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.
We had a great time with Hiro during our day trip to Kyoto in August 2018. We were a family group of 6, ranging in age from 31-65. We all found Hiro to be knowledgeable, absorbing and also a very humorous guy . It was great to get a local perspective on what we were seeing. It was also a relief not to have to work out bus/train schedules for one day, and leave that in the capable hands of someone more familiar with the area than us - and it meant we got to cover a lot more ground in a day. We highly recommend Hiro!
Dear Gary, It is a great pleasure to have your warm-hearted review on the tour with me. I enjoyed exchanging cross-cultural communications with you during the tour. I was also very much impressed with your family ties of mother,father and two young couples. I am happy if the tour was of any help to you to understand the culture and history of Japan. I hope you are enjoying the tour in Japan even in the abnormally hot weather. Please give my best regards to Ajit,Marie-Claire,Rohan,Laura and Sabrina. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Best regards, Hiroyuki Fukui
Our family enjoyed such a wonderful day with Hiro. He tailored an itinerary to our family's interests and was very flexible as we stopped along the way to get a drink or partake in some shopping. He was very patient with our 2 children as they powered through record heat and even brought treats for them to keep their spirits up. He was extremely knowledgeable about the history of each site we visited and even brought a book of pictures of some of the historical figures we discussed. Would highly recommend him!!!
Dear Michele, I appreciate your very favorable review on the tour with me. I also had a pleasant day with you and your family. Your interest in Japanese culture and history impressed me very much. I am happy if the tour with me was any help to you. I was surprised with Delaney offering palm reading at Fushimi Inari Shrine. I am sure that she will be very promising as the fortune teller predicted. I look forward to serving you again in the near future. Please also give my best regards to David,Delaney and Hadley. Best regards, Hiroyuki Fukui
My wife, daughter and I spent a hugely enjoyable four days with Hiro touring Kyoto, Nara, Kobe and Osaka. Hiro was an excellent guide. He provided very thorough knowledge of the history of each place, took us to lunch in really authentic Japanese restaurants (including great value Kobe Beef), was flexible with our itinerary, gave us tips on shops for specific items and kept in contact via email to help with any further questions we had. What’s more we had plenty of fun. Hiro has a great sense of humour and we laughed a lot during our time with him. If anyone is looking for a friendly, knowledgeable and fun guide in any of the cities we visited, I would definitely recommend Hiro.
Dear Jeremy, I appreciate your such a favorable comments on the tour with me. It was really hot during four days, which I have never experienced in my life. Although you needed to drop some proposed spots to visit due to hot weather, I feel relieved to hear that you enjoyed the tour. I also enjoyed talking with you about the culture and the history of UK. I hope you have a safe trip back home and look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Please give my best regards to Sarah and Blythe. Best regards, Hiroyuki Fukui
We spent the day with Hiroyuki at Nara and Uji. He was very prepared and appreciated that he created an itinerary of the day. We had a great time.
Dear Nicole, I appreciate your favorable comments on the tour with me. I had a pleasant day with you. Especially Matcha making workshop was first experience for me thanks to you. Please give my best regards to Bryce. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Best regards, Hiroyuki Fukui
We are in our 70th and have been in many counties and experienced many tour guides none comes even close to Hiroyuki who is so good that we need to have a category beyond best to describe him! He is ultimate professional. We were exteremely lucky to have him as out guide.
Dear Dan, Thank you very much for a word of praise given to me. I am enjoying the tour with you. We still have one more day tomorrow in Osaka. Let's explore there together and feel the differences from Kyoto and Nara. Best regards, Hiroyuki Fukui