Shogo K.

4.85(26) reviews

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





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Less than an hour


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3 days ago



Hi! I'm Shogo, National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter in English. "Shogo"? Looks a little bit hard to pronounce. So if you are interested in Samurai or Busho, call me "Shogun". (rather humble and hen-pecked at home, though.:)

Just a little bit information about myself. I was born and grew up in Himeji, about 50km west of Kobe. When a child I quite often visited world-famous Himeji Castle. So it's like "MY castle." As a student, I lived in Kyoto for four years. I'm a father of three, and have lived in Kobe with my family for over 30 years.

So I'm quite familiar with various tourist spots/attractions in Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Himeji, Kobe and the like, all in western Japan. Also I've lived in Lawrence, Kansas, for two years in my 20s as a Jayhawk. Great old memory!:)

Here are some of my specialties.

First, I can show you around popular historical sites and relics in Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Himeji. You'll surely feel the depth of Japanese culture by visiting these places. Second, I can offer you special tours of fancy sake breweries in Kobe, Nara and Kyoto. Third, I also guide you around Hiroshima, including magnificent Itsukushima Shrine.

My goal/dream as guide interpreter is to help you explore and understand Japan and its culture with warm hospitality or Omotenashi. So please reach out to me any time, 24/7. For your super memorable trip, "Always with YOU" Shogo!:)

<Latest news about Japan's response to the pandemic as of October 11, 2022>

Earlier today the government lifted the maximum number of international tourists, 50k per day. Furthermore a short-term tourist visa is not required any more. And also solo travelers are permitted.:)

So looks like our moment has come!! I'll see you soon. Thank you very much, as always.:)


I can also guide you in Hiroshima (Peace Memorial Park, Miyajima), 1-day tour. My transportation fees to/from Hiroshima cost about 20,000 JPY, return.


Kyoto Full Day Private Tour

9 hours

This is a one-day tour of Kyoto. Kyoto is an ancient capital for over 1,000 years. You will visit Kinkakuji Temple, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Kiyomizudera Temple, and Fushimi Inari Shrine. All of these places are World Heritage Sites. You will also walk about at Gion area in central Kyoto, where, by chance, you will see a beautiful Maiko/Geiko.

FROM$451/ per group

Himeji Castle & Engyoji Temple Full-Day Private Tour

8 hours

We'll visit three places, rich in Japan's history and culture. Firstly, Himeji Castle designated as Japan's first World Heritage Site in 1993, and ranked 7th as a place to visit in 2019 by NY Times. And Kokoen Japanese Style Garden nearby. Finally, Shoshazan Engyoji Temple, ranked 20th by TripAdviser in 2019 as Japan's representative spiritual heartland. Himeji is one hour away by the Shinkansen from Kyoto.

FROM$401/ per group

Nara and Osaka Full Day Private Tour

9 hours

In this tour we will visit must-see places in Nara and Osaka. Nara was an ancient capital of Japan in the 8th century. We'll visit Todaiji Temple, housing the gigantic Great Statue of Buddha, and Kasuga Grand Shrine. Let's go to a nearby nice sake brewery, if you love sake. Osaka Castle was built in the 16th century. Let's go up to the top of the castle tower. You will feel as if you were a shogun. We also visit bustling Dotombori Downtown Osaka.

FROM$451/ per group

Awesome Osaka Full Day Private Tour

6 hours

This one-day private tour includes must-see tourist spots in Osaka. We will visit Osaka Castle, Kuromon Market plus Dotombori both downtown Osaka. In this tour we will see the present and past of Osaka and its energetic people.

FROM$300/ per group

Discover Western Kyoto Full Day Private Tour

6 hours

This is a full day tour of western Kyoto, ancient capital for over 1,000 years. We will visit must-see places in Kyoto such as Nijojo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, and Gion. Nijojo Castle and Kinkakuji Temple are World Heritage Sites. It will literally be great fun to stroll along Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, and Gion area where, by chance, we will see a beautiful Maiko/Geiko.

FROM$300/ per group

Discover Eastern Kyoto Full Day Private Tour

6 hours

This is a full day private tour of eastern Kyoto. We will visit must-see places in eastern Kyoto with over 1,200 years of history, such as Ninenzaka & Sannenzaka alleys, Kiyomizudera Temple, Sanjusangendo Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Fushimi sake brewery, and Gion area.

FROM$300/ per group



Somila S.

Jan 21, 2020

great guided tour

many thanks Shogo for your fatastic guided tour in Osaka. We thoroughly enjoyed your company.

Shogo K.

Dear Somila, I am so much grateful to your wonderful review. You are so nice a family. Also it's amazing that your family are so intrested in Japanese culture and tried exploring things Japanese, like mochi pounding to the fullest. I do hope you enjoyed staying in Japan. Thanks for everything, Somila. Best regards, Shogo


Tami D.

Nov 17, 2019

Osaka/Nara/Kyoto Tours

If you're looking for a tour guide then look no further! My husband and I had the pleasure of having Shogo as our guide for 2 days. We have booked other guides on Triplelights in the past, and Shogo is one of the best: he's easy going, flexible, and knowledgeable. We highly recommend and would definitely book him again! Thank you Shogo for the photos, and also for going above and beyond on our Kyoto tour. We had a lot of fun, and hoping to see you again in the near future.

Shogo K.

Dear Tami, Thank you for your rave review of our tours for two days. You and your husband were so friendly and lovely a couple to me, looking very much like on your "Honeymoon," that I felt as if I were much younger in my thirties with my old close friends. Actually I found tour guiding real rewarding. Thank you Tami for giving me pleasant days. Best regards, Shogo


Patrick S.

Nov 6, 2019

Day trip to Kyoto & Narra

We found Shogo to be very knowledgeable, friendly and he made our day trip special. My son especially enjoyed the Sushi, Deer in Narra and the monkeys in Kyoto.

Shogo K.

Dear Patrick, I am so much grateful to your nice review of our Kyoto & Nara 1-day-tour. It's always my great pleasure to guide such a nice family trying to explore things Japanese to the fullest. I'm very glad to hear that you enjoyed the sushi at Arashiyama, Kyoto. Maybe you found some differences between Japan's sushi and Kiwi sushi, because fish for the sushi might be a little different. Since all of your family are sport lovers, I sincerely hope you'll visit Japan again. See you, Patrick. Best regards, Shogo


Dermot C.

Nov 1, 2019

Kyoto and Himeji highlights

Shogo was our guide for 2 days. He is very good company and his knowledge about all of the sites was interesting. On the trip around Kyoto he took us on local transport including the tram which was a great way to travel around the city. Overall we recommend Shogo as the perfect English speaking guide.

Shogo K.

Dear Dermot, Thank you so much for your nice review of our tours. I hope you enjoyed strolling in Kyoto plus Himeji. Also I assume that you had a great time watching Rugby World Cup in Japan. Hopefully you will come back for the next World Cup expected in Japan in future. So again, Go Ireland!!! Best regards, Shogo