Hello, I am Seiko! I was born and grew up in Kurashiki (Okayama pref.) until high school, spent my college days in Kyoto, and currently living in Osaka.
I studied Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Wisconsin, as well.
I myself am a traveler for my life, been to more than 30 countries and all the prefectures in Japan and always excited to help travel planning for my friends/clients coming to Japan. I am also a hiker, kayaker, scuba diver, and snowboarder enjoying myself mostly outdoors in every season.
I would especially love to show you things that are rarely found in your guidebook or difficult to do as tourists from other countries as well as the beauty of the nature and rural areas in Japan.
Besides city tours in Osaka and Kyoto, my tours can stretch to introducing local foods, bar-hopping, sake/beer breweries, visiting secret local spots, excursions to enjoy the nature such as walking/hiking tours, onsen day-out, and more!
Let's have fun time and unique experience with me!
*Please check my original tours in Kyoto and Osaka. These tour rates are more reasonable than booking a custom tour with me!
*Please note below before booking:
1. Transportation fee, entrance fee, and lunch/dinner for you and guide is NOT included in the base rate. (Licensed guides normally get free admission at temples, shrines and certain tourist attractions.)
2. Hotel pick-up is optional for custom booking tours. It is 1,000 - 1,500 yen depending on your hotel and tour location, and hotel drop-off after the tour is not included.
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.
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.
Seiko helped plan a comprehensive Kyoto itinerary for us, helping us cover most of what we wanted to see in Kyoto. We had no problem communicating with her at all, with her excellent English skills, and she was very personable and knowledgeable about all the sites we visited, taking the time to explain to us the culture and history behind them. Thank you very much for making our Kyoto tour a very informative and smooth one!
Seiko was the perfect guide for us! She is very knowledgeable and tireless. We explored around Osaka on one day, and toured Fushimi & Uji on another, including sake and tea tasting. She knew wonderful places to take us, many of which were not typical tourist places. She was a pleasure to be with and her English is excellent. Highly recommend booking Seiko!
Seiko was so awesome - we miss her! My wife and I were visiting Japan for the first time, as well as celebrating our honeymoon. We knew having someone local to help with the language, as well as the history and culture, would be a huge help to getting the most from our visit. This was our first time hiring a guide of any kind, so we were a bit nervous what to expect. We opted to choose 1 or 2 of TripleLights' suggestions, but mostly we wanted to design our own trip. Seiko not only paid close attention to our ideas and wishes, but she expanded on them and suggested exciting options we hadn't considered. With a few effortless email exchanges, Seiko created a very personalized itinerary that maximized our time together and exceeded what we thought possible in our allotted time! We would not hesitate to book more time with her, and we highly recommend her. Thanks again, Seiko!
We had a very great experience with Seiko! She met us at the café next to our hotel, and we walked the streets of Dotonburi on our way to Osaka Castle. She was friendly and so nice! She also brought us to Kuromon Market which was one of the best experiences of our trip! We loved it so much, we went back for more street food! She was so patient with us and gave us the ability to customize our tour and stop at places we wanted to go! It was fun getting to know her and she was very outgoing! We will definitely recommend and call her on our next visit to Japan! Thank you so much Seiko for the wonderful tour!!!
Seiko was adorable! Energetic and knowledgeable, she guided us through Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu-dera, Gion, Nishiki Market,and Arashyama. We had a fun-filled day walking the streets of Kyoto learning about the culture, tasting local foods and taking pictures of the beautiful scenery. Seiko was warm and friendly with a good sense of humor and greatly enhanced our trip.