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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 )

(49) 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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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 $28.20 $28.20 $9.40
4 Hours $112.80 $112.80 $37.60
8 Hours $225.60 $225.60 $75.20

* 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 ( 49 )
リン リン Japan ( Friends )
2 weeks ago

“ Great experience! ”

We had a great experience with Makoto-san who was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout our trip despite it being a 38C day. Will definitely recommend to anyone planning a trip around Kyoto!


Dear Ling-san, Thanks for your sending prompt review message. Yes it was so hot yesterday, but I really enjoyed guiding Kyoto for you as you have keen interest on the culture and history of Japan. Still hot days will continue but please enjoy Japan and have a nice trip back to U.K. thanks for your choosing me of your guide this time. MAKOTO

Summer Summer United States ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ A wonderful day in Kyoto ”

We didn't contact Mac until two days before we wanted a tour of Kyoto. He responded quickly and suggested a wonderful itinerary. He arrived early at our hotel and gave us an introduction to the activities of the day. We went to three sites, Arashiyama, Kinkaku-ji, and Nijo Castle. We would not have been able to visit these places easily on our own as several different train lines were used. He took us to a wonderful restaurant on the top floor of a department store, somewhere we would not have found ourselves. Mac spoke excellent English and was knowledgeable about the historical backgrounds of the places we visited. The quality of our trip to Kyoto was greatly enhanced because of Mac. I highly recommend him as a guide!


Dear Summer, Thamk you very much for the nice review comments. I am so glad that you have enjoyed the tour. I also enjoyed being with you and guide you very much. It turned to be very very hot in Japan after your tour and I have recognized that we had a nice wheather in our tour. Please have a nice trip back to the U.S. and thank you for your choosing me of your guide this time. MAKOTO

Juan Juan United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Relaxed day in Nara Park with Mac! ”

Mac was an awesome guide for our day tour of Nara! He arranged a great itinerary coving the main sites of the park and even have us a printout with a map and some general history of Japan before we started the tour. We had an issue finding him when we got to Nara but it was no big deal. His English was perfect and he was quite friendly, and we would definitely recommend him for a day trip around Nara


Dear Juan Thank you for yoir nice review comments. I am so glad that you have enjoyed the tour and Nara. I also enjoyed very much being with you in the tour as you shows much interest on Japanese history and culture. Thanks again for your choosing me of your guide. MAKOTO

Ana Ana United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Nara park and temples from a local ”

Excellent tour guide. He greeted us at the train station and helped us get a bus to the park. Taught us many things about local culture and even some basic Japanese phrases. Makoto lives in Nara so he knew the city like the back of his hand and took us through many beautiful roads and shops that we would not have known of. We were a family of 15 and he was very calm and patient the whole time. We were in Japan for almost 3 weeks and this tour was the favorite of many of us. Highly recommend the city and the tour guide!


Dear Ana, Thank you very much for your nice review comments. I am so happy that you have enjoyed the tour and Nara. You have nice and big family, and I also enjoyed much being with you.Thanks again for yoir choosing me of your guide. I hope that you visit Japan again someday. MAKOTO

Roger Roger United Kingdom ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Kyoto highlights in a day - Nijo Castle, Imperial Palace, Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion),Ryoan-ji & Ninna-ji ”

Makoto is a very well-organised guide who gave us an excellent insight into Kyoto. Having worked in the US and the UK he speaks excellent English and has a very easy-going manner which made his introduction to Japanese history through our visits to Nijo and the Imperial Palace very easy to follow. Unlike some guides who can give too much detail Makoto pitched it just right and left us with some excellent print-outs to study later. Before our trip I had expressed an interest in Samurai sword making and he would have been prepared to arrange a factory visit, although this proved impractical in the timescale of our visit. Nonetheless, on the day he gave us an superb print-out showing the production process which must have taken some considerable effort. Just one example of the efforts Mak i... read more


Dear Roger, Thank you very much for the nice review comments. I am so plessed that you have enjoyed the tour and Kyoto. As I used to live in the same regeon, Yorkshare, I am so enjoyed the conversation, and remind the days in Yorkshare. Thanks again for your choosing me of yoir guide, and I am sure that I visit Yorkshare again someday, which is so beautiful area in U.K. MAKOTO