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  (19) Reviews
Send message only 12 days available in December
US$ 42 Hourly rate Price up to 10 people
If you pay extra 10000 yen (transportation fee ), I can also guide you in Hiroshima.
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Last updated: 11 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Hyogo , Kobe

Languages English ( License ), Japanese ( Fluent )

(19) Reviews
Hourly rate 42 USD Price up to 10 people
( Max : 20 People )
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Hello ! My name is Akira, but please call me Aki. I am a national licensed tour guide in English. I am specialized in Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Kobe and Hiroshima. When you have a plan to visit those area, please contact me. In those area, you can find a traditional and cultural Japan. I will guide you wherever you would like to visit and you can enjoy Japan with me for sure.

I worked for an export company for more than 30years and met many people from overseas who were interested in Japanese culture, history and buildings. So after I retired, I decided to become a tour guide.

Please let me know what and where you are interested in so that I can arrange it for you, and make your itinerary which you will be satisfied with.

In my spare time, my hobby is Japanese martial art Aikido (black belt 2nd grade).

If you are interested in Japanese martial art, I am pleased to talk about it with you.
Looking forward to your inquiry.

Thank you so much for reading my introduction, and I look forward to sharing my country with you.

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4.1 (19) Reviews
Very Good


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

1 Person
Up to 10 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate US$42.16 US$42.16 US$28.12
4 Hours US$168.65 US$168.65 US$112.46
8 Hours US$337.31 US$337.31 US$224.92

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 8 hours maximum per day.
* People: 20 maximum

Private Tours

Private Tour Bamboo grove in Arashiyma, Ryoanji temple , Kin...

(19) Reviews
by Akira
Arashiyama is one of typical sight seeing spots in Kyoto and very popular place among not ony Japanese but foreigners. Arashiyma was developed as villas fo...
8h US$ 309 up to 10 people

Private Tour Osaka half day tour

(19) Reviews
by Akira
We visit Osaka Castle and Umeda Sky Building(Floating Garden Observatory) in four hours. From your hotel first we visit Osaka Castle by the train and we...
4h US$ 187 up to 10 people

Private Tour half day walking tour of bamboo grove in Aras...

(19) Reviews
by Akira
Arashiyama is one of typical sight seeing spots in Kyoto and very popular place among not ony Japanese but foreigners. Arashiyma was developed as villas fo...
4h US$ 187 up to 10 people

Private Tour one day tour in Hiroshima

(19) Reviews
by Akira
We visit Hiroshima memorial park and Itsukushima shrine. First we visit Itsukushima shrine in Miyajima island by the train and ferry and come back to Hiros...
6h US$ 422 up to 10 people

Private Tour Half Day Walking Tour In Nara

(19) Reviews
by Akira
We visit Nara park, Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Shrine and Koufukuji Temple from 9 a.m. to 13 p.m. Nara was an ancient capital of Japan from 710 to 784 before ...
4h US$ 197 up to 10 people

Private Tour One day tour for Nara and Osaka

(19) Reviews
by Akira
In one day we visit Todaiji Temple and Kasuga shrine in Nara and Osaka castle and Dootonnbori ( famous shoppingnand entertainment place) in Osaka First ...
8h US$ 328 up to 10 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 ( 19 )
Sanford Sanford United States ( Friends )
3 weeks ago

“ Hiroshima shrine and peace museum ”

Akira is a very intelligent man and organized. However he was somewhat distant from us probably because of his age. I also think that he underestimated our walking ability and the distances we had to travel. He answered questions but did not volunteer a lot of information regarding the places we visited.


Dear Dr. Silverman Thank you so much for your review. I hope that you enjoyed cruising and Japan. Akira

Jayne Jayne Japan ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Nara half day ”

We booked our trip in country and at late notice. Akira met us at our hotel and took us by train and bus to Nara. He was very factual but not boring and explained everything we asked about including some japanese customs and words. Because I have walking issues he tailored the trip to accomodate me but still we managed to see lots of things. Afterwards he recommended a very good place to eat in Nara and joined us there at our invitation. I would recommend using this method of seeing places as the interaction is much more than within a big tour group. Overall a very pleasant and informative trip.


Dear Jayne Thank you so much for your nice rating. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed Nara with me. I also learned many things from you and enjoyed Nara with you. Thank you very much for your invitation to lunch. Please come back to Japan. Thank you so much. Akira

Richard Richard Canada ( Family )
5 months ago

“ Short walking tour of Kyoto ”

A group of 8 of us met up with Akira during our cruise ship stop in Kobe and took the train over to Kyoto for a walking tour of some of the cultural sites. Akira was prompt and met us ready to go right in the cruise ship terminal. We hopped on a train over to Kyoto and then a short bus ride to where we started our walk. Akira was very knowledgeable about the entire area and filled us in on the fine details of Kobe, Kyoto and Japan the entire time as well as answered any other questions we had along the way. We had a very enjoyable day and left with more knowledge of Japan and the culture than when we started - which is what travel is all about. I would highly recommend booking a tour with Akira!!


Dear Richard Thank you so much for your nice rating. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed Kyoto with me. I also enjoyed with a nice group like you. Thank you so much . Akira

Marie Marie United States ( Family )
8 months ago

“ Kyoto and Osaka ”

Akira was very knowledgeable. We enjoyed the sites of Osaka and Kyoto.


Dear Marie Thank you so much for using me as a guide for 2 days. I hope that you enjoyed Japan Akira

Juan Juan Indonesia ( Family )
Very Good
11 months ago

“ Osaka castle ”

Nice guide


Dear Juan Thank you so much for your rating. I hope that you enjoyed Japan Please come back to Japan again. Akira