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Send message fully booked in October
$ 31 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 , Yokohama , Kanagawa

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

(41) Reviews
Hourly rate 31 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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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 $31.15 $31.15 $8.90
4 Hours $124.60 $124.60 $35.60
8 Hours $249.20 $249.20 $71.20

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

Private Tours

Kyoto one day tour

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1 day $ 249 up to 6 people

Hakone one day tour

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1 day $ 249 up to 6 people

Tokyo one day tour. Customize your requests

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1 day $ 249 up to 6 people

Nara one day tour

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1 day $ 249 up to 6 people

Nikko one day tour

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1 day $ 249 up to 6 people

Kamakura one day tour

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1 day $ 249 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 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 ( 41 )
Annette Annette Australia ( Family )
2 days ago

“ 3 wonderful days seeing Shin’s Japan ”

Shin is the most beautiful and helpful guide who made sure our trip to Japan was easily enjoyed by our family. We are a family of 4 (16 year old boy & 13 year old girl) from Australia. When I initially booked with Shin, he gave us some ideas and then about a week before we left for Japan he emailed through a detailed itinerary and maps. I found this very professional. We arrived in Kyoto the day before typhoon Trami was to hit. Shin was so kind to us in phoning to make sure we were OK and met us the next day to prepare. I appreciate this as there was no news in English and we had no idea what was going on or what to do to prepare. We had a full day with Shin in Kyoto – he magically got us around the city to see the sites we wanted to see and explained about their history and oth... read more


Thank you very much for giving me wonderful days to be with your family. What’s more, I really appreciate your kind review message to my services in Japan tours. Each of your words definitely encourage me to be a nicer guide in my life. I am truly one of the happy guides who could meet wonderful tourist like you. As you state, in Kyoto, we had experienced stormy day by Trami typhoon. But luckily it quickly passed away during night time. I am prioritizing to provide the timely information 24/7 to the guests under any situation. A tourist planning overseas travel needs useful tips of the countries, as well, a guide needs to get an useful information about travelers’ wishes and likes in advance. Thanks to your suitable information and request given to me, I could smoothly create the ... read more

Patrick Patrick United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Family Trip to Tokyo (day trip to Hanoke)_-Kyoto-Osaka (day trip to Nara) ”

Shin has been nothing but self-less, helpful, and generous with his time and efforts during his time as our guide. He went above and beyond all our expectations to meet what we had envisioned as a "perfect" trip to Japan. By the end of the trip, we felt like Shin was family to us. He took us to some wonderful locations and shared some of Japan's greatest experiences with us, making priceless memories that our family will never forget. Shin took our ideas and suggestions but also made some of his own, never pushing us to do anything we didn't want to do. But he had some great suggestions and we felt that we could trust him with our trip! I cannot stress how much of a help he was with translation and with guidance on where to go, what to do, and what to eat. Even better, Shin was very flexib... read more


Hello Patrick san, thank you very much for terrific nice comment ! First of all, I would like to say I appreciate you hired me as a 9-day-long-tour guide from East to West of Japan. Before the commencement of our Japan tour, we already have a lot of communication through emails in order to realize a perfect Japan tour. I was so happy and lucky because you had timely let me know related accurate information that you prefer to visit and activities you are interested in. Thanks to such a useful information in advance given to me, I could have well prepared and materialize best tour plan thoroughly. We have been to many places such as Tokyo Anime town, Kamakura Katana blacksmith, Kyoto Maiko girl and bamboo forest, Osaka gourmet town, Nara deer park and great bronze Buddha etc. Our journey to... read more

Marc Marc United States ( Family )
2 months 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 months 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
2 months 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