Hello everybody my name is SHIN. I am national government licensed tour guide and certified tour planner & conductor.
I'd like to introduce myself shortly. I have a big family. Three children and five grandchildren. I own a house near Tokyo and one in Kyoto in which I take turns living according to tour schedule of my guests.
I used to be an engineer of global steel company. After having retired in 2015, my life-time dream has been coming, to become a Tour Guide. This is new world for me.
By the way, one of my ancestors was Samurai, Sozen Yamana, in the 15th century Kyoto. I can't say hello to him, but it is said he was a brave Samurai warrior good at Katana sword wielding. But me no idea how to use Katana sword, just knowing cooking knife in the kitchen. Please don't be scared me I am a safe and friendly guide not Samurai.
On my pastime I enjoy playing golf and Karaoke. Jazz vocal is my favorite genre, and I love Tony Bennett, Whitney Houston, Billy Joel etc.
Japan is unique country. Upon turbulent period of Meiji Restoration mid 19th century, it dramatically changed from isolated nation to modern country by mixing the western culture with Japanese indigenous colors. Such unique nationwide transition attracts visitors from all over the world.
Amazing landscape gardens (Dry and water gardens), Onsen Hot Springs experience with Sake tasting, Washoku healthy but artistic cuisine, lovely cherry blossoms and autumn foliage, sacred shrines and philosophical Zen temples, exotic seaport towns, sleepless metro Tokyo and Osaka etc.
So many attraction are waiting for you.
My tour areas are wide. Not only in Tokyo, Yokohama, Kamakura and Hakone but also in Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Kobe where I grew up. Multiple city tours are available too. I am pleased to customize and tailor your only one special tour project. Now is just prologue to start making plan together.
I am looking forward to your message.
S'wondeful, s'marvelous I'd like to see you soon !
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 6 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 4 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.
Shin was amazing! I hope to see him again next time we are in Japan. He truly cares about you enjoying Japan. He did a lot of things on our tour that were way beyond what was expected just to make sure we enjoyed our time there. When we look back on our time in Japan, the kindness of Shin will be one of the things we remember the most!
Dr.Baron, Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. Despite a half day tour from Osaka sea port, we enjoyed Osaka castle, the samurai history in the 17th century, and at Sumiyoshi shrine we could feel the sacred Japanese shinto atmosphere. I am looking forward to seeing you again hopefully in the season of cherry spring. I always wish you happiness and prosperity from Japan.
Shin provided a customized day in Kyoto for us. As our plans changed, Shin was able to adapt the itinerary to include a tour of a sake brewery and squeezed in a quick silk kimono fashion show! The Fushimi-inari shrine was as dramatic as expected, the other shrines we visited were lovely, we enjoyed some great street snacks and a fascinating traditional lunch. All in all, our time with Shin was a highlight of our nineteen days in Japan.
Hello Shelly san, I really appreciate wonderful review. Getting to know your long day Japan tour successfully ended, I feel so happy. And I am glad we could visit many unique places in Kyoto not written on a guide-book, super off-the-beaten-paths. Though Kyoto is small town, so many charms are orderly packed inside like a jewelry box. Springs of the cherry blossoms, summers of the festival, falls of color foliage and winters with crispy fresh air offer beautiful seasonal faces all the time. I am listening nice songs produced by your son, nice musician, and also my grand kid enjoys 3-D picture book every day. I am looking forward to seeing next chances from my heart. Thank you very much ! SHIN.
It’s our first time and first day in Japan. We are so lucky that Shin-san is our tour guide! He is an excellent, courteous, knowledgeable, and amazing guide! He is highly organized, he called and even sent me an email the day before our tour. He even provided us the Plan/flowchart of the train schedule and helped us with the money exchange. We visited so many places in one day on Kyoto: The Golden Temple and Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. In Osaka: The Osaka-jo Castle and Dotombori. We could have not asked for anything more, “we’ve got the best tour guide and the group were very, very happy!😊🤗👋
Dear Angelina san and all beautiful friends, Thank you very much for your awesome nice review ! On a single day quick tour visiting Kyoto and Osaka, we chose most famous four landmarks, Golden temple, Arashiyama bamboo grove, Osaka-jo castle, Dotombori food street. So,, I really appreciate your patient and positive cooperation all the way despite I always let you get rushed like a bullet-like train driver. Please have a good time and relax on a cruiser too. Our tour is like just one page of my life. But I can say I will keep it mind forever by shining my tour guide life. Maraming salamat and Arigato gozaimashita ! SHIN
Shin is the perfect guide, who will go the extra mile for you, and I really mean it. He is totally devoted to his work, sympathetic and truly helpful. He accompanied us from Kyoto to Osaka, and not only made us visit Osaka as agreed, he even helped us carry our luggage, helped us find transportation to the airport for the day after, suggested and even showed us restaurants for dinner. Hire Shin ... you will not regret it. Pierre
Dear Pierre san. Thank you very much for nice comment. But I think it is more than I deserve. I feel so happy to be with you in Kyoto my home town and Osaka. Though our tour was only 8 hours, probably 0.001% of our life time, it must be a wonderful page of my life I will never forget. And it’s so amazing to see your wonderful painting by your wife. I’m sure she is No1 great artist of Quebec! Time flys fast. I hope your good life and happiness. Merci beaucoup et à bientôt. SHIN
Shin is a wonderful guide! He is very dedicated and willing to help. He customized the itinerary for us and stayed longer when the schedule got a little out of control. Our children liked interacting with him. Definitely to recommend Shin!
Dear Harry san, Thank you very much for your nice review comment. I am pleased to have been your tour guide in Tokyo. I will remember for good our nice talking about many things. I am surprised your children speak Japanese very well. I wish they will keep on learning Japanese language. I wish bright future for your family. SHIN