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  (32) Reviews
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$ 27 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 )

(32) Reviews
Hourly rate 27 USD Price up to 5 people
( Max : 10 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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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 $26.70 $26.70 $8.90
4 Hours $106.80 $106.80 $35.60
8 Hours $213.60 $213.60 $71.20

* 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 ( 32 )
Marla Marla United States ( Couple )
3 days ago

“ Great tour of Osaka highlights ”

We had a great day with Makoto. He is pleasant and speaks excellent English. He knows Osaka well and guided us through subways and streets to see all the highlights.


Dear Marla, Thnaks for your nice comments. I am very glad to know that you have enjoyed Osaka tour. I also enjoyed very much as you have nice sense of humour. Please have a nice trip in the rest of yoir joirney. Thanks again for you hoosing me of your guide. MAKOTO

Harry Harry United States ( Family with kids )
Very Good
1 week ago

“ a pleasant visit to Kyoto and Nara with Makoto ”

We spent 1.5 days in Kyoto and Nara with Makoto. He is well prepared with a nice information pack with Japanese history. This makes it much easier for us to understand the historical significance of places we visited. He is also very flexible with us making last minute changes. A wonderful tour guide!


Dear Harry, Thank you for your review messages. I am so glad that you enjoyed the tour. I am sure that your daughter enjoyed playing with deers. You may stay at Nara park next time so that she can watch and plar with deers all day. I alsso enjoyed being with you. Thank you for your choosing me of your guide. MAKOTO

barbara Barbara Peru
1 week ago

“ Outstanding guide ”

It was a pitty it was quite cold, windy and raining. Makoto was very nice, lent me his gloves and gave me some warmers. He was great at explaining all the history. Great english and always smiling. Perfect tour


Dear Barbara, Thank you for your prompt review and nice comments. I regret that the weather was not good at all, but we had some lucks such as wedding couple we could sse. I also enjoyed the comversation with you. Please have a nice trip back. Thank you for your choosing me of your guide. MAKOTO

Robert Robert United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Half day tour of Osaka ”

Mac is a great guide, very knowledgeable and personable. We enjoyed our quick half day tour of Osaka with Mac including our Okonomiyaki lunch. Mac's planning for picking us up at the cruise terminal, dropping our bags at a storage locker at Osaka station, touring and shuttling to the airport was flawless. We wish we could have spent more time in Osaka with him.


Dear Bob Thank you for yoir prompt review and nice comments. I enjoyed being with you and the conversation about Steelers and Browns. Thank you for your choosing me of your guide this ttime. Mac

Bernadette Bernadette United States ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Fantastic Day in Nara with " Mac" ”

Mac was absolutely fabulous! The kindest, most engaging guide you will find. He is funny, flexible, easy going, extremely knowledgeable about the area, flawless English skills and a genuine joy to be around. He was the highlight of our trip to Nara and took us to the little out of the way spots we would never have been able to find alone in Naramachi. If ww ever are fortunate enough to visit Nara again, I hope Mac will still be available to guide us. Just a super nice guy and a superb guide!


Dear Bernadette, Thank yoiu very much for your nice comments. I am so glad that you enjoyed the Nara tour. I also enjoyed so much being with you, and the comversation with you. Thank you for your choosing me of yoir guide. Mac