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National Certified Guide
(10) Reviews
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$ 28 Hourly rate
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Cities Hyogo , Kobe , Kyoto , Mie , Nara , Okayama , Osaka , Shiga , Wakayama

Languages English ( License )

(10) Reviews
Hourly rate 28 USD


Hello, my friends!
Welcome to my homepage of Triplelights.
I'm Masaki Hira, a national licensed tour guide.
I have been living in Nara for more than 40 years.
I retired from work 7 years ago. Since then, I have been engaged in various activities such as musical activities, Japanese kiko chi exercise, and guiding people around Nara, Kyoto, and Osaka.
I have been guiding tours since 2014, managing more than 100 domestic and overseas tour groups.
I'm ready to help you discover what charming Nara, Kyoto, or Osaka areas offers.
I can also develop a custom tour based on your interests.
I am willing to accept a single guest.
Anyway, don't hesitate to get in touch with me.

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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.

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 before of the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Reviews ( 10 )

1 week ago |   by Julie

“ Excellant Guide - extremely helpful and organized ”

we enjoyed our day with Masaki. He was willing to fit in all the sites we wanted to see in both Nara and Kyoto in one day. Our arrival time changed and he adjusted and helped us work out train schedules to meet him in Nara. He gave us details of each site and shared a lot of history and information of Buddhism. He is a happy and very pleasant guide to spend a day with. He knew all the transportation details to traveling quickly. We highly recommend him.

3 weeks ago |   by Tri

“ Excellent Nara and Kyoto Tours ”

We booked tours of Nara and Kyoto with Mr. Masaki. He has a wealth of knowledge about the area and Japanese history. He walked us through the history from the Sixth century to Twelve century. There were eight people in our group, five adults and three children; everyone enjoyed the tours a lot. If you need a tour guide, we strongly recommend Mr. Masaki.

3 weeks ago |   by GRETCHEN

“ Wonderful! ”

Masaki was full of information even before our tour. He would email me information before our trip, and it made me more excited and anxious! He also provided us with cooling gel pads for myself and my daughter! He also took into consideration the weather, and adjusted our itinerary to make things more convenient! Thank you so much for everything Masaki! We really appreciate everything, and look forward to seeing you again on our next trip to Japan!!

4 weeks ago |   by John

“ Very informative & fun day ”

Masaki's personality is very easy going and joyful. He is very knowledgeable of all the historical sites and the long history of Japan. He went out of his way to allow us to experience much in an effiecient amount of time. We enjoyed our long day with Masaki.

2 months ago |   by Eric

“ Great Tour Guide or Greatest Tour Guide? ”

I'm going to go with greatest tour guide. Masaki does a lot of research before the tour starts and goes to the sites beforehand to get more knowledge about the locations that will be visited. He is also very knowledgeable about history and religion. If your looking for a great tour guide with an affordable rate than go with Masaki.


National Certified Guide
(10) Reviews
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$ 28 Hourly rate