Shoji K.

4.83(46) reviews

Available Areas

Tokyo, Kamakura, Hakone, Yokohama





Response Time

5 hours on average


Availability Updated

1 day ago


About Tour Guide Shoji K.

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.


Your Best Choice of Tokyo One-day Tour

7 hours 30 min

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$199/ per group

Must-see in Nikko One-day Tour

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$308/ per group

Must-sees in Kamakura One-day Tour

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$214/ per group

Nikko World Heritage One-day Tour

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$308/ per group

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

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$326/ per group



Juan B.

May 29, 2023

great tour with shoji

very knowledgeable we had a great time with shoji


Mohamad H.

May 23, 2023

The best tour guide you can ever have!

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


Kris B.

May 1, 2023

Amazing time in Kamakura

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.


Charles B.

May 1, 2023

An interesting tour in difficult circumstances

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.