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.
In these 2days we are really great to have Mitsuyuki as our tour guide. He always telling us the story of the past of a place. Really nice, we like addicted to his story telling😂. He also is a patient guide. Besides, he is willing to change the itinerary to suit us. In conclusions, he is the BEST!
Thank you for your excellent comments. I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour with me.
We had an enjoyable day with Mitsuyuki. While we were planning our trip, he was very helpful and flexible regarding the itinerary. He was open to suggestions as well as making suggestions himself. His car was very comfortable and he was a smooth driver. He provided water, which was a nice touch. He took us to a lovely restaurant for lunch. All in all, we enjoyed our day with him!
Lainie-san. Thank you for your good comments. I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour with me.
Mitsuyuki was very accommodating to our changing itinerary and even gave us interesting information when we went to different places to visit. He was like our tour guide as well. He was very nice throughout the trip and drove safely. Highly recommended to anyone who wants a personalised fuss-free tour around Osaka and Kyoto. He is able to speak fluently in English which really helped us as we didn’t know any Japanese. Mitsuyuki was also punctual at the time of pick up and made sure to drop us off where we requested and on time. So far the best guide we have encountered throughout our various trips! Thank you Mitsuyuki!
Ivan-san. Thank you for your excellent comments. I'm happy to hear that 2 of you enjoyed the tour with me. I always try to accommodate my customer's requests as much as possible.
We had a 1-day kyoto tour with mitsuyuki-san. Very approachable and good english communication skills. He also have knowledge of the brief history Of the places we went.
Thank you Dave-san for your excellent comments.
Great day trips out to Nara and Kyoto from Osaka. Don’t think we’d have been able to cover so much without Mitsuyaki’s help. And it was nice to learn the history of these places from him along the way. He knows how to maximise the time. Easy travel with 2 elderly parents and 3 kids in tow. Love that there was free wifi in the car esp when the travel time cld be almost 2 hrs one way during traffic rush hour. But it sure beats the hassle of taking the subway with such a big group. I’d suggest starting the day early to beat evening traffic and the crazy no of tourists during peak seasons. :)
Jillian-san. Thank you for your good comments. I always try to accommodate my customer's requests. You are a happy family. I was greatly moved by your strong family ties.