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Seiko T.

4.97(77) reviews

Available Areas

Hyogo, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe, Himeji



English, Japanese (Native)


Response Time

1 day on average


Availability Updated

2 days ago



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. For further dates, please message me about my availability (multi-day tours 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), but also 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

8 hours

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$287/ 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$273/ 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$287/ 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$273/ 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$108/ 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$287/ per group



Courtney M.

Nov 27, 2022

Highly Recommend!!!

My 12 yo son, sister and I had the pleasure of spending 2 days in Kyoto with Seiko this fall. We had an absolutely wonderful time! At first we were nervous about spending 2 full days with a "stranger" while on vacation. However, as soon as Seiko met us in the lobby of our hotel, we knew we had made an excellent choice. It felt like traveling with a friend! And at the end of our two days we were sad to say goodbye. It was an absolute treat to let Seiko be in charge while I relaxed and enjoyed our surroundings. No worrying about trains or schedules or where to go next. Seiko was relaxed, knowledgable, funny, super efficient in getting us to all our must see sites and has impeccable English. My 12 yo son enjoyed hanging out with her too! I will recommend Seiko to friends traveling to Japan, and will absolutely book with her when we return to Japan.


Anita G.

Nov 23, 2022

Great day in Osaka

Seiko is a great city guide. She planned a perfect, tailor-made tour and also continuously adapted it to my wishes and opportunities that arose. For example, this weekend there was a ramen festival in the castle park. Seiko found out about it on TV that morning and spontaneously planned our tour so that we could have our lunch there. She is funny, can tell interesting stories and speaks very good English. I would travel with her again anytime.

Seiko T.

Thanks Anita for your kind review! For me, it was just like having a great time walking around my favorite part of Osaka with my friend, rather than doing my job as your tour guide. The ramen event was special and lucky you were in Osaka that day! Hope you enjoyed other areas of Japan and see you again when you come back to Japan! Seiko


Valeriya I.

Nov 19, 2022

Amaizing day in Kyoto

Seiko is a very professional and kind guide. We had a great day together. She explained to us a lot of interesting things about Kyoto and Japan. She is very easy-going persons, so it was a pleasure to spend a day in Kyoto with her. Her English is great, no problem at all. Hope to meet Seiko next time.

Seiko T.

Thank you so much for your review and having me as your guide for 2 days. It's a bit challenging to guide and satisfy someone who's been to Japan for more than 10 times but was totally fun with you thanks to your patience and trusting my suggestions. I also learned new things from you! Hope I can see you again next time you come back to Japan! Seiko

Robin W.

Oct 24, 2022

Kyoto one day trip

Seiko has been very helpful for our trip. She planned well and our day trip went smoothly. She even writes down the places we should go for the rest of our trips, extremely nice and easy going person. Highly recommended

Seiko T.

Thank you for your kind review and booking me as your tour guide! It was very nice to spend a day with you and your lovely family. I appreciate how patient and flexible you all were for the day which helped me conduct the tour smoothly. Hope you have a great time for the rest of your trip in Kansai and feel free to let me know if you need any help during your stay! Seiko