@@@Japan's National Certified Guide MADOKA Will Help You Have Once-in-a-lifetime Travel Experiences@@@
Hi, I'm Madoka and I'm glad you found me!
I've been a freelance tour guide in Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe area for 3 years now. I also write and take photos for a local tourism website, translate business articles, and work for foreign entrepreneurs.
Meeting new people and talking about each other's cultures is exciting! That's the main reason why I considered getting a guide license in the first place. I'll be happy to take you to world heritage sites and less crowded off the beaten path destinations. Hope to hear from you soon!
What I love: Photography, Cooking, Books / Kindle, Outdoor sports, Traveling, Baseball, DIY&Crafts, Food and Beer
***Please message me first to check the availability.***
Recent reviews of this tour guide:
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
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Tour guide services/sample itinerary:
Whether this is the first time for you to visit Japan or whether 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. If you don't find anything interesting on the list or if you already have an idea, just send me a message and we can figure out something else :)
※※Kyoto: Castle, Temples, Okonomiyaki or Noodle Lunch※※
Nijo Castle -- Kinkakuji (Golden) Temple -- Ryoanji Temple and Zen Rock Garden -- 400 y.o. Nishiki Food Market -- Lunch at an Okonomiyaki, Ramen, or Udon/Soba Place
*Alternative Destinations: Kiyomizu Temple, Yasaka Shrine and Gion district, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto Palace, Fushimi Inari Shrine (1000 torii gates) etc.
*For Families with Kids, Nanzenji Temple -- Municipal Zoo -- Manga Museum -- Monkey Park 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, Crabs, Pork Buns etc.) and Shopping in Minami (Namba)
*Alternative Destinations: Shitenoji Temple, Osaka Aquarium KAIYUKAN, Umeda Sky Building, Nakanoshima Park, Kuromon Food Market, America-mura (American Village)
※※Kobe: Ancient Burial Mounds, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and the Modern Port City ※※
Goshikizuka Kofun (Ancient Tomb) -- View of Akashi Bridge -- Kobe Port Tower - Shopping in Motomachi -- Street Food Including Famous Kobe Beef in China Town
*Alternative Destination: Rokko Mountain Pasture, Nunobiki Ropeway, Sake Breweries in Nada, Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, the Only Surviving Frank Lloyd Wright Residence in Japan
I'm also open to take you to Nara, Himeji, and other destinations if you cover travel expenses. Shoot me a message and we'll discuss the details!
Transportation by tour guide:
Yes, transportation can be arranged upon request.
Tour guide interests:
Historical architectures, shrines, and temples
Photography and finding unique photo spots
Food tasting and cooking
Street walking and shopping
Sporting events and theaters
Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!
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!
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.
Tour Guide Comment:
Thanks James. I had a great time!