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The Minimal Tour

by Masaki
(57) Reviews
1h $ 28 per person


  • Arashiyama, Tenryu Temple, The Bamboo Grove
  • Sanjusangen do
  • Nijo Castle
  • Gion

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28.20 USD

FREE cancellation 14 days prior


Some places in Kyoto are a lot more interesting with a guide.
Please just meet me at one of the following places, and join 1-hour tour.
You don't have to book a guide for long hours and pay for hourly fees!
Get information about Kyoto from local professional guide with a reasonable price!
-Sanjusangen do
-Arashiyama (Main street, Bamboo Forest, Tenryuji)
-Nijo Castle

What to Expect

You can acquire a lot of cultural and historical information that is hard to get from books or google.
You can also get various tips about your Kyoto trips, sites, shopping, restaurants etc...
You don't have to book a guide for long hours and pay for hourly fees!
Get information about Kyoto from local professional guide with a reasonable price!

Organized by Masaki

Licensed Guide
(57) Reviews


  • Arashiyama, Tenryu Temple, The Bamboo Grove
  • Sanjusangen do
  • Nijo Castle
  • Gion


Please message me for available dates

Please book at least 4 days in advance, otherwise please message the guide.
The calendar system of the website is limited at the moment, it is possible that the guide is available on the dates the calender says the guide is unavailable.
Please message me for my availability.
Please read the profile page for the special condition and cancellation policy.

What‘s included
Guide Fee
What‘s not included
Entrance Fee ( If you chose one of he following)
-Nijo Castle 600JPY/Person
-Sanjusangendo 600JPY/Person
-Tenryu Temple 500JPY/Person
Meeting Point
At the site visiting. (The detail TBA after booking)
Ending Point
At the site visiting. (The detail TBA after booking)
1 hours
Starting time
10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 20 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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

About Masaki

Licensed Guide

(57) Reviews

Contact Masaki
Response Time 4 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

*Please note that we use public transportation for regular tours. If you need a private transportation, please contact me.

Hi! I'm Masaki Mori. Please call me Makoon.
I was born in Japan but have lived in Vancouver, Canada for about 10 years.
I'm an English teacher,translator, and a professional breakdancer.
I also teach Guide classes at professional schools.

Would you like to surround yourself with wild monkeys and feed them? or feel the fresh air in the bamboo forest, go shopping for new shoes for yourself and gift for your family in local shopping districts, check out that shrine you saw in "Memoirs of Geisha", eat super tasty ramen, see some Kyoto's very traditional temples and take pictures, or tired of seeing temples and feel like hiking??

If you feel any of the above, please join my tour!
I love my city Kyoto. I'd love to guide you to this city of 1200 years of history, share what I know about the modern and tradition, take you to beautiful scenic locations, and support you making your trip UNFORGETABLE!!

I'm pretty friendly and flexible, too!
Big groups with more than 8 guests, or groups that needs private transportation,
please just contact me, I'm here to help you!
See you soon!!
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Reviews ( 57 )

2 weeks ago |   by Ann

“ Great tour of Kyoto for families ”

We had only a day and a half to see Kyoto and Makoon did a great job of selecting sites that were interesting to our whole family, including our 7 year old. Highlights of our tour included Monkey Mountain, the Bamboo Forest, Shogun mound and my personal favorite Fushimi Inari Shine. Makoon is very knowledgeable of the history of Kyoto and the sites we visited, his insights made our experience more memorable than if we'd just visited the sites on our own. He also brought along his camera and took some really great photos for us. We had the unique experience of touring Kyoto during a rare snow storm. Makoon did a great job of modifying our original planned itinerary to allow us to still enjoy all the sites even with the wet weather. If you are looking to tour Kyoto, we highly recommend Makoon.

4 weeks ago |   by Diane

“ Ten out of Ten with Makoon! ”

From the very beginning, it was a great match! Touring with Makoon, we saw the perfect mix between traditional culture, typical of Kyoto and the lesser known off-the-beaten path spots. He picked up quickly on our family dynamics and tailored our tour on the fly. A wealth of information, Makoon always knew the best photo spots, authentic shops, and one of a kind restaurants. It would be a mistake not to tour with Makoon!

1 month ago |   by Elizabeth

“ Masaki (Makoon) made our visit to Kyoto the highlight of our Japan trip and we were traveling with a 15 year old boy ”

Makoon is seriously amazing! We spent 7 days in Japan and had 3 tour guides, 2 in Kyoto and 1 in Tokyo. The only reason we had 2 guides in Kyoto is because we booked our guides only a few weeks out and Makoon was only available for one day of our trip. We are from the US and had never been to Japan (or even Asia!) before. All three guides we had in Japan were excellent, but Makoon was amazing!! I never write reviews, but felt compelled to write this one. Here are the reasons I feel Makoon made our trip most memorable. 1) He developed a wonderful rapport with our 15 year old son right away - they got along famously the whole time and he kept the day entertaining for both my son and me and my husband. 2) his knowledge of Shintoism (sp?), Buddhism, Kyoto and Japan history is incredible. He took the time at each temple and shrine to educate us on each of the traditions and made the experience very very fun! 3) during our shopping experience in Arashiyama he took us to authentic stores with reasonable prices for us to purchase souvenirs. He also provided us samples of many things as we walked through the shops such as green tea chocolate, rice cake treats, and even various kinds of Saki including one non-alcoholic one for my son to try. There was never any pressure to purchase anything he just wanted us to experience the culture. 4) He took us to a wonderful raman restaurant as my son could not wait to try true raman. Our day with Makoon included Monkey Mountain, Arasiyama, and Fushimi Inari Shrine, This day with Makoon was our very favorite day in Japan and I would highly recommend him.

1 month ago |   by Danielle

“ Excellent ! Best tour guide ! ”

Masaki, or “Makoon” as he goes by, was an exceptional tour guide. I can’t say enough good things about him! We booked a pricate custom one day tour of Kyoto. He was always quick and prompt with email correspondence prior to our trip. He took into consideration my ideas and places I wanted to see while coming up with a great itinerary and suggesting his own ideas. He is very knowledgeable; he knew so much about all of the different places he took us and his English was excellent. If you’re looking to go places off the beaten path, Makoon is your guy! Most of the temples and shrines and the bamboo forest he suggested were so quiet, it was like we had the place to ourselves. He also knew what time we should go for lunch to avoid the rush. He went above and beyond to help make our trip as good as it could be, even past his tour. He recommended places for dinner after he dropped us off and even helped us purchase train tickets for the next day as our hotel was very close to Kyoto station. He also brought his own camera and took photos of us along the way which emailed to me within hours! If you’re going to Kyoto, definitely book Makoon!

1 month ago |   by Robert

“ Kyoto in a day ”

Mr Masaki, a.k.a Mr Makoon is the first guide i have encountered who brings a camera and becomes your personal photographer too. He is very informative, accomodating and knowledgable. He would even find shortcuts to let u have a better photo angle of the sites you go to. He wilk even make a personalized ITenerary brochure for you 😃. thumbs up

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