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Send message only 4 days available in December
$ 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: 2 days ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto

Languages English ( License )

(94) 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 (94) 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 $54.56 $54.56
4 Hours $218.24 $218.24
8 Hours $436.48 $436.48

* 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 ( 94 )
kim Kim United States ( Family )
2 days ago

“ Perfect two days in Kyoto with Makoon ”

From the moment we booked our tours with Makoon he was quick to respond back and was very professional. Makoon planned the perfect itinerary for us. Kyoto is a magical place and with Makoons knowledge we learned so much about history and culture. Makoon also recommended the most amazing places to eat and we were able enjoy Japanese cuisine.I should also mention he knew the perfect places for us to shop too. I was traveling with my 17 year old daughter and she was very interested in all of the valuable information Makoon provided. Makoon is such a kind individual we felt like we had known him for awhile. Thank you for accommodating our sunrise request. It truly was a beautiful morning. Everything about our 2 day tour was PERFECT. We look forward to coming back and enjoying more experience... read more

Nils Nils United States ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Visit to Kyoto ”

My wife and I were visiting Kyoto for the first time and engaged Masaki’s services as a guide for three days. He was very helpful during the planning phase. Letting us know certain sites we should see and helping to organize our days to minimize travel and maximize our site seeing. He kept us up to date on events prior to our arrival, especially important since we were we going to Kyoto close to Typhoon season. During our tours he was very knowledgeable and provide us with the right combination of historical facts and local trivia. Most of all he was flexible. My hobby is photography and he was able to identify key places where I could get good pictures. In addition, he tailored the days factoring in our preference for walking and time of day and weather. All and all our experience w... read more


Dear Nils, It's truely an honor to recieve words like these. I'm really happy that you could capture quite a lot of beautiful shots. They will always remind you of good flavor of Kyoto! I also have to appreciate a lot of conversations about various topics we shared. I too learned a lot of new things, golden time for photography, invasion to Japan with "smell of death".. interesting stuffs! I sincerely hope you are going to make a great "book" from this trip! Looking forward to seeing you again. Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori

Andy Andy United States ( Solo )
3 weeks ago

“ An amazing day with Makoon in Kyoto. ”

Although it was just a day with Makoon, it seemed like we have captured Kyoto at its finest. With a background of living and studying aboard, Makoon speaks English fluently. He has a very pleasant personality therefore we connected very well like we have known each other for a long time. My 20 years old daughter and 16 years old son enjoyed talking to Makoon and shared a lot of interested subjects. From planning to executing our tour, Makoon was very professional, attentive and flexible. He returned emails very promptly when we have questions. He always gave us candid feedback and suggestion. Makoon is also a good photographer. He took many pictures for us so we can have some memorable pictures to bring back to the States. Thank you Makoon for your guidance and valuable information a... read more


Dear Andy-san It's an honor for me to receive an review like this. I'm happy to hear you got a good flavor of Kyoto in one day, and yes, I shared a lot of fun conversations including historical and cultural information, and also some pure fun conversation! It was really inspiring to see a father like you. From the planning stage, you were very considerate to make this tour great for your family. On the day of, you were trying the best for your family to make a nice memory through conversations and photo taking! Once again, thank you for everything. I'm sincerely looking forward to next time. Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori

Vanessa Vanessa Canada ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Kyoto 1 Day Tour ”

Awesome tour guide. Very knowledgeable about Kyoto especially on the geisha culture. Would definitely recommend.


Dear Vanessa I'd like to appreciate your kind review. I'm also really happy you liked the Gion tour with the Geisha culture. It's my favorite place to explain as it includes very mysterious and fascinating information. I'm pretty confident that you have a different perception on Geisha. Sincerely looking forward to next time. Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori

Sabrina Sabrina United States ( Family )
1 month 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!


Dear Sabrina Many thanks for such a quick and exllent review. We did go extra miles! Thanks to the weather, it was nice and pleasant! I'm happy you got to see 7 different places in 1 day in your limited time! Sincerely looking forward to meeting you again. Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori