I'm Yuri, a national lisenced English tour guide.
I was born and raised in Osaka. Now I live in the countryside of Nara. Also, I do love eating, traveling, meeting local people, and exchanging our value and cultures.
I'm flexible. Please tell and ask me if there are any places which you want to visit and anything which you want to do in Japan. I'll plan the trip only for you.
I am looking forward to seeing you in my tour, let's make your trip unforgettable!
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 4 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 3 hours minimum and 8 hours maximum per day.
* People: 6 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.
We had a great 1day Kyoto tour with Yuri during the April Cherry Blossom! Yuri's communication with us prior the tour was excellent. She arranged the itinerary as per all our requests. Besides the spots Arashiyama & Fushimi Inari as per our request, she added an additional spot Kinkakuji in our itinerary. She arrived our hotel earlier than agreed although she traveled from Nara very early in the morning. She arranged and bought all the transportation tickets for us. You can't imagine her walking speed despite of her age!! The restaurants that she suggested also suit our taste buds. She is very knowledgeable in Kyoto history too. We highly recommend Yuri.
Dear HC, Thank you very much for your nice review to my tour. I am so glad to understand my broken English. I also had a great time with you and your family. Thank you again. Best regards, Yuri
I would describe Yuri as very knowledgeable in getting around Osaka. We had no idea how big this city actually is. Nothing was to much trouble for her. I would highly recommend her. She also knew the history of the sights that we visited.
Dear Natalie, Thank you very much for your kind review. You and your friend were so nice to me throughout the tour. It was a sweltering hot today. You must be very tired. Enjoy the rest of your trip in Japan. Thank you again. Yuri
Excellent and knowledgeable tour guide! Thank you for covering so much ground with us in those two days ! Unforgettable experience that my family thoroughly enjoyed!!
Thank you all for the great review. I appreciate your kindness. It was very nice time to be with you and your family. I'm looking forward to seeing you again.
Yuri is a very nice person. Her communication with me prior to our Osaka experience was excellent. I would never want to cause someone to lose income from a job. Our experience was confused at best. She does not know Osaka. She didn't provide much insight about the city. She raced through the subways and train stations very seldom looking to see where we were. At times we had to point the way through the stations. She needs to have better knowledge of transportation system and how to use it. She also needs better communication skills in English if she is going to do tours for those who speak English. To put it in her own words "I'm confused". We paid too much for an unprofessional tour. Yesterdays tour was fantastic.. Hiro was top notch..
Thank you for the review. I apologize if you did not enjoy the tour. I take your review seriously and try to improve my guide skill. I hope I can reinstate your trust with me. Again, please accept our deepest apologies. Thanks and regards, Yuri
I found Yuri easy to communicate with in English and Yuri’s regular communication with me prior to the tour was excellent. Yuri ensured everything went smoothly from meeting me at my hotel, using local buses and assisting me back to my hotel. As a solo traveller I appreciated this immensely especially as Yuri had travelled a long distance to meet me. Despite a rainy evening I enjoyed my time with Yuri in Gion. Yuri had kindly made prior reservations at a restaurant for me and we had a lovely meal. Yuri is professional, punctual and organised. I will definitely tour with Yuri again if I return to Kyoto.
Dear Tracy, Thank you for your nice review to the Gion and Pontocho tour. Despite the rainy night, I enjoyed myself very much. I really appreciate spending your time with me during the tour. I look forward to seeing you again when you come to Japan in near future. Thank you again! Yuri