Seiko T.

4.98(84) reviews

Available Areas

Hyogo, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe, Himeji



English, Japanese (Native)


Response Time

1 day on average


Availability Updated



About Tour Guide Seiko T.

Hello! I am Seiko, National Licensed Guide since 2007.

I was born and raised in Kurashiki (Okayama pref.), spent my college days in Kyoto, lived in Osaka for more than 15 years and recently moved to a city near Nagano (guiding in Kyoto, Osaka, Nara etc during peak season).

I studied in Wisconsin, USA and worked as a translator/interpreter, market researcher, and executive assistant for global companies for many years where I enjoyed spending a precious time with people from different backgrounds and cultures and broaden my world and horizons.

I myself am a traveler for life, been to more than 30 countries and all the prefectures in Japan, and always excited to help my clients with their planning. I am also a hiker, kayaker, scuba diver, and snowboarder enjoying myself mostly outdoors in every season.

Besides city tours in Osaka and Kyoto, my tours can stretch to introducing local food and drinks, sake/beer brewery visit, visiting less-touristy areas, excursions to enjoy the nature such as walking/hiking tours, baseball games, tours for kids, onsen day-out, and more!

Let's have a fun time and unique experience with me!

Important Notes before booking:

1. Please check availability with me, even for open dates, before booking!

2. Transportation fee, entrance fee, and lunch/dinner for you and guide during the tour are NOT INCLUDED in the guide fee and to be paid at each site. Please bring enough cash to separately pay them during the tour. (Licensed guides get free admission at temples/shrines/castles and most tourist attractions, except for some facilities like aquarium, zoo, amusement parks, etc.)

3. Please let me know IN ADVANCE if anyone in your group has any physical challenge and/or food allergies.

Thank you!


Please note below before booking and contact me first for availability:

1. My schedule on GoWithGuide site is open for the next 3-month only.

2. All my listed tours include hotel pick-up fee and guide fee. Please ask for quote for custom tours.

3. For tours in the peak season, I am currently prioritizing mult-day tour requests (at least two "full-day" tours per group) and accept one-day request between the booked tours etc.

***Excursions ***

I can guide you in Okayama (including Naoshima and Kurashiki), Hiroshima (Onomichi, Shimanami islands cycling, Miyajima, etc.) and Shikoku (Iya valley etc.) if you pay for my transportation.

The above areas can be visited from Osaka/Kyoto in one or two days.


Kyoto Essentials: Full-Day Private Tour

7 hours 30 min

Discover Kyoto's most popular & memorable sites! This is a semi-tailored tour so you can choose a few spots from my recommendations in addition to two must-see sites. You'll also learn how to use public transportation system in Kyoto and tips for other points of interest that you're looking at for the rest of your days in Japan. This tour is good for first timers in Kyoto on the first day!

FROM$285/ per group

Osaka 1-day Grand Tour

7 hours

7-8 hour quick tour to cover "must-see" sites in Osaka! After learning a bit about the history of Osaka during Osaka castle visit, you will visit nostalgic street of Shinsekai, Japanese subculture mecca and gadget paradise of Nipponbashi street, gourmand street of Kuromon Market, and Dotonbori street with glittering signs.

FROM$285/ per group

Nara & Osaka 1-day Tour

8 hours

Visit Nara and Osaka must-see sites in one day including Nara "deer" park, Great Buddha at Todaiji Temple, Osaka Castle, and Dotonbori for the evening. Tour itinerary is flexible so you can focus on one of the two areas. Good for those who have a limited time and start to feel you've seen too many shrines and temples in Kyoto.

FROM$299/ per group

Fushimi & Uji -Local Delicacy of Sake and Green Tea!

7 hours

While the tour covers the popular Fushimi Inari Shrine and Uji Byodoin Temple, we'll also spend some time in Fushimi sake district for sake tasting and local lunch at an old sake brewery. In Uji, the home of the best Japanese tea, we'll visit traditional tea houses and enjoy their special tea that many eminent Shoguns also appreciated.

FROM$285/ per group

Osaka Namba & Backstreet Evening Tour

3 hours 30 min

Backstreets in Namba offer lots of great little shops, restaurants and bars for the locals. I will take you to the area and ask you choose 2-3 spots and restaurants to visit. You'll start the tour from Nipponbashi (Osaka's sub-cultural mecca) or Doguyasuji (kitchen equipment street including potteries and knives) and end the tour in Dotonbori. Kuromon Market is optional.

FROM$142/ per group

Himeji Castle & Kobe City Photogenic Tour (+ Hanshin Tigers game!)

8 hours

Visit the most famous and beautiful castle of Japan - Himeji Castle with 400 years of histoty In the afternoon, we'll visit Kobe, known as a cosmopolitan city located between the Rokko Mountain Range and Kobe Harbor, attracting many tourists with its amazing night view. You can choose to enjoy the view from the mountain, harbor or both sides.

FROM$285/ per group



Ivan E.

May 21, 2023

A busy day in Osaka

We had a pretty packed agenda for our day in Osaka and Seiko made it possible for us to enjoy the day without being rushed. She spoke good English, was knowledgeable and friendly, communicated well with our 19-yo children, and was generally fun to be around with. We got a good sense for the historical backdrop as well as a taste of modern life. Great guide - strongly recommended.


Abraham J.

May 15, 2023

Evening tour was a lot of fun

We had an amazing time with Seiko San on the evening tour. I would have never visited all the places if it was not for her. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening. A fun person with a lot of knowledge.

Seiko T.

Thank you Abraham! I especially loved talking to your daughters and appreciate you all showed me interests in different places and foods and gave me many questions! Wish I had more time with you guys! Seiko


Abraham J.

May 15, 2023

Fun and knowledgeable guide

A very enthusiastic person with a lot of knowledge. Fun to talk to and able to explain a lot of details.

Seiko T.

Thank you Abraham! I had a great time with your family, too. Everything went smoothly and lots of fun thanks to all of you! Seiko


Haena M.

Apr 7, 2023

Kyoto in 2 days with 5 kids!

Seiko was so patient, accommodating, and informative during our 2 days in kyoto. My kids loved her and we learned so much about history of kyoto and had great time with her. Thank you Seiko!

Seiko T.

Thank you Haena and the whole family for the fun time! I really enjoyed the time with you guys but at the same time wished we had more time to show you more as the kids were giving me really good questions towards the end. Hope the trip was a good opportunity for them to learn different cultures as well. Thanks for choosing me as a guide of your beautiful family! Seiko