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Photo of Kazuyo Okudaira

Kazuyo Okudaira Licensed

  • 5 stars 56 Reviews
  • 181 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Tokyo (primary)
Languages:
English

I live in old town Asakusa in Tokyo, 15 minutes from Senso-ji temple. Let's explore the unique Tokyo where the old and new, modern and traditional, conservative and progressive otaku culture coexists.
I love to show you around from Japanese gardens, museums and galleries to famous sites such as Senso-ji (very close to my house) and the Imperial Palace etc. I will ensure you get the most out of your Tokyo visit.
I can show you Tokyo's hidden treasures such as atmospheric old alleys, hidden streets, unique kawaii otaku shops, public bath houses.

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Satoko Kuroda

  • 5 stars 67 Reviews
  • 180 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Kyoto (primary)
Languages:
Japanese (primary)
  • English (Fluent)

Welcome to Japan and Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Kobe!!
'Featured Guide' - Tourists from Poland as Two Day Kyoto and One Day Osaka Highlight Tour ---- Enjoying taking amazing memorable pictures at opening ceremony of Maiko and Geiko in Gion, Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion), Arashiyama area including Tenryuji Zen temple, Bamboo forest, Kinkakuji and Kiyomizu temple/Gion area---.
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Sakoto is one of the friendliest guides we have ever met. All of travelling was very enjoyable, but I must say the best day of all was the one we spent with Sat
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Mayumi (Mami) Sorimachi Licensed

  • 5 stars 34 Reviews
  • 138 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Tokyo (primary)
Languages:
English

** Dear guests.. Please note that I am not available from the 21st March to the 24th April, and from the 9th May to the 20th May as I am guiding large groups to travel around Japan during this season. I apologise for any inconvenience. **
I am a certified tour guide in Tokyo. I have studied tour planning when I was a student.
I worked at travel agency in London and have involved in tourism for more than 10 years.
I mainly do walking tour using public transportations. I customise your own tour upon your interests. I like not only Japanese history, traditional culture but also pop /
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Patrick Lovell

  • 5 stars 40 Reviews
  • 117 Bookings

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Languages:
English

Providing visitors to Japan with custom tours, including Nikko, Kamakura, Tokyo, Kyoto, complete Nakasendo, and other fantastic locations in Japan.
If you are coming to Japan, contact me for guidance for your whole time in Japan, or for a portion of your time. Either way, I look forward to showing you the best of Japan!
Thank you, Patrick
As a university student I majored in Japanese history and have lived in Japan for 39 years since graduating. During that time, I have taught Japanese history at an international school and have often led small groups on tours around Tokyo, Kamakura, Nikko,
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Ken Tanaka Licensed

  • 5 stars 25 Reviews
  • 107 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Tokyo (primary)
Languages:
English

Other than spending five years in Portland, Oregon (US) when I was a small child, I have lived in Tokyo all my life. I was extremely lucky to be able to see a different culture as well as start learning English at a young age - it's certainly helping alot with my skills now!
I specialize in small group tours using the public transportation. While it seems very diificult to understand at first, it is by far the best way to efficiently get around the city and give you a view of how people in Tokyo live. You will never get the same experience on a bus tour or being ushered from one place to a
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Yasushi Watanabe Licensed

  • 5 stars 26 Reviews
  • 87 Bookings

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Languages:
English

Hi, I grew up in Tokyo area and I love Tokyo!!! We are hosting Tokyo Olympics 2020. Isn't it amazing? I'm wating for your visit. I lived in Canada for four years. I went to a college in Victoria and worked for tour companies in Victoria and Banff. I came back to Japan in 2008. Since then I’ve been working as a nationally licensed guide. So my guide career is about 10 yeasr so far. As a freelance guide, I guide from private tours to bus tours in Tokyo and surrounding areas such as Mt. Fuji, Nikko and Kamakura. I will make your customized tour. Also I organize cycling tours, Manga workshop and Learn more

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Miki Kaneko Licensed

  • 5 stars 26 Reviews
  • 77 Bookings

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Languages:
English

I've lived/studied/worked in Tokyo for almost 40 years. Tokyo is such an attractive city, where you can experience modern and traditional together. I would love to customize your tour according to your interests so you can enjoy this big city fully.
My own lunch and transportation cost is covered in the fixed rate. Also you don't need to pay entrance fees for me because my license covers most of them.
FYI: I am good with children since I raised two boys myself and I used to work at elementary school, teaching English to school children.
I also had taught basic English at major compani
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Yuka Yoshida Licensed

  • 5 stars 32 Reviews
  • 63 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Kamakura (primary)
Languages:
English

☆☆☆Due to personal circumstances , I will be taking a break from guiding from
June to November, 2016. Sorry for your inconvenience.☆☆☆
Hi I'm Yuka!
I'm a Japanese native that lived in Chicago for 5 years in my youth and came back to Japan at the age of 12. I studied Japanese culture, especially folklore, in University. My thesis was about Sumo jinku (the songs Sumo wrestlers sing on special occasions) and I reckon the best part of that was to go out drinking with sumo boys :)
I worked as a tour leader for an Australian tour company for 7 years until 2013, and simply loved taking peop
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Teru Kawasaki Licensed

  • 5 stars 30 Reviews
  • 63 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Tokyo (primary)
Languages:
English

-Three Cs: Courteous, Curious, and Comfortable --- Every communication starts with courtesy, and I keep a sense of a host as a guide in this country. Every trip is made better by curiosity, and I will make it much stronger by introducing something new to you even if you are repeaters. Lastly I would like you to feel comfortable and relaxed for every moment of your stay, essential for an enjoyable trip. With these three ideas, I will provide you with Courteous, Curious, and Comfortable tours, walking, talking, eating, and viewing together. Please come to my blog and use it as a reference.(htt Learn more

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Hide Kojima Licensed

  • 5 stars 19 Reviews
  • 63 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Tokyo (primary)
Languages:
English

Hello. My name is Hide Kojima, an English-speaking tour guide.
I have 10 years of professional experience and guided many tourists from all over the world.
My tours are all walking tours for a small group (up to six persons), so the guests are able to soak in the local ambiance and get a feel of Japanese unique atmosphere at their own pace.
I'd be really happy if I could help you explore your interest in Japan.
You may find interesting or maybe odd things in this country. But all the things you'll see are quite normal for us Japanese.
I would like to introduce our daily lives as
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Hiroe Nakayama Licensed

  • 5 stars 35 Reviews
  • 62 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Osaka (primary)
Languages:
English

** I'm honored to be selected as one of the TOP 10 Private Guides:2014 Viator Travel Awards!** http://travelblog.viator.com/top-10-private-guides/
Please do check availability first before making a confirmed booking.
Hello, everyone! My name is Hiroe. I'm a very friendly government-lisensed tour guide in Japan. Based in Osaka, I do exciting tours to major sightseeing spots not only in Osaka, but also in other parts of Kansai area (Kyoto, Nara, Wakayama and Kobe etc) as well as Hiroshima which is my hometown. Japan has a rich history with its fascinating traditional culture ranging from
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Kinuyo Watanabe Licensed

  • 5 stars 12 Reviews
  • 54 Bookings

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Languages:
English

(^o^)/ Please check my Availability and Profile before you contact me.
I'd like to show you around the city of Tokyo! I have guide experiences for several years as a volunteer guide before being a professional guide. I like meeting people and having good time with them who come from abroad. I also like to know many things about other countries. So I might be more like a mate than a guide.
Just tell me what you want to do in Tokyo.
There are many traditional things and modern things together.
I'm sure you can enjoy those Japanese beauty, history and culture!
I'm looking forward to seeing you!
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Tomoko Yoshihara Licensed

  • 5 stars 20 Reviews
  • 50 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Kyoto (primary)
Languages:
English

I am a govenment licensed guide and have been working as a professional guide. I work as a tour guide over 150 days a year. Please drop me a line to check my availablility because I work not only for Viator but for other travel websites and agents. I am good at making a tour plan based on your interests because i know my city ( I was born and brought up in Kyoto) in details. If you are interested in historic places, I will offer the tour for historic places, If cultural experience, then the tour with cultural classes such as tea ceremony, wagashi ( Japanese confection ) making, and so on. O Learn more

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Junichi Nakaya Licensed

  • 5 stars 16 Reviews
  • 49 Bookings

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Languages:
English

I am a certified tour guide. I started this tour guide in 2007.
I worked at a bank for 41 years including overseas assignments in NY & LA for 12 years. I would like you to enjoy your stay in Tokyo by experiencing a Japanese culture different from your own.
In the following case, please contact me for further information.
1, If you want to visit as many sightseeing spots as possible in one day ( Ambitious One
Day Tour )
2, If you want to enjoy the tour with your child
** Refer to Tour Guide Interest.
3, If you want to customize the tour ( not on the tourist spots) or make it flex
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Mayumi Ueda Licensed

  • 5 stars 14 Reviews
  • 46 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Osaka (primary)
Languages:
English

Hello, I'm May, my nickname in English. I have worked as a tour guide and a tour planner since 2008.
What has brought you to Japan? It, of course, differs forom person to person. So I would like to provide you not only with tours with highlights of Kansai region but also with ones personalized to suit your interests and preferences. With four clear-cut seasons and the one-month rainy season between the mid June and July in Japan, the best places to hit are changed, which results in making me always busy updating information on every site plus improving my sense of humor :-), phew---!
Howeve
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