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  •   Depending on you


City Kyoto
Meeting Point At your hotel (within Kyoto)
Ending Point At your hotel or anywhere convenient
Departure 08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Duration 7:30h   Flexible
Languages English (License)
Tour Type Private Tour ( only for you )
Number of people 1 ~ 4

Please feel free to ask questions. I'm quite flexible!

Please complete your bookings 4days before the tour day. Otherwise, please send me a message.


386.26 USD

total price for up to 4 people

FREE cancelation 14 days prior

What to Expect

This tour is the one and only for you!

There are a lot of wonderful places in this ancient capital!
Please tell me your interest, and I will make an itinerary exclusively for you!

For example, you would like to experience
-the main attractions of Kyoto
-nature and animals
-a traditional pottery workshop and make your original gifts
-new style stage show only in Kyoto
-ramen street

Some of the tour examples are

1. The KYOTO tour

Recommended for first timers!
This tour covers some of the most famous tourist attractions in Kyoto such as

-Kiyomizu Dera Temple (famous for the panoramic veranda)
-Fushimi Inari Shrine (walk under the 10000 of red Torii gates)
-Nijo Castle (peek in the lives of samurai)
-Kinkakuji Temple (the Golden Pavilion)

We can change some of these destinations to other places such as

Sanjusangendo (the corridor of 1000 Kannon)
Ryoanji (the beautiful rock garden)
Arashiyama (walk in the bamboo groves and the monkey mountain)

2.Nature Walk Kyoto

This tour covers the monkey mountain where you can surround yourself with 100s of wild monkeys. You will also enjoy the fresh breeze in the extensive bamboo groves, and harmoney of the man-made beauty and the quiet mountain in Kinkaku temple, then find some very unique ramen on the ramen streets (if you like ramen)!

All one price including FREE PRIVATE transportation!

What‘s included

Guide fee, FREE PRIVATE Transportation, Hotel pick-up

What‘s not included

Lunch (you and your guide), entrance fee (about 500-1000 JPY/place, you and your guide)


Please complete your bookings 4days before the tour day. Otherwise, please send me a message,

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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
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.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
You’ll be able to see the guide’s e-mail address and phone number. You can contact your guide directly before the tour starts, and enjoy your tour on the day!
Please check the following link. https://triplelights.com/cancel
Yes, by using our secure online payment system, your payment information is encrypted and you are secured against fraud and unauthorized transaction. Your credit card or PayPal account will be charged upon booking. However, if the guide does not accept your booking, the amount will be credited back to the account from which the charge was drawn.
No, our prices are 100% booking fee free – meaning the price you see is the amount you pay.
It depends on the location of your hotel and places you visit. But to give you an idea, it costs about 200-300yen for one place to the other, and the total is about 1,000yen for a full day tour.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Yes you can, but you have to pay an extra charge per person. The price depends on which guide you choose.
More Frequently Asked Questions

Example of your tour experience

FREE cancelation 14 days prior

The TripleLights Difference

Its more affordable than it seems. Our pricing is often per-tour (not per-person), so if your group is 2 or more people, you'll most probably pay less than if you took a bus tour.

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Every tour is customizable. Every tour can be customised to your time, needs and preferences! Simply confirm your booking and contact the guide to make the changes. There is no risk and you have free cancellation with a 100% refund guarantee!

Go at your own pace. Take your time for pictures or slow down to see as much as you want. With your private guide your tour is flexible.

Enjoy Japan with a local guide. With intimate access to places off the beaten paths you can have a more in-depth experience not seen on bus tours.

All tours are private. Enjoy a deeper learning experience as your guide will be 100% focused on you and the people traveling with you.

Questions? Talk to a REAL person. We have a superior customer support team who are ready to help you with any questions you may have!


1 week ago , ( Family ) , From: United States

“ Best tour guide of our entire trip! ”

We hired Masaki (Makoon) for 2 days while we were in Kyoto. He was exactly what we weee looking for. My kids absolutely loved him and his tour. He was so knowledgeable about Japanese history (including the Relstiknships between the Shogun and the Emperor) and was able to explain it to our children in such a fun and easy way. He has his own car so we were able to avoid the hot days when we traveled from different sites. He took us to the popular sites and even some less frequented sites that were amazing. (We even had one site to ourselves for awhile with views of the entire city of Kyoto.). One of highlights for the tour for my kids was having lunch at a sushi conveyor belt restaurant where we ordered food on an IPad like device. The food was delivered on a belt. We deposited our empty plates in a dispenser and for every 5 plates we would get a chance to win a prize. Definitely something to check out if you are traveling with your family. He also gave us some great recommendations for dinners while we were in Kyoto. Honestly, the 2 days with Makoon were the highlight of our trip in Japan. I highly recommend hiring Makoon for your trip in Kyoto.

Dear Justin, Lani, Evan, and Bella Thank you very much for your kind review. It's truely my honor to receive such words. I, too, really enjoyed showing your family around. I was especially surprised how your children were interested in Japanese history and culture at such young age! I'm also glad the belt sushi was an experience for you, again it's great to have lunch that locals would have on a daily basis! I really hope to see you and your family in the future. Till the next time! Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori

2 weeks ago , ( Family ) , From: United States

“ Absolutely awesome guide! ”

We engaged Masaki for three full days in Kyoto. He was wonderful. He is extremely knowledgeable, totally fluent in English and has a wonderful personality. He also has his own car which made it easy to get around. He was flexible for changes we made. He takes great photos as well!! 5 stars and highly recommended. He loves his city and his work and he made out tour delightful

Dear Tony Thank you very much for your kind words. It is a huge compliment for me and motivatio n for me to improve as a guide. I was really happy as everybody in your family was eager to learn about the history and culture, and share your thought about it. I'd love to see you all again in the near future. Thank you for valuable lessons "I am everything." "nothing nothing nothing"! Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori

1 month ago , ( Couple ) , From: United States

“ Best Day of our 10 Day Japan Trip! ”

I normally don't write reviews but I felt compelled after how incredible our day was! Masaki was very informative but in a totally relatable manner. Knowledge was passed on through conversation rather than a history lesson. He catered the trip entirely to us and was very flexible. Truly can't speak highly enough about how great this tour was! We have countless photos and memories of our fantastic Kyoto journey!

Dear Joseph Thank you very much for your kind review. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the history and culture! We covered a lot of different sites in one day, but you guys were fit and enjoyed even an extra site! Please enjoy the photos and remember the great day we shared! Kind Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori

1 month ago , ( Friends ) , From: United States


Makoon was one of the nicest tour guides I have ever had in my travels to over 29 countries. He was superiorly knowledgeable, knew the best places and times of days to attend them and responded to my questions before booking within hours. His english was superb and I feel lucky that we had him for the entire day in Kyoto!

Dear Joshua I really appreciate the kind reveiw like yours. It is my honor as a guide to recieve such a message! Once again, I really enjoyed a day with such a friendly and energetic group! we had great conversation, and you made me laugh so hard!! At the same time, I was really happy that you showed respect to the history and culture, and was eager to learn about shinto, buddhism etc... I feel luck that I had great guests like you guys! Looking forward to meeting you again! Masaki Makoon Mori

1 month ago , ( Family ) , From: Israel

“ The best of the best!!! ”

Absolutely excellent guide. Many e-mail communications before our trip to hone and finalize our itinerary. Has a car which made it possible to get to several distant sites of interest. Brought his own camera to take our photos, and e-mailed them to us. He is very informative and knows the area well. Very accommodating. I recommend him highly without hesitation. You'll be fortunate if you are able to book him.

Dear Robert Thank you very much for your kind review. Your words really motivate and inspire me to improve as a guide. I spent a great time with you and Avi, and you guys are exactly the family that I and my son would like to be in 20 years! As we promised in Gion, let's meet again 20 years later!! Kind Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori

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