*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 and have lived in Vancouver, Canada for about 10 years.
I'm a National Government Licensed Guide, guide trainer a professional program organized by Kyoto city,
English teacher,translator, professional breakdancer, and father of two young kids.
I used to be a business planner in a manufacturing company. After working in the corporate world for 6 years, I made a decision to quit the company because I found a perfect job for myself: tour guide. I love my city Kyoto, and my mission now is share this very unique city with people from all over the world.
I'd love to guide you to this city of 1200 years of history, share what I know about the modern and tradition, connect you to Japanese history and culture, take you to beautiful scenic locations, and support you making your trip UNFORGETABLE!!
I conduct over 100 private tours a year, and proud to say about 30% of my guests are either returning or by referral in 2018.
Please join my tour, I will only try my best for you to make great memory here in Kyoto.
See you soon.
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 4 people
* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 4 maximum
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
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.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Our family of four had an amazing two days of touring Kyoto with Macoon! He brought to life the history and culture of Japan. He had incredible insights, was organized and flexible. Not only is his English excellent, (went to High School in Canada), he teaches a course to other aspiring tour guides. He was a joy to be with, professional, kind, considerate and extremely engaging. We can't recommend him highly enough. Book him now-he is in high demand and its easy to understand why!
Dear Amy It's really an honor to receive a review like yours, and this will only motivate me to improve as a guide. In your limited time, we have done a lot. From serene shrines, delicious food, zen temple, nice pictures, wild monkeys... very good mix of everything like Kyoto city itself! Thank you for listening to all the historical and cultural talks, and sharing your perspectives. I, too, learned in a great deal from you and your family. I'm sincerely looking forward to meeting you all again. Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori
Makoon is one of the best guides we have ever had— in any country. He is not only knowledgeable and personable, he is well organized and fulfilled needs before we even thought of them. And it is a bonus that he carries his camera and takes great photos to document our day and as souvenirs. We will recommend him to all our friends and look forward to spending time with him again on a future trip.
Dear Shelley, It's an honor to receive a review like yours. It was great to visit a lot different sites in the limited time. I also have to appreciate you showing much respect to Japanese culture and history, it was pure fun for me to share different perspectives! Wishing you happy holidays filled with love and blessings! Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori
From the moment we booked our tours with Makoon he was quick to respond back and was very professional. Makoon planned the perfect itinerary for us. Kyoto is a magical place and with Makoons knowledge we learned so much about history and culture. Makoon also recommended the most amazing places to eat and we were able enjoy Japanese cuisine.I should also mention he knew the perfect places for us to shop too. I was traveling with my 17 year old daughter and she was very interested in all of the valuable information Makoon provided. Makoon is such a kind individual we felt like we had known him for awhile. Thank you for accommodating our sunrise request. It truly was a beautiful morning. Everything about our 2 day tour was PERFECT. We look forward to coming back and enjoying more experience... read more
Dear Kim, There's nothing more fullfilling than recieving a review like this. I'm really glad you now have a beautiful impression of Kyoto. The sunrise and evening tour definitely added extra beauty! It was also great to share information regarding history and culture, exchanging different perspectives and opinions made the tour deeper. More than anything, you two are very positive and happy mother and daughter like best friends. Once again, I'd like to appreciate the time we spent together. Sincerely looking forward to seeing you again! Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori
My wife and I were visiting Kyoto for the first time and engaged Masaki’s services as a guide for three days. He was very helpful during the planning phase. Letting us know certain sites we should see and helping to organize our days to minimize travel and maximize our site seeing. He kept us up to date on events prior to our arrival, especially important since we were we going to Kyoto close to Typhoon season. During our tours he was very knowledgeable and provide us with the right combination of historical facts and local trivia. Most of all he was flexible. My hobby is photography and he was able to identify key places where I could get good pictures. In addition, he tailored the days factoring in our preference for walking and time of day and weather. All and all our experience w... read more
Dear Nils, It's truely an honor to recieve words like these. I'm really happy that you could capture quite a lot of beautiful shots. They will always remind you of good flavor of Kyoto! I also have to appreciate a lot of conversations about various topics we shared. I too learned a lot of new things, golden time for photography, invasion to Japan with "smell of death".. interesting stuffs! I sincerely hope you are going to make a great "book" from this trip! Looking forward to seeing you again. Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori
Although it was just a day with Makoon, it seemed like we have captured Kyoto at its finest. With a background of living and studying aboard, Makoon speaks English fluently. He has a very pleasant personality therefore we connected very well like we have known each other for a long time. My 20 years old daughter and 16 years old son enjoyed talking to Makoon and shared a lot of interested subjects. From planning to executing our tour, Makoon was very professional, attentive and flexible. He returned emails very promptly when we have questions. He always gave us candid feedback and suggestion. Makoon is also a good photographer. He took many pictures for us so we can have some memorable pictures to bring back to the States. Thank you Makoon for your guidance and valuable information a... read more
Dear Andy-san It's an honor for me to receive an review like this. I'm happy to hear you got a good flavor of Kyoto in one day, and yes, I shared a lot of fun conversations including historical and cultural information, and also some pure fun conversation! It was really inspiring to see a father like you. From the planning stage, you were very considerate to make this tour great for your family. On the day of, you were trying the best for your family to make a nice memory through conversations and photo taking! Once again, thank you for everything. I'm sincerely looking forward to next time. Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori