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$ 36 Hourly rate Price up to 4 people
I will try to meet your needs and requirements as much as possible. Please let me know if you have special requests. I specialize in tours in Osaka, but I can also do day tours in Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Hiroshima and Koyasan. I can do shopping tour and eating tour. I am very flexible with time and can also do tours at late in the evening.
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Last updated: 11 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Hyogo , Kobe , Mount Koya

Languages English ( License )

(31) Reviews
Hourly rate 36 USD Price up to 4 people
( Max : 14 People )
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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!

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

1 Person
Up to 4 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $31.15 $35.60 $8.90
4 Hours $124.60 $142.40 $35.60
8 Hours $249.20 $284.80 $71.20

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 14 maximum

Private Tours

Nara and Osaka in One Day

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Strolling along the Longest Shopping Arcade in Japan

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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 ( 31 )
Miracle Miracle United States ( Family with kids )
4 days ago

“ Ichi was fabulous! ”

Ichi was so attentive and made my family feel so very cared for. He listened to what we wanted to do and then made our dreams come true. He was fantastic. We highly recommend Ichi!!


Hello Miracle, Thanks very much for your wonderful review. I was happy to be able to take part in making your son’s dream come true. I hope he would be able to return to Japan in the future! It was also great to meet you and your lovely parents. With the special name you have, I would never forget you, and I hope all the miracles you wish for in your life would come true some day! All the best, Ichi

Carol Carol United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ How Lucky Was I in Choosing Toichi With no Personal Knowledge - I just followed a hunch! ”

I am a travel agent who was asked by my clients to get them a private guide for Kyoto. I had no personal knowledge of Kyoto guides and my usual destination guides were horribly expensive and perhaps not great either! I read Toichi's "profile" and decided he sounded like a good choice. What a treasure! I've heard from my clients at the end of their first day with him and they said he was great! The second day was also terrific. From my end, I liked him because he responded to anything I asked him (or told him about) almost instantly and always with what I could tell was good advice. From his written notes, he sounded as though he had a nice sense of humor and knowledge of the Kyoto area.


Dear Carol, Thank you very much for your review. I had a good time talking and getting to know Laurie and Bob during our two days in Kyoto. They told me great things about you, too! I hope they will be in OK in Nara and in Himeji on their own today and tomorrow. Thank you for choosing me.

Victor Victor United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Very personable ”

Friendly, funny, engaging, knowledgeable


Buenos dias, Victor. Gracias por your review. Hope the rest of your trip will be great and more than anything, have a great life. Adios. !Nos vemos de nuevo! Ichi

Don Don United States ( Solo )
2 weeks ago

“ Excellent guide with great energy and personality! ”

I booked tours with Toichi for 5 days while I was staying in Osaka and was so happy I hired him as my guide. He's very conversational in English, so communicating with him was always easy. His service was beyond exceptional and he went out of his way to meet any of my needs. He's funny and full of energy and really adds to your experience of Japan. Don't over-look Osaka when you're selecting cities in Japan to tour. His home city is full of wonderful sites and he really loves guiding people around town.


Dear Don, Thanks very much for your overwhelming comments on my tour. Yes, it was 5 days I would never forget until I die. Especially your karaoke singing and cherry blossom viewing on rainy night still make me smile. Hope you will continue to enjoy your adventure around the globe.

Lisa Lisa United States ( Family with kids )
2 weeks ago

“ Most Helpful Guide ever ”

Toichi is so thoughtful in helping prepare for your excursion. I messaged him quite a bit to make sure we would do all of the things we needed to see. Seeing the cherry blossoms was very important and he kept me posted on if they would be in bloom. He was flexible with schedule changes and even arranged dinner reservations. I highly recommend Toichi.


Dear Lisa, Thank you very much for your thoughtful review. I too did enjoyed the day. Especially Sarah kept me laughing and made my day! I feel sorry I couldn’t take them to Monkey Mountain in Arashiyama because it started raining just before we were getting there. Kids would had had enjoyed it very much. Hope the rest of the family’s trip will be as wonderful. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to work with you.