Hi,I'm Hiroyuki Fukui. Please call me Hiro.
I'm a government certified guide interpreter.
I'm originally from Gifu Prefecture located in Central Japan and have lived in Nara city for more than twenty years.
I used to be a civil engineer working for a construction company and experienced overseas projects mainly in South Pacific region for about nine years.
During my stay abroad, I had an opportunity to look Japan from outside and realized the beauty of Japan from different point of view.
Now I retired from the company and I'm guiding foreign visitors mainly over Kansai district including Nara, Kyoto and Osaka to help them know more about the history, the culture and the people of Japan.
I'm looking forward to serving you soon.
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 6 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 12 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.
Hiroyuki (Hiro) made our trip to Takayama and Shirakawago an amazing experience that we simply could not have done on our own. We only had a half day each day due to our train schedule and he worked the itinerary perfectly and with an easy going flexibility to allow us to take the pictures and shop as we needed. Prior to the trip, he made us most comfortable with communication and planning that gave us the sense we were in good hands. No doubt, we would use Hiro again on our next trip to Japan! Thank you Hiro for a great and thoughtful experience!
Dear Phil, I am very much pleased to hear that you have enjoyed the tour with me over Takayama and Shirakawago. Although autumn color season was over there, I hope you got pictures of scenic beauty of the old towns. Spending comfortable days with nice couple in beautiful town made me refreshing. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Please give my best regards to Patty. Best regards, Hiroyuki
Hiroyuki guide us a day in Nara. It was wonderful. So many insights knowledge to thr places we visited. The stories that are not in the guide books or Internet. Thank you for great day!!!
Dear Michael, I appreciate your very favorable comment on the tour with me. I am glad if the tour would be of help to you understand something of Japan. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Please give my best regards to Shevy. Best regards, Hiroyuki Fukui
I booked Hiro on short notice for a 4-hour tour with my family in Kyoto. He was very responsive in communicating ahead of time via the website and even accommodated my last-minute schedule change request the night before our tour. The tour was wonderful! Hiro planned an easy route and prepared us for what to expect (for example, needing exact change for our bus fare). He made smart use of public transit to keep extra costs down, and the route was well-planned. He kept track of us when we wandered in the crowded areas and slowed his pace when we would linger--Hiro is obviously an experienced guide. He was knowledgeable about the history of the sites we visited and answered all our questions. I appreciated Hiro's flexibility and knowledge of the local sites. We had a great time and took some... read more
Dear Stephanie, I appreciate your very favorable review on the tour with me. I was afraid a harsh tour in the cold rain on a windy day in the early morning when I got up on the day. However it became a calm day without rain and everything went smoothly thanks to you. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the tour although it was a short time. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Please give my best regards to Ralph,Virginia and Patrick. Best regards, Hiroyuki Fukui
Hiro is a fantastic guide who went out of his way to show us Kyoto. He is punctual, organized, and has a strong grasp of history. He brought laminated papers explaining temple history etc. He was flexible with the plan and tried his best to get us from point A to point B in the most efficient but cheapest manner possible. He even made a dinner reservation for us 3 days before our tour. I would recommend Hiro highly.
Dear Divya, I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the tour with me. Although it was a short time to be with you,I really had a good time for cross cultural communication. I’m also glad to have shown you the lit-up beautiful autumn foliages in Eikando. I hope you will visit another district of Japan and deepen your understanding of something about Japan. Please give my best regards to Vish and Daniel. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Best regards, Hiroyuki Fukui
Good knowledge of the town
Dear Moises, Thank you for taking time to leave a review. I hope you enjoyed the night strolling in Osaka. I look forward to seeing you again. Best regards, Hiroyuki Fukui