"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!
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 3 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 6 maximum
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 loved our experience of touring Kyoto with Koichi. He is extremely knowledgeable about everything regarding the city, really knows the historical background inside and out. He took us to his favorite temple which isn't as well known to tourists, and it became our favorite temple as well. Not only did he make the perfect itinerary for us, he made sure to take us to the best lunch spots for authentic food! Highly recommend!
Koichi is a delight guide. Although his English accent is at time difficult to understand (his writing is perfect though), he is attentive, polite, organized and extremely helpful. He went above and beyond to ensure a smooth day for all of us. The soba experience near the Imperial Palace was a great one to remember. Over all, we enjoyed our day with Koichi very much and would highly recommend him. Also we appreciated the thoughtful gift he gave our teenage daughters at the end of the tour. Thank you Koichi!
We spent the morning and early afternoon with Koichi in Kyoto. Kochi made it very easy to get from one place to another in the short time we had - there is a lot to be said for local knowledge - and having grown up in Kyoto, Koichi definitely has this. It was raining on our tour day, and Koichi’s plan B suggestions were perfect. We spent the morning at Fushimi Inari Shrine then the bamboo Forrest followed by sushi lunch at small, but very nice sushi restaurant. We then spent the early afternoon at the Nishi markets which is definitely a place you want to have a local pointing out what everything is. The highlight of the day was the 2nd row seats Koichi pre-purchased for us to see the once a year (in May) Geisha dance show. We would never have known it was on, let alone have been able to ge... read more
Dear Bronwyn, Thank you for your review and warm message. I also enjoyed the time with you and I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the performance. I hope to see you again.
We had one full day in Kyoto; we wanted to leave with a flavor of the city. We visited a variety of destinations via cab, got in and out quickly, and moved on to the next. Koichi demonstrated himself to be intelligent (he holds a degree in Economics); highly skilled at his job; and attentive to all the details. I would recommend him without reservation to plan and escort you on your tour, purchase tickets and get you safely back to your hotel. We found his English to be very adequate and he responded to all of our questions in an intelligent manner. Koichi took us to a splendid restaurant that was not only delicious; but offered copious serving; at a great value too! He suggested we see the 181st annual spring dance performance of the Kyoto Pontochō district. It was a unique ... read more
Dear John, Thank you very much for your kind comment and high rating. I'm very glad you enjoyed the tour. I myself had a very nice time with you. Especially enjoying the annual spring dance performance at the seat near stage was fantastic. Please come back to discover more of Kyoto!
Koichi was wonderful. He coordinated with us prior to our visit to plan our day and ensure we saw the things important to us. He planned a great day that was well paced. We had plenty of time to spend in each location and did not feel rushed. He took us to a fantastic little place for lunch that we never would have found on our own. I could eat every meal there. He also took extra care to accommodate my travel partner’s fish allergy. Koichi was kind, knowledgeable and thorough. We highly recommend him as a tour guide.
Dear Kimberly, Thank you for your positive feedback. I enjoyed spending time with two of you on the tour. I'm glad we could talk in peaceful garden and local restaurant. Please come back to Kyoto for another discoveries. Best regards, Koichi