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.
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.
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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.
Have you ever experienced serendipity? Well, that's the what we felt when Shin san 'stumbled' into our lives. My wife and I are from the USA, and our daughter attended school in Japan as part of an exchange program in Kitakyushu. When our daughter flew to Japan on her own, she was met with the daunting task of navigating the chaotic train station in Tokyo. When attempting to buy a train ticket, she heard some people speaking english nearby. She approached them, and asked for help. This is where she first met Shin san, who happened to be with a couple from the Philippines that hired Shin san as a tour guide. Shin asked his clients if it would be okay if he helped our daughter. The very gracious couple said of course, go ahead and help her. Shin then helped our daughter buy a train ticket, and actually escorted her to her seat. She was extremely relieved, and was put at ease. She texted me Shin's business card, which had his email address on it. I emailed Shin san and thanked him profusely for helping our daughter, and said that if we come to Japan, we would hire him to guide my wife and I around. Well, several months later, we did just that. Right now, I am sitting at the airport after a terrific 10-day trip to Japan (for the first time). We hired Shin san for two days. The first day, he took us around all sorts of sites in Tokyo. We took a stroll around the Imperial Palace, saw a samurai statue, and many other sites, which Shin san backed up with knowledge of each location. Trust me, he knows where to go, and where to find the out of the way cafe to eat at, without being too touristy. Our lunch was at a Japanese restaurant, which meant that we had to remove our shoes, and walk in our socks over to our lowered table. Very cool. But I have to say, that BEFORE the first day, Shin went above and beyond his responsibility, and he actually met our daughter at the Tokyo train station, and escorted her to our hotel in the Shinjuku district, which is about 30 minutes by train from Tokyo station. Unbelievable, and extremely generous. On the second day, he took us to the Enoshima Seacoast via train, then we went to Kamakura area, and saw the Hasedara Temple, The great Buddha, Komachi Street, and many other places. Again, we found a quaint little coffee shop to have a cup of coffee, and shared some cheesecake. Very relaxing. During both days, Shin san is busy taking pictures (including selfies), and at the end of each day, he texted me copies of some of the pictures that he took. Nice touch! After we were all done, and move on to our next venture (which was Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea), Shin san checked in with us, to make sure we were okay with our independent travels. All in all, we just love Shin san, as you can see from all previous reviews. I'm not surprised at all that he has had such an impact on people's lives. He's true kind soul, who just wants to make his guests happy, and relaxed. Success!! May we meet again Shin san, and if and when we return to Japan, you will be hired by us again. Thank you!!
Shin-san is a very kind-hearted, friendly and generous man. He had been very helpful during our journey to Nara, Kyoto and Shiga (Biwako Valley). Even though we did not book him for our Osaka trip, he was kind enough to provide helpful tips and guidance on how to go about in Osaka. In fact, he had always been in touch even before our trip and advised us on suitable itirenary. His willingness to do extra ‘homework’ in order to accomodate our religious needs was also commendable. He was very patient with our 2 kids even though sometimes their behaviour could be challenging. We highly recommend Shin as your local tourist guide in Japan.
Shin san is kind and helpful always. When we began contacting Shin san, he always listens and promptly answering any of our queries, to help us customised our Kyoto and Tokyo day tours which were perfectly enjoyable. It has been a relaxed, fun and informative trip with Shin san. He cares about your needs and makes our trip a wonderful experience. Highly recommend. Thank you so much Shin san!
After our friend recommended Triple Lights my Family and I went through their list of guides and decided to hire the services of Shin san. At first it was only for Tokyo and Kyoto/ Nara so that we can get the services of our friend’s guide since he lives in Osaka. From the very first time that we communicated with Shin san, he was so enthusiastic and eager to assist us. One of our inquiries was for the birthday of the emperor. I really wanted to be there and attend that event where Emperor Akihito will give a message and wave to the people who are inside the Imperial Palace. Shin San checked for us the process for that and even accompanied us going there. And for me it was the highlight of our Japan trip. I thought my husband and our kids will get bored and tired since there was walking and waiting and standing for hours. But to my surprise. They were so happy to have experienced something like that. Shin san made our trip to Japan convenient and stress free even on days he was not with us. He made sure we know where we were supposed to be going and how to get there.... which train to take, even the time schedule of the trains going to a certain destinasyon like Universal Studios and platform number. We were really pampered —he gave our kids (ages 22 and 18) candies to taste and us some Japanese cakes. It was well beyond what he is supposed to be doing. It was like our kids had a Japanese grandpa. He took care of coordinating with the hotel staff for the taxis which will bring us to the Tokyo station when we went to see the emperor. He was a big help when we are looking for a restaurant since he speaks Japanese and English. What is Special is that he also speaks Tagalog! It was fun to discuss with him things about the Philippines because he has lived in the Philippines for several years. We learned things about Japan that we would not have known if we did not get a guide. More than anything —-our Japan trip would not have been as fun and enjoyable and stress free and convenient ad it was if it was not for Shin san. By the way, I need to emphasize that he was always on time if not early but he did not make us feel we needed to rush or hurry up. We had a wonderful time in Nara deer Park strolling and feeding the deer. Shin San was so nice and energetic. He was not counting the time. He wanted us to enjoy the trip. For all of those and more: “maraming maraming salamat Shin San!!! We will wait for you next year in Manila. With much Love, RioPamPatRap
Mr. Shin is the best tour guide we have while in Japan. He is very accommodating and gives advices, tips and directions for us to enjoy our entire stay in Japan. He even meets with us upon arrival in Tokyo eventhough it is not yet the schedule of our city tour. He really takes time to check on us if we are doing well in Japan. The tour is very informative and worth it. He knows Tagalog also. We highly recommend mr. Shin.