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Tour Guide - Taka M.

Taka M.

5.00 / 5
(4 reviews)
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Available Areas

Kyoto, Shiga (Living)

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Japanese (Native), English

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4 hours on average

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About Tour Guide Taka M.

My name is Taka. I was born and grew up in Koka City, Japan, where the world famous Koka Ninja’s birthplace is. Koka City is just one hour away from JR Kyoto station by train. As a matter of fact, I am a descendant of Ninja/local Samurai. My family name represents the most powerful Ninja/local Samurai clan among the Koka’s 53 Ninja clans. There are twin Castles of my ancestors in my neighborhood.

When I was a college student, I was interested in foreign languages and cultures, and I studied abroad at a university in Ohio, USA as an exchange student for one year. After graduating from a Japanese college with a BA in English, I worked for a prefectural government for 31 years, and I made an early retirement in March 2023. During my service to the government, I was chosen as a Visiting Official in Michigan, USA, which is a sister state of my prefecture, and I stayed there for 2 years as the government’s representative. I have totally 3 years of living experience in the USA, and am able to speak English now.


Since I am retired from the government, I decided to start a new career as a Ninja tour guide for foreign travelers in my hometown. There are Ninja House, over 180 medieval Ninja related castles, shrines, temples, Ninja’s training mountains, and more in Koka, however no one had done the tour guide for foreigners until now. As I am able to speak English, I thought I should start a new job as a Ninja tour guide, and would like to contribute to my hometown Koka.

Important

I am a Ninja tour specialist. I do Ninja tours in Koka city Shiga prefecture, however I can come to JR Kyoto station if you choose "Ninja's Hometown E-Bike Private Tour, from Kyoto station" course.

Tours

Discover Kyoto Half-day Private Tourcover image

Discover Kyoto Half-day Private Tour

Kyoto
5 hours

Kyoto is well known as an ancient capital of Japan, and attracts many travelers year after year. It has a lot to offer, however is difficult to choose where to go. I propose an itinerary to visit the best places of Kyoto where I like. You will enjoy seeing unique and beautiful sights while visiting historical spots. Some places are ranked in top 10 attractions of Kyoto. The itinerary can be customized, so I can take you places you want to go. I would like you to enjoy your time in Kyoto.

FROM$181/ per group
Three Ninja Facilities Complete Electric Biking Private Tourcover image

Three Ninja Facilities Complete Electric Biking Private Tour

Shiga
7 hours

Three Ninja facilities (Ninja House, Ninja Center, and Ninja Village) are for the tourist attraction. On this course, we will visit all of three Ninja facilities and a Ninja's twin castles. You will feel the atmosphere of Ninja while riding through the heartland of Ninja. As Ninja Center and Ninja Village are closed on Mondays, you have to choose a different course if it is Monday.

FROM$123/ per group
Ninja's Hometown E-Bike Private Tour, from Kyoto stationcover image

Ninja's Hometown E-Bike Private Tour, from Kyoto station

Kyoto
5 hours

Koka city is home of Ninja. We will see the genuine and real Ninja places on this tour. Koka is a quiet, peaceful and beautiful rural town, and the best to go with a bicycle. You will feel the atmosphere of Ninja while riding through the heartland of Ninja. With fewer tourists, fewer cars, and no stress, you’ll feel a total relaxation from busy Osaka/Kyoto areas. There is no tour to visit real Ninja places guided by a Ninja/local Samurai descendant who can speak English.

FROM$142/ per group
Ninja's Hometown E-Biking Private Tour, the Best Choicecover image

Ninja's Hometown E-Biking Private Tour, the Best Choice

Shiga
7 hours

Why don't you make a one-day trip from Kyoto to Koka Ninja's hometown. Koka City is home of Ninja. Koka is a quiet, peaceful and beautiful rural town, and the best to go with a bicycle. You will feel the atmosphere of Ninja while riding through the heartland of Ninja. There is no tour to visit real Ninja places guided by a Ninja/local Samurai descendant who can speak English. You can experience a very unique tour from this.

FROM$123/ per group
Ninja's Hometown Electric Biking Private Tour, Short Coursecover image

Ninja's Hometown Electric Biking Private Tour, Short Course

Shiga
4 hours 30 min

This is a short version of "the Best Choice course" In short amount of time, we will visit some Ninja related facilities. We will still see the genuine and real Ninja places on this tour too.

FROM$110/ per group
Ninja Explore Tour, E-Biking & Training Mountain Hikingcover image

Ninja Explore Tour, E-Biking & Training Mountain Hiking

Shiga
7 hours

Why don't you make a one-day trip from Kyoto to Koka Ninja's hometown. Koka City is home of Ninja. Koka is a quiet, peaceful and beautiful rural town. You will feel the atmosphere of Ninja while riding and hiking through the heartland of Ninja. There is no tour to visit real Ninja places guided by a Ninja/local Samurai descendant who can speak English. You can experience a very unique tour from this.

FROM$123/ per group

Taka M. Japan Tour Reviews

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Theodore D.

5 / 5
Apr 8, 2024

Discover Kyoto Half-day Private Tour

Kyoto
5 hours

Excellent, professional, very knowledgeable - would recommend highly

Taka was punctual, professional, engaging and a very pleasant guide to walk around historic Kyoto with. He is proficient and enthusiastic; explaining in relevant details the sights visited. He was flexible, curtious and attentive. His command of English is excellent.

Theodore D.

Thank you for your nice comments. I enjoyed touring in Kyoto with you. You have great sense of humor and made me laugh all the time. Enjoy the rest of your travel in Japan.

K

Krystle N.

5 / 5
Apr 2, 2024

Discover Kyoto Half-day Private Tour

Kyoto
5 hours

Taka is amazing!

Taka took us to some of the most major and interesting sites around Kyoto, and tailored our tour to what we wanted to do. It was lovely being able to wander around the city soaking up the sights while Taka did the guiding and planning. He was so patient with our young family, taking plenty of breaks for snacks and going at a slower pace for our 4 and 6 year olds. He even helped us catch a taxi at the end of a long day. He was so kind and thoughtful. If we are ever lucky enough to come back to Kyoto, we will definitely take another tour with Taka!

Krystle N.

Thank you very much for your kind words. You are most welcome. Let's go out for a Ninja tour with me someday!

N

Neil G.

5 / 5
Mar 31, 2024

Discover Kyoto Half-day Private Tour

Kyoto
4 hours

Great guide

Taka was really friendly and spoke great english. We saw loads on the tour and he was helpful and informative. Would highly recommend him.

Neil G.

Thank you for your kind words. You and your family were wonderful!