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  (25) Reviews
Send message only 5 days available in November
$ 37 Hourly rate Price up to 6 people
I can also guide you in Hiroshima (Peace Memorial Park, Miyajima), 1-day tour. My transportation fees to/from Hiroshima cost about 20,000 JPY, return.
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Last updated: 9 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Hyogo , Kobe , Mount Koya , Himeji

Languages English ( License )

(25) Reviews
Hourly rate 37 USD Price up to 6 people
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Hi! I'm Shogo, National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter in English. "Shogo?" Looks a little bit hard to pronounce. So if you are interested in Samurai or Busho, you can call me "Shogun". (rather hen-pecked at home, though.:):)
Just few information about myself. I lived in Kyoto for 4 years & 2 years in the US in my 20s. Now I live in Kobe with my family over 30 years. So I'm familiar with various tourist spots and attractions in western Japan. Here are some of my specialties.
First, I can show you around popular historical sites and relics in Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Himeji. You'll surely feel the depth of Japanese culture by visiting these places.
Second, I can also offer you special tours of famous sake breweries in Kobe, Nara and Kyoto.
Third, I also guide you around Hiroshima including the magnificent Itsukushima Shrine and spiritual Mt. Koya in Wakayama Prefecture.
I welcome you with utmost warm hospitality. Please get in touch with me any time. For your super memorable trip, "Always with YOU" Shogo!! See you soon!

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4.8 (25) Reviews
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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
Hourly rate $36.80 $36.80
4 Hours $147.20 $147.20
8 Hours $294.40 $294.40

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 6 maximum

Private Tours

Kyoto Highlights 1-Day Private Tour

(25) Reviews
by Shogo
This is a one-day tour of Kyoto for the first visitors. Kyoto is an ancient capital for over 1,000 years. You will visit Kinkakuji Temple, Arashiyama Bamb...
9h $ 331 up to 6 people

Himeji Castle & Spiritual Shoshazan Engyoji Temple 1-Day Pri...

(25) Reviews
by Shogo
We'll visit three places, rich in Japan's history and culture. Firstly, Himeji Castle designated as Japan's first World Heritage Site in 1993, and ranked 7...
8h $ 294 up to 6 people

Discover Western Kyoto 1-Day Private Tour

(25) Reviews
by Shogo
This is a one-day tour of western Kyoto, ancient capital for over 1,000 years. We will visit Nijojo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Nis...
8h $ 294 up to 6 people

Nara and Osaka Highlights 1-Day Private Tour

(25) Reviews
by Shogo
Nara was an ancient capital of Japan in the 8th century. We'll visit Todaiji Temple, housing the gigantic Great Statue of Buddha, and Kasuga Grand Shrine....
8h $ 294 up to 6 people

Awesome Osaka 1-Day Private Tour

(25) Reviews
by Shogo
Osaka, the 3rd largest in Japan, has long been prospered as Japan's most powerful commercial city, playing also a major role in Japanese culture like a tra...
8h $ 294 up to 6 people

Kyoto 1-Day Private Custom Tour

(25) Reviews
by Shogo
This is a one-day private custom tour. You can choose some (probably 4 or 5) out of the following 7 places, or I can suggest our itinerary based on your in...
8h $ 294 up to 6 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 ( 25 )
Tami Tami United States ( Couple )
4 days ago

“ Osaka/Nara/Kyoto Tours ”

If you're looking for a tour guide then look no further! My husband and I had the pleasure of having Shogo as our guide for 2 days. We have booked other guides on Triplelights in the past, and Shogo is one of the best: he's easy going, flexible, and knowledgeable. We highly recommend and would definitely book him again! Thank you Shogo for the photos, and also for going above and beyond on our Kyoto tour. We had a lot of fun, and hoping to see you again in the near future.


Dear Tami, Thank you for your rave review of our tours for two days. You and your husband were so friendly and lovely a couple to me, looking very much like on your "Honeymoon," that I felt as if I were much younger in my thirties with my old close friends. Actually I found tour guiding real rewarding. Thank you Tami for giving me pleasant days. Best regards, Shogo

Patrick Patrick New Zealand ( Family with kids )
2 weeks ago

“ Day trip to Kyoto & Narra ”

We found Shogo to be very knowledgeable, friendly and he made our day trip special. My son especially enjoyed the Sushi, Deer in Narra and the monkeys in Kyoto.


Dear Patrick, I am so much grateful to your nice review of our Kyoto & Nara 1-day-tour. It's always my great pleasure to guide such a nice family trying to explore things Japanese to the fullest. I'm very glad to hear that you enjoyed the sushi at Arashiyama, Kyoto. Maybe you found some differences between Japan's sushi and Kiwi sushi, because fish for the sushi might be a little different. Since all of your family are sport lovers, I sincerely hope you'll visit Japan again. See you, Patrick. Best regards, Shogo

Dermot Dermot Ireland ( Couple )
Very Good
2 weeks ago

“ Kyoto and Himeji highlights ”

Shogo was our guide for 2 days. He is very good company and his knowledge about all of the sites was interesting. On the trip around Kyoto he took us on local transport including the tram which was a great way to travel around the city. Overall we recommend Shogo as the perfect English speaking guide.

Polly Polly United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Thank you! ”

Great experience, Shogo is a lovely and very accommodating guide!


Dear Polly, Thank you very much for your nice feedback of our tour in Himeji, including Himeji Castle, Kokoen Japanese Garden and Shoshazan Engyoji Temple. I sincerely hope that you all have got nice and long-lasting memories from Japan. Of course please keep enjoying Rugby World Cup 2019 to the fullest.!!:) Many thanks to you, Polly and your lovely family. From Shogo

Angelina & Nick Angelina United States ( Family )
4 months ago

“ Quiet Nara and Kobe Tour ”

Shogo is the best Tour Guide we had during our Circle To Japan 13-day Cruise. Shogo is highly organized and he planned our trip real well. He handed each and everyone one of us the JR pass, the timeline of our trip, and the other relevant information of our tour. We had a very memorable tour and enjoyed Shogo ‘s patience with us. I will highly recommend Shogo to everyone. All the best to sn excellent guide!


Dear Angelina, I am so much grateful to your hearty review. Your tour group of 3 couples from Kobe cruise ship pier were so warm-hearted and cheerful that our 1-day-Nara & Kobe tour was super memorable. I'm like "You all are "Gone With the Ship!" Anyway, time flies. So please remain to be lovely Tourmates forever. Thanks for everthing, Angelina. You are a super tour leader. Best regards, Shogo


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Sake Empire Japan

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A New Little-Known Tourist Spot in Kyoto?

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