I'm Toichi. Please call me Ichi, which means No.1 in Japanese. Or you can remember it as 'itchy' Ichi.
Born and bred in Osaka, I would like to introduce you to this extremely diverse and interesting city.
I have travelled extensively around the globe, and I think one of the greatest pleasure of travelling abroad is meeting people who have different ways of lifestyle and thinking. Japan may not be an easy place for tourists to get to know its people. So, I hope to help you to get closer to meet real Japan and Japanese people.
I would like to show you how ordinary Japanese people live and think. And I am happy if you could have a day of unique cultural experiences which you can look back to in ten years' time!
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 5 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 15 maximum
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
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.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Toichi is witty, humorous, energetic, excited guide.He is an encyclopaedia on Japan and has exceptional story telling skills. His jokes are real funny. He knows Kyoto like back of his hand and knows nice nooks and corners which are not touristy. He is exceptional. He had kept all background info at the hotel before our arrival. He already had a word with the bus driver and worked out the plan. I cannot imagine Kyoto without Toichi. I wish we had more time with him. We were extended family of 9 persons and by the end of second day, he had become the 10th member.
Dear Sanjay, Thank you very much for your overwhelmingly favorable comments. In fact, I feel as if I do not know Kyoto as much as I should as I am from Osaka, but I am glad to hear that your family enjoyed your trip. One of the best moment I had was drinking six different kinds of sake with your daughter and talked about ‘life.’ Yes, she had a lot to say! Maybe next time you come, I can show you around Osaka, the city I was born and grew up.
Spending the day visiting Nara and Osaka from Kyoto with Toichi was one of the highlights of our trip. We started by feeding some cute deer, went to some amazing shrines and temples in Nara, had some delicious Okonomiyaki, visited Osaka castle and tried our hand at throwing stars, and ended with exploring the busy Osaka shopping streets! Throughout, Toichi was a great and knowledgeable guide. He was flexible with our schedule and very quick to adapt. He was also super thoughtful and wanted us to have the best experience possible, even leaving some guides and information at our hotel before we arrived in Kyoto. As an ex-Japanese and English teacher, he was also able to help with my basic Japanese language learning, and I had a fun impromptu lesson on the ride between Nara-Osaka! Overall an ... read more
Dear Nicholas, Thank you very much for your beautiful comments! I too enjoyed spending a day with you and Sarah. I particularly enjoyed reading a Japanese newspaper together on the train between Nara and Osaka. You were such a great patient learner, I seriously thought I could make you fluent in Japanese if we had a week together. Keep up with your study and good luck! Love, Toichi
Toichi was a great tour guide for us. We highly reccomend him for a personalized tour. He was helpful, informative, flexible and speaks very good English. He has great communication with his clients before, during and after the tour.
Thanks very much for the wonderful review, Valeria. Hope you had a great cruise around Japan afterwards. Please say hello to your lovely husband Jim.
My husband and I took a cruise around Japan and we decided the ships tour would not suit our interests in Kyoto. Toichi met us at our ship in Kobe, then we took the train and metro to Kyoto. He provided a perfect day of seeing the sites on our agenda as well as some he recommended. We went to a beautiful zen garden that I am sure no group tour would include. He recommended a great restaurant , again not a tourist spot. Toichi was fun, informative,and has fantastic English so we had no communication concerns. With only 1 day in Kyoto, hiring Toichi was a very efficient way to see a lot in one day, without the hassle of figuring out the train system, or having the huge expense of a ships excursion. We even made at stop in Gion district and he knew the best spots for Geisha siting. ... read more
Dear Jim and Marilyn, Thank you very much for your lovely comments! Your comments make me believe that I am in the right profession! To be honest with you, as I am not from Kyoto, I am not necessarily knowlegable about the city. So, whenever I guide my guests in Kyoto, I am not totally confident. Therefore, you comments are very helpful to me and I feel I need to know the city more! If you ever have another chance to visit Kansai region in the future, please find me again. I would love to show you Osaka, a unique, vibrant city I was born and grew up in. Thank you for finding me again.
Toichi was very easy to deal with over the e-mail as he planned our walk. I suggested what we would like to see and Toichi used this as the basis of his suggested walk, as well as suggesting his own ideas taking in to account the number of hours available and our age (we are both 74). As we came out of immigration he was waiting for us - the very entertaining day had started.. Nothing was too much trouble and he even showed my wife where a particular shop was located and helped her as she bought certain items. We visited cherry blossom near the mint, the castle, Dotonbori area and had lunch in a non- tourist Japanese restaurant, couldn't have asked for more. He then escorted us back to our cruise ship and waited until we boarded. I highly recommend Toichi as a guide.
Dear Geoff, Thank you very much for your lovely comments. i couldn't have had asked you a better comment! Hope the rest of your cruise will be as exciting, and you and Maureen have a wonderful life together. And happy, happy birthday to you again.