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US$ 20 Hourly rate Price up to 1 people
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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Hyogo , Shiga , Wakayama , Niigata

Languages English ( License ), Japanese ( Fluent )

(1) Reviews
Hourly rate 20 USD Price up to 1 people
( Max : 11 People )
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National licensed English tour guide (born in 1977). Main job is freelance book editor and writer based on Kyoto. Utilizing various past works and articles from historic spots, off the beaten track, traditional crafts, contemporary arts to hip restaurants, I offer unique and interesting tour. Since I have the qualification of “International SAKE (rice wine) tasting master”, I can guide to the SAKE brewery and nice SAKE bars. Also I am interested in Ethnology, I will guide you to once a year festivals or rare religious rituals.

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

Up to 1 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate US$20.39 US$20.39
4 Hours US$0.00 US$81.57
2 Hours US$40.79 US$40.79

* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 2 hours maximum per day.
* People: 11 maximum

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 ( 1 )
Riitta Riitta Finland ( Solo )
1 year ago

“ A perfect day in Kyoto ”

This was the second time for me to meet Rico. She is very nice, flexible and helpful. I wrote her beforehand what I wanted to do and asked her to make some suggestions for adding local touch. She made me two plans for our day so that I could choose the one I liked more. Because it was so hot and humid in August she even brought me some useful tools against hotness in advance. With her I was able to visit places which I would not have been able to find myself. Thank you Rico.


Thank you very much for your kind comments. I was pleased to see you again here in Kyoto. I appreciate for your lovely souvenir. You are very versed in Japanese culture (zen, garden, Geiko & Maiko etc), so I’m not really sure that I helped you well. I will definitely brush up my guide quality and my English, so I’m looking forward to seeing and guiding you again for future. Thank you very much!