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$ 58 Hourly rate Price up to 4 people
Available time varies daily. Please complete your bookings 4days before the tour day. Otherwise, please send me a message. Please note that we use public transportation for regular tours. If you need a private transportation, please contact me. The guide is not responsible or liable for any damage or loss incurred by the travelers in connection with the Tour.
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Last updated: 7 days ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto

Languages English ( License )

(67) Reviews
Hourly rate 58 USD Price up to 4 people
( Max : 4 People )

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*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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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.

Reviews ( 67 )

2 days ago |   by Karen

“ Makoon was as excellent as I anticipated! ”

We had an amazing time with Makoon. From the first encounter email to the minute we we said goodbye-He was so humble, interesting, accommodating, patient-I just cant say enough great things about our experience. He made our trip super special and memorable by being so accessible and also by doing some extra things like selecting a surprise place to see, by explaining Japanese Culture from an insider's view and by bringing his camera and taking some pretty great photos of us and sending them along. We will definitely recommend him to family and friends if they plan a trip to japan in the future.

6 days ago |   by Krisana

“ Kyoto tour !!! ”

Makoon was very nice and knowledgeable and I learned a lot about historical sites. It was not just beautiful buildings but a lot of history behind that. I haven’t never thought that so many rerigons in Japan. It was a memorable trip for sure and I would definitely recommended for everyone.

1 week ago |   by MIKE

“ The perfect guide for an incredible Kyoto experience ”

We were incredibly fortunate to have Makoon as our guide for our two days in Kyoto. He was truly perfect in every sense. Very knowledgeable, very patient, created an agenda based upon our particular interests, and was always flexible. He brought us to areas off the beaten path that were so special and memorable. He picked out the best places for lunch each day. He made this trip truly outstanding. Thank you Makoon-san for being such a great guide - much appreciation.

1 week ago |   by Riitta

“ Wonderful guide in Kyoto ”

I think I'm lucky that I had Makoon as my guide in Kyoto. He is very polite, thoughtful and has a great attitude. He has an in-depth knowledge of the sight we visited and he also told me pretty much about Japanese culture and way of life. I particularly enjoyed ancient tales which were easy to believe in this spiritual and magical city. I can not recommend him as a guide highly enough. Thank you very much Makoon! Riitta from Finland

1 week ago |   by Marianne

“ Kyoto Tour ”

Masaki (Makoon) is an excellent guide. His historical & cultural knowledge of the areas visited is unsurpassed. He is very caring, ensuring our safety, comfort and enjoyment all the time. I would recommend Makoon anytime you visit Japan.