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Send message only 3 days available in November
$ 33 Hourly rate Price up to 5 people
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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Hyogo , Kobe

Languages English ( License ), Japanese ( Fluent )

(45) Reviews
Hourly rate 33 USD Price up to 5 people
( Max : 8 People )
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Hi I'm Kenji
I have a government license of tour guide interpreter in English.
I was born and raised in Kyoto, an old capital of Japan over one thousand years
So I'm very familiar with many sightseeing spots and attractions of the city
Kyoto is a fascinating and picturesque city drawing lots of foreign tourists every year
I can show you around not only popular historical sites and relics
but also its various attractions such us Zen silent meditation, traditional sweets cooking,
kimono-clad walking and so on.
I can also provide tailored tours fitting to your liking.
I like a famous Zen phrase "Ichigo Ichie" meaning "Treasure every encounter
for it will never recur"
So I always try to enjoy guiding every tourist with my best hospitality.
Zen concepts have greatly influenced many aspects of Japanese culture
I will explain some of them and allow you to explore Zen world through some of my tours
Please contact me any time.
I'm looking forward to seeing you and spending wonderful time with you.
See you soon !

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4.7 (45) Reviews
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The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

1 Person
Up to 5 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $30.80 $33.44 $4.40
6 Hours $184.80 $200.64 $26.40
8 Hours $246.40 $267.52 $35.20

* Duration: 6 hours minimum and 9 hours maximum per day.
* People: 8 maximum

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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 ( 45 )
Shannon Shannon United States
15 hours ago

“ Zen and learning in Kyoto ”

Kenji was absolutely fantastic! He is knowledgeable, kind, and has a great personality. We were a group of 6 and we all loved spending the day with him. He is truly a plethora of information and everything we could have hoped for. Thank you, Kenji for a wonderful day🙏🏼


Dear Shannon-san, Thank you for your wonderful review of our tour. I'm very glad that I could show you profound zen world through dry landscape gardens and the culture and history of Kyoto and all of you liked them. Of course I could enjoy myself spending great time with all of you. If you will have any plan to visit Japan in future, please contact me so as to customize any tour to meet your needs. Best regards, Kenji

DEB and STAN DEB United States ( Couple )
2 days ago

“ Attentive Careful Guide ”

We hired Triple Lights and Kenji to meet us at the port in Kobe. He was there when we arrived and guided us through the day of visiting Temples and Shrines. He handed us a detailed schedule for the day, and it worked out exactly as he had described, including finding a restaurant to meet my dietary needs. His English is very good and he is very pleasant.


Dear DEB-san, Thank you for your wonderful review of my tour. It was my great pleasure that you could enjoy the tour and my guiding. Of course I also enjoyed very much. As you know Kyoto has a lot of places to see you should spend longer next time. Regards, Kenji

Linda Linda United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Himeji trip ”

Very informative day. We appreciated Kenji showing us some beautiful parts of a beautiful country.


Dear Linda, Thank you for your great review of my Himeji tour. I'm very glad that you liked our historical sites and their scenic beauty. I also enjoyed guiding you and your husband very much. I look forward to your next chance to visit Japan. Regards, Kenji

Christian Christian Switzerland ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ The perfect guide! ”

Kenji was the perfect guide for my wife and me. Kenji is super friendly and knows everything about Kyoto and its sights. He made a great program for the two days with all major sights. Kenji is extremely prepared and even knows nice spots for lunch. Thank you Kenji it was very interesting and always fun to spend time with you.


Dear Chris-san, Thank you for your great review of my tour. I'm so glad that you could enjoy my tour and I also enjoyed spending a wonderful time with you for two days. As Kyoto is my hometown please contact me anytime. I look forward to your next visit to Japan in future. Best regards, Kenji

Claudia Claudia United States ( Family )
2 months ago

“ Kyoto tour ”

We spent a wonderful full day with Kenji who showed us everything that we planned to see. It was a customized tour taht we both “designed”. He welcomed us at the Jr station where we got a printed itinerary with exact time at each stop. Kenji was very courteous, helpful, knowledgeable and very well organized. We enjoyed every minute of the tour. He answered all our questions about customs and even thought us a little of Japanese during our lunch! We would recommend him to our friends.


Claudia-san, Thank you for your great review of my tour. I'm very glad to hear that you satisfied my tour and of course I could enjoy spending a wonderful time with you and your family. I'm also glad to have gotten your many questions which proved your curiosity about our culture, religion and society etc. As you know Japan has distinctive four seasons and various regions with their charms attracting visitors. I look forward to your next chance to visit Japan. Thanks, Kenji