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Your very own Kyoto Tour!

by Masaki
(43) Reviews
7:30h $ 391 up to 6 people


  • Depending on you

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390.60 USD

total price for up to 6 people
FREE cancellation 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!
*Please note that we use public transportation.

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

A tour example is..

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)
-Gion (mysterious and fascinating Geisha culture.)

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

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

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  • Depending on you


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,

City Kyoto

Meeting Point At your hotel (within Kyoto)

Ending Point At your hotel or anywhere convenient

Duration 7:30 hours

Starting time 08:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people 1 to 6
What‘s included
  • Guide fee
  • Hotel pick-up

What‘s not included
  • Lunch (you and guide)
  • entrance fee (about 500-1000 JPY/place, you and guide)
  • Transportation (you and guide)

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.

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 before of the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Organized by Masaki

National Certified Guide

(43) Reviews

Contact Masaki
Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

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,translater, and also a professional breakdancer.

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!
Please contact me, I'm here to help you!
See you soon!!
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Reviews ( 43 )

6 days ago |   by Scott

“ Great Day! ”

Masaki or Makoon (as he likes to be known) was the perfect guide for our family of first timers to Kyoto. His knowledge and passion for his town are infectious and we learnt so much. We contacted Makoon with how we wanted our day to look and he catered perfectly! We wanted a bit of the old and the new and to also see things from a locals point of view - all perfect! Not only is Makoon a great guide, he's a great guy too! We thoroughly recommend him for Kyoto visits! Thanks

4 weeks ago |   by Pete

“ Kyota in a day ”

Masaki was in one word excellent! He was knowledgeable - knew how to maximize time and avoid crowds. He customized our trip. We quickly took his advice not to try to bucket list Kyota and see everything in a day - what sage advice. Sure, it can be done but you will miss out on the true atmosphere/energy of the sites you visit. We had thought about staying on the east side but Masaki knew that one of the temples we wanted to see was going to be under construction (something not found on any website - until after we got there) Great job!! We stayed west and the golden temple, Zen rock garden and the bamboo forest area were wonderful. We are good walkers/hikers and never felt rushed or tired. The highlight was the restaurant that Masaki picked for lunch. An unbelievable meal. We opted for the middle kaiseki which was incredible, the food was perfect but the artistic beauty and the detail to presentation - even down to the antique plates/bowls was awesome. Plus the view over the river was a nice plus, despite the rain outside during lunch. Finally, we ended up in the Gian region for early evening. Although Masaki did not come with us on this part he planned our whole hiking tour and what to look for. We are not big into shopping but he had places to purchase anything you might want - including art which we did want to look at. He has a car - air-conditioned (which in summer was a godsend) Also made transportation easy. We had contemplated a bike tour but so thankful we nixed that idea. It rained part of the time and was hot. He also took great pictures of us as well excellent English. Next time we are back we will definitely book with Masaki again.

1 month ago |   by Peter

“ Great last minute decision! ”

We were lucky to be able to book Makoon the day before our tour. He e-mailed us asking for our preferences for the tour and for lunch and he made all of the necessary arrangements. He even provided a personalized brochure/itinerary for the tour. He arrived at our hotel early and off we went to see Kiyomizu Temple, Gion including Pontocho, and the Fushimi Inari Shrine. We were even able to see a Geiko and Maiko! We stopped for lunch in-between at an excellent Yakitori restaurant he had booked ahead of time. He was nice enough to take us to a supermarket looking for a certain kind of candy. Having his car for the tour provided a great deal of flexibility. It was nice to get his cultural insights and learn details about each site we would not have otherwise known. His english is outstanding and he answered all of our multiple questions. As an added benefit, he brought his camera and took pictures and videos of us throughout the tour and shared them with us at the end. We truly appreciated his enthusiasm for Kyoto, as well as his insights and overall high level of customer service. Having the photos as a reminder of the great tour made it even better. We highly recommend him as your tour guide!

1 month ago |   by Linda

“ top notch guide with extensive knowledge of japanese culture and history ”

we had an outstanding day with makoon! we traveled very efficiently to all the different sites in kyoto by car with our family of 4. this was quite fortunate as the day was very hot and humid. at the sites and during our car rides, makoon had plenty of historical and interesting information to share with us. we gained a deeper insight of japanese history and culture with makoon's comments and anecdotes. my 2 teenagers were also very engaged and enjoyed the tour also. we all HIGHLY recommend makoon. he will definitely enrich your time in kyoto.

2 months ago |   by Justin

“ 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.

4 months ago |   by Paul

“ Outstanding tour experience in Kyoto thanks to Makoon! ”

We were so fortunate to have Masaki (Makoon) as our guide for our day tour of Kyoto. Makoon's service started well before our actual tour. Makoon tended to every detail of our group's (4 adults) request via detailed emails prior to our arrival. As we were arriving by ship, Makoon personally met us at the Kobe cruise port. From the very start, we were impressed with Makoon's professional and friendly manner. He was a delight to be with from start to finish! As we had requested a PRIVATE Maiko dinner while in Kyoto, Makoon was able to arrange this for us. This was the highlight of our entire tour of Japan! Thank you, Makoon! Makoon attended to every detail and was always willing to modify our plans based on our desires (especially since we preferred more eating and shopping opportunities, as well as trying to avoid touristy crowds at the popular sites). He was most accommodating. Makoon even took personal pictures of our day which he immediately emailed to us....what a nice touch! We all admitted that Makoon was probably one of the BEST guides that we have ever had (and we have traveled extensively around the world). We would rate Makoon as a "10 star guide" if the rating scale would allow this! If we ever find ourselves back in Kyoto (and we are certain that we will return) we would definitely engage Makoon's services. Thank you, Makoon! Paul, Marie, Robert, and Diana (friends from Hawaii)

4 months ago |   by Leah

“ Highly Recommended Guide! ”

We love the flexibility of doing our own itineraries during our travels instead of joining tour groups. For Kyoto, however, I took a risk and hired a private guide with a car to make the most of our one full day in that beautiful city. It was a very smart decision that was worth the money! We were able to see some major attractions which would have been impossible without a car (and with a kid!). We were also treated to historical and cultural background stories of each site, which we would have surely missed had we been on our own. Lastly, our guide took pictures (which was not mentioned in the package) and sent it to us a few hours after the tour. These pictures are very much treasured since we rarely get family pictures that are not selfies during our trips. Makoon, our guide, is highly recommended! He speaks English well and has a knack of sharing stories that kept our interest, including that of our 8 yo son.

4 months ago |   by Sabina

“ He was the best guide We could experience. ”

It was very comftable trip. He has his own car to take us to the inportant place we needed to visit. His english was pretty good compared to other guides I met in Japan. He could explain all the histories and meanings of the places. Very kind and friendly. I would absolutely recomend to other peoples.

4 months ago |   by Nancy

“ Highly professional guide. Covered all that we requested to see including an authentic lunch. ”

We had the most wonderful day with Masaki. I specified what I wanted to see in Kyoto after doing some research and he covered everything with complete knowledge of the sites including background information. He made the day fun and convenient. His knowledge of English was perfect and providing private transportation helped us to efficiently and comfortably get around without losing time. We learned so much from him and felt as if we were spending the day with a friend. He paid attention to detail in his e-mail conversations with us before our visit so that we had all the information we needed to meet him for our day of touring. We highly recommend Masaki for his professionalism and knowledge of history and current events.

4 months ago |   by Cassandra

“ Excellent guide ”

My husband and our two daughters (13 and 8 years old) recently spent a couple of weeks travelling around Japan. We paid for a number of tours in different cities, but without doubt Makoon was the best guide we hired. He was very organised, spoke excellent English, understood what we wanted to achieve and was very friendly. We covered a lot on our tour and it all went very smoothly, including choosing an excellent place for lunch that met our various culinary tastes! Both of our daughters enjoyed his company and we found him to be very professional. If you have children do visit Monkey Mountain, we are from England but we live in Asia and thought we wouldn't bother because we are use to seeing monkeys, but it is good fun and worth the walk. Highly recommended, you won't find a better tour guide.

5 months ago |   by Natalya

“ Best Kyoto Guide ever! ”

Masaki is an amazing guide. Knowledgeable, friendly, very attentive and really enjoys what he is doing. We had a great trip around Kyoto area with him and when we come back to Japan, will surely want him to give us excursions. I highly recommend Masaki to anyone traveling to Kyoto.

5 months ago |   by Arielle

“ Facsinating tour, awesome guide! A+++ ”

Our tour with Makoon was amazing! Prior to the tour, he emailed us a spreadsheet of estimated times & expenses for each stop. At the beginning of the tour we were each given a personalized pamphlet outlining our destinations. His professionalism and dedication to the tour continued throughout the day. He had a tablet with visuals which allowed him to explain and expand upon the history of each place, pointing out small details that we wouldn't have been able to appreciate if he had not been with us. He was quite knowledgeable and enjoyed answering questions we had along the way. A factor in our decision to go with Makoon was his ability to drive us to each site. His car was clean and he was a careful driver. Having the car made it so we were able to enjoy four destinations in one day (even though it was a busy season!). Everything about Makoon's tour was well researched. He found for us a restaurant that prepared a beautiful and delicious meal that met our somewhat difficult dietary needs! (We're vegetarian.) We really enjoyed being part of a small tour as it felt more personable. We greatly appreciated how easy and comfortable it was to chat. As the day went on it felt more like we were sightseeing with a friend. When the tour (and day) came to an end, we found ourselves deeply regretting not booking more time with him! He left with us a deeper understanding and appreciation for Japan and it's history there in the iconic city of Kyoto. Would we do another tour with him? MOST DEFINITELY, YES! We highly recommend Makoon! Our tour with Makoon was absolutely delightful and we will fondly remember it as a highlight from our trip to Japan. Thank you so much!!

6 months ago |   by Garry

“ Kyoto Custom Tour ”

Dear Makoon san, thank you once again, we thoroughly enjoyed our private day tour of Kyoto with you yesterday. Our group of 4 from Australia spent the day soaking up the sights, stories, history and culture of Kyoto and Japan in general. Your ability to deliver this knowledge was something that we had rarely experienced with tour guides in the past. We very much appreciated you taking the time to contact us and advise us regarding selecting an appropriate itinerary and then continuing this contact right up to the day of our tour offering advice regarding expected weather conditions and how to dress etc.. It meant that when we met you for the first time in our hotel foyer, we met you as a friend rather than a stranger. Your suggested itinerary proved to be perfect and your choice of lunch stop at a local Ramen house, delicious. All in all a great day in Kyoto with you as our guide we had the best tour possible. For anyone planning to visit Kyoto you will not find a better more friendly and knowledgable guide than Makoon. Best regards, Garry & Esther Bellairs

6 months ago |   by Alan

“ Day Out In Kyoto ”

Makoon has been a great guide for our first day in Kyoto. We went to many places and he explained a lot of the traditions in Kyoto to us, which made our trip very educational. We have learnt so much from him, compared to if we were to go around Kyoto on our own. He is also a very patient man and he constantly checks on us to make sure we are comfortable, and if there are anything else we like to do so he can bring us. He brought us to the most delicious Tai-yaki and Daifuku place!! He made our very trip memorable and educational.

8 months ago |   by Eriko

“ A day in Kyoto with a great guide ”

We had a great day with Makoon. He arrived on time at our hotel and handed us our personalized itinerary pamphlet showing the places we scheduled to visit along with a brief description of each location. We only had one full day in Kyoto so we had planned to visit four sites. He scheduled the visits well so that we could get to all of the sites. At each site, the information he gave us made our visit more meaningful and allowed us to appreciate the site more. He has his own camera and took pictures of us so we could enjoy the sites more. We were able to have family pictures, which is rare these days with teenage children. So glad we found this private tour site and Makoon.

8 months ago |   by Jenny

“ Kyoto private tour - 26 December 2016 ”

Makoon is the best private tour guide who have met. As this is our first trip to Kyoto, Makoon was very patience and accommodating to our every needs. My Husband and I are very thankful to have such a wonderful person to show us around and the extra efforts made to ensure we had a memorable time in Kyoto. Thank you so much Makoon ! Not forgetting the beautiful photo shots too. We would like to engage your service again when we next visit Kyoto. Best Regards, Jenny and Andrew

8 months ago |   by Edwina

“ Kyoto Highlights ”

Makoon went above and beyond to make sure we had a pleasant and fulfilling tour of highlights of Kyoto. His flexibility, thoughtfulness and knowledge really made the tour memorable. He went out of his way to pick us up at the Kyoto Train Station, took photographs of our family and sent them immediately, and could answer all our questions, no matter how obscure. He was definitely hospitable, helping us from way before the trip with our questions and concerns with our hotel choice, restaurant bookings, and other factors which allowed our vacation to proceed without a single problem.

9 months ago |   by Victor

“ Excellent private tour guide who takes care of what you really want! ”

Masaki is one of the best private tour guide and interesting person I've met. He gave my wife and I personalized itinerary and took professional photos for us on all the hot spots around Kyoto. We loved every bit of this experience and well worth the value. Recommend this to everyone who wishes to see the best bits of Kyoto.

9 months ago |   by Jenny

“ A day in Kyoto ”

Makoon was a great guide during our recent stay in Kyoto. He is knowledgeable of the historical sites and it's culture. Other than being a guide, he was also our photographer :) Many thanks for taking the pics for us. Highly recommendable to my friends who plan to visit Kyoto. Stay in touch, Makoon.

9 months ago |   by Tan

“ Great guide - knowledgeable and friendly ”

We booked a whole day tour with Masaki Makoon to see Kyoto. We only had one day to spend there, so it was important to have someone with a car. Makoon met us right outside of the gate at Kyoto Station with a sign with the name of my entire family of four (2 kids ages 7 and 11). Upon meeting us, he provided everyone with their own itinerary and schedule of the tour. We were pretty aggressive in trying to see four major sites during an official holiday for Japan, but Makoon was able to navigate us safely through. In addition to the tour, he also reserved a great local restaurant based on the request we provided before the tour. The lunch was the best food we had during our 7 day trip in Japan. The one added bonus is that Makoon also brings his own camera during the tour and is constantly taking pictures of my family. Within 1 hour of the tour ending, he had already uploaded all the pictures and video to his dropbox to share with me. This service was free as part is his tour. In conclusion, you will not find a better guide to explore Kyoto with. He is very responsive (sent his initial introductory email within 30 mins of booking), extremely safe driver, knowledgeable and will work around your schedule and dietary needs. Thank you Makoon for such a great and memorable day in Kyoto.

10 months ago |   by Victoria

“ Excellent Guide ”

Masaki was an excellent guide ! He showed us everything that we wanted to see.

10 months ago |   by Heidi

“ Far Exceeded my Expectations!! ”

This was my first trip to Japan. I was visiting alone and wanted the most out of the experience. It was also my first time to use a tour guide. The experience was incredible! Masaki was so easy to work with. The strong communication prior to my arrival allowed me to relax and enjoy the plans. Since he has his own vehicle we were able to visit many sites and not worry about how to get around. I was so pleasantly surprised upon meeting Masaki that he has a personalized brochure created to share information about the day and historical information on each site we were visiting. This experience was so incredible and Masaki was an exceptional host and guide. I would highly recommend to anyone visiting. Thank you again, Masaki. Heidi Albee

10 months ago |   by David

“ A very well planned day of touring ”

Masaki-san put together a brilliant plan for the day based on advanced communication with me. We were able to see a great deal more than I could have ever hoped to on my own. Having his own car for transportation meant much less hassle in getting from place to place. His knowledge level and enjoyable personality also made the day a great one. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone and I hope to tour with him again soon

10 months ago |   by John

“ " Kyoto Day Tour " ”

Masaki " Makoon" did an amazing job as our tour guide in Kyoto. Driving his car was pretty convenient since we were able to see many different places in 1 day. He has an in depth Knowledge of the sights we visited. He's nice and funny and we really enjoyed the sushi experienced. Bringing his camera was also an added plus since he took pictures of us and send it back digitally. He's also very flexible with his time. You cannot go wrong if you utilize his services.

11 months ago |   by Karen

“ 10/10 AMAZING ”

The tour with Makoon was fantastic. We had 2 adults and a teenage son so with only 2 full days in Kyoto we had to fit in all the main sights in 1 day. Makoon did an excellent job explaining the history of each place and he made it very entertaining. He was very knowledgable and very patient with us. Having a car was just great as he parked very close to most sights. We would highly recommend Makoon as your tour guide in Kyoto. 10/10

1 year ago |   by Amanda

“ Wonderful guide in Kyoto ”

We had such a great time with Makoon, and I can't recommend him as a guide highly enough. He helped us put together an itinerary based on our ideal day and his recommendations. We had a really fun time enjoying the sights, eating great food, and listening to the history of Kyoto. Having him as our guide was easy and like adding another friend to the group... one with a lot of knowledge about Kyoto. :) Makoon also brought along his camera and snapped lots of photos of our group throughout the day, which we really appreciated. We now have several great group photos within the shrines to commemorate our trip. Thank you for everything!

1 year ago |   by Vadim

Great job! Very happy with our guide! Masaki took us to all the interesting places in and around Kyoto. Very good communicator and great attitude all around. We've seen a lot in one day, learned a lot and had a great time overall! Big thank you! Highly recommend!!!

1 year ago |   by Gap

The tour is very flexible and very organized. Makoon picked us up from the hotel with his car so theres no need for public transportation. He reserved a walking tour for us at santory beer factory. He also help us with many side requests like reserving seats at the restaurants and helping us with directions. These will not be possible with other tour guide. Thank you makoon!

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