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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto

Languages English ( License )

(9) Reviews
Hourly rate 32 USD Price up to 5 people
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I was born and grew up in Osaka, later lived in Tokyo, then the UK and Singapore, and now I live in Kyoto. I have more than 15 years of experience working in a multinational corporation and now I am working as a national licensed guide interpreter, as well as a City of Kyoto visitors host guide.
One of my hobbies is travelling abroad and so far I have visited more than fifty countries.
Kyoto is the cultural center of Japan and has great historical importance. I can offer you unique experiences in this beautiful city, which can include visits to traditional Japanese gardens, ancient temples and shrines designated as world heritage sites, authentic Japanese cultural experiences such as the tea ceremony, sake tasting at local breweries, and exploring food markets. With a flexible approach, I can help you personalize your agenda.
I will endeavor to make sure that you will have an enjoyable and memorable trip.
I look forward to guiding you here in Kyoto.

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4.6 (9) Reviews
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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

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

Starting and ending points of the tour.

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.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

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.

Can I add more people to my booking?

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.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

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.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

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.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Reviews ( 9 )

1 week ago |   by Shela

“ Tour of Kyoto ”

Kyoto tour was good except it finished earlier bc of rain. We were told of alternate areas to be visited however were not taken there so was disappointed.

2 weeks ago |   by Andrew

“ Fabulous guide ”

We just completed 2 days with Katsuko In Kyoto. She is well travelled and her English is excellent Her knowledge on all the sites we visited was outstanding and our brief of wanting to visit traditional Japanese gardens was delivered to our full satisfaction . We moved around Kyoto in buses , trains and taxis to make the most of our time. She booked an amazing restaurant for lunch in Kifune (after liaison with us ) that had platforms over the river where tables are set up.The food was traditional Japanese and delicious. We were most impressed with Katsuko and would definitely recommend her for any guide work in Kyoto.

2 weeks ago |   by Tricia

“ Wonderful day in Kyoto ”

Katsuko is a brilliant tour guide. She is so friendly,knowledgeable, helpful and patient. I had told her the places we wanted to see, and she planned the most efficient ways for us to travel. As we toured each site she told us many interesting facts about the history and culture. I just wish I could remember it all! I would definitely recommend booking a tour with Katsuko.

Very Good
3 weeks ago |   by Urs

“ Nice city tour in Kyoto with Katsuko ”

We enjoyed a nice 4hours city tour of Kyoto with Katsuko. She guided us very well through the interesting sites of Kyoto and gave us a great recommendation for a restaurant for lunch. Thanks Katsuko!

4 weeks ago |   by Michelle

“ Amazing tour of Kyoto ”

We highly recommend Katsuko. We saw some major highlights in a 6 hour window. Her English was excellent, and she was so organized and relaxed in getting us to places. She shared excellent information with us. She stayed right on schedule so we could make it back to our cruise ship in Kobe. Our tour with Katsuko was the highlight of our trip.