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Send message fully booked in May
$ 32 Hourly rate Price up to 6 people
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Cities where I can guide: Tokyo , Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Hakone , Kanagawa , Yokohama

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

(30) Reviews
Hourly rate 32 USD Price up to 6 people
( Max : 8 People )
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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.

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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 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 ( 30 )

4 days ago |   by Samira

“ Great days in Tokyo and Yokohama ”

very good organization, customer orientated, very good explanations. Thanks for the great days in Tokyo and Yokohama!

6 days ago |   by Cathy

“ Above and Beyond ”

I presented Shin with a challenge when organising my tour by wanting a more everyday cultural experience. My initial request was very vague and wishy washy. Shin was constantly patient in working with me to come up with an itinerary. In the end we settled on a mixture of high and low culture and we packed a lot of experiences into a very fun day. Shin is very generous in his nature and keen to try to fulfill the wishes of anyone booking with him. He was very helpful about other aspects of travelling in Japan both before and after our tour. Thank you so much Shin. I look forward to booking with you again next time I am in Japan.

2 weeks ago |   by Nilo

“ Shin is an excellent tour guide! ”

I just want to commend Shin san for the excellent handling our our tour in Osaka, Nara and Kyoto. He went out of his way to help us and attend to our needs as well. Our vacation was a very pleasing and memorable experience.

1 month ago |   by Komang

“ Memorable first visit ”

Shin was so fantastic. easy going, a should must guide... We spend 3 days with him, he show us how to use Train, what should we do, etc my son really love the adventure that Shin took us. Hope to see him in the future, memory remined Thank you so much Kakek Shin for the wonderful trip, your cucu so deep in love with Japan.

1 month ago |   by Evelyn

“ Tour with SHIN in Tokyo ”

SHIN without a doubt was the very best guide we have ever had, and we have traveled all over the world. He was knowledgeable, knew the best places to see, eat and shop. He went way over what he was supposed to do. Spent many extra hours with us without charge. Went out of his way to make sure we saw everything we wanted, made reservations for us and guided us with a friendly, happy attitude. Could not have enjoyed Tokyo the way we did without him. Only sorry we didn't use him for our guide in Kyoto. My husband and the two friends we traveled with all felt the same way, he was the best guide ever. Thank you, thank you, SHIN.