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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 )

(19) 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 (19) 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 $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 ( 19 )
Alex Alex United States ( Family )
2 weeks 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

Jeffrey M. Jeffrey United States ( Friends )
3 weeks ago

“ Kyoto in 7 hours. ”

Mak was great - we saw the Nijo-Jo castle and the Golden Pavilion and 2 other wonderful sites. We ate an authentic Japanese lunch and we even had green tea ice cream. Mak is knowledgeable and communicates well. WE glided about the city in cabs and even took the metro. I would use Mak again and will recommend him to any of my friends who travel to Japan.


Dear Jeffrey, Thnaks for your nice omments. I am very glad that you have enjoyed the tour. I also enjoyed being with you. Thank you very much for your choosing me of your guide. MAKOTO

MARIBEL MARIBEL United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ OSAKA Day Tour ”

Makoto was really an excellent guide! I made last minute changes of our day tour in Osaka and he was really accommodating about it. He took us to eat Japanese pizza! It was an experience! He was kind, courteous and very knowledgeable! I would definitely recommend Makoto to have as a guide when touring Osaka. Thank you Makoto! We had a good time!


Dear Maribel, Thanks for your nice comments. I am so happy that you enjoy the tour and Osaka. I enjoyed also being with you. Thank you for your choosing me of your guide. Best regards Mac Yokoyama

Jane Jane Canada ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Most prepared guide we’ve ever had. ”

Right from the start, Mac did everything to make our tour as pleasant and comfortable and interesting as possible. He immediately provided us with some great visuals that clarified complex Japanese history and made the Osaka destinations come alive. They are so good we intend to keep these and share them with our friends. Mac introduced us to a typical Osaka lunch which was delicious. He helped us learn Japanese phrases and has a great sense of humour. Everything was tailored to our interests and the pace was perfect. We were lucky to have Mac as our guide and would recommend him to anyone.


Dear Jane, Thanks for your nice comments. I also enjoyed so much as you have such keen interest on Japanese culture, history, and food etc. It was pleasure that I got nice ffed back on what I have explained at each spot. Thank you very much for your choosing me of your guide. Mac Yokoyama

Maureen Maureen Australia ( Couple )
2 months ago


Makoto was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Had a great day.


Dear Maureen Thanks for your omments. I am very pleased to know that you enjoyed the ttour of Kyoto. Thanks for your choosing me of yoir guide. Mac Yokoyama