Hi! I'm Shogo, a national licensed English-speaking tour guide. If you are interested in Samurai or Busho, you can call me "Shogun". (rather hen-pecked in my family though.) I lived in Kyoto for four years as a university sutdent and now live in Kobe. I'm familiar with tourist spots and attractions in western Japan. Here are some of my specialities.
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/ or Kyoto.
Third, I also guide you around Hiroshima including the magnificent Itsukushima Shrine and spiritual Mt. Koya in Wakayama Prefecture.
I welcome you with warm hospitality. Please contact me anytime.
"Always with you Shogo" for your super memorable holidays!!
See you soon!
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 7 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 15 maximum
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
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.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Shogo is the absolute best tour guide one could ask for. He was extremely knowledgable, generous, flexible, prepared and kind. He came with sheets of paper briefly outlining Japan's history as well as the historical significance of the sites we saw. He knew exactly where to go for an amazing ramen lunch and was more than willing to answer any questions I had about every aspect of Japanese life. If I am ever in the Osaka area again, Shogo will be first on my list for tour guides.
Dear Lisa, Thank you very much for writing so nice a review. The weather was perfect throught our walking tour, starting with Osaka Castle, tranfering to Todaiji Temple in Nara, and ending up in Dotonbori Downtown Osaka. I really enjoyed talking with Solomon majoring in physics. Since I'm a little bit interested in the universe, I asked a couple of trivial questions on board a train about say what will happen after its expansion. He is indeed a physics major. I should say "a real bank of knowledge." He's a great fan of Japanese culture as well, like Albert Einstein, including Japanese literature! If you had not organized the tour with me, I would not have met so nice a university student. So again thank you so much for every thing, Lisa. Hope to see you all again. Best regards, Shogo
Mr. Shogo was very patient with my inquisitive son. He was able to answer all the questions. He also stopped when we requested for a break coz my son gets tired easily. He even gave him a small gift!
Dear Lynette, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. I really appreciate it. It's always my great pleasure to meet so wonderful a family. Above all, your seven year old son is very interested in Japanese culture, asking me several good questions and even trying to strike a temple bell, which made me really happy. I'm sorry that I couldn't show him turtles in a nearby pond. Maybe it was too sunny for them to bask in the sun. I'm very glad you all came back home safe. Hopefully you'll visit Japan in the near future to see deeper Kyoto, Osaka, Himeji and Nara. I'm very much looking forward to seeing you again. Thank you very much, Lynette. Best regards, Shogo
Shogo-san has to be the best guide in the world. He is punctual, reliable, flexible, and organized. He was adept at scheduling activities for us, and his level of detail and consideration go far beyond what I would ever expect from anyone. The amount of thought and preparation that he put into our itinerary was amazing and appreciated. He really tries hard to minimize logistical concerns for his clients. My son lost his jacket, and Shogo-san allocated an unbelievable amount of personal effort in an attempt to retrieve it. Besides being a wonderful guide, he is a wonderful person. We are grateful to have met him.
Dear Gery, Thank you very much for your warm-hearted review of my tours to Himeji, Kyoto, and Shiga Prefecture. It's just amazing that all your family are real pro-Japanese persons, interested in anything Japanese, from culture to cuisine. I was like "Shame on me!" I found this Japan tour stemed from your memorable trip abroad with your family as a boy, including a haircut at an exotic barbershop. I was truly touched by the fact that after a generation you are trying to pass on your nice experiences to your lovely kids. I did enjoy talking with you all about various things. Your 5-year old "Prince Rascal" showed me "Rock, paper, scissors, show me what you've got." It was real fun. I really don't know how to thank you. I hope you all will go back home safe. I am so much looking forward to ... read more
Shogo was just wonderful. Our group of 4 had a long very busy day. He was waiting for us at our cruise port in Kobe. His knowledge of the train and bus schedule was extensive and with our many rides we never waited more than a few minutes. We all appreciated the many things he knew, not only about the sites but about the culture of Japan. He inquired if we were hungry, thirsty or needed the restroom and always was looking to make sure we were with the group. He took us to everywhere on our list and had us back in time. I would highly recommend Shogo as a guide!
Dear Carol, Thank you very much for your super hearty review. I'm very glad to hear that you all enjoyed visiting historic places in Kyoto and Nara. I really enjoyed not only showing you around, but talking about a variety of topcs of both the USA and the UK. I learned a lot from you all. Hopefully the weather will remain perfect so that you will be able to view beautiful fall colors in Kochi and Hiroshima. I wish you all enjoy the rest of your trip and come back home safe with a lot of monderful memories in your lovely hearts. Let's keep healthy. I am so much looking forward to seeing you all in Kyoto again. Tthank you so much for everything, Carol. Yours Shogo.
Shogo is a pleasant guide to have, he gave a lot of information about the castle and provided handouts for us about Japan's and Himeji's history. His English skills are very good, we enjoyed the tour with him.
Thank you very much for your nice review. I really appreciate it. We visited Himeji Castle and nearby Kokoen Japanese Garden. After a couple of cloudy days, the weather was perfect to visit these places. I told you that there is a magnificent German style castle on its outskiets, which may not be well-known to tourists. Indeed we learned several things Germany and Japan have in common as well as differences. It was really fun and a wonderful experience for me. Thank you very much.