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Photo of Kazuyo Okudaira

Kazuyo Okudaira Licensed

  • 5 stars 82 Reviews
  • 266 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 84 Reviews
  • 221 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 54 Reviews
  • 214 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Tokyo (primary)
Languages:
English

** Dear guests, thank you for visiting my web page. Please note that, during the 2019 Spring season from March to May, I am only available from 1 to 8 March, on 9 & 10 April, from 28 April to May 10, and from 28 May to the rest, because I am guiding groups during those period and traveling around Japan with them. I apologise for 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 you
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Yasushi Watanabe Licensed

  • 5 stars 35 Reviews
  • 145 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 45 Reviews
  • 130 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 47 Reviews
  • 122 Bookings

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

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I am happy to assist you to maximize your time with something local experience. Please feel free to let me know what you wish.
・Mt. Fuji day tour from Tokyo Day tour. We have the only tour covering north to south around Mt. Fuji as a day trip.
・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 monkeys from Tokyo by car for two days tour (Winter season only)
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Teru Kawasaki Licensed

  • 5 stars 55 Reviews
  • 108 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Tokyo (primary)
Languages:
English

=== Digital Art Museum is now the top must-see. There are two sites: teamLab Planets and Borderless. Don't miss both of them. ### Please join an evening tour of the seasonal event: Lightening up colored leaves in Rikugien Garden, which lasts untill Dec. 9. ===
-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 r
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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'm hoping to come back in year 2020 when we have Olympic Games in Tokyo! I am very sorry for the inconvenience. Thank you very much for your patience.
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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 love to customize your tour according to your interests so
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Mayumi Ueda Licensed

  • 5 stars 20 Reviews
  • 85 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 25 Reviews
  • 83 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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Yuka Yoshida Licensed

  • 5 stars 26 Reviews
  • 77 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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Madoka Hori Licensed

  • 5 stars 26 Reviews
  • 69 Bookings

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

Hi, I'm Madoka and I'm glad you found me!
I've been a freelance tour guide in Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe area for 3 years now. I also write and take photos for a local tourism website, translate business articles, and work for foreign entrepreneurs.
Meeting new people and talking about each other's cultures is exciting! That's the main reason why I considered getting a guide license in the first place. I'll be happy to take you to world heritage sites and less crowded off the beaten path destinations. Hope to hear from you soon!
What I love: Photography, Cooking, Books / Kindle, Outdoor s
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Hide Kojima Licensed

  • 5 stars 20 Reviews
  • 69 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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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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Mie Tokunaga Licensed

  • 5 stars 12 Reviews
  • 52 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Hiroshima (primary)
Languages:
Japanese

Hi, I am Mie. I am a national licensed tour guide with deep knowledge in Japanese history and culture.Hiroshima has two World Heritage Site, A-Bomb Dome and Miyajima. I love to guide you there and share ideas with you all. And I love nature. I have been climbing mountains all over Japan and overseas for over 40 years, so if you want to travel either in cities or in nature, I will be your best guide. Learn more

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