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Yoshihisa T.

4.95(99) reviews
 

Available Areas

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

 

Languages

English, Japanese (Native)

 

Response Time

5 hours on average

 

Availability Updated

3 days ago

 

About

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?

Important

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.


Tours

My Favorite Golden Route: Kyoto One-day Tour

Kyoto
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$242/ per group

Nara Sightseeing & the World of Buddhist Statuary

Nara
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$209/ per group

Izakaya Hopping & Sightseeing in Minami Area, Osaka

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$149/ per group

My Favorite Silver Route: Kyoto One-day Tour

Kyoto
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$242/ per group

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

Kyoto
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$209/ per group

The Fascination of Uji & Fushimi from Byodo-in to Teradaya Inn

Kyoto
8 hours

This tour is designed for Kyoto repeaters who would like to explore southern areas of Kyoto rich in historic and scenic sites. Uji is famous for the production of high-quality tea and Byodo-in Temple, a World Heritage site. Fushimi well-known for the production of Japanese sake was a battle ground before the Meiji Restoration ( 1868 ) between pro and anti Tokugawa Shogunate troops.

FROM$239/ per group

Reviews

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Michelle W.

Nov 22, 2022

Great day with Yoshie

We had a great day seeing the sites of Kyoto with Yoshie. We saw many of the highlights and learned far more about them than if we had gone without a tour guide. Yoshie was very funny and his English is great. Highly recommend!

Yoshihisa T.

Good evening, Michelle. Thank you so much for writing me a heart-warming review. I also had a nice time guiding and talking with you and your husband. I hope you will continue a pleasant trip and return home safely. If you have another chance of visiting Kyoto, be sure to get in touch, please. With best wishes, Yoshie

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Michael S.

Oct 26, 2022

Kyoto in a day with Yoshie San was fantastic.

Our tour guide, Yoshie, has tremendous amounts of information and knowledge of the various sights visited. His experience allowed for us to learn about the places we visited . His ability to communicate in English was excellent. We highly recommend touring with Yoshie !! Thank you (Arigato Gozaimus)!! Michael & Mindy from the USA

Yoshihisa T.

Hi Michael and Mindy, Thank you so much for your kind review. I was a bit nervous before the tour started because you were the first customers for the past two and a half years. However, a few minutes after the self-introduction, such an anxiety blew away instantly. And I had a comfortable time with you two, guiding and dining together. When you have another chance of visiting Japan, be sure to get in touch, please. I hope you will return home safely with a lot of nice memories and souvenirs for your daughters. Best wishes, Yoshie

Shannon W.

Jan 15, 2020

Perfect afternoon in Kobe!

We had some trouble finding Yoshie to begin with, but we quickly made up for lost time and after that it was a great experience! With his insider knowledge we had a really smooth trip and learned a lot, and he saved me a lot of trouble in trying to find my way around sale breweries in an unfamiliar city. He managed to find us the best steak we've ever had too! I'd highly recommend Yoshie :)

Yoshihisa T.

Hi Shannon. Thank you very much for your nice review and the souvenir. I was inside of the west gate of the station, just in case you would be at the west side of the central gate. Anyway I am pleased that you all liked the Kobe beef steak lunch and the visit to the two sake breweries in Nada. I hope you will have lots of fun during your stay in Kyoto and return home safely. With warmest regards, Yoshie

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Diane R.

Dec 29, 2019

Best Guide Ever!

Our U.S. family of 5, including 3 teenagers, spent 3 days touring Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Miyajima with Yoshie. He was fabulous! His English is impeccable. He was gracious and welcoming, kind, and extremely knowledgeable. He planned our days at a nice active and efficient pace. My teenagers voted him our “best guide ever.”

Yoshihisa T.

Hi Diane. I really appreciate your kind words of gratitude for my three-day tour in Kyoto and Hiroshima. I am very pleased to learn that your children, too, enjoyed it a lot. I hope you will return home safely with lots of nice memories and souvenirs of Japan. Next time you have another chance of visiting Kansai region, be sure to get in touch, please. With the best wishes, Yoshie.