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Send message only 10 days available in January
US$ 39 Hourly rate Price up to 5 people
I ask customers to pay my transportation fee depending on the meeting or finishing point.

In addition, if you drop off at Sakata Port and hope to meet me in the morning, I ask you to pay my hotel fee, as well as transportation fee, because I have to stay at a hotel in Sakata City on the previous day.
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Last updated: 3 days ago
Cities where I can guide: Yamagata

Languages English ( Business )

(2) Reviews
Hourly rate 39 USD Price up to 5 people
( Max : 8 People )
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Hi, I am Yoshiko.
I was born and grown up in Shizuoka Prefecture and had lived in Tokyo about 20 years but now I live in Yamagata Prefecture, in the Tohoku Region, the north part of Honshu Island.
Not so many tourists visit Yamagata and the Tohoku Region but the area has a lot of wonderful attractions which are not seen in other areas.
Why do you not visit Yamagata and spend some wonderful time?

5.0 (2) Reviews
Very Good


The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

1 Person
Up to 5 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate US$39.39 US$39.39 US$4.92
4 Hours US$157.56 US$157.56 US$19.69
8 Hours US$315.12 US$315.12 US$39.37

* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 8 hours maximum per day.
* People: 8 maximum

Private Tours

Yamadera and fruit picking

(2) Reviews
by Yoshiko
Yamadera is one of popular tourist destinations in Yamagata. The official name is Risshaku-ji Temple, but people call it “Yamadera”, which means “Mountain ...
4 Hours US$ 158 up to 5 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from GoWithGuide.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting time, there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting time, there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting time, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 2 )
Douglas Douglas United States ( Couple )
2 years ago

“ Three-day Japanese Language Study of Esoteric Shinto-Buddhist Practices and Thought ”

Yoshiko served as as an outstanding Japanese language instructor during our in-depth discussions on the difficult topics of esoteric Shinto-Buddhist practices and thought and the amalgamation and eventual separation of Shinto-Buddhist practices in Yamagata, a traditional center of Japanese religious beliefs and practices. Her detailed knowledge of this area and her professionalism were key to the success of my effort. She was outstanding, and I would strongly recommend her to anyone visiting Yamagata.


Hello, Douglas, I'm happy to know that you enjoyed 3-day tour in Yamagata. During the tour, You gave me pointed questions many times and I was really impressed by your deep knowledge about shugendo and Esoteric Buddhism. I am looking forward to meeting you again. Thank you very much for your review. Yoshiko

Cally Cally United Kingdom ( Family )
2 years ago

“ Rice Cracker factory visit and Photography gallery ”

We met Yoshiko at 9am along with her wonderful female driver. We proceeded directly to the rice cracker factory. We saw how the rice was dried ground and made into a dough and then baked and cooked in the oven. We sampled some crackers that came straight out of the oven. We went to the upstairs cafe and enjoyed a nice ice coffee and purchase some samples of rice crackers to take home. We then proceeded to the photography Museum. It was outstanding. The photography was wonderful of people’s faces in black-and-white and also some colour Pictures of nature. The memorial room was a highlight and it looked onto a beautiful Japanese garden. We were lucky enough to travel on the 1st of July when there was a flower festival and the hydrangeas were in bloom. Thank you so much for a wonde... read more


Hi, Cally. I am so happy to learn that you and your family enjoyed the rice cracker factory and photography museum. They are popular sites among tourist, but I hope that when you and your family come to Sakata next time, you spend more time there. Thank you very much. Yoshiko Aida