Yuka Yoshida Private tour guide in Kamakura - Japan

Yuka Yoshida

Guide profile:

Hi I'm Yuka!

I'm a Japanese native that lived in Chicago for 5 years in my youth and came back to Japan at the age of 12. I studied Japanese culture, especially folklore, in University. My thesis was about Sumo jinku (the songs Sumo wrestlers sing on special occasions) and I reckon the best part of that was to go out drinking with sumo boys :)

I worked as a tour leader for an Australian tour company for 7 years until 2013, and simply loved taking people around Japan, sharing the beauty and craziness this country offers.

I want to be more of your good friend in Japan than a "tour guide," so my guiding style can be a bit laid-back compared to ordinary Japanese guides. I would be your Personal Guide in Tokyo/Yokohama/Kamakura, the complete reference for anyone visiting here showing you what’s new, what’s on and what’s best in this great cities. My focus is to develop a friendly, person-to-person relationship. I won't just be giving you a standard tour, but I will be giving you a glimpse into Japanese life from a local point of view along with the historical and cultural explanations.

I am also a mum of a 6 year old + 2 year old girls and would love meeting little friends from all over the world as well as grown-ups. I really enjoy sharing stories about raising kids with mums and dads from different countries. I have completed First Aid course for Children, Infants, and Adults with MEDIC.

I look forward to meeting you and showing you around!

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars David L.

Yuka is great! My wife, son and I had a fun day touring Tokyo with Yuka. We let her know some of the things we wanted to see and she did the rest. We enjoyed ourselves and highly recommend her. Thanks Yuka for a fun and informative day.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

-I can not do tours on Saturday, Sunday and on national holidays...gomennasai :(

-I will be happy to give some advice on where you can stay, however I don't do hotel bookings to avoid troubles.


Transportation by tour guide:

We will be using local transportations

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

Enchanting Kamakura walking tour (6hours) Price Per Person 150.00 USD
Omotesando Harajuku Architecture tour Price Per Person 120.00 USD
Tailor made Tokyo tour (6hours) Price Per Person 180.00 USD
Yokohama in a day (6hours) Price Per Person 150.00 USD

Tour guide interests:

Meeting and talking with people from all over the world, eating, drinking, hiking :)

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars David L. 20 Nov 2018

Yuka is great! My wife, son and I had a fun day touring Tokyo with Yuka. We let her know some of the things we wanted to see and she did the rest. We enjoyed ourselves and highly recommend her. Thanks Yuka for a fun and informative day.

5 stars Aileen M. 23 Oct 2018

Yuka is a wonderful guide and was very helpful with getting us oriented in Tokyo. She took us to great locations (Tsukiji market, Shimotkitizawa, tea ceremony) and was very knowledgeable about Tokyo and gave us insight into Japanese culture that made our time so much more enjoyable. We felt comfortable using the subway and she gave us great recommendations for the rest of our stay. She was excellent and we highly recommend her!

5 stars peter J. 24 Apr 2017

Not wanting to do the usual shopping-type things we picked a guide to show us around Tokyo and Yokohama. Yuka's knowledge of culture and history was thoughtful and professional, with excellent English, nothing was too much trouble. Her choice of out-of-the-way sites was excellent and we left the whole itinerary planning to her and which she executed with great skill. We would highly recommend Yuka as a guide.

5 stars candice A. 23 Feb 2017

Yuka was a fantastic guide and made our experience in Tokyo incredible. Yuka explained local culture and took us to a hidden gem for lunch with incredible views. Yuka took the time to tailor the day to what we wanted and the day was just amazing. Her English is fantastic and she gave us great local tips on how to get around and where to go for the rest of our trip. My partner and I highly recommend Yuka as a wonderful guide!

5 stars Timi H. 07 Jun 2016

Yuka was wonderful. We spent a delightful and informative 2 days with her. She went above and beyond anything we could have expected.

5 stars Margo S. 20 May 2016

My husband and I were visiting Japan for the first time and thought it would be a fab idea to book a guide in Tokyo at the start of our trip. We were so glad we booked with Yuka! We were staying in Ginza and wanted Yuka to help us with orientation, which she did brilliantly. She also helped us book our Shinkansen tickets for Kyoto and gave us awesome recs for restaurants and shopping - plus some useful phrases (she followed up with an email which contained all the info). Highly recommend!

5 stars Kyleigh W. 06 May 2016

Yuka was a wonderful tour guide. Our group was traveling for business and had a specific idea of the kinds of things we wanted to see, but not sure where to see them. Yuka shaped and scheduled our agenda and provided excellent cultural context for us. She was also pleasant and fun to be around and willing to be flexible when the group wanted to make changes. Highly recommend Yuka as a tour guide. If I return to Tokyo I will certainly book her again.

5 stars Elizabeth A. 08 Apr 2016

Such a wonderful experience to have Yuka as a personal guide in Kamakura! She was engaging throughout the tour and shared a lot of information about the gardens and temples. Our one-on-one conversation was light and fun -- it felt like spending a relaxing day with an old friend. From the meet & greet, it was already a warm welcome from Yuka -- a good sign for me that I will be in good hands! I highly recommend Yuka!

5 stars Andy D. 21 Jan 2016

Yuka was excellent!

We did loads in one day, but she kept us moving at just the right speed to enjoy it and not let our kids (6 and 7 years old) get too tired.

We emailed each other prior to the trip to organise an itinerary but she was also flexible on the day to meet our needs.

Her knowledge and spoken English was outstanding and she made an extra effort to keep our girls entertained.

I thoroughly recommend Yuka as a guide.

5 stars John I. 27 Nov 2015

My daughter and I had a wonderful time touring Tokyo with Yuka. She took us to all the places I wanted to see as well as some very interesting spots I didn't know about. She kept us moving at an easy pace and made sure we made all the reservations we had booked. We would have never been able to get so much out of our trip without Yuka. She is wonderful.

5 stars Ingrid M. 06 Nov 2015

We had a fantastic time on our tour with Yuka. Since we're veterans of travelling in Japan, we were really happy to have her offer an off-the-beaten-path alternative walking tour around the Kamakura area. We got to see lots of things we would never have even known were there without her guidance. Yuka was great company, with excellent English for those of us with no Japanese. I would definitely recommend her!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you so much for a great fun day! Yes, you were all definitely veterans of traveling in Japan and just knew so much! I really enjoyed communications during the tour with lots of Japanese words mixed in:) looking forward to seeing you again! Yuka

5 stars Alicen S. 04 Nov 2015

We started our preliminary correspondence with Yuka by emphasizing how important it was for us to get assistance on how to understand and navigate the city's public transportation system so we could get around our remaining days on our own. Yuka exceeded our expectations and not only helped us learn the trains, but also filled the rest of our day with activities very much geared towards our interests and personalities. She took the time to listen and with that provided us with a fantastic day!!

5 stars Ben B. 29 Oct 2015

Yuka was great! Very easy to talk with, very knowledgeable about the Kamakura/Yokohama areas, and she made it exciting. Thank you so much for such a relaxing hike through Kamakura! Definitely a highlight of my trip. :) I'll recommend to any friends visiting Tokyo and hope to spend more time with Yuka when I return to Tokyo (hopefully in the next year or two!). Thank you Yuka!

5 stars David M. 08 Oct 2015

my wife and I had a wonderful day with Yuka in Tokyo. We jointly put together a great itinerary and had a lot of fun. Yuka is great company and very knowledgeable. Thanks Yuka!!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely day! It was great day and fun exploring the new museum. I will keep on looking for best "menchi" for your next visit ;) Thank you! Yuka

5 stars Charlie H. 07 Oct 2015

Yuka was a fantastic guide, and we had a great tour. She was very flexible in allowing us to mix some new and old parts of Tokyo. Completely fluent in English, and very knowledgeable about the history of Tokyo.

Would highly recommend to anyone who wanted to visit Tokyo!

5 stars Kenya B. 06 Jul 2015

Best. Tour Guide. Ever. Yuka was my very first choice when I was looking for a tour guide and it was certainly the right choice. We went around Tokyo for two days and then Kamakura and Yokohama for a third. Despite the rainy weather, the tours overall were awesome! I learned so much about the areas we visited from Yuka that I did not want the time to end. With Yuka you get to appreciate what you are seeing in your tours unlike larger tour groups.

I highly recommend Yuka!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Kenya for your review! It was my great pleasure to show you around so many places (we covered so much!). The weather weren't too great but I had lot of fun specially exchanging the experience of living in two different countries during the youth. Thanks again and looking forward to your visit again! Yuka:)

5 stars Wes F. 09 Jun 2015

WOW we were really impressed with Yuka and her willingness to accommodate our requests. She listened to what we wanted to do and developed a tour to fit our exact needs. Yuka was very professional and personal with the attention she focused on our family. Yuka rearranged our agenda according to the weather and became part of our family during our visit. She even took us to areas and shops that my kids especially wanted to visit during our trip. We felt like she was part of our family. Awesome!

Tour Guide Comment: Hi Wes and Emily! Thank you so much for sending your review. It was wonderful surprise to hear from you again and so happy that you had welcomed me as part of your family<3 It was great fun time with you specially Enoshima island day. I hope all is well with you and hope to see you again in future! Yuka

5 stars Alan D. 08 May 2015

Yuka was outstanding. On the first day she guided us in Tokyo and on the sIecond day in Kamakura and a nearby island. She is very personable and knowledgeable and easily adapted to our wishes. We would definitely use Yuka again, and highly recommend her to any individuals looking for a personal guide in Tokyo and the nearby areas.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you Alan for your quick review! It was great fun to be with you for last 2days. Second day was specially wonderful with great weather. I will look forward to see you in mid May again when you are back! Arigato! yuka

5 stars Barry C. 15 Apr 2015

Ms. Yuka Yoshida is an excellent tour guide,a pleasure to tour with, plans a great itinerary, is totally knowledgable about the areas we visited and completes daily touring schedule. She assisted us in advance of our trip in correcting hotel reservations and purchasing train tickets for our trips to Hakone from Tokyo and then from Hakone to Kyoto. We highly recommend Yuka as a guide for those exploring Tokyo, Kamakura, Hakone and Yokayama. She is great! She is outstanding; We give her 6 stars

Tour Guide Comment: Hi Barry! Thank you for your great review! It was great 3days(and a bit) with all of you. Very sorry for the drama at the end but looking forward to see you again in future! Thanks! yuka

5 stars Enriquez M. 03 Apr 2015

Had a great day with Yuka and she was very helpful too on her tips with how to get around Tokyo. Although the weather did not allow us to see Mt. Fuji, she was very pleasant and was great company all the way. Thank you for making the best out of our half day tour Yuka - you were such pleasant company and made the most out of the tour despite the weather not being as cooperative. It was a fun day out with a great tour guide with such a warm personality too. :)

Tour Guide Comment: Hi Marianne! Thank you so much for your review! Was wonderful to be able to spent time with you and your lovely family. Please remember Aunty yuka when playing with that wooden toy:) Arigato! yuka

5 stars Lisa B. 05 Feb 2015

We had a brilliant day in Tokyo with Yuka. She was a fabulous guide and it felt more like spending the day with a good friend rather than a tour .

Thank you so much Yuka !!

Tour Guide Comment: Hi Lisa! Thank you for your lovely comments!! It wasn't the most brilliant weather in Tokyo that day, but I had lots of fun being with you :) Waiting for your next visit when it is bit warmer here! Cheers! yuka

5 stars Alice C. 26 Jan 2015

Yuka was amazing! Extremely flexible in meeting my daughter, and other study abroad students off a ship in Yokohama. She assisted to activate Rail Pass and secure tickets for a week of travel. So accommodating in Tokyo. Found interesting sites and activities for the students. My daughter said, "We could not have done it all without Yuka! We would have been lost without her!" So kind to stay past time, email me numerous times, and to recap for me the day with my daughter. A wonderful person!

Tour Guide Comment: Hi Alice! Thank you very much for your review! It was so fun to be with the girls. They were all so cute and cheerful, no wonder we had a local TV crew coming to ask to be on their show! Thank you for the opportunity and I will look forward to seeing you next time as well. Regards, Yuka

5 stars Deng B. 24 Dec 2014

Amazing. We booked Yuka for our mt fuji trip, our pkan was to relax and see some part of kawaguchiko, so we booked yuka to show us around. Was very convenient, all the places she showed us were amazing. Would i get her services again? Definitely

Tour Guide Comment: Hi Deng! Thank you for your time sending me the review! It was my greatest pleasure to be with your family to Mt Fuji. We were so lucky to have a brilliant day and Fuji shown so clearly. I will look forward to your next visit to have some fun in the snow :) Cheers! Yuka

5 stars Helena M. 27 Oct 2014

We had the best time in Tokyo thanks to our guide Yuka Yoshida! She really planned a great schedule for us to visit many different spots but it never felt rushed. She is also very kind and we asked so many questions about Tokyo and the Japanese way of living. I highly recommend Yuka to guide you through the many streets of Tokyo as she knows all the best ways of getting there smoothly and she will also tell you many things that you will not be able to read in a guide book!

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Helena and Jonas, Thank you so much for your time sending me the review! It was such a lovely two days with you in Tokyo. Great meeting you both and looking forward to see you again in Tokyo perhaps with your beautiful children:) Matane!! yuka

5 stars Constance P. Z. 29 Sep 2014

YUKA was very organized and informative. She has a great personality; we enjoyed our two tours with her very much. We would use her again and recommend her to everyone.

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Conny, Domo arigato for your lovely review! I really enjoyed both days with all of you. I hope all went well after leaving Tokyo/Yokohama:) I will certainly look forward to seeing you again in future for more great laughs! Thank you! yuka

5 stars Rayner S. 19 Sep 2014

We were very satisfied with having Ms Yuka as our private tour guide during our trip to Yokohama. She was very accommodating and went to great lengths to help us get around comfortably and as conveniently as possible to enjoy the tour. She was very knowledgable and we particularly liked how she described the local, everyday way of life in Japan. The family had a great time on the tour (the wife is already planning for a return trip). Awesome.

Tour Guide Comment: Dear Rayner, Thank you so so so much for your time sending your review!! I can't appreciate enough!! Please do let me know when you are back in Japan. Please say hi to rest of your lovely family for me too. Wishing you all the happiness. Arigato!! yuka

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