Japan is one of the most fascinating countries on earth. But, it’s just about impenetrable to the average visitor. I have lived in Kyoto, Japan, for over ten years. I have written several editions of Lonely Planet’s Kyoto and Japan guidebooks. I have spent my time here searching out the best gardens, temples, walks, restaurants, shops and accommodations. I have designed several walking tours that take in the very best that Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Tokyo have to offer – some must-see attractions that lie on the beaten track, but lots of secret spots that are unknown even to most locals.
I can also provide restaurant and accommodation recommendations and bookings. And I can take you to the best and most interesting shops, where you can purchase wonderful Japanese products, both traditional and modern, for yourself or the folks back home.
Please join me for an inside look at this wonderful country!
Please note that this is a private venture operated by Chris Rowthorn. It is not operated by or affiliated with Lonely Planet guidebooks.
- Half-day tours cost Y25,000 (about US$250)
- Full-day tours cost Y40,000 (about US$400)
- Two-hour Gion tours cost Y20,000 (about US$200).
Prices are per group, not per person. We can also arrange private car services for your tour, so you only walk the sections you want to. Payment is possible in US, Euro, Australian or Japanese currency, or in advance by credit card.
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Born in the UK and raised in the United States, I’ve made my home in Kyoto since 1992. Since moving here, I’ve spent over a decade studying the Japanese language and culture. In 1995 I started working as a Regional Correspondent for The Japan Times, a national English-language newspaper published in Tokyo. In 1996...
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