Hideo Y.

4.47 / 5
(129 reviews)

Available Areas

Aichi, Ehime, Gifu, Hiroshima, Hyogo (Living), Kochi, Kyoto, Mie, Nara, Osaka, Shimane, Tokushima, Tottori, Wakayama, Kanazawa, Nagoya, Mount Koya, Kobe, Himeji, Other Hyogo Locations


Japanese (Native), English

Response Time

4 hours on average

Availability Updated

4 days ago

About Tour Guide Hideo Y.

Hello, I'm HIDEo YOSHIda. Please call me HIDEYOSHI, the same name as the famous shogun who built the Osaka Castle in 1585.

I was born in Kobe and worked in Osaka for nearly 40 years. I would like to introduce the Kansai region to you ,including Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Wakayama.

Kobe is one of the two largest ports in Japan, along with Yokohama. After the opening of the Port of Kobe in 1868, foreigners built their residences on the hillside of the Kitano-cho area, overlooking the ocean. Many of the foreign residences are now open to the public as museums, including the Weathercock House, with it's symbol weathercock on the triangle-shaped roof.

In Meriken Park, the red Port Tower (the city's landmark), creates a beautiful contrast against the white Kobe Marine Museum. The museum's design was inspired by the waves and sailing ships.

When you have a chance to visit Osaka, please join my tour. I'm sure you'll enjoy the interesting and historical, scenic spots. For example, Shin-Sekai is a downtown area with a strange mix of nostalgic atmosphere and contemporary energy. You can try local foods (kushikatsu, sushi, tempura) at a reasonable price. Billiken (a famous statue of the spirit of luck) will be waiting for you!!. Dotombori is a popular street with a lot of flashy signboards. Osaka is widely known as a "Kuidaore-no-machi", or literally "drinking and eating luxuriously to death." Osaka Castle was built by Toyotomi HIDEYOSHI in 1585. Oh, it's my residence, isn't it !

These days "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" area in USJ, or Universal Studios Japan, is also attracting more and more people.

I'll be looking forward to seeing you !!


I guide you Sapporo, Furano, Otaru, Hakodate in Hokkaido / Aomori in Hokuriku / Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Kagoshima in Kyushu / Kochi, Matsuyama in Shikoku / Tottori, Shimane, Kanazawa, Sakaiminato in Japan Sea side. Please get in touch with me!!

Thank you.


Kyoto Golden Route (Nijo Arashiyama Kinkakuji Fushimi Inari)

8 hours

Kyoto was the ancient capital of Japan from 794 over one thousand years. I would like to introduce you Nijo Castle, Arashiyama bamboo Forest, Kinkakuji Temple, and Fushimi Inari Taisha.

FROM$228/ per group

Atomic Bomb Dome and Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima

8 hours

Hiroshima has 2 World Heritage sites: the Atomic Bomb Dome and Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima. Hiroshima is now internationally known as the first city destroyed by the atomic bomb ever used in human warfare. Within the Peace memorial Park at the epicenter of the explosion, you can find war memorial museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome. The shrine is also a brilliant vermilion hall and it creates a sharp contrast against the wooded hills in the background and the blue sky above.

FROM$308/ per group

Osaka Castle, Dotombori, Shin-Sekai

8 hours

I take you to Osaka Castle, Dotombori, Sginsekai and Shinsaibashi Shopping Street. In Osaka you can have Osaka local food such as Okoniomiyaki, Takoyaki, and Kushikatsu. Dotombori is popularly known as

FROM$228/ per group

Nara Golden Route (Todaiji, Kofukuji, Kasuga Shrine)

8 hours

Nara was the Imperial capital of Japan between 710 and 784 A.D. The city has many places of historical interest including Nara Park, Todaiji temple, Kasuga shrine, and Kofukuji Temple. The Great Buddha Hall, the main hall of the Todaiji Temple, is one of the largest wooden structures in the world and the seated figure inside is the world's largest bronze image of Buddha.

FROM$228/ per group

Kanazawa Golden Tour

7 hours

Kanazawa literally means "golden small river." Actually about 99% of golds are producedin kanazawa. I'd like to show you how to make gold leaves. Furtehrmore I can take you to Kenrokuen, Kanazawa Castle Park, Higashichaya district, Samurai residence district, and Omi Market.

FROM$254/ per group

KOBE Golden Tour

8 hours

Kobe is one of the two largest ports in Japan, along with Yokohama. The city is well sheltered by a range of hills, with a population of about 1.5 million ranking it the 6th largest city in the nation. I can take you to Japanese sake brewery, Kitano Ijinkan (Foreigners' residential area), Kitano-cho (Kobe beef restaurant for lunch), Meriken Park, and Kobe Port Cruising.

FROM$228/ per group



Cory B.

4 / 5
Sep 1, 2023

Nice day with Hideo

Hideo was very knowledgeable, and provided us with a nice tour of Kanazawa. He was very prompt and arranged a car for us. His English was a little bit difficult to understand, but overall he was a good guide.

Hideo Y.

Thank you for joining my Kanazawa tour. I enjoyed guiding you Kanazawa tour, and we had a wonderful time in Kenrokuen Garden, Higashichaya, Oyama shrine, and Samurai house. Luckily not so hot day it was nice walking. Best wishes for continuing good health and success.


Elif C.

5 / 5
Jul 4, 2023

An amazing experience….

He guided 16 people and helped us every steps of tour. He guided very well. He made my dream came true. He is very special for my life…..

Hideo Y.

I'm very glad to have your excellent review. We visited Kumano Sanzan, one of the World Cultural Heritage sites in Japan. The main scenic spot was Nachi Waterfall with a height of 133 meters, the longest dropping waterfall in Japan. We could see the water flowing down swiftly to the basin. Furthermore we visited three main shrines such as Kumano Nachi Taisha, Kumano Hongu Taisha, and Kumano Hayatama Taisha using micro bus. I wish you and all your family good health and happiness. I hope to see you again.


Alexander R.

5 / 5
Jun 11, 2023

Excellent Koyasan day trip by Hideo.

I had an excellent Koyasan day trip with Hideo. I always had an interest in exploring Japanese Buddhism so I was happy that he was able to accommodate my request and we were able to visit their important sites there. He was very kind, knowledgable and flexible in arranging alternative transport despite the train line suspension due to the recent flooding. I will be sure to use his service again when visit Osaka and Koyasan area.

Hideo Y.

I'm very happy to receive your message. We visited Kongobuji Temple, Danjogaran, and Okunoin, We could see Mandara stereographically in Konpon Daito and a lot of popular samurai graves in the Okunoin. You are the first foreigner who have known Japanese popular samurais and history very well. I wish you all the best in the future. I look forward to seeing you again.


Rainer H.

5 / 5
May 12, 2023

Wonderful and interesting day at Matsue and Izumo

We have used in various cities worldwide private tour guides but Hideo Y. ranks definitly under the top 3! In preparation of our trip I had a few conversations with him about the schedule and he always replied swift and gave precise answers pr proposals. So before arriving in Matsue we had an itinerary which was designed to fit our time schedule (pick-up at hotel and send us to Izumo airport at the end) for approx. 8hrs. He was on time and gave us first a timetable for the day (including bus costs - very important as you need to have exact amount available when getting on a bus!), maps with our tour and further info to remember our tour! Very well prepared. During our tour he new all details of the various spots and linked information from one spot to the other, so we got a very good understanding about the local history. We only can highly recommend him for English spoken groups!

Hideo Y.

I'm very glad to receive your excellent review. I'm very honored that I'm one of the top 3 guides accrding to your judge. My dream is to guide all the prefectures. For now I guided 24 prefectures, about the half of them. In the future I would like to continue to get the local information and prepare the tour. Thank you.