I'm a government licensed tour guide and having 14-year experience as a full-time private tour guide in Kyoto.
As a native Kyoto person, I love to take people to the places that travel guidebooks usually don't tell much, such as a quiet alleyway, off-the-beaten path gardens, and nice local pubs and restaurants.
My guiding style is to be like your old friend living in Japan, instead of being a history teacher or a tour-leader holding a flag.
I'd like to share many topics and stories about Kyoto and Japan, old things and new things.
I also want to know about yourself and your country ;-) If you like some jokes and humors, please let me be your guide! I most enjoy casual style of taking.
My tour courses are all very flexible. If you have some requests, please let me know.
I enjoy biking and hiking as well (and drinking some sake and craft beer!).
If you want to visit surrounding areas such as Nara, Osaka and Kobe, no problem! I can meet you at your hotel in those areas too.
My passion is making the most of your precious time in Japan!
Thank you so much for reading. I'm looking forward to seeing you!
A Recent Review of this guide
We booked Kenzo for a 3 day tour of kyoto and Nara. He was absolutely Amazing! We had 3 adults ( one senior citizen) and four kids ( teenagers and 2 younger kids). He was able to make everyone's day enjoyable. He accounted for bad weather by finding places where we could take breaks indoors. Always found a great place for lunch. Helped us order our sushi and even taught my kids some japanese! Highly recommend Kenzo!
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National certificate of an English speaking guide (EN00278)