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$ 32 Hourly rate Price up to 6 people
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Last updated: 4 days ago
Cities where I can guide: Tokyo , Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Hakone , Kanagawa , Yokohama

Languages English ( License ), German ( Beginner ), Tagalog ( Beginner )

(32) Reviews
Hourly rate 32 USD Price up to 6 people
( Max : 8 People )
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Hello my name is Shinichiro Yamana, very long, so please call me just SHIN.
I was born in Kobe, international port town, and grew up in Kyoto, 1000 year old capital in Japan.
Now I live in Kawasaki city, between Tokyo or Yokohama. That's why I am familiar with all tour courses in the east Japan and west Japan. My olden Kyoto villa near Silver Pavilion welcomes you to visit and get relax on the Tatami mat floor with a green tea. After I retired from Japanese steel company as an steel engineer, I have been enjoying a nice international job, tour guide, which greatly changes my life and opens my eyes widely because of getting to know a lot of wonderful visitors like you from all over the world.
It is my great pleasure to meet you and go to off the beaten paths together, Tokyo, Hakone, Kamakura, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and many places wherever you like. I think, there are 100 travelers, there must be 100 kinds of likes and tastes. So it is my great fun to tailor your original plan in Japan.
If you are fed up with stereotyped tour guide books and embarrassed to decide where to go, please send me email anytime. I feel happy to assist you to have an unforgettable trip in Japan all the seasons.
Yes, being with you in a tour is just short moment, however, this brilliant moment will keep on shining as an unforgettable memories in your whole life. I believe new experiences will change our life and mind.
Japanese apricot flower and cherry blossom in Kyoto, hydrangea in Kamakura, gourmet streets in Osaka, the Great Buddha and deer park in Nara, and crimson maple tree in Hakone, and golden ginkgo trees in modern and retro metropolis Tokyo. Please feel free sending email anytime.
S'wonderful, S'marvelous, I'd like to see you soon ! Thank you very much for reading me.

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

1 Person
Up to 6 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $31.85 $31.85 $9.10
4 Hours $127.40 $127.40 $36.40
8 Hours $254.80 $254.80 $72.80

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 8 maximum

Private Tours

Kyoto one day tour

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1 day $ 255 up to 6 people

Hakone one day tour

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1 day $ 255 up to 6 people

Tokyo one day tour. Customize your requests

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1 day $ 255 up to 6 people

Yokohama one day tour

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8h $ 255 up to 6 people

Nara one day tour

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1 day $ 255 up to 6 people

Nikko one day tour

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1 day $ 255 up to 6 people

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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Reviews ( 32 )

4 days ago |   by Candace

“ Outstanding Personal Guide! ”

Our family of four was fortunate to have Shin as our personal guide. We were visiting from Hawaii and it was the first time we travelled alone to Japan. Shin offered his help immediately after we contacted him, always responding with “ask me anything (even questions outside the booking dates). He helped us reserve our seats on the Shinkansen, and even changed the time of his ticket so he could take the Shinkansen with us when we went to Tokyo. Shin’s tour was special. It was personalized to our interests and included local culture, history, and restaurants we would not have experienced without him. Shin’s English is very good. He is personable and easy to talk to and understand. He found topics of interest to make conversation with all of us. We all enjoyed Shin and he quickly became a part of our family. Shin is very thoughtful, knowledgeable, helpful, and detailed. He always kept our group together making sure no one got lost. Shin took photos for us and sent them to us at the end of the day. We appreciated his determination to help us find gifts we wanted to purchase. He read the packaging for us and made recommendations. Shin was a wonderful guide, we didn’t have to worry about anything. Shin was always thinking one step ahead to make sure everything went smoothly. Before we parted, Shin shared tips and options about getting around and drew detailed maps for us. We really appreciate Shin’s time and energy. Thank you so much Shin-san for the very special memories!

4 days ago |   by Shari

“ Five stars for SHIN! ”

Our family of four, with two younger teenagers, loved our trip to Kyoto thanks to spending two days with Shin. Shin had excellent communication with us prior to our arrival, suggesting itineraries based on our preferences. He was very experienced in the public transit system of Kyoto which facilitated getting around quite efficiently. Shin is a most considerate and thoughtful individual. He went out of his way to accommodate our travel requests. The kids absolutely loved visiting the monkeys of Arashiyama, something we wouldn’t have planned ourselves. We saw a good deal of most of the must-see sights in Kyoto. On our third day (without Shin) we experienced an earthquake in the 5.5 range. It was quite scary especially being in a country outside of our own (U.S.). Shin contacted us even though our time with him had ended, to inquire after our well-being and offered his assistance should we need it. He also helped us manage train arrangements for our next stop, Hiroshima. Suffice to say we highly recommend Shin for his expert knowledge of the area, his kind and considerate manner and overall excellence as a guide.

1 month ago |   by Samira

“ Great days in Tokyo and Yokohama ”

very good organization, customer orientated, very good explanations. Thanks for the great days in Tokyo and Yokohama!

1 month ago |   by Cathy

“ Above and Beyond ”

I presented Shin with a challenge when organising my tour by wanting a more everyday cultural experience. My initial request was very vague and wishy washy. Shin was constantly patient in working with me to come up with an itinerary. In the end we settled on a mixture of high and low culture and we packed a lot of experiences into a very fun day. Shin is very generous in his nature and keen to try to fulfill the wishes of anyone booking with him. He was very helpful about other aspects of travelling in Japan both before and after our tour. Thank you so much Shin. I look forward to booking with you again next time I am in Japan.

1 month ago |   by Nilo

“ Shin is an excellent tour guide! ”

I just want to commend Shin san for the excellent handling our our tour in Osaka, Nara and Kyoto. He went out of his way to help us and attend to our needs as well. Our vacation was a very pleasing and memorable experience.