Including Triplelights, I give over 180 tours for 500 travellers a year.
★Kyoto City Official Tour Guide - CIty of Kyoto Visitors Host★
Local insight by an insider in the Ancient capital Kyoto
Using a City of Kyoto Visitors Host as a guide will redefine your whole travel experience.
Equipped with an extensive knowledge of the city and its unique arts and culture acquired through participating in the Visitor's Host course, I am passionate to share my knowledge of Kyoto with you. Let me help make your trip be only the beginning of a lifelong love of the magical city of Kyoto.
Please feel free to contact me with your trip ideas. I'm happy to work with you to create your unique travel experience in Kyoto. If you have enough time or have visited the city before, I can help you find the quirky, interesting local places that you would perhaps otherwise not get to see or experiences. If you are lucky enough to time your trip for cherry blossoms/autumn colours or seasonal events, I can take you to the best possible places to see and experience the most you can.
Here's a review I have received in the past.
An amazing & informative tour! Takaaki took us on a walk through Gion where we came across many shrines and interesting areas which you wouldn't get the chance to see if you were simply riding in a taxi or walking along the main streets. We even spotted a few maiko along the way. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Kyoto who wants to learn about the history of geiko and the city of Kyoto while hopefully seeing some beautiful geiko and maiko along the backstreets. Thank you Takaaki!
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 4 people
* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 4 hours maximum per day.
* People: 4 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 terrific 6 hour tour with Takaaki. He was super warm and friendly and very kind and informative. He met us at Kyoto station and then took us to the very popular Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, filling our visit there with informative color. We then all had a nice lunch in a cozy neighborhood restaurant of soba/udon and sushi. After that, he made our son really happy by taking us to the Arashiyama Monkey Park, where we were able to feed apples and peanuts to baby monkeys. Then he took us to Nijo Castle and told us all about its history and unique characteristics. To finish, he brought us to Gion. While it was a super hot day, he kept us hydrated and even helped us find shaved ice. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with him and would definitely recommend him to others.
Thanks, Karen! I enjoyed guiding you and your family around Kyoto. We had a good laugh at the monkey park seeing the evil big monkey snatching food that was meant for a baby monkey :) You all managed the extreme hot weather well. Next time you are around Kyoyo, I will help you explore kyoto deeper!