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Yoshi

Licensed Guide
  (3) Reviews
Send message only 7 days available in September
$ 37 Hourly rate Price up to 5 people
1. Basically 7 days a week
2. Besides sightseeing spots in Kansai (Kyoto, Osaka, Nara), the guide has a detailed knowledge in KOHOKU (Northernmost) district in Shiga Pref.
i.e.,
1)Shizugatake Old Battlefield, 2)Lake Yogo, 3)Woody Pal Yogo, 4)Tojyuin temple, 5)Kanzan-ji temple, 6)Zencho-ji temple, 7)Kaizu Osaki for Cherry Blossom Viewing, 8)Keisoku-ji temple for Autumnal Leaves, 9)Throughout Central Kinomoto area, 10)Odani Jyo Castle, 11)Sugatani Hot Spring Resort, 12)Chikubu-shima island, 13)Doganji-temple (A National Treasure), 14)Takatsuki Museum of Ethnic and Historical Materials, 15)Throughout Central Nagahama city, etc.
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Last updated: 2 days ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Shiga

Languages English ( License )

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Hourly rate 37 USD Price up to 5 people
( Max : 10 People )
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About

 My name is Yoshi, alias known as "Lonesome Cowboy", who used to live and work in El Paso in the Lone Star state of the US. During my stay there, I was able to enjoy opportunities to go around the Southwest (TX, NM, AZ, UT, CO) alone, taking advantage of given long holidays. The total distance I drove was no less than 3,000 km (about 1,900 miles).
I dropped by a motel in a countryside town along the highway, drank several glasses of whiskey at the bar, and the next day continued travelling for other new towns that I had never seen before. I felt that I was just a cowboy wandering place to place of the wide country in the middle of the 19th century.
 
Long time has passed since I had come back to Japan from that exciting and fulfilling life there, and I already retired and came back to my hometown, KOHOKU (湖北; The northern region of lake Biwa, Shiga pref.) When I recall back those good old days, a kind of feeling that I would like to serve tourists from abroad has bubbled over in my mind. I want to help you to see and enjoy quite distinctive four seasons, impressive legends and moving stories caused by historic happenings, and casual everyday lives of the village people here.

Let me guide you around KOHOKU, which is not definitely on the Golden route of Japan travel and will not become in the future either, but we believe you must be able to feel and catch a kind of essence of the Japanese people who had created and have developed the deep and genuine culture. Such nature, historical events and crystallization of the people's effort are the ultimate attraction of KOKOKU.

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Price

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

Duration
1 Person
Up to 5 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $32.55 $37.20 $4.65
4 Hours $130.20 $148.80 $18.60
8 Hours $260.40 $297.60 $37.20

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 10 maximum

Private Tours

Impressive Three-Day Tour around Old Capitals (Nara, Kyoto, ...

(3) Reviews
by Yoshi
The course is a “Golden Route” around the 3 old capitals. You must feel awe-inspiring atmosphere, being surprised to see the fruits of religion-based cohes...
3 days $ 1,004 up to 15 people

One Day Bike Tour around Yogo, an Old Home of Japan in Shiga...

(3) Reviews
by Yoshi
Lake Yogo, alias "Mirror Lake" is a northernmost attraction in Shiga pref. Literally, it looks like a natural mirror on a calm day, perfectly reflecting su...
9h $ 251 up to 5 people

A Half Day Bike Tour around Lake Yogo in Shiga (余吴湖一周半天自行车远行...

(3) Reviews
by Yoshi
Lake Yogo is a northernmost mysterious attraction in Shiga prefecture, and its another name is "Mirror Lake", since it looks like a natural mirror on a cal...
4h $ 112 up to 5 people

One Day Tour for Autumnal Leaves around Keisoku-ji Temple & ...

(3) Reviews
by Yoshi
Keisoku-ji was re-built by the Venerable, Saicho (767-822 AD), and named after footmarks of a chicken left on accumulated snow. The monk found an Eleven-he...
9h $ 251 up to 5 people

One Day Bike Tour around Kohoku in Shiga (北琵琶湖一天自行车远行在滋贺县)

(3) Reviews
by Yoshi
Kohoku, i.e., northernmost district in Shiga pref. is said to be “The home of Kan-non (Deity of Mercy)”, many of which have been protected by successive vi...
9h $ 251 up to 5 people

One Day Tour around Central Nagahama in Shiga (长滨市内一天远行在滋贺县)

(3) Reviews
by Yoshi
Nagahama (Population: about 120,000; Area: about one sixth of the whole of Shiga) has developed after Hideyoshi, a famous hero in the Provincial War Period...
8h $ 223 up to 5 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 ( 3 )
Julie Julie United States ( Couple )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Excellent guide! ”

Yoshi is an excellent guide! He is a hard-working and wonderful ambassador for his country. Yoshi takes his work seriously and is scrupulously prepared. His care for his clients really shows. He went above and beyond for us. Yoshi is very well-informed about so much, including Japanese history, current Japanese affairs, and the flowers and trees of Japan. He is interesting, energetic, kind, and hospitable. Our only wish was that we had more time with Yoshi! We are grateful we met him.

Yoshi:

Dear Julie san and Ron san. Thank you very much for your nice feedback. As our mission as a tour guide is, of course, to insure our customers' satisfaction, I've believed (as a former Quality Engineer) that we have to do our maximum effort, sacrificing our short lunch and rest time. I'm so glad to know that you kindly felt a touch of it. Again, I was extremely happy to be able to have an opportunity to go around the best spots with you and Ron san yesterday. Thank you, PS: I will try not to be a "Crybaby" any more. From Yoshi Apr., 19 (Fri.), 2019; 22:23

Siti Siti Malaysia ( Family )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Nara Kyoto Osaka revisited ”

Very lucky to have Yoshi san as our guide who took care of us from the time he picked us up from the hotel until he send us back to the hotel. I'm very impressed and appreciative when he accomodate to our slow movement. He planned well according to what we wanted even at the short notice of visiting Nara Womens University. Really love the Kimono experience and picnic under cherry blossoms at Osaka castle. Our family especially my daughter had a lovely and wonderful time. Thank you Yoshi san for understanding and being an amazing tour guide for us. - Siti, Malaysia.

Yoshi:

Siti san, Zainal san, alias sweet Sumo wrestler, and a promising No.1 journalist in Malaysia, Farah san, I thank you very much for selecting such an amateurish tour guide like me for your memorable tour tripping around Kansai district, Japan. I was relieved that the weather on the days during your trip was relatively good (not so cold and not so warm), and we could make it in time when the cherry blossoms that all of you must have eagerly anticipated started. You were able to dabble at OHANAMI (Cherry viewing) at Osaka Jyo park, eating Takoyaki, weren't we? The gift that charming Farah san surprisingly gave me must have become one of my most important treasuries. Thank you so much. PS : As I promised so, I'm going to send all the photos that I took for your wonderful family through e... read more

Sheila Sheila Singapore ( Family )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ Amazing Guide Yoshi san ”

Yoshi was very knowledgeable on all the places he took us for the two days we were in Osaka. He picked us up at our hotel. Planned the day according to what we wanted to see and the activities we were interested in. I have a bad knee and stairs were a problem, he made a lot of effort to accommodate this. For this I am very impressed. He definitely went over and beyond. Our family had a great time and will be beyond. Thank you Yoshi San! -- Sheila Cemer Houston Texas

Yoshi:

Sheila san and your handsome family members: Thank you very much for your lavish word to this amateurish tour guide. I have to appreciate you, giving me the opportunity to go around here and there in the merchants' city under brisk winter sky. I'll never forget the fantastic memory with you and your family. PS: Have you successfully been able to open all the pictures that I took for your family?

Blog

The Great Traverse on Trails of Surrounding Mountains around Lake Yogo

by Yoshi
Re: The Great Traverse (余呉湖を囲む山道を踏破する) I walked a mountain trail on the east side of Lake Yogo last week, traversing from the North to Sout...

Walking the Mountain Track that Samurai Warriors Had to Claw Their Way to Gain Fame

by Yoshi
Walking the Mountain Track that Samurai Warriors Had to Claw Their Way to Gain Fame on the Battlefield of Shizugatake (1583 AD) ----- 賤ヶ岳合戦(...

A Natural Botanical Garden of Lake Yogo

by Yoshi
It was a perfect spring (or early summer) day today. An outdoors type as I am, I went out for a daily walking around Lake Yogo (余呉湖), with a...

Spring in Full Bloom of My Hometown

by Yoshi
Spring in Full Bloom of My Hometown; A Peaceful and Idyllic Morning, Quite Different from the Popular Sightseeing Spots in Kansai [ Many ...

Re: The Start is the Most Important Part of Any Effort (最初が肝心)

by Yoshi
Re: The Start is the Most Important Part of Any Effort (最初が肝心) I used to be a terribly dull and lazy bones in my school days. It might be t...

My Name Card of Licensed Guide Interpreter (English)

by Yoshi
Since that gorgeous cherry season is now approaching here in Kansai district (関西地方), schedules on my calendar have been a bit tight. So, I d...