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US$ 39 Hourly rate Price up to 6 people
I can also guide you in Hiroshima (Peace Memorial Park, Miyajima), 1-day tour. My transportation fees to/from Hiroshima cost about 20,000 JPY, return.
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Last updated: 8 days ago
Cities where I can guide: Himeji , Hyogo , Kobe , Kyoto , Mount Koya , Nara , Osaka

Languages English ( Business )

(26) Reviews
Hourly rate 39 USD Price up to 6 people
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Hi! I'm Shogo, National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter in English. "Shogo?" Looks a little bit hard to pronounce. So if you are interested in Samurai or Busho, you can call me "Shogun". (rather humble and hen-pecked at home, though.:)

Just a little bit information about myself. I was born and grew up in Himeji, world-famous for its Himeji Castle. As a student, I lived in Kyoto for four years. I'm a father of three, and have lived in Kobe with my family for 30+ years.

So I'm quite familiar with various tourist spots/attractions in Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Himeji, Kobe and the like, all in western Japan. Also I've lived in lawrence, Kansas, for two years in my 20s as a Jayhawk. Great old memory!:)

Here are some of my specialties.
First, I can show you around popular historical sites and relics in Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Himeji. You'll surely feel the depth of Japanese culture by visiting these places. Second, I can also offer you special tours of fancy sake breweries in Kobe, Nara and Kyoto. Third, I also guide you around Hiroshima including the magnificent Itsukushima Shrine and spiritual Mt. Koya in Wakayama Prefecture.

My goal/dream as guide interpreter is about hospitality or Omotenashi. So I'd like to welcome YOU with utmost warm Omotenashi. Please get in touch with me any time, 24/7. For your super memorable trip, "Always with YOU" Shogo!:) Stay safe!

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4.8 (26) Reviews
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The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

1 Person
Up to 6 people
Hourly rate US$38.55 US$38.55
4 Hours US$154.19 US$154.19
8 Hours US$308.39 US$308.39

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 6 maximum

Private Tours

Himeji Castle & Spiritual Mt. Shoshazan 1-Day Private Tour

(26) Reviews
by Shogo
We'll visit three places, rich in Japan's history and culture. Firstly, Himeji Castle designated as Japan's first World Heritage Site in 1993, and ranked 7...
8 Hours US$ 308 up to 6 people

Nara and Osaka Highlights 1-Day Private Tour

(26) Reviews
by Shogo
In this tour we will visit must-see places in Nara and Osaka. Nara was an ancient capital of Japan in the 8th century. We'll visit Todaiji Temple, housin...
8 Hours US$ 308 up to 6 people

Kyoto Highlights 1-Day Private Tour

(26) Reviews
by Shogo
This is a one-day tour of Kyoto for the first visitors. Kyoto is an ancient capital for over 1,000 years. You will visit Kinkakuji Temple, Arashiyama Bamb...
9 Hours US$ 347 up to 6 people

Awesome Osaka 1-Day Private Tour

(26) Reviews
by Shogo
This one-day private tour includes must-see tourist spots in Osaka. We will visit Osaka Castle, Kuromon Market plus Dotombori both at downtown Osaka, and ...
8 Hours US$ 308 up to 6 people

Discover Western Kyoto 1-Day Private Tour

(26) Reviews
by Shogo
This is a one-day tour of western Kyoto, ancient capital for over 1,000 years. We will visit must-see places in Kyoto such as Nijojo Castle, Kinkakuji Temp...
8 Hours US$ 308 up to 6 people

Discover Eastern Kyoto 1-Day Private Tour

(26) Reviews
by Shogo
This is a 1-day private tour of eastern Kyoto. We will visit must-see places in eastern Kyoto with over 1,200 years of history, such as Ninenzaka & Sanne...
8 Hours US$ 308 up to 6 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 ( 26 )
somila Somila Australia ( Family )
1 year ago

“ great guided tour ”

many thanks Shogo for your fatastic guided tour in Osaka. We thoroughly enjoyed your company.


Dear Somila, I am so much grateful to your wonderful review. You are so nice a family. Also it's amazing that your family are so intrested in Japanese culture and tried exploring things Japanese, like mochi pounding to the fullest. I do hope you enjoyed staying in Japan. Thanks for everything, Somila. Best regards, Shogo

Tami Tami United States ( Couple )
1 year ago

“ Osaka/Nara/Kyoto Tours ”

If you're looking for a tour guide then look no further! My husband and I had the pleasure of having Shogo as our guide for 2 days. We have booked other guides on Triplelights in the past, and Shogo is one of the best: he's easy going, flexible, and knowledgeable. We highly recommend and would definitely book him again! Thank you Shogo for the photos, and also for going above and beyond on our Kyoto tour. We had a lot of fun, and hoping to see you again in the near future.


Dear Tami, Thank you for your rave review of our tours for two days. You and your husband were so friendly and lovely a couple to me, looking very much like on your "Honeymoon," that I felt as if I were much younger in my thirties with my old close friends. Actually I found tour guiding real rewarding. Thank you Tami for giving me pleasant days. Best regards, Shogo

Patrick Patrick New Zealand ( Family with kids )
1 year ago

“ Day trip to Kyoto & Narra ”

We found Shogo to be very knowledgeable, friendly and he made our day trip special. My son especially enjoyed the Sushi, Deer in Narra and the monkeys in Kyoto.


Dear Patrick, I am so much grateful to your nice review of our Kyoto & Nara 1-day-tour. It's always my great pleasure to guide such a nice family trying to explore things Japanese to the fullest. I'm very glad to hear that you enjoyed the sushi at Arashiyama, Kyoto. Maybe you found some differences between Japan's sushi and Kiwi sushi, because fish for the sushi might be a little different. Since all of your family are sport lovers, I sincerely hope you'll visit Japan again. See you, Patrick. Best regards, Shogo

Dermot Dermot Ireland ( Couple )
Very Good
1 year ago

“ Kyoto and Himeji highlights ”

Shogo was our guide for 2 days. He is very good company and his knowledge about all of the sites was interesting. On the trip around Kyoto he took us on local transport including the tram which was a great way to travel around the city. Overall we recommend Shogo as the perfect English speaking guide.


Dear Dermot, Thank you so much for your nice review of our tours. I hope you enjoyed strolling in Kyoto plus Himeji. Also I assume that you had a great time watching Rugby World Cup in Japan. Hopefully you will come back for the next World Cup expected in Japan in future. So again, Go Ireland!!! Best regards, Shogo

Polly Polly United States ( Family )
1 year ago

“ Thank you! ”

Great experience, Shogo is a lovely and very accommodating guide!


Dear Polly, Thank you very much for your nice feedback of our tour in Himeji, including Himeji Castle, Kokoen Japanese Garden and Shoshazan Engyoji Temple. I sincerely hope that you all have got nice and long-lasting memories from Japan. Of course please keep enjoying Rugby World Cup 2019 to the fullest.!!:) Many thanks to you, Polly and your lovely family. From Shogo


"Temple or Shrine; That Is the Question!"

by Shogo
Super welcome to Temple or Shrine.   Dad, is this a temple or shrine?      It must be a temple. Coz theres a pagoda behind the temp...

You'll Never Say, "What a Shock!" "Washoku" Is the Very Soul of "Omotenashi" Japan!

by Shogo
Hello. Huge welcome to Wa-shoku! And Im sorry for my trivial pun in the title. Hopefuly Im not a pun man? First of all, a touch of info...

Fuji-san Has Long Been/Will Be Japan's Best Spiritual Home!

by Shogo
Super welcome to Mt. Fuji!    Mt. Fuji or Fuji-san (san refers to mountain), with an altitude of 3,776 meters, is located about 130 kilomet...

Kyoto's Maiko Are Centuries-Long, World-Wide Idols!

by Shogo
OIDE-YASU (warm welcome in the Kyoto dialect) to Kyotos Maiko. First of all, you may wonder what Kyotos Maiko is all about, like  Are th...

Supreme "Sakura Empire?" Japan

by Shogo
Huge thanks for visiting sakura Japan. Ever since the Heian period (794 - 1185) hana (referring to flower) has long been about sakura (ch...

Ready to Enjoy "Sake" for Sake of Your Fantastic Memories?

by Shogo
Warm welcome to Sake. Super Happy News!! Junmai Ginjo Fukuju made by a sake brewery in Kobe, one of the best sake capitals, was served at a...