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$ 55 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: 3 days ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto

Languages English ( License )

(105) Reviews
Hourly rate 55 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 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.

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4.9 (105) Reviews
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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
Hourly rate $55.18 $55.18
4 Hours $220.72 $220.72
8 Hours $441.44 $441.44

* 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 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 ( 105 )
Claudia Claudia United States ( Family with kids )
6 days ago

“ Best decision of our entire trip ”

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

Joan Joan United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Kyoto Tour of the Arashiyama Area ”

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

Jeremy Jeremy United Kingdom ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ A really excellent day with Makoon ”

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

Todd Todd Canada ( Family with kids )
4 weeks ago

“ Kyoto Sights ”

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

Amy Amy United States ( Family with kids )
4 weeks ago

“ Amazing tour ”

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