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Licensed Guide
  (17) Reviews
Send message fully booked in April
$ 27 Hourly rate Price up to 4 people
7days are requested prior to the date of guiding.
Overtime fee: 3,000JPY/Hour
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Last updated: 13 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Hyogo

Languages Japanese ( Native ), English ( License ), German ( Intermediate )

(17) Reviews
Hourly rate 27 USD Price up to 4 people
( Max : 6 People )
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Engaged 30years in overseas business of Japanese electrical & electronic manufacturing, I stayed 12years in Germany & Russia.
During the period I learned that mutual understanding of culture & history of each other would more important than advanced technologies & financial support. Thus, after leaving the company work, I would like to introduce history & cultures as well as eating & drinking traditions to inbound visitors so that they may have new experiences and understanding of Japan.
Those who spend time with me will have a beautiful memory and special experiences which could not happen in other tours.
Awaiting your contact to expand our new relationship!!

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4.9 (17) Reviews
Very Good


The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

1 Person
Up to 4 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $26.70 $26.70 $8.90
4 Hours $106.80 $106.80 $35.60
8 Hours $213.60 $213.60 $71.20

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 6 maximum

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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 in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 17 )
Elsie Elsie Australia ( Solo )
3 days ago

“ Temples, food and sake ”

If you are looking for a fun knowledgeable guide this is guy for you! I was finding it hard to do a food tour and he custom made one up for me for Osaka. He took me to a brilliant Sake tasting place and to some great food places! I never would have been able to do this on my own without Takatoshi. As a solo traveler it can be difficult and also language barrier trying to eat out. He was fantastic the whole time. I learnt so much about the temple, and also about eating and drinking habits when out. Like vodka with hot water. I have never heard of this! It was great for someone to explain these things! Please do not hesitate in contacting him. If I ever come back I will definitely hire him for a guide for Nara. Highly recommend. You will have a great time whatever it is you d... read more


Dear Elsie-san, Thank you very much for your very positive review on my Osaka tour. I hope you could have a nice stay in Nara as well. As we have talked, tasting for drinking and eating of any country would be best understanding of culture,history and people in the country. I really appreciate it if you could come again in near future to see among cities in the west Japan. Awaiting your next visit to Japan !

Paul Paul United Kingdom ( Family )
5 days ago

“ Our day with takatoshi ”

The day was excellent , wonderful sights made far more interesting by the knowledge provided by a wonderful guide


Thank you very much for your very positive review. I also had a nice time with you in Kyoto. Have a wonderful time in the rest time in Japan! Hope we may see you again in anywhere !

Mark Mark United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Great day with Takatoshi ”

Takatoshi was an exceptional tour guide. He exceeded our expectations and took great care of us. We went everywhere we had wanted to and more. He was so knowledgeable of Japan and it’s rich history and we learned so much from him . His enthusiasm for his country was very apparent.. He made our day exceptional and we can’t thank him enough. We will always remember our time in Kyoto with great fondness. Anybody that has Takatoshi as their guide will be in for a memorable time.


Dear Mark san & Julie san, Thank you very much for your review with best score.I really appreciate spending time with you in Kyoto. I wish soonest recovery from Julie san's uncle problem and hope you have a nice day too in Nara next day and a further wonderful trip in Japan. May have you and your family's good health as well as prosperity in future. Looking forward to seeing you again anywhere in this globe . Sincerely yours, Takatoshi

Sarah Sarah United States ( Friends )
2 weeks ago

“ Great day in Nara! ”

The tour was great and so was Takatoshi! He met us at the train station and we walked around Nara for the day! It was so nice to not have to worry about figuring out where to go by ourselves. The place we went for lunch was one of my favorite meals in Japan. Takatoshi was very nice and a great guide!


Dear Sarah san, Thank you very much for your very positive review and for sharing your time with my tour. It was also nice time for me having strolling in Nara . I guess you already start new semester after your return. I wish your good health and prosperity in future. Looking forward to seeing you again anywhere in this globe . Takatoshi

Helen Helen United Kingdom ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Amazing Kyoto ”

Takatoshi was an amazing guide, he managed to squeeze in as much of Kyoto as he could on our one day together. His photo skills are also excellent we loved the pictures he took for us. We were very well informed on all the places we visited and would recommend him to anyone.


Dear Helen san, Thank you very much for your best review to my Kyoto tour. I say also thank you for your sharing time with me on that day which was so nice time visiting together to places in Kyoto. I am any time ready for you and hope we will see you again anywhere as the world is so limited. Sincerely yours, Takatoshi