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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Nara

Languages English ( License ), Japanese ( Fluent )

(183) Reviews
Hourly rate 18 USD Price up to 2 people
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Hello,I am HIROSHI YOKOYAMA. Please call me Hiro, not "hero". I have been lived in kyoto
for more than 30years. So, I am very familiar with the city of Kyoto and a unique culture
developed in Japan as well. I can offer you not only historic places like Nijo castle, Kinkakuji temple ,Kiyomizu temple etc., but also off the beaten track spots Nijo jinya house or nicknamed
"ninjya house" ,Katsura Imperial Villa etc.. I am really looking forward to seeing you .

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.

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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 ( 183 )
Ann Ann United States ( Couple )
2 days ago

“ Great time exploring Kyoto and Nara ”

My husband and I enjoyed the two days we spent with "Hiro." Hiro was very efficient, and showed us so many amazing places all around Kyoto and Nara. We covered more ground than we did with any other guide on our trip. We loved that Hiro carried his DSLR camera around - he took pictures for us and has promised to email them. For the price, you cannot go wrong with booking Hiro. He was very enjoyable to be around and knowledgeable about the sites he showed us. Thanks Hiro!!!!

Annelize Annelize Australia ( Couple )
Very Good
4 days ago

“ 4 Days in Kyoto ”

My husband and I had a wonderful time with Hiroshi in Kyoto. He was extremely patient with my endless shopping and very accommodating when we kept changing the planned itinerary. He is very knowledgeable about Kyoto and its history. In response to our love of art, he took us to museums, craft centres and the house of a multi talented artist Kawai Kanjiro. We went to Nijyo castle, the Hihashiyama district, Gion, Philosopher's Walk, Zen gardens at Daitokji temple, Arashiyama and many more. Hiro was very responsive to our needs and also accommodated our dietary requirements. He has a great sense of humour and we recommend him as guide in Kyoto.

FAITH JOAN FAITH Philippines ( Family with kids )
1 week ago

“ Sites and experiences in Osaka ”

The tour and visit of Osaka was very interesting and enjoyable. Hire was very accommodating and knowledgeable. He even has games for our kids. Very good with families with kids


Dear FAITH Thank you for your compliment on May 7 tour in Osaka. I wish there had been more time on that day. If you had at least one hour more, all of your family members also had enjoyed visiting at Osaka Sky Garden in Umeda Sky Building. Best regards Hiroshi Y.

Margaret Margaret United States ( Family )
Very Good
2 weeks ago

“ Hiroshi showed us many of the major highlights of Kyoto in two days. ”

Hiroshi is a very energetic guide who took us to many places in two short days. We asked for some locations that were not on the typical tour list and he was happy to accomodate us. He has a nice sense of humor and seems to really enjoy guiding people around his city. We were tired but happy at the end of the day.


Dear Margaret I say thank you for your great reviews for Ap 29 and 30,two days tour in Kyoto. All of you visited a wide variety of sites such as Sanjyu- sangendo temple, Higashi-Honganji temple, Nijyojyo castle ,Arashiyama bamboo forest and Fushimi-Inari Shrine,where you climbed up to the middle of the Mt.Inari ! and lastly visited at Gion district. I hope that all of you had pleasant trip in Kyoto. Best regards May 16 Hiroshi Y.

Leonid Leonid United States ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Great guide for Kyoto ”

Hiro is very particulate, precise and knowledgeable. We had an excellent introduction to major sides of Kyoto and its history. Enjoyed this toor. We are highly recommending Hiroshi to anyone who wants to explore Kyoto in a private setting and not with a big group.


Dear Leonid I appreciate your great reviews of May 1, one day tour in Kyoto. I was so amazed to find that both of you have a great physical strength and a great knowledge about Japanese culture as well. Best regards May 14 Hiroshi Y.