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KYOTO - A Tailor-Made dinning experience for you

by Mari
(7) Reviews
3h $ 172


  • Explaining Japanese food culture and culinary history
  • Introducing meals and ingredients used in the dishes
  • Introducing local alcohols with recommendations

Select Date and Travelers

171.60 USD

People People
1 ~ 3 people 171.60 USD
4 ~ 6 people 215.60 USD
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

1 extra people.
$ 44.00
1 hour extension .
$ 44.00


Japan has a very unique cooking style and table manners.
Especially Kyoto is said to be the finest kitchen of Japan with its wonderful and famous "kaiseki", "obanzai" and the vegeterian cuisine from the monks "shojin-ryori".
Usually the good restaurants are not in English guidebooks, only known by local people.
Ask me to find a nice restaurant, I will take you to the best one!

What to Expect

In Japan we have various types of cuisine with many kinds of ingredients.
It is easy to choose the restaurant having English menu, but to exploer Japanese world, you might need an interpreter to understand better.
This tour provides a memorable culinary experience for you!

After the meals, depending on your interests, we could manage a night walk on the old and picturesque streets.

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Mari Local Guide
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  • Explaining Japanese food culture and culinary history
  • Introducing meals and ingredients used in the dishes
  • Introducing local alcohols with recommendations


This tour is only for dinner time. Please ask me the availability first before booking.

I can guide you in Hiroshima or other south districts, if you pay my transportation fee.

The good restaurants in Japan might ask you to pay for cancelletion fee. Please be aware of this, and do not change your choice.
If you have special allegy or something you do not want to eat, please let me know beforehand.

What‘s included
- Guide fee
- Hotel pick-up
What‘s not included
- The cost for your meals & alcohols
- Service charge (Some expensive restaurants ask you to pay after the meal.)
Meeting Point
At your hotel in KYOTO
Ending Point
Wherever you prefer to finish
3 hours
Starting time
18:00 PM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 6 people   Flexible

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 ( 7 )
Jessica Jessica United States ( Family with kids )
1 month ago

“ Kyoto temples and peaceful village and bamboo forest tour ”

Mari was a delightful tour guide! We are an American family of five (children ages 9,7,4) and we only had one day in Kyoto, so we thought we would maximize our time with a tour guide. Mari and I had a couple of email exchanges before the tour to figure out the details based on what I'd been reading about and what I thought we would like to do. Mari met us in our hotel lobby on time and we talked about the area before heading to the train station to then go to the Arashiyama region. She was very knowledgeable about local culture and able to answer any question we threw at her while traveling to our destination. We saw a couple of temples and visited a small village where there were local restaurants and shops. It was a beautiful walk to the village from the temple and my whole family enjo... read more


Thank you again for joining my tour. I had a very nice time with you! Actually I used to be a teacher for elementary school students, that is why I felt relaxed all day to be with your kids around. I would love to have you and your family again whenever you visit Japan. Next time when you come to Japan, I will also show hidden gems in Nara where your kids can move a lot and enjoy nice views. I am sure you would like it. I am looking forward to seeing you again. Thank you so much!

Barbara Barbara Switzerland ( Solo )
1 month ago

“ Very versatile and fun! ”

I asked for something not touristy and Mari did not disappoint. We wandered through a very special,older but vibrant neighbourhood in Osaka, full of interesting activities and people. No tourists. With Mari explaining things and translating for chats with locals. We ended at a private museum of storytelling with its curator/storyteller. Mari is a great guide with excellent English.


Thank you so much for your review! It was memorable to explore different sides of Osaka. I am also happy to help your discovery. I am more than welcome to have you again in the future, if you come back to Osaka or even Kyoto. I hope Osaka will not change that much when you come back. Again, thank you so much and have a good time in Japan!

Kate Kate Australia ( Couple )
2 months ago

“ Orientation Kyoto ”

We had an excellent day with Mari who customised our 5 hour tour to suit. Mari has very good communication skills and gave clear instructions for our travel from Kobe port to Kyoto Station. Her organisation of our time in Kyoto was excellent suggesting various modes of travel to navigate the city. We visited Fushimi Inari-taisha and the Golden pavilion. We had lunch at Kyoto CBD and then a walking tour through the market area and the Gion. We highly recommend Mari.


Thank you again for the last trip. I still remember the moment when we encountered Maiko's debut. ;) You and Gerard were both very nice to me. I could conduct my tour without any stress. I am always welcome to help your trip in Kyoto. Next time I will show the different area where we firstly planed to visit at the second day. I am looking forward to seeing you both again in the future. Thank you for joining my tour.

Kim Kim Australia ( Family )
4 months ago

“ Wonderful. ”

Mari was a super guide with excellent English who had a very rounded knowledge on all the sites we saw and who gave insightful explanations to all of our question. The plan presented to us for the day was thorough and included all of our resqests. Marie was a pleasure to be with and made our day a wonderful experience, we can only highly recommend her. Thank you again Mari. Kim and Ben.


Thank you Kim and Ben for having me. You were very kind and respectful to me and local Japanese. It was very pleasant to re-discover the good points of Japanese culture with you, as well as talking randomly about social issues, history and customs. Your smile was contagious and made everyone around happy. I would never forget what we experienced in Nara. I would be a pleasure to see you again in the future. Thank you so much again for the great day! Mari

Robert Robert Germany ( Friends )
Very Good
7 months ago

“ Nicely planned tour, lots of highlights in Kyoto ”

Good experience with Mari, the tour was planned well. Just sometimes the communication was a little bit hard. All in all a good time


Thank you for your comment, Robert. I am happy to know you had a good time in Kyoto. Hope you have safely gone back to Germany. I am looking forward to seeing you in the future!

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