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KYOTO - A Tailor-Made dinning experience for you

by Mari
(14) Reviews
3h $ 184


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

Select Date and Travelers

184.00 USD

People People
1 ~ 3 people 184.00 USD
4 ~ 6 people 276.00 USD
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

1 extra people.
$ 46.00
1 hour extension.
$ 46.00


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 ( 14 )
Rose Mary Rose Philippines ( Family )
2 months ago

“ Beautiful Kyoto and Osaka.... all because of an excellent tour guide, Mari ”

We spent 1.5 days with Mari, that is, half day afternoon tour in Osaka and whole day tour in Kyoto. I'd say we hit jackpot in selecting Mari as our tour guide. Her energy is limitless and set the tone of our tour. She is a bundle of joy, always smiling and making us feel at home in a foreign land. Her love for her country is contagious. She is the best tour guide we had in all our previous overseas trips. We walked around not with a tour guide but with a good friend. She looked after us, frequently checking headcount before and after leaving a place or train. She would tell stories, history, culture before we enter a place and this makes us see the place beautifully. And when we are inside, she will continue to tell the stories, pointing out very interesting details of the place. ... read more

Tereza Tereza Australia ( Friends )
3 months ago

“ Best 2 days with Mari! ”

Mari, we miss you already! The 2 separate days we had with Mari was really enjoyable. She went above and beyond and she is always so cheerful and all smiles throughout the day. It made our tour pleasant. She is so helpful especially prior to the tours she was so accommodating to our wishes - where we wanted to go, to see, to do. She suggested all the places we should eat within our budget. A lot of suggestions! She is so extremely knowledgeable not just in Osaka but she took us to Himeji and Kobe and she knew it all. Thank you so much Mari, our last few days in Japan with you was the perfect ending to our trip.


Thank you so much for this amazing review. I also miss you all, you were a lovely australian group!! All of you were very nice to me, smiling, talkative and funny. I was in the group as a guide, but I had a lot of good laughs during the tours. I appreciated so much your kindness. If you would discover Japan again, please let me know. I am always here to guide you. ;) I am looking forward to meeting you again in the future!

Katherine Katherine United States ( Couple )
3 months ago

“ Mari, the amazing tour guide! ”

Our incredible experience with Mari started when we first contacted her a few weeks before our trip. We wanted to book a tour during our very quick one day stay in Kyoto and we wanted to figure out how to hit as many highlights in the area as we could, during that short period of time. Mari was very responsive to all of our inquiries and helped us to develop an amazing itinerary. She created a plan that helped us to get to see all the major site seeing points as well as some of the less known but still very interesting/beautiful sights of Kyoto. On the day of our actual tour, she was very punctual and met us exactly on time at our arranged meetup point. Right away, she was funny, sweet and engaging and we knew we were going to have a good day with her. She is a very interesting person ... read more


Thank you so much for the wonderful review!! I am very touched to receive it from you, Katie and Nik. Your comment always encourages my working life, especially in this busy season. :) I deeply appreciate your comment and would never forget what we did, what we talked, Nik's smile etc.... Definitely I will visit you in the future and I can not wait to see you both again! All the best for your life. Thank you sooo much. :D

Robin Robin United States ( Family )
3 months ago

“ Great day in Kobe ”

Mari speaks English very well and shared her knowledge of Japan, the local area, its sights and culture. She was sensitive to our physical needs (walk slowly and avoid stairs) and put together a day of sights tailored to our interests. She was really considerate, professional, and a pleasure to spend the day with. I would definitely request her again.


Thank you all for the great review, Robin and Jackie! I appreciate your kindness. :) It was very nice time to be with you both. I would like to show Kobe more than the last time when you come back there! If it is not raining and not too cold, we could enjoy more! I always remember our day whenever I visit Kobe. Again, thank you so much!!

Thomas Thomas United States ( Family )
3 months ago

“ High Energy Fun Experience ”

Mari met at our hotel with a cheery hello and her brightness never stopped. We had a fun day in Nara visiting several of the notable sites, but were also shown the early modern side of Nara. We were a little tired, but she kept us going until she guided us back to our hotel in Kyoto. Enjoyed the day.


Thank you again for the amazing time, Tom! You both are very easy going, I had truely great time. There are many things to see in Japan, I am sure you will be back in the future. If you come back to Kyoto, Nara etc... let me guide you again in the future. I am looking forward to seeing you both always! Thank you so much! Mari

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