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Cities where I can guide: Kagawa , Okayama

Languages English ( Business )

(4) Reviews
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I am Mayumi, SETOUCHI lover and a National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter for English-speaking guests.

I left busy Tokyo where I had lived for many years and moved to this calm city Okayama recently in order to change my way of living in my mid fifties. Before settling down here I spent some months like a traveler and found much comfort and amenity of this region. I came to wish to share such value with others.That is why I started a second job as a private tour guide. Honestly speaking, I am not experienced guide, yet I would like to make every effort  to satisfy your requests and make your stay happier.

Okayama is one of the most attractive cities in Western Japan. It is known for Kouraku-en which is one of the three most scenic landscape gardens in Japan.
Okayama has a mild climate and is famous for fruit production such as white peach and grapes.You must love them.
Also the location of Okayama is wonderful, it faces the Seto Inland Sea.You can enjoy idyllic scenery and a lot of outdoor activities are possible.

If you are interested in slow life or inner peace,it is your destination.
I would like to offer you very special opportunities to deepen your experience in Western Japan. Please visit Okayama and let me guide you.

◆My guidable area : SETOUCHI-islands, Setouchi Art Trienale 2019, Benesse Art Site, Okayama and Kagawa

◆Personal life : I am a working mother. I am fond of walks, cycling, skiing and traveling. At home, I enjoy cooking and gardening.

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

1 Person
Up to 2 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate US$31.38 US$39.23 US$24.52
4 Hours US$125.54 US$156.93 US$98.07
8 Hours US$251.08 US$313.87 US$196.15

* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 4 maximum

Private Tours

Visiting a “Pick your own ” Fruit Farm in Okayama(seasonal t...

(4) Reviews
by Mayumi
Okayama is known for its mild climate and it is Japan’s “Fruit Basket”. Its major products are white peach, muscat grapes, pione grapes, strawberries and o...
3.5 Hours US$ 74 per person

Sunday Morning Zazen Meditation in a Zen Buddhist Monastery

(4) Reviews
by Mayumi
We meet at JR Okayama station by 7:00am and take bus to a local Buddhist temple, Sougen-ji. There you can practice Zazen : sitting meditation for about one...
4.5 Hours US$ 69 per person

SETOUCHI, full day excursion to a small island in the Seto I...

(4) Reviews
by Mayumi
There are 727 islands in the Seto Inland Sea, out of them 87 islands belong to Okayama pref. and 112 belong to Kagawa pref. Responding to your special inte...
10 Hours US$ 294 per person

SETOUCHI,Hinase-islands Short Cruise [All Season]

(4) Reviews
by Mayumi
It is exciting to visit small islands, where there is no traffic network, no convenience-store, no wifi…but plenty of time and rooms to stretch out. Let’...
8 Hours US$ 245 per person

SETOUCHI, full Day Naoshima island, Benesse Art Site Tour [A...

(4) Reviews
by Mayumi
I would love to show you the very heart of Naoshima. It is an unique island and the main part of Benesse Art Site. Chichu Art Museum(JPY2060/person), ...
10.5 Hours US$ 392 up to 2 people

Okayama evening walk : Garden & Castle Illumination

(4) Reviews
by Mayumi
Special Nighttime Opening & Illumination is held at Kouraku-en Garden and Okayama Castle according to specific schedule in each season. Let’s take a walk a...
3 Hours US$ 69 per person

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 ( 4 )
Joan Joan United States
1 year ago

“ Knowledgeable; Prepared; Delightful Companion ”

My husband and I spent one day with Mayumi on a tour of Naoshima, Japan's Art Island. She met us at our Okayama hotel and accompanied us by train and ferry to the island and back to the hotel. The night before, Mayumi left much information in English about the island at the hotel (along with a gift of fruit) so we knew exactly what to expect there. This was much appreciated and quite helpful. As my husband has mobility problems, Mayumi arranged for a taxi to meet us on Naoshima at the ferry and to drive us to various outside art installations for an hour. We never would have been able to see most of these works without her welcomed suggestion in advance to use the taxi service for a while to get as much as possible from our limited stay on the island. Mayumi came with her personally... read more


Dear Joan, Thank you very much for your warmest review. I am so happy to hear from you and to know that you took safe journey home. Thank you for finding and visiting Naoshima. I was profoundly touched by your life-energizing travel ! You see what needs to be seen all around the planet. I was encouraged so much that I will be able to take a step with joy to "the unknown". I am back from my vacation today. I went home to celebrate the New Year with my mother and my sisiter’s family. We visited our local shrine to show our appreciation and to make wishes for New Year. I wish you Happy New Year. I hope the New Year be A messenger of joy, smiles, love and peace. That brings you all that you ever wished for ! with the kindest regards, Mayumi 

Zachary Zachary United States ( Couple )
1 year ago

“ Excellent Guide ”

Mayumi was very communicative and she did a great job with the tour, thank you very much!


Hi Zachary. I am very happy to hear from you. Our tour in Naoshima was really exciting and wonderful ! Let me say thank you again.

Joel Joel United States ( Couple )
1 year ago

“ A wonderful day with Mayumi in Kurashiki and Okayama! ”

My wife and I spent a marvelous day with Mayumi in both of these locations. Her English is excellent and her knowledge of local customs, culture and history superb. Most importantly, she is a delightful, energetic and a lovely person that was a pleasure to spend the day with. I highly recommend her tour!


It was me who had a lot of fun. Thank you very much for visiting Kurashiki & Okayama all the way from US and spending a day with me. I was glad to introduce you to the city I live. You are so intelligent, friendly, cheerful, and interested in various things here with open mind. And moreover, I loved watching you bend your knees to every single dog we met. I was really happy to be with you, such a wonderful couple. Please remember Ohara in your mind. Your collection of paintings seems to me being comparable to Ohara Museum of Art. Both of you looked nice in Kimono wear and had a good sense of humor that you can be appeared in a Samurai Movie. You left on me an unforgettable lovely impression. Enjoy the rest of days in Japan!

Bill Bill United States ( Solo )
1 year ago

“ The Setouchi Islands are not to be missed! ”

This visit was a nice contrast to the busy streets of Tokyo and Kyoto. I'm so glad that I made the decision to stop here as well. The Setouchi Islands are listed as one of the 52 places to go in 2019 by the New York Times. Mayumi had a number of different itineraries to choose from. Biking around the island of Honjima is what I ultimately selected. She planned everything perfectly from catching the ferry to the island, renting bikes and finding a spot for lunch. She even had a nice itinerary and map of the islands waiting for me when I got to the hotel. I saw lots of different birds and amazing scenery on my visit. She knew that I was interested in the Great Seto Bridge - the world's longest two-tiered bridge system - and worked out a train ride on the bridge at the end of the tour.... read more


Thank you for writing a very nice review ! You came at a great time, and fortunately the weather was perfect. I am really glad you enjoyed your trip to Okayama and Setouchi islands and the Great Seto Bridge. I feel happy to know that you went back home safely with a lot of memories. As I told you, SETOUCHI TRIENNALE 2019, International Art Festival will be held in these islands soon. If you miss these small islands and friendly birds, please come again. See you again sometime! With a lot of gratitude, Mayumi