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Masaki

Licensed Guide
  (47) Reviews
Send message only 3 days available in September
$ 34 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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Last updated: 2 days ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Hyogo , Kobe , Shiga , Mie , Wakayama

Languages English ( License )

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(47) Reviews
Hourly rate 34 USD Price up to 6 people
( Max : 16 People )
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About

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.
Guiding is like a thrilling, adventurous journey.
You never get older indeed.

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.
Japan is a country with a variety of delicious food.
Each place has its own food specialty.
Food is an essential part of my tours.
Some of my guests are interested in daily life experiences, agricultural or cultural experiences.
Anniversary tour, honeymoon tour, graduation tour, etc are also available.
Over these years I have guided 200 solo or group tourists from Us, Canada, Europe and Asia.

My guide areas are mainly Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. But as a national tour guide, I guide around Tokyo, Kamakura, Hakone, etc.
I love organizing the whole trip in Japan.
I can offer any advice, suggestion, or necessary information to help your tour make smooth.
Feel free to ask me.

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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 $26.70 $33.82 $1.78
6 Hours $160.20 $202.92 $10.68
8 Hours $213.60 $270.56 $14.24

* Duration: 6 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 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 ( 47 )
Jean Jean France ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Amazing day ”

Masaki San was explaining very well with a clear and delicate voice: he makes you dive right into the stories as it was a movie ! With the homemade illustrated book that he carries around, you can picture it even more ! He is not only a good guide, but he is also an amazing human being ! Even if the day spent with Masaki San was rainy, he managed to make it sunny :) We recommend him 100% ! Thank you so much !!! See you next time hopefully !

Masaki:

Hi John and Jean, Thank you for sending a good review. This is the moment I feel happy to be a guide. Kyoto was a capital for 1000 years, full fo historical attractions. Wish this history experience could give you a hint to your business success. As I told you during the tour, I may visit New York in next or next next January. I am sure to visit your restaurant to enjoy delicious Japanese dishes. Looking forward to seeing you again in New York. Masaki

Saunders Ian Saunders United Kingdom ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Great tour guide ”

Masaki gave us a great tour of Kyoto and provided us with some great knowledge.

Masaki:

Dear Saunders, It was a nice experience. Looking forward to seeing your Arashiyama film in September. Thank you. Masaki

Sandra Sandra Singapore ( Solo )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ An excellent guide with a thirst for adventure! ”

Masaki was a wonderful and accommodating guide who was able to put together 2 days of off -the-beaten track adventures to Yuasa and Tsukigase. For us, traveling to a different country means meaningful interactions with locals and their way of life and this was encapsulated in our 2 days with Masaki. He was detailed oriented and meticulous. We couldn’t have asked for a better traveling companion!

Masaki:

Hi Sandra, thank you for a good review. Hear you are now in Europe. Take care of yourself there. See you!!!

John John Japan ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Kyoto-Arashiyama, Ryoanji, Gion ”

We can’t thank Masaki enough for his personalized tour. He was knowledgeable about the sites we visited and led us through some very cool zen exercises while at Ryoanji temple. He provided us with some spectacular photos after our tour and when we are concerned about emergency alerts regarding flood conditions, he reached out to us to provide helpful advice. In the end he was more than just a tour guide but a friend.

Masaki:

John, thank you for sending a good review. Glad to hear your safe return. Hope God blesses you and your wonderful family. Masaki

Vanessa Vanessa United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ A Magical Experience ”

My 16 year old daughter and I spend a day with Mr. Masaki and we couldn't have asked for a better introduction to Kyoto. We chose Mr. Masaki because of his background as a history teacher, superior english skills and great reviews. He was the greatest guide we could ever imagine - thoughtful, educational and perfect in every way. We learned so much, saw all the most wonderful spots - we left the agenda up to him and only shared our interests to inform the trip schedule. He took us everywhere and is a sheer delight to spend time with. Thank you Mr. Masaki for showing us around. If anyone is considering him as a tour guide - do not hesitate in fact, book him as fast as possible!