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$ 56 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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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto

Languages English ( License )

(77) Reviews
Hourly rate 56 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 future guides in a professional program organized by Kyoto city.

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!
For any concerns, please just contact me.
I'm here to help you!
See you soon!!

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The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

1 Person
Up to 4 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $56.42 $56.42 $0
4 Hours $225.68 $225.68 $0
8 Hours $451.36 $451.36 $0

* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 4 maximum

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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 ( 77 )

2 days ago |   by Eriko

“ An amazing day with the best tour guide! ”

Our family had the most wonderful day touring Kyoto with Makoon. We’ve toured many cities in Asia and Europe with a private guide, and Makoon was one of the best tour guides we’ve ever had. Makoon created an itinerary that was perfect for our family (kids’ ages 15, 13, and 10), and he shared really interesting facts and historical context that made the sites so much more enjoyable to visit. Makoon is very thoughtful, attentive, and kind, and it was a pleasure to spend the day with him. We will definitely recommend him to our family and friends.

4 days ago |   by Scott

“ Excellent! ”

Makoon was a truly wonderful tour guide! He was very knowledgeable about everything we did and saw, and was flexible to include the sights we want to visit in Kyoto. He was engaging, friendly, very enthusiastic about our tour, and he spoke English very well. He was also very understanding and accommodating about our numerous dietary restrictions. His tour was one of the highlights of our trip to Japan and I would highly recommend him!

1 week ago |   by Brian

“ Two amazing days in Kyoto ”

Two outstanding days in Kyoto with Makoon (Masaki)! We were a family of 6 -- 2 adults, 3 teenagers, and one six-year-old. Makoon took some ideas we gave him in advance and created a customized 2-day itinerary to hit everything and more. He developed a little sticker game for the little one to play, and adjusted his speed and topics so that all the kids stayed interested. He was very patient at adjusting to our pace, answering questions, and keeping us all together. The first day included a bunch of traditional and modern sites in the city with lots of great food stops along the way. A highlight was the Mieko/Geiko district where Makoon has a deep knowledge of culture and traditions -- one of the highlights of the trip. The second day included nature and the countryside which the kids loved. Also at our request he took us to a typical local mall where we bought rainboots for our little hike and wandered around a grocery store picking up snacks and fun foods which was surprisingly fun. He also left us with good recommendations for dinner and shows each day after our tour. Makoon is an outstanding Kyoto guide. Be sure to ask him to breakdance for you. Thank you!

2 weeks ago |   by Amy

“ Best Tour Guide...a must hire ”

If you are looking for a private tour guide, Masaki ("Makoon") is a must hire. From the moment we met him, it felt like we were friends for a long time. He helped coordinate our tour via email and it was a good mix of sightseeing, food and shopping. He is also very passionate and knowledgeable about the history of Kyoto so we learned a lot. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and I would definitely recommend him to all my friends as well as use him again. Thank you Makoon, we had a great time.

1 month ago |   by Craig

“ Great Day! ”

Masaki aka Makoon was the absolute best! After 5 minutes together, my wife and myself felt like we were with a friend we had known for many years! Not only is he a wonderful person, he was an amazing guide! The day spent with Makoon was the highlight of our visit to Kyoto! He customized everything about the day from places we visited to the food we ate. My only regret is we only had one day to spend with Masaki! I recommend you book your time with him ASAP when visiting Kyoto!