Madoka Hori Private tour guide in Kobe, Kyoto, Osaka - Japan

Madoka Hori

Guide profile:

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 as much as I used to though)

***Please message me first to check the availability.***

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Bill H.

Knowledgeable, friendly, and incredible fluency in a broad range of subjects in English — especially concerning the environs of Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, etc. She was an absolute pleasure to be with and introduced my wife and I to wonderful sights, food, and alleyways of Southern Japan, emphasizing just what we asked for. You can’t go wrong with this fantastic lady.

Bill and Lauren

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

Are you planning a trip to Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe or Himeji? Or are you already here in the west part of Japan and have no idea where to go? Let me help you.

Whether this is the first time for you to come here or you are a frequent visitor and getting tired of touristy things, I can arrange a plan that fits your interests and schedule.

Here are some samples but my service is very flexible so if you don't find anything really interesting here or if you already have an idea, just email me and we can figure out something else :)

[Kyoto: Castle, Temples, Okonomiyaki and Ramen]

Nijojo Castle -- Lunch at Okonomiyaki Place (They'll cook right in front of you) -- Kinkakuji (Golden) Temple -- Ryoanji Temple and Rock Garden -- Nishiki Market and Shopping-- Early Dinner at Ramen Place

*Alternative Destinations: Kiyomizu Temple famous for its wide terrace, Yasaka shrine and Gion district, Kyoto Palace, Fushimi Inari Shrine (1000 torii gates) etc.

*For Families with Kids, Nanzenji Temple -- Municipal Zoo -- Manga Museum -- Kamo River are recommended.

[Osaka: River Cruise, Castle, Street Food and Shopping]

Osaka Castle -- River Cruise to Dotonbori -- Famous Grico Sign --Enjoy the BEST Street Food (Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki etc.) and Shopping in Minami

[Kobe: Ancient Burial Mounds, Akashi Bridge, Port, Shopping and Great Food]

Goshikizuka Kofun (Ancient Tomb) -- View of Akashi Bridge -- Kobe Port Tower - Shopping in Motomachi -- Street Food in China Town -- Your Favorite Food for Dinner ( I can recommend places for Kobe Beef, Chinese, Italian, Indian, Japanese, French or Drinks )

[Kobe Easy Hike]

Koza Falls -- Ashiya Rock Garden -- Ashiya River Walk-- Lunch or Coffee at a local restaurant/cafe (Optionally, you can visit Yodoko Guest House deisgned by Frank Lloyd Wright)

Transportation by tour guide:

Yes, transportation can be arranged upon request.

Tour guide interests:

Historical Architectures, Shrines and Temples

Street Walking & Shopping


Food, Cooking & Eating

Japanese Gardens

Great Views


Date Planning, Proposal Planning

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Bill H. 20 Apr 2018

Knowledgeable, friendly, and incredible fluency in a broad range of subjects in English — especially concerning the environs of Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, etc. She was an absolute pleasure to be with and introduced my wife and I to wonderful sights, food, and alleyways of Southern Japan, emphasizing just what we asked for. You can’t go wrong with this fantastic lady.

Bill and Lauren

5 stars Lesley S. 11 Apr 2018

Madoki Hori is an excellent guide and we would highly recommend her. She is an interesting and intelligent person and we really enjoyed our day in Kyoto with Madoki today. Her English is excellent.

5 stars Eugene E. L. 09 Apr 2018

We had a really great time with her! If you want to go to the best attraction spots, then Madoka is the guide for you. We had a tour of Osaka Castle, had scrumptious tempura lunch. In Kyoto to see the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrin and bamboo grove and other good places. She is the best guide, she speaks very good english and we loved how she interacted with us and catered to what interested us. She was not only our private tour guide, but she also became our friend. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER!

5 stars Mark W. 08 Oct 2017

Our time with Madoka in Kyoto was amazing. She is incredibly knowledgeable about Kyoto and is fully of energy and enthusiasm. Believe me, if you enjoy walking tours then Makoka is your guide. From temples to shrines, unique sights and food, she knows it all. My wife and I found her to be extremely personable and very easy to talk with. Her English is excellent and we never had a problem communicating. I would strongly recommend Madoka to anyone considering visiting Kyoto.

5 stars Peter B. 05 Jul 2017

Madoka was a wonderful tour guide. She is intelligent and educated and very knowledgeable. Unlike many tour guides, her tours do not feel scripted. She visits the site with you, and has a conversation with you as you go, like a knowledgeable local friend. We had many questions about Japanese religion and history and food, and she taught me and my family so much! She is also genuinely kind and sweet. Madoka is the best!

5 stars Gustavo A. 28 Apr 2017

We visited Kyoto in late April and could not be happier that we chose Madoka to be our guide. She gave us wonderful insights into the sites we visited and was very practical in scheduling our limited time. She is a great photographer, and we appreciated that she shared the pictures she took of us. She is very sweet young lady.

5 stars Carlos F. 26 Apr 2017

Everything was perfect. She speaks English fluently and gave us the real japanese experience. Besides the top attractions, she was always concerned to show us the japanese culture and habits

Lovely guide

5 stars Jeff S. 20 Apr 2017

We (party of four) hired Madoka for a tour of both Kobe and Kyoto. Her English was excellent. She guided us efficiently to the places we wanted to experience and she was knowledgeable about the details of what we were seeing and doing. She represents real value for the money spent.

5 stars alex W. 04 Apr 2017

Madoka was superb on our recent tour in Kyoto/Osaka/Kobe. great food/place to eat recommendation. looking forward to meet her again in my next trip to Japan. Highly recommend her.

5 stars Maury F. 02 Nov 2016

Madoka was an excellent guide for us in Kyoto. She took us to all the highlights and used our time well. She also found interesting places for lunch and was very helpful with a dinner recommendation and reservation. Also, her English was outstanding !

5 stars JONAS J. 26 Oct 2016

Thank You very much, Miss

5 stars Jon B. 17 Oct 2016

Madoka was great. She was polite and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend her as your guide!

5 stars Albert Y. 30 Jul 2016

Madoka was great! She showed us around Osaka and Kyoto and gave us great insight into Japanese culture, especially the castles and shrines in Kyoto and the food in Osaka. A little bit of Japanese history, tradition and modern customs were also given. Great sense of humor with great conversation. We recommend her tours with great enthusiasm!

5 stars Eyal S. 23 Jul 2016

Sure, lots of guides know the history and the cool spots. What sets Madoka apart is her friendliness, her ability to plan and then improvise on a plan, and her tireless enthusiasm for Kyoto. We walked almost non-stop for an entire day, saw temples and shrines, ate great food, saw cool sites, , all thanks to Madoka. We talked history, Kanji, politics and even Japanese TV. I feel like I got a tour of Kyoto along with a tour of Japan in one go!

5 stars William M. 18 May 2016

I highly recommend using Madoka as a guide for your personal guide. My daughter and I had a fantastic time on our tour with Madoka. We were able to see lots of things we would never have even known about without her guidance. Madoka was great company, with excellent English for those with no Japanese…more importantly; she has the wonderful gift of listening. Her personality was infectious and she clearly LOVES what she does. Madoka exceeded our expectations and not only filled our days tog

5 stars Ricardo S. 11 May 2016

Hiring Madoka was the best decision we ever made! She transformed a Kyoto visit into a fantastic experience of enjoyable learning also acting as our cultural liaison for all things imaginable. She is witty and skilled at delivering historic facts and data mixed with relevant stories and fun anecdotes.

Madoka is a history expert and an enthusiast of Japanese culture, tradition and food. To us she was a gracious friend for whom nothing was too much trouble. Anyone should feel lucky to hire her

5 stars Dima S. 05 May 2016

5 stars Cindy K. 03 Apr 2016

Madoka was absolutely wonderful! She is very caring and kind person who made sure that we were comfortable and happy. Since the weather was a bit rainy in Kyoto, she was flexible in adjusting our tour of Kyoto so that we could see the sights better, especially when we went to the Kyomizudera temple. She is knowledgeable about the places in Kyoto. She made our trip fun, and we would definitely use her as our tour guide again!

5 stars Mike S. 20 Nov 2015

Great day tour of Kyoto with a great guide!

Saw some great places and took some good photos and got to each a lot more easily than if we'd have been getting transport ourselves!

Well worth it and Madoka is highly recommended.

5 stars Clare W. 09 Nov 2015

Madoka is intelligent and extremely knowledgeable about Japan history, religious customs, popular tourist sites, navigating through city streets and metro stations and American baseball!! She is polite and pleasant company. She knows where to eat the best food and where the best restrooms are. You will not be disapointed for one second.

5 stars Abdul G. 06 Nov 2015

Very practical punctuial chearful individual. I really had a nice tour and talk with Madoka. I highly recomend her. I beleive she is very tallented person and if i ever come to Osaka, defintly she will be my priority as profisoinal flexible tour guide

5 stars Pam N. 25 Oct 2015

My family and I had a lovely day with Madoka in and around Kyoto. She combines good humour with great knowledge and is a very comfortable companion. I would highly recommend her.

5 stars Seamus M. H. 16 Oct 2015

Madoka was superb on our recent tour in Kyoto. She is knowledgeable, flexible, responsive, full of life and great fun. Highly recommend her.

Seamus H.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Seamus for taking time to write a great review! I had so much fun with you guys in Kyoto. Wishing you all the best!

5 stars Patrick D. 12 Oct 2015

I spent a day with Madoka in Kyoto, she is an excellent tour guide, knows English very well, always on time, made sure that I saw what I asked for, and also gave me some good recommendations for Osaka and Kobe. I hope to come back to Japan and have her again as my guide... maybe in Osaka.

Tour Guide Comment: Danke for a fun day in Kyoto and the awesome review. Hope to work with you in Osaka soon!

5 stars Edward T. 07 Sep 2015

I have the privilege of having Madoka as my tour guide during my visit in Hyogo prefecture earlier this month. She has a deep passion and love for her country. She is a responsive, responsible, knowledgeable, cheerful and lively tour guide. She listens to you patiently, cares about your interests and plan things in detail. Please contact Madoka regardless you are interested in those classic spots or something off-the-beaten path. Can't recommend her highly enough.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you very much for this wonderful review. I look forward to having you as my guest again in the near future!

5 stars James B. 04 Sep 2015

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks James. I had a great time!

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