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Kyoto Walks

Kyoto Walks
Private walking tours combining a perfect selection of tourist sites and off-the-beaten path gems.

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Tokyo Tours

Tokyo Tours
Private tours showing both faces of Tokyo — the hyper-modern urban and the soothing traditional.

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Nara Tours

Nara Tours
If you have three or four days in Kyoto, we strongly suggest making a daytrip to Nara.

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Kanazawa Tours

Kanazawa Tours
Kanazawa, a small city filled with superb sights, is the perfect add-on to the standard Tokyo-Kyoto trip.

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Hiroshima & Miyajima Tours

Hiroshima & Miyajima Tours
The perfect way to learn about the tragic history of Hiroshima and marvel at the way the city has recovered.

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If you wished you had a close friend in Japan to give you an insider’s tour of the country, you’ve come to the right place. My name is Chris Rowthorn and I lived in Kyoto for 20 years and I still spend part of every spring and fall there. I’ve written 19 guidebooks for Lonely Planet about Kyoto and the rest of Japan and I produce InsideKyoto, TrulyTokyo and InsideOsaka. I offer private tours and travel consulting to help you create an unforgettable trip.