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Tour Guide - Shuji O.

Shuji O.

4.93 / 5
(14 reviews)
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Available Areas

Kyoto, Nara, Osaka (Living), Wakayama, Mount Koya, Kobe, Himeji

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Languages

English

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Response Time

4 hours on average

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About Tour Guide Shuji O.

Hi, I am Shuji, a licensed tour guide living near Kansai International Airport.

I taught world history in high schools for four decades. So, I can explain Japanese culture or history in an easier way tailored to you who have different cultural and historical backgrounds.

I also practiced Kendo, Japanese fencing, for more than four decades, and now I enjoy growing vegetables and going fishing. Therefore, I can also share some Japanese culture and its nature.

I have traveled to more than 25 countries and all over Japan. I’m also passionate about photography and know many photogenic places in Japan.

If you prefer to go off the beaten track, I can take you to hidden gems, including some cozy restaurants. Of course, I also know how to enjoy the crowded, most popular tourist sites. I am here to make your trip stress-free. See you soon!


Tours

Bamboo grove and Arashiyama area, three World Heritages.cover image

Bamboo grove and Arashiyama area, three World Heritages.

Kyoto
8 hours

Arashiyama is the hottest tourist destination. It is incredibly beautiful in spring and fall because of its cherry blossoms and autumn leaves. In the fall, the leaves turn brown or red! In the outstanding Tenryuji, you will see a beautiful garden with beautiful mountains in the background. There are many other beautiful places with touching stories in this area. On the way back to downtown, we can visit two world heritage sites, Kinkakuji and Ryoanji. What a wonderful route!

FROM$313/ per group
Visiting Nara from Osaka ~truly the must-see place in Japan~cover image

Visiting Nara from Osaka ~truly the must-see place in Japan~

Osaka
8 hours

Nara: the must-see place in Japan. Nara was the capital of ancient Japan before Kyoto became the capital. In the Nara era, Buddhism played an important role in stabilizing the country. So you can see many big old temples there. Many of these are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites and are concentrated in a small area. So, if you have only one free day to spend in the Kansai area, I highly recommend visiting Nara.

FROM$250/ per group
Day trip to Mt. Koya from Osaka ~ Another world ~cover image

Day trip to Mt. Koya from Osaka ~ Another world ~

Osaka
9 hours

There are so many temples on Mount Koya. The famous graveyard is also massive. The scene is mysterious. It takes about two hours by train from Osaka, but you are in another world once you arrive. You can learn about Buddhism in Japan while immersed in a unique atmosphere there. Mt. Koya is the headquarters of the Shingon sect of Japanese esoteric Buddhism. High Priest Kukai founded it and began building temples here. I will explain why the Japanese people love Kukai.

FROM$250/ per group
Half-day eastern Kyoto must-sees and a hidden gemcover image

Half-day eastern Kyoto must-sees and a hidden gem

Kyoto
5 hours

There are so many beautiful places for visitors in Kyoto. If you don't have enough time or don't want to be bothered with a lot of research, I will show you how to travel more comfortably by taking the non-standard route. This is an example of a half-day trip to Kyoto in the fall. You can easily visit hidden gems and must-see places when you book my tour.

FROM$250/ per group
The best of Kyoto in any seasoncover image

The best of Kyoto in any season

Kyoto
8 hours

Kyoto has been the capital of Japan for more than 1,200 years! There are so many historic sites and beautiful places that you will be at a loss for what to choose. Please tell me about your favorite. Considering the access, the season, and the time, I will make a suitable plan. I recommend some hidden gems if you like going off the beaten track. And also the charming famous popular tourist spots worth visiting when it is so busy. I will tell you stories to help you appreciate the place.

FROM$313/ per group
A day trip to Hiroshima from Osakacover image

A day trip to Hiroshima from Osaka

Osaka
10 hours

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is the place every human being should visit. Itsukushima Shrine, which looks like floating on the sea, is one of the best scenic beauties in Japan. We can eat the local food of Hiroshima, like Hiroshima yaki. You can make a day trip to Hiroshima from Osaka.

FROM$313/ per group

Shuji O. Japan Tour Reviews

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Myriam G.

5 / 5
Jun 18, 2024

Day trip to Himeji from Osaka

Himeji
4 hours

Great Day with Shuji

We had a great day visiting Himeji and its garden with Shuji. He was very accommodating and discreet. It was a perfect day!

Myriam G.

Thank you for the wonderful review. As you suggested starting early, we were able to enjoy Himeji Castle and Kokoen Garden during the cooler hours. And we got amazing seats for lunch. It really was a lovely tour. I would love to go on a tour with you all anytime. I hope you enjoy the tours for the rest of your stay in Japan.

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Kent K.

5 / 5
Jun 7, 2024

Kyoto one day tour

Kyoto
8 hours

Customized

Shuji is Great!

We spent a day with Shuji in Kyoto and went at the end with him to Osaka where he lives. It was a great day. He is very knowlegeeable about Japanese history and culture (he taught world history before retiring). His Englsh is great. The Kyoto part was exploring three temples that were further out and we might have missed without his guidance. Osaka was a brief tour of the central area, including the night life and street food. He recommended a great restaurant for us after. Highly recommended. Kent and Luca

Kent K.

Dear Kent and Luca, Thank you so much for the great review. We really had a wonderful time. Since you had already visited many places in Kyoto, I was able to take you to my most favorite hidden gems. And thank you very much for your barrage of jokes! I hope I can see both of you again. Shuji O.

Jeremy  B.

Jeremy B.

5 / 5
May 6, 2024

Not for the first time, Osaka

Osaka
5 hours

Customized

A great day

Shuji was an excellent guide, we had a wonderful, interesting day.

Jeremy  B.

Thanks for the great review. We enjoyed the beautiful roses in the Nakanoshima Garden and were lucky enough to get nice seats at the riverside cafe. Above all, visiting the Sky Building was an unexpected opportunity for your wife, a professional architect. We really had a great time today. Thank you very much.