Yoshinori Hasegawa Private tour guide in Osaka, Kyoto, Nara - Japan

Yoshinori Hasegawa

Guide profile:

Hi! I'm "Yoshi", a government-licensed tour guide in Japan. I have over 100 experiences of guiding foreign visitors from various countries.

You can enjoy visiting not only famous World Heritage Sites but also off-the beaten local paths with me.

I'll make a special tailor-made itinerary plan of Kyoto , Osaka , Nara and other places tours for you based on your requests.

And I’ll give you the special opportunities of enjoying Japanese culture and delicious local foods.

Feel free to talk over your schedule, interests, budget to make your visit enjoyable.

I can help you to make your traveling more memorable.

Regular bus tours will never offer such uniqe private tour experiences.

*I require that you be covered by your own travel insurance policies.

Cultural experiences

I'll also give you a variety of cultural experiences such as Zen Meditation/Tea Ceremony/Flower Arrangement/Japanese Sake Factory/Kimono Wearing Experience/Japanese Sweets Making/Hand-copying of sutras etc. I will ensure your memorable time in Kyoto. Let me know your interests, expectations and dream to guide you in Kyoto through your ideal itinerary.I’ll also offer you personalized tours of Osaka and Nara.

Delicious local food experiences

And I’ll give you special opportunities of enjoying Japanese delicious local foods including soba noodle at an Japanese traditional restrant, "Obanzai" Kyoto home made foods," Kamameshi" special Nara food, "Shojin-ryori" a vegetable food of monk and so on.

Reasonable price

My guide fee is USD $200.00 up to 4 people (8 hours max).

I look forward to assisting you with your travel in Kansai region of Japan.

Feel free to contact me and let's find an excellent answer to your exciting journey to Japan together with me.

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars B C.

Yoshi was terrific. He gave us descriptions of the sights, their history and many more details. Yoshi made it a very enjoyable visit to Kyoto. Thanks Yoshi.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

[Sample Itinerary]

One day tour of Osaka

Osaka Castle---Sumiyoshi Shrine---Lunch at a local Okonomi-yaki restaurant---Kuromon Market(famous food market)---Dotonbori(down town)

*Cultural Experience

Zen Meditation/Tea Ceremony/Flower Arrangement/Japanese Sake Factory/Kimono Wearing Experience/Japanese Sweets Making/Hand-copying of sutras etc

One day tour of Kyoto

Kinkakuji Temple---NIjyo Catsle---Lunch "Japanese nudle, Soba" --Kiyomizu Temple---Gion

One day tour of Nara

Kasuga Shrine---Todaiji Temple---Lunch "Kamameshi"---Horyuji Temple

Night Tour(Osaka)

Classic highlight tours

Personalized tours

Study tours

●Tour Inclusions:Tour guide service.

●Tour Exclusions:Transportation and admission fee, meals and drinks (for yourself and guide )

[Notice]

This is just a sample course.

Please click [View details] in “Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide” section to check more details.

Transportation by tour guide:

Transportation can be arranged upon request.

Public transportation system in this area is convenient, economically and safe but taking a taxi generally saves your time and energy.

If you prefer using public transportation, we can use subways, buses and taxi.

If you love to travel on a chartered motor coach, I can arrange it for you.

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

Kobe One Day Tour Price Per Group 200.00 USD
Kyoto One Day Tour Price Per Group 200.00 USD
Nara One Day Tour Price Per Group 200.00 USD
Osaka One Day Tour Price Per Group 200.00 USD
Pilgrimage Tour to Mt. Koya Price Per Group 250.00 USD

Tour guide interests:

I'm a Japanese local food lover.

I'll give you a special experience of enjoying Japanese excellent local foods.

Japanese cuisine(WASHOKU) was officially registered as Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Tempura is a typical Japanese dish where fish and vegetables are coated with flour mixed with water and eggs and then fried.

Okonomiyaki, also touted as ‘Japanese pizza’, is a mixture of seafood or meat, vegetables and batter cooked on a hot griddle, sometimes by the customer.

Soba, one of the two major traditional noodle dishes in Japan You can eat cool zaru soba in the summer, and kake soba in hot soup during winter.

“Oden” is a type of hot cooking pot cuisine. Tube-shaped fish paste, sliced daikon radish, konnyaku, and other ingredients are stewed in soup stock. It is a popular family dish enjoyed in winter.

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars B C. 10 May 2016

Yoshi was terrific. He gave us descriptions of the sights, their history and many more details. Yoshi made it a very enjoyable visit to Kyoto. Thanks Yoshi.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you very much for your review.Though it rained, I was happy with a familly of father and sons who have hearts of gold. They like Japan and I like America. Have a nice trip!

5 stars Arlen R. 02 May 2015

Mr. Yoshinori was exactly what my young family needed for a short trip to the Kyoto area. We have a 17 month old and needed a guide that would be flexible and understanding when the itinerary needed to be changed and frequent stops needed to be made. Even with world travel experience, navigating Japan's extensive public transportation network made me somewhat anxious. Mr. Yoshinori efficiently and gently led our family to more local attractions then we could have alone. Thank You Mr. Yoshi!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you very much for your review and kindly comment. I was really happy with you and your family in Kyoto and Nara tour. Especially your daughetr made me and other people happy with her angelic smile. I sincerely hope you'll have a happy life together.

5 stars Kenneth N. 26 Mar 2015

Yoshinori was very helpful in arranging the tour for my parents going above and beyond in confirming their hotel reservations and communicating by email. He was flexible and accommodating. My parents had a great time and provided the following: "Yoshinori was a capable guide who showed us many interesting sites and confidently guided us through the city. He was very personable and we enjoyed his company. We could not have gotten around the city without him. We definitely recommend him."

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you very much for your positive review on Viator. It is a great encouragement to me. I was happy to be with your parents and appreciate their kindness and generousity. I pray for the health and happiness of your parents and you. Thanks,

5 stars Karina S. 06 Mar 2015

Yoshi was a superb guide and having him in Kyoto maximised our day. We gave him a list of what we wished to achieve in Kyoto and he gave us such an interesting day including the wonderful return trip to Osaka on the bullet train. We used the underground and train system extensively and I don't think we could have managed the tour without him. I know that our trip to Japan was enriched thanks to Yoshis input, experience as a guide and knowledge. Thankyou Yoshi for all your help.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you very much for your review and kindly comment. I really enjoyed your company. And I appreciate your rating me as 5 stars. I sincerely hope you'll have a happy life together.

5 stars phil V. 05 Sep 2014

awesome tour guide and person! a friend for life. he did anything we asked and always made sure we got back to our hotel safely. I would definitely introduce him to all of my friends!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you very much for your review and kindly comment while you are busy. I really enjoyed your company. And I appreciate your rating me as 5 stars. I sincerely hope you'll have a happy life together.

5 stars Tonnie H. 30 Jun 2014

Yoshi was an excellent guide! He made sure I got to all the sights I wanted to see and even experienced the tea ceremony with me. He walked with me back to my hotel and went with me to confirm another tour. He went above and beyond my expectations. I would book him again without hesitation. Thanks Yoshi

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you very much for your wonderful message and five stars rating. I really enjoyed your company and had a lot of fun together in Kyoto, especially the tea ceremony. I'm looking forward to seeing you in the near future.

5 stars Brownie J. 30 May 2014

Yoshi is the best guide! In our three days booking we saw more than I could have managed in a week. In Kyoto I wanted a Kaiseki lunch - he found an amazing restaurant tourists would seldom get to. One day I wanted to find a certain gift, he researched where to buy it and worked two hours over schedule. Yoshi is absorbed in finding how to make the trip perfect in every way. At first it seemed like a lot of money, but that was the best money I ever spent and Yoshi made this an amazing holiday.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you very much for your review and five stars rating. We had lovely days together in Osaka, Kyoto and Nara. I really enjoyed your company. I'm looking forward to seeing you again in the future.

5 stars Ron C. 16 May 2014

Hiring Yoshi was one of the best decisions I ever made in my international travels. We built a 3 day custom tour including hand feeding monkeys and making noodles. He helped us navigate subways to get us from each hotel. His English is very good. Yoshi is very considerate and polite. He spent his own time shopping for me, found great deals, asked if OK to order a modest lunch, & even gave thanks for a $2 subway ticket, finding us seats before himself. He took many good photos of us too!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you very much for your warm message and highest ranking. It was my pleasure to explore Kyoto, Osaka and Nara with your wonderful couple. And the experience of making noodles wit you in Ramen Museum is a cherished memory for me. I really hope to see you again in Japan.

5 stars Loretta S. 30 Apr 2014

Yoshi met us at the cruise ship in Osaka and taught us how to use public transportation as he brought us to Kyoto for a day of touring. He speaks English well and he was knowledgable about the sites we visited. We enjoyed meeting him and had a fun day. Yoshi got us back to Osaka; we wouldn't have figured out the public transportation without him. We couldn't have found all the Kyoto sites without him. Thanks!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you very much for your review and highest rating. We had a lovely day together in Kyoto! You are very nice couple.I hope to see you again in the future.

5 stars Martynas J. 20 Apr 2014

Yoshinori helped us with our tour in Kyoto and Nara. He was exellent, took us to the restaurants where food was great and were no turists, took us around alowing us to enjoy experience rather than navigate by our self. He is very polite, non intrusive and friendly. Would definetely recoment. Everything was great, thank you very much!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you very much for your review, warm comment and highest rating. I really enjoyed your company in Kyoto and Nara too. You are indeed a nice couple. I'm looking forward to seeing you again in the future.

4 stars Patricia T. 08 Sep 2015

Yoshi provided an excellent service for our short stay in Osaka. He arrived ship side at the exact arranged time, explaining our sites with informative commentary. We highly recommend this gentleman if you plan trips around his expertise.

4 stars Joan L. 20 Oct 2014

Yoshi was gentle and kind and a great companion while touring gardens in Arashiyama.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you very much for your review and warm comment. I really enjoyed your company in Kyoto. I'm looking forward to seeing you again in the future.

4 stars Douglas D. 12 Apr 2014

Yoshi promises a tailor-made itinerary and did that for us. He took us on a tour of Nara, picking us up at our hotel in Kyoto and giving us an excellent day in Nara. He planned the tour carefully, but was flexible enough to make a couple of last minute changes that were required.

His knowledge of local history and customs was excellent. His selection of a restaurant for lunch was perfect for us, and he paid careful attention to what we wanted to do during our tour. Well recommended.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you very much for your review and warm comment. I really enjoyed your company in Nara. I'm looking forward to seeing you again in the future.

3 stars Ann N. 15 Apr 2015

I would recommend to use Yoshi if you're going to visit Kyoto, our family with a different age group from senior, teen, pre teen and baby and he can arrange tour to suit everyone. Yoshi took us to Kyoto zoo just to please my little one in a wet weather was fun, crezy and of course everyone one was so satisfied with the trip with Yoshi highly recommended him to friends and others

Thanks Yoshi.

Ann

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you very much for your review and warm comment. I really enjoyed your company in Kyoto. I'm looking forward to seeing you again in the future.

3 stars Oleg V. 29 Oct 2014

Yoshi's intentions were good and he tried to show us what he could based on our agreed itinerary. His English though is not good enough and we would with another guide in the future.

1 stars Emanuel A. 10 Apr 2015

He is not a guide!!! He does not know to speak proper English and does not know much about the history and culture of Japan.

Tour Guide Comment: Emanuel does not know how to speak proper English. He is an Israel and a weak bladder. I had difficulties to find rest room for him evertime we visit temples and shrines.

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