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 !
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: 6 hours minimum and 9 hours maximum per day.
* People: 8 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 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
Kenji-san was good fun, and we spent a very comprehensive day with him as our guide in Osaka. As Japan was experiencing a heatwave, we had to make extra pit stops for resting and hydrating so that stretched the day a little more than the agreed hours but Kenji-san was relaxed about it and made us feel easy and unpressurised by the slight delay. All in all, a very good overview of Osaka in one day.
Jonathan-san Thank you for your great review of my tour. I'm very glad you could enjoy my tour in spite of record heat in Osaka. I defintely recommend you to visit Japan in more comfortable seasons next time. I'm also very surprised that we were reunited in Fushimi Inari coincidentally by its divine miracle power. I look forward to your next visit to Japan. Thanks, Kenji
Kenny is very knowledgeable about Kyoto and Japanese history and culture. He had a notebook that shows the history of the various emperors and shoguns, he also illustrated the high lights of the various sights and venues we visited. He shepherded us from one location to another quickly and efficiently. The weather was brutally hot and humid, but Kenji went along with our suggestion to change the itinerary to move indoors and complete the day earlier than planned.
Dear David, Thank you for your great review. I wish I could have had more comfortable time to explain about our culture and history related to the spots we visited but it was too hot and humid to walk around outside on the tour day. I recommend you to visit Kyoto again in better seasons and stay over nights so as to enjoy the various charms of the city. Please contact me anytime if you have any chance to come to Japan. Regards, Kenji
Kenji was very pleasant and knowledgeable, and we enjoyed our day with him. We did have occasional challenges with his English unlike our other guides in Japan. But overall very pleased with the areas we visited. I would forewarn people who visit Kyoto with TripleLights to be aware of the additional costs involved for the tour. We spent between $90-$100USD for taxi fares, entrance fees and lunch for us and the guide (2 of us total and 1 guide). Low cost subways are not available in Kyoto like in Tokyo, so it adds to the overall cost of the trip. Helps to know in advance so can bring sufficient amount of cash. But overall, a very nice tour and enjoyed our time with Kenji.
Dear Leanne, Thank you for your nice review of my tour. My tours usually use public transportation and need walking to some extent but I also use taxi occasionally by guest's request for saving walking and time. I'm sorry but Kyoto don't have so well-networked and low cost subways as Tokyo I'm relieved to hear that you could enjoy my tour overall. Thank you, Kenji
Kenji was so organized with planning our two days together. He carefully took all of our input and planned perfect days for the three of us (age 14 to 77). My mother has challenging food allergies and he carefully selected restaurants to accommodate her. He is kind and knowledgeable! We highly recommend him for your tour days.
Dear Marlow, Thank you for your great review of my tour. I'm really glad to hear that you and your family could enjoy my guiding tour including selected vegetarian restaurant. I could also spend wonderful time with you. Please contact me anytime if you have next chance to visit Japan again. Best regards, Kenji