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Kei S.

4.83(6) reviews

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Kyoto (Living)





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Welcome to Kyoto. I'm KEI, a national licensed guide.

I have lived and worked in this wonderful city for over 20 years. Kyoto is an amazing city in that it is surrounded by the historical, authentic and beautiful atmosphere.

My educational background is a Bachelor’s degree in Commercial law and a Master’s degree in Buddhism. I spent one year in the US as a student and went to california for our honeymoon in 2013.

Gion Festival, one of the three major festivals in Kyoto, is another my passion. I do appreciate and enjoy the historical activity in summer.

I have guided many foreign tourists as a professional English tour guide for the past several years. My tours cover most of the popular destinations in Kyoto, but if you feel like some other options, please feel free to consult. I am happy to provide you with a special, customized tour.

When you have a chance to visit Kyoto, please contact me and join my tour.

I'll be looking forward to seeing you, spending wonderful time with you.

See you soon!    


Customized: Half Day Private Tour.

4 hours

The tour covers the popular areas in Kyoto for first timers. You can choose ONE AREA from the list of the most popular itinerary. You can also customize the tour flexibly so that your can enjoy the half day to full extent.

FROM$120/ per group

Customized: One Day Private Tour.

7 hours

The tour covers the popular areas in Kyoto for first timers. You can choose TWO AREAS from the list of the most popular itinerary. You can also customize the tour flexibly so that your can enjoy the one day tour to full extent.

FROM$210/ per group

Gion-District Night Walking Tour(2 hours).

2 hours

Gion-district is particularly exotic and beautiful in the evening. The guests are going to walk with the guide around Gion-district at a leisurely pace.

FROM$45/ per person

EXCLUSIVE: Gion-Festival Special Tour by the Event's Staff.

3 hours

This tour offers unique experience during the Gion Festival on July 14th, 15th and 16th. The guide is an official member of the ancient fesitival, which began in 869.

FROM$50/ per person

Essential One Day Walking Tour:Silver Pavilion, Gion etc.

7 hours

This is the tour designed for first timers to Kyoto-City. The itinerary covers popular attractions in the Northeast area, Northern HIgashiyama, such as Silver Pavilion, Philosoper's Path, Gion and Nishiki-Market etc. The guests are going to walk with the guide at a leisurely pace.

FROM$188/ per group

EXCLUSIVE: ZEN Meditation Session at Authentic Temple.

3 hours

The guests are going to experience a ZEN meditation private session at Daitokuji-temple. The subtemple is not open for public, so this is an exclusive program only for the guests.The guests are going to learn some basics, such as posture, gravity and breathing etc. The aim of this program is to share the knowledge and wisdom of Buddhism in a relaxing atmosphere.

FROM$75/ per person



Manav C.

Feb 13, 2020

Short but Nice Time

We were on Business Trip to Tokyo and had 1 day free in our schedule, so we planned to visit Kyoto on Shinkansen Train. As soon we reached the station, Kei was there to receive us on the Platform. He greeted us warmly and took us for a half day city tour of Kyoto wherein we visited Bamboo Forest, Nishiki Market, a couple of significant temples and also had Indian Lunch which was quite good. He has a great knowledge of Kyoto and explained us various things in a very good manner. I would recommend to go for him.

Kei S.

Hi Manav, Thank you for the nice review. I looked forward to the tour as I had been to India twice before and wanted to talk about your country. I hope your father and you enjoyed the tour. Kyoto is a religious city and has many attractions to offer. Please come back to our beautiful city with your family someday. With warm regards, Kei from Kyoto.


Lana P.

Jan 20, 2020

Fantastic day and a half with Kei

Kei is an incredibly knowledgeable and attentive guide. He met us promptly at our hotel and customized the tour precisely to meet our needs. He maximized everything we saw and learned in the short time we had in Kyoto. His warm personality and kind demeanour made it a pleasure spending time with him. I would highly recommend Kei to anyone visiting Japan.

Kei S.

Hello, Lana-san. Thank you so much for the warm review. The itinerary we had on the two days were very efficient and enjoyable. I also found the conversation with your family stimulating and insightful. I hope your family liked our beautiful city and the tour. Thank you again! KEI from KYOTO. P.S. I enjoy being father very much too.


Myeshia A.

Apr 17, 2019

Excellent Day with KEI!

I am so happy that we booked our first full day in Kyoto with KEI. This was a highlight for us. Kyoto has so much to offer. This city is defintly a contrast to Tokyo. Having KEI with us on the first day gave us the confidence to spend our 2nd day exploring the city on our own. He was absolutely the best. I highly recommend hiring KEI. Our time with him was similar to spending the day with a friend. I was traveling with my 15 year old nephew who at times was in that “teenage” zone. However, KEI was so understanding and patient with him. He would engage conversation with him in a fatherly way that was heartfelt and meant so much to me. KEI is also very organized. He met us in our lobby hotel to map out our route for the day. He was very knowledgeable and answered all questions about the sites, people, Kyoto and the Japanese culture. KEI also went out of his way to call various shops that might have anime or Dragon Ball Z merchandise for my nephew. He also helped me look for Japanese art work and a kimono. These efforts were in addition to our walking tour. I will always remember his kindness and willingness to offer his assistance outside of our original tour. Our time with KEI was everything I had hoped for and more. My nephew and I hated to say goodbye to KEI. He is an excellent, professional, and friendly guide who you and your family will enjoy.

Kei S.

Hi Myeshia, Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I did enjoy the tour for your group on the day very much. You were an elegant, intellectual and compassionate lady and it was fun to to be with you and your nephew, Kelab. I used to work as a teacher in my 20s so I like to be with teenagers. I understand that you are busy. It is considerate of you to take time and write a kind review. You have enjoyed one of the most beautiful cherry views in Kyoto on the day. As I told you cherry is an annual reminder to the Japanese that time is precious. I hope you enjoyed the visitation to KYOTO. Please say hi to Kelab for me. He is a good boy! KEI from KYOTO.


Ed M.

Apr 4, 2019

Trip to Kyoto

He was terrific. Very knowledgeable re Kyoto and Japanese history and culture. Highly recommend!

Kei S.

Hi ED, Thank you so much for booking my tour and a good review. I hope you enjoyed the tour in Kyoto. My friend a the temple, Seizan, said hello to Ellen and you. We look forward to meeting you again in LA. Also, thank you for the discussion on the Meiji restoration. You have reminded me to study the importance of history. Best regards, KEI from Kyoto.