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  (21) Reviews
Send message only 3 days available in September
$ 35 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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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Hyogo , Kobe , Mount Koya

Languages English ( License )

(21) Reviews
Hourly rate 35 USD Price up to 6 people
( Max : 8 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 (21) 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
For each extra person
Hourly rate $35.34 $35.34 $4.65
4 Hours $141.36 $141.36 $18.60
8 Hours $282.72 $282.72 $37.20

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 8 maximum

Private Tours

Kyoto Highlights 1-Day Private Tour

(21) 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...
8h $ 283 up to 6 people

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

(21) 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 $ 283 up to 6 people

Nara and Osaka Highlights 1-Day Private Tour

(21) 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 $ 283 up to 6 people

Himeji Castle & an Optional Ninja Training Activity Half-Day...

(21) Reviews
by Shogo
We'll visit places rich in Japan's history and culture. Firstly, Himeji Castle designated as Japan's first World Heritage Site in 1993, and ranked #7 as a ...
4h $ 141 up to 6 people

Awesome Osaka 1-Day Private Tour

(21) 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 $ 283 up to 6 people

Western Kyoto Highlights 1-Day Private Tour

(21) Reviews
by Shogo
This is a one-day tour of Western Kyoto for the first visitors. Kyoto is an ancient capital for over 1,000 years. You will visit Nijojo Castle, Kinkakuji T...
8h $ 283 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 ( 21 )
Angelina & Nick Angelina United States ( Family )
2 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

Tracy Tracy Singapore ( Couple )
3 months ago

“ Very knowledgeable and affable ”

Our day trip in Nara and Osaka was great thanks to Shogo san, he was very kind and knowledgeable about the places we wanted to visit which allowed efficient time usage in each place. Shogo was also very efficient in replying every time before the trip about any questions we had, which was superb and helped us take nice pictures at the beautiful attractions. We thoroughly enjoyed our time and if we need a guide in the area again, will definitely look for Shogo.


Dear Tracy, Thank you so much for your wonderful review of our tour in Nara & Osaka. Indeed it's always my great pleasure being a guide for such a lovely couple so interested in Japnanese culture, such as sake and mochi pounding (rice cake pounding) in Nara. Just amazing! I learned about beautiful Singalore from you, which renewed, my awareness of the importance of diversity. By the way I asked you to wave on your way from Osaka to Awaji Island following day. And in myself I did see you waving onboard a train, I might be still a little drunk, though. So another Kampai!! Thanks for everything, Tracy. Best regards, Shogo

Rachel Rachel Australia ( Friends )
3 months ago

“ Great Tour ”

Shogo was a great tour guide! Highly recommended!


Dear Rachel, Thank you very much for your nice review of our tour. I hope you enjoyed strolling in Gion, Kyoto's most popular Maiko/Geiko area. Also I'm happy that it was not so warm for this time of the year. Quite comfortable in the evening with a nice breeze blowing over a Kawayuka, riverside summer terrace. Indeed chatting over a glass of wine was great fun. Let me try beer, Rachel Special, next time. So Kampai!!:) Best regards, Shogo

Daniel Daniel United States ( Family with kids )
3 months ago

“ Best tour guide! ”

Shogo was very informative, communicated very clearly and timely and was even better in person as our guide. He puts in extra effort to make sure we had an excellent time! He even sent us pictures after. Highly recommend Shogo!


Dear Dan, Thank you very much for your wonderful review. It was my pleasure showing you and your nice family in Kyoto and Osaka, including Kyoto's Iwatayama Monkey Park in Arashiyam and Osaka's Kaiyukan Aquarium. Very glad to hear it was great fun for you. Please give my best regards to your kids full of energy. Hope their dreams will come true. I'll be checking out a piano concert and a surfing competition televisied on TV. Thank you very much, Dan. From Shogo.

Renate Renate Australia ( Family with kids )
4 months 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


Fuji-san, Japan's Spiritual Home

by Shogo
Fuji-san (san=mountain), with an altitude of 3,776 meters, is not just the highest in Japan. Its not just a world-famous Japans symbol wit...

Too Fascinating Kyoto Maiko

by Shogo
< What is Maiko?> Maiko is a female entertainer dressed in beautiful kimono like Geisha, who is trained in the Kyoto dialect, traditional ...

Sakura Empire Japan

by Shogo
Sakaura, cherry blossoms, are special in Japan, being regarded as national flowers along with chrysanthemums in the autumn.  The sakura fron...

What's Sake?

by Shogo
Super Happy News!! Japanese sake, Junmai Ginjo Fukuju made by a sake brewery in Kobe, was served at a banquet after the 2018 Nobel Prize Awa...

A New Little-Known Tourist Spot in Kyoto?

by Shogo
Kyoto is the very Japans spiritual home. No doubt about it. Indeed, whenever you see the sights of Kyoto, you will feel Japans traditional...

Tasty Maple Japan

by Shogo
Autumn colors are the pride of Japan, being enjoyed almost throughout Japan. In the western part of Japan, like Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe and...