Mayumi Ueda Private tour guide in Osaka, Kyoto, Nara - Japan

Mayumi Ueda

Guide profile:

Hello, I'm May, my nickname in English. I have worked as a tour guide and a tour planner since 2008.

What has brought you to Japan? It, of course, differs forom person to person. So I would like to provide you not only with tours with highlights of Kansai region but also with ones personalized to suit your interests and preferences. With four clear-cut seasons and the one-month rainy season between the mid June and July in Japan, the best places to hit are changed, which results in making me always busy updating information on every site plus improving my sense of humor :-), phew---!

However I'm more than happy if with these efforts I entertain you and help you understand and immerse yourselves in the Japanese cultures.

I look forward to seeing you here in Japan.

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Kevin M.

Mayumi was a terrific guide on the ambitious walking tour of Arashiyama our school group wanted. She adapted to our needs and engaged vigorously with our students, giving them a great opportunity to learn more about Japanese culture. We were thrilled!

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

One-day tours (Kyoto,Osaka,Nara,Kobe,Wakayama,Mie,Nagoya,Horoshima, etc.)

Half-day tours(Kyoto,Osaka,Nara and Kobe)

One-day tours with combination of half-day tours

Night Tour(Osaka)

Type of tours:

Classic highlight tours

Personalized tours

Study tours

Transportation by tour guide:

Yes, transportation can be arranged upon request.

Public transportasion system in Japan is very nice and saves your money.

However taxi rides sometimes save your time.

To hire an individual bus might be nicer depending on the size and ages of your group.

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

Kyoto Classic Highlight One-day Tour Price Per Group 289.00 USD
Nara Classic Highlight One-day Tour Price Per Group 289.00 USD
Osaka Classic Higlight One-day Tour Price Per Group 278.00 USD
Osaka Night Tours Price Per Person 50.00 USD
Pilgrimage Tour to Mt. Koya Price Per Group 348.00 USD
Study Tours Price Per Group 120.00 USD
Tour of Encounter with Maiko and Their Life Price Per Group 388.00 USD

Tour guide interests:

Guided tours for sightseeing, theater and factories

Escort of your travel

Pick-up and sending between KIX and your hotel

Interpreting durinig your visit

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Kevin M. 04 Mar 2019

Mayumi was a terrific guide on the ambitious walking tour of Arashiyama our school group wanted. She adapted to our needs and engaged vigorously with our students, giving them a great opportunity to learn more about Japanese culture. We were thrilled!

5 stars julian A. 31 Oct 2018

a five star tour from Mayumi - can't recommend highly enough - when we return we will book her again - great fun and very practical

5 stars Josh T. 11 Feb 2018

May was an excellent guide. If tons of information about the many historical and cultural sites is what you are into then she is your person. She was very accommodating and personable. She was good with logistics and showed us exactly what we wanted to see and more in Kyoto and Nara. Highly recommend.

5 stars Hans-Joachim H. 18 Aug 2017

Mayumi is an excellent guide. She didnĀ“t only show us the sightseeing points of Kyoto but gave us also deep insight in Japanese culture and living conditions. She is very friendly, flexible, adapting to our wishes and also got along very well with our two daughters.

5 stars Lynn E. 25 Jul 2017

Excellent guide! Mayumi is an Osaka local who knows the best paces to go, shop and eat; she is also knows a great deal about local history & lore; she was incredibly helpful, often acting as a translator as well as a guide. She was very flexible with our requested schedule, arriving promptly and wasting none of our limited time.

We cannot recommend her highly enough - and since we will return to Osaka in 4 years for our next conference, we will certainly engage her again! Best Guide Ever!

5 stars Pavel A. 05 Jul 2017

Mayumi is amazing guide, she gave a great day tour of Osaka. Would highly recommend to hire Mayumi for private tour if you visiting Osaka.

5 stars Pamela S. 08 Oct 2016

May is a wonderful tour guide. She is very knowledgeable, professional, personalable, flexible and accommodating. My husband has some mobility issues and May knew the ins and outs of easily getting him around the major sights of Kyoto. She has a deep passion for Japan and she does an excellent job of sharing it with her guests. I know you will enjoy your time with her!

5 stars Rosy G. 25 Jun 2016

Mayumi is a great guide, She have a lot of knowledge.

5 stars bob K. 18 Jun 2016

Our visit to Osaka, Kyoto and Nara could not have been more special for my family thanks in large part to Mayumi. She is beyond all doubt the best guide we have ever had the privilege to meet. She is knowledgable, patient, and she was fun. She took us to great restaurants, beautiful places and made this a wonderful, informative trip. Thanks May

5 stars Bonnie B. 12 Mar 2016

Great time in Kyoto! Wonderful sightseeing, and logistics were perfect.

5 stars olga P. 30 Dec 2015

5 stars olga P. 29 Dec 2015

5 stars olga P. 28 Dec 2015

5 stars Lynn S. 23 Sep 2015

Mayumi is a very! competent personal guide. She communicates very well plans well, adapted to our needs and is highly recommended.

5 stars Sheila N. 26 Aug 2015

Mayumi is a wonderful guide. She was caring and kind when we climbed Mt Kurama. Her knowledge of the area was excellent. My visit was a spiritual one and she was very helpful regarding my quest.

Regards, Sheila Neville

5 stars marilyn M. 05 Mar 2015

We have no hesitation in recommending Mayumi to anyone requiring a guide. She was friendly, knowledgeable and very importantly, listened to our requests as we are four older people. We had 2 great days with her.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you very much for your rating. You are nice couples! I really loved to be your company. I hope our paths would cross again! Please say my best regards to Barry, Pat and John! May

5 stars Udi T. 07 Oct 2014

I highly recommend May as a tour guide. We had two wonderful days with her in Kyoto, and she was professional, kind, friendly and energetic. Trust me, you will enjoy having her as your guide

5 stars Jiraporn R. 03 Aug 2014

Mayumi was an excellent guide during our day in Kyoto. She was very friendly and informative about all things Japanese, as well as what she took us to see. You will be assured of a good and informative, friendly and happy day out, and I am very happy to recommend Mayumi-san to you.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you very much for your comment!!! I had a very good time with them too.

5 stars Nigel B. 16 Mar 2014

We had a delightful day touring Kyoto with Mayumi. Picking us up at our hotel promptly, she guided us through the transport system to visit a selection of the temples and shrines of this historic city. She educated us so we were able confidently to guide ourselves for the remaining days of our visit. We highly recommend her.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you very much for your comment. I enjoyed myself talking with you. I wish I could have had more time with you.

4 stars Shelly T. 19 Nov 2015

She was friendly n warm .Feed us wth enough informations.

4 stars Hangwah M. 24 Jun 2015

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