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$ 56 Hourly rate 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 incurred by the travelers in connection with the Tour.
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Last updated: 1 week ago
Cities where can guide: Kyoto , Fukui

Languages English ( License )

(54) Reviews
Hourly rate 56 USD
up to 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 Guide classes at professional schools.

Would you like to surround yourself with wild monkeys and feed them? or 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 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!
Big groups with more than 8 guests, or groups that needs private transportation,
please just contact me, I'm here to help you!
See you soon!!

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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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Reviews ( 54 )

1 week ago |   by Danielle

“ Excellent ! Best tour guide ! ”

Masaki, or “Makoon” as he goes by, was an exceptional tour guide. I can’t say enough good things about him! We booked a pricate custom one day tour of Kyoto. He was always quick and prompt with email correspondence prior to our trip. He took into consideration my ideas and places I wanted to see while coming up with a great itinerary and suggesting his own ideas. He is very knowledgeable; he knew so much about all of the different places he took us and his English was excellent. If you’re looking to go places off the beaten path, Makoon is your guy! Most of the temples and shrines and the bamboo forest he suggested were so quiet, it was like we had the place to ourselves. He also knew what time we should go for lunch to avoid the rush. He went above and beyond to help make our trip as good as it could be, even past his tour. He recommended places for dinner after he dropped us off and even helped us purchase train tickets for the next day as our hotel was very close to Kyoto station. He also brought his own camera and took photos of us along the way which emailed to me within hours! If you’re going to Kyoto, definitely book Makoon!

1 week ago |   by Robert

“ Kyoto in a day ”

Mr Masaki, a.k.a Mr Makoon is the first guide i have encountered who brings a camera and becomes your personal photographer too. He is very informative, accomodating and knowledgable. He would even find shortcuts to let u have a better photo angle of the sites you go to. He wilk even make a personalized ITenerary brochure for you 😃. thumbs up

3 weeks ago |   by Sam

“ Excellent day in Kyoto ”

Makoon (Masaki) took my family and i around Kyoto for a day. He quickly adapted to our style, and spent just the right amount of time explaining history/culture, without getting detailed to the point of boredom. He was lots of fun, and flexible, in that we added an extra stop to the tour. I would heartily recommend Masaki

1 month ago |   by Steve

“ Highlight of our visit to Japan ”

On our first morning in Kyoto, we had Masaki guide us around the Arashiyama area where we experienced the bamboo grove, monkey mountain and great traditional food and shopping. It was a really enjoyable half day tour for our family and Masaki was fantastic. His knowledge of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture was first rate. He connected easily with the whole family. He was able to get us in and out of the various places avoiding the busiest times while being at the right places at the right times to see the highlights. And to top it off ... he took us to a local Ramem lunch spot which was the best meal we had on our entire trip to Japan. Thank you Masaki for such a memorable experience!!

1 month ago |   by Monique

“ Wonderful time exploring Kyoto ”

Very much enjoyed seeing the monkey park, alternative uncrowded bamboo Forrest, and special temples and shrines with Masaki. He took us to places the big busses couldn't go to and is very knowledgeable about Kyoto.