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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Nara

Languages English ( License ), Japanese ( Fluent )

(169) 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 .

4.5 (169) Reviews
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  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
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Reviews ( 169 )
Mai-Britt Mai-Britt Norway ( Couple )
3 days ago

“ Good itinerary and great knowledge. ”

We had a wonderful day with Hiroshi today. He had made a very good plan for us and shared of his great knowledge of the places we visited. We look forward to one more day with him.

Debby Debby Canada ( Friends )
1 week ago

“ Best day of our trip! ”

Hiroshi customized our tour in Kyoto to avoid places already covered by our tour company. He shared anecdotes while travelling between destinations and took us to very interesting places. He helped us order food and gave excellent directions to get back to our hotel at the end of the day. Hiroshi is very knowledgeable about the local history and current life in Japan. He took group photos for us and emailed them afterwards. He stayed after hours with some of our group as they wanted to extend their wandering into the early evening. Compared to the tour company's local guide, the service was much more personal and engaging. We had a truly wonderful day and highly recommend Hiroshi's services.


Dear Debby Thank you Debby for your great compliments on one day tour in Kyoto. I was glad to see that my guests had a pleasent trip in Kyoto, not only visiting at important historical places but also enjoy eating Kyoto specialities as well. I wish you had at least one more time on that day. If so, I was able to guide you so-called the Geiko town or Flower town in Gion district,where if you have a chance,you may encounter with a Maiko or Geiko san walking around in the streets. Best regards Mar 15 Hiroshi ( Hiro) Y.

Natalie Natalie Canada ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ HIRO WAS AMAZING ! 5+ stars ”

We spent one day with Hiroshi-San. We cannot say enough about this man . He was so funny , knowledgeable, personable, patient and very thoughtful. We thoroughly enjoyed just hanging out with him all day and we were sad when we had to say goodbye. He is amazing with kids and we can imagine that he was a wonderful elementary school teacher. Our ten year old just adored him ! We definitely wouldn’t have covered so much ground without him. We would absolutely recommend him to anyone and everyone looking for a top notch guide to help them navigate through Kyoto ! HIRO is THE BEST!!! We would hire him again in heartbeat if we came back to Japan !


Dear Natalie I say thank you Natalie for your great reviews on one day tour in Kyoto. All of you must be enjoy looking at beautiful gardens, scenic beauty in Katsragawa riverside, so abstract touch of the Ryoanji temple garden and amazingly beautiful Golden Pavilion temple etc. I am proud of these great cultural and histolical heritage in Kyoto. Best regards Mar 15 Hiroshi ( Hiro)

Mark Mark United States ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Best day in Nara with Hiroshi, Okini! ”

My daughter and I went to Nara for a tour with Hiroshi. It was really great. Hiroshi was so knowledgeable and telling us all the tips and tricks from how to feed the dear in Nara deer park (very important, otherwise they can be a bit aggressive) to some hidden treasures and interesting facts that you would not read in a book or find on your own. I highly recommend him. As if this was not enough, my daughter had a medical emergency while we were in the middle of Nara deer park. Hiroshi helped us to find a place for her to sit and then helped us call an ambulance. He was so caring and helped us so much that I cannot say enough about his attitude, his humor (which helped us when stressed) and his clear caring about the incident. He was just amazing and we will never forget him and the... read more


Dear Mark I am very grateful to you for your great reviews on one day tour in Nara. It was so unfortunate that your daughter had a medical emergency during your tour in Nara. But after getting medical treatment by ER.doctors at Nara City Hospital, she had soon recoverd, if not completely. I was so happy to see that she looked gradually getting better and I was also able to guide both of you to the fifth -storied pagoda in Kofukuji-temple and the National Treasure Hall. Best regards Mar 15 Hiroshi (hiro)

Sybil Sybil United States ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Great Day in Kyoto ”

We had a very full day with Hiro in Kyoto. He has a very good sense of humor and likes to give little tests to see about your knowledge. Hiro is definitely a fast walker so at times I thought we had lost him, but he was always patiently waiting for us to catch up! Fun day!


Dear Sybil Thank you for your compliments on full day tour in Kyoto. I also really enjoyed guiding " such a great students like you" to four must-see places in Kyoto. All of you showed me great concerns and interests about Japanese culture and history. Best regards Mar 14 Hiroshi (Hiro)