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Masaki

Licensed Guide
  (42) Reviews
Send message only 3 days available in June
$ 32 Hourly rate Price up to 6 people
I can guide you in Hiroshima, Okayama, Kagawa, and Takayama areas if you pay my transportation fee.
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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Hyogo , Kobe , Shiga , Wakayama , Mie

Languages English ( License )

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(42) Reviews
Hourly rate 32 USD Price up to 6 people
( Max : 16 People )
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About

Hello. My name is Masaki, and welcome to my homepage.

Meeting with people is a gift from God.
A new encounter inspires me and enriches my heart.
People sometimes ask me unexpected questions I can't answer on the spot.
So new encounters are like an adventurous journey.
Those who I met stay in my heart with good memories.
Yes, every encounter is worth a glow of jewels.

I've lived in Nara for 40 years.
This is a small city, but is well known as the first capital of Japan and one of the major Japanese sightseeing spots.
As a matter of fact, this is the treasure hall of ancient great civilizations. Overwhelming wooden structures, the greatest Buddha statues, and long-established practices and traditions.
People here know how to live with ancient heritages.

Talking about myself, I was a senior high school teacher for 35 years.
Good teachers are not always a good scholar, sometime a comedian and a hero like a Spiderman.
I retired from work and started my guide career four years ago.
I'm also an instructor of chi exercise and a violin player.
If you are curious about chi energy, please ask me.

My tour policy is to promote friendship between people regardless of nationalities.

Almost all tourists have no chance to contact locals.
Tours end just in sightseeing from outside.

People are generally curious about each other's ideas and perspectives and willing to listen to one another even when they disagree.

Many Japanese are curious about foreign culture but have no chance to talk with foreign people.
Tours will be much more fun if you come to know locals and talk over various things about your and their lives.
This kind of tour is what I really want to offer.
I have experienced these types of tours many times.
Locals are my friends. Respectable people like you.
Some speaks English, others don't.
But don't worry.
I join dinner so you don't worry about language.

A little patience and respect for each other are enough to have a wonderful dinner and promote friendship.
I'll invite you inside Japan.
If you want to enjoy real Japan, I'll be the best partner for you.
Enjoy the journey of your heart and soul.

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Price

The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

Duration
1 Person
Up to 6 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $27.30 $31.85 $1.82
4 Hours $109.20 $127.40 $7.28
8 Hours $218.40 $254.80 $14.56

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 16 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 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 ( 42 )

Excellent
2 weeks ago |   by Ben

“ Excellent Guide, New Friend ”

My family spent months planning to squeeze Kyoto, Nara and Osaka it to 2 days, with Misaki’s help we made that happen. He was kind, informative, organized and a pleasure to talk and walk with. I’d love to spend a month with him and his depth of knowledge. He was excellent at making things fun. He kept my children (11-20yrs) involved and engaged.

Excellent
2 weeks ago |   by Anna

“ Superb Guide! ”

With Masaki, you can really get the local's insights on so many things. Even on locations, he will teach you the insider's scoop, places to specifically go... never a dull moment with him! English is exceptional! He has lots of creative suggestions in mind.

Excellent
3 weeks ago |   by Ken

“ Excellent experience ”

Masaki was so knowledgeable about the Osaka area (we had a fantastic day in and around Nara). We wanted to do some things off the beaten path and he was able to deliver a memorable experience. Very flexible when we wanted to change the plan. Thorough knowledge of English and a a great communicator. We recommend without hesitation.

Excellent
4 weeks ago |   by Madelena

“ Excellent knowledge about Kyoto history and a perfect explainer ”

We had the most wonderful day in Kyoto with Masaki. He was extremely prompt and efficient in his response upon initial contact. I let him know what my husband and I wanted to see, and within hours, I had a spreadsheet detailing every step of our trip, including how we would be traveling, duration for each part (whether it be walking,taxi, along with any expenses we may incur. It was an extremely well-thought out itinerary and route. Masaki came to the train promptly at 10 AM and was with us every step of the way. At each place we visited, he provided insight that we necessarily would not get from a board or audio guide and even had a full dossier of facts and illustrations that were relevant to places we visited. He even threw in a few smaller sites that he really was enthusiastic about showing us and was very forthcoming about taking our picture wherever we were. We even changed our itinerary a little towards the end and he was extremely accommodating. Masaki is so pleasant and kept us smiling all day. Could not recommend him enough. Thank you so much! out to be very rewarding. On top of the very informative tour, Masaki provided all the information required to easily travel to the meet up point. Taking time at the end of the day to ensure we were catching the correct train home. The pictures are also a nice souvenir. Thanks for a great time Masaki. Hope to see you again when we return to Japan!l „Breath in breath out“ now is a common phrase and we hope it will last for a long time as a souvenir from Masaki and Kyoto

Excellent
1 month ago |   by LESTER

“ Masaki is Excellent ”

We a ( Mature Couple) had two days with Masaki,One Day in Osaka on a tour suggested by Masaki including the Castle, Hosan-ji Templea and a traditional Tea ceremony. the second day was a tour to Nara (Masaki's home Town) which involved visits ToIkoma-Gun. Huryuji Tempe,Todai-ji Templ , Ganjo-Ji Shrine . Masaki is an Excellent guide , He does not waste any time, He found great value local Resturants for lunch each Day and a Saki Bar for our Farewell drink! Masaki has very god English Language skills and his local Knowledge is superb. I have given him five Stars and cannot reccomend him highly enough. Lester UK