Hiromi Kobayashi Private tour guide in Ise - Japan

Hiromi Kobayashi

Guide profile:

Hello!

My name is Hiromi Kobayashi, a certified tour guide in English mainly covering Chubu region, where we can enjoy historical, cultural and natural locations including the World Heritage and National Parks such as Ise-Shima, Shirakawa-go and so on, as well as the birthplace of Japanese automotive industry, Toyota-city.

I've been working as a freelance translator/interpreter in the fields such as automotive, semi-conductor, and IT industries and in the consequence have become enthusiastic about expressing myself in English through the introduction of Japanese cultures and natures to the guests from foreign countries.

If you're thinking of visiting Mie, Aichi and nearby prefectures, or being passionate about directly feeling the spiritual atmosphere at the most important sanctuary, "Ise-Jingu" Grand Shrine, I will be the best fit. I am willingly to take you to such attractive spots by maximizing my knowledge and expertise cultivated through my long experiences as a translator.

Please feel free to contact me anytime if you want to make your visit fruitful and beneficial.

I'm looking forward to showing you the heartbeat of Japan!

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Y A.

Our one day tour with Hiromi around Ise-shima was one of the best experiences we had in our many trips to Japan. Her knowledge of the area, detailed itinerary planning, flexibility at adding last minute stops made for a really fulfilling day. It being Christmas she was even thoughtful enough to give us a surprise rickshaw ride at Ise Jingu as a present which was such a delight! Hiromi is so friendly and puts you at ease immediately. We had such a good time and would definitely book Hiromi again

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

Exquisitely-customized tour and/or experiences

If you are considering any exquisitely-customized tour and/or experiences in the central area (Aichi, Gifu and Mie prefectures), please let me know your requirements and preference. The central area is filled with many attractive and charming spots, which will meet your satisfaction!

Sample of my special tours

--- Mie Prefecture ---

(1) Ise Jingu pilgrimage

* Kimono dressing / Rickshaw ride is available

(2) Experience with real ama divers in Toba-city or Shima-city.

(3) Rare and deep experiences in a pearl village, Shima

Enjoy the charming spots of Shima-city on this drone movie:

https://youtu.be/g7QTwv8sX88

(4) Cruise on Ago Bay in Shima-city

(5) Memorial movie making for your memory

Sample movie:

https://youtu.be/H7AfclGrU18

(7) Visit to a hidden genuine Japanese sword, katana shop

----- Aichi Prefecture ------

(1) Nagoya highlights (Nagoya castle, Atsuta shrine, Oosu shopping district etc.)

(2) Toyota Plant tour

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Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Y A. 24 Dec 2017

Our one day tour with Hiromi around Ise-shima was one of the best experiences we had in our many trips to Japan. Her knowledge of the area, detailed itinerary planning, flexibility at adding last minute stops made for a really fulfilling day. It being Christmas she was even thoughtful enough to give us a surprise rickshaw ride at Ise Jingu as a present which was such a delight! Hiromi is so friendly and puts you at ease immediately. We had such a good time and would definitely book Hiromi again

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you very much for such a great review. These guests visited Ise-shima region for the first time, so I made a fully coordinated plan for them, including some rare experiences with local people. I feel so happy to hear they enjoyed this tour. I am willing to do my best continuously to offer special experiences in Mie.

5 stars christine W. 04 Oct 2017

Hiromi is prepared and organized. She is pleasant, attentive, and well-informed.

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Christine, thank you very much for your comment. I was so happy with you in the Ise-Shima National Park, and enjoyed golf with you. I am looking forward to seeing you again in the future.

5 stars Irene C. 06 Jun 2017

We had a wonderful and educational trip in Futami and Ise with Hiromi san. She was well prepared and experienced. Her time management was excellent. It was really nice of her to give us a book that her friend wrote. Thank you so much! Our trip would not have been so memorable without her guide.

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Irene, thank you very much for hiring me as your guide. I was so happy with your family in Futami seashore and Ise-Jingu. The weather was perfect as if the deities of Ise were welcoming you! Your husband driving was also great! Please enjoy the picture book of Ise, and visit this place again in the future.

5 stars Bob R. 20 May 2017

Hiromi was extremely well prepared for our tour and even suggested a number of other sights to see given the amount of time we had. The highlight was her personal tour of the Ise Outer Shrine and dinner in my favorite retaurant in all of Japan, Toramaru in Ise. A littlie seafood eatery, where no one speaks english and the menu is writien in Kanji on strips of paper tacked to the walls. She really helped us out on a very memorable dinner. I would definitely utilize her services in the future

Tour Guide Comment: I was very happy to be with these wonderful guests who are so sophisticated and interested in Ise-Jingu. They asked me many questions and I was impressed by their interests. It was a great joy for me to talk about Ise-Jingu with such guests who can feel and understand the real significance of the most sacred place, Ise. Thank you very much indeed.

5 stars Douglas F. 18 May 2017

We were met promptly and greeted with a warm smile and welcome. She was knowledgeable about the culture and religion. She answered all of our questions and was helpful in ordering a delicious lunch and a local confection. She did a good job in coordinating the transportation and getting us to the return train to Kyoto with time to spare. She gave us a farewell picture book of Ise and a can of local beer! We highly recommend her.

Tour Guide Comment: I deeply appreciated the opportunity to meet these wonderful guests. They were most polite and friendly and asked many thoughtful questions about Japanese culture and religion. It was a pleasure being with them. I felt my guests were blessed by the myriad deities residing in Ise-Jingu and they enjoyed the peaceful world with them.

5 stars Takaya T. 23 Nov 2015

Kobayashi San was very helpful, she gave information cleary about Japanese culture. She brought us gift which was very impressive. She suggested us a lot of places to go and we liked it. If you are planning to visit Mie or nearby prefecture, Kobayashi San is a great choice.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you for your comment. I enjoyed myself with you and your friends at the ama hut and Ishigami-san shirine. I was also impressed by wonderful humanity filled with pure faith of all of you. I deeply believe that all of you may be blessed by the deities enshrined in Ishigami-san shrine. Thank you very much indeed for hiring me as your guide.

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