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Photo of Kazuyo Okudaira

Kazuyo Okudaira Licensed

  • 5 stars 80 Reviews
  • 248 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Tokyo (primary)
Languages:
English

I live in old town Asakusa in Tokyo, near the Senso-ji temple. Let's explore the unique Tokyo where the old and new, modern and traditional, conservative and progressive otaku culture coexists. (My guide fee is mentioned in lower right column of this page, way down under my photo.)
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 kaw
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Satoko Kuroda

  • 5 stars 82 Reviews
  • 215 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 50 Reviews
  • 193 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
  • 142 Bookings

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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.
I normally offer tours to small groups and with the use of the public transport system. I also like to give visitors a glimpse of the way of life for people living in this massive city - thus occasionally I like to steer away from the main tourist areas and venture more into the unknown parts of town.
I
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Yasushi Watanabe Licensed

  • 5 stars 35 Reviews
  • 142 Bookings

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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 44 Reviews
  • 126 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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Toshio(Tony) Ina Licensed

  • 5 stars 43 Reviews
  • 113 Bookings

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

Enjoy the Japan summer! It is too hot and humid in summer sad to say. However you can enjoy it with nice and comfort way. It is because .... Ask me more!!
・Mt. Fuji day tour from Tokyo Day tour. We have the only tour covering north to south around Mt. Fuji in a day trip.
・Happy to be ready for Autumn tour.
・For the repeaters great lunch tour of Japanese cuisine "Kaiseki" and Sake brewery visiting around Tokyo. It is new!
・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 monk
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Miki Kaneko Licensed

  • 5 stars 38 Reviews
  • 108 Bookings

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Languages:
English

Currently, I'm afraid I don't provide any tours due to my health issues. I am very sorry for the inconvenience. Thank you very much for your understanding.
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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 lov
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Teru Kawasaki Licensed

  • 5 stars 54 Reviews
  • 101 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 25 Reviews
  • 98 Bookings

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English

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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Junichi Nakaya Licensed

  • 5 stars 22 Reviews
  • 82 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 fle
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Mayumi Ueda Licensed

  • 5 stars 19 Reviews
  • 81 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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Hide Kojima Licensed

  • 5 stars 20 Reviews
  • 68 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Tokyo (primary)
Languages:
English

Hello. My name is Hide Kojima, an English-speaking tour guide.
I have more than10 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
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Madoka Hori Licensed

  • 5 stars 26 Reviews
  • 65 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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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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