Elise Isoyama Private tour guide in Osaka, Kyoto, Nara - Japan

Elise Isoyama

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Bonjour à tous!

I am Elise, a French girl from the Provence. I have been living in Japan for 13 years and know Kansai like the back of my hand (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Himeji…) . I am a French teacher and guide. I can explain Japanese culture to you(for example do you know the difference between a shrine and a temple ?! ) and do translating and interpreting as I speak Japanese and French fluently. I can book restaurants, ask for special diet/meal, help you to order, buy tickets, pick you up at the airport and obtains maps and pamphlets of your favorite tourist attractions.

I know a lot of nice and cozy restaurants and cafés because I myself love eating.

If you have any special request , don’t hesitate to ask me before we meet !

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

In Osaka

►Dotonbori (typical colorful area for eating and shopping, beautiful at night)

►Abeno Harukas (tallest skyscraper in Japan and amazing view of Osaka from the 60th floor )

►Osaka Castle (beautiful castle, garden and museum. In April, the cherry blossoms are spectacular)

►Osaka aquarium Kaiyukan (the most beautiful one in Japan where you can see a whale shark. Children absolutely love this place)

►Osaka is THE town for shopping (things are much cheaper than in Tokyo) I will help you to find things you want to buy or have in mind.

►Denden town for manga, anime and video games lovers

►Namba and its small Doguyasuji street to find reasonable Japanese pottery, kitchen tool and souvenirs.

►Umeda Sky building and its floating garden

In Kyoto

►Kinkakuji the golden pavilion, the most popular temple among tourist in Japan

►Gion, old area where Geisha live(we can spot them sometimes if we go there at the right time)

►Enjoy tea ceremony and watch real Geisha and Maiko’s dance.

►Yasaka jinja shrine with its beautiful park and giant carps.

►Sanjusangendo and its 1001 Kannon godess (by the way, have you ever thought where « Canon » company’s name come from ? lol)

►Nishiki food market

►Pontocho street the dining area where you can often spot Geisha and Maiko at night)

►Philosopher’s Walk

►Fushimi Inari, known as the fox shrine

►Uji , the matcha tea’s town

►Arashiyama, a bamboo forest with many temples and gardens

In Nara

►Todaiji temple . It houses the world's largest bronze statue of Buddha

►Nara park where there are deer everywhere around you! You can enjoy feeding Bambi with special deer biscuits

►Kasuga taisha , Nara’s most celebrated shrine surrounded by the UNESCO world heritage forest.

►Hasedera temple

►Nara National museum

If you have time , we can also visit other interesting places in Kobe, Himeji and Shiga

Transportation by tour guide:

Tour guide interests:

There a lot of fun places in Japan like :

►Kimono rental place : you can just rent it or get a full Geisha or Maiko make up, hair set and a photo shooting.

►Pet café : Dog, Cat, bird, rabbit, hedgehog and even snake…..

►Relaxing place : you could try onsen (hot spring bath) , massages , restaurant with beautiful view.

►funny thema restaurant like Alice in Wonderland, Vampires , self-fishing, prison ...

►exploring Kyoto in rickshaw or riverboat

As a 3 years old boy‘s mum, I know very well fun places for Kids,

►Universal Studio Japan

►Anpanman museum (for very young kids)


►Monkey parc

►Kids Plaza

►Toei studio Park to meet and become samourai and Ninja

►Pokemon center

►many Game centers with « purikura » pictures machine

And of course the food !! Sushi, Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki, Ramen, Mochi …..In Osaka the food is good and cheap !

Please ask me my availability before booking

Tour price includes : making of your itinerary before we meet , and Tour guide service

Price doesn’t include admission fee, meals and drinks (for yourself and guide )

See you soon !

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