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Mount Koya Private Tour Guides

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Popular Mount Koya Tour Guides

Nara Tour Guide - Makoto Y.

Makoto Y.

4.96 / 5
(97 reviews)

Hello, I’m Makoto (Mac) and I'm a national-licensed tour guide. My previous career as an automotive engineer, gave me the opportunity to learn English and to live in the US, Germany, and England. After I retired, I learned more about the Japanese history especially focusing on Nara and Kyoto to become a historical specialist of the Nara area. I now live in Ikaruga town in Nara prefecture, where the UNESCO World Heritage, Horyuji temple is located. I regularly offer guides on the Fujinoki tumulus, which is located near the Horyuji temple. It contains very interesting Archaeological findings from the end of the Kofun Period. Recently, there are many foreign tourists who come to Japan, and I hope they enjoy learning about the culture and history of Japan. I would like to help tourists have a broader and deeper understanding of the Japanese culture and that is the reason why I decided to become a tour guide to help and support their experience in Japan. Nara is the place where Japan started. The capital was located in Asuka, Fujiwara and Nara before it moved to Kyoto. Therefore, there are many places to visit in Nara to trace the original history of Japan, which I have a depth of knowledge. Let’s explore the roots of Japan together!!                                                                                                                                 

Wakayama Tour Guide - Hiroyuki T.

Hiroyuki T.

4.95 / 5
(105 reviews)

Hi! I had been working for Wakayama Prefectural Government for 38 years, mainly in the field of cultural heritage management and international relations. I am a national certificated English guide and I have a lot of knowledge and experience in the field of cultural heritage management and international relations. I am very good at cultural heritages. And Koyasan and Kumano in Wakayama Prefecture are inscribed in the World Heritage List as parts of “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range". I was a project manager of "the Koyasan and Kumano World Heritage Inscription Project” at Wakayama Prefectural Government. I know inside and out of Koyasan, Kumano, Wakayama and other places in the Kansai area. I have a lot of experience of guiding as I was also in charge of international relations for a long time at the government. I will be able to provide interpretive guiding service for you around Koyasan, Wakayama, Osaka and other places in the Kansai area as I am a cultural heritage management and international relations professional. I am sure you will be able to get deeper understandings on Japanese culture and that your trip with me will be memorable one.                                                                                                                                  

Osaka Tour Guide - Shuji O.

Shuji O.

4.92 / 5
(13 reviews)

Hi, I am Shuji, a licensed tour guide living near Kansai International Airport. I taught world history in high schools for four decades. So, I can explain Japanese culture or history in an easier way tailored to you who have different cultural and historical backgrounds. I also practiced Kendo, Japanese fencing, for more than four decades, and now I enjoy growing vegetables and going fishing. Therefore, I can also share some Japanese culture and its nature. I have traveled to more than 25 countries and all over Japan. I’m also passionate about photography and know many photogenic places in Japan. If you prefer to go off the beaten track, I can take you to hidden gems, including some cozy restaurants. Of course, I also know how to enjoy the crowded, most popular tourist sites. I am here to make your trip stress-free. See you soon!                                                                                                                                  

Mount Koya Tour Guide - Koyasan resident guides N.

Koyasan resident guides N.

5.00 / 5
(9 reviews)

We had worked at a temple in Mount Koya for lomg years to welcome many guests all around the world. They told us that,"I want to walk around Mount Koya with the guide of monks" "Is it rude for monks if I ask a question like this… but I'd like to ask them a lot ..." "I want to have unique experience in Mount Koya“ We offer tours unique to monks living in Mount Koya based many years of guide experience. Our tours include not only viewing the building, but also Buddhist experiences, yoga , Walking ancient pilgrimage trails, tea ceremony & meditation in Mount Koya. If you want to arrange tours in Mount Koya, please get in touch. We are looking forward to seeing you.                                                                                                                                  

Wakayama Tour Guide - Miyuki O.

Miyuki O.

4.00 / 5
(1 reviews)

Hi! I'm an official English guide in Wakayama prefecture. However, during the Covid-19 pandemic, I got a job as a teacher. I love Koyasan, so I would like to help tourists as a guide only on weekends. I also obtained the national guide qualification.I would like to expand my guide area to cover the entire Kinki region, but I like Wakayama the most because of its spiritual nature.                                                                                                                                 

Wakayama Tour Guide - Noriko I.

Noriko I.

4.60 / 5
(10 reviews)

Hello, I’m Noriko, certified national tour guide. I live in Wakayama prefecture, where there are a lot of nature and historic places, hot springs and delicious food, such as seafood and fruits. Wakayama stretches from north to south on the Kii Peninsula, however, it takes only about one hour from Kansai International Airport to the north part of Wakayama prefecture. I’m sure I can help you learn Japanese culture, history, and traditions, and fully enjoy traveling in Wakayama. I'm looking forward to seeing you soon!                                                                                                                                  

Hyogo Tour Guide - Hideo Y.

Hideo Y.

4.54 / 5
(156 reviews)

Hello, I'm HIDEo YOSHIda. Please call me HIDEYOSHI, the same name as the famous shogun who built the Osaka Castle in 1585. I was born in Kobe and worked in Osaka for nearly 40 years. I would like to introduce the Kansai region to you ,including Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Wakayama. Kobe is one of the two largest ports in Japan, along with Yokohama. After the opening of the Port of Kobe in 1868, foreigners built their residences on the hillside of the Kitano-cho area, overlooking the ocean. Many of the foreign residences are now open to the public as museums, including the Weathercock House, with it's symbol weathercock on the triangle-shaped roof. In Meriken Park, the red Port Tower (the city's landmark), creates a beautiful contrast against the white Kobe Marine Museum. The museum's design was inspired by the waves and sailing ships. When you have a chance to visit Osaka, please join my tour. I'm sure you'll enjoy the interesting and historical, scenic spots. For example, Shin-Sekai is a downtown area with a strange mix of nostalgic atmosphere and contemporary energy. You can try local foods (kushikatsu, sushi, tempura) at a reasonable price. Billiken (a famous statue of the spirit of luck) will be waiting for you!!. Dotombori is a popular street with a lot of flashy signboards. Osaka is widely known as a "Kuidaore-no-machi", or literally "drinking and eating luxuriously to death." Osaka Castle was built by Toyotomi HIDEYOSHI in 1585. Oh, it's my residence, isn't it ! These days "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" area in USJ, or Universal Studios Japan, is also attracting more and more people. I'll be looking forward to seeing you !!                                                                                                                                 

Wakayama Tour Guide - Yasuhisa N.

Yasuhisa N.


I was born in Osaka and now I live in Wakayama prefecture. I have visited more than 800 sightseeing spots in Kansai area including Koyasan. With my experience of visiting 15 foreign countries, I want to introduce Japanese culture and beauties of Koyasan. If my guests wish to take part in some activites, they can join the Ajikan meditation, Jukai and Trekkings. My guests are assured to have an enjoyable trip that is safe and comfortable.                                                                                                                                 

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Mount Koya Tour Reviews

A Fabulous Guide

Hiroyuki is a knowledgeable and caring guide who took his time to explain the intricacies of the culture, religion and history of Koyasan and Japan as a whole. We were very lucky to have had such a wonderful guide.

Ricardo G.

It was very nice spending time with you and your family in Koyasan today. Many thanks to you all. It is very good to know that you liked culture and history of Japan. It is good as well to know that you liked food in Koyasan. It was nice to dine at the restaurant which catered to the Showa Emperor, wasn’t it? I hope that you will have wonderful days in Osaka as well. Please come to Japan again, there are a lot more to see and to experience here.


Eduard W.

5 / 5
May 5, 2024

Overnight trip to Mt. Koya from Osaka

Mount Koya
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Fantastic guide!

Hiro is an amazing guide! He explained everything we saw, helped us to understand much better Japan and its culture. Highly recommend him as a guide, also because of his kind and attentive manners. Fantastic job! Hope to see you again.

Eduard W.

Thank you very much for your kind words. It was really nice to spend time with you in Koyasan. I was very surprised with your knowledge about the religions in Japan. It's always nice to speak with someone with a lot of knowledge. It was also good to hear that you were in Japan for honey moon. Please come back to my area again, there are a lot more to see here.

Wonderful day with Nobu

I would highly recommend anyone visiting Koyasan to spend time being guided by Nobu. He was very kind, knowledgeable and fun to be with. It was great to learn so much about Koyasan, the beliefs and customs of the area and of the esoteric teachings. Being with Nobu meant he could bring everything I was seeing to life, with the history and its context, rather than what I could just see with my own eyes. There is no substitute for these insights and it gave the whole experience a deeper meaning for me. Thank you Nobu!

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Our local guides are ready to help you plan, customize and realize your ideal tour in Mount Koya. All GoWithGuide guides are real locals who know the area on a deep and personal level, and they can’t wait to share their knowledge with you. When traveling, everyone wants to get the most bang out of their buck. How to do that? Ask the right person to be your tour guide, of course! As opposed to fixed itineraries that are too formal and geared towards large groups, arranging a trip with the help of a local guide will mean the trip will be about what YOU want to see and do. Go ahead and send a message to one (or several!) of our local guides. They would love to show you their Mount Koya!