Hi, I’m Tom


Hi, I’m Tom

I’ve lived in Kyoto for 7 years

I speak English, Japanese, German

I am University Faculty Staff


Hey there! I'm Tom, your friendly local host here in Kyoto. Whether it's immersing myself in the diverse events and film festivals at arthouse cinemas, or delving into the captivating history of poets and artists from the Heian era, there's always something new to discover. One of my favorite pastimes is spending a day wandering through the serene mountains and temple trails or finding peace in the tranquility of a temple. You'll often find me exploring Kyoto's foodie wonders, and having heartfelt conversations with locals, especially in the charming neighborhoods of Kamigyo-ku and Kita-ku. With a deep understanding of Kyoto's history and an intimate knowledge of the lesser-known neighborhoods, I'm your go-to for unlocking the secrets of this enchanting city. So, let's embark on a journey together, and uncover the hidden treasures Kyoto has to offer!

My knowledge & interests

Hosts expertise History Hosts expertise Culture & customs
Street food Local cuisine Desserts Food markets Cinema Parks Gardens Scenic routes Hikes Political history Economic history Social history Religious history Cityscape photography Street photography Classical architecture Third wave coffee Department stores Street markets Traditional culture Popular culture Religious customs Lifestyle culture Alternative or underground culture Traditional art Contemporary art Art history Second-hand markets Bookstores Classical music Pop music Indie music

Experiences I love to host