
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Last updated: 5 days ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Hyogo

Languages Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )

(92) Reviews
Hourly rate 45 USD Price up to 6 people
( Max : 6 People )
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I had been working as an English-speaking taxi driver in Kyoto for about 4 years from March 2012 to May 2016. During that time I guided many visitors from abroad around Kyoto. In June 2016 I decided to quit working as a taxi driver and become a self-employed English tour guide. As I'm a licensed English tour guide and a professional driver, I can guide visitors from abroad around Kyoto, Nara, and other places in my car. 6 passengers maximum. English guiding is 5,000 yen/hour. No extra charge for carfare. As I'm not a taxi driver, I cannot receive any money for carfare. I will take you anywhere you like in my car mainly in the Kansai Region.

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4.5 (92) Reviews
Very Good


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

1 Person
Up to 6 people
Hourly rate $44.50 $44.50
4 Hours $178.00 $178.00
8 Hours $356.00 $356.00

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 14 hours maximum per day.
* People: 6 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?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

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 ( 92 )
Angela Angela United States ( Family )
1 week ago

“ Packed and Fun 1 Day Kyoto Tour ”

Mitsuyuki-san was the perfect driver and guide for our one day Kyoto tour. He pretty much will take you anywhere you would like to go, but is very knowledgeable about the town and can make suggestions for you. His knowledge of the streets is superb - he only ever used gps to pick us up. Otherwise, he is very familiar with the popular tour spots and is full of fun facts about them. Very glad we got an English-speaking guide.


Thank you, Angela-san, for your excellent comments. I'm very happy to hear that your family enjoyed the Kyoto tour with me. I always try to accommodate my customer's requests as much as possible. Please come back to Japan!

Anitha Anitha India ( Family with kids )
Very Good
2 weeks ago

“ Kyoto trip was amazing ”

The trip was good


Thank you for your good comment.

Abbas Abbas United States ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ Amazing guide for Kyoto ”

Mitsuyuki was a great guide: perfect English, great knowledge, clean and comfortable car, very convenient to go around Kyoto. Highly recommended. Book him early as he gets booked very quickly.


Thank you for your excellent comments. I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed the Kyoto tour with me.

Lisa Lisa United States ( Family )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Thank You! ”

Our experience with Mitsuyuki-san was very good. He was early to pick us up. He new exactly how to get to the places we wanted to see. He found great places for us to have lunch. He ordered a meal that was in the price range that we ordered. When we took more time at the last visit of the day, he did not pressure us to leave, eventhough this meant that he would be working past his designated 8 hours. We like to take our time and absorb the sights, the atmosphere and the details. He waited patiently for us to enjoy our time. This was especially difficult given the heat during the days we were there. He was able to tell us some things about the places we visited. I appreciated the bit of history or background he told us. However, his English was not complete enough to field our many ques... read more


Thank you for your good comments. I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour with me. I have to study more about Japanese history, culture, and other things in order to sufficiently answer to the questions from my customers.

Rachel Rachel United States ( Family )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Gracious Guide ”

MitsuSan was a very gracious guide. He was very punctual and courteous. His van was always clean and spotless. Our family of 5 truly enjoyed our experience. Thank you Mitsusan!


Rachel-san. Thank you for your good comments. I’m happy to hear that your family enjoyed the tour with me even though the weather is too hot.