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  (9) Reviews
Send message fully booked in July
US$ 32 Hourly rate Price up to 4 people
Friday to Sunday are available all day, depending on my schedule.
During spring, summer and winter holidays, I am available weekdays.
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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Nara , Osaka , Shiga

Languages English ( Business )

(9) Reviews
Hourly rate 32 USD Price up to 4 people
( Max : 6 People )
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Hi! I am a Kyoto local and love to visit temples, shrines and gardens. Although a middle school by grade, I have spent a couple of years providing guided tours of Kyoto, Nara and Osaka to small groups.

Depending on your interests, I’ll provide many different types of tours such as cycling tours, tea ceremony experiences,cooking, tours of Nishiki market and Gion, visiting Sake brewery for tasting as well as sightseeing spots. Night tours to stroll Gion and Pontocho where Geiko(Geisha) live? Of course!
Looking forward to being your guide.

(Speciality) Geisha ( Geiko ) and Maiko show interpreter, tea ceremony and Ikebana, gardens and architecture
(Owned license) tea ceremony and ikebana master, garden / landscaping and construction management engineers , International Kikizake shi/ Master of Sake.

I can take you not only tourist spots but also local, not touristy, hidden gems.
I'm also an amateur photographer!

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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 time, there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting time, there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting time, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 9 )
PATRICK PATRICK United States ( Family with kids )
9 months ago

“ Friendly, Engaging, Informative ”

Chika was a delight. She was punctual efficient and prepared with visual aids. She was able to alter our schedule as needed to accommodate our needs (we had to stop to buy some comfortable walking shoes). She provided us with a vocabulary sheet for rudimentary Japanese expressions.


Hi, Patrick Thank you so much for sending me warm comments. I’m so delighted to hear that. I hope you have a pleasant journey! On the rabbit island I mentioned, Tadanoumi is the name of the port. The rabbit island is “ Okuno-jima” or “Okuno Island” in Hiroshima. You should prepare rabbit feed on your own and take a ferry from Tadanoumi to the island. ( It’s better to arrive earlier, it’s crowded ) Bring your own lunch and enjoy them near the sea would be fun! If possible, You can rent bikes at only one hotel at the island. https://www.tokyocreative.com/articles/19245-bunnies-bikes-and-beaches-why-you-should-consider-okunoshima-for-your-next-island-getaway Speaking of cat island, I recommend “ “Aoshima”, but it’s too far from Kyoto. Anyway, if you’re willing to tr... read more

Sasha Sasha Singapore ( Family with kids )
10 months ago

“ Fantastic visits to Osaka and Kyoto ”

Thank you Chika for a wonderful tour. We saw so much of Osaka and Kyoto at a perfect pace for my six year old daughter, despite the heat.


Hi, Sasha! Thank you for your warm comment. You two tried to survive the heat, always looked so happy, which impressed me.. In addition, Grace is adorable and you’re a good mum. Hope to see you some day in Japan!

Matthew Matthew United States
11 months ago

“ Informative and Fun Kyoto Tour with Chikako ”

My family and I visited Kyoto in July and had a wonderful day with Chikako. I asked her to give us both an "orientation" to Kyoto Tour but also to include a few special stops along the way considering we had our 4 year old daughter Kirana along. Chikako was intelligent, casual, organized, fun, and thoughtful. She showed us the highlights of this fascinating and beautiful City (Temples, Gion, Zen Gardents, etc) while also sampling some great food from the market and an amazing tea tasting experience. Just the right combination of organization and spontaneity. My kids loved her sweet style and I appreciated her knowledge. In addition to being a Tour guide she is also a Middle School Teacher and it showed! My only regret was not booking her for the whole week! Matthew from Bali


I really appreciate your warm comments! I was so impressed by your great review.. My husband and I ( also my friend ) will definitely go to Bali in the near future and maybe we’ll share a great time! Please keep in touch and come back to Japan in November. See you around Chika

Ambre Ambre United States ( Family with kids )
11 months ago

“ A fantastic day in Kyoto! ”

This was my family's first experience with a private tour guide and Chika made our so much fun! In addition to being very thoughtful about our agenda, she made sure to send us a photo of the the location in the train station where she was meeting us. It's little details like that that she continued all day to ensure we got the most our of our trip. She knew the area very well and took us everywhere we wanted to see, and we managed to have a nice sit-down lunch with air conditioning. We had a couple of specific requests for shopping and not only did she take us where we wanted to go, she helped us navigate and wrote on maps exactly what we wanted to do once the tour was over. She made our day so lovely and our experience in Kyoto one we'll never forget.


Dear Ambre I was so touched that you kindly gave me wonderful comments and you and your family were happy during the tour. Your family always made me fun and it motivated me! Thank you for everything and it’ll be unforgettable memory for me. Love Chika

Melissa Melissa United States ( Family with kids )
1 year ago

“ Great evening in Gion with kids ”

We booked Chika for an evening walking tour in the Gion. She was very knowledgeable and prepared. She was also patient as my 9-year old son who gets bored easily. Chika made reservations for us at a restaurant that met my request - not too expensive with both sushi and other options for kids. We were staying at a private rental home that is difficult to locate so when Chika dropped us off, she drew a map for the restaurant staff and they helped us to get a taxi that would know how to get back. We had already booked another guide for the following day or we would have asked for the following day as well.


Hi, Melissa Good morning. Thank you for writing me a warm comment! It will motivate me for the next tour. I’m glad to hear that you are satisfied with the tour. Today you’re going to the monkey park and Fushimi Inari shrine, I hope your lovely kinds will like them. Have a nice day Chika