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Wakayama Private Tour Guides

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Popular Wakayama Tour Guides

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!                                                                                                                                  

Wakayama Tour Guide - Kiyoko H.

Kiyoko H.

4.50 / 5
(4 reviews)

Hello, my name is Kiyoko. I am an English guide of Kumano Kodo. I live in Kushimoto, which is the most southern tip of Honshu (main island). I got my regional guide license in 2016. Since then, I have been practicing guiding Kumano Kodo in English. You will learn about ancient pilgrimage, shrines, temples, asceticism. You will be impressed by beautiful nature. You will also feel rejuvenated after walking Kumano Kodo. I want to share my experience with 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 - Keiji H.

Keiji H.


I have traveled to more than 40 countries. I always have spent happy time with local people. To return their favor, I have become a Kumano Kodo guide to help tourists enjoy Kodos. I am a government certified guide and have guided over 50 international clients in 6 years. I can help you with Kumano expertise, risk management, and hospitality skills I am a plum farmer and make umeboshi now. So I would tell you stories of as well as Japanese farming and food. Only local guides help you finding spots to rest in today's weather, locating a clean public restroom, and choosing the best sashimi for the season. Most importantly, you can acquire useful information without having to glance at tiny screens, not with phones but with local guides.                                                                                                                                 

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
(154 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 !!                                                                                                                                 

Nara Tour Guide - Masahisa M.

Masahisa M.

5.00 / 5
(39 reviews)

Lived in Chicago (5 years), Toronto (1 year), Singapore (2 years), Indonesia (4 years) and Birmingham, UK (11 years) to construct business platform, now retired after 40 years employment in Japan. Dynamic tour guide who develops many different ways along with rich experience overseas to entertain large or small tour groups. Enjoys the interaction with tour groups, very strong group presentation and communication skills, finds each guest question as an opportunity to learn anything new. Constantly learning information about each tour spot to enhance tours. Guided 8,438 guests all over the world across Japan as of Mar 31, 2024 since Feb 2015.                                                                                                                                 

Day Trips from Wakayama

Wakayama Tour Reviews


Stephanie C.

5 / 5
Jun 1, 2024

Wakayama Highlight

10 hours

Yuasa soya sauce town and Shirahama

We had the best time with Hiroyuki. He suggested the itinerary, made special arrangement to let us experience a hands on soya sauce making class, tried soya sauce ice cream, brought us to the oldest and best soya sauce maker in yuasa to buy soya sauce, ate the famous whitebait (shirasu) with rice and soya sauce which was delicious. He then drove us to Shirahama to see the breathtaking scenery of Sandanbeki cliffs and sunset at the beach. He doubled up as our photographer as well. He also made sure to call up the restaurant in advance for our dinner and we had the most delicious local Japanese dinner in Shirahama. He also takes into consideration our likes and offers us options and alternatives on where we can go. A tour guide who is knowledgeable, thoughtful and with lots of initiative. My whole family agree that this tour with Hiroyuki was one of the highlights of our trip! We highly recommend a day trip out of Osaka to Wakayama with Hiroyuki.

Stephanie C.

Many thanks to you and your kind message. It was a beautiful day and we had a wonderful time. As you mentioned,. Shirahama is a place to stay overnight for Oncen. Wakayama has more Onsen and sacred site Koya and Kumano are in Wakayama as well, Come back to Wakayama to experience more. I will be looking forward to seeing you again. Take good care of your Shoyu.


Tami Y.

5 / 5
May 1, 2024

Visit Ancestors' Hometown

7 hours


Re-connecting with Relatives in Wakayama

We are Sansei (third generation Japanese American) from California and wanted to reconnect with Wakayama relatives that we lost touch with once our grandparents had passed away. Noriko was very helpful before our tour and helped coordinate a meeting with our relatives. She also was tremendously helpful translating for us while we met with our relatives as we cannot speak Japanese. Noriko was very understanding of what we wanted to do and was very flexible in arranging our tour so we could learn about Wakayama and also, spend time with our relatives. It was a wonderful reunion and we were so thankful to have Noriko as our guide.

Tami Y.

Dear Tami-san, Thank you for your very kind words. I don’t think I could do enough, but, it was so great to meet your family. I had a very nice time. Thank you. Noriko

Outstanding Guide for Bespoke Kumano Kodo Tour

I am so grateful that I found Hiroyuki-San! He was the perfect guide to assist with planning and executing the PERFECT Kumano Kodo tour for my family. We only had 3 days available, and Hiroyuki was able to schedule a trip that allowed us to visit all 3 major shrines, do a bit of hiking on each of the 3 days, and even enjoy a river boat tour that was part of the original pilgrimage trail. He also helped us book amazing Onsen resorts for our overnights. Hiroyuki has deep knowledge of this area having worked with UNESCO on behalf of Japan to have the area designated as one of two important religious pilgrimage sites in the world (along with the Camino de Santiago in Spain). Memories of a lifetime. Thank you Hiroyuki-San!!

Ruth H.

Rush-san, It's very nice to hear from you. How are you? Are you back home now? I am so grateful that you found me. It was very nice to spend time with you and your family. I enjoyed the tour myself very much. Please come back to the Osaka area. There are a lot more that I want to show you Take good care of yourself and stay healthy, see you later. Sincerely, Hiro

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Local Tour Guides in Wakayama

Our local guides are ready to help you plan, customize and realize your ideal tour in Wakayama. 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 Wakayama!