Keiichi S.

5.00 / 5
(6 reviews)

Available Areas

Nagano, Niigata (Living), Toyama


Japanese (Native), English

Response Time

4 hours on average

Availability Updated

2 days ago

About Tour Guide Keiichi S.

Hello! My name is Keiichi. Please call me Kei.

I was born and raised in Joetsu City, located in the southern part of Niigata prefecture. Joetsu was the former capital city of Echigo Province until the mid 19th century. It has a lot of historic sites and scenic spots, and most of all good people. I love my city very much.

I worked for the Joetsu City office for over thirty years. During my time there, I was in charge of international relations for about ten years. After retiring from the office, I began working as a licensed tour guide. I am very excited to introduce my city to people all over the world.


Joetsu City is located in the middle of Niigata, Nagano, and Toyama cities. If I meet you in these cities, the transportation fee is needed. Niigata and Nagano for 6,000 yen and Toyama for 8,000 yen.


Eric H.

5 / 5
Sep 18, 2023

Incredible Day!

What an awesome day! One of the best things you can do when visiting Japan is get off the beaten path and you will discover another world and when you have a guide like Keiichi it makes it even more incredible. I feel like I am traveling with a friend who is sharing his town and country with me. Please book with Keiichi!!

Keiichi S.

Hi, Eric, I am thrilled you are pleased. I am also grateful to be able to introduce you to the town where I live because I have lovely friends and acquaintances here, and I can introduce you to people and towns. And I am glad that you are happy about it. Let's keep traveling in Japan, Kei


Cori A.

5 / 5
Sep 17, 2023

Keiichi was a great find!

My dad, sisters, and nephew were on a quest to find the town my dad's father was from in Niigata. We luckily found Keichi, who was like finding a needle in a haystack. He had worked for City Hall and knew the process of trying to find a relative. He guided us with the process from beginning to end and went the extra mile to help us research our family name to help us narrow down our search. He was flexible and understanding when we were running late traveling from Tokyo. He came prepared with a prepared report on fun facts about Niigata and briefed us on the prefecture to teach us about the land of our ancestors. With the limited time we had with Keiichi, he provided a great tour of Niigata prefecture and made a thorough and vigorous case with the folks at City Hall to see what we could find out about my grandfather. We all would highly recommend him.

Keiichi S.

Dear Cori, Thank you very much for the other day. We had a limited time to see Niigata City, but you had a good time there the next day and enjoyed seeing the best of Niigata City. As for searching for your ancestors, Kashiwazaki and Shinobata City are possibilities. You and your son will come to Japan again in the future. Therefore, I am organizing this matter and will let you know again. Sincerely Kei


Jill R.

5 / 5
Apr 23, 2023

An insider view of Joetsu

Spending the day with Kei and getting to see his home town of Joetsu was a fantastic way to spend our free time. His preparation and attention to detail (including printed itinerary which was arranged our our interests and schedule) was so appreciated as was the thoughtful selection of places to visit and things to do. Once you move outside big cities like Tokyo it is really worthwhile to have a local like Kei showing you around and highlighting things you would miss if you were touring around alone. We learned a lot and were moved by our visit to the museum at a former POW camp and really enjoyed meeting Kei’s cousin and learning about his paperwork craft. Lunch in 100 year old restaurant was delicious with stunning views. There is much to see in Joetsu and we would highly recommend engaging Kei to plan and support your visit. Well worth it!

Keiichi S.

Thank you very much for your high evaluation. We were blessed with beautiful weather and spent a meaningful time under the pleasant sunlight for the whole day. The tour was not solely the result of my efforts. Local people of the Joetsu Japan-Australia Society, a paperwork craft and interior decorating workplace, a long-established Japanese-style restaurant, and a sake brewing company were all very kind to us. They all enjoyably cooperated with me to entertain your family. And your family was wonderfully friendly. I remembered how exciting your daughter was when you and your husband tasted Japanese sake. I am delighted if a bit of interaction with the countryside of Joetsu and the local people could unwind your feelings and give you more energy for tomorrow.


Julie S.

5 / 5
Apr 11, 2023

So informative!

Kei was an absolute delight. We had a wonderful day touring with him, and highly recommend!!

Keiichi S.

Thank you so much for the great review. It was so much fun for me to be your guide that day. Since cherry trees were in full bloom, I wanted you to have lunch under the blossoms, which was a typical way of enjoying flower viewing in Japan. Thank for the good weather, we had a good time at the picnic. In addition, It was also an unexpected pleasure to enjoy a walk surrounded by rape blossoms at Fukushima-gata Lagoon. Sincerely, Kei.