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 was prompt and efficient. His car was clean and comfortable. He provided adequate information about each site visited. He was also quite flexible accommodating my wife with her shopping desires. He even took photos of us at various sites.
Thank you for your good comments.
Mitsuyuki was an excellent guide who had a sound knowledge of the Kyoto and Nara areas. He adapted the tour to suit traffic and tourist conditions on the day and ensured that we had plenty of time to enjoy each place we visited. His car is very comfortable and tidy and he obviously takes pride in what he does.
Thank you Grant-san for your excellent comments. I’m happy to hear that 2 of you enjoyed the Kyoto and Nara tour with me.
Great day out with Mitsu-san! He drove us to Kyoto and Nara for a 1 day trip. We have two boys who get bored and tired easily so we went to Monkey mountain first which the kids had a fun time climbing up the mountain and feeding the monkeys. Then we just tried some sweets and bought hot chips. Mitsu-san allowed the kids to eat in the car while we drove to Gion for lunch. Then We went to Todai-ji temple to see the great Bronze Buddha. Even the kids enjoyed it because it was so big and amazing. And then we fed the deer 🦌 and bought us some Souvenirs. It was a great day for us and the kids. Thank you Mitsu-san for taking us out.
Thank you Linda-san for your excellent comments. I'm happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed the tour with me.
The tour with Mitsuyuki was great!
Thank you Claudio-san for your excellent comment.
We are a family of 7 with 2 elderly and 3 kids. Mitsuyuki has been very kind and accommodating. We supposed to start the trip at 8am but our flight was early and he came half an hour earlier to fetch us. Very kind of him. We were worried on how to squeeze all the luggage’s in the 7 seater car. Amazingly we survived ! Mitsuyuki is very prompt in responding to our queries and he really meet the itinerary in the time frame despite us being very slow to catch up with him.
Dear Minting-san. I was able to manage to carry all of you and your luggage. I was relieved.