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Photo of Kazuyo Okudaira

Kazuyo Okudaira Licensed

  • 5 stars 78 Reviews
  • 238 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 81 Reviews
  • 211 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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Mayumi (Mami) Sorimachi Licensed

  • 5 stars 48 Reviews
  • 188 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Tokyo (primary)
Languages:
English

** Dear guests.. Please note that I am only available on 23 and 25 March, 29 and 30 April, 1 and 2 May between the months of March and the 6th June as I am guiding large groups and am traveling around Japan. I apologise for any inconvenience. **
I am a certified tour guide in Tokyo. I studied tour planning when I was a student.
I worked at travel agency in London and have involved in tourism for more than 15 years.
I mainly do walking tour using public transportations. I customise your own tour upon your requests. I am specialized in Japanese history, traditional/modern culture, ar
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Ken Tanaka Licensed

  • 5 stars 41 Reviews
  • 140 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Utsunomiya (primary)
Languages:
English

Other than spending five years in the United States (Portland, Oregon) when I was a small child, I have lived in various parts of Japan such as Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka. After about 10 years in the maritime industry, I made the switch to becoming a tour guide and now in my fourth year.
After previously being based in the Tokyo area, I am currently focusing on the Nikko area and the surroundings, about 2 hours to the north of the capital city. Highlights in this region include the World Heritage sites of the Toshogu Shrine, renovated steam trains running around the Kinugawa Onsen area, or
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Yasushi Watanabe Licensed

  • 5 stars 34 Reviews
  • 134 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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Patrick Lovell

  • 5 stars 43 Reviews
  • 123 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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Miki Kaneko Licensed

  • 5 stars 38 Reviews
  • 108 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Tokyo (primary)
Languages:
English

I've lived/studied/worked in Tokyo for more than 40 years and currently live near Ginza. 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/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 have an experience of teaching English at elementary school.
I also had taught basic Engli
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Toshio Ina Licensed

  • 5 stars 40 Reviews
  • 107 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Tokyo (primary)
Languages:
English (primary)
  • Chinese (Basic)

6th Years Anniversary Special offer now on special sales until May 2018.
・Mt. Fuji day tour from Tokyo Day tour. We have the only tour covering north to south around Mt. Fuji. Actually you can enjoy cherry blossom until middle of the May up there.・Tokyo Essential city tour: Almost of must-see essential spots you can visit for a day.
# Golden age guests, family with kids are highly welcome!
・Snow monkeys from Tokyo by car for two days tour (winter only)
・Why not eating out at Japanese dinner at such as Izakaya, mini bars, cozy local restaurants.
★Just feel like you got a local fr
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Teru Kawasaki Licensed

  • 5 stars 48 Reviews
  • 95 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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Kinuyo Watanabe Licensed

  • 5 stars 24 Reviews
  • 93 Bookings

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Languages:
English

I'm fully booked from March 24th to April 6th in 2018.
Hello! I'm Kinuyo. I'm from Osaka and live in Tokyo for a long time.
I'd like to show you around the cities of Japan! I like meeting people and having good time with them who come from abroad. I also like to know many things about other countries. 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 with Japanese cuisine!
I'm looking forward to seeing you!
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Mayumi Ueda Licensed

  • 5 stars 19 Reviews
  • 75 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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Junichi Nakaya Licensed

  • 5 stars 20 Reviews
  • 74 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.
*** Flower information in Japan !! ***
2018 Cherry Blossom Forecast: March 24, 2018(Japan Meteorological Agency)
kanzakura( a kind of cherry blossom) : mid-March
double cherry blossom/ wisteria/ peony : April
azalea : May
Japanese iris/ hydrangea: June
In the following case, please
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Yuka Yoshida Licensed

  • 5 stars 24 Reviews
  • 72 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Kamakura (primary)
Languages:
English

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 people around Japan, sharing the beauty and craziness this country offers.
I want to be more of your good friend in Japan than a "tour guide,
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Hiroe Nakayama Licensed

  • 5 stars 36 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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Madoka Hori Licensed

  • 5 stars 23 Reviews
  • 59 Bookings

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

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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