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Seiko

Licensed Guide
  (72) Reviews
Send message only 2 days available in December
US$ 37 Hourly rate Price up to 6 people
*Please contact me first for availability and note below before booking:
1. My schedule on Triplelights site is open for the next 3 month only.
2. Please read through my profile including "Important Notes" at the end before booking.

***Excursions ***
I can guide you in Okayama (including Naoshima and Kurashiki), Hiroshima (Onomichi, Shimanami islands cycling, Miyajima, etc.) and Shikoku (Iya valley etc.) if you pay for my transportation.
The above areas can be visited from Osaka/Kyoto in one or two days.
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Last updated: 1 day ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Hyogo , Kobe , Himeji

Languages Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )

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(72) Reviews
Hourly rate 37 USD Price up to 6 people
( Max : 8 People )
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About

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 a city between Kyoto and 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 food and drinks, sake/beer brewery visit, visiting less-touristy areas, 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.

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Price

The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

Duration
1 Person
Up to 6 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate US$33.74 US$36.54 US$2.82
6 Hours US$202.42 US$219.25 US$16.89
8 Hours US$269.89 US$292.34 US$22.52

* Duration: 6 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 8 maximum

Private Tours

Kyoto Essentials: Full-Day Private Tour

(72) Reviews
by Seiko
Discover Kyoto's most popular & memorable sites! This is a semi-tailored tour so you can choose a few spots from my recommendations in addition to two mus...
8h US$ 272 up to 6 people

Fushimi & Uji -Local Delicacy of Sake and Green Tea!

(72) Reviews
by Seiko
While the tour covers the popular Fushimi Inari Shrine and Uji Byodoin Temple, we'll also spend some time in Fushimi sake district for sake tasting and loc...
7h US$ 244

Osaka 1-day Grand Tour

(72) Reviews
by Seiko
7-8 hour quick tour to cover "must-see" sites in Osaka! After learning a bit about the history of Osaka during Osaka castle visit, you will visit nostalgi...
7h US$ 244

Osaka Namba & Backstreet Evening Tour

(72) Reviews
by Seiko
Backstreets in Namba offer lots of great little shops, restaurants and bars for the locals. I will take you to the area and ask you choose 2-3 spots an...
3:30h US$ 103

Nara & Osaka 1-day Tour

(72) Reviews
by Seiko
Visit Nara and Osaka must-see sites in one day including Nara "deer" park, Great Buddha at Todaiji Temple, Osaka Castle, and Dotonbori for the evening. Tou...
8h US$ 272

Tea picking experience & tea plantation walking/cycling (Sea...

(72) Reviews
by Seiko
We will visit Wazuka, the largest Uji tea production area located near the border of Kyoto and Nara prefectures. In this tour, we will enjoy the breathta...
7h US$ 244

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 date, there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 72 )
Renee Frances Renee Philippines ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Uber-satisfied family of 4 ”

We love how attentive and accommodating Seiko is. My children adore her for being funny and friendly. Also, she knows her way around. Worth your every penny. We will definitely book her again.

Lorna Lorna United States
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Full day Kyoto with fantastic guide ”

Seiko is an excellent knowledgeable guide with great English skills and attentive, intuitive sense of what we were interested in and spent more time guiding and explaining the historical and cultural significance of them. We had an optional day planned for Nara but learned from her about the islands in the Seto Inland Sea. She noted that we enjoyed the arts and suggested it as another option. A bonus from a professional that really knows the country!

Christopher Christopher United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ history, hidden gems, and laughs! ”

My sister, niece and I spent three amazing days with Seiko. We had so much fun, we wanted to have more days! She is so full of knowledge about Japanese culture, food, history, and art. She navigated us swiftly and effortless around Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka, and showed us many hidden jewels we would have missed if we had been on our own. She is also super sweet, a great conversationalist, and a lot of fun. After Day 1, she already felt like a old family friend. We hope to see her again!!

Seiko:

Thanks Chris, you guys were amazing! I had such a great time in the 3-day tour especially showing different kinds of sake and some of my favorite dishes to the gourmet family:) 3 days were not enough for me to accommodate your kind of people, so please come back and let me show you more! Thanks again! Seiko

Stephen Stephen United States
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Highly Recommend this Amazing Tour of Kyoto ”

Seiko guided us right from the train platform throughout the day to all of major sights of Kyoto. She is incredibly knowledgeable about all the history, culture, and little details of the city. Plus, she provides the personable touch to ensure you enjoy every moment that you will not get from a big tour company! We are so very greatful to her for an amazing day in Kyoto!

Seiko:

Thanks Stephen! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed my tour as you came all the way from Tokyo:) Thank YOU for being so friendly and open that I felt like I was just taking my friends around Kyoto. Sorry about the rush but I hope the tour deserved the travel time and you had a great time in Tokyo and other areas of Japan. Thanks and see you again! Seiko

Juan Juan United States ( Family )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Probably the BEST guide we had during our 2 week tour of Japan ”

Seriously! Seiko was an absolutely awesome tour guide. She was incredibly prepared and had picture and history printouts about each of the places we visited. She was incredibly patient and gracious with us and even happily went over our allotted time in order to get us on the train back to our hotel. Our visit with Koyoto would definitely not have been the same without Seiko

Seiko:

Thanks Juan! (& sorry for my late response) Although it was a short tour in the rain, we could visit many places and I was happy to see you were enjoying walking around Kyoto and trying local food & drinks! I hope you had a great time visiting other areas of Japan as well. Thanks again! Seiko