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$ 32 Hourly rate Price up to 3 people
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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara

Languages English ( Professional )

(15) Reviews
Hourly rate 32 USD Price up to 3 people
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Hi. An English instructor, lives in Nara, who also has experience of guiding travelers with domestic and international itinerary management chef qualification, is now presenting the most memorable tours in Kansai sceane.
I specialize your demand in need during your stay in Japan. I am fully trained in using English in travel field and have been teaching professionally since 1993.
travelers who want to get better choice, ask me about anything, so I can make it happens!

Bars, pubs, entertainment,restaurants, dining,cultural and traditional events, Japanese arts,and music!
Get the biggest and most exciting Japanese views from me.

Prepare almost everything is possible however, we need to talk over what the best choice for you before you take your trip.

You choose and I support all for you.

I'm very happy to be your guide and hope to see you very soon in Japan!!!

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4.9 (15) 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 $18.54 $32.44 $9.27
4 Hours $74.15 $129.77 $37.09
8 Hours $148.29 $259.53 $74.18

* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 20 hours maximum per day.
* People: 4 maximum

Private Tours

Western Kyoto Tour

(15) Reviews
by Nobuko
We can go to Arashiyama to visit bamboo forests and explore some temples with Japanese gardens. The golden pagoda, Kinkakuji,you'll appreciate the most s...
8h $ 260 up to 3 people

Good morning, Nara!!!

(15) Reviews
by Nobuko
Are you an early bird? why not? I am presenting you the most fresh air breath taking tour in Nara. In the morning, I will pick you up and take you to the ...
5h $ 60

Explore Best View Of Eastern Kyoto Tour

(15) Reviews
by Nobuko
We can go to the Ginkakuji temple by bus and walk along the philosopher's path. Then visit Heian shrine or Nanzenji temple. After that, Gion district to...
8h $ 260 up to 3 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?

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 ( 15 )
Virginia Virginia United Kingdom ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Lovely day with lovely lady ”

We spent a day exploring Osaka and Nara with Nobuko. We are mum, dad and adult son visiting Japan for the rugby World Cup, The content I asked for was supplemented by interesting and local highlights I wouldn’t have ever managed. We talked all day about life, culture and society. We loved our visit and Nobukos company,

joel and karen Joel United States ( Couple )
6 months ago

“ Fabulous way to see Kyoto ”

Nobuku was, in short, the ideal guide. English was perfect, personable and knowledgeable. We saw everything possible in one day of Kyoto, efficiently. She was flexible to make a slight change we requested. One of the two or three best guides we have had.


Dear Joel, Thank you for your generous review,Joel. It was my pleasure to introduce Kyoto for you and your beautiful wife. Seeing your wife was happy about Kyoto stuff, you looked as happy as she was. And I understood deeply how much you love each other. It is always gladful to me to see beautiful love in a couple like you guys. You are the one of the excellent costomers of all and thank you for being nice to me. You spoiled me with the best Green tea treat in Nijyo castle which I never had before. Thank you again for choosing me as your local guide Joel, and I like your wife's Komono a lot!! See you and have the great rest of your trip. Nobuko

Evan Evan United States ( Family with kids )
6 months ago

“ Kyoto Family Day Trip ”

We hired Nobuko to take us to the major sites in Kyoto and couldn't be happier. We are a family of 4 including 2 kids 11 and 13 years old so that means there are a lot of opinions about where to go next and how. Nobuko helped us plan our complete itinerary and we completed every stop for the day including giving my wife plenty of time to shop for her favorite treats. Nobuko has impeccable english so she was easy to understand and was able to give us a good overview of every site including little things we would have completely missed without her. We had tried to travel Tokyo without a guide and while we made it everywhere it was much more stressful and involved getting turned around multiple times. With Nobuko as our guide, it was a stress free day where we could just enjoy the sites... read more


Dear Evan, Thank you so much and I deeply appreciate your review which brings me a lot of confidence of being a local guide. I am honored to be your guide and thank you again for letting me introduce you all about Kyoto. You and your family were all awesome costumers. Your kids respected me while I guided you, gave me the time patiently, and tried to understand me wisely. Your beautiful wife gave up her seat for me, treated me as if I were a member of your family. And you are the most excellent husband and dad for your family whom I told a lot about to my son in Kyoto. Thank you again for choosing me as your guide and have a great rest of your trip and ask me if you ever need anything! Nobuko

Franklin Franklin United States ( Couple )
Very Good
6 months ago

“ Friendly and informative ”

Nobuko was friendly and provided useful information about shrines we visited, as well as about aspects of Kyoto city and Japanese culture that we would otherwise not known about. The sites she suggested we visit were all worthwhile, and by helping us navigate bus and subway out time was used efficiently. I would recommend her..


Thank you for choosing me as your guide. I had a very good time with you, too. I hope you enjoyed the Machiya houses just like one we went to along the Kiyomizu path.

Katiya Katiya United States ( Couple )
6 months ago

“ Amazing day in Kyoto with Nobuko! ”

My husband and I spend 10+ hours with Nobuko to explore as many Kyoto attractions as possible. She has excellent English speaking skills which made our communication with her very enjoyable. If you googled Top 10 Kyoto Attractions, we probably did it all, but our favorite places was the discovery of the oldest elevator in Japan which we found by accident eating lunch there. Nobuko took us to see the cherry blossom trees lighted at night time and the sign was truly breathtaking - the perfect way to end our evening! We took both the trains and the buses and did lots of walking as our goal was to hit as many places as possible and she made sure that we were on task to start and finish each place in a timely manner. She also provided just enough background including some interesting details of... read more


Dear Katiya, Thank you for your great review, Katiya. Yes, we visited almost every highlights in Kyoto in a day. You treated me fine cuisine that I never had before at the restaurant with the oldest elevator. That was awsome ! and I loved earrings you got for your sisters. They are so artistic! I really enjoyed the cherry blossom at night with you. That was heaven to me! All the memories I have with you and your hubby which are the one of the greatest day in my guide life. Thank you again for choosing me as your guide and I am looking forward to having your kids in my hands too! Nobuko