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Be a Monkey!!  Experience (Jan. 1st - Mar.19th, Apr.21st - Nov.14th, Dec.1st - Dec.31st)

by Masaki
(115) Reviews
5h $ 279 Price up to 4 people


  • Iwatayama Monkey Park
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Groves
  • Togetsu bridge
  • Arashiyama

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279.00 USD

Price up to 4 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

What to Expect

"Be a Monkey!" Experience

Tired of temples and shrines?? Then how about surrounding yourself with wild monkeys?

In this monkey mountain, you can enjoy monkeys right beside you with no cages!! It is common to sit on a bench and monkeys will come join you.
It takes about 15-20min. walking to get to the top of the mountain, where you can buy treats for monkeys and feed them by hand!!
There's no place like Monkey Mountain on Earth!!

In addition to the monkeys, the harmony of Kyoto city and the colors of the mountains are breathtakingly beautiful especially in the spring and fall.

Beside monkey mountains, a stroll around Togetsu Bridge shopping and enjoying local street food, and the famous Bamboo Groves is so relaxing, it will make you forget about your hectic everyday life.

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  • Iwatayama Monkey Park
  • Arashiyama Bamboo Groves
  • Togetsu bridge
  • Arashiyama


Please feel free to contact and tell desired date and time!

Available time varies daily.
Please complete your bookings 4days before the tour day. Otherwise, please send me a message.
Please note that we use public transportation for regular tours. If you need a private transportation, please contact me.
The guide is not responsible or liable for any damage or loss incurred by the travelers in connection with the Tour.

Available time varies daily.
Please complete your bookings 4days before the tour day. Otherwise, please send me a message.
Please note that we use public transportation. If you need a private transportation, please contact me.
If you are a group of more than 4, please message me.
Please read the profile page for the special condition and cancellation policy.

What‘s included
guide fee, hotel pick-up(in Kyoto)
What‘s not included
entrance fee(-Iwatayama Monkey Park children [4-15yrs] 250yen, adult [over 15yrs] 550 yen , you and your guide)
lunch (if you are having one, you and your guide), Transportation fee (you and guide)
Meeting Point
At your hotel or anywhere convenient in or around Kyoto
Ending Point
At your hotel or anywhere convenient in or around Kyoto
5 hours
Starting time
08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 4 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 115 )
Sharon Sharon United States ( Family with kids )
1 week ago

“ Best guide ever! ”

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 Jap... read more


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

Ramon Ramon United States ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Amazing Tour in Kyoto - Highly Recommended Tour Guide ”

My husband and I had a wonderful day in Kyoto, guided by Masaki (known as Makoon). He was very diligent in understanding our goals for the tour and put together a thoughtful and exciting tour for us. We had a lot of questions about Kyoto, Japanese culture etc - and he was very expert in giving us thoughtful and thorough answers. We left not just with an appreciation of Kyoto but also broader knowledge of the culture and history that helped us round out our trip to Japan. We would absolutely return to Kyoto and do additional tours with Makoon. We have done many private tours in our travels and we consider Makoon in the top echelon of guides we have used. Highly Highly recommended.


Dear Ramon san, I'd like to express my sincere appreciation to your generous review. We were definitely blessed with weather that day. The tour was great for me, too. You asking me questions made me learn more, too. We discussed in a wide variety of topics from work ethics, food, politics, and Hachiko! Although we did quite a lot in one day, there is always more in Kyoto. I'm sincerely looking forward to seeing you again! Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori

Marshall Marshall United States ( Family with kids )
1 month ago

“ Kyoto in a day ”

My 16 year old and I had a great time on our tour with Masaki. He really knows so much about the history of Kyoto. While we did not expect the knowledge we were given on the tour, we were amazed and enjoyed it very much. Masaki hit every area we wanted to see, and gave us information about these areas that we would have never known had we just went on our own...not to mention been able to do so much in one day! Thanks Masaki for a great day in Kyoto. Marshall

Jana Jana United States
1 month ago

“ Two days was not enough! ”

I did a lot of research for our family trip to Japan. Makoon was very responsive and very professional from the start. I told him what I wanted to see and I asked him for recommendations on if I should change anything and he gave suggested I trade one place for Nijo castle. Being with Makoon is awesome, it's better than a documentary because you get the history and significance of the places you are visiting, the hidden spots, tips on where to eat and shop, all wrapped up in a very friendly and caring guide. We spent two half days seeing the following. 1) Fushimi Inari Shrine 2) Kiyomizu Temple 3) Sanjusangen do 4) Downtown walk (Intro to Geisha culture) 5) Bamboo Forest Arashiyama 6) Kinkaku Temple 7) Nijo Castle Our first day we were late by 20 mins because we missed our t... read more

Tammie Tammie United States ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ An AWESOME Day! ”

Makoon is by far the most professional, detailed, knowledgeable and passionate guide we have ever had. He continued to amaze us with a depth of information and knowledge. We had a wonderful day exploring Kyoto guided by Makoon. His planning and attention to detail is outstanding. He adjusted the tour perfectly to accomodate my husbands health issues. I really can't say enough about this young man. It was not surprising to discover that he teaches classes for guides! Thank you Makoon for a day we will never forget!


Dear Tammie, It's more than an honor to recieve a review like yours. Once again, thank you for in depth conversation regarding Japanese and American history and culture. I too learned a lot from you, it was interesting to compare and contrast. I'm really glad you made some great memories. Even though we did a lot in one day, Kyoto always has more to offer! Sincerely looking forward to seeing you again! Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori

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