–{•Ά‚ΦƒXƒLƒbƒv

Finest Customized Tours in Japan
(Tokyo, Kyoto, Hakone, Kamakura, Takayama, Osaka, Kobe, Kagoshima, Hokkaido)

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any inquiries.
TEL+81-663007886Enquiries and Reservations

Testimonialsthank you emails from our clients

Word of Mouth is Our Best Friend!

As a new group of tourist guides, we appreciate the referrals and word of mouth testimonials that we receive from our guests. These are just a few testimonials from some of our clients. Please feel free to contact us anytime.




From Mr. M (Greece & Hungary)
With this email I want to thank you for the great private tour you organised for us in Kyoto.

We were amazed with the selection of the sight seeings including the Kinkakuji & Tenryuji shrines & the Arashiyama Bamboo forest including the monkeys visit which the kids loved, your knowledge on Japan history and the intellectual discussions we had both on the past and present of Japan. 

We are looking forward to meeting again in a future trip in Japan and please feel free to drop a note if you visit Budapest or Athens.



From Mr. T (Australia)
We had the trip of our lifetime in Japan courtesy of Ms. Mizue Lee, our guide for our trips to Kyoto and Nara. Mizue-san was friendly, knowlegeable, and took us to restaurants and shops that we otherwise wouldn't have visited ourselves. Of course, the temples and castles were fantastic too. We only hope that our two young daughters did not bore her too much with their endless questions.

We thoroughly recommend Sakura Private Guides, especially if you're a first time visitor to Japan. Not only will you save time (and therefore pack more in in terms of places to visit), you will experience first-hand the hospitality that Japan is famous for.

From Mr. & Mrs. H (U.S.)

Our day with Hiroe in Kyoto surpassed all of our expectations! Ifve taken private and group tours with guides all over the world, and Hiroe is without a doubt the best Ifve experienced. Her knowledge about the sights, and Japanfs history and culture, were exactly what my wife and I were looking for on our honeymoon.  She is also truly fluent in English and easy to converse with, which isnft something I can say about other guides we had in Japan. Hiroe was also so accommodating with the schedule. We finished early with our original itinerary and instead of ending the tour, she offered to take us to any other sights we wanted, so we went all the way from Arashiyama to the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine to see all of the red torii gates (which arenft exactly next door to each other)! We feel so lucky to have had Hiroe as our guide, and canft recommend her highly enough! Thank you, Hiroe, for an amazing day!

From Ms. K (U.S.)
On behalf of our group, we wish to thank you for the wonderful Kyoto Tour we took with you in April 2015. Everything went smoothly from the time you picked us up at the cruise terminal in Kobe till you returned us late at night, tired but very pleased with the wonderful day we spent with you. You are a Fabulous Tour Guide and we cannot thank you enough for organizing such a wonderful tour for us.

From Mr. S (U.S.)
Hiroe was excellent - she took my wife, myself and two teenage kids from NYC around Kyoto for a great day visiting shrines and temples. She is full of energy, very pleasant, gracious and knowledgeable. 

From Mr. T (Australia)
Hiroe is an excellent guide who makes you feel like one of the family, she is very informative and goes the extra mile to make your trip is full of great experiences. ith my mother being in a wheelchair Hiroe made sure that it was as wheelchair friendly as possible!
Hope to be back soon to organize another tour!
Thanks once again :) 

From Mr. D (New Zealand)
History came alive on my tour. Thanks to Hiroe, I was able to discern the various spiritual beliefs by way of the temples and shrines that were visited, and also learned about the crucial historical figures that had made Kyoto critical to unifying Japan. Hiroe has such an intense interest for history that anyone touring with her will recognize her devotion and appreciate the knowledge. Most of all, she goes the distance in making one feel happy about the tour she provides. Please book with her!

From Mr. K (U.S.)
Hiroe was wonderful with our group. We had 10 people on a cruise that visited Osaka for a day. Hiroe was excellent at planning a detailed day's sightseeing to Kyoto within our tight cruise time limit and in keeping our group together & assuring we saw what we came to see in a very organized manner. Her personality is so sweet and she & her assistant went the extra mile to see we had a great time. They were also both great on our Kagoshima tour. I highly recommend her for any Japan sightseeing.

From Mr. P (U.S.)

We had a wonderful experience with our tour guide Hiroe. She showed us tourist and local spots in Kyoto. She gave us keen insight on local customs and made the trip so much fun for my 3 sons (12,16, 20). We enjoyed visited the Samurai Amusement Park and couldnt have done this on our own as everything was in Japanese. Great explanations at the Nijo Castle a Golden Pavilion. With her help we learned about Gion and were able to see a Geisha who she knew. Highly Recommend Hiroe!

From Ms. B (U.S.)
Hiroe is the best tour guide we have had in Japan. We have had a few. She comes prepared for everything. She even help us recover my wallet that I left on the Shinkansen. She explained everything and answered every question my family asked, even the off the beaten path ones. She picked an outstanding restaurant for us to dine in. She worked with me to get the most of our stay in Kyoto on a budget. I can not say enough good things about Hiroe as a tour guide and friend.

From Ms. S (U.S.)
Hiroe is the BEST! She has an in-depth knowledge of Japanese history and culture; she selected some wonderful sites to visit; and, best of all, she was extremely flexible and accommodating to our special requests. She definitely made our tour of Kyoto very special.

In addition, she provided a car and driver in order to make our feet happier. This was definitely worth the additional charge. The driver was also quite helpful and very pleasant.

Hiroe is a guide who surpasses expectations!

From Ms. B (U.S.)
Hiroe is the best tour guide we have had in Japan. We have had a few. She comes prepared for everything. She even help us recover my wallet that I left on the Shinkansen. She explained everything and answered every question my family asked, even the off the beaten path ones. She picked an outstanding restaurant for us to dine in. She worked with me to get the most of our stay in Kyoto on a budget. I can not say enough good things about Hiroe as a tour guide and friend.

From Ms. Z (Great Britain)
We asked Hiroe to give us an overview of Kyoto as we only had one day. She was interesting, enthusiastic, well informed and great fun to be with, and we were totally satisfied with our day. We hope to return to Japan and would definitely use her again.

From Mr. B (U.S.)
Hiroe was very well prepared & responsive to our needs and was both highly professional & enjoyable to be with. She researched new options for us on the go, as we decided to alter the itinerary as we went along. She was also exceptionally helpful in understanding the physical limitations of an older member of our party and finding solutions that enabled everyone to have an outstanding time. Her explanations of key concepts, in fluent English complete with visual aids, was very much appreciated.

From Ms. L (Philippines)
Hiroe was very professional, informative and helpful. Even before the trip when we were still exchanging emails and finalizing the itinerary she was friendly and accommodating. Everything was organized well! We were slow walkers because my dad is a photographer and likes to wander but we got to visit every site we wanted. Our experience of Nara was perfect because of her expertise!

From Mr. A (Bahrain)
First of all, I truly would like to send my sincere gratitude to you for the wonderful day we had together in Kyoto. You did an outstanding job in making it an unforgettable experience to me and my family. Your guiding skills proven to be unmatched. You basically exceeded my expectations.
Of course, the Geisha lunch, as an experience, sits at the top but we also had a lot of fun doing other activities.
Now that I am back home and watch those nice videos and look at the scenic photos we've taken, it indeed brings back a lot of amazing feelings.
You know, I've been to various places around the world but I can easily and honestly state that Japan is the best.


From Mr. P (Thailand)
It was fantastic. We had a nice time in Kyoto. It was right decision to have Hiroe as our guide. She always explained the story behind all places that we visited so we felt the connection with each place. She also took us to one of the best restaurant in Kyoto. We had a great time there.


From Ms. C (Great Britain)
My family and I spent a day in Osaka & Kyoto with Hiroe recently. She was fantastic! Our afternoon was spent in Arashiyama near Kyoto. Despite the area being extremely busy, Hiroe knew it well enough to find some quiet spots. We had a fantastic lunch in a restaurant we would never have found (or been brave enough to try!) without her! She tailored the day to two rather tired kids (origami and sweets!) and offered many fascinating insights into Japan and it's culture. I highly recommend her.

From Ms. C (U.S.)
We spent 4 days with Hiroe in Osaka. We could not have had a better guide!! Hiroe was always on time with a smile!! She's extremely knowledgeable, interesting, terrific English, and a great sense of humor!! I'm sure we saw twice as much with her as we would have on our own. I would highly recommend her as your Japan tour guide. Thank you Hiroe !!!

From Ms. B (Philipines)
Hiroe was an excellent and efficient tour guide. She came on time, was well prepared for our Kyoto Tour and very flexible in changes we made along the way. We took to her right away because she is a warm and friendly person. My girls loved her because she made the tour super interesting and fun for all. We will definitely get her again on our next trip to Osaka and recommend her to friends and relatives as well. Glad I found someone like her.

From Ms. C (Great Britain)

My family and I spent a day in Osaka & Kyoto with Hiroe recently.

She was fantastic.
Our afternoon was spent in Arashiyama near Kyoto. Despite the area being extremely busy, Hiroe knew it well enough to find some quiet spots. We had a fantastic lunch in a restaurant we would never have found (or been brave enough to try !) without her. She tailored the day to two rather tired kids (origami and sweets!) and offered many fascinating insights into Japan and it's culture. I highly recommend her.


From Ms. D (Thailand)
Hiroe guided us for one full day in Kyoto and half a day in Osaka and we were very very happy with her service. Hiroe was knowledgeable about history of all places that we visited and she came well prepared with the pictures and card to help you understand better. She's also flexible to help you designing the trip itinerary according to your preference and needs. We had an amazing and great time in both cities and we highly recommend her services to everybody. Great job! Hiroe and Thanks!


From Mr. S (Australia)
Hiroe should be declared a national treasure! We had Hiroe escort us through Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka over three days. Hiroe's English is impeccable and her knowledge of history and culture really helped us enjoy our holiday. And (!), Hiroe is so much fun! We had a lively time, shared laughs and we really enjoyed her company! You can't go wrong with Hiroe. We are already planning our next trip to Japan and Hiroe will be an important part of our next trip.

From Mr. R (Great Britain)
Our family enjoyed a great 2 days with Hiroe who took us to the Kyoto and Nara areas. She is very knowledgeable about the area and has excellent English skills. I would highly recommend her if you are looking for a guide in the Osaka, Kyoto or Nara areas.

From Ms. T (U.S.)
Hiroe was the ultimate professional. We enjoyed our time and learned much about the history of Kyoto and Nara. Hiroe was able to adjust our tour, as we went, in order to accommodate our fatigue from jet lag, age differences within our group (traveling with my husband, 8 year old daughter and 74 year old mother) and the extreme heat that we faced during our stay. Her humor, patience and flexibility were very much appreciated and I recommend her services highly.

From Mr. S (Great Britain)
Hiroe was both a friendly and expert tour guide. She certainly knew her subject. We hired Hiroe for 2 days; the first was in Osaka and the second was in Nara. Having a tour guide adds another level to a holiday. Hiroe was very informative in all the places we visited and was good at helping us understand the parts of Japanese culture we would have missed visiting these places by ourselves. Her command of English was also excellent.

From Mr. L (U.S.)
After finishing our tour my wife and I looked at each other and agreed "money well spent." Hiroe customized a tour for us taking into account certain physical limitations I had. She was knowledgeable, accommodating, and much fun to be with. We explained the type of things we wanted to see and she took us to places that we much enjoyed. She knew good local restaurant for lunch. We had a great day that left us ready to enjoy a couple of days in Kyoto on our own with some confidence.

From Mr. O (U.S.)
Hiroe was wonderful!! She was very friendly, knowledgeable and a lot of fun! We were able to customize our itinerary and made many changes which Hiroe was able to accommodate at the last minute. I wanted an ornamental sculpture that none of our 4 concierges at our hotel could find for me and Hiroe found a place in 5 minutes took me there which turned out to be someone's home and not a store and I was able to acquire it. It's something that could not have happened without her. Fantastic guide!


From Mr. W (U.S.)
We are a party of 4 which included our aged mom, and Aya san was superb in planning our 1 day trip to Nikko from Tokyo. She was punctual and knowledgeable and we covered the tour as we wanted it, tho' we were worried we won't be able to venture far with our mom with us. Aya san covered the historical aspects of the tour well and introduced us to the local cuisine as well. Will definitely call on her again, should we visit Tokyo in the future.

From Ms. Z (U.S.)
Ayako was our guide for our two day tour of Tokyo & Nikko. She tailor-made the program to accommodate our needs & time constraints. She was very punctual, helpful, responsive & informative. We were very happy with her service & would be happy to recommend her to anyone visiting Japan.

From Ms. W (Canada)
Hiroe is sweet, helpful, flexible, knowledgeable and professional - a dream come true! We thoroughly enjoyed a lovely day around Kyoto and look forward to more time with her. She's an absolute joy!


From Mr. K (U.S.)
What a fantastic guide! Hiroe was truly the perfect guide that one could have hoped for. She was not only prompt in returning emails, but also very flexible during the planning of our tours. Hiroe was able to combine a deep historical knowledge with a wonderful sense of humor. This made for such a lovely time at all the places we went to! I could not have asked for a better way of seeing Japan. I would not hesitate to work with Hiroe again during our next trip to Japan. Thank You!

From Mr & Mrs. J (U.S.)
We spent 2 days in October with Hiroe seeing Kyoto and Nara. Our party consisted of two 60 year olds and a 30 year old.  She was an absolutely top-notch guide. She was friendly and warm. Hiroe tailored the tours to our interests. She was extremely knowledgable about the history and culture of Japan. We learned so much everywhere we went. We loved the temples, shrines, gardens, food, and culture of Japan. Hiroe's English was excellent and she was so easy to be around. She made us feel at ease and she was such a good teacher, which is what we wanted while we were in her beautiful country. We especially enjoyed the Bamboo Forest and the amazing red tori gate pathways at the Fushimi Inari Shrine but there is an endless variety to experience and if we ever had the chance to return to Japan we would use Hiroe again as our guide. She is an extremely professional and friendly guide who will teach you many new things and make you feel very welcomed to her country. 

“X•άŽΚ^

information“X•άξ•ρ

Sakura Private Guides
Sakura Language Plus

1-1-9 #431, Nishiawaji,
Higashi Yodogawa-ku,
Osaka, 533-0031, JAPAN
TEL/FAX. +81-663007886