"Shogo?" Looks a little bit hard to pronounce. So if you are interested in Samurai or Busho, you can call me "Shogun". (rather hen-pecked in my family, though. :)
Just a little information about myself. I was born and grew up in Himeji, world-famous for its Castle. I also used to live in Kyoto for 4 years and 2 years in the US both in my 20s. I have lived in Kobe with my family for over 30 years. So I'm very much familiar with Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Kobe, and Himeji all in western Japan.
One of my hobbies has long been to go trekking over high mountains like the Japan Alps in central Japan, soak in local hot springs in the mountains, and enjoy local dishes & sake chatting with local people. I've also enjoyed exploring overseas like in the US, the UK, Mongolia, Mexico, and New Zealand. It was really great fun. Through explorations, I think I've been learned to see what the tourists need and how they want to be treated while staying in Japan!
I'd like to show you whole-heartedly the beautiful and historic spots of Japan, including again Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Himeji, Kobe, spiritual Koyasan (Mount Koya), Hiroshima, Nagano Prefecture in central Japan, and more.
It's always my great pleasure showing you around Japan, and helping you feel and explore the very spots Japanese. I hope you will have an ENJOYABLE and MEMORABLE trip in Japan. I'm here to help you. I'll see you soon.
A Recent Review of this guide
This was an excellent tour. Shogo was the perfect tour guide and struck the right balance between being knowledgeable and not bombarding you with information. A lot of thought had gone into the day and my 2 children particularly enjoyed it. I would recommend Shogo to anybody.
National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter (Cert. #EN01076)
Obtained M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Kansas
I don't have a commercial driver's license. So I do my tours, using public transportation such as bus, train, subway and taxi, plus walking depending on the tour you book.