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$ 28 Hourly rate Price up to 5 people
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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Kobe , Mount Koya

Languages English ( License ), Japanese ( Fluent )

(41) Reviews
Hourly rate 28 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 (41) 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 $27.60 $27.60 $9.20
4 Hours $110.40 $110.40 $36.80
8 Hours $220.80 $220.80 $73.60

* 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.

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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 ( 41 )
Ranjan Ranjan United Arab Emirates ( Family with kids )
1 week ago

“ Personalized and detail oriented ”

Makoto was an absolute joy. He met us right at the train platform as we arrived at Kyoto from Tokyo. Makoto’s knowledge of Japan will astound you - right from its history to the present. My 5 year old is a big fan of him after he bought her a cute return gift! Please don’t look further than Makoto for professional yet personal experience to Kyoto!


Dear Ranjan, Thank you for yoir prompt and nice review comments. I am so glad that you have enjoyed the tour. You have beautiful family and i also enjoyed so much being with you. Thank you fkr your choosing me of your guide. I hope that you visit Japan again. MAKOTO

Winnie Winnie United States ( Family with kids )
1 week ago

“ Kyoto highlights ”

Our Kyoto day trip with Mr. Makoto was a down to earth experience, which was a pleasant surprise. In the past we had scheduled tour bus -type tours and in this case, Mr. Makati took us on local trains and buses to get to different destinations. We felt like we “blended in” with the locals! That’s a true cultural experience!


Dear Winnie, Thanks for your nice and prompt review comments. I am so glad that you have enjoyed the tour even though it was hot and humid yesterday. Please enjoy the stay in Kyoto and have a nice trip back to the U.S. Thanks again for yoir choosing me of yoir guide. MAKOTO

Patricia Patricia Australia ( Friends )
1 week ago

“ Hepful, knowledgeable and well informed ”

We had a great day with Makoto. He helped us with our JR cards and understanding the local transport system in Kyoto. He was knowledgeable about each site we visited and Kyoto’s geography and history and contemporary life. Even though we had s timetsble which he had prepared well for us, he still gave us space to spend extra time in some places snd sdjudting the itinerary time. He was flexible and friendly and pleasant to spend time with. I would highly recommend him.


Dear Patricia Thanks for your nice comments. I am so glad that you have enjoyed the tour. I also enjoyed very much being with you, and your sense of humour. Thanks again for your choosing me of your guide. MAKOTO

Jennifer Jennifer United States ( Family )
1 week ago

“ Great Day in Nara! ”

My family of four met Makoto at the train station, and we started our day in Nara. He took us to all the must see spots, explained some of the history, and we had an enjoyable day. Makoto was very helpful with which train to take, and my adult children really enjoyed the origami at the end of our day. Thank you Makoto!


Dear Jennifer, Tthanks for yoir nice comments. I am so glad that you have enjoyed the tour. I have also enjoyed very muh being with you and enjoyed the nice conversation. You are so nice family. Thanks for your choosing me of your guide. MAKOTO

2 weeks ago

“ Sightseeing tour in Osaka ”

We are 3 generations groups and asked MAKOTO to take 1 day trip in Osaka We went Osaka Castle, Umeda-Skybuilding, Dotombori, etc. He has deep knowledge about culture and history of Osaka and we are totally satisfied with his guide!


Dear Kenichoro, Thank you very much for yoir nice comments. I also enjoyed being with them and taking care of mother and the family. I thank you for for nice car management at each site. The tour was so smoothly done because of your car management. Thanks for your choosing me as the guide. Best regards. MAKOTO