Kyoto

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Satoko Kuroda

  • 5 stars 66 Reviews
  • 176 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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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/
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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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Tomoko Yoshihara Licensed

  • 5 stars 19 Reviews
  • 48 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Kyoto (primary)
Languages:
English

I am a govenment licensed guide and have been working as a professional guide for over 300 groups after obtaining a license. in addition, I have 4-year-experience as a volunteer guide before obtaining a professional license, and worked for over 100 groups. 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 Learn more

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Mayumi Ueda Licensed

  • 5 stars 12 Reviews
  • 41 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---!
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Madoka Hori Licensed

  • 5 stars 9 Reviews
  • 35 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Kobe (primary)
Languages:
Japanese (primary)
  • English (Fluent)
  • Spanish (Basic)

Hello, I'm glad you found me! I write and take photos for a local tourism website (mostly in Japanese). I also translate articles and work for foreign entrepreneurs who want to do business and live in Japan. I work as a freelancer so my schedule is flexible if you are wondering. Meeting new people and talking about each other's culture is exciting! That's one of the main reasons why I considered getting a guide license and here I am. Hope to hear from you soon!
What I love: Photography, Cooking, Books / Kindle, Outdoor sports, Traveling, Baseball, DIY&Crafts, Food and Beer (I don't drink a
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Hiroshi TSUYAMA Licensed

  • 5 stars 7 Reviews
  • 35 Bookings

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

Thank you for your checking my profile. It should be a lucky day today for both of us, since you happen to browse my tours at last!
My name is Hiroshi and Hiro is my nickname. I have been ready to serve you as your exclusive tour guide while you are in Japan. Although my name, Hiroshi, might remind you of Hiroshima, one of the famous sightseeing places here, there’s no concern between them. Actually, I’m particularly specialized in guiding around KANSAI area including Osaka, Kyoto and Nara. Of course, I’m determined to make every effort to meet any of your itinerary request in and outside
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KOJI MATSUDA Licensed

  • 5 stars 9 Reviews
  • 28 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Osaka (primary)
Languages:
Japanese (primary)
  • English (Fluent)
  • Italian (Basic)

Greetings!, My name is Koji Matsuda, a nationally certified English-speaking guide. Let me welcome you to Japan and be your Private Guide in the Kansai (or Kinki) region of Japan’s main island of Honshu. The region includes the prefectures of Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Hyogo, Wakayama, Mie, Shiga. The area of Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe (the Keihanshin region) is the second most populated in Japan after Greater Tokyo.
After more than 20 years in the business world, in May 2015 I began a new career as a professional guide. Through my education, private study and travel experience I am well qualified to
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Takuya Yanagisawa Licensed

  • 5 stars 7 Reviews
  • 21 Bookings

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

Are you tired of the regular tours and seeing the same sights again and again? Would you actually like to experience a more remote area in Western Japan? Then, I am here for you.
I am located in Osaka, the kitchen of Japan, and accessible to the Japanese ancient capital, Kyoto, or the historic international port city of Kobe, less than 60 minutes away.
If you would like to visit a quiet out-of-the-way Onsen (hot springs) or go sailing or bike riding around the Shimanami Kaido area, I can guide you. Would you like to experience sake breweries and learn many Japanese customs? I can help you
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Emiko Kai Licensed

  • 5 stars 14 Reviews
  • 20 Bookings

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

Hello. I am Emi! I am a 7years experienced tour guide.I offer various private tours in Kyoto, Osaka and Nara. For example, Kyoto best half day tour (Gion Geisha town,Fushimi inari and so on)from $100 including Lunch(Sushi or Ninja restaurant or ramen,you can choose!), transportation fee, one day kyoto bus ticket and admission fee.
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■Kyoto best half day private tour including lunch and transportation fee■ 
USD $100 per person(minimum from 2persons)
□Start: Kyoto station 10:00am or pick up at your hotel(within Kyoto city/pi
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Satoko Tsushima Licensed

  • 5 stars 2 Reviews
  • 10 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Yokohama (primary)
Languages:
Japanese (primary)
  • English (Fluent)
  • French (Fluent)

**Apologize. I will start my full time job in an institute as a secretary to an professor so I'm afraid to say I could not be your guide for the present.
Thank you again for your attention to my site and I hope you would have a wonderful time in Japan. **
English and French speaking licensed tour guide.
I got national certificate for English in 2009 and French in 2011. Started working as a professional guide in 2009 and went around Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Takayama, Matué, Mt. Fuji, Kawagoé, Nikko, Karuizawa with people from the U.S., Austuralia, France, Norway, China, Marroc , Bel
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Moto Suzuki Licensed

  • 5 stars 3 Reviews
  • 6 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Kyoto (primary)
Languages:
English

***Sorry I'm not currently available. I'll let you know when I am.***
Hi et Bonjour! I was a movie and TV subtitle translator when I lived in Tokyo for more than 20 years. After moving to Kyoto in 2012, I became more and more interested in our own history and culture again, took the license and became a certified guide.
Another reason I decided to become a tour guide was the 2011 big earthquakes and tsunami that hit my hometown in northern Japan. A lot of people from all over the world came there to help. I really thanked them and enjoyed working with them. I really enjoyed helping the
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Ryoji Shimada Licensed

  • 5 stars 3 Reviews
  • 5 Bookings

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English

Hello! My name is Ryoji Shimada. I am a Japanese national, professionally qualified and fluent English-speaking tour-guide for inbound tourists. Although I received my tour-guide license this year, I have been voluntarily involved in introducing Japan to non-Japanese people extensively for the past 19 years. I set up an international cultural exchange organization in 1997 where Japanese and non-Japanese can get together through diverse cultural activities such as visiting various cultural places or enjoying outdoor activities like hiking and skiing. The organization, SIEN, is still very activ Learn more

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Kazuhisa Furuichi Licensed

  • 4.5 stars 27 Reviews
  • 95 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Osaka (primary)
Languages:
Japanese

Hello, my nickname is Kazu, a government licensed guide. By now, I have guided, about 110groups from 20countries. Among them, I found some people say “Visiting temples and shrines is enough, I would like to gain more insight into Japanese life and culture!”  Every time, I do my best to realize such clients’ requests, and to make a tailormade itinerary as visiting unpretentious markets or small alleys in addition to typical tourist spots.
I am a retired business person. In 2007, after retirement, I walked Japanese Buddhist pilgrimage road known as Shikoku 88-temples, total 1200km, then in n
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Yoshinori Hasegawa Licensed

  • 4.5 stars 14 Reviews
  • 43 Bookings

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

Hi! I'm "Yoshi", a government-licensed tour guide in Japan. I have over 100 experiences of guiding foreign visitors from various countries.
You can enjoy visiting not only famous World Heritage Sites but also off-the beaten local paths with me.
I'll make a special tailor-made itinerary plan of Kyoto , Osaka , Nara and other places tours for you based on your requests.
And I’ll give you the special opportunities of enjoying Japanese culture and delicious local foods.
Feel free to talk over your schedule, interests, budget to make your visit enjoyable.
I can help you to make your tra
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guillaume toron

  • 4.5 stars 4 Reviews
  • 11 Bookings

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Languages:
English (primary)
  • French (Fluent)
  • Japanese (Fluent)

Hi,
Coming from France, I now live in Kyoto. I Speak English, Japanese and French.
Fond of Kyoto, I crossed it in all directions with my bike and climbed most hills and mountains, searching for small forest paths and abandoned temples.
I tried as many ramen restaurants as possible and became quite an expert on the matter. Let me recommend some to you :)
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