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.
- National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter
- City of Kyoto Visitors Host , interpreter guides who specialize in Kyoto and offer Kyoto quality service
- International Sake Sommelier (International Kikisake-shi)
- Kyoto Expert Certification 2nd grade
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.
Katsuko was a great guide to have. She knows alot about Kyoto including some lesser known but equally brilliant places to visit. Highy recommended.
Dear David, Thank you very much for your kind review. It was so lovely to meet you and your wife. I sincerely hope to see you again sometime in the future. Warmest regards, Katsuko Ozaki
We spent our last ½ day in Kyoto exploring some beautiful and interesting local sights with Katsuko, including Kinkakuji. We found Katsuko to be kind, accommodating and knowledgeable in sharing information and answering our questions. Katsuko helped us to not waste precious time trying to navigate from one sight to another so we could fit as much in as possible and, she worked with us to create a tour that was enjoyable and memorable! Our last stop was Nishiki Market and we loved sharing this experience with Katsuko as we had a lot of fun learning about lots of products and trying some truly delicious local foods! I would definitely recommend Katsuko as a guide.
Dear Larissa, Thank you very much for your kind review. It was really nice meeting you all and I enjoyed the time with you a lot. I'm so glad to know that you enjoyed the tour. I truly hope that we'll have the opportunity to meet again in the future. Best wishes, Katsuko Ozaki
Katsuko was a wonderful guide. Very soft spoken, sometimes hard to hear and understand. She is willing to change plans and do what you want if it is advisable and smart. She guided us in some very busy areas with many tourists. We did spend more on transportation than expected, but that was because we wanted to see everything possible in one day. Take her advice; she knows what she is doing.
Dear Linda, Thank you very much for taking your time to write a kind review. It was good we were able to visit all the places of interest. It was so nice meeting you and I hope to see you again sometime in the future. Best wishes, Katsuko Ozaki
Very pleasant, competent and profesional tour guide. On subways, taxis, and on foot we covered all the major Kyoto attractions that could be covered in one day. Katsuko even drew us a map we could use to visit on our own the next day at the Nishiki Market and the Gion geisha complex. She also drew for us a map with Japanese instructions to help taxi drivers find our small apartment/hotel which was very helpful. We were fortunste to find Katsuko.
Dear Ervin, Thank you very much for your kind review. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed the tour. It was really nice meeting you and I truly enjoyed the time and the conversation with you. I sincerely hope to see you again in the future. Best wishes, Katsuko Ozaki
We asked Katsuko to design a tour focusing on both major and lesser-known gardens in Kyoto, and she put together a great day for us. She also guided us through the Kyoto market and gave us great culinary information. Highly recommended.
Dear Matt, Thank you very much for your kind review. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed the tour. I also enjoyed the day with you visiting the gardens. I hope to see you again in the future. Best wishes, Katsuko Ozaki