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$ 28 Hourly rate Price up to 4 people
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Last updated: 4 days ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto

Languages English ( License )

(3) Reviews
Hourly rate 28 USD
Price up to 4 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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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 ( 3 )

1 day ago |   by Sulo

“ Excellent tour ”

Katsuko met us right outside our apartment and took us around a few temples in the Kyoto area. She communicated well and was very knowledgeable and thorough. She made sure that we were comfortable and guided us to coffee and lunch spots. We would have booked her for another day but she was already booked. We had a fabulous time in Kyoto and would highly recommend her .

1 month ago |   by Evawani

“ A lovely afternoon with an efficient guide! ”

We took an afternoon tour with Katsuko for our first time in Kyoto (family with 3 teenage girls) Katsuko was very accommodating in providing us multiple itinerary for our consideration especially we only have 4 hours with her, with plenty of suggestions which sights we could easily see on your own. We decided on Arashiyama and Kinkakuji due to distance of these places. From the start it was very well organised. She gave websites links of places that proved to be useful for us. Met us as Kyoto Station as we arrived from Tokyo -due to her detailed instructions we met her easily in an otherwise busy(understatement!) place. We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon with a Katsuko giving insights and wished it could’ve been longer.

1 month ago |   by Linda

“ Afternoon in Kyoto with Katsuko ”

We were very fortunate to have spent 4 hours in Kyoto with Katsuko. Katsuko is evidently highly dedicated, displaying both preparation and a great deal of enthusiasm and sincerity. We were introduced to the main tenets of Shintoism and Zen Buddhism in Japan -there just the right balance of information sharing together with warm and engaging conversation. We would thoroughly endorse Katsuko as a caring and highly knowledgeable professional tour guide. Although our visit to Kyoto was brief, Katsuko provided us with experiences and memories that are sure to be long lasting.