Discover Japan with knowledgeable local guides.
We believe that there's no better way to discover a new town or city than accompanied by somebody who lives there. With the services of a tour guide you will get to grips with the local transport, find out where the best bars and restaurants are, discover locations you'd probably never find by yourself, and learn some fascinating local history.
Most importantly of all, you'll have the chance to get to know someone who has lived here all their life and who can give you a true insight into Japanese culture and society - which is what we think travelling is all about.
We have two dedicated, full-time InsideJapan tour guides: Masa Hattori(Tokyo) and Ayako Kiyono (Kyoto & Osaka). You can read more about them in the staff profiles section of this website. In addition we use a number of excellent guides certified by the Japan Tour Guide Service (JTGS) in destinations all across the country.
Guiding can be arranged by the day or half-day, and any InsideJapan holiday can include as much or as little as you like. Just have a look below or to the left to find out where guiding is available and how it can help you make the most of your holiday.
Tokyo photography tour
Turn your holiday snaps into photographic masterpieces to make your friends green with envy.
Guided excursion to Kamakura
Travel to Kamakura for a day with a private guide. The best way to see the temples and shrines of this charming coastal town and former capital
Half day private guide service in Kyoto
Get beneath the surface of Kyoto with a half day private guide service. See the famous sights along with some lesser known hidden gems.
Full day private guide service in Tokyo
Explore Tokyo in the company of an expert local guide.
Full day private guide and driver service in Tokyo
A private guide and driver will really help you get the most out of your time in Tokyo.
Full day private guide service in Kyoto
Spend a day discovering Kyoto in the company of a professional guide
Full day private guide and driver service in Kyoto
Kyoto's sights are very spread out, but private guide and driver will help you see the very best of the city.
Full day private guide and driver service via Mount Fuji to Hakone
The best way to see Fuji-san and Hakone National Park in one day is by private car.
Insider Experience: Fukushima nuclear exclusion zone tour
Explore today's Fukushima and understand the nuclear disaster on this educational tour inside the exclusion zone.
Day trip to Nara in a wheelchair accessible vehicle
The ancient capital of Nara is an easy day trip from Kyoto in a wheelchair accessible vehicle.