Tokyo, Kamakura, Hakone, Yokohama
5 hours on average
1 day ago
Hi! Welcome to Japan. My name is Shoji Kitamura, a licensed English-speaking tour guide. Please call me Shoji that is the same sound as a sliding screen made of wood and paper you may have seen in a traditional Japanese room.
I was born and raised in Yokohama next to Tokyo but lived for work in several beautiful and historical cities such as Nikko, Hiroshima, and Ise which have world heritage sites and/or national park. I fully enjoyed the nature, culture and lives in each city where I lived.
I retired after 36 years with a national research institute of fisheries in 2016.
During my career, I visited 5 continents except Antarctica, more than 20 nations for attending international scientific conferences, conducting collaborative research or teaching some technologies, etc. In Japan, I often took foreign scientists and government officers sightseeing. I had great times in these opportunities.
Such experiences made me decide to become a licensed English-speaking guide interpreter after retirement to introduce Japanese nature, culture, foods, etc. properly to many tourists coming to Japan from all over the world.
For more than 20 years I’ve been living in Nikko, which is located about 150km north of Tokyo, and designated as a World Heritage site and a National Park. If you consider a day trip from Tokyo, I strongly recommend coming to Nikko by 2-hour train ride from Tokyo. I am looking forward to showing you around in this historical and beautiful town.
Besides Nikko, I can also guide you in Yokohama, my home town, and in neighboring city such as Tokyo and Kamakura.
I can guide you in Ise and Hiroshima if you pay my transportation fee.
very knowledgeable we had a great time with shoji
He was so helpful with everything and went out of his way to make our trip worth it he finished the tour and still offered to take us to one more spot because he knew we would love to go there! Best Tour Guide Ever!!!!!! Thank you again for everything Mr.Shoji
Myself and my parents first time staying in Tokyo. Decided to book a tour with Shoji, based on all his excellent past reviews. Shoji met us first thing in the morning at our hotel in Shiodome. Guided us through the efficient Japanese train system to our destination. We had an amazing experience going to all the various temples and to see the great Buddha itself. He even went out of his way to locate a yakiniku restaurant for us to eat at, as I mentioned that my father was a fan of bbq meats. Would highly recommend !! With some spare time remaining he even took us by Shibuya crossing before heading back to our hotel.
A considerate mature aged gentleman which was exactly what we required. The weather was poor and my wife injured and he tailored the tour to suit. We would thoroughly recommend him for groups or couples like us.