Hide Kojima Private tour guide in Tokyo, Kamakura - Japan

Hide Kojima

Guide profile:

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 lives as well as our culture, traditions and its history.

Let's get going with me!

Let me introduce sample itinerary.

This includes old and modern parts of Tokyo and traditional and urban culture.

1. Tsukiji Fish Market: Renowned world's largest fish market with breeze from Tokyo port.

2. Asakusa: Old Sensoji temple and Nakamise traditional shopping st.

3. Akihabara: Unique Japan's pop culture center including animation, comic and figure shops.

-Lunch time (Lunch is not included in the tour, the guide help you find a restaurant according to your taste. )

4. Imperial Palace

5. Yanaka: Local residential area that retains old Japanese atmosphere.

6. Shinjuku: Kabukicho "the biggest" downtown which was once called red light district, Golden gai small bar street, or Harajuku: a busy Takesita St. filled with teenagers in lolita fashion.

*I'm a Tokyo-based tour guide, so my service is only in Tokyo and Kamakura, .

*Please ask my availability before booking as my tour schedule often change.

*Please note that I'm unable to book the hotels and transportation for the guests. This is what travel agents can do according to the travel law in Japan.

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Cathy S.

Hide gave us a fantastic day's sightseeing. It was varied and interesting. His English is excellent and he is a really nice man. Nothing was too much trouble, and he coped well with two fifty-somethings and a somewhat unenthusiastic teenage boy! Thoroughly recommend him! Thanks so much Hide.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

Some of the features in my tours are "Real Tokyo" and "Side street."

Even at the major sight seeing spots, we often visit side or back street where local Tokyoite love.

As for the sightseeing spots in Tokyo, I'll be able to take you any popular spots in and around Tokyo.

This is a sample itinerary for one of the most popular tour.

This includes old and modern parts of Tokyo and traditional and urban culture.

(7.5-hour tour)

1. Asakusa: Old Sensoji temple and Nakamise traditional shopping st.

2. Akihabara: Unique Japan's pop culture center including animation, comic and figure shops.

-Lunch time (Lunch is not included in the tour, the guide help you find a restaurant according to your taste. )

3. Yanaka: Local residential area that retains old Japanese atmosphere.

4. Imperial Palace

5. Shinjuku: Kabukicho "the biggest" downtown which was once called red light district, Golden gai small bar street, or Harajuku: a busy Takesita St. filled with teenagers in lolita fashion.

Let me also give you some ideas of sightseeing spots in Tokyo:

1.Tsukiji Fish Market: Renowned world's largest fish market with breeze from Tokyo port.

2.Ueno park: Cozy big park studded with museums.

3.Kyu Iwasakitei & garden (admission fee: 400yen).

4.Meiji shrine: One of the most popular shrine in Tokyo dedicated to Meiji emperor.

5.Shibuya crossing: Famous "scramble" crossing

6.Shinjuku Gyoen Park:Traditional Japanese garden (admission fee: 200yen)

If you have a particular place you'd like to visit please let me know.

I'll arrange your itinerary as much as possible.

Transportation by tour guide:

We take public transportation systems, which is most convenient in busy Tokyo. Transportation expenses are not included in the tour price.

If you stay at a hotel in Tokyo, it'd cost 1000 yen par day par person for 4 or 5 places to visit.

I only offer a walking tour, no car, coach or ban is used in my tour.

I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle.

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

Popular culture (anime/comic) Tokyo walking tour Price Per Group 250.00 USD
Traditional and Modern culture Tokyo Walking Tour Price Per Group 300.00 USD

Tour guide interests:

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Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Cathy S. 04 Jul 2016

Hide gave us a fantastic day's sightseeing. It was varied and interesting. His English is excellent and he is a really nice man. Nothing was too much trouble, and he coped well with two fifty-somethings and a somewhat unenthusiastic teenage boy! Thoroughly recommend him! Thanks so much Hide.

5 stars Andy D. 20 Jan 2016

Hide's tour was very informative and perfect for our needs.

We packed a lot into one day, but it was very rewarding.

He didn't just show us around to the agreed sites, he also talked to us the whole time, explaining things and culture/ heritage and able to answer all our questions. We emailed a few times prior to the visit to ensure we had a tentative itinerary, but he was flexible and we adjusted things on the day to best suit our needs.

I would definitely recommend Hide as a guide!

5 stars Zachary G. 18 Dec 2015

Hide did a wonderful job of showing us a lot of Tokyo in our one day together (we went to the Imperial Palace, Yanaka, Asakusa, Akihabara, and Ginza). It was our first day in the city, and it was a great way to feel comfortable navigating its many neighborhoods and getting a sense of its history. Hide was friendly, helpful, and good company for our 7 or so hours together. Strongly recommended for your time in Japan!

5 stars Michie Z. 20 Nov 2015

Hide was an excellent guide. Aside from conversing very very well in English, he always made sure that we would go to every place we discussed on visiting (even our special request -- Cafe-Creperie Le Bretagne which would not have found on our own as fast for sure). Since it wasn't our first time to Tokyo, we opted for the off the beaten path tour with slight alterations. We highly recommend him as a guide in Tokyo.:-)

5 stars Douglas A. B. 10 Oct 2015

I was fortunate to engage Hide Kojima as a guide October 2015. We spent a very enjoyable Saturday at the Yono Station Taisho Jidai Matsuri with many in historical costume. We later viewed several Yosakoi Dance teams performing in the Super Yosakoi Competition, Ikebukuro. After a fine Kushiage lunch Hide showcased the Tabata District, a picture of Old Tokyo.

The custom tour was indeed delightful, leisurely with Hide’s insight and charm admirable additions. A superb guide. Thank you.

5 stars Nili G. 28 Mar 2015

We spent two days with Hide, one in Tokyo and one in Kamakura/Yokohama , he is an excellent tour guide, knows English very well, always on time, made sure that we saw what we asked for, and also made last minute changes without a problem. His knowledge of the train system in the Tokyo/Yokohama area is superb. I hope to come back to Tokyo and have him again as our guide.

5 stars Dariusz N. 14 Mar 2015

Great guide! We spent whole day with Hide, he is very knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, speaking excellent English. Highly recommended!

5 stars Rajiv K. 15 Aug 2014

Hide was on time, professional, highly knowledgeable and very engaging throughout the tour. He was also flexible in setting up the itinerary and provided ideas for things we can do on our own vs things that should be part of the tour. I strongly recommend him!

5 stars Will O. 13 Aug 2014

Hide did a great job!! He was extremely friendly, knowledgeable and patient. My travel companion changed some of our plans at the last minute and Hide was able to reconfigure all of our plans in minutes. He made it a very pleasant experience and brought us to some great restaurants, shrines and shops. Worth every penny! Strongly recommended!

5 stars Larry S. 10 Jun 2014

Hide is very knowledgeable and a delight to be with. He toured us for two days and in that time we saw a great many of the Tokyo sites and learned our way around so that we could visit some areas on our own. We simply could not have learned about Tokyo and Japanese culture without him. We highly recommend Hide!

5 stars Martin L. 09 Feb 2014

Hide was excellent guide and I would not hesitate to use him again and/or recommend him to others.

5 stars Ricci P. 16 Jan 2014

I booked Mr. Kojima for my parents for their trip through Tokyo. They were very impressed by his knowledge of the city, and loved spending the day with him. Despite the cold weather at the time, they enjoyed traveling the city with him and exploring everything to offer in Tokyo. I highly recommend Mr. Kojima.

5 stars Christian S. 02 Nov 2013

Wow.

Hide is a exellent Tourguide for Tokyo.

Thank you so much for showing us this beautiful city

Christian / Johannes

5 stars Irina S. 26 Jun 2013

We had a wonderful day in Tokyo with Hide.

5 stars Joanna W. 16 Mar 2013

Hide was punctual, great conversationist and didn't mind the significantly extended hours. He was well versed with the local transport network and knew the various districts very well. Great job! I enjoyed my day's trip very very much. Thank you.

5 stars Stephen F. 01 Feb 2013

I highly recommend Hide. His English is perfect and his knowledge of Tokyo and Mount Fuji was excellent. I hired him for 2 days and would definitely use his guide services again the next time I return to Tokyo.

5 stars Robert A. 13 Jan 2013

A co-worker and I had a one day layover in Tokyo on our return to the US. Neither of us had been to Tokyo before. Hide was responsive to our emails before we arrived and was a perfect guide. He was punctual, knowledgeable, pleasant company, spoke excellent english, listened well and adjusted to our desires and built an excellent itinerary for us. We recommended him 100% without hesitation. Picking a guide via internet can be scary, but you can't go wrong with Hide Kojima. Bob-Dallas, Texas

4 stars Jacob G. 14 Oct 2014

Hide is very professional. He is punctual and he adjust the itinerary based on weather condition. He speaks English very well. He showed us a lot of places in Tokyo in 2 days. I would highly recommend him to anybody looking for tour guide in Tokyo.

4 stars Robert D. 17 Sep 2014

The first day went very well. We had a great time and learned a lot about Tokyo with special note on some unusual customs. We give him five stars for a Day 1 but must wait for Day 2 for an overall rating.

4 stars Carmela H. 27 Feb 2014

receptive to customers's wishes, serious, knowledgable, nice to be with.

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