Koichi W.

4.91(32) reviews
 

Available Areas

Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Shiga (Living), Kobe

 

Languages

English, Japanese (Native)

 

Response Time

Less than an hour

 

Availability updated

5 days ago

 

About

Hi! I'm Koichi. I was born in Osaka, I studied in Kyoto when I was a university student. Now I live in Shiga next to Kyoto. I am a national government licensed tour guide. I have been guiding about 160 groups over the past twelve months.

I usually guide my customers mainly in Kansai region including Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe and Shiga by public transportation systems. But If you need a private car please feel free to contact me.

Well, I am curious about Japanese history, especially the history of Japan's ancient times since I was raised next to the world biggest mausoleum of the ancient Emperor called "Nintoku" in Sakai Osaka which has just become the one of world cultural heritage sites. I dug out some ancient earthen ware when I was a primary school student like the adventure archaeologist “Indiana Jones" (It’s our secret!!). That was my hobby. Now, one of my hobbies is outdoor activity such as mountaineering, kayaking, skiing and so on. So I would like to take you to some good places where you can enjoy Japanese unique nature.

I love to guide foreign visitors from all over the world. I think it is my calling, heavenly given job! Let's go and enjoy together! I hope to see you soon.

Tours

Let's go across the World biggest suspension bridge and enjoy fresh seafood in Kobe

Kobe
5 hours

Do you know the world biggest bridge? It is "Akashi Kaikyo Bridge" spanning the Akashi Strait and has 3911 meters length. It is located about 50 km west from Osaka. The main tower is tall at about 300 meters above sea level. The view from city side or the ship provides a panoramic picture that includes the sea, sky and bridge. you can also enjoy fresh sea food at the fish market.

FROM$179/ per group

Kyoto Hiking tour Fushimi Inari to sanjusangen-do

Kyoto
5 hours

Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for many torii gates like an orange tunnel. But most tourists just visit only the entrance. I would like to show you the deep inside of Fushimi Inari Shrine through tunnel and take you to the top of mountain. From Inari mountain, we will walk a part of “Higashiyama trail” hiking course, then we will visit the family temple of imperial house and Sanjusangen-do temple.

FROM$156/ per group

Let's Enjoy half day Water Sports on the Lake from Kyoto !

Kyoto
7 hours

Aren't you looking for some waterfront while planning for Kyoto trip, besides visiting the city?  I recommend this tour. on this tour, you can experience various kinds of water activity such as Kayaking, , SUP(stand up paddling), sailing, and so on. After enjoying the water sports, let's go to the hot spring resort. You can enjoy soaking in open-air bath. If you don't like onsen public bath, I suggest you visit a unique temple "Ukimi-do,literally means "floating temple hall" on the lake.

FROM$195/ per group

Enjoy Hot Spring after Hike in mysterious mountains of Kyoto -Kurama to Kibune-

Kyoto
6 hours

We will visit Kuramadera which is a Buddhist temple located along the steep wooded mountainside. Behind the temple's main building, the hiking trail continues through the forest to Kibune, a small town famous for Kibune Shrine dedicated to the goddess of the water "Tamayorihime". The hike from Kurama-dera to Kibune takes about one hour. If you like, you can also enjoy "Onsen" hot spring at Kurama.

FROM$167/ per group

Kyoto Mt. Daimonji Hiking Tour -from Bishamondo to Nanzenji -

Kyoto
6 hours

Aren't you tired of busy sightseeing spots a little bit? Don't you want to move your body, and enjoy workout on the mountain path with calm historical sites? . I recommend this trekking tour. This tour involves hiking from Yamashina Bishamondo temple to Ginkakuji Silver Pavillion via Higashiyama trekking route and Mt. Daimonji with its panoramic view.

FROM$167/ per group

Full Day Nara tour from Kyoto with a private guide

Nara
7 hours

Nara is a very beautiful and interesting city known by the old name of "Yamato". It was established as the first permanent Japan's capital in the year 710. There are a lot of historical monuments in this ancient city, such as Todaiji Great Buddha Hall, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Kofukuji Temple and so on. Nara"deer"park is also one of must-see areas. Let's walk around and play with the lovely deer!!

FROM$235/ per group

Reviews

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Khor S.

Dec 22, 2019

Very Professional and Kind Guide

We, family of 5, engaged Koichi for 2 days in Osaka and Kyoto. Taking a public transport with someone on wheelchair always needs extra time and sometimes can be challenging. Koichi is very familiar with the train routes and he knows where the lifts in the train station are located. He always came prepared with a plan of the places that we wanted to go and explained all the background/history well. Furthermore, he knows where the good spots for photos are and helped us take many nice pictures. Overall, he is a fun and caring guy and took care of all our needs. Without him, we would not have been able to visit so many places in 2 days. Thanks, my friend, Koichi!

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Anna F.

Nov 27, 2019

Kind, generous, thoughtful and fun guide....highly recommend

Koichi gave our family a day we wont forget. His thoughtful itinerary kept the day fun and interesting. We never went in and out the same way to any area - he took us on interesting side streets or along beautiful waterways. We even stopped at a great mochi place and a very old green tea restaurant. Koichi was interesting; always having explanations backed up with pamphlets to help us understand anything we had questions about about. We enjoyed our time and would highly recommend him to anyone.

Koichi W.

Hi! Thank you for giving me such a nice review. I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. I was also able to have a pleasant time with you , your husband and lovely cute daughters. Well, I will never forget your face when I ate a chocolate ball like a deer’s poop in Nara park. That was very fun! Anyway I hope to see you again in the near future. Thanks again, Anna san.

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Suzanne S.

Nov 5, 2019

Superb guide, friendly and knowledgeable

We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Koichi and would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone looking for a guide. We had 7 hours in Osaka and we communicated prior to our arrival on how best to plan our time there. We visited Osaka castle, Shitennoji Buddhist temple and beautiful gardens and a tea ceremony at Maikoya. Koichi found us a great place to have some “Japanese fast food”, udon noodles and tempura. We were a party of six and included in the group was my mother who has limited mobility. Koichi was patient and understanding and and I truly appreciate that he sought out the use of elevators and slopes for her to use on the public transport and at tourist sights. Koichi is easy to understand and happy to show tourists around his beautiful country, he even brought us origami cranes that his wife made for us all. I appreciate the fact that Koichi included his transportation fees in the itinerary and I was able to prepay that. Thank you Koichi for taking photos along the way...we will always remember our time in Osaka with you. Next time we come to Japan we will book you for a tour of Kyoto.

Frederick J.

Nov 4, 2019

A great guide for Nara and Kyoto

We were very pleased with Koichi as our guide for a day in Nara and another in Kyoto. He was knowledgeable, energetic, flexible, attentive - and kind! - and escorted us to many fascinating and beautiful sights over the two days that we hired him. He is well-educated, speaks English well, and has diverse life experiences which broaden his guiding capabilities. Highly recommended!

Koichi W.

Hi! Frederick san, Thank you for giving me such a nice review. I was able to have a great time with you. Well, During the tour I was amazed by your enthusiasm for photography. If I have a chance to attend you, I would like to show you more interesting places where you might be interested in.