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$ 30 Hourly rate Price up to 10 people
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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara

Languages Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )

(32) Reviews
Hourly rate 30 USD Price up to 10 people
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I am a government licensed guide and have been working as a professional guide for over 90 groups after obtaining a license. in addition, I have 4 years of experience as a volunteer guide before obtaining a professional license, and guided over 100 groups. I am good at making tour plans based on your interests because I know my city ( I was born and brought up in Kyoto) in detail. If you are interested in historic places, I will offer a tour for historic places, If it's cultural experiences, then a tour with cultural classes such as a tea ceremony, wagashi ( Japanese confectionery) making, and so on. Why don't you ask me? I will make your time in Kyoto more enjoyable. Kyoto has a lot of sites to offer you and it is difficult for you to decide which to choose among them. I think I will be of great help.

Here are the reviews from the tours I worked as a guide on another occasion.

Tomoko was very thorough in her preparation for our tour, adapting to our programme needs, and extremely knowledgeable of Kyoto, its transport system ensuring speedy transfers between venues and the history and detail of each activity we undertook, which included Zen gardens, temples, tea ceremony, good lunch venue, advice on other sight seeing venues and the Geisha and Gion area. Would strongly recommend her to anyone wanting a quality guided tour in Kyoto.


We had a lovely tour today with Tomoko! She's really experienced and knows Kyoto as good as her palm! She explained us everything that we needed to know additionally for the next days and took us to the desired restaurant .. Really helpful and high level of knowledge.

Your knowledge of all the places you took us to was unbelievable and your English was outstanding particularly your translation of the Monk's address at the Temple of the Ringing Crickets, without you we would have missed out on his enlightening message.You really took the time to consider the things that were of interest to us and provided a fantastic itinerary that left nothing out. Both of us felt at great ease in your company and we will remember our day at for many years as the highlight of our trip to Japan. Lunch was a great treat and the Bike tour enabled us to see so much of the area especially the great variety of amazing temples.

Tomoko, once again thank you so much for giving up your time to look after us for the day.

Tomoko was very accommodating of our tour group which had a wheelchair-bound elderly. She was able to explain the history and significance of the temples we visited in good English. She also made it a point to ensure that our top interests were fulfilled during our tour with her, which was great! Last but not least, she was extremely helpful in helping one of our members retrieve a lost phone during the trip.

I needed to organize a 4-hour tour in Kyoto within 2 days - and Tomoko Yamasho responded immediately, gave helpful tips over the internet and put together a tour tailored to my interests. When we met, she turned out to be a very knowledgeable guide, flexible to my new ideas (I had gotten some more advice from friends in the meantime) with excellent English and with a good sense of humour. Thank you, Tomoko Yoshihara.

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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.

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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 ( 32 )
Yook Chee Yook Malaysia ( Family )
1 year ago

“ A Pleasant Guide who has a good sense of humour ”

Tomoko has a good command of the English Language and Japanese history.She was accomodating towards our request for the tour and choice of lunch. Due to the great distance between each tourist site in Kyoto, we found that we spent alot of time travelling on the bus/train. Although that is an experience in itself , it took up the bulk of the time. Tomoko took care to assist us at the ticket booths and made sure we were comfortable on the pubic transport. It was easy to talk to her. On hindsight, we should have requested for the tours to be much earlier so that we could hear her explanations without the noise of the crowd drowning her voice and also to take better photos. Thank you Tomoko.


Ms Yook, Thank you for your message. I hope you enjoyed the tour. As for the time for moving one place to the other, Kyoto is not a small city and The famous places are dotted apart. So to cover all the places, we need some time. Or we need to concentrate on one part of the city to visit to cut such moving time. I should have explained about the time before the tour.

Sandra Sandra Canada ( Family with kids )
1 year ago

“ Such a fun guide! ”

Tomoko was super fun to be around, very down-to-earth and extremely knowledgeable. Absolutely recommend her as a guide!


Sandra Thank you for your having me as your guide, I hope you enjoyed the time in Kyoto, not to mention the festival. I think you are the one who made the most of your limited time effectively.in spite of the heat and humidity in Kyoto. Again thank you!

Marisa Marisa United States ( Couple )
1 year ago

“ Very knowledgable and friend ”

thank you for tailoring the tour to our needs! we enjoyed spending two days with you.


Dear Merisa Thank you for your having me as your guide. In spite of humidity and temperature, I hope the time with me and in Kyoto will be one of the best one in your trip!!

Natalie Natalie United States ( Family )
Very Good
1 year ago

“ First time in Kyoto ”

Tomoko is very knowledgeable , we loved to experience Kyoto with her! Thank you Tomoko


Natalie Thank you for your having me as your guide. I hope all of you enjoyed the time with me.

Rosanne Rosanne United States ( Family )
Very Good
1 year ago

“ Professional and informative tour guides ”

The night Gion tour was the best and very interesting. details of history of temples and Garden areas interesting. Pleasant and very accomodating. Be aware the total cost of tour is higher if guide travels with you anywhere except a walking tour. Our evening tour was a fixed price however we used our JR passes for Nara and had been asked by guide to pay for her transportation. It was a little on the spot as I thought this was included in her tour price her own transportation. in our case it was close to 20.00 U.S. higher we paid her directly as we had to pay for all her transportation not just the local bus we all took while touring outside of our JR passes. She was very very helpful in helping us make reservations back on our bullit train not realizing it was a holiday. Very satisfied... read more


Rosanne Thank you for your review of the tour. I hope you enjoyed the time with me. Unfortunately, I had to ask you to cover my transportation cost as stipulated in the tour information. As Japanese people can not have JR pass and I had to ask you whole transportation cost on the tour day. If we add mine to the tour cost, it becomes higher because the commissions will be added on the tour cost too. However, I should have made sure about the cost before the tour. I hope you still enjoyed the time in Nara