Hello, my name is Yoko. I'm a government licensed guide. I was born and raised in Kyoto, and currently live in Fukuoka city. I moved into Kyusyu more than 10 years ago when I've got married. Meanwhile, I've lived four places such as Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, and Fukuoka.
My career as a tour guide started in 2013 when I lived in Kagoshima. I occasionally took a group tour for cruise ship passengers arriving at Kagoshima port. It's been a great pleasure to share the moment with multinational guests. At the same time, I feel like making more intimate tour with fewer guests catering to individual needs. Other than popular tourist spots, there are many hidden places where only local people know. Fukuoka, the biggest city in Kyusyu, is well-known for one of the popular city in the world to live, with its modern lifestyle and abundant nature. It is difficult to pick up some out of so many must-see spots. Please feel free to ask me whatever you want to do in Japan.
For personal information, I like reading books and watching films and dramas in English. Being exposed to books, films and dramas created in English for me is exploring the world without going abroad. I hope I can have a fun chat with guests over the topics. My favorite drama is Downtown Abby, The House of Card, This is us (I'm into it right now)
In my private life, I'm a mom of two children, a nine-year-old daughter and a seven-year-old son. Being a mother in Japan, I'd like to talk about the average Japanese family life such as education, social system, seasonal events, marriage life and so on.
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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.
Yoko is really energetic and really kind! Her knowledge was amazing! She told us about Fukuoka and temple history also about the local festivals! In just 3 hours we able to know more about Fukuoka. She is so lovely and gave us Fukuoka postcards as a gift. We really had a grat time with her!
Dear Nicoletta, thank you very much for your nice comment!! You and your parents were very friendly to me and made me very relaxed. I'm very glad to hear you enjoyed a walking tour in Hakata district. And your Japanese is superb!! I'm very impressed and it inspires me to learn English more. I hope you will come back to Fukuoka again in future and then, explore another places together!
My family and I enjoyed our time in Fukuoka and Dazaifu with Yoko. She was very friendly and knowledgeable. We would highly recommend Yoko as a guide for anyone visiting Fukuoka.
Hello Tauno, thank you very much for your kind comment! It was such a hot day though, you and your family were so energetic that we could complete the itinerary! Your insightful questions about Japan gave me a lot of hints in terms of guiding. I hope you come back to Japan again ! Thank you.
Yoko was informative and knowledgeable. Her friendly disposition made me very comfortable and I had a great time with her! Thank you Yoko, for everything.
Dear Corinna, thank you very much for your kind comment! I really enjoyed the evening spending time with you. Your story was so inspiring and made me felt like traveling like you in future! I hope you have a great time traveling around Kyushu. See you again!!
We can't thank Yoko enoughg for her assistance during our one day visit to Fukuoka and as a first time user of an independent tour guide certainly consider it a better option than the expensive on shore program offered by the cruise line. General program for our three hour tour was confirmed well in advance of our arrival(party of 4 young seniors) , Yoko was at the terminal at the appointed time and had maps and other material of interest for us. We had a great time visiting temples , shrines and other places of interest-Yoko spoke excellent english , was very knowelagble of the area and took great pride in her city and what it had to offer. A bonus at the end of the tour was that Yoko found us a great Japanese restaurant and navigated us through the menu (all in Japanese) as several of ou... read more
Dear Peter, thank you very much for the nice comment! I was honored to be the first Japanese citizen and tour guide for you. All members of your party are cheerful and friendly that I myself enjoyed the tour very much. Your stay in Fukuoka was the right time when we had a lively atmosphere of Yamakasa festival. I hope you found it interesting because the festival is the symbol of our culture. Above all, I really appreciate you invited me to your lunch in the end of the tour, which was so generous, and I was so happy to be part of your group. I hope you come back to Japan again in the future!! Thank you very much for the great opportunity.
We found Yoko to be very friendly and knowledgeable about Fukuoka and Nagasaki. We enjoyed our time with her and the effort she made to guide us using the local transportation. When she noticed some members of our party exhibiting some mobility difficulty she started finding stairs and elevators for us to use. When we were confused and not quite sure we could make it back to the ship, she took extra time to make sure we got there by accompanying us. She helped my wife find a "hapi coat" that mine son wanted and she even got us to the English Mass in Nagasaki on time on day two. Aside from all of the information we got, as we were walking toward the shopping center, we crossed a bridge over a river. On the next bridge behind us was a group of bridesmaids and groomsmen waiting for the... read more
Dear Steven, thank you very much for the warm comment on the tour! I really appreciate the specific feedback telling me what points you liked about the tour. All members in your group are so kind and friendly to me from the beggining, and showed their interest on what I said during the tour. I myself enjoyed the tour over two days thanks to your corporation. Say, as you mentioned it, we were so lucky that the scene of the newly-wed couple on a boat made a highlight of the tour. It was an unexpected exciting moment, wasn't it? And thank you for the opportunity to participate in English Mass which is an extraordinary event for me. I've learnt a lot from you and your members through the coversation over two days. Thank you very much again for giving me the opportunity, and I hope you come b... read more