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!
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 4 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 8 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.
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
We met her one day during our trip to Kyoto. Because we were only staying one day there we chose to have a guide to experience as much from Kyoto as possible. Chikako really succeeded with both showing us different sides of the city and making us feel welcome. She was very nice and talked to everyone making both me and my brother feeling included. We were also able to say what we were interested in and she made a schedule based on that. During the day we experienced both temples, shrines, tea ceremony and good food. She was very knowledgeable which enriched the visits because of a deeper understanding that we would not have been able to get on our own. We witnessed for example a special ceremony at the big temple and were told about local traditions. To summarize it was an amazing exp... read more
Dear Lovisa and your family, I was so delighted to hear that you four had a great satisfaction of my tour! You always keep smiling and are cheerful during my tour, and your wonderful comments has warmed my hearts. I hope you can be a great scientist and your brother should be a good cook. Of course your dad and mom would stay healthy and cool! Thank you again and I was hoping you would visit Japan again in the near future. Best wishes, Chika
The comment below was sent to me from my clients, Mr. and Mrs. Jones, from the U.S. Oh, yes! Chikako Nambu is a jewel. Her teaching skills shined at the beginning of each day as she presented us with a map marked with the route and stops for the day, a touch that we really appreciated. My wife and I almost instantly felt as if we were exploring with a good friend who was constantly there to guide us, answer our numerous questions, help connect us with local people in meaningful ways, lead us to delicious dining experiences, provide expert background in historical sites, and excellent insight into cultural elements. All done with a smile and wonderful attitude! Chicka is an excellent communicator with outstanding language skills. Her strong abilities in management of small tour... read more
Dear Yumiko and your great customers Stephen and Carolyn Jones Thank you for your warm comments! I really appreciate your swift reply and are deeply obliged to you for your kind compliments. It really encourages me to provide my guests with higher levels of satisfaction. I await you return to Japan in the near future. Love, Chika
My family and I had a fun half day touring Kyoto with Chika. She is kind, flexible and developed a tour just for us! She also gave us lots of tips for the time we were not with her for things to do and see in Kyoto!
Hi, Laura I’m so happy to meet such a nice family as you! You might have felt chilly because of a cold day, you are always kind to me. Hope all you be happy for good. Love, Chika
Our family had reserved 4 hours of bike guide with Chika. She reserved bikes for us and we were so excited about it. But we immediate found that I was in trouble of biking at the beginning. I did not ride bike so long time and she was very patient with me. She lead us in easy roads in the beginning of tour so that I could be familiar to riding in the local area. In the end of tour we were so happy that we chose this tour. It was a wonderful experience for us to learn and feel about signature places and culture in Kyoto because of her guide. We had spend 5 and half hours due to my biking skill but she even did not ask additional payment. When we come back to Kyoto in fall season, I want to get her guide again. Thank you, Chika.
Dear Vish,Eunhee and Kiwi Thank you for joining my bike tour and sharing our wounderful time with me! I'm so glad to hear that you three had a great time in Kytoto. Although riding bikes in narrow streets was a pretty tough, you three did a good job. I'm so impressed with your efforts! I hope you three can meet here in Kyoto in the near future. Of course let me show you a beautiful spots and off-the-beaten-track of Kyoto. Looking forward to seeing you! Very best, Chika