Our Vision

Get your hands on authentic Japanese experiences.

Our mission is to offer you an unforgettable hands-on experience in a half day guided tour to places in Kyoto that a guide book wouldn’t cover. Want to visit less touristic sites, see supreme skills of craftsmen, or, above all, actually do something? If you do, you have made it to the right place. When it comes to one of a kind encounters with authentic cultural experience, Kyoto has so much to offer. We work as a tour guide and a translator to be a bridge between you and local people, who have an extraordinary craftsmanship and knowledge, but are not capable of delivering them to you due to the language barrier.

So, how do we exactly intend to achieve a lifetime memory for every guest? Here is how:

1. 100% original tour
All of our tours are 100% original as each tour was crafted from scratch by our guides with in-depth knowledge on the old capital of Japan. We are very proud to present you with unique and authentic hands-on experiences.

2. Small group tour
Our tours are available for up to six people, allowing you abundant time to get acquainted with the tour’s host. It also helps us to pay close attention to each guest make sure everything is taken care of.

3. Safely conducted tour
Because Hands on Japan Ltd. holds a travel agency license issued by Governor of Kyoto prefecture, travel insurance is applied to all guests. Also, tours are conducted by a trained and certified English/Chinese speaking guide.

Join Kyoto Hands on Tours. It all starts from Kyoto station.


Managing Director / Kenta Ohashi