Hello! I am Seiko, National Licensed Guide since 2007.
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 also have a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Wisconsin 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, 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)
*My schedule under Triplelights site is open for the next 3 months only.
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. Weekend tour is available only upon request for multi-day tours.
4. 6-hour is minimum for custom tours.
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.
We were a group of 8 people from USA. Seiko Met us at the train station at a cafe holding a sign and was easy to find. Seiko spoke English beautifully and took us on a food tour which highlighted the New World and Dotonbori areas. She is very knowledgeable about history and a pleasure to tour with. We would highly recommend her!
Seiko is a wonderful tour guide. Her English is fluent and easy to understand. She accommodated our particular shopping and dining requests, and even let us use her wi-fi. She explained the history well. Highly recommend.
Don’t hesitate to book Seiko as your guide! We had a fantastic day with a knowledgeable, friendly and interesting guide who spoke fluent English. I will be highly recommending her to all my friends travelling to japan.
Thank you Angela! Fushimi Inari walk to the viewpoint, Uji with maccha, sake lunch was the perfect combination of a day in Kyoto for someone like you guys! Thanks for sharing your stories with me during the tour as well. I always feel so lucky to be able to meet such interesting and cool people as a part of my job:) Arigato for the fun day to all of you!!! Seiko
What a wonderful day exploring Kyoto with Seiko as our guide.She couldn’t do enough to ensure we had a great time,explaining the history and culture of the city whilst managing to keep our two young daughters engaged and interested. The highlights were definitely the river cruise along the hozu,the bamboo forest and the tour of the Gion district where we spotted a trainee Geisha. Seiko guides us expertly from area to the next and found a lovely restaurant with river views for lunch.We would certainly recommend her for any visitors requiring a guide with great English language and natural ability to communicate at all levels with all ages.
Thanks Rob for the kind review! Hodugawa kudari is one of my favorite things to do in Kyoto in every season. I always recommend this to my friends visiting Kyoto and was so happy when you said you wanted to do this! It was also nice to spot a maiko (and geiko later!) for the girls too as I remember they sounded very interested as I guided the area. Hope they can come back to Japan some time again and use the Japanese words they learnt here. Thanks again! Seiko
Seiko was definitely the best. She gave suggestion for us to arrive early as we were coming from Tokyo so that we could enjoy all the activities. She greeted us at the station and guided us through a full day of tour. She was so efficient and knowledgeable that we couldn’t have visited as many places without her. She picked great places for dinner and guided us back to the Shinkansen. Many thanks Seiko. We are very grateful to you.
Thank you Phiet! It was a great day for me having fun with you guys just like showing my friends around. Thanks for getting up so early (4:30am!?) and letting me choose the dinner places, as well! I hope you enjoyed an authentic part of Japan and Japanese food here in Kyoto:) Seiko