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Licensed Guide
  (9) Reviews
Send message only 2 days available in February
$ 23 Hourly rate Price up to 3 people
7days are requested prior to the date of guiding.
Overtime fee: 2,000JPY/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 ( Beginner )

(9) Reviews
Hourly rate 23 USD Price up to 3 people
( Max : 5 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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5.0 (9) Reviews
Very Good


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

1 Person
Up to 3 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $22.50 $22.50 $9.00
4 Hours $90.00 $90.00 $36.00
8 Hours $180.00 $180.00 $72.00

* Duration: 3 hours minimum and 8 hours maximum per day.
* People: 5 maximum

Private Tours

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 ( 9 )
Donald Donald United States ( Couple )
2 months ago

“ Personalized tour of Kyoto ”

Takatoshi worked very diligently to plan a perfect day for my husband and me on our first visit to Kyoto. We exchanged several emails prior to our arrival and found the perfect balance of temples, everyday life, transportation methods and historical sights. His pace allowed for understanding and appreciation of the many facets of Kyoto. Seeing the beautiful colors of the Fall maples was an additional bonus. Not only did he take lovely photos of us at memorable places but he also prepared a trip summary and forwarded all the other photos that he took. He is a good conversationalist and made us feel very comfortable. Booking with him was an excellent decision.


Dear Jane-san, Donald-san, Thank you very much again for sharing your time with me and I really appreciate your kind review to my tour. I have concerned legs of Don-san due to a long walking journey during a whole day, because I tried to show you nice places within a limited time as much as possible. Not only places in Kyoto, but also many fantastic places in Nara, Aska are welcoming your visit in near future. I wish your both healthy condition so to meet again any places in Japan. May soonest recovery of Don-san's legs and safely return to your home. Thank you very much again and looking forward to seeing you again! Sincerely yours, Takatoshi

Guia Guia Philippines ( Family )
2 months ago

“ Very interesting! ”

Takatoshi-san is a very well-informed guide during our one-day tour in Kyoto. I would highly recommend this for people who want to learn more about Japanese culture.


Dear Guia-san, Thank you very much for your positive review on my tour yesterday. I really appreciate you and your son of cooperation to do my tour on time. I look forward to seeing you possibly in Nara again to show you in my home town. You are always welcome to Japan and looking forward to seeing you again in near future. Sincerely yours, Takatoshi

Andy Andy United States ( Solo )
3 months ago

“ Osaka- 6 century to now ”

Takatoshi was very professional, courteous and patient. He shared with us the history of places we visited, took pictures for us and arranged the best routes for our tour. I highly recommend Takatoshi as your guide.


Andy-san, Thank you for your quick comment to my tour. But your comment was cut, because you had used ‘at mark’ on this message. It is not allowed to use ‘at mark’ not telephone number as I had once informed when I introduced some restaurant near from your hotel. If you send comment message, please try to send it without ‘ at mark ‘. Thank you for your understanding. Takatoshi

James James United States ( Solo )
3 months ago

“ Kyoto was a delight, and so was Takatoshi!! ”

I had a great tour of the several temples and shrines of Kyoto. Takatoshi mostly customized the itinerary so the days were very well organized. He was energetic and knowledgable, with a very warm personality. He was so disarming that when taking my photo, he even got me to openly smile (with my teeth) which I don't usually do! Definitely recommended! Thanks, Takatoshi!


Dear James-san, Thank you very much again your booking to my tour in Kyoto this time and I highly appreciate your positive comment of today. It was great time with you for two days in Kyoto and I have learned many things especially how to take a photo with having a customers satisfaction. In near future, I really look forward to having tour again with you, and also together with your partner, anywhere in the west Japan,ie. Nara, Osaka, Kyoto You are always welcome to Japan and please let me know when you have a chance to visit Japan again. Hope we will see you soon ! Thank you very much again and I remain, Takatoshi

Wendy Wendy United States ( Friends )
3 months ago

“ Fascinating day in Kyoto ”

Takatoshi-san was very personable, polite, and knowledgeable. He had a full agenda with handouts and a history lesson to help us appreciate what we were seeing. He had suggestions for best place for photos, zipped us to the head of ticket lines and taught us how to use the subway and buses so we had no problem getting around the next day on our own. He also helped us with information on places we wanted to see the next day. We could never have seen so much in one day without his help.


Dear Wendy-san, Thank you for sharing your time yesterday and your soonest review on my tour. I appreciate your positive comments with five stars score, although you may be very busy on preparation for next travel place. I hope we will meet again in near future and preferably in Nara or Aska area as for the place of establishment of Japan. I wish your all four member nice further journey and safely back to homes. Sincerely yours, Takatoshi P/s)Photos are sent separately this week end when I finish my this week tour.