Seiko T Private tour guide in Kyoto, Nara, Osaka - Japan

Seiko T

Guide profile:

Hello, I am Seiko, National Licensed Guide since 2007. I offer tours to/in Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Okayama (Naoshima & Kurashiki), Hiroshima etc.

I was born and grew up in Kurashiki (Okayama pref.) until high school, spent my college days in Kyoto, and currently living in Osaka.

I also have a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Wisconsin and worked as a translator/interpreter, market researcher, and executive assistant for global companies for many years where I enjoyed spending a precious time with people from different backgrounds and cultures and broaden my world and horizons.

I myself am a traveler for life, been to more than 30 countries and all the prefectures in Japan, and always excited to help my clients with their planning. I am also a hiker, kayaker, scuba diver, and snowboarder enjoying myself mostly outdoors in every season.

Besides city tours in Osaka and Kyoto, my tours can stretch to introducing local foods, bar-hopping, sake/beer breweries, visiting less-touristy local spots, excursions to enjoy the nature such as walking/hiking tours, onsen day-out, and more!

Let's have a fun time and unique experience with me!

**Please send me an inquiry first if you'd like to request a tour. PLEASE DO NOT MAKE A IMMEDIATE BOOKING WITH ME on this system to avoid conflicts with my other schedule. Thank you.

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Bill A.

Seiko was wonderful a guide for our tour of Kyoto. She is very knowledgeable regarding the history, customs, and culture of this area of Japan, and seemed to really enjoy sharing that knowledge with us. We covered a lot of the city, and saw many areas we would never have found on our own. If you are planning a trip to Kyoto or Osaka, Seiko is highly recommended to guide you during your visit.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

**Please send me an inquiry first if you'd like to request a tour. PLEASE DO NOT MAKE A IMMEDIATE BOOKING WITH ME on this system to avoid conflicts with my other schedule. Thank you.

* I am not available between December 21, 2018 - March 10, 2019

* Tour fee is payable in yen

* Lunch/Dinner, admission and transportation fee for you and guide are exclusive. (Licensed guides get free admission at many temples, castles and tourist attractions)

Osaka: Namba & Nipponbashi Back Street Evening Tour (4-5 hours)

Osaka Highlights - from castle, gastronomic street to skyscraper (full-day) => please see my tour page

Osaka & Nara One-day Excursion from Kyoto

Himeji & Kobe Highlights - World-heritage Himeji castle, sake brewery street & Rokko mountain/night view (full-day)

Kobe: Sake brewery & Arima Onsen (full-day, weekdays only)

Kyoto: Season's best spots (full-day)

Kyoto: Fushimi Inari & sake breweries (half-day), plus Uji, home of Uji tea (full-day)

Kyoto/Suburb: Tea picking experience & tea plantation walking/cycling (full-day)

Kyoto/Suburb: Miyama preserved & eco village visit by car (full-day)

Kyoto/Shiga Suburb: Shigaraki Ninja village or Miho Museum & kiln visit by car (full-day)

Transportation by tour guide:

Yes, transportation can be arranged upon request.

Tour by rent-a-car can be arranged upon request (I can drive with full insurance coverage).

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

[Private] Kyoto Sakura Tour (Cherry Blossom) Price Per Group 290.00 USD
[Private] Namba Highlights & Backstreet Night Tour Price Per Group 100.00 USD
[Private] Osaka "Must-See" One-Day Tour Price Per Group 230.00 USD

Tour guide interests:

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Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Bill A. 28 May 2018

Seiko was wonderful a guide for our tour of Kyoto. She is very knowledgeable regarding the history, customs, and culture of this area of Japan, and seemed to really enjoy sharing that knowledge with us. We covered a lot of the city, and saw many areas we would never have found on our own. If you are planning a trip to Kyoto or Osaka, Seiko is highly recommended to guide you during your visit.

Tour Guide Comment: Thanks Bill! I enjoyed the tour with you all, especially the sake area:) I was also happy to hear that you had a chance to experience a local "beer garden"! Please contact me if you ever come back to Japan (Chris for sure??), let's drink together as friends!!

5 stars Rosemary M. 09 Apr 2018

We had a wonderful day during our cruise ship stop in Osaka with Seiko! She planned our tour according to a list of places we wanted to see. Seiko was open to being flexible with the sightseeing, even on the spot during our time with her. She is friendly, considerate, and fun! I highly recommend Seiko as your private tour guide in Osaka!

5 stars amerigo B. 02 Apr 2018

Seiko was a wonderful guide for Kyoto. We went to many sites that were carefully chosen. Seiko has a friendly casual style that we really enjoyed.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Amerigo for your review. I had such a fun tour with you! I really enjoyed talking with you from questions about Japan to interesting stories of you and Sharon:) Hope you also enjoyed other areas of Japan. Grazie mille! Seiko

5 stars Rhinna C. 23 Oct 2017

Seiko is the ultimate best! Super lovely and knowledgeable :) but what we appreciate most about her is she is very flexible to my family’s preference and needs. If you want to experience the Kansai region like a local, Seiko is your best bet! She’d bring you to local favorites rather than the usual touristy spots.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Rhinna! I had a great time with you all and appreciate your patience for some troubles & changes after the big typhoon. It was also a challenge for me to plan and run a tour for a family of 3 generations, but your lovely and thoughtful family made it so easy and fun. Hope you can make another trip to Japan someday! Thanks again!

5 stars Michael S. 06 Jul 2017

Seiko was on time meeting us at our hotel. She was knowledgeable about places of interest and able to clearly explain us the importance of Japanese culture and beliefs. She was caring and compassionate with our young family members. She was considerate and stayed as long as it took to show us around and got us back to our hotel safely.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Mike for your nicest comments! I enjoyed guiding and chatting with you and the whole family. I was impressed all of you in three generations could walk so much! Hope the trip created great memories of Japan for everyone.

5 stars Robert P. 09 Jun 2017

Seiko is a terrific guide. Smart, knowledgeable, and well prepared. She created a tour to my liking, and we spent a great day together.

Tour Guide Comment: Robert, Thank YOU so much for the great day!!! I really enjoyed the fun time and learned a lot from you too!

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