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Tomoko Y.

4.63(32) reviews

Available Areas

Kyoto (Living), Nara, Osaka



English, Japanese (Native)


Response Time

Less than an hour


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I am a government licensed guide and have been working as a professional guide for over 90 groups after obtaining a license. in addition, I have 4 years of experience as a volunteer guide before obtaining a professional license, and guided over 100 groups. I am good at making tour plans based on your interests because I know my city ( I was born and brought up in Kyoto) in detail. If you are interested in historic places, I will offer a tour for historic places, If it's cultural experiences, then a tour with cultural classes such as a tea ceremony, wagashi ( Japanese confectionery) making, and so on. Why don't you ask me? I will make your time in Kyoto more enjoyable. Kyoto has a lot of sites to offer you and it is difficult for you to decide which to choose among them. I think I will be of great help.

Here are the reviews from the tours I worked as a guide on another occasion.


Tomoko was very thorough in her preparation for our tour, adapting to our programme needs, and extremely knowledgeable of Kyoto, its transport system ensuring speedy transfers between venues and the history and detail of each activity we undertook, which included Zen gardens, temples, tea ceremony, good lunch venue, advice on other sight seeing venues and the Geisha and Gion area. Would strongly recommend her to anyone wanting a quality guided tour in Kyoto.


We had a lovely tour today with Tomoko! She's really experienced and knows Kyoto as good as her palm! She explained us everything that we needed to know additionally for the next days and took us to the desired restaurant .. Really helpful and high level of knowledge.


Your knowledge of all the places you took us to was unbelievable and your English was outstanding particularly your translation of the Monk's address at the Temple of the Ringing Crickets, without you we would have missed out on his enlightening message.You really took the time to consider the things that were of interest to us and provided a fantastic itinerary that left nothing out. Both of us felt at great ease in your company and we will remember our day at for many years as the highlight of our trip to Japan. Lunch was a great treat and the Bike tour enabled us to see so much of the area especially the great variety of amazing temples.

Tomoko, once again thank you so much for giving up your time to look after us for the day.


Tomoko was very accommodating of our tour group which had a wheelchair-bound elderly. She was able to explain the history and significance of the temples we visited in good English. She also made it a point to ensure that our top interests were fulfilled during our tour with her, which was great! Last but not least, she was extremely helpful in helping one of our members retrieve a lost phone during the trip.


I needed to organize a 4-hour tour in Kyoto within 2 days - and Tomoko Yamasho responded immediately, gave helpful tips over the internet and put together a tour tailored to my interests. When we met, she turned out to be a very knowledgeable guide, flexible to my new ideas (I had gotten some more advice from friends in the meantime) with excellent English and with a good sense of humour. Thank you, Tomoko Yoshihara.



Yook chee C.

Sep 28, 2017

A Pleasant Guide who has a good sense of humour

Tomoko has a good command of the English Language and Japanese history.She was accomodating towards our request for the tour and choice of lunch. Due to the great distance between each tourist site in Kyoto, we found that we spent alot of time travelling on the bus/train. Although that is an experience in itself , it took up the bulk of the time. Tomoko took care to assist us at the ticket booths and made sure we were comfortable on the pubic transport. It was easy to talk to her. On hindsight, we should have requested for the tours to be much earlier so that we could hear her explanations without the noise of the crowd drowning her voice and also to take better photos. Thank you Tomoko.

Tomoko Y.

Ms Yook, Thank you for your message. I hope you enjoyed the tour. As for the time for moving one place to the other, Kyoto is not a small city and The famous places are dotted apart. So to cover all the places, we need some time. Or we need to concentrate on one part of the city to visit to cut such moving time. I should have explained about the time before the tour.

Sandra D.

Jul 31, 2017

Such a fun guide!

Tomoko was super fun to be around, very down-to-earth and extremely knowledgeable. Absolutely recommend her as a guide!

Tomoko Y.

Sandra Thank you for your having me as your guide, I hope you enjoyed the time in Kyoto, not to mention the festival. I think you are the one who made the most of your limited time effectively.in spite of the heat and humidity in Kyoto. Again thank you!


Marisa P.

Jul 21, 2017

Very knowledgable and friend

thank you for tailoring the tour to our needs! we enjoyed spending two days with you.

Tomoko Y.

Dear Merisa Thank you for your having me as your guide. In spite of humidity and temperature, I hope the time with me and in Kyoto will be one of the best one in your trip!!


Natalie G.

Jul 9, 2017

First time in Kyoto

Tomoko is very knowledgeable , we loved to experience Kyoto with her! Thank you Tomoko

Tomoko Y.

Natalie Thank you for your having me as your guide. I hope all of you enjoyed the time with me.