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.read more
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 6 people
* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 14 hours maximum per day.
* People: 6 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.
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!
The trip was good
Thank you for your good comment.
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.
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.
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.