Hello! I am Seiko, National Licensed Guide since 2007.
I was born and raised in Kurashiki (Okayama pref.), spent my college days in Kyoto, and currently living in Osaka.
I also have a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and worked as a translator/interpreter, market researcher, and executive assistant for global companies for many years where I enjoyed spending a precious time with people from different backgrounds and cultures and broaden my world and horizons.
I myself am a traveler for life, been to more than 30 countries and all the prefectures in Japan, and always excited to help my clients with their planning. I am also a hiker, kayaker, scuba diver, and snowboarder enjoying myself mostly outdoors in every season.
Besides city tours in Osaka and Kyoto, my tours can stretch to introducing local foods, bar-hopping, sake/beer breweries, visiting less-touristy local spots, excursions to enjoy the nature such as walking/hiking tours, baseball games, tours for kids, onsen day-out, and more!
Let's have a fun time and unique experience with me!
*Please check my original tours in Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and Kobe/Himeji. These tour rates are more reasonable than booking a custom tour with me:)
(Note: you cannot customize these tours unless listed as options)
Important Notes before booking:
1. Transportation fee, entrance fee, and lunch/dinner for you and guide during the tour are NOT INCLUDED in the guide fee and to be paid at each site. Please bring enough cash to separately pay them during the tour. (Licensed guides get free admission at temples/shrines/castles and most tourist attractions, except for some facilities like aquarium, zoo, amusement parks, etc.)
2. Hotel/Cruise ship dock pick-up is optional for custom booking tours. It is 1,000 - 1,500 yen depending on your hotel/dock and tour location, and hotel drop-off after the tour is optional.
3. 6-hour is minimum for custom tours. Weekend tour is available only upon request for multi-day tours.
4. Please let me know IN ADVANCE if anyone in your group has any physical challenge and/or food allergies.
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 7 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 6 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 10 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.
Seiko was a terrific tour guide! Kyoto is a much bigger city than we realized, and it would have been impossible to visit all of the famous sites without her knowing the best way to get from one place to another. She is very knowledgeable about each location we visited, and made sure that we saw as much as we could in a day. We especially enjoyed our conversations on the train ride to and from Osaka learning fun facts about Osaka food and baseball team. Thank you Seiko for a wonderful day!
We had such a wonderful experience with Seiko. She created a custom itinerary for our interests and was extremely knowledgeable. Her fun and energetic personality made 8 hours fly by. Look no further...if you need a guide, book Seiko!
Our family had 2 days of private tours with Seiko, and we are so glad that she was our guide! Seiko was very sweet, fun, spunky, energetic, and so conscientious of how we were feeling throughout the day. We felt like we were traveling around with a friend rather than a hired guide! She took us to the best sights, and timed it so that we could avoid crowds as much as possible. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with her, and Kyoto and Osaka wouldn’t not have been half as fun without Seiko taking us. Thanks again Seiko!!
I travel a lot for work in Europe and South America and often I'm assigned a Tour Guide during free time. Those tours are often scripted. Seiko can be that Guide if you want, but she is also very flexible to go where you want even if it is last minute suggestion. She is very smart on history, international geography, food and especially Sake. I'm in the wine business and it was refreshing to learn a ton on Sake from Seiko. She knew my sake taste profile pretty quickly. I felt like I was hanging out with an old friend with Seiko with conversations about Family and Pets rather than a guide. Thank You Seiko! Craig
Thank YOU Craig! I really enjoyed the time with you - talking a lot about various topics from whisky to baseball, walking everywhere to see not just temples and shrines but also everyday life and scene of the people and city, and drinking different kinds of sake together! Yes, I was probably not doing my job but more like enjoying my time with my friend :) Thanks again for the special day! Seiko
Seiko planned a great day. Covered a variety of experiences. From a sake brewery, shrines, temples, tea ceremony to experiencing the Gion Festival. The Gion Festival was very special and gave us the opportunity to see many Geishas in all their beauty. Seiko was very knowledgeable and flexible on the itinerary. A wonderful day in a beautiful city.
Thanks Michael and Anne for a special day and letting me plan a tour with you. Yes, we did and visited a lot and I'm relieved to hear you enjoyed the day even after two weeks of traveling and seeing a lot in Japan. The festival is a small one but so special that we could be so close to Geikos/Maikos with their friendly and beautiful smiles. Please enjoy the rest of your time in Japan! Seiko