Kyoto

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Satoko Kuroda

  • 5 stars 68 Reviews
  • 182 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 20 Reviews
  • 51 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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Mayumi Ueda Licensed

  • 5 stars 14 Reviews
  • 50 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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Madoka Hori Licensed

  • 5 stars 14 Reviews
  • 45 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 8 Reviews
  • 40 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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Toyoko Michino Licensed

  • 5 stars 20 Reviews
  • 39 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Osaka (primary)
Languages:
Japanese

I can do a tour not only in OSAKA but also in KYOTO. Please find your favorite tour among a sightseeing tours section at the bottom of my profile page. I'll meet you at your hotel in Osaka or Kyoto. I can meet you at Osaka cruise ship terminal, or JR Shin-Osaka Station.
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I have been a licensed tour guide since February 2010. My license is certified by the Japanese government. I have lived in Osaka since I was born. I have a lot of experience with walking tours not only in Osaka but also in Kyoto. I'm married and have two children.
I love to eat. Plea
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KOJI MATSUDA Licensed

  • 5 stars 15 Reviews
  • 33 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 9 Reviews
  • 23 Bookings

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

Are you tired of “regular” tour schedules? Do you want to have more freedom or privacy during your tour? Would you like to experience a bit of the real daily life of Japan? Or perhaps you’d like t to explore Japan’s beautiful back country? Then, I’m here for you.
I’m located in Osaka, known as the kitchen of Japan, and within an easy distance to Kyoto, with its splendid temples, to Nara, the first capital of Japan with a huge statue of Buddha, and to the historic international port city of Kobe, all less than 60 minutes away.
If you would like to visit a quiet out-of-the-way hot spri
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toshi suzuki

  • 5 stars 7 Reviews
  • 21 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Kyoto (primary)
Languages:
English

Would you like to have an awesome time with friendly, knowledgeable local guide in Japan?It also comes with cool photos...If so, your guide must be Toshi!!!! Who is he?
Hello, there!My name is Toshi, I grew up in Japan.
I am a professional guide/photographer. I take photos for magazines, air line and fun!
In 2013, I was assigned to take pictures in New Zealand for 2 months fully sponsored by Air New Zealand. In 2014 and 15, I worked as a professional guide in New Zealand.
Winter of 2016, I worked as a photographer/guide for Niseko Photography and Guiding.
Aa a guide, I guided more than
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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
  • 11 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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Ryoji Shimada Licensed

  • 5 stars 4 Reviews
  • 9 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Kyoto (primary)
Languages:
English (primary)
  • Japanese (Fluent)
  • Chinese (Basic)
  • Indonesian (Basic)
  • Korean (Basic)
  • Russian (Basic)
  • Swedish (Basic)

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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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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Eri Kotoura Licensed

  • 5 stars 2 Reviews
  • 6 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Kyoto (primary)
Languages:
English

Hi, I'm Eri.
I was born in Marburg in Germany and grew up in Kyoto. After graduating from the university, I moved to Tokyo, a huge modern city, to work as a consultant for American software company and other companies in Tokyo. And now I am back in my hometown and enjoy sharing time with many guests from all over the world.
For those interested in historical places and the culture, Kyoto is one of the best destinations to experience traditional Japanese culture and get in touch with its history. I would be glad to be your guide !
I look forward to seeing you here in Kyoto !!
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