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 met us after we had lunch in the South Higashiyama neighborhood, helpfully suggesting a place close to the restaurant to meet, and she took us on a 3-hour tour of the area that included multiple Buddhist temples, the Gion neighborhood, a Shinto shrine, and then ended at a shopping arcade in a convenient area for us to return to our hotel. Throughout the tour, Katsuko was very nice, very helpful in answering all of our questions, and very flexible when there were stores we wanted to visit, sights we wanted to see, or pictures we asked or she offered to take of my wife and I. After our tour, Katsuko proactively reached out us with ideas for our next day in Kyoto, even recognizing some sights that might be better to do on the rainy day that was forecasted. Thanks Katsuko for a l... read more
Dear Brett, Thank you very much for your kind review. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed the tour. It was a great pleasure for me to guide such a wonderful couple like yourselves. I sincerely hope to see you again in the future. Warmest regards, Katsuko.
My husband and I had Kyoto Japanize Gardens tour with Katsuko. We’ve learned about Katsuko from our friends who were taking her tour and recommended it to us. And we really enjoyed having time with Katsuko. As first time Japan visitors we had many questions about Japanize culture. Katsuko not just answered them, but adjusted the tour to show us something we expressed interest in. She took us to the place where we could experience making and tasting matcha tea. Her lunch recommendation was excellent and introduced us to some food we didn’t try before. We also appreciate that the pace of the tour was just right for us and we could select waking vs. riding. Katsuko is very knowledgeable person and you can feel her love to her country.
Dear Elena, Thank you very much for taking your time to write such a kind reivew. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed the garden tour. It was a truly memorable day for me too, and I sincerely hope to see you again in the future. Warmest regards, Katsuko Ozaki.
My wife and I had the pleasure of spending a fantastic day with Katsuko in Kyoto in early September. The entire day was simply outstanding from start to finish. Katsuko's manner and professionalism is only matched by her knowledge and passion for the city. Katsuko organised a personal itinerary that covered all of our main interests as well as making some brilliant suggestion for our other days in Kyoto. A guide in Kyoto is a great way to get around and I would have no hesitation in highly recommending Katsuko's services. Thank you Katsuko and thank you Kyoto !
Dear Damian, Thank you very much for your kind review. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed the tour in Kyoto. I had such a great time with you and it was a memorable day for me too. I sincerely hope to see you again in the future. Warmest regards, Katsuko Ozaki
Really interesting day, highlight for us was the tea ceremony hosted by the chief monk, with Katsuko acting as interpreter. Katsuko has great local knowledge as you would expect. We will certainly book her again on our next visit.
Dear Pat, Thank you very much for your kind review. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed the tour. It was my great pleasure to guide such a wonderful family like yourselves. I sincerely hope to see you again on your next visit. Warmest regards, Katsuko Ozaki
We booked a customized tour with Katsuko for Kyoto day tour. From the first time I contacted her through TripleLights website, she was prompt in her responses and with helpful suggestions. It was amazing to have an expert in Kyoto history and sights to guide us throughout the day. She knew the best places to get the best photos. I highly recommend her for the tour of Kyoto. I wish she was coming with us to Tokyo to show us around there as well!
Dear Angela, Thank you very much for taking your time to write a kind review. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed the tour. It was my great pleasure to guide you around Kyoto. It was really nice meeting you and I hope to see you again in the future. Warmest regards, Katsuko Ozaki