Masaki (Makoon san) didn't just show us Kyoto...but he showed us the behind the scenes in ways that a regular tour (or guide for that matter) never could have provided. I had 2 teenagers with me and he was great with them as they learned but remaining super engaged. Our full day itinerary was completely customized ahead of time to suit our interests - which included providing a balance of temples/history with an interest to get a deep exploration of culture, food, etc. And communicating with him ahead of time was a breeze...as he was very responsive (with outstanding English skills) and adapted according to our individual interests (down to what to eat for lunch). He exceeded all expectations. He is a Nationally Licensed Guide with a wealth of information not just about Kyoto but Japan in general....and is one of the few people to have actually met/interviewed a Geisha - so was able to provide a much deeper insight into their lives and culture than would normal. Don't visit Kyoto without a guide as there are so many items the regular tourist will miss just walking around. And don't guide with anyone other than Masaki. He's the best! Thank you Makoon san for providing an impressionable and lifetime memory of Kyoto for me and my family!
Dear Sharon san, It's truly an honor for me to receive a review like yours. It was an great experience for me too to tour with bright teenagers with the best aunt! As you mention the day was a good mix of modern and tradition, highlights and local, I am very happy to hear you got a good sense of Kyoto in the limited time. Also all the planning phase wouldn't have been possible without your kind and prompt responses, I highly appreciate them! Even though we did a lot in your limited time, there is always more in Kyoto! I'm sincerely looking forward to meeting you again in the future. Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori