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.
Hiro took us on tours of Nara and Kyoto and we are so glad we picked him to be our guide! We learned so much about the history behind every site that we never would have learned had we not had him with us. You can tell Hiro enjoys what he does because of his enthusiasm. We will definitely hire him again the next time we visit Japan!
Dear Adele, Thank you very much for your prompt submission of wonderful review on the tour with me. I really had pleasant two days with you and Brad. I am also very much impressed with Brad's deep interest about the culture and the history of Japan. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Please give my best regards to Brad. Best regards, Hiroyuki
Hiro gave us excellent tours of both Kyoto and Osaka. His English was superb, he knew an incredible amount of history at each historical site we visited, and he even went out of his way to help us search for stores that sold items we were looking for. In Kyoto, he took us to a unique restaurant specializing in tofu that we all enjoyed. Overall, we would highly recommend Hiro!
Dear Deborah, Thank you very much for leaving a wonderful review on the tour with me.I am pleased to know that the tour with me seems to be satisfactory to you. I have enjoyed talking with you and am very much impressed with your father's deep insight into the history and the culture of Japan. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Please give my best regards to Dennis and Elaine. Sincerely yours, Hiroyuki
Hiro is exceptional. He was knowledgeable, organized and extremely helpful. He educated us about the history and culture of everything we saw. And he even helped us figure out the best combination of bullet train connections to our next destination. He was easy going, kind and funny. We enjoyed our two days with him immensely and recommend him with the highest confidence. Jim S.
Dear Jim, I appreciate your kind review on the tour with me. I hope you enjoyed playing golf after the tour with me. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Please give my best regards to Julie. Best regards, Hiroyuki
We had a great day in Kyoto with Hiro. He helped us plan a full day itinerary and was very accommodative to any changes. We actually went faster than his itinerary so we tagged on something extra at the end as well. He is very knowledgeable and fun to spend a day with and would highly recommend using his services! I am 6 months pregnant and he made sure I was ok the whole time. Very good!
Dear Shannon, I appreciate your rave review on the tour with me. I had a very pleasant day with you and Steven over Kyoto. I hope you will enjoy watching the rugby game of New Zealand and South Africa. Please do not fight with Steven whichever the team wins. I wish you have a healthy baby soon. Best regards, Hiroyuki
My first surprise was his detailed schedule for my request (one day Kyoto, one day Nara and one day Himeji). The program was even detailed for the minute (seriously!), which precision is - as he later explained - coming from his past as a civil engineer. However whenever we requested some change on the way, he was helpful, flexible and kind. Regarding the visits to the shrines, temples and other sites, he was well prepared, ready to answer to our - sometimes only tangentially related - questions. We enjoyed every moment with him, learned much more than history of the sites - present customs, everyday life in Japan, etc. Along our way he found the time to offer us restaurants (even making reservation), helped to successfully reclaim the mobile phone left on Hikari shinkasen, helped to c... read more
Dear Peter, I appreciate your very detailed and rave review on the tour with me. I had felt relieved to know that your left iPhone on the Shinkansen was restored next day of the tour. I have enjoyed cross cultural talking with you through the three day tour with you. Japan has abundant beautiful spots and unique culture. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Please give my best regards to Zoltan, Joseph and Ferenc. Best regards, Hiroyuki