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SHIN

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¥ 4,074 Hourly rate Price up to 6 people
For the tour between Tokyo and Osaka,Kyoto, another JPY 8000 shall be added to guide fee as a train ticket for guide.
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Cities where I can guide: Hakone , Kamakura , Kobe , Kyoto , Nara , Osaka , Tokyo , Yokohama

Languages English ( Business ), German ( Conversational )

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About

Hello I am SHIN. I am government licensed tour guide and tour planner. I'm not a Samurai, but my ancestor was a Samurai in Kyoto named Sozen Yamana, leader of Civil War in 15th century. He was said to be a sword skillful Samurai. I have no idea how to use a sword, but I am good home chef to use cooking knife to cut radish and Kobe meat on the kitchen ^_^

I have three children and five grandchildren, yes it's big family. And I own two houses in Tokyo and Kyoto and move easily between both by bullet train.
I used to be an engineer of global steel company. After having retired in 2015, my life-time dream has been coming, to become a Tour Guide. This is new world for me.

Japan is an unique country. Upon turbulent period of Meij Restoration mid 19th century, it dramatically changed from isolated nation to modern country by learning western knowledge and mixed them with original culture. So that there are a lot of unique tradition and arts.
Beautiful landscape gardens, Onsen hot spring, Sake tasting, Washoku cuisine, lovely cherry blossoms, autumn color foliage, shinto shrines, philosophical Zen temples, friendly local towns, and sleepless big cities.

My tour areas are Tokyo, Yokohama, Kamakura, Hakone, Osaka, Nara, Kobe, Kyoto etc.
Shall we make an only one tour plan together ? Now is the prologue to start journey !

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

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German version.

Hallo! Vielen Dank für Ihren Besuch zu meine Website. Ich heiße SHIN. Ich bin staatlich zertifizierte Reiseleiter und Reiseplaner. Ich bin nicht Samurai, der ein Schwert hat. Aber mein Vorfahr war einer der berühmten Samurai namens Sozen Yamana, Anführer des Bürgerkriegs in Kyoto im 15. Jahrhundert.
Er soll eine große Katana-Schwertkunst haben. Aber ich habe keine Ahnung, ein Schwert zu benutzen, trotzdem bin ich stolz auf Kochmessermeister, um leckere japanische Mahlzeiten im Hause für meiner Frau zu servieren.

Ich habe drei Kinder und sechs Enkelkinder, ja, es ist eine große Familie trotz der heutige sinkenden Bevölkerung Japans. Und ich lebe in den zwei Häuser in Tokio und Kyoto und fahre ich für Kunden zügig mit dem Hochgeschwindigkeitszug namens Shinkansenzug hin und zurück.
Ich war ein Ingenieur eines globalen Stahlunternehmens für 35 Jahre lang. Nach meiner Pensionierung im Jahr 2015 ist mein Lebensziel gekommen, Reiseleiter zu werden. Das ist eine neue großartig Welt für mich.

Japan ist ein einzigartiges Land. In der stürmischen Zeit der Meij-Restauration Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts wandelte sich das Land dramatisch von einer isolierten Samurai Nation zu einem modernen Land, indem es westliches Wissen erlernte und es mit der heimische Kultur mischte.
Damit wurden viele einzigartige Traditionen und Künste geboren.
Wunderschöne Landschaftsgärten, Onsen heiße Quellebaden, lecker Saketrink, Washoku-Küche, schöne Kirschblüten, bunten Herbstfarben, heilige shintoistische Schreine, philosophische Zen-Tempeln, freundliche regionale Städte und schlaflose Großstädte mit hochen Volkenkratzer.

Meine Tourgebiete sind Tokio, Yokohama, Kamakura, Hakone, Osaka, Nara, Kobe, Kyoto usw.
Ich möchte gern einen originale Tourplan zusammen machen.
Jetzt ist der Zeit von Prolog, um unseren Reise zu beginnen!
Ich freue mich auf Ihren Mail.

Wundervoll Leben, wunderbar Reise, ich würde dich gerne bald sehen!

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Price

The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

Duration
1 Person
Up to 6 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate ¥3,056 ¥4,074 ¥1,019
4 Hours ¥12,224 ¥16,296 ¥4,076
8 Hours ¥24,448 ¥32,592 ¥8,152

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 10 maximum

Private Tours

Kyoto one day tour

(57) Reviews
by SHIN
The ancient capital Kyoto, there are so many attractive spots. Golden temple, Bamboo forest,Fushimi-inari shrine,Kiyomizu temple,Nijo castle,Nishiki food a...
10h ¥ 50,000 up to 6 people

Hakone one day tour

(57) Reviews
by SHIN
Hakone is one of the well-known hot spring resorts in Japan. It is located about 100 km southwest of Tokyo by one hour train riding. The attractions of...
10h ¥ 40,000 up to 6 people

Nara one day tour

(57) Reviews
by SHIN
Nara is one of the greatest center of Buddhism in Japan. In the 8th century, it flourished as an ancient capital based by Buddhism under the Empeor Shomu. ...
10h ¥ 50,000 up to 6 people

Kamakura one day tour

(57) Reviews
by SHIN
Kamakura is one of the three old capitals of Japan from 12 to 14 century, along with Nara and Kyoto. This are is famous for Zen Buddhism and temples such ...
8h ¥ 30,000 up to 6 people

River Cruise Tour: Odaiba, Japanese Garden, Tokyo Tower

(57) Reviews
by SHIN
Let’s check the hustle and bustle of Tokyo from the peaceful river. A comfortable breeze and a lot of seagulls welcome you. This tour starts passing the st...
8h ¥ 30,000 up to 6 people

Yokohama one day tour

(57) Reviews
by SHIN
Yokohama city is located 30 km from Tokyo by 30 minutes train riding. Yokohama is one of the largest international seaport as well as Kobe seaport. When J...
8h ¥ 30,000 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 ( 57 )
vaidyanathan Vaidyanathan United States ( Solo )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Tokyo, Kamakura and Sumo Wrestling ”

Mr. SHIN was amazing, polite, insightful and very hard working by going above and beyond to give me the best experience of Japan. Even before I landed in Japan, Mr. SHIN on his own send me different routes options to come from airport to my hotel. He even visited my hotel a day before my arrival to understand what’s near my hotel and send me details and pictures of my hotel. Even before my tour with Mr. SHIN started, I was overwhelmed with his superior proactive customer service. He really wanted me to have a very good time in Japan. A day before my tour started, I came to know there is Sumo wrestling tournament in Tokyo where all the tickets were sold out. I asked Mr. SHIN if there is any way I can get to see Sumo as it was bucket list item for me. Mr. SHIN did his research and picked m... read more

SHIN:

Hello Mr. Vaidyanathan Seshan. Thank you very much for your nice review. I think your busy Japan tour has been successfully completed. I’m so happy. As you say, especially first visitors need various information like transportation, shopping, dining as well english communication situation. I feel good when my guest can have a smooth tour. Remembering some activities of our days, especially the Sumo match,I never forget your great passion! I really appreciate your patience in snowy cold morning to get limited number of tickets. Lucky us we made it! But it’s worth waiting in a long line to get it because Sumo shows us a lot of interesting things. Small wrestlers sometimes kick out bigger guy. We can feel great power and guts through that. Thank you again I wish happiness of you and you... read more

Lisa Lisa United States ( Friends )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Shin is family!!! ”

As a guide, Shin went above and beyond for our group. We had some specific requirements, and he had no problem mapping out the perfect route. Shin is your family member in Japan. He invited us to his home for tea and sweets. Generous with his time and heart. Besides being a guide, Shin kept in touch with me way in advance to help me plan this trip to Japan. He went above and beyond to help us deal with transporting our luggage through Yamato. Words cannot describe his generosity and kindness. You are not only hiring a guide with shin, you are gaining a personal pal to help you on your whole journey to this amazing country! Arigatou gozaimasu!

SHIN:

Hello Lisa san, Our tour time was short and is already gone, but now is the time to remember a lot of memories in Kyoto. Thank you very much for your sincere and nice comment. I am so happy to know your Japan tour has been successfully ended and already flied back to the home. In 1000 years old capital Kyoto, we experienced historical temples and shrine visits, tasting green and plum team, happy hour at local vegetarian restaurant. I wish you and your friends happiness and prosperity in near year 2020. Arigato gozai-mashita, mata aimasho !

Baron Baron United States ( Family )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ A great representative of Japan! ”

Shin was amazing! I hope to see him again next time we are in Japan. He truly cares about you enjoying Japan. He did a lot of things on our tour that were way beyond what was expected just to make sure we enjoyed our time there. When we look back on our time in Japan, the kindness of Shin will be one of the things we remember the most!

SHIN:

Dr.Baron, Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. Despite a half day tour from Osaka sea port, we enjoyed Osaka castle, the samurai history in the 17th century, and at Sumiyoshi shrine we could feel the sacred Japanese shinto atmosphere. I am looking forward to seeing you again hopefully in the season of cherry spring. I always wish you happiness and prosperity from Japan.

Shelly Shelly United States ( Family )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ Unique perspectives and insights! ”

Shin provided a customized day in Kyoto for us. As our plans changed, Shin was able to adapt the itinerary to include a tour of a sake brewery and squeezed in a quick silk kimono fashion show! The Fushimi-inari shrine was as dramatic as expected, the other shrines we visited were lovely, we enjoyed some great street snacks and a fascinating traditional lunch. All in all, our time with Shin was a highlight of our nineteen days in Japan.

SHIN:

Hello Shelly san, I really appreciate wonderful review. Getting to know your long day Japan tour successfully ended, I feel so happy. And I am glad we could visit many unique places in Kyoto not written on a guide-book, super off-the-beaten-paths. Though Kyoto is small town, so many charms are orderly packed inside like a jewelry box. Springs of the cherry blossoms, summers of the festival, falls of color foliage and winters with crispy fresh air offer beautiful seasonal faces all the time. I am listening nice songs produced by your son, nice musician, and also my grand kid enjoys 3-D picture book every day. I am looking forward to seeing next chances from my heart. Thank you very much ! SHIN.

Angelina & Nick Angelina United States ( Family )
Excellent
11 months ago

“ Osaka and Kyoto Tours ”

It’s our first time and first day in Japan. We are so lucky that Shin-san is our tour guide! He is an excellent, courteous, knowledgeable, and amazing guide! He is highly organized, he called and even sent me an email the day before our tour. He even provided us the Plan/flowchart of the train schedule and helped us with the money exchange. We visited so many places in one day on Kyoto: The Golden Temple and Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. In Osaka: The Osaka-jo Castle and Dotombori. We could have not asked for anything more, “we’ve got the best tour guide and the group were very, very happy!😊🤗👋

SHIN:

Dear Angelina san and all beautiful friends, Thank you very much for your awesome nice review ! On a single day quick tour visiting Kyoto and Osaka, we chose most famous four landmarks, Golden temple, Arashiyama bamboo grove, Osaka-jo castle, Dotombori food street. So,, I really appreciate your patient and positive cooperation all the way despite I always let you get rushed like a bullet-like train driver. Please have a good time and relax on a cruiser too. Our tour is like just one page of my life. But I can say I will keep it mind forever by shining my tour guide life. Maraming salamat and Arigato gozaimashita ! SHIN

Blog

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