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MAKOTO

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(58) Reviews
US$ 29 Hourly rate
Reviews ( 58 )
Martin Martin United Kingdom ( Couple )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ A super day guided by Makoto ”

We really enjoyed our day with Makoto. We would thoroughly recommend him. He was prompt, well prepared, well organised, helpful, friendly, flexible, very knowledgeable and speaks good English. He was also great company. We could not fault him!

MAKOTO:

Dear Martin, Thanks for your nice review comments and I am so glad that you have enjoyed the tour. I have enjoyed very much being with you and guide the spots in Kyoto. There was unexpected surprise at Arashiyama, where autumn festival is being prepared. We could take pictures with many ladies costumed for the festival. That was really surprise to me and I enjoyed the atmosphere of the festival. Thank you very much for your choosing me of your guide. MAKOTO

Alan Alan United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Koya-San- Historic/beautiful and what Tranquil. ”

We spent a full day with Makoto (Mac). He got to our hotel for pickup early as we needed to get a very useful KOYA-San Heritage Pass at the station prior to the touring. It was a great way to get the transportation needed as well as discounted entrances to our sites. Good value and definitely saved us money. As far as the tour, we saw what we had wanted to do, lead by a mature, very professional and pleasant guide. He used the time we had efficiently and he got us to every locale in an very timely manner. He knew what the sites and areas had to offer and explained them to us. His command of English was superb and there was never a communication problem. We had a very good traditional lunch near the next site we were to visit and when it came time to leave, we were escorted back to our ... read more

MAKOTO:

Dear Alan, I am so glad that you have enjoyed the tour, I also enjoyed this famtastic opportunity being with you and enjoyed the conversation, The weather was perfect and autum leaves were turned to be so beautiful. This was the most enjoyable day in Koya toir i have ever done. Thanks for your ni e comments and choosing me of your guide. I hope that you come to visit Japan again. Mac

Hamish Hamish United Kingdom
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Excellent tour with Makoto ”

We spent a day with Mak in Kyoto yesterday visiting Sanjyusansendo Temple, Nijo Castle, Kinkkuji Temple and Fusimi Inari Shrine. Mak is fantastic – friendly and helpful and full of insights. What was I particularly impressed by was that he brought some useful background charts of Japanese history which were very helpful as we visited 800 years of buildings in a day. I would thoroughly recommend Mak to other visitors to Kyoto.

MAKOTO:

Dear Hamish. Thanks for your prompt review and nice comment. I am so glad that you have enjoyed the tour. I also enjoyed being with you and the conversation as I have so much good memory in England. This is my "Ikigai" to support the guests from foriegn countries and receive good feed back. Thanks again for your choosing me of your guide and we will see again when you bring your family to Japan. Mac Yokoyama

Christine Christine Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Great day with Mak ”

We would definitely recommend a tour with Mak, he is friendly knowledgable and nothing was too much trouble He guided us through purchasing our rail tickets and suggested best lunch options to take for our picnic lunch We had a wonderful day visiting such beautiful sights

MAKOTO:

Dear christiane, thank you very much for your nice review comments. I am so glad that you have enjoyed the tour. I have enjoyed beingnwith you and nice picnic lunch. I hope that you had nice trip to Hiroshima, and further trip in Osaka. Thanks again for your choosing me of your guide this time. Please have a nice trip back to Australia and visit Japan again. MAKOTO

Martha Martha Japan ( Friends )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Tour of Kyoto ”

Mack was on time and waiting for us at the agreed upon spot of Osaka station. We gave him a list of several places we were interested in and asked him to plan our day. It was a seamless adventure from start to finish! He even threw in street experiences, food and sake tasting, from quaint shops off the beaten path. He gave us a little history about Buddhism and the Shinto religion while we were on the train and he had a visual handout for us about the places we would visit today. I would highly recommend him to anyone! He gave us some recommendations about spots to visit in Osaka on our last day.

MAKOTO:

Dear Martha, Thanks for your nice comments. I am very pleased that you have enjoyed the tour. I have enjoyed very much especially the visit of Daitokuji, where no other tourist is visiting here, and felt that we owned the temple. I also enjoyed being with you for shopping souvenirs and tasting Sake. Thanks again for your choosing me of your guide. MAKOTO

Kris Kris United States ( Couple )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Delightful day with Mac ”

My goal was to see some sights, get some history and feel comfortable using the transit system. Mac delivered on all accounts. We were glad to learn the difference between a shrine and a temple. He knew the best spots for pictures. He was very conscious of the heat and our comfort. Thank you again for a wonderful day

MAKOTO:

Dear Kris, Thanks for your nice comments. I am so glad that you have enjoyed the tour. I also enjoyed the conversation with you as Iowa was the states, where I started the marketting activites in the U.S. and menorable area. Please enjoy Kyoto and have a nice trip back to the U.S. please come to Japan again so that I can show you Nara also. Thamks again for your chooing me of your guide. Mac

Barbara Barbara United States ( Family )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Just what we hoped for ”

Makoto led us on two tours of Kyoto: Popular places & Historical places. Our tours around Kyoto were great! Makoto has a plan for each day that covered exactly what we wanted to see. He was knowledgeable about the sites and was very pleasant. He gave good advice for places to go in the evening after our tour. We would definitely recommend Makoto as your guide.

MAKOTO:

Dear Barbara, Thank you for your prompt review comments. I am so happy that you have spent good time in this tour. You, Richard, and Allison have very good sense of humour, and I also enjoyed being with you for two days. I hope you have nice stay in Japan and enjoy the rest of schedule in Japan. Thank you very much for your choosing me of your guide. MAKOTO

Francois Francois United States
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Great tour of Nara ”

We spent a great day with Makoto. His English is perfect and he really showed us everything we wanted to see in Nara (and more). The sites are rather spread out and therefore if you want to be efficient, you really need the help of a guide. It would have taken us twice the amount of time to figure out where to go on our own, and Makoto was very helpful not only to make our day smooth, but also to explain everything. We really do recommend him for a day in Nara. You will not be disappointed. Thank you Makoto

MAKOTO:

Dear Francois, Thank yoi very much for the nice comments. I am so happy that you have enjoyed the toir. There was good chance to be rained in the tour day, but it suspended for us,which made the tour niice. I enjoyed Isuien garden personally as there were almost no visitors. Thanks again for your choosing me of yoir guide,and I hope that you come back Japan again. MAKOTO

Nada Nada Canada ( Family )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ One day tour in Kyoto ”

We booked last minute with Mak for a one day Kyoto tour. We are family of five visiting Japan for the first time. He was so friendly and knowledgeable and showed us many sites. We never would have been able to see as much as we did without his expertise as we took trains and buses everywhere. He was always at the ready with whatever we needed, hand wipes, a water stop, a fan etc. He helped us create some wonderful memories of our family visit to Kyoto. We have booked many tours over the years and this rates as one of the best experiences ever. At every stop he shared information about the site that was easy to remember. In fact looking at the photos we took we can recall something of interest he told us about at every stop. We highly recommend his services. Allan, Nadia, Harri... read more

MAKOTO:

Dear Nada, Thank you for your nice message sent, and I am so happy that you have enjoyed the tour. I also enjoyed very much being with you and showing the various spots, where you showed good interest. Thanks again for your choosing me of your guide. Mac Yokoyama

リン リン Japan ( Friends )
Excellent
6 months 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!

MAKOTO:

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 )
Excellent
6 months 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!

MAKOTO:

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 )
Excellent
7 months 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

MAKOTO:

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 )
Excellent
7 months 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!

MAKOTO:

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 )
Excellent
7 months 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

MAKOTO:

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

Sylvie Sylvie France
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Wonderful day in Nara! ”

What a wonderful day in Nara with Makoto!! Starting with a wonderful smile at our hotel in Kyoto, followed by some great history about Japan, we took off for our beautiful tour of Nara. Everything was easy and interesting with Makoto. He was so well prepared, had maps and historical chronology and explained the historical facts precisely yet concisely. We got the highlights, with the beauty of avoiding most crowds, and had the most delicious lunch. While visiting, we mentioned our interest in a tea ceremony (perhaps in Kyoto the next day) and before we knew it, he had called the local tea ceremony in Nara and had figured out an option for us to have one there (he said there were less people at these in Nara). We strolled in that direction and when we realized we were having a private cere... read more

MAKOTO:

Dear Sylvie, Thanks for your such nice message. I am so glad that you have enjoyed the tour. I have had a wonderful day with you also. The conversation with you was so fun and enjoyably. Thanks again for your choosing me of your guide. MAKOTO

Miya Miya United States ( Family )
Very Good
7 months ago

“ 1 Day Custom ”

We began by emailing Makoto to see if we could customize our tour. He was very prompt and accommodating. Our trip (with two teenagers) started off leaving Tokyo Station and arrive around 9:30 in Kyoto. Makoto suggested the train and time and was waiting for us outside the car when we arrived on the Nozomi train. We visited the Fushimi Shrine, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Tenryuji Temple, the Kinkajui Temple and back to the Kyoto Station. He gave us a lot of historical information and fun facts at each site and along the way. He helped us find souvenirs and snacks and had wonderful cooling wipes for us. He went out of his way to help us find some medicine at the pharmacy. Our trip ended with some parting chocolates as he walked us to our final gate. I would definitely recommend him for his kno... read more

MAKOTO:

Dear Miya, Thanks for your prompt and nice review comments. I am pleased that you have enjoyed the tour. I hope that your daughter get well. Thank you very much for your choosing me of your guide. Best regards. MAKOTO

Lindy Lindy New Zealand ( Family )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ Tour of Kyoto ”

Makoto promised to take us to the 3 most popular sites in Kyoto. We didn't realise how busy they would be, but he led the 5 of us round efficiently and although they were some distance apart kept us on schedule. He was meticulously prepared, with a printed itinerary with map for us all, together with a potted history of the religious eras and even a bit of helpful Japanese language. He was very knowledgeable and his English was terrific.

MAKOTO:

Dear Lindy, thank you so much for your nice comments. I am so glad that you have enjoyed the tour. Before the tour, I was a bit concerne about your daughter who is pregnant, but she did fine job to walk through. I am sure that she will have a nice baby. Thanks again for you choosing me of your guide. MAKOTO

Ranjan Ranjan United Arab Emirates ( Family with kids )
Excellent
8 months 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!

MAKOTO:

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 )
Excellent
8 months 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!

MAKOTO:

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 )
Excellent
8 months 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.

MAKOTO:

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 )
Excellent
8 months 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!

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

KENICHIRO KENICHIRO Japan
Excellent
8 months 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!

MAKOTO:

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

Manvendra Manvendra India ( Couple )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ One day tour of kyoto ”

We had a good time with Makoto. He was waiting at the starting point much before we reach there. He was flexible to include nijo castle which was not part of the itenary initially. He planned the trip as per JR but we preferred to go by bus, he adjusted the route accordingly at a very last moment. Overall very nice experience. Thanks Makoto.

MAKOTO:

Dear Manvendra, Thank you very much for your nice comments. I am so glad that you enjoyed the tour. I also enjoyed being with you im the tour. I hope that you can visit Japan agaim as I would like to guide Nara and Osaka also. Thanks again for your choosing me of your guide. MAKOTO

Melanie Melanie United States ( Family )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ Kyoto highlights in a day ”

“Mac” is a fantastic guide! This is my first trip to Japan and my first experience with a private guide. I could not have asked for a more perfect person. Mac was very knowledgeable, prepared, funny, flexible and so kind with my adult son and myself. The whole day was delightful despite the fact that we were dealing with jet lag, and that it is Golden Week and extremely crowded. He made sure that we got to all the places on the itinerary (and more) in the fastest and most economical fashion without feeling rushed. He went out of his way to make sure we were taken care of, even offering my son his own cameras’ battery when his ran out of juice, he asked some local artists to explain how they made their pieces when I was interested in their amazing craftsmanship. He even took us to th... read more

MAKOTO:

Dear Melnie, Thanks for your prompt, and nice comments. I am so glad that you enjoyed my tour. I also enjoyed very much being with you and your son. Although the cherry blossoming is finished, I enjoyed whisteria and other flowers. I hope that you have a nice trip in Japan for the rest of yoir stay. Thanks again for yoir choosing me of yoir guide. Mac

Luke Luke Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ Lovely day at Nara visiting the temples and shrines, and especially the deer! ”

Makoto was a great guide with excellent communication, very laid back, friendly and knowledgeable.

MAKOTO:

Dear Luke, Thanks for your nice review message.I am very glad that you have enjoyed the Nara tour. I also enjoyed being with you especially visit of Akishinodera temple as it waas so quiet. Thank you very much for your choosing my tour. MAKOTO

Eva Eva Netherlands ( Family )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ Kyoto with Makoto ”

So glad we asked for Makoto's guidance. We had amazing day discovering Kyoto's highlights! Makoto was very kind and considerate of my daughter, he was able to share with us history as well as the explanations of the contemporary life. In addition we received useful tips, map and additional ideas. Thank you Makoto, we loved your tour!

MAKOTO:

Dear Eva Thanks for your prompt and nice comments. I am so glad that you have enjoyed the tour. I also enjoyed very much of the comversation as you have good humour. Thanks again for your choosing my tour. MAKOTO

Marla Marla United States ( Couple )
Excellent
10 months 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.

MAKOTO:

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
10 months 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!

MAKOTO:

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
Excellent
10 months 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

MAKOTO:

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 )
Excellent
10 months 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.

MAKOTO:

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 )
Excellent
10 months 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!

MAKOTO:

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

Aaron Aaron United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
11 months ago

“ Evening Tour if Osaka ”

Makoto was EXCELLENT! It’s hard to request a city tour to see everything if you only have a few hours—almost impossible for a guide. Makoto did it! He was timely, kept us on track and provided the best, knowledgeable tour anyone could ask for. Makoto guided my family which included myself, wife and 16year old son. Makoto worked well with us all. Excellent use of public transportation to keep costs lower and great guidance making food and souvenir selections. We want to come back to Japan again very soon just so we can all hang out with Makoto some more! Do yourself a favor and book, without any hesitation, with Makoto.

MAKOTO:

Dear Aaron、 Thanks for your nice and prompt review message. I am so glad that you enjoyed Osaka tour. I also enjoyed being with you yesterday. I hope that you comeback to Japan soon and visit Nara next time. Thanks again for yoir choosing me of your guide.Please have a nice trip back to the U.S. MAKOTO

Stuart Stuart Australia ( Friends )
Excellent
11 months ago

“ Great Osaka Experience ”

A group of 4 adults that wanted to see Osaka in a day - a tall order! We worked out an ambitious itinerary with Makoto before our visit. Makoto was very positive and communicative throughout. When we met on the day Makoto provided information sheets and a historical overview of Osaka. Makoto explained the history and local context of all the sights we visited. We covered a lot of territory with Makoto, showing us many great sights, sounds and memories of Osaka. Makoto is a first class guide, knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. We have no hesitation in recommending Makoto and would use him again.

MAKOTO:

Dear Stuart, Thank you for your nice comments. I am so glad that you have enjoyed the tour and Osaka. I also enjoyed being with you and the blossoming of plum tree was so beautiful, which I have enjoyed. Thank you very much for your choosing me of your guide. MAKOTO

Debbie Debbie United States ( Family )
Excellent
11 months ago

“ Mark is the way to go for the best Nara experience! ”

Knowledgeable, personable, everything-able...that’s what we got with Makoto!

MAKOTO:

Dear Debbie, Thanks for your nice comments. I really enjoyed being with you and enjoyed the conversation. I hope that you enjoyed the rest of tour in Japan, and thank you for your choosing me of your guide. MAKOTO

GI CHEYENNE GI Philippines ( Family )
Excellent
11 months ago

“ Japanese Hospitality ”

Thank you Makoto for considering all the places, interests and requests. Great tour guide in Osaka, knowledgable, considerate, safe, and very professional. Thank you for making it very special.

MAKOTO:

Dear GI, Thank you for your nice message. I am glad that they have enjoyed my tour, and this is because of your fine support. Thanks for your choosing me as Osaka guide. MAKOTO

Kiara Kiara Japan ( Friends )
Excellent
1 year 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 :)

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 )
Excellent
1 year 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!

MAKOTO:

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 )
Excellent
1 year 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.

MAKOTO:

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 )
Excellent
1 year 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!

MAKOTO:

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 )
Excellent
1 year 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.

MAKOTO:

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 )
Excellent
1 year 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.

MAKOTO:

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 )
Excellent
1 year 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!

MAKOTO:

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 )
Excellent
1 year 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.

MAKOTO:

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 )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ KYOTO IN A DAY ”

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

MAKOTO:

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

ELOISE ELOISE United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Makoto Yokoyama is a intelligent, dependable and caring guide who put our needs first! ”

I was thoroughly impressed with our Licensed Guide, Mac Yokoyama! Mac was there at our Hotel at Kansai Airport to greet us at 8:15 AM. At the beginning of our tour, Mac gave my husband, son and I a written itinerary of our tour with expected times for our visits. He listed all the trains and subways we will need and recommended we use the Osaka Amazing Pass to eliminate needing time to purchase tickets at all the train stations, subways and the buildings we were going to visit. I had made an error in purchasing the wrong Amazing Passes the night before, but Mac helped me to return the errant passes and we bought the right set of passes and were on our way. After climbing the subway stairs, my husband developed pain in his legs and couldn't climb anymore stairs when we got to Osaka Castl... read more

MAKOTO:

Dear Eloise, Thanks for your nice and through report. I am so pleased to see that you have enjoyed the tour in Japan. In the stage of preparation of this tour, you have given me good suggestions, which made big difference in planning the tour and I have learned a lot based on your suggestions. Thanks again for your choosing me of your guide. Best regards. Mac Yokoyama

Saunders Ian Saunders United Kingdom ( Friends )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Great tour guide ”

Makoto gave us a great tour of Kyoto and provided us with some great knowledge.

MAKOTO:

Dear Saunders, Thanks for your nice comment. You worked so hard and I was impressed. I beieve that your vidoe filming was successful in Japan. Best regards. Mac Yokoyama

Carla Carla Brazil
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Wonderful visit ”

It was a very pleasant afternoon we shared with Makoto guiding us visiting historical places in Osaka. He is very professional, attentive and sweet. He maked our visit wonderful.

MAKOTO:

I am so glad that you have enjoyed the tour of Osaka, and i also enjoyed being with you. Please have a nice stay in Japan, and have a nice trip back to Brazil.

Ric & Kathy Ric United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Superb one day tour of Kyoto ”

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Makoto! It was easy to communicate by email before we left for Japan and together we came up with an itinerary that would work for a full day. His knowledge of Japanese history is excellent and we began our tour with an overview of history. He provided us with several handouts to help us understand Japanese historical time periods, the location of the seat of government and who had power for the different eras. This gave us a better understanding of each site we visited. We were able to tour Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kinkakuji and Ninnaji. At each site, Makoto provided us with historical background and interesting information, unique to the site we visited. He was able to relate the relationship of Nijo Castle, the Imperial Palace an... read more

MAKOTO:

Dear Ric and Cathy, Thank you very much for your nice comments. I am so happy that you have enjoyed the tour and Kyoto. Especially not only temples and castle, but also you showed good interest on peoples' life and culture. I also enjoyed very much being with you. I hope that you can come again and I would like to guide Nara next time. Thank you for your choosing me of your guide. Best regards, Mac Yokoyama

Jun Jun United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Knowledgeable and sincere ”

Mack was simply great. He communicated well before the meeting. His English was great - I understood every word. He was waiting for us at the rendevous point in Nara to greet us. He gave us a presentation of the tour before we set off and he provided the background of Nara. Mack was enthusiastic about his job and answered all our questions. Made the Nara experience more thorough because he knew the background, rituals and history behind the shrines, temples, lanterns, parks, etc. We were a group of 8. He guided us through the sights efficiently. He took us to a nice reasonable Japanese restaurant for lunch. I would highly recommend Mack. A great guy.

MAKOTO:

Dear Jun, Thank you for your nice message. I really enjoyed being with you and your friends. I also realized that you have so nice friends. It was rainy day, and I hope that you can come again to Nara and Horyuji temple some day in the future. I will try to prepare sunny day next time. Thank you for your choosing me of yoir guide. Best regards, Mac Yokoyama

Alina Alina Brazil ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ It couldn’t be any better! ”

Makito ‘Mac’ is an excellence guide!!! He knows a lot about Japanese Culture, History and Religion, and he’s very generous on sharing this knowledge with us. He’s also very committed on offering the best plan ever for the clients and, moreover, he’s kind and a a lovely person! We recommend him strongly!

MAKOTO:

Dear Alina, Thank you for your nice comments. I am pleased to know that you enjoyed the tour. I also enjoyed being with you, and some Brazilian language. I hope that you enjoy the rest of trip in Japan, and have a nice trip back to home. Thank you for your choosing me of your guide. Best regards Mac Yokoyama

Cody Cody Singapore ( Friends )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Very professional and thoughtful ”

I have arranged a trip for my uncle and his friends to Osaka with Mac and have found him to be a very professional and thoughtful guide! The planning was very smooth. We had changed our itinerary halfway with new requests but those were also quickly accounted for and we fixed a new itinerary very quickly. When our group met with Mac, he was well prepared and have printed out a list to facilitate any further discussion. The trip went smoothly as Mac meticulously oversaw all their needs.

MAKOTO:

Dear Cody, Thanks for your very positive comments. I really enjoyed being with your uncle and friends. We also wnjoyed typical Japanese food,Okonomiyaki. I hope that you can come over to Japan someday. Thank you for choosing me as a duide for your uncle. Mac Yokoyama

Kit Kit United States ( Friends )
Very Good
1 year ago

“ Mount Koya ”

We enjoyed Makoto very much. He was prompt and a great help getting us from Osaka to Mount Koya. His English is very good and easy to understand. He provided us with good information on history of Japan and where Mount Koya fit in that history. We enjoyed his discussion on current Japanese life. As this was his first tour to Mount Koya his information on that site was limited.

MAKOTO:

Dear Kit, Thanks for you comments. I enjoyed being with you, but this was the first tour of Mount Koya for me. I will learn more about Mt.Koya,and I will be the expert next time. I am very happy to know that you have returned safely, as the week of selftour in Kumano is not so easy, but I hope you enjoyed this tour. Thanks for yor choosing me of you guide. Mac Yokoyama

Wan Wan Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Kyoto historical tour ”

Makato-San looked after us for a half day tour around Kyoto. Makato-San's communication via email was very responsive and very prompt, so the resultant iternary was very collaborative and agreed upon very quickly, I like the fact that when we told him that we love to learn about culture and history, I didn't expect him to prepare a comprehensive pack detailing overview of Japanese history periods and various detailed information about the places we visited (Nijo Castle, Kizumidera). Makato-San also offered to meet us for lunch early to help plan and refine our tour iternary (outside of the standard 4 hours). Overall, He's very helpful and attentive towards our need. A very friendly and extremely polite, very easy to get along with. I'd highly recommend him.

MAKOTO:

Dear Wan-san Thanks for your comments. When I met you at Kyoto, you and your family were nicely transformed to the traditional Japanese, which I like very much. I enjoyed being with you as you showed the special interests on the visiting places. I hope that you enjoyed visiting Kyoto. Thank you for your choosing me of your guide.

Andreas Andreas Germany ( Family )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Excellent guide. ”

27 degree in 1 million citizen Kyōto at high season cherry blossom - our guide made it a comfortable day out, starting with some well prepared paperbased information for a handout. Starting with a hidden temple just around our hotel, we had overlooked. Paying Nijo castle a visit walking on nightingale floors learning about shoguns and the emperor. At the imperial castle we see the thron of the emperor, which will be used, when Japan will get next emperor in Mai 2019. At University we made contact to lots of young people from the new student generation, which had there get together, showing there hobbies like Mangs-drawing, the ESS „English-speaking-societ“, Stepp-dancing, collecting miniature-trains, hunting-society and so on. Nice to meet them. Makoto guided us to all this sights by publi... read more

MAKOTO:

Dear Andreas, I am so happy that you have enjoyed the Kyoto tour. Especially the welcome festival of new students at the university was unexpected event for my tour schedule, and I also enjoyed the event. This was really good surprise. I also enjoyed the conversation with you about the old and new situation of Germany. Thank you fot choosing me of your guide.

Ruth Ruth United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ What good luck! ”

We had the very good fortune to work with Mac for two days this week. He was reliable, pleasant, communicative, organized, and funny to boot. It was such a pleasure to put ourselves in his capable hands and just enjoy the country. He has been the highlight of our week in Japan.

MAKOTO:

Dear Ruth and Norman. Thank you very much for the lovely comments. I am so happy that you have enjoyed the visit of Osaka, and Kyoto. Please have a nice trip to Asia, and return to home safely. Thanks again for your choosing me of your guide.

Joanne Joanne United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 years ago

“ A great day in Kyoto ”

Our first trip to Japan was a wonderful experience! We only had one day in Kyoto, but Mac gave us his full attention and expertly guided us in our tour. He is knowledgeable, engaging, and particularly thoughtful. We would highly recommend him as a guide....thanks, Mac!

MAKOTO:

I am so happy that they enjoyed Kyoto tour. It was not the best season to visit Kyoto in winter due to the cold weather, but we could see the different face of Kyoto, that people prepare for the new year, which I also enjoyed. Hopefully they can visit Japan again. Thanks for your choosing me as the guide this time.

Eric Eric United Kingdom ( Friends )
Excellent
2 years ago

“ great personal touch to our visit ”

"Mak" as he was known researched our visit and arrival from the cruise information. The trip was well organised and he took care to explain about Japan and specifically the places to visit. We we able to go at our own pace and enjoy a variaty of places. An excellent guide who we will always remember.

MAKOTO:

Dear Eric-san, Thanks for your comments, and I am so glad to know that you have enjoyed the tour and arrived back to England safely. I am also enjoyed being with you as I have so many good memories for England and the people. Thank you again for your choosing me as your tour guide. Mac Yokoyama

Livia Livia United States ( Friends )
Excellent
2 years ago

“ Fun, interesting, energetic, outstanding guide! ”

Makoto is a fantastic guide. He was funny, energetic, interesting, and spoke great English (he lived in the US for 10+ years.) We had so much fun on his tour. Makoto (actually, he goes by “Mac”) lives in Nara so he knows the area inside out. We saw so many beautiful temples and gardens that I would have completely missed if I just walked around with a Lonely Planet book. We fed the deer, marvelled at beautiful samurai swords and gigantic ceremonial drums, and even saw the piano that Einstein played when he visited Nara. Best of all, Mac shared so many aspects of everyday Japanese culture, like which pickle stores offer free samples, and where to buy recycled kimono, and why the 3, 5, and 7-year old kids were all done up in traditional dress at some of the shrines. We even got lucky ... read more

MAKOTO:

Dear Livia, Even though it was raining at Nara, I enjoyed very much being with you. I am so happy that you enjoyed the Nara tour. Hopefully we can see you again at cherry blossom season in Japan. Thanks again for your choosing me as your guide. Best regards, Makoto(Mac) Yokoyama

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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Kobe , Mount Koya

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