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 !
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 MET KENJI AT OUR HOTEL AS PLANNED ... ONE OF OUR GROUP HAD A MAJOR PROBLEM WITH A TOOTH AND WE HAD TO MAKE AN EMERGENCY APPOITMENT AT A DENTIST ... KENJI DEALT WITH ALL THE ORGANISATION AND SAVED THE DAY !!! WHEN OUR DAY ACTUALLY STARTED KENJI WAS VERY QUICK TO RESCHEDULE EVERYTHING AND THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE WAS EXCELLENT !!! IN THE EVENING WE HAD ASK FOR A TRADITIONAL MEAL IN KYOTO .. THIS EXPERIENCE WAS UNIQUE AND HIS SUGGESTION WAS MORE THAN WE COULD HAVE HOPED FOR .... A LOVELY WAY TO END THE DAY ... A BRILLIANT DAY IN ALL ... MUCH APPRECIATED .. THANK YOU KENJI !!
Mr. Kanji took us on an unusual experience which we requested We wanted to visit the town where my wife's mother was raised. It is not a typical tourist destination. We were very nervous because of the emotional experience as well as we do not speak Japanese. From the beginning he helped us relax. He was very organized and seemed to have all the answers. So I asked if he had ever taken any other people to the same place. He said no but he had made the trip earlier just to prepare. I was amazed! He continued to impress us with his knowledge of where we were going and every aspect of Japanese culture we asked about. And we asked a lot of random questions. As I have said, we were not in a typical tourist area for Americans, almost nothing was in English. We visited the Toyooka Municipal Museum of the Oriental White Stork which usually has presentations in Japanese. He had planned for this also, and had scheduled a private screening of a video presentation in English just for us which helped deepen our experience. My wife cried tears of happiness! We lost my Mother in law 20 years ago. Thank you Mr. Kenji for helping us connect to her hometown in such a special way.
We had an excellent day with Kenji. He met us at our hotel in Kyoto and traveled with us to Nara. He did a great job of providing us with valuable cultural, historical, and religious information and understanding throughout the day. He is a great person to listen to and to learn from. Thank you for an excellent day!
Kenji showed us all the highlights of this Japanese city by public transportation Each city stop gave me a personal insight into Japanese history, castle architecture, and the local food.