Shoji K.

4.79
(28) reviews
 

Available Areas

Tokyo, Kamakura, Hakone, Yokohama

 

Languages

English

 

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Availability updated

2 days ago

 

About

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.

Tours

Your Best Choice of Tokyo One-day Tour

Tokyo
7.5 hours

Tokyo has a lot of sightseeing spots for foreign tourist. So, I narrowed them down to 8 spots for your options. If you are wondering where to go, book this tour. Just choose 4 or 5 spots out of them for your tour, then I will arrange your itinerary. Of course, you can select any places you like other than those listed.

FROM$255/ per group

Must-see in Nikko One-day Tour

Nikko
11 hours

Visiting must-see 3 sightseeing spots in Nikko, Toshogu, the most famous and popular shrine of the World Heritage in Nikko, the Kegon Waterfall, one of the 3 major waterfalls in Japan and Lake Chuzenji, the lake located at the highest (1269m above sea level) place in Japan. You can enjoy both artificial and natural beauty of Nikko.

FROM$394/ per group

Nikko World Heritage One-day Tour

Nikko
11 hours

Visiting Toshogu shrine and RInnnoji temple, the World Heritage. Magnificent and solemn architectures and carvings of the shrine and the temple will move you deeply for sure.

FROM$394/ per group

Highland Nikko Hiking and Cruising One-day Tour (May to Oct.)

Nikko
12 hours

Hiking along the coast line of Lake Chuzenji or in Senjogahara wetland which is registered under the Ramsar Convention as “Oku-Nikko-shitsugen” (the wetland in Highland Nikko) and cruising in the lake.

FROM$418/ per group

Must-sees in Kamakura One-day Tour

Kamakura
8 hours

We visit a historical city, Kamakura where Japan's first shogunate (feudal government) existed from the 12th to the 14th century. It takes about 1 hour by train from Tokyo to Kamakura. There are a lot of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. I chose must-see places for you. We also enjoy streetcar ride in the city.

FROM$273/ per group

Reviews

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Rowena B.

Feb 18, 2020

Tsukiji to Ueno in a day

We enjoyed going around Tsukiji outer market. At Hamarikyu Gardens I was curious about the “mound” with a door that I saw and Shoji explained the purpose of it very well. Shoji brought us to a nice place for tempura at Asakusa. I wish we had enough time to visit the museums at Ueno Park. Shoji obliged when I requested to go back to have photos of Rodin’s sculptures. And we’d like to thank Shoji for including an additional stop (Yushima Tenjin Shrine) in our tour at our request.

Shoji K.

I am very grateful to your kind words. I am really glad to hear that you enjoyed the Tokyo tour with me. I had a great time with you too. Thank you again for choosing me. I hope we will see you again soon!

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Jenn M.

Dec 31, 2019

Fantastic intro to Tokyo attractions with a knowledgeable guide

Shoji provided us with a great overview of some main attractions in Tokyo. He allowed for a flexible itinerary and was happy to change it as the day went along if there was something we were interested in doing or seeing. We had a fabulous day with him and really enjoyed his company. his personality and demeanor are very calm and it is easy to spend time with him. He arrived on time and had good explanations of all sites. He was happy to answer any questions throughout the day as well and we had many! We will be happy to go another tour with him when we can!!

Shoji K.

Thank you very much for your kind words. They really encourage me. I’m very glad you enjoyed the Tokyo tour with me. I also had a great time with you. I hope you will come back to Japan sometime.

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Ryan M.

Dec 23, 2019

Tokyo Tour

Our tour was wonderful! We learned a lot about Japan/Tokyo during our day with Shoji. He is a wealth of knowledge! We covered a lot of ground in just 1 day. -Highly Recommend!

Shoji K.

Thank you very much for your kind words and rating. I had a great time with you too. I hope we will meet again some time soon.

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Eva G.

Dec 14, 2019

Sight seeing well guided.

Time well spent

Shoji K.

Thank you very much for joining the Tokyo tour and giving me a good evaluation. I also had a great time with you. I hope you will come back to Japan some time. Thanks, Shoji