I'm a senior travel guide with a government license and good humor. As a fourth generation in Kobe, I know every details on its local interest points and its vicinity. As Kyoto is also my specialty, I'll flexibly arrange a personalized local tour plan to suit customers' preferences. Having a deep and long career experience in Kobe's administrative office over 30 years, I'll be able to present a tour course in your special interest like various study tours as well. Of course, personalized tours for mature individuals or a family with teen children are well arranged with Japanese cultural experience.
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 6 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 11 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.
A lovely well spoken gentleman with extensive knowledge of Japan.
Thank you for your kind feedback. Your kind words greatly encouraged me to work harder as a better tour guide. I hope I will be able to serve you another opportunity in the future.
We very much enjoyed having Masahito as our tour guide. His itinerary was well prepared and accommodated our every wish. He is well informed of the history and culture of the region. He also went beyond his call of duty by even helping with transporting our luggage from the cruise ship from Kobe to Kansai Airport utilizing trams, ferry, etc. I would highly recommend using Masahito as your tour guide.
Thank you very much for your kind words. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour. I also have enjoyed guiding you and your group so much. Masahito Hatanaka
I feel very lucky to have engaged Masahito. A native of Kobe and a veteran of the city government, he is extraordinarily knowledgeable about the entire Kansai region - its history, geography, and culture - and has a wealth of useful information at his fingertips. This has been my fourth trip to Japan, and I specifically wanted to visit smaller places of interest, off the beaten path. For the Takenata Carpentry Tools Museum, which I requested, one could hardly have had a better guide: Masahito is himself very interested in the history and construction of, for example, the various shrines and temples of Nara, and was able to explain in detail the excellent Takenata collection. At Arima - where we visited the famous hot spring, nearby Toys & Automata Museum, important shrines, several superb,... read more
The words you gave me a deep feeling of honor that deserves more than the service I did. I am also very grateful to you for giving me a wonderful opportunity to guide you in Kobe. I am very happy to hear that you had enjoyed the tour I hope you’ll have a great time during the rest of your vacation time in Japan. Best regards, Masahito Hatanaka
We spent one day with Masahito in Kobe. His communication before our excursion was excellent. We kept changing our itinerary and Masahito went with the flow. He was waiting for us when we got off the ship. His english was very good. We went to the Ropeway, then an authentic Japanese lunch (with slurping) and then to the Disaster Prevention Museum. We picked all of these activities and enjoyed them all. We took public transportation around the city, by our choice. Masahito did exactly what we wanted and we would highly recommend him.
Thank you very much for your kind words. They really mean a lot to me. I believe that you and your wife enjoyed the rest of your tour in Japan. Best wishes, Masahito Hatanaka