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

Languages English ( License ), Japanese ( Fluent )

(52) Reviews
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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 (52) 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 GBP22.20 GBP22.20 GBP7.40
4 Hours GBP88.80 GBP88.80 GBP29.60
8 Hours GBP177.60 GBP177.60 GBP59.20

* 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.

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Can I add more people to my booking?

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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 ( 52 )
Barbara Barbara United States ( Family )
1 week 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.


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
2 weeks 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


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 )
3 weeks 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


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 )
1 month 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 )
1 month 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