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National Certified Guide
(13) Reviews
Check Availability only 1 day available in November
$ 22 Hourly rate up to 5 people
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Last updated: 3 days ago
Cities where can guide: Hakone , Kamakura , Kanagawa , Kyoto , Nara , Osaka , Tochigi , Tokyo , Yokohama

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

(13) Reviews
Hourly rate 22 USD
up to 5 people


Hi my name is Shinichiro Yamana, please call me just SHIN.

I was born in Kobe, and exotic international port town, also famous for tasty Kobe beef.
I grew up in Kyoto, 1000 year old capital in Japan.
Now I live in Kawasaki city, 30 minute train-ride from Tokyo or Yokohama city.
I have three kids and five grandkids, its big family.
Since I retired from Japanese Steel company two years ago, I have been a tour guide
and my life amazingly and greatly changed.

By the way, where would you like to go and what would you like to to do to see and to eat in Japan?
I am afraid if you might be confused about how to make the best plan
and are already fed up with too many stereotyped tour guide books.
I think, where there are 100 travelers, there must be 100 kind of choices and requests.

I am waiting for your call, so I will do my best to make your travel marvelous,
breathtaking cherry blossom in spring, stunning fireworks in summer, magnificent autumn leaves in fall
and silver wonderland in winter.
Currently, I am posting the menu of Tokyo tour only, however I am available to meet your request
at your convenience.

Thank you for listening to my video message and I am looking forward to sharing our happy time in Japan.

S'wonderful, S'marvelous, I'd like to see you soon!
Arigato gozaimasita.

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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.

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 ( 13 )

2 weeks ago |   by Jo

“ Tour in Kyoto ”

Shin you are amazing - form Temples To Shrines, guidance and knowledge helping up book our tickets and advising us on directions, to taking us to this beautiful little bakery - it clearly shows that you enjoy what you do. Anyone going to Kyoto I would highly recommend you book Shin as your guide. If you ever come to Cairns North Queensland we would like to return the favour. Best wishes to you and your family. Jo

3 weeks ago |   by Loraine

“ Very nice man!? ”

I highly recommend SHIN as a tour guide very accomodating, kind, i will never forget him. Even my son wants his service...😀

1 month ago |   by Elvira

“ great and kind tour guide ”

Had a great time in Tokyo for first time, thanks greatly to our fantastic guide Shin. He met us at our hotel promptly if not early and took us around Tokyo through public transportation that if we were doing it by ourselves will take us forever to learn with many ********** took care of all the details and made sure that we made it to our ship to check in on time. We started as strangers meeting face to face in a foreign land and parted us friends. Looking forward to seeing more of Japan in the future, hopefully with Shin.

1 month ago |   by Everett

“ Best guide ever!!! Far more than a guide in fact :-) ”

I can not express how above and beyond Shin went for us. He was truly far more than a guide in every aspect. I have toured with more than a hundred or more guides over the years (no exaggeration) and Shin really separates himself from the rest. From the moment we contacted him he was responsive and helpful. He took care of things for us in other cities in which we already had a guide. It was unreal as he was picking up the slack for other guides and didn't want or expect anything in additional return. He is just that sort of man whom really cares for his guests and wants to help people when ever he can. Byond all of his inherent traits Shin possesses great logistical organization and a fantastic depth of local historical knowledge for where he is guiding. He moves as fast or as paced as anyone may need and trust me we were super impressed by how quickly he could move when we had to catch a tour boat before it took off (we had to catch up to him lol). Above and beyond is all I can say as he did so much before we arrived and so much after we left him (he kept checking on my flights during a typhoon when even my current guide had no desire to do this). Shin was an absolute pleasure to be with all day and my only regret is that we did not hire him for guiding in some of the other places we went (as we were already obligated to prior bookings). You would be doing a MAJOR disservice to yourself if you choose any other guide in the places he does tours as he simply is the best. Thank you Shin for making another one of our Japan trips so memorable, for it is people like you that always keep us coming back. Sincerely, Everett & Yana

2 months ago |   by Ana

“ Truly an amazing, unforgettable experience ”

My family and I cannot thank Shin-san enough. He has been amazing prior to, during and after our tour. He puts his whole heart into and goes the extra mile in everything he does! He planned the perfect Hakone tour for us, making sure we have an open communication, and clearing any doubt we may have about our itinerary. He goes out of his way to ensure that we have the best experience of our tour, wherever it may be. My mother has difficulty walking long distances, and he was always mindful that she didn't get too tired during our tour. Truly, our Hakone trip would not be the same without his extraordinary guidance and help. We also had the good fortune of traveling to Kyoto, his hometown, with him, as our day of departure to Kyoto coincided. He even accompanied us to our hotel in Kyoto, so that we will not get lost and our mother can rest quickly. I cannot believe the luck we had to meet such a good person with such a heart of gold! We are very grateful to Shin-san. We are very glad that we met not just an amazing tour guide, but also made a wonderful friend. Thank you so much Shin-san, we wish you all the very best for all your endeavours!


National Certified Guide
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$ 22 Hourly rate up to 5 people