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$ 27 Hourly rate Price up to 5 people
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Last updated: 9 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Kobe , Mount Koya

Languages English ( License ), Japanese ( Fluent )

(23) Reviews
Hourly rate 27 USD Price up to 5 people
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Hello, I’m Makoto (Mac) and I'm a national-licensed tour guide.

My previous career as an automotive engineer, gave me the opportunity to learn English and to live in the US, Germany, and England. After I retired, I learned more about the Japanese history especially focusing on Nara and Kyoto to become a historical specialist of the Nara area. I now live in Ikaruga town in Nara prefecture, where the UNESCO World Heritage, Horyuji temple is located. I regularly offer guides on the Fujinoki tumulus, which is located near the Horyuji temple. It contains very interesting Archaeological findings from the end of the Kofun Period.

Recently, there are many foreign tourists who come to Japan, and I hope they enjoy learning about the culture and history of Japan. I would like to help tourists have a broader and deeper understanding of the Japanese culture and that is the reason why I decided to become a tour guide to help and support their experience in Japan.

Nara is the place where Japan started. The capital was located in Asuka, Fujiwara and Nara before it moved to Kyoto. Therefore, there are many places to visit in Nara to trace the original history of Japan, which I have a depth of knowledge.
Let’s explore the roots of Japan together!!

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4.9 (23) Reviews
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The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

1 Person
Up to 5 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $27.00 $27.00 $9.00
4 Hours $108.00 $108.00 $36.00
8 Hours $216.00 $216.00 $72.00

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 8 hours maximum per day.
* People: 10 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 ( 23 )
Kiara Kiara Japan ( Friends )
1 week ago

“ Amazing tour and guide ”

We had an amazing experience with Makoto! Makoto provides us with great recommendations prior to and on the tour, was very organised, knowledgeable and good communication. We managed to visit all our desired distinctions including Nara park, Fushimi Inari, Kinkakuji temple, Arashiyama and Gion. He also explained how to catch the trains back to our hotel from Gion as we spent a little extra time exploring around here. We would have been so lost without Makoto. We highly recommend Makoto :)


Dear Kiara, Thanks for your prompt response and nice comments. I am so happy that you have enjoyed Nara and Kyoto even we were encountered some shower. Thank you also for your choosing me of your guide and I hope that your will have nice trip back to Australia. MAKOTO

Grace Grace United States ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Fantastic Guide ”

Going on a trip with Makoto-san was a highlight of our trip. Makoto-san was friendly, kind, thoughtful and extremely well prepared. Highly recommend and would book another tour with him again. Thank you Makoto-san!


Dear Grace, Thanks for your nice message. I am so glad that you enjoyed my tour and I also e joyed guiging with nice conversation. Please enjoy the tour in Japan, and I hope that we can meet adain someday. Thanks again for your choosing me of your guide. MAKOTO

Stacey Stacey United States ( Solo )
1 month ago

“ Great Tour + Guide! ”

Working with Makoto was a complete joy! He was very quick and thorough in communications prior to the tour and provided suggested itineraries. During the tour, I had a great time getting to know him and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with him while traveling to each site. Makoto was able to help me understand Japan's complex history as it pertained to the different sites, which was very helpful. He picked a great place for lunch, showed me how to use public transportation in Japan, and was flexible when I wanted to make a last minute change in our itinerary. I highly recommend booking with Makoto if you're looking for a tour guide. I know he also does tours outside of Kyoto, in case you're interested. I definitely would have booked another tour with him again if time had allowed.


Dear Stacey Thanks for your nice comment. I also enjoyed guiding you, and unexpectetly it turned to be e,citing tour because of your nice suggestions. Thank again for your support of the tour MAKOTO

karen Karen United States ( Family with kids )
1 month ago

“ Perfect Day ”

Mac is fantastic guide! He was well prepared and very organized. He was also very knowledgeable and easy to understand. I would highly recommended him! Thanks for a wonderful tour!


Dear Karen, Thnaks for your nice comment. It was so cold day, but I enjoyed guiding and being with you. Thanks for you choosing me of your guide. Please have a nice new year. Mac

Alex Alex United States ( Family )
2 months ago

“ Excellent tour and great Guide!!! ”

We had really good time with Makoto. He met us at Hotel lobby and spent all day exploring Osaka with us. Very knowledgable guide. He was able to make it fun for our entire family. Also he helped us a lot with figuring out subway system as well as JR. He even went to the actual train to make sure we successfully board the correct train. Thank you very much for all the effort.


Dear Alex. Thanks for your nice review message. The tour date was the day of Osaka marashon day, and so many people were visiting Osaka, which caused inconvinience even for the seat reservation of Bullet train. But you met your flight at Hanade, which I was so glad to know. It was so enjoyable to guide you Osaka, and happy to know that you enjoyed the Osaka tour. Thanks again for your choosing me of your guide. MAKOTO