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Guide Profile - Miyuki OKANISHI



English Interpreter-Guide

Guiding Area: Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Kobe


Born in Osaka and raised in Nara. After graduating from a university in Tokyo, worked as a high school English teacher in Osaka. Acquired the national license of interpreter-guide of English in 1990. I began to work as a guide along with teaching. Now I'm a freelance tourist guide. I enjoy exploring my country Japan, with people from all over the world who visit Japan in group tours, incentive tours for VIP organized by Japanese companies, individual family tours and so on. I mainly guide Kansai area including Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Kobe, and also Nagoya and Hiroshima.

Specialties and Hobbies

  • Loves traveling extensively in Japan and abroad
  • A great music lover and enjoy playing jazz piano and singing songs
  • Enthusiastic in tea ceremony and sometimes help my tea master to hold tea ceremony parties in Kyoto
  • A fan of traditional Japanese theatrical arts such as Kabuki and Bunraku
  • Acquired the master degree in TESOL in 2005
  • Studies medical English to help foreign visitors in case of sickness


Why don't you explore Japan, joining our walking tours? Let me explain the charm of each city in Kansai area, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Kobe, four representative cities in the area with full of its attractiveness.
Nara, my hometown, was an capital of Japan (710-794) and still maintain its quiet and peaceful atmospheres. You will find old Japanese elegance which have fostered since the 8th century in Nara. You can stroll around the backstreets in temples and shrines which located in the huge natural park, encountering marvelously beautiful images of Buddhas and visiting shops of Nara specialities such as handiworks, sweets and sake, Japanese rice wine.
Kyoto is a must place for foreign visitors (even for Japanese ones) to come. it is a kind of a treasure box of Japanese culture. I take lessons of tea ceremony every week in an authentic tea house located in Higashiyama district in Kyoto, the very popular sightseeing area. After lessons, I enjoy exploring Kyoto in Kimono. You will find your own Kyoto! I want to share attractiveness of Kyoto you will find and I have found with you during the tours.
Osaka is a city full of energy. It is the second largest city in Japan next to Tokyo, but has quite different culture. It is a city of food maniacs and leading Japanese 'laughing' culture. You may explore your sense of humor socializing with local people in Osaka. They are funny.
Kobe has become an attractive, fashionable, and international city with passion of Kobe people and foreigners who has introduced western culture since Kobe opened the port in 1868. Every visitor will be welcomed as one of citizens of the world. And Kobe beef will be unforgettable!
The moments of your smile, your surprise, and your inspiration are what I really want. I'm looking forward to seeing you soon!