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  • June

    Language: English

    License: National Licensed guide

    Speciality: Traditional Culture

    I design my tours to show you the best of Kanazawa in a way that is informative & entertaining as a local woman who was born & grew up in downtown Kanazawa.

    I specialize in walking tours around the backstreets of downtown
    Kanazawa.
    Shall we explore them together?
    A walking tour with a local guide will take you on an exciting journey-not possible wlth other guides.

    I guide individual guests, VIP guests, groups, guests coming to Kanazawa , Takaoka Fushiki, & Tsuruga by cruise ship.
    My guiding areas include not only Kanazawa but also Noto, Gokayama, Shirakawago, Takayama, Toyama, Fukui, Nagano, & Matsumoto.

    Kanazawa is a treasure trove full of beautiful scenery, history, samurai culture, arts & crafts such as gold leaf, pottery, lacquer ware, Kaga Yuzen dyeing, Kaga Mizuhiki paper
    wire work, Kaga fishing flies, local
    vegetables, and Kaga cuisine.

    I have been learning ikebana-flower arrangement for 30 years, tea ceremony for 20 years and noh performance(the chanting of a noh text & shoulder-drum) for 3 years.
    I am also licensed as an instructor for
    flower arrangement and I teach it to foreigners in English.
    I am sure my background knowledge of traditional culture will help you enjoy the incredible sites of this city.
    Also, I am familiar with kimono, and I can provide a short lesson about kimono.

    In addition, you will have an opportunity in Kanazawa to experience tea ceremony, or Noh performance (shoulder-drum) under each grand master if you make a reservation at least 10 days in advance.

    Iam really looking forward to seeing you in my hometown, Kanazawa.

    Guide Fees:
    One day (7 hours) 25000 JPY
    Half day (4 hours)15000 JPY

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  • Tony

    Language: English

    License: National Licensed guide

    Speciality: Traditional Culture

    Allow me to guide you through the ancient historical city of Kanazawa, Takayama and Shirakawa-go, filled with touring spots and hidden attractions surrounded by nature. I can take you to spots where you can feel the culture through scent, scenery, and sound. The gastronomy of Kanazawa is also one of a kind and there are many restaurants where you can enjoy the special cuisine.
    It would be my pleasure to take you through venues according to your preference. Through my living experience in the U.S. Europe and Mexico, I can be the cultural bridge between Kanazawa and YOU . I am a national licensed guide interpreter and have a black belt in Judo. Guide fee is 25,000JPY per day or 15,000JPY half a day.

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  • Izumi

    Language: English

    License: National Licensed guide

    Speciality: Traditional Culture

    Hello, I'm Izumi. I was born and raised in Kanazawa, Japan.
    I previously worked at the Ishikawa Prefectural Office and was involved in various projects such as inbound tourism, airport management and environmental policy. Leading foreign visitors around Kanazawa City and Ishikawa Prefecture was my initial experience guiding. I currently guide tours in Kanazawa, Kaga hot spring area, Noto Peninsula, Shirakawago and Takayama.

    Kanazawa is a one of the largest castle towns in Japan and retains many streets and cultural elements from the old days. The city was appointed the first UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art of Japan in 2009. Kanazawa is the ideal place to see and experience traditional Japanese arts and crafts including gold leaf, Kaga Yuzen dyed-silk, lacquerware and more.

    As a member of Japanese Garden and Castle Study Group I love to stroll around Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa Castle and other lovely samurai house gardens. In addition to the main tourist spots I offer traditional arts and crafts experiences, tea ceremony, Zen meditation and more.
    I look forward to exploring the jewel of Kanazawa with my guests.

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    Guide Fees:
    Up to 4 hours/5 people: From ¥15,000~
    Up to 7 hours/5 people: From ¥25,000~
    *Additional expenses (such as admission fees, traveling expenses and meals) are the client’s responsibility.

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  • Hiroko

    Language: English

    License: National Licensed guide

    Speciality: Traditional Culture

    Hi, I’m Hiroko. I have spent all my life in a suburb of Kanazawa except for one year when I studied at New York State University.
    Ever since I was little I have dreamed of doing something with English. Once my English was good enough I found my passion of sharing the beauty and culture of Kanazawa with people traveling here from all over the world.
    Kanazawa is a hidden gem in Japan, from one of the top 3 most beautiful gardens to geisha and samurai districts to countless amazing museums. Kanazawa is the perfect spot to experience traditional Japan.
    What I really enjoy is to help people understand deeply the beauty that lives in this city and gain a better understanding of Japanese culture. Let’s uncover this hidden jewel of Japan with me!

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    Guide Fees:
    Up to 7 hours ¥25,000 ~
    Up to 4 hours ¥15,000 ~
    * Fees vary depending on the number of persons in your group.
    * Additional expenses (including admission fees, traveling expenses and meals) are the client’s responsibility.


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  • KAYO

    Language: English

    License: Kanazawa Visitors Host

    Speciality: Traditional Culture

    Hello. I’m Kayo, Kanazawa Local Guide. I was born and raised in Kanazawa. I can tell you all of the attractive points of my beautiful city. My favorite place is Kenrokuen Garden. I always enjoy strolling. So, I can tell you some interesting stories about Kenrokuen Garden. The food in Kanazawa is also important. It’s fresh and delicious. When I take you to Omicho Market, I can tell you what the best season food is. I’m happy to arrange your Kanazawa Tour.
    I’m friendly, kind and patient. I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time with my warm hospitality.
    Thank you.

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  • Fumiko

    Language: English

    License: National Licensed guide

    Speciality: Traditional Culture

    Hi this is Fumiko. I was born and brought up in Kanazawa. I have strong passion on having a good time with you – not just showing historical spots but also sharing one and only experience. I myself also love to walk around this beautiful city. Feel free to contact me.

    One day tour ( 8hours ) up to 5 people ¥25,000 (JPY)
    Half day tour ( 4hours ) up to 5 people ¥15,000 (JPY )

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  • Natsuko

    Language: English

    License: Kanazawa Visitors Host

    Speciality: Traditional Culture

    Hello, my name is Natsuko Shinkura. I was born and raised in Kanazawa City except for one year when I was lucky enough to live in Seattle. Throughout my life I have loved traveling the world and meeting all kinds of new people. I was bitten by the travel bug at an early age and I still feel the itch to see the world. But life is always unpredictable and just a few years after returning from America I was lucky to meet my husband, get married, and I am blessed with 2 wonderful adult daughters. Now, with more free time, I would once again like to take the opportunity to both see the world and also showcase the beautiful city of Kanazawa.

    With the start of the Hokuriku Shinkansen in 2015, there has been a huge increase in the number of people who want to share the numerous treasures Kanazawa has to offer with it's amazingly delicious food, traditional architecture and arts and crafts, and beautiful Japanese gardens. I can't say I blame them. I spend much of my time now continuing to study English, of course, along with history and food, food, food. When I don't have my head in a book, you will usually find me in search of a good piece of sushi, the perfect umami, or a satisfying bowl of noodles. Why don't you join me? I look forward to sharing my experiences in Kanazawa with you.

    Specialties: Sushi, Japanese Cuisine, History, Culture, Shopping.

    Interests: Travel, Good Food, Making Accessories.

    Luxury Tours
    1 Day Tour - ¥60,000 including guide fee and chartered taxi.
    1/2 Day Tour - ¥40,000 including guide fee and chartered taxi.

    Walking Tours
    1 Day Tour - ¥30,000 (7-8 hours)
    1/2 Day Tour - ¥20,000 (4 hours)

    ***Please contact me at least 2 weeks in advance if possible so I can make any necessary arrangements and reservations.

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  • Kazu

    Language: English

    License: Kanazawa Visitors Host

    Speciality: Traditional Culture

    I'm Kazu. I went to many countries. The incredible experience I got from those countries was so shocking that inspired me to show other people what my town or country also has to offer. I realized that experiencing different cultures is one of the unforgettable memories everyone should have for it widens our world and understanding. Allow me to make you feel the same way in Kanazawa and make your journey memorable.

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  • Yoshi

    Language: English

    License: National Licensed guide

    Speciality: Traditional Culture

    I’m Yoshie Tokuumi. I was born and grown up in Kanazawa. My hometown is nearby Higashi Chaya Districts, one of the most popular sightseeing places. So I can guide you the backstreets history or local temple which is unknown to the tourists. Plus, I’ve learned calligraphy long time since childhood, if you want, I can give you a short lesson during our tour.

    Guide Fees:
    1/2 day 4 hours/ up to 5 people: From ¥15,000
    1 day 7 hours/ up to 5 people: From ¥25,000
    *Additional expenses (admission fees, traveling expenses and meals) are the client’s responsibility.

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  • Junko

    Language: English

    License: National Licensed guide

    Speciality: Traditional Culture

    Hello my name is Junko, I am a native resident of Kanazawa and a national licensed guide. My work experience in Disney World ,Florida , has helped me develop hospitality and a deep respect for the understanding of the cultural differences.

    Touring Kanazawa City and other cities, I would like to assist visitors to help them feel comfortable with warm hospitality. After my tour, I want guests of Kanazawa City to love Japan even more.

    Some of my interests in Japanese culture, are in the Art, Calligraphy, and especially Tea Ceremony. For example I like visit museums and art festivals. The first art festival, called 'Oku-Noto Triennial' will be held in Ishikawa. It would be my pleasure to guide you there.

    I look forward to seeing you.

    Full-day(7h)¥25,000~ Half-day(4h)¥15,000~

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  • MAKI

    Language: English

    License: Kanazawa Visitors Host

    Speciality: Traditional Culture

    Hi! I’m MAKI. Welcome to Kanazawa!
    Kanazawa is a small local city but well known as a city with history and culture. Please let my 10 year experience as a volunteer guide for foreigners make your visit to Kanazawa special. Please feel free to contact me.

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  • Kana

    Language: English

    License: Kanazawa Visitors Host

    Speciality: Traditional Culture

    Hi! I'm Kana, a certified English tour guide in Kanazawa. I was born and raised in this city, and I am currently working at a tourism related association. I have lived overseas for 6 years for school and work, so I suppose my English is quite good. I am a foodie so ask me for restaurants and bars loved by locals! With my passion to my hometown, I assure you that you will enjoy the city!

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  • Nozomi

    Language: English

    License: Kanazawa Visitors Host

    Speciality: Traditional Culture

    I am a simultaneous interpreter and have worked with several celebrities and VIPS around the world.
    Originally from Tokyo, but have lived in Kanazawa for over 25 years and love this city! Received my education abroad (India, Singapore, California, Paris) since the age of 8 to 22 and have a non-Japanese like outgoing character--but a good listener at the same time! I shall be very honoured to getting to know you and taking you around to the best of my ability.

    FEE:
    Walking Tours (Taxi or One-day bus pass suggested)
    1~5 persons
    1 Day Tour ¥30,000 (8 hours)
    1/2 Day Tour ¥15,000 (4 hours)

    *SPECIAL RESTAURANT RESERVATIONS
    Have connections with top restaurants in Kanazawa and will be able to make special reservations for you.

    I can book you for a restaurant with the presence of a geisha.

    *SPECIAL TRADITIONAL ARTS & CRAFTS EXPERIENCE PROGRAMMES
    including visiting Kaga Yuzen master's atelier,
    Lacquerware master's atelier
    Tea Ceremony with an Urasenke Master/Mistress, etc.

    *EXCURSIONS
    a day trip can be arranged using public transport or a private taxi.

    Advance notice would be grateful to make your stay in Kanazawa most comfortable.

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  • Yukie

    Language: English

    License: Kanazawa Visitors Host

    Speciality: Traditional Culture

    Hi everyone!!! I'm Yukie. Are you interested in learning about Japanese "Geisha" or "Samurai"? Kanazawa is one of the best cities that you can visit to experience, as close as possible, the ways of their lifestyle from the Edo period. Let me know what you are interested in and where you want to visit. I will try my best to tailor my tours to your specific interests. I also love photography and my photos on Instagram will give you a small glimpse of what Kanazawa is like. Please check it out at
    http://www.instagram.com/yukietj/.
    I would love to be a part of your visit to Kanazawa, my hometown of which I am so proud. Let's explore Kanazawa together!!! Feel free to contact me at anytime.

    Guide fees:
    Up to 4 hours less than 4 people ¥12,000
    Up to 6 hours less than 4 people ¥20,000
    *Admission fee, cost of traffic and meals are not included in the guide fee.

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  • Aiko

    Language: English

    License: Kanazawa Visitors Host

    Speciality: Traditional Culture

    Hi, my name is Aiko. I'm a licensed tour guide of Kanazawa city.
    I was born and raised in Kanazawa and I'm a mother of twin boys.
    Being a big fan of Kanazawa myself, I'm really enjoying showing many attractions of this charming city to guests from overseas. Also I'd love to talk about local people's daily life.
    Let's have fun together !
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    Half-day Tour (4 hours) ------15,000JPY
    Full-day Tour (7 hours) ------25,000JPY

    (There may be some additional cost such as entrance fee, bus fare and meals during the tour)

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  • Yumiko

    Language: English

    License: Kanazawa Visitors Host

    Speciality: Traditional Culture

    I’m from one of nearby cities of Kanazawa.
    I’ve loved Kanazawa since I was learning English Education in Kanazawa University used to be located in the current Kanazawa Castle Park. I believe you will be a big fan of this beautiful, historic city like I am! I am happy to be a dedicated supporter of your enjoyable trip and a friend of yours.
    Full Day Tour: 8:30~15:30
    Half Day Tour: 8:30~12:30
    Please feel free to contact me via the application form so I can send you more details.

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  • Akira

    Language: English

    License: National Licensed guide

    Speciality: Traditional Culture

    BACKGROUND : Having been in charge of foreign business in a manufacturer for 39 yrs including 4 yrs stay in New York and another 4 yrs in Paris & Algeria also over 90 times visit to Eastern Asian countries and USA, these experiences seem working well as a guide to tell the things Japanese not only about Kanazawa from the interest of foreign visitors. I bet I can offer
    meaningful and enjoyable guiding of the day.
    HOBBY : Golfing, Movie, Music & Cooking
    PERSONALITY : Open minded
    REMARK : Easy French conversation available

    GUIDE FEE : 15,000jyn/4h 25,000jyn/8h

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  • Nariko

    Language: English

    License: National Licensed guide

    Speciality: Traditional Culture

    Hello. I’m Nariko. I love traveling and meeting with people from overseas. On holidays, I enjoy visiting castles in Japan and learning about their histories and cultures.
    I have lived in the U.S., Noto Peninsula, Kaga Onsen District, and Kanazawa city. I can introduce you to various attractive points of Hokuriku area including my hometown Toyama. I also welcome families with small children. I am a mother of two sons and have a long experience as an English teacher.
    Please feel free to tell me what you’re interested in. I look forward to sharing amazing time with you in Kanazawa.

    Guide Fees:
    One day (8hours) 25,000JPY
    Half day(4hours) 15,000JPY

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  • Kaoru

    Language: English

    License: Kanazawa Visitors Host

    Speciality: Others

    Hello. Welcome to my page.
    I was born in Kyoto and have lived near Kanazawa for more than 30 years.
    I am a guide at a shrine.

    Below are the sightseeing spots I provide the guiding service.
    ・Kenrokuen Garden:
    It is one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan. This feudal lord's garden is dedicated as a special place of scenic beauty, a national treasure.
    I would be happy to help you enjoy this strolling-style landscape garden.

    ・Shinto Shrine
    Are you interested to know about 'Heart & Soul of the Japanese?'
    I know a lot about Shinto Shrine, where you can experience Japanese Shinto-style purification.
    I am looking forward to your request. Thank you.

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  • Yuki

    Language: English

    License: Kanazawa Visitors Host

    Speciality: Traditional Culture

    Hello! I am Yuki.
    I am working at the information of the museum.
    I was born and raised in Kanazawa.
    Kanazawa is the old and new city.I believe the tourists enjoy both the modern things and the traditional ones.
    I'd like to share a good time with foreign visitors.

    ※The guide's fee is open to negotiation.

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  • Asako

    Language: English

    License: Kanazawa Visitors Host

    Speciality: Food Culture

    Hello, travelers! I specialize in morning to noon half-day tours, where I can show you 2 or 3 famous sites. Or you can tell me what you want to do or see and I will try to coordinate your tour. I am a vegetarian and a cat lover. I look forward to showing you around my beautiful city!

    fee : 8:30am-12:30 12,000yen

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  • Pomme Giraud

    Language: English French

    License: National Licensed guide

    Speciality: Traditional Culture

    I was born and live in Kanazawa, but my family moved a lot, so I lived in several parts of Japan. All the moves and changes in my life have given me the passion for cultural discovery and new encounters. Now it's my turn to introduce others to the beauties of Kanazawa and my country.
    I have been a national interpreter-guide(French) since 2013. I like rugby. In my free time, I go out with my dog.

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  • Sodoe

    Language: English

    License: Kanazawa Visitors Host

    Speciality: Traditional Culture

    When you visit Kanazawa, you can feel the ancient and modern at the same time. It is mixed very naturally. It is easy to walk around with visiting the famous sightseeing spots. One of the exciting thing of traveling is "food". Isn't it?? Kanazawa people loves eating too! Me too! There are nice traditional restaurants, casual restaurants, Japanese sweets shops, cake shops, bakery etc. What your interests? Let's discover your favorite food of Kanazawa! You can also wear Kimono and walk around or make your own tradinional Japanese sweets and more things that you can have experiences. I will make your Kanazawa memory unforgettable!

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  • hiroshi3

    Language: English

    License: Kanazawa Visitors Host

    Speciality:

    Hi! My name is Hiroshi.
    I am very happy to welcome foreign guests in Kanazawa. I was born and grew up in Kanazawa. Kanazawa is my hometown and I love this beautiful city. After graduating from University of Department of Chemistry, I started to work as chemistry teacher. After retiring from teaching, I attended historical class and learned the history of Kanazawa. I became a Kanazawa guide in English in 2017. Thank you very much for seeing my profile. Let’s enjoy the tour of this historical city.

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  • ko-guide

    Language: Korean

    License: National Licensed guide

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    가나자와 방문을 환영합니다.
    저는 20년전 가나자와에 이주하여 일본인을 대상으로 한국어 강사와 통번역업무를 해오면서 한국인 관광객의 현지투어와 윤봉길의사 암장지를 방문하는 관계자들의 안내를 맡고 있으며 한국인의 여행을 지원하기 위하여 한국인여행지원센터를 운영하고 있습니다. 현지에 정통한 한국인가이드로서 배우고 경험한 지식을 활용하여 여행객들의 불편함이나 궁금증을 해결할 뿐만 아니라 일본의 겉과 속을 이해하는데 큰 도움이 되는 여행이 될것을 자신있게 말씀드립니다. 여행객 한분 한분의 취향에 맞춤은 물론이고 일본어 소통에 자신이 없는 분들이나 현지사정과 문화에 대하여 호기심이 많은 분들에게 적극 추천합니다.

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