I am a “Licensed Guide & Interpreter” and also a “Licensed Taxi Driver”. Taxi tour has a lot of possibility and flexibility. Please make good use of my taxi tour and enjoy Kyoto as much as you want. And make your stay in Japan enjoyable and meaningful!
Check out what we are going to do.
Feel free to personalize this offer.
At your hotel in Kyoto.
I meet you at your hotel at 9:00 in the morning.
Fushimi Inari shrine (walk through fantastic one thousand orange gates)
Drive through Gion district (immerse yourself in a traditional atmosphere where many Geiko(Geisha) and Maiko work)
Nijo castle (travel back to the medieval time in the original wooden architecture)
Golden pavilion temple (enjoy gorgeous temple with Zen garden which was once Ashikaga shogun’s villa)
Ryoanji temple (practice sitting meditation and deep contemplation in front of the mysterious rock garden)
Bamboo forest (walk in an amazing forest with thousands of beautiful bamboos)
We arrive at your hotel at 4:00 in the evening.
At your hotel in Kyoto.
***** Merits of my taxi tour *****
* Safe, comfortable and reasonable
I haven’t had a traffic accident since I started to work as a taxi driver in 2006.
As a licensed driver, the drive is safe, smooth and comfortable. So you can just sit relaxed, enjoy talking and looking at the view from my taxi.
My ‘Private Taxi Tour’ is very reasonable because taxi fare and guide fee are all in one price.
* You can make your original itinerary.
You are free to make your own itinerary.
If you have specific sightseeing spots you are planning to visit, please let me arrange them to make it the most efficient one.
If you don’t have any ideas where to visit, I am very happy to help you make the best plan that suits you.
During the tour, if time permits, I drive through as many interesting and beautiful places as possible on our way from one spot to another.
* You can travel efficiently and smoothly.
As an experienced taxi driver, I can take you to anywhere in the most efficient way.
By using a taxi, you can visit and enjoy far more places than you can by using trains, buses or on foot.
Although there are a lot of narrow streets in Kyoto, it is possible to drive around the residential area, downtown area and traditional townhouse area by a taxi, which buses and trains cannot.
* You can feel the depth of Japan.
As a National Licensed Guide & Interpreter, I can fulfill your curiosity.
You can travel back in time to ancient Japan by visiting Kyoto which was once the capital of Japan and still preserves a lot of historic sites and traditional areas.
If you visit those places with my information on their detailed backgrounds, you can enjoy far more than you just visit with a little or no information, or reading your guidebook and Wikipedia.
* There are unlimited patterns in your taxi tour.
For example, if you want to experience matcha green tea ceremony, I will arrange one in your itinerary. If you want to enjoy shopping, I will take you to the place where you can find what you need.
In this way, taxi tour has a lot of possibility and flexibility.
My taxi tour can enable you to make the most of your precious time in Japan.
Please make good use of my taxi tour and make your stay in Japan enjoyable and meaningful!
taxi fare, fuel fee, guide fee, pick-up / drop-off in my business district (my business district : Kyoto city and some neighboring cities)
admission fee(about 400~600 JPY per person), toll, parking fee(about 500~2,000 JPY per car), cost of meals(about 1,000~ JPY per person, for you)
* Additional fare(1 hour ~) is added if the point of departure or destination is outside of my business district. (my business district : Kyoto city and some neighboring cities)
Please keep in mind that there are still many parking places, shops, restaurants, temples and shrines that don’t accept credit cards in Japan.
During the tour, although it’s a taxi tour, we also walk a lot. So please wear shoes and clothes in which you can walk easily.
The car model is Toyota SIENTA (compact MPV). 4 to 5 medium-size suitcases are containable if the number of the passengers is 4 or less than 4.
If the number of the passengers is 5, the third row seat is used. The third row seat (for 2 passengers) is for those who are less than 170 centimeters tall. Because it’s a folding one and a bit small. In this case, there’s no space for a suitcase. Only 1 piece of hand luggage for each passenger can be brought in.
My partner and I booked a private tour with Hiroshi to see the following sites; Kinkaku-ji Temple, Ryoan-ji Temple, Tenryu-ji Temple, Bamboo forest of Arashiyama, Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple and Shimogamo-Jinja Shrine. I have only good things to say about Hiroshi and the tour. His knowledge and insight of the temples and shrines provided an extra dimension to what we saw that was invaluable. He was professional,very personable and friendly. Close to the end of the tour, I asked Hiroshi what his favorite temples were. Based on his response, we opted to not visit Shimogamo-Jinja Shrine and opted to view Ginkaku-ji Temple. We were not disappointed. Arigato gozaimasu Hiroshi for that wonderful, once in a life-time, memorable experience!
Dear Michael San and Gordon San, Hello. I certainly appreciate your thoughtful message you gave me! It‘s my great pleasure to enjoy the tour with you. Many thanks. Arigato gozai-masita. Best regards, Hiroshi
Hiroshi was great. He was so knowledgeable and organized our trip so well. He came very prepared with umbrellas which were only needed once. His knowledge on the various temples and shrines really were appreciated and even some other tourists commented on how it really enhanced their visit as well. He also adapted well to our request to go see plum blossoms in bloom at one of the shrines called Kitano Tenmangu. I highly recommend him. Steven
Dear Steven San and Yolanda San, Thank you very much for giving me a happy time with you. And I sincerely appreciate your thoughtful message you sent to me! I am very happy to know that you liked my tour. Please take good care of yourselves and see you again. Best regards, Hiroshi