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Hiroyuki T.

5.00(4) reviews
 

Available Areas

Hyogo, Osaka, Wakayama (Living), Mount Koya, Kumano

 

Languages

English

 

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About

Hi! I am new here!

I had been working for Wakayama Prefectural Government for 38 years, mainly in the field of cultural heritage management and international relations. I am a national certificated English guide and I have a lot of knowledge and experience in the field of cultural heritage management and international relations.

Koyasan in Wakayama Prefecture is inscribed in the World Heritage List as a part of “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range". I was a project manager of "the Koyasan and Kumano World Heritage Inscription Project” at Wakayama Prefectural Govermnent. I know inside and out of Koyasan, Wakayama and other places in the Kansai area.

I have a lot of experience of guiding as I was also in charge of international relations for a long time at the government.

I will be able to provide interpretive guiding servive for you around Koyasan, Wakayama, Osaka and other places in the Kansai area as I am a cultural heritage management and international relations professional.

I am sure you will be able to get deeper understandings on Japanese culture and that your trip with me will be memorable one.

Tours

One Day Tour to Mt. Koya from Osaka. Be Enchanted.

Mount Koya
10 hours

Mt. Koya was established by High Priest Kukai in 816 as a sacred site for Esoteric Buddhism. He was going to express the concept of the Universe on this mountain top basin.Still, there are 117 temples and 3,000 people live in this city. Mt. Koya is a big temple which include a city. Visit Mt. Koya to experience the holiness and sacredness of Esoteric Buddhism.

FROM$210/ per group

Kumano Kodo Hongu Loop and Kumano Hongu Grand Shrine

Kumano
10 hours

Kumano is a sacred site for both Japanese indigenous religion Shintoism and Buddhism. Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes connect ancient capital Kyoto and Kumano. People make a pilgrimage to Kumano from all over Japan. In this tour, we will walk on Kumano Kodo to make a pilgrimage to Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine from Hossinmon Oji. Why is Kumano so sacred? Why Kumano is a sacred site for two different religions? How had it become so? I will answer to these interesting questions on the spot.

FROM$270/ per group

One Day in Mount Koya. Feel the Sacredness and Holiness

Mount Koya
6 hours

Mt. Koya was established by Kukai in 816 on a moutain top basin of 800m high as a sacred site for Esoteric Buddhism. Kukai tried to express the world of Mandala here. Mount Koya is full of sacredness and holiness. In this tour, we will visit four of the most sacred areas in Mount Koya, Danjo Garan Temple complex, Kongobuji Temple and Inner Sanctuary Okuno-in to learn why and how Mount Koya has become so sacred and holly.

FROM$158/ per group

Overnight trip to Kumano and Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route

Kumano
2 days

In this tour, we will walk on two of the most popular courses of Kumano Kodo and visit the Three Grand Shrines in Kumano. On the 1st day, we will walk Kumano Kodo for 4km to Kumano Hongu Grand Shrine and on the 2nd day, after visiting Kumano Hayatama Grand Shrine in the morning, we will walk Kumano Kodo Daimonzaka for 2.4km to Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine and Nachi Waterfalls.

FROM$390/ per group

Historic Monuments of Ancient Capital of Kyoto

Osaka
8 hours 30 min

In Kyoto, there are a lot of cultural properties. Of them, seventeen temples and shrines are included in World Heritage as “Historic Monuments of Ancient Capital of Kyoto”. In this tour, we will visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine and Byodoin Temple in one day from Osaka to feel the profundity and splendor of Kyoto.

FROM$210/ per group

Kumano Kodo Daimon-zaka and Nachi Waterfalls

Kumano
10 hours

Shintoism, a religion unique to Japan, is rooted in nature worship. People feared and worshiped nature, which brings both blessings and calamities to them as gods and goddesses. The mountainous Kumano is full of natural wonders. Nachi waterfalls which is 133m high was a wonder for ancient people, people worshipped the waterfall itself as a goddess. As Shinto was organized, people built a shrine here. It is the origin of Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine.

FROM$270/ per group

Reviews

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Joanne P.

Mar 2, 2020

Cultural enlightenment

Our group of 3 had a fascinating day with Hiroyuki walking the shrines,temples and waterfall of Nachi. The relationship of Buddhism and Shintoism became much clearer to us. He was an expert in explaining the history and significance of the Kudo Kumano Pilgrimage. Additionally he picked a great restaurant for lunch and was very helpful in getting us settled at our hotel. I highly recommend him

Hiroyuki T.

First of all, thank you very much for coming to Japan in this kind of situation. I sincerely hope that you had enjoyed not only Kumano but also other places in Japan. It was my pleasure to explain about Shintoism and Buddhism Unite Theory in Kumano. Even in Japan, many of us do not know whether we are Shintoists or Buddhists. And thank you very much for writing such a kind review in the middle of your tour. I appreciate it very much. Say hello to Chris-san and Thomas-san. Looking forward to seeing you again in the future. Hiroyuki

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Daniel nicholas D.

Jan 22, 2020

An Enriching Experience

I greatly enjoyed my trip to Koya-san with Hiroyuki-san. He is a fine and learned gentleman. He was happy to share his wisdom on esoteric Buddhism, it's concept of 'universe,' and the history of Koya-san, which added context and enhanced the experience. He was also happy to listen about the culture and practices of my country, making the experience mutually enriching. Koya-san is a mystical place. Hiroyuki-san made me appreciate its sacredness the moment we entered Daimon Gate, which is the starting point. Walking alongside Hiroyuki-san through its quiet streets, amidst light snowfall, visiting its snow-capped shrines and temples, and having warm tea and conversation with him, are memories I will treasure. As we left Koya-san and reentered the world below, I felt that I became a slightly better human being. Thank you, Hiroyuki-san, for this experience.

Hiroyuki T.

Daniel-san, Thank you very much for everything during the tour. I am very glad that you liked Koyasan very much. I myself enjoyed the tour and conversations with you. I learned a lot about Philippines and Philippine culture from you. As I am interested in culture and food, I googled cultural heritages and food in Philippine after going home. I found that they are very attractive. Especially, historic city of Vigan and sweets such as buko pie, ensaimada and halo halo attract me a lot. Thank you very much for such a great review. Your review encourages me a lot. Please keep in touch, I look forward to seeing you again. Arigato, Matane!

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Taylor U.

Jan 14, 2020

1 Day Koyasan - Private Tour

Hiroyuki was the absolute best, we are so grateful and happy that we booked him as our tour guide during our stay in Koyasan. Having just one day, we wanted to make sure that we saw the most important sites. He gave us such a thorough and full-circle tour of Koyasan. Before spending the day with Hiroyuki, I did not know much about Buddhism. And if I hadn’t had my tour with Hiroyuki, I would just be wandering around the beautiful sites that Koyasan has to offer, all without the beautiful meaning behind it all. He gave context and history to everything we were seeing.. Hiroyuki’s English is amazing, to say the least.. he is also so knowledgeable with Buddhism and the history of Koyasan, even down to the dates! He was very timely and made sure that we spent the right amount of time at all of the sites so that we could see the most, but at a relaxed pace. After the tour ended, he left us with an amazing packet of information that we have brought back to New York to remember this beautiful day in Koyasan. It was such a special experience to gain a friend in Hiroyuki, we will definitely be calling him for a tour in Koyasan or any of the areas where he has expertise. He was even so kind to send us amazing photos of us exploring. We absolutely cannot thank him enough...

Hiroyuki T.

Taylor san, How are you two doing? Thank you very much for posting such a great review and everything during the tour. I also enjoyed a lot in Koyasan. Arigatou gozaimashita. By the way, I have a friend who works at Kumamoto government. If you are interested in finding your relatives in Kumamoto,let me know. There might be something I can do for you for free. Thank you very much once again, I look forward to seeing you again. Matane! Hiroyuki

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Claudio W.

Dec 21, 2019

Knowledgeable, conscientious, very nice gentleman!

He crafted an itinerary specific to our desires, kept us on time, was very knowledgeable due to his foreign relations background, simply an elegant, educated, and kind man. I would very highly recommend him, and I’m planning on engaging his services again when we go on a longer trip to Osaka and Kyoto.

Hiroyuki T.

Claudio san, I was very lucky to have met such a nice couple like you as the first customer on TripleLights. And thank you very much for posting the great review and for everything during the tour. I showed you just a very small part of Osaka. There are a lot more to see in Osaka, Kyoto, Koyasan and Kumano. How about macha parfait in Kyoto next time? Please say hello to your family for me. Thank you very much once again. Looking forward to seeing you two again.