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Masaki

Licensed Guide
  (55) Reviews
Send message only 1 day available in December
$ 31 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 , Mie , Wakayama

Languages English ( License )

Reviews
(55) Reviews
Hourly rate 31 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 $31.15 $4.45
6 Hours $160.20 $186.90 $26.70
8 Hours $213.60 $249.20 $35.60

* 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 ( 55 )
Maria Teresa Maria United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Excellent tour guide ”

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

Christian Christian United Kingdom ( Family )
Excellent
4 weeks ago

“ First class ”

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.

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

Catherine Catherine Japan ( Solo )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Great experience I have encountered with Masaki ”

Masaki is a very passionate guide who takes his time to explain every aspects of the culture; he made my stay in Kyoto very memorable

Masaki:

Hi Catherine, Thank you for a good review. Yes, as you say, it was a very unique tour indeed. This encounter is a gift from God. Probably both of us are a good person. See you again. Masaki

Karin Karin United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Fantastic ”

Our tours with Masaki could not have been better!

Masaki:

Hi Doctor Karin, Thank you for sending a message. History, culture, traditions, medicine, chi exercise and deep breathing. It's a wonderful time. Zen is practical Buddhism. Hope it will open and deepen a new world. Say hello to Sharon.

clifton Clifton Canada ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Osaka and Kyoto private tour ”

Masaki is an excellent guide. Being a previous history teacher, his knowledge allowed us to appreciated the sites much more. While English is his second language, he was understandable. We only had 10 hours during our cruise to see Osaka and the surrounding area, but he catered to the destinations and activities that we wanted in the short amount of time allowed. He also had good and prompt communication prior to arriving there, answering all of our questions and helping us tweak our itinerary.

Masaki:

Hello Clifton, Thank you for sending a friendly message. Going around Kyoto and Osaka in this limited time must have been demanding for your mother and older members. I appreciate your cooperation. Thank you again. This time we visited only the entrance of Kansai. Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka have a lot of attractions. Next time, stay in Kyoto and enjoy its night life and beautiful cherry blossoms. Please say hello to your members. Masaki