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.
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.
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.
We had a great day with Kenji in Kyoto. We saw all the main sights . We only had one day so we asked him to fit as much as he could into one day. He was very informative but also fun. We had a great lunch at a local noodle restaurant. I would recommend Kenji as a tour guide.
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 !!