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Send message only 5 days available in October
$ 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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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto

Languages English ( License )

(90) 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 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 get a good flavor of Japan in a limited time, have more in depth conversation about Japanese culture, or randomly surround yourself with wild monkeys and feed them? 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 unique and 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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4.9 (90) 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 ( 90 )
Sabrina Sabrina United States ( Family )
6 hours ago

“ He was the best! ”

Fantastic guide!!! He really went the extra mile to make sure that we were able to do everything that we were hoping to do. We cannot recommend him highly enough!

Francisco Francisco Canada ( Friends )
4 days ago

“ Fabulous guide ”

The most professional, passionate, efficient and generous guide Makoon was very knowledgable about the sites, and more than his knowledge, his passion for his profession was exemplary !! A real treat to have him as a guide and certainly made our visit to Kyoto most memorable than it would have been without him Thank you Makoon !!! Sincerely Francisco & Marily Gomez


Dear Francisco & Marilyn It's truely an honor to receive a review like yours. Words are not enough to express my appreciation. It was the perfect day for the tour, weather, different areas of Kyoto, and a positive group of people. It was great to hear your intellectual point of view toward Japanese culture, and sharing a lot of cultural and historic information. I sincerely hope to see you again in the future! Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori

Channa Channa Australia ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Amazing day with Makoon ”

What an amazing experience! Such a fantastic itinerary made up to suit our group (which included kids). Makoon was a kind and generous guide. We learned so much about Kyoto, Japan and Shinto during our day and we managed to fit in so much in a day. Highly recommended. An excellent guide who was a foodie to boot which suited our group perfectly! Thanks for a super time Makoon!


Dear Channa I'd like to appreciate your kind review. It was great to show two families around in Kyoto! I was surprised to see children participating very much. I really hope it was an interesting introduction of a different culture for them! Of course your adult guests were very respectful and interested in Japanese culture! Sincerely looking forward to seeing you again! Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori

Rupal Rupal United States ( Friends )
2 weeks ago

“ Amazing Kyoto tour guide! ”

Thank you so much Makoon for such a memorable experience ! We truely enjoyed the 2 days we spent in Kyoto with you ! To all who wonder whether they should book with him - he was amazing ! He has a true passion for the city and culture and gave us insight to the city and Japanese people. His English is excellent and he is knowledgeable about almost every topic that we asked him about. He gave us an unparalleled, personalized trip and showed us the true hospitality of the Japanese people . Thank you again ! All 4 of us felt so “lucky “ to have met you!


Dear Rupal, My sincere appreciation to your kind review. I felt so lucky to be part of your anniversary. You are all very happy, humorous, and very much intellectual. It was great to see you show respect to Japanese culture. Also, it was a great idea that we spend more time in each place so you could really appreciate each site! Sincerely looking forward to seeing you again on your 20th anniversary! Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori

Marc Marc United States ( Couple )
4 weeks ago

“ Flavor of Kyoto ”

We were staying in Tokyo,and as we only had a day in Kyoto we wanted to see the highlights of the city. Makoon was a great asset to accomplish this goal. We arrived slightly later than initially agreed upon due to train issues, but Makoon was able to keep us on schedule. His English is perfect and he was a pleasure to speak with. We saw all the sites we wanted to and more. I would highly recommend Makoon to anyone wanting an in depth look at Kyoto from an experienced local.


Dear Marc, Words are not enough for me to express my gratitude to your knid review! I'm happy to hear that you achieved your goal in your limited time. I'm sure you now know Kyoto is a lot different from Tokyo, or any other cities in Japan! As you mentioned previously, now I do believe New Yorkers walk fast, it was great that we made it to the extra spot. Thank you again for sharing your day with me! Sincerely looking forward to seeing you again. Warm Regards, Makoon