Hi, I’m Shizuka


Hi, I’m Shizuka

I’ve lived in Kyoto for 8 years

I speak English, Japanese

I am a Tour Guide


Hi, I'm Shizuka, a local host here in beautiful Kyoto! I love exploring this city where old and new seamlessly blend together, creating a unique fusion of urban life and nature. From the serene Kamo River to the bustling streets of Gion, I find joy in every corner of Kyoto. One of my favorite activities is visiting unique bookstores and coffee shops, where I can relax with a good book and delicious sweets. I also enjoy riding my bike around the city, which allows me to discover hidden gems and easily access various neighborhoods like Sakyo Ward, Arashiyama, and Fushimi. As a local expert, I can show you some amazing coffee shops and thrift stores, along with specialty art material shops where you can find unique Japanese items like washi paper. Whether you're looking for traditional Japanese cuisine or casual dining spots, I know plenty of great restaurants and cafes to suit your taste. I can also guide you through local shopping arcades for a truly authentic Kyoto experience. I can't wait to share my love for Kyoto with you and help you uncover the layers of history and culture that make this city so special!

My knowledge & interests

Hosts expertise Food Hosts expertise Arts Hosts expertise Nature / outdoors Hosts expertise Shopping Hosts expertise Photography Hosts expertise Culture & customs
Street food Local cuisine Desserts Food markets Unique & unusual foods Cinema Parks Gardens Hikes Social history Religious history Cityscape photography Street photography Portrait photography Modern architecture Third wave coffee Department stores Vintage shops Street markets Handicrafts & souvenirs Traditional culture Religious customs Lifestyle culture Rituals & ceremonial customs Alternative or underground culture Vegetarian food Japanese sake Painting Performance art Contemporary art Thrift stores Second-hand markets Specialty shops Bookstores Landscape photography Wildlife photography Fashion photography Night photography Nature photography Folk music Funk music Reggae

Experiences I love to host