"Hi, my name is Koichi. Thank you for your interest in my profile and my tours.
I am a licensed tour guide specializing in the City of Kyoto. I have a great love for Kyoto City, from its major tourist attractions to some of its lesser known, tranquil and peaceful sites. I would be glad to conduct the tour according to your interests and share with you my knowledge of the city's rich history as well as its cultural and seasonal events.
Since both my high school and university days were located in Kyoto, I know not only all the city’s shrines and temples but also great local restaurants that serve traditional Japanese cuisine at a reasonable price. So, for example, if you are interested in a traditional Izakaya experience, please let me know, I know the perfect place and I will be glad to escort you there after the tour.
As an added bonus, I am an experienced, award winning photographer and I would be happy to take photos of you during the tour with my DSLR camera and then email them to you after the tour.
Additionally, I love motorcycle touring as my hobby and I enjoy taking pictures of Kyoto’s beautiful landscape. Therefore, talking about and showing off Kyoto’s scenery with my guests is one of my pleasures as well as explaining the traditional Kyoto culture.
My native city of Otsu is famous for Lake Biwa which is located just 10 minutes train ride from Kyoto station. It is not only an ideal location for the easy access to the ancient capital city but also for having an amazing visitor’s viewing location.
Therefore, whether you are wishing to explore Kyoto’s traditional heritage, sample the fantastic food that Kyoto offers or take a trip off the beaten path, I am the guide for you!
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.
We had the opportunity to discover beautiful corners of Kyoto . Impossible to found without Koichi. He show us local place and amazing restaurant for lunch . He introduce us to Gheiko dance place taking care to organize everything according to our needs ( we have one child 4 years old) MANY THANKS Koichi. Marco Ania & Leonardo
Excellent! Kochi was an excellent guide who was able to share a great deal of knowledge about present day Kyoto and Kyoto's past. As it was New Year and many places were closed, he custom made a tour specifically for us but we also knew we could make changes to the program if our ideas changed. He took us to different shrines and temples giving us background information about each of them in an inretesting way. He also took us around Gion and parts of Kiyomizu the old town which was fascinating. Kochi also took us to an amazing tempura restaurant which was brilliant not only because of the excellent food that was cooked in front of us but also because of the other diners and the chef and staff who were very welcoming and very funny! We would highly recommend Kochi as a guide to other tourists.
A wonderful time in Kyoto with Koichi. A very patient and knowledgeable guide (and published photographer) walked us all over the great sites of Kyoto (Fushimi Inari Shrine, Nijo-jo Castle, Bamboo Garden) with a delicious stop for a soba-noodles-lunch at local soba house, culminating the tour at the Yuki Gion Izakaya Restaurant (a must stop for Izakaya dinner in Kyoto. Unforgettable tour indeed.