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.
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!
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
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
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