Hello I’m Mike, a national licensed tour guide from Kyoto.
Meeting with people is a gift of God for me.
A new encounter inspires and enriches my heart.
People sometimes ask me unexpected questions I can’t answer on the spot.
It is the moment when I I am frozen.
Indeed, guiding people is like a thrilling, adventurous journey.
I would like to offer a memorable journey to you.
I retired from work as a teacher at senior high school and then started this job in 2015.
I’m familiar with Japanese history, culture, religion and architecture.
My guide areas are mainly Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. But as a national tour guide, I guide around Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Nagoya, Wakayama, Shirakawago, and Takayama.
Feel free to ask me anything.
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 6 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 6 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 16 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.
It was a great trip to both Nara and Kyoto. Masaki is very attentive to our interest and need. He also brought my us to Samurai and Ninja museum while we were in Kyoto (my kids enjoy them very much!). Lastly, he brought us to Sushi restaurant which was very delicious and affordable. Thank you very much, Masaki-san for you guidance. This is a very memorable trip for our family! Hope we have the chance to meet you again in the future! Kevin
Dear Kevin, Happy to hear of your safe return and thank you for sending a nice message. As you experienced it, all kids become a marine soldier after waring an armor. Probably it was a great experience and a memory to become a ninja. As a matter of fact, adults get excited too. Next time please visit me in Nara, my home town. Instead of ninja, you are surrounded by wild deer. Looking forward to seeing you.
Excellent and easy communication with Masaki during preparation for the tour. Masaki speaks very good English. He answered all questions promptly and thoroughly and he made suggestions and sent photos of alternative sights to see when one of the places we wanted to go to was not open on the date of our tour. He went out of his way to book us additional services like the rickshaw and a van which was a last-minute decision. Everything was planned out well. Day 1 was Kyoto by van and day 2 was Osaka by public transpo. Masaki picked us up on time from our Kyoto Airbnb with the van he booked for us and dropped us off at our Osaka Airbnb after the tour. It was a very long day but everything worked out well! He picked us up again the next day from our Osaka Airbnb for our Osaka tour. Masaki gave ... read more
We had a wonderful day with Masaki. He gave us a lot of information about the places we visited and managed to steer us through the New Year crowds. Also he was happy to give tips and information about things to do by ourselves. He took lots of photos for us . Regards Ian,Lisa &Emma
Hi Ian Thank you for a prompt review. On New Year Day, Kyoto was crowded everywhere. Hope she will dance in Japan on TV. She has a talent. Thanks to cooperation, our tour went smoothly. Your Japan tour still continues, take care of yourselves because Japan becomes colder from now on. See you again.
I highly recommend Masaki. He show us around Ōsaka. Masaki’s English is very good. He is very knowledgeable! We will make sure to recommend him with our friends. Thank you! Thank you! Masaki we really enjoyed our Ōsaka tour. Julio & Teresa
Masaki could not have worked harder. He took us to all of the places we wanted to see and tailored the itinerary perfectly. He is full of knowledge and good humour. We did not simply see the sights, we learned about the history of Zen Buddhism, meditation practice and breathing and Japanese philosophy. After the tour was over, he sent us over 70 excellent photos that he had taken during the day, which is a great souvenir. This was a first class day out and we highly recommend Masaki.
Hi Christian, Thank you for sending a good message. I'm very happy to share my knowledge about the meditation method with you. Did Anita start meditation today? No matter how short your time is, practice it in succession. Practice makes perfect. By the way, Christian you are sure to be the best son in the world. See you again. Masaki