Yoshihisa T.

4.96(127) reviews

Available Areas

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



Japanese (Native), English


Response Time

4 hours on average


Availability Updated

1 day ago


About Tour Guide Yoshihisa T.

Hi. My name is Yoshihisa. Call me "Yoshie", please. It means good or O.K. in Japanese. I live in Joyo City, Kyoto Prefecture, located just in between Kyoto and Nara. I was born and raised in Iga, Mie Prefecture. Iga is a birthplace of ninja and a renowned haiku poet, Matsuo Basho. I might be a descendant of ninja. I aim at becoming a linguistic ninja, following a part of Basho's lifestyle with the incorporation of seasonal changes into my tours. In addition to visiting famous temples and shrines, I invite you to lesser-known places of historic interest.

Once in a month I go hiking or mountain climbing with some friends mainly in mountains surrounding Kyoto and Nara basins. Recently I have got intrigued by the charms of Buddhist statues, which are manifestations of people's wishes and prayers. I also like izakaya (Japanese-style taverns) hopping, tasting delicious dishes and locally brewed sake at reasonable prices. Especially I like communicating with people from home and abroad, talking face to face. Some of the above-mentioned elements are included in my walking tours. I hope you will discover new aspects of cultural and natural beauty in Kansai area through one of my tours which you could never gain otherwise.

One of my favorite phrases that come from Zen Buddhism is Ichigo Ichie or this meeting-but only once in a lifetime. My interpretation goes this way: This place and this moment never cross again. Each and every good encounter, however, lingers on like the sound of a temple bell. Won't you explore a deeper world of Japanese culture in Kyoto, Nara and Osaka with me?


It is desirable to carry overseas travel insurance because the guide is not liable for any damage or loss incurred during the tour. It is also requested to bring enough Japanese yen with you because some restaurants and taxis do not accept credit cards.


My Favorite Golden Route: Kyoto One-day Tour

8 hours

This tour is designed for those who would like to visit major scenic sites in Kyoto and off-the-beaten spots as well in a single day. The route is the one that has been favored and admired by many of my guests for the past few years. The itinerary mainly consists of three areas; Kitayama, Arashiyama and Fushimi areas. You will surely have unforgettable memories through the tour with me.

FROM$235/ per group

Nara Sightseeing & the World of Buddhist Statuary

7 hours

Through this tour you will be intrigued with the charm of Buddhist statuary, which represents people's wishes and prayers. Figures of statues vary according to the development of eras from Asuka period to Muromachi period. At the same time you can

FROM$203/ per group

My Favorite Silver Route: Kyoto One-day Tour

8 hours

This tour is designed for those who have finished My Favorite Golden Route: Kyoto One-day Tour and would like to make a second-day tour in Kyoto. The tour covers most of the main tourist attractions in the eastern area of Kyoto. It also has a couple of choices according to your needs and wishes. I hope you will have a very pleasant tour with me.

FROM$235/ per group

Izakaya Hopping & Sightseeing in Minami Area, Osaka

5 hours

This tour is meant for those who would like to enjoy sightseeing in Minami ( South ) Area, Osaka and eating and drinking at three izakayas ( Japanese-style taverns ) for relatively reasonable prices in a friendly atmosphere.

FROM$178/ per group

Cherry Blossom Viewing Walking Tour

7 hours

The tour starts at JR Kyoto Station at 9 AM. You will go to Demachi Yanagi Station by JR Nara Line and Keihan Line. From there you will begin walking. The main tourist attractions of this tour are Ginkaku-ji Temple ( the Silver Pavilion ), the Philosopher's Path, Nanzen-ji Temple, Heian Jingu Shrine Garden and Maruyama Park. The tour ends at Gion Shijo Station of Keihan Line.

FROM$203/ per group

Trekking & Walking Tour in Higashi-yama Area from Fushimi Inari to Gion  

7 hours

This tour is meant for those who are interested in trekking in mountains and visiting popular tourist attractions plus lesser-known places of historic interest in Fushimi and Higashiyama Areas. You will visit Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine, Kiyomizu and

FROM$203/ per group



Alexander M.

May 19, 2023

Excellent tour!

We loved our tour with Yoshi! He was very informative about the places we visited and was very fun to be around. He has made us want to come back to Japan just to take the silver route tour with him next time! We would say this is a must-do tour if you would like to see Kyoto with a guide. We would recommend him to everyone. Once the tour was finished he even took us to an izakaya for dinner that we would not have been able to do on our own because it was 100% Japanese with no English menu. It was an incredibly cool experience that we will always treasure.

Yoshihisa T.

Hi Alex. Thank you so much for your wonderful review for my tour. I am awfully pleased to learn that you and Amy enjoyed spending the day with me. When you visit Kyoto again, I will be very glad to guide you on My Favorite Silver Tour. I will tell the chef of the izakaya that you were delighted with the food and the communication with him and his customers. I wish you health and best of luck. Yoshie

Brian B.

May 17, 2023

Amazing high-yield experience

We thoroughly enjoyed our day tour with Yoshie! The route was expertly planned out and fast paced which we loved. Yoshie clearly is passionate and knowledgeable about the history of the temples and various sites. We also had the fortune of joining him at his favorite izakaya restaurant after the tour. We fully recommend this tour 100%!

Yoshihisa T.

Hi Brian. I appreciate your supreme comment on my tour in Kyoto. I enjoyed myself guiding and talking with you and Kate. You two were very friendly and thoughtful, too. I hope you will return home with lots of nice memories of your trip in Japan. Be sure to get in touch if you have another chance of visiting Kansai area. I wish you good health and big happiness! Yoshie


Kym L.

May 10, 2023

Perfect Golden Tour Day!

I got a hold of Yoshi-san a few months before our trip and asked if he could do a 2-day tour for us. He immediately replied with a solid yes. I booked our time with him and we were set. A week before our tour he contacted me again to check in. We kept in contact until we met in the lobby of our hotel. What an amazing 2 days we had! The weather was awful the first day and he routed us through taxi rides and quickly to the venue avoiding lines. Yoshie has a very scheduled itinerary which we appreciated. He was excellent at timing our trains so that we spent very little time waiting and he infused the day with interesting and informative background of all the sites we visited. He is connected to the people along the way and made our stops for lunch on each day very fun and memorable. There were 3 of us in our group which included our mom. Yoshie made sure she was taken care of and comfortable. I have to say that one of the best memories of our trip was having dinner with him and his friends at the end of the day. It was a very quaint Itzakaya. We enjoyed the food, drink and company. With lots of laughter! If you decide this is the tour you want to do, you will not be disappointed. Have fun! and Kanpai!

Yoshihisa T.

Hi Kym-san. I appreciate your heart-warming comment on my two-day tours in Kyoto. I also had a lot of fun with you, your sister and mother, guiding, talking, eating and drinking together. I was surprised that your mother was very active, energetic and curious. If you have another chance of visiting Kansai area, be sure to get in touch, please. I wish you and your family good health and happiness. Kampai! Yoshie

Fareed N.

May 3, 2023

An amazing taste of Kyoto

Yoshie-San is an amazing guide - friendly, informative, inspiring with his knowledge and wisdom of Japanese culture. This has been our first trip to Japan - and Yoshie went out of his way to put my daughter and I at ease and help us operate independently. Loved each of the sites we went to in the tour - and Yoshie was kind enough to recommend and then join us for dinner at an excellent spot. Very grateful for an amazing day!

Yoshihisa T.

Hi Fareed-san. I really appreciate your kind words for my two-day tour in Kyoto and Nara. I hope you had a fruitful tour today, too. It was nice meeting and talking with you and your daughter. I was pleased that you had a deep curiosity about Buddhist temples and statues as well as Shinto shrines. When you visit Kansai area again, be sure to get in touch, please. With best wishes, Yoshie