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Private tour guide Katsuko

Katsuko O.

Kyoto, Japan

I was born and grew up in Osaka, later lived in Tokyo, then the UK and Singapore.

Now I live in Kyoto.
I have more than 15 years of experience working in a multinational corporation and now working as a national licensed guide-interpreter, as well as a City of Kyoto visitors host guide.
One of my hobbies is travelling abroad and so far I have visited more than fifty countries.
Kyoto is the cultural center of Japan and has great historical importance. I can offer you unique experiences in this beautiful city, which can include visits to traditional Japanese gardens, ancient temples and shrines designated as world heritage sites; authentic Japanese cultural experiences such as the tea ceremony, sake tasting at local breweries, and exploring food markets. With a flexible approach, I can help you personalize your agenda.

I will endeavor to make sure that you will have an enjoyable and memorable trip.
I look forward to guiding you here in Kyoto.

A Recent Review of this guide

Katsuko san showed me everything I wanted to see and was very knowledgeable and informative about all the sites in Kyoto. She helped me get the most out of my limited in in Higashiyama.
Andrew Lawless

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National Licensed Guide Interpreter (EN00750)
City of Kyoto Visitors Host - Licensed Guide certified by City of Kyoto (EN00054)
International SAKE Sommelier
Kyoto Expert Certification 2nd grade


I am not a driver guide but I can arrange transportation upon request.

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