Kyoto has many traditional aspects but also it has beautiful and kawaii (lovely) charm.
Traditional shrines and temples, cafes, book stores, music, knick-knack stores, pastries... There are many things I love and you will love in Kyoto.
I would like to offer tours to popular tourist attractions but I would like to take our guests other places we locals go and show more deep inside if this mysterious closed city of Kyoto. We know more shrines and temples which are worth visiting and nice cafes and shops. As I like craft, art, music, book, cafes, etc,,, I can introduce those cultural aspects for guests also.
experienced planning sightseeing tours for international students as a club activity in Kansai Gaidai University(**********).
studied Tourism in University of South Australia as an exchange student for 10 months (2007).
worked in a long-established hotel in Kyoto (**********).
licensed as Craft Advisor (making and teaching craft and jewelry making) (2015).
licensed as City of Kyoto Visitors Host which is a designated zone English guide in Kyoto City (2016).
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.
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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.
The guided tour with Yasuna was a 5/5 experience. First of all, we started the day a little eariler and finished a little after. That is not obvious with guides. Secondly, Yasuna is very knowledgeable and I learned new things in all of the many different places we visited during the day. She had answers to all of my questions, and I asked a lot .. Moreover, she's very nice and friendly and it was very pleasant to spend the day with her since I'm a solo traveler. I deeply recommend choosing her for a tour, I would definitely do so again if I had the time. Enjoy Kyoto!
We really enjoyed our visit in Kyoto thanks to Yasuna, a very good guide, very patient and very kind, children really liked visiting with her!
I contacted several potential guides explaining that I was already on an escorted tour and that I wanted to spend my free day seeing things that were not included within my guided tour. All but Yasuna just emailed back with their "standard" "personal" tour and made no attempt to accommodate my specific requirements. Yasuna, on the other hand, immediately understood, and asked me for a list of the sort of thing I wanted to see. I gave her a very long list and she used her local knowledge to reduce the list to a "doable" schedule that was as long as possible. On the day, we both arrived early, so got started about 15 minutes before the scheduled time, and Yasuna promptly had us on the train to the first location. Getting going so early meant the first two locations were very quiet and we got around them quickly. We made excellent time due to Yasuna's knowledge of the public transport system, no time was wasted waiting around. We ended up being able to add in two sites that had originally been removed, and although we ended up having lunch in a completely different place to that originally planned by Yasuna, I just told her what I did and didn't like, and she found somewhere lovely and good value to eat that I would never have gone into had I not been with her. We had a lot of laughs during the day, saw some great locations that are not necessarily on the standard tourist trail (I was specifically interested in gardens) so I experienced the most amazingly peaceful places even though just outside them there was chaos, and Yasuna was terrific company throughout. She even helped me to find a suitable gift for my young niece. Yasuna went above and beyond, both before and during the day, and this was by far the highlight of my trip to Japan. It is expensive, when you are travelling alone, but there is no way that I could have seen as much as I did without her local knowledge, and she also brought each location to life with her general knowledge of the temples and their history. Her English was far better than several of the other guides I dealt with during my trip so she is not only knowledgeable, but she can make sure that you understand everything really well too. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending that you spend a day with Yasuna, you will have a great time!! Thank you Yasuna and I hope this year’s guiding is still going well for you.
We are a family of four, including two girls aged 15 and 16, from the UK. We had a one day tour of Kyoto with Yasuna. She was extremely helpful beforehand in coming up with ideas for us and was very pleasant on the day. Thank you Yasuna
Yasuna was punctual, didn’t mind flexibility with our schedule and led us through the day seamlessly. Her English is good and the planning of the day was efficient. As it was our first day in Japan it was nice to be able to just absorb sights and ask lots of questions without needing to figure out where we were going. She was happy to share her own stories and even left us with some paper cranes. Thanks Yasuna!