*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.
There are tour guides and then there's Makoon! He is above and beyond personable, knowledgeable, and passionate about Kyoto and Japan. And about making that connection with what his guests hope to get out of their visit. He really shines showcasing Kyoto and his love for his work is clear. We learned and saw more in one day, in a fun way with us and our kids, than any amount of research on our own. And it was all tailored to our specific interests ranging from shrines to food to flowers to history. We are usually do-it-yourself travelers but we are so glad we spent the day with Makoon, a wonderful representative of Kyoto! And one of the highlights of an incredibly memorable trip for us.
Hi Claudia san, It's more than an honor to recieve words like yours. It was also a great day for me surprising you with the extra stop for "the last cherry blossoms" and being surprised by extraordinarily fit and knowledgeable kids! Also I was happy to see you enjoying those Soba noodles, and the fried ones! never knew they are sold in a baseball stadium.. I'm sincerely looking forward to seeing you and your family! Maybe in the US next time! Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori
We had a delightful day exploring the Arashiyama area with Masaki. He is a true professional in every way. He was extremely knowledgeable of the area and helpful in planning an itinerary to complement our other activities in Kyoto. Masaki is an excellent communicator and listener. His passion is contagious, and he has a genuine interest in making your time together special. We appreciated his responsiveness and flexibility when we needed to change our meeting place. We highly recommend Masaki for others to experience the beauty of the area. Joan and Ken
We had a great day with Makoon. He had put a lot of care and thought into preparing the day for us and as a result we saw the best places in Kyoto with him. He gave us clear and interesting explanations of the places we visited on a personal basis (not all guides do that! — some just repeat a standard spiel!!) and he helped us find the best locations for some great photographs. He is clever, knowledgable and was great to talk to: we discussed all sorts of aspects of Japan and life in Japan, from social issues, to politics, to culture and so forth. And he took some great photos and sent them to us very quickly. We were sooooooooooooo pleased we chose him. Thank you Makoon!
Dear Jeremy san It's truly an honor to receive a review like yours. I'm glad I could be a help for you making some great memories here in Kyoto. It was particularly interesting for me to see quite a lot of similarities in Japanese and British culture, how people see the Queen and Emperor, cherry blossoms and many more! Also as you said, I'm happy we shared a lot of different aspects of Japan! I'm sincerely looking forward to seeing you again in the future! Warm Regards, Makoon
We had two full days with Masaki. He truly was fantastic. Games for the kids. Itinerary outlined weeks in advance. Coordinated with tour van. These were just some of the things he did for us. We could really relax and just enjoy all that Kyoto has to offer. He was outstanding in every regard and he was always upbeat and fun to be with.
Dear Todd san, Words are not enough to express my appreciation. It was great in depth yet fun tour. I'm sincerely glad kids enjoyed and learned a bit of Japanese history and culture, and for adults, we could share not only the surface history but really in depth talk such as the World War II and more. Even though we did a lot in 2 days, there are always more to do in Kyoto. I'm sincerely looking forward to seeing you in the future. Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori
I can’t say enough good things! Extremely knowledgeable, amazing with kids (held their interest). All around the perfect day!!!!
Dear Amy san, Many thanks for your generous review! It was a very fun and lively group with many kids! I'm happy they participated a lot, and of course adults were very much interested in Japanese history and culture! Next time when you have more time, I'm happy to arrange a Maiko dinner!! Warm Regards, Makoon