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  (39) Reviews
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$ 32 Hourly rate Price up to 6 people
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Last updated: 2 days ago
Cities where I can guide: Tokyo , Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Hakone , Kanagawa , Yokohama

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

(39) Reviews
Hourly rate 32 USD Price up to 6 people
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Hello my name is Shinichiro Yamana, very long name so please call me 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 wider area from Tokyo to Kyoto, Osaka and Nara even Hiroshima etc.
After I retired from Japanese steel company as an steel engineer in 2016, I have been experiencing new life with a lot of international people from all over the world.
My Kyoto villa surrounded by calm temple and trees welcomes you and please relax on a Tatami mat floor with a green tea.
My tour are is so wide, Tokyo, Hakone, Kamakura, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Kobe. I know well each tourist has own color and taste. It is my pleasure to customize individual itinerary.
If you are fed up with stereotyped tour guide books and hesitating where the best place are, please send me message. I am happy to assist you to make a fabulous tour plan in all seasons.
Though being with you in a tour is just short moment, however, this moment will make your life more brighter and showing new hints of the life.
I'd like to introduce lovely 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 the autumn of Tokyo.
S'wonderful, S'marvelous, I'd like to see you soon ! Thank you very much for reading me.

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4.9 (39) Reviews
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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 $31.50 $31.50 $9.00
4 Hours $126.00 $126.00 $36.00
8 Hours $252.00 $252.00 $72.00

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 9 maximum

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Nara one day tour

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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.

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 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 ( 39 )
Marc Marc United States ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Incredible 2 days in Tokyo ”

Shin made our two days in Tokyo amazing. Of all the guides I have ever booked Shin was the most organized. He was waiting at the airport with copies of a daily Itenerary for us. He even caught an error between the train arrival time and our planes departure time saving us from missing our flight. Shin was fun and interesting, adding fascinating insights to everything we experienced. When visiting Japan, hiring a guide is a must. Just knowing the language and his way around the subway allowed us to see twice what we would have seen on our own. We loved our trip with Shin and would definitely book with him again when we revisit.


Hello Mr.Marc. I would truly appreciate that you chose me as a Tokyo tour guide this time. I am very happy to know that you have accomplished a long journey with your family in many countries. I am sure there must be plenty of unforgettable stories and memories. I think a guide should be more than guide. On top of introducing just culture and history, I'd like to organize all situations from tourist points of view and to take as much responsibility as possible in order to create a precious moment. It would be great for me if I could be able to have an another chance in the future. Thank you very much ! SHIN

Petra Petra Belgium ( Friends )
2 weeks ago

“ Vist Osaka ”

He was very friendly ,helpful He's information was very good He show us different interesting places We are very happy with Shin


Hello Ms.Petra Thank you very much for hiring me as a tour guide in Osaka from cruise seaport. I am so happy to be with you through visiting many places where I could with pleasure. Especially I think Kuromon foods arcade is likely most interesting for you. Even it was a short hours we had much fun time in Osaka. I hope happy life for you and your family. Veel Dank. SHIN

Line Line Belgium ( Couple )
Very Good
3 weeks ago

“ 1/2 day Osaka with Shin ”

Shin helped us taking public transport and gave very good tips about thé Japanese way of life. He is a very friendly guide. We booked him also for Kyoto. I would recommend him immediately. We spend a wonderfull 1/2 day in Osaka.


I really appreciate your nice message for the tour in Osaka and Kyoto, and thank you so much for having chosen me as a tour guide. Though Osaka and Kyoto are closer location, there are different atmosphere. So I think your plan is good selection to enjoy another colors. I hope you will be able to have as much wonderful moment as possible in Japan tour. SHIN

sophie Sophie Australia ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ Kyoto Day Tour ”

Shin was a wonderful host and tour guide. Definitely 5 stars from us! We only had one day in Kyoto so we really wanted to see as many sights as possible. Shin allowed us too personalise our day tour, also taking our children's interests into consideration. Shin was incredibly professional and extremely knowledgeable. We had the most incredible day in Kyoto with Shin. Shin was also very helpful with our train tickets and ensured we made it onto the correct train to Osaka Airport at the end of the day. ( In his own time) Do not hesitate to book Shin, you will not be disappointed. Thank you Shin Regards, Sophie


Thank you very much for your nice review comment. I am so happy to know that all travel plans in Japan had been completed on schedule. I think, during your travel, there were sometimes hot days other times rainy days, but I am sure different places and colorful atmospheres must make your tours unforgettable ones. I would really appreciate that you chose me as your guide in Kyoto. And it was great fun to be able to talk about your country as well as Japan. Especially I remember well where we went to a wild monkey park in Arashiyama by 30 minutes walking mountain path. It was nice memory! I hope happiness and prosperity for your family. SHIN

Nurit Nurit United States ( Friends )
1 month ago

“ Shin is the best! ”

I started to communicate with Shin regarding 2 days of guided tour from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji, to Hakone to Kyoto. Since this was early in my attempt to put together a plan for a 17 days tour for 6 people in Japan, Shin very quickly gave me invaluable advice and tips, way beyond his two days with us. He practically “took responsibility” for our well being during the entire time. Rented a minivan for us for one day, took care of all other reservation we still needed, gave us information about hotels we booked, calculated the cost effectiveness of a JRpss based on our needs, and more. I booked his days about 3 weeks ahead, but he took the initiative to continue to correspond with me during the next 3 weeks whenever he had a new thought or idea of what will make our trip better (all 17 days of it, not only the 2 he was booked us). Corresponding with him was a pleasure, always prompt and full of good tips and answered many questions as most of first time in Japan traveler will have. Continuously encouraged me to ask him any question I had about our trip, not only the days with him. Extremely generous with his time to help as much as needed. To call Shin a “tour guide” really covers only a small portion of what he has done for us. In addition, he is very knowledgeable in history and culture. We have learned from him a great deal about Japan. He is very punctual, very polite, very efficient, pays attention to details. His English is very good. He met us in the morning highly prepared with hand drawn maps specific to our trip. He quickly became part of our group. All in all a very nice gentleman. Shin made our trip easier and unforgettable. We love shin and are extremely grateful for him being with us. We highly recommend him! If he is available he’s your guy!


Hello Nurit san First of all I’d like to say thank you so much because you gave me precious moment that means not only choosing me as your tour guide but also making my life much happier and valuable through the tour. And also I feel so happy to know that your trip has been completed on schedule accompanied with unforgettable memories. Today I am reminiscing our time staying at the 5th station of Mt.Fuji, even though we could not see mountain top face but a large-scaled fresh air scenery and greenery welcomed us. What’s more a beautiful Lake, Yamanaka, gave us shinning and gentle smile so that we enjoyed good time at nice lunch restaurants, noodle and pumpkin local dish, called Hoto-nabe hot pot. We could relax by the Lake very much! Actually you gave me good point and timely questions about Japanese culture, customs and societies from time to time. Such a good Q&A time encourages me very much to polish my comprehensive knowledge, capability and hospitality. Every talking time members gave me was a great learning chance. Thank you very much! As you know, there are different faces and colors in Japan not only place to place but season to season. I would really appreciate if I could do your tour guide again in different season such as crimson maple leaves autumn or cherry blossom spring. And I’d like to introduce another tasty local cuisines and sweet SAKE. I hope you and your family’s happiness, health and prosperity from Kyoto and Tokyo houses. SHIN.