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$ 34 Hourly rate Price up to 6 people
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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Kobe , Shiga , Mount Koya , Kumano

Languages Japanese ( Native ), English ( License ), Russian ( Intermediate ), French ( Beginner ), Spanish ( Beginner )

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Hourly rate 34 USD Price up to 6 people
( Max : 12 People )
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I'm Hide, a National Certified Tour Interpreter.

I'm new here!!!

Shall we explore Japan together?

I was born in Sapporo city, Hokkaido island. In winter, we would play a snowball battle in my neighborhood. My elder sister would always win. So, I became a cyclist. By the way, my elder sister became a professional ski instructor in Sapporo.

After college, I became a computer engineer who worked at such as a derivative market in an international investment bank.

After exhausted by that job, I had been working for a UNEP related project in the South Pacific for two years.

I used to work at a Japanese restaurant, cooking Japanese cuisine.
Making sushi to provide people is one of my amusements.

I was also a traveler/backpacker.
I would play the guitar, ukulele on the street or at restaurants in Eastern Europe for several months.

I used to live near Tokyo, one of the commuter towns adjacent to the capital city. It takes around 60 - 80 minutes from Narita airport/ Haneda airport or 20 minutes from Tokyo Disneyland/DisneySea.

Currently, I live in a small city among Osaka, Kyoto and Nara.

Thinking positively, it is the best place for tour guides in Japan!
Thinking negatively, it is just an inconvenient place located in the middle of nowhere!

Actually, I can guide you in Hokkaido, Kyoto, Osaka and Nara as well because our houses are there too!!!

I currently have two major jobs. One is interpretation. Another is translation specializing in IT.

I’m looking forward to meeting you!!!
Let's travel around Japan together!

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

1 Person
Up to 6 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $34.20 $34.20 $27.00
6 Hours $205.20 $205.20 $162.00
8 Hours $273.60 $273.60 $216.00

* Duration: 6 hours minimum and 20 hours maximum per day.
* People: 12 maximum

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Tokyo one day memorable tour!!!

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7h $ 225 up to 5 people

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?

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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 ( 2 )
Corey Corey United States ( Solo )
3 months ago

“ Awesome Tour of the Kii Peninsula ”

I spent four days with Hide touring Nara, Osaka, and the Kii Peninsula. Hide was very professional and showed me the area highlights as well as areas less known. If you are going to Japan and would like a guide, I would recommend Hide to guide you.

Tadeusz Tadeusz United States ( Solo )
5 months ago

“ Kyoto Excursion ”

Hide's tour was excellent. His knowledge of all the sites we visited was impressive, and he skillfully negotiated a better fair with the chartered taxi driver. He also led me to all the most important parts of each site we visited without delay. It was a wonderful day, and I am so glad to have had Hide as my guide. I would wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone.


Tadeusz-san, thank you very much for choosing me as a tour guide. I'm grateful to you and your patience with such a hectic one day trip in the sweltering hot day. It was my fault that we didn't visit Nijo castle. In the first place, I should have read your email more carefully. Also, I could have discussed with you and double-checked your will on whether to go there even though the main building closes on Tuesdays before ending the tour. I hope we see again soon and you still remember you have to visit my hometown.