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Takaaki Y.

Kyoto, Japan

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★Local insight by an insider in the ancient capital of Kyoto.

Hi there! I'm Takaaki. I was born and raised in Kyoto. Contemporary art and hidden gems are always my passion. As your guide/personal concierge, I'm happy to create a tour that focuses on art, gardens and places that are yet to be known to travelers from overseas. I specialize in the City of Kyoto as an official tour guide certified by the City of Kyoto (Kyoto Visitors Host). A type of tour that crosses off the must-see sights as much as possible in a rather ambitious time frame is, of course, my field, too. Let me coordinate an efficient itinerary.

Using a City of Kyoto Visitors Host as a guide will redefine your whole travel experience.
Equipped with extensive knowledge of the city and its unique arts and culture acquired through participating in the Visitor's Host course, I am passionate to share my knowledge of Kyoto with you. Let me help make your trip only the beginning of a lifelong love of the magical city of Kyoto.

Please feel free to contact me with your trip ideas. I'm happy to work with you to create your unique travel experience in Kyoto. If you have enough time or have visited the city before, I can help you find the quirky, interesting local places that you would perhaps otherwise not get to see or experience. If you are lucky enough to time your trip for cherry blossoms/autumn colours or seasonal events, I can take you to the best possible places to see and experience the most that you can.

The range of tours I can provide includes bike tour, walking the Kyoto hills, evening tour, a tour called "Zen and tea ceremony experience for vegetarians" and more.

I look forward to hearing from you!

A Recent Review of this guide

Highly recommend Takaaki and the cycling tour if you are new to Kyoto and curious to learn insights about history, religious and spiritual beliefs, food and culture. Takaaki's tour is special because he is patient and willing to go at your pace and interests. Although it is January, he suggested we dress warmly and we were comfortable. We checked the weather forecast for a dry day and booked accordingly. Many thanks Takaaki. Christine and David
Christine Haeberlin

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Kyoto Visitors Host (Official English tour guide certified by the City of Kyoto) EN00077
Certified Domestic Travel Service Supervisor


I am not a driver. I can accompany you in separately arranged car with separate driver.

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