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.
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
Katsuko arranged a wonderful first day in Kyoto for us. She helped us understand the temples, shrines, local neighborhoods, and the Nishiki food market. Thanks to her we are on strong footing for the rest of our visit. She was very informative of the history of each place we visited. She also designed a route that lead from one place to another seamlessly. She did it all with a smile and a great sense of humor.
Dear Jeri, Thank you very much for your kind review. It was so nice meeting you and I really enjoyed the time with you, especially the fun conversation with you during the tour. I hope you'll enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan, and hope to see you again some time in the future. Best Wishes, Katsuko Ozaki
We had a wonderful half day with Katsuko exploring beautiful Kyoto. We visited so many beautiful places and Katsuko explained their significance in Japanese culture. We learned many new things throughout the day. Katsuko was kind and patient with our children and found interesting things for them to see. She helped us with many suggestions for our time in Kyoto.
Dear Katy, Thank you very much for your kind review. You are such a wonderful family and it was so lovely meeting you all. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed the day, and I really enjoyed the day with you too. Please give my best regards to your family, and Dino & Bunny. I sincerely hope to see you again sometime in the future. Best Wishes, Katsuko Ozaki
Katsuko was punctual and courteous, and she was most flexible with our schedule. She took us to where we requested to see and gave us a lot of information on each place in fluent English. We really enjoyed the day with her.
Dear Dorothy, Thank you very much for your kind review. It was so nice meeting you and I really enjoyed the day with you, too. I hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Japan and most importantly your return flight will be on schedule. Please take care, and I hope to see you again sometime in the future. Best Wishes, Katsuko Ozaki