*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.
My 16 year old and I had a great time on our tour with Masaki. He really knows so much about the history of Kyoto. While we did not expect the knowledge we were given on the tour, we were amazed and enjoyed it very much. Masaki hit every area we wanted to see, and gave us information about these areas that we would have never known had we just went on our own...not to mention been able to do so much in one day! Thanks Masaki for a great day in Kyoto. Marshall
I did a lot of research for our family trip to Japan. Makoon was very responsive and very professional from the start. I told him what I wanted to see and I asked him for recommendations on if I should change anything and he gave suggested I trade one place for Nijo castle. Being with Makoon is awesome, it's better than a documentary because you get the history and significance of the places you are visiting, the hidden spots, tips on where to eat and shop, all wrapped up in a very friendly and caring guide. We spent two half days seeing the following. 1) Fushimi Inari Shrine 2) Kiyomizu Temple 3) Sanjusangen do 4) Downtown walk (Intro to Geisha culture) 5) Bamboo Forest Arashiyama 6) Kinkaku Temple 7) Nijo Castle Our first day we were late by 20 mins because we missed our t... read more
Makoon is by far the most professional, detailed, knowledgeable and passionate guide we have ever had. He continued to amaze us with a depth of information and knowledge. We had a wonderful day exploring Kyoto guided by Makoon. His planning and attention to detail is outstanding. He adjusted the tour perfectly to accomodate my husbands health issues. I really can't say enough about this young man. It was not surprising to discover that he teaches classes for guides! Thank you Makoon for a day we will never forget!
Dear Tammie, It's more than an honor to recieve a review like yours. Once again, thank you for in depth conversation regarding Japanese and American history and culture. I too learned a lot from you, it was interesting to compare and contrast. I'm really glad you made some great memories. Even though we did a lot in one day, Kyoto always has more to offer! Sincerely looking forward to seeing you again! Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori
We, a group of 4 people from Germany hired Masaki (Makoon) for a 3-days-stay in Kyoto. It was a outstanding experience to spend and share the time with him. A top-notch-guide! He has a wonderful personality, is open, flexible and understands the wishes of the group, even they deviate from the original and agreed tour plan. Makoon has a deep knowledge about the history, the temples and shrines as well as the Gijon quarter. He knows little bits and pieces that made his explanations so lively and interesting. He did care about everything we needed. We couldn't find anybody better and have not one subject to criticise other than we have been so sad when we said Good-bye end of day 3. One member of the group at home said: "It was my best vacation ever"! We do strongly recommend him and when we ... read more
Dear Chrisoph san, It's truly an honor for me to receive a review like yours. Those 3 days were quite special for me, too. I particularly enjoyed exchanging historical and cultural information between Japan and Germany. Thank you for sharing a lot of information, Germany monastery and beer, war history, and many more... I learned a lot and it was nice to see a lot of similarities. Please do tell me when you come back, even though we did a lot, there's always more in Kyoto! Sincerely looking forward to meeting you again. Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori
Makoon works very hard to make a tour engaging and personalised to the things you find interesting. He is very knowledgable about Kyoto and it’s history. He also has some amazing food recommendations! We ate at several of the places he suggested and they were all great. I would recommend Makoon to anyone - he’s a lovely guy and great at his job.
Dear Aimi san, It's an honor for me to receive words like yours. I was very happy to see you enjoying Japanese history and culture. Also food is the best way to know the culture! I take a lot of time to research different restaurant from old to new. So I'm glad to hear you enjoyed all the recommended restaurants. Again, thank you for everything. Sincerely looking forward to seeing you again! Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori