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Shoji

Licensed Guide
  (18) Reviews
Send message only 5 days available in October
$ 32 Hourly rate Price up to 5 people
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Last updated: 3 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Tokyo , Kamakura , Hakone , Yokohama

Languages English ( License ), 简体中文 ( Beginner )

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(18) Reviews
Hourly rate 32 USD Price up to 5 people
( Max : 9 People )
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About

Hi! Welcome to Japan. My name is Shoji Kitamura, a licensed English-speaking tour guide. Please call me Shoji that is the same sound as a sliding screen made of wood and paper you may have seen in a traditional Japanese room.
I was born and raised in Yokohama next to Tokyo but lived for work in several beautiful and historical cities such as Nikko, Hiroshima, and Ise which have world heritage sites and/or national park. I fully enjoyed the nature, culture and lives in each city where I lived.
I retired after 36 years with a national research institute of fisheries in 2016.
During my career, I visited 5 continents except Antarctica, more than 20 nations for attending international scientific conferences, conducting collaborative research or teaching some technologies, etc. In Japan, I often took foreign scientists and government officers sightseeing. I had great times in these opportunities.
Such experiences made me decide to become a licensed English-speaking guide interpreter after retirement to introduce Japanese nature, culture, foods, etc. properly to many tourists coming to Japan from all over the world.
For more than 20 years I’ve been living in Nikko, which is located about 150km north of Tokyo, and designated as a World Heritage site and a National Park. If you consider a day trip from Tokyo, I strongly recommend coming to Nikko by 2-hour train ride from Tokyo. I am looking forward to showing you around in this historical and beautiful town.
Besides Nikko, I can also guide you in Yokohama, my home town, and in neighboring city such as Tokyo and Kamakura.

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Price

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

Duration
1 Person
Up to 5 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $31.86 $31.86 $9.37
4 Hours $127.44 $127.44 $37.50
8 Hours $254.88 $254.88 $75.00

* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 9 maximum

Private Tours

Your Best Choice of Tokyo One-day Tour

(18) Reviews
by Shoji
Tokyo has a lot of sightseeing spots for foreign tourist. So, I narrowed them down to 8 spots for your options. If you are wondering where to go, book this...
7:30h $ 253 up to 7 people

Must-see in Nikko One-day Tour

(18) Reviews
by Shoji
Visiting must-see 3 sightseeing spots in Nikko, Toshogu, the most famous and popular shrine of the World Heritage in Nikko, the Kegon Waterfall, one of the...
11h $ 398 up to 7 people

Nikko World Heritage One-day Tour

(18) Reviews
by Shoji
Visiting Toshogu shrine and RInnnoji temple, the World Heritage. Magnificent and solemn architectures and carvings of the shrine and the temple will move y...
11h $ 398

Highland Nikko Hiking and Cruising One-day Tour (May to Oct....

(18) Reviews
by Shoji
Hiking along the coast line of Lake Chuzenji or in Senjogahara wetland which is registered under the Ramsar Convention as “Oku-Nikko-shitsugen” (the wetlan...
12h $ 422 up to 7 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 ( 18 )
John & Audrey John United States ( Family )
Excellent
19 hours ago

“ Tour of Tokyo ”

Shoji is a wonderful tour guide who was not only knowledgeable about the areas of our tour, but a very kind and thoughtful guide. Shoji was able to tailor our route to accommodate my husband’s needs having some difficulties walking some steps so we were able to take public transportation to experience what it is like to ride the train in Tokyo to some of our destinations. We would highly recommend Shoji for a guide when visiting Tokyo.

Zach Zach United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Fantastic tour to see a lot of Tokyo in one day ”

Shoji was very communicative from the time I booked the tour. I only had one free day in Tokyo, and this was exactly what I was looking for. He guided me to several sights around the city and gave interesting and insightful historical and cultural context. I really enjoyed taking the public transportation to get a glimpse of life in Tokyo. Having Shoji lead me around saved so much time and stress. I highly recommend Shoji!

Shoji:

Thank you very much for your kind words. I was really encouraged by your words. I had a great time with you on the tour and learned a lot from you. I hope you will be a big fun of Japan and will come again in another season. Be careful of the strong typhoon!

Gary Gary Canada ( Solo )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ This was my first trip to Tokyo Japan, and I felt accommodated to and welcomed. ”

Shoji was my introduction to Japan. From the onset, his kind demeanor put me right at ease. Shoji got me to where I needed to be, and I will always be grateful for him being available to me in short notice. The next time I visit, I'll keep Shoji in mind.

Shoji:

Thank you very much for your kind words, Gary. They really encourage me. I look forward to seeing and guiding you again next time.

Lisa Lisa United States ( Family )
Very Good
4 months ago

“ A very full day ”

Shoji was a great tour guide. He showed us things we needed to see all over Tokyo. He covered a lot of ground and taught us how to use subways, pray at the temples, and order at restaurants. He was nice and fun. Some other tour guides may be better at knowing the history of places and symbolic significance. But if those things are not important to you, Shoji knows the city well and how to navigate it.

Shoji:

Thank you very much for your kind words that really encourage me. I had quite a fun time with you. I hope we can meet again in Japan or Texas some time soon.

Udara Udara United Kingdom
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Brilliant guide! ”

Shoji san was a fantastic guide and great company. He his very knowledgeable, friendly, flexible and professional. We had the most wonderful day in Nikko thanks to Shoji san and would love to return. We are a couple from the UK.

Shoji:

Thank you so much Udara, for your kind words. I am very glad you enjoyed Nikko. Nikko has a lot of wonderful places. Please come back again to Nikko in another season.