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  (52) Reviews
Send message fully booked in May
$ 32 Hourly rate Price up to 8 people
For the tour between Tokyo and Osaka,Kyoto, JPY 8000 shall be added to guide fee as a transportation fee for guide.
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Last updated: 1 day ago
Cities where I can guide: Tokyo , Kyoto , Osaka , Kamakura , Nara , Hakone , Yokohama , Kanagawa

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

(52) Reviews
Hourly rate 32 USD Price up to 8 people
( Max : 12 People )
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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 have two houses, Tokyo and Kyoto, so back and forth between both cities accommodating your requests. Though I now live in Tokyo, I grew up in Kyoto, so to speak Kyotoites. I used to be an engineer of global steel company. After having retired in 2015, ultimate dream of my life came true. I've been enjoying tour guide life over three years. My ancestor was Samurai leader 15th century in Kyoto, named Sozen Yamana. Unfortunately I couldn't say hello to him, but he used to be brave Samurai warrior proud of skillful Katana wielding. But for me no idea how to use Katana sword in the battle fields, but only know how to use cooking knife with my wife. Please don't be scared me I am a safe and friendly guide to make you happy.
On my pastime I enjoy playing golf and Karaoke solo singer. Jazz vocal is my taste, Tony Bennett, Whitney Houston, Billy Joel etc.

Japan is unique country. Upon turbulent period of Meiji Restoration mid 19th century, Japan dramatically changed from isolated nation to modern modernized country through adopting western culture with Japanese indigenous colors.
Such unique historical transition attracts visitors from all over the world. Amazing landscape water and dry sand gardens, relaxing at Onsen Hot Springs with Sake tasting, Washoku authentic healthy but tasty cuisine, lovely cherry blossoms and chrysanthemum, sacred shrines and philosophical Zen temples, exotic seaport towns, intriguing big city Tokyo and Osaka so many charms. So many stunning things are waiting for you.

My available tour areas are wide. Not only Tokyo, Yokohama, Kamakura and Hakone but also Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Kobe where are my home ground. I am pleased to customize and tailor your only one special tour plan! Yes now is just prologue to start talking together. I am looking forward to your message.

S'wondeful, s'marvelous I'd like to see you soon !

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4.9 (52) 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 8 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: 12 maximum

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Kyoto one day tour

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Tokyo standard tour

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Nara one day tour

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Kamakura one day tour

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Nikko 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 ( 52 )
Pierre Pierre Canada ( Couple )
2 weeks ago


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

Harry Harry United States ( Family with kids )
1 month ago

“ a wonderful day with Shin in Tokyo ”

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

peter Peter United States ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Kyoto and Osaka tours ”

Mr. Shin was the best guide possible. We have 2 amazing tours with him; in Kyoto and Osaka. He met us at our acommodation and had ready for us a nice itinarary, based on our interes.He was punctual, full of energy, had a great sense of humor. Our days were spent traveling using public transportation and walking through many beautiful areas in Kyoto and Osaka. We highly recommend him. Thank you very much, Shin


Dear Peter san and Joanna san. Thank you very much for hiring me your tour guide. And thank you so much for nice review comment. I am glad to know your Japan tour has successfully been completed. I hope many wonderful memories will stay in your tour diary. And lovely pictures of us make me feel happy and become nice gift on my guide life. I truly wish happiness for your life. Thank you again ! SHIN

Robert Robert United States ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ 2 day tour of Kyoto, Nara and Osaka ”

Shin was a great guide for our two days. He expertly guided us through the highlights of three cities using trains, subways, buses and taxis. He is very personable, knowledgeable and professional. We are glad we selected Shin and got to know him. He definitely made our time in Osaka, Kyoto and Nara a very memorable experience.


Dear Robert san, thank you very much for having hired me as your three cities tour guide. Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. And I would truly appreciate your nice review. These three towns are closer in location but have different original faces. I am pleased you enjoyed traditional and modern things. I hope nice Japan tour will be going on cruiser too. Thank you so much ! SHIN

Donna Donna United States ( Family )
Very Good
2 months ago

“ Very helpful person ”

Mr Shin was very helpful. He was kind enough to scout out our Air BnB before our arrival. He took pictures and gave specific instructions on how to find it a day before our arrival. We had the 1 day tour which started at 9 am and he stayed with us way past our end time. Mr Shin made sure we were safely on our way home inspite of us letting him know that we would be ok. We managed to see the important sights around Kyoto and traveled like the locals using the bus and train system. Everything was very efficient.


Dear Donna san. I really appreciate your good review comment to our tour. I am please to be your tour guide whole day in Kyoto. Though I worried about raining, we were luck to have kept on going without heavy rain. This time we have been to popular landmarks like Fushimi inari shrine, Arashiyama bamboo forest & Tenruji temple, and UNESCO World heritage Golden Temple. Our last spot is Nishiki food market center of Tokyo,and it was fun to taste different local ingredients. I think you are experts of global travelers, so you will continue wonderful journey much more. I hope our Kyoto tour will remain as a shining gem-like memories. Thank you ! SHIN.