Kyoto

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Satoko Kuroda

  • 5 stars 83 Reviews
  • 217 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 Ueda Licensed

  • 5 stars 19 Reviews
  • 83 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 26 Reviews
  • 66 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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Hiroshi TSUYAMA Licensed

  • 5 stars 13 Reviews
  • 48 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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toshi suzuki

  • 5 stars 9 Reviews
  • 43 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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Takuya Yanagisawa Licensed

  • 5 stars 13 Reviews
  • 36 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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Ryoji Shimada Licensed

  • 5 stars 14 Reviews
  • 27 Bookings

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

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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 lik
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Akie Watanabe Licensed

  • 5 stars 8 Reviews
  • 26 Bookings

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Languages:
Japanese

Hi! My name is Akie. I have been working as a tour guide for three years. I used to travel over 30 countries as a tour leader. Now I am very happy to welcome foreign guests in Japan.
I love my job so I am passionate to show you around Kansai Region - Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and Kobe to make your time a pleasant and comfortable one.
I will take you some off the beaten tracks where only locals know. You can see the real life of Japanese.
I can arrange your tour according to your requests. I have done the special maiko tour, pottery tour upon my guest's requests. Please feel free to ask me any ques
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Emiko Kai Licensed

  • 5 stars 18 Reviews
  • 23 Bookings

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

★★★Please ask me my availablity first before making booking★★★
Hello. I am Emi! I am a 9years 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 stat
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Mari IKEDA

  • 5 stars 10 Reviews
  • 20 Bookings

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

Hello everyone and Welcome to Japan!
I am Mari, a Japanese dynamic & friendly woman - English fluent speaker - enjoying life and enjoying to discover hidden gems - recently married to my French husband.
As a guide, I will create for you a "tailor-made" tour including all the ideas you already have in mind of simply following my suggestions for our visits together.
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I could show you either the main sightseeings such as the UNESCO World Heritage temples & castles or I can also take you to my favor
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Seiko T Licensed

  • 5 stars 6 Reviews
  • 14 Bookings

Guide Locations:
Osaka (primary)
Languages:
English

Hello, I am Seiko, National Licensed Guide since 2007. I offer tours to/in Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Okayama (Naoshima & Kurashiki), Hiroshima etc.
I have been enjoying the time with my clients as showing my beautiful and interesting country to people from all different countries and also learning about their cultures and countries.
I myself am a traveler for my life, been to more than 30 countries and all the prefectures in Japan, and always excited to help travel planning for my friends/clients coming to Japan. I am also a hiker, kayaker, scuba diver, and snowboarder enjoying myself
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Kazuhiko Goto Licensed

  • 5 stars 3 Reviews
  • 12 Bookings

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Japanese

Hello, I’m Kazuhiko Goto. Please call me “Kazu”. I'm a national-licensed tour guide. I have a wife and 4 children.
I was born in Osaka city near Kyoto, although I have lived in many places across Japan. I used to work for multinational electric company and I traveled to many countries (U.S., Thailand, Hong Kong etc.) on business.
I have enjoyed guiding many foreign tourists in Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Hiroshima, Tokyo, Mt. Fuji etc. for many years.
During your tour, you can discover a rich Japanese history spanning about 2,000 years, learn about and experience profound Japanese arts (tea cerem
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Keiko Ibuki Licensed

  • 5 stars 1 Review
  • 11 Bookings

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

Hello. I am Keiko Ibuki. I was certfied and registered as an English guide in 2015. Also I am a Certified Travel Supervisor (inbound and outbound). I am certified as the 3rd grade of Kyoto cultural tourism test administered by Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry. I am able to tailor to your favorite sightseening spots. I live with my husband, a son and a daughter in Shiga prefecture, next to Kyoto. I was born in Osaka, and lived in Kansai area including Hyogo (Nishinomiya), Shiga, Osaka, and I have lived in Shiga again. I had stayed in the United States of America as a high school 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.***
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 them communicate w
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