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  (17) Reviews
Send message fully booked in May
$ 32 Hourly rate Price up to 7 people
I can also guide you in Hiroshima, and Shiga if you pay my transportation fees (+ accommodation fees when necessary).
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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Hyogo , Kobe , Mount Koya

Languages English ( License )

(17) Reviews
Hourly rate 32 USD Price up to 7 people
( Max : 15 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 Uncle Shogo!!!" See you soon!

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

1 Person
Up to 7 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $31.85 $31.85 $2.73
4 Hours $127.40 $127.40 $10.92
8 Hours $254.80 $254.80 $21.84

* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 15 maximum

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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 ( 17 )
Renate Renate Australia ( Family with kids )
4 days ago

“ Osaka and Kyoto with Shogo ”

Shogo was amazing. He met us on time, provided an itinerary for the day and also some interesting facts about Japanese history. Shogo was very knowledgeable about Osaka and Kyoto. We had an awesome time. Thanks Shogo for 2 great days.


Dear Renate, Thank you very much for your hearty review of our 2-day tour in Oaka and Kyoto. On the 2nd day I was a little bit afraid it might be too warm for your lovely kids to stroll in Kyoto, because the day time high was nearly 30 degrees centigrade. However, they are indeed ice hockey lovers with lots of stamina. Hopefully you all revisit Japan (especially for your kids to enjoy Japanese food & for your cool husband, yuzu-sake) in the near future. Many thanks to Renate. Best regards, Shogo

Susan Susan United States ( Family )
Very Good
2 weeks ago

“ Very accommodating, knowledgeable, and kind ”

My son and I spent the day touring Himeiji with Shogo. He was so kind to meet us at our ryokan in Arima Onsen, as I am sure we never could have negotiated our way to Kobe to meet him! He had everything organized and kept us on schedule. We saw the castle and the gardens. A wonderful day!


Dear Susan, I am very grateful to you for your writing nice review. It was another beautiful day, a little bit too warm though. It's good for me to know that you two are so interested in Japanese culture including Japanese history and local dishes, and also stayed in Arima hot spring resorts far away from Kobe downtown. I hope you rediscovered the good points of Japan. Many thanks to Susan. Shogo

Andrew Andrew United States ( Couple )
4 weeks ago

“ One-day tour of Himeji Castle and Engyogi Temple ”

Shogo was an excellent guide, and we enjoyed our day with him tremendously. He was communicative, well prepared, and very attentive to our interests and needs. Also, well before the tour, he provided very helpful information and recommendations about what trains to take to Himeji from Kyoto and back. We would gladly tour with him again.


Dear Andrew, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It's always my great pleasure to meet so wonderful a couple. It's a little shame a light rain was expected on the afternoon. So we arranged our itinerary suddenly on the morning, by visiting spiritual Mt. Shosha first and Himeji Castle area later. Thank you so much for your cooperation. Also you reminded me of my good old days in Kansas in my 20s. Again I'd like to thank you for your deep consideration. Thanks for everything, Andrew. Best regards, Shogo

Carola Carola Germany ( Friends )
1 month ago

“ Very polite guide, very flexible ”

He pickend us, group of four, up at the cruiseport, right in time and showed us the best spots of Kyoto. Behause our time was limited due to the departure of our cruise ship, we had to cut the prorgram, but it was no problem for Shogo. He made optional suggestions and arranged everything. It did not bother him,even to give up lunch and buy a sandwich in the supermarket. Thanks for all, Shogo!


Dear Carola, I am so much grateful to your hearty review. Your group of 2 couples from a cruise ship were so nice and cheerful that our 1-day-Kyoto tour was very enjoyable for me. I also learned a lot about German culture, and valuable tips to keep healthy as well. Again I decided to work out at least 2 times a week. I promise. 100!! Many thanks to Carola and your group. Shogo

Leonid Leonid United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Great experience ”

Great experience at discovering Kyoto Highly recommended


Dear Leonid, I am very glad you wrote a nice review about our 2-day tours both in the eastern and western parts of Kyoto. I really enjoyed guiding such a lovely family. I was deeply touched by your heart-warming consideration towards your family and me too. Thanks to your cooperation and beautiful weather, we were able to visit all the places in our itinerary, though there were so many people. I sincerely hope our tours were quite memorable for your family. Thanks for everything, Leonid. From Shogo