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Send message only 4 days available in April
$ 40 Hourly rate Price up to 20 people
Any day or time is available, inclusively long tours extended to more than 10 days across Japan, but please reconfirm guide's availability at time of booking
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Last updated: 11 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Kobe , Mie , Wakayama

Languages English ( License )

(10) Reviews
Hourly rate 40 USD Price up to 20 people
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Lived in Chicago (5 years), Toronto (1 year), Singapore (2 years), Indonesia (4 years) and Birmingham, UK (11 years) to constract business platform, now retired after 40
years employment in Japan. Dynamic tour guide who develops many different ways along with rich experience overseas to entertain large or small tour groups. Enjoys the interaction with tour groups, very strong group presentation and communication skills, finds each guest question as an opportunity to learn anything new. Constantly learning information about each tour spot to enhance tours. Guided 5,958 guests all over the world across Japan as of Jan 4, 2019 since Feb 2015.

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The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

1 Person
Up to 20 people
Hourly rate $26.70 $40.05
4 Hours $106.80 $160.20
8 Hours $213.60 $320.40

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 8 hours maximum per day.
* People: 20 maximum

Private Tours

Exploring Kyoto in Rakutou (East) and Rakuchu (Central)

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8h $ 312 up to 20 people

Exploring Nara

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8h $ 312 up to 20 people

Exploring Ise, Mie

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8h $ 312 up to 20 people

Exploring Osaka

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8h $ 312 up to 20 people

Exploring Koyasan

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9h $ 312 up to 20 people

Exploring Kobe

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8h $ 312 up to 20 people

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 ( 10 )
Marietta Marietta United States ( Family )
3 days ago

“ Great Tour of Kyoto ”

Thank you Masahisa for imparting your knowledge to us about Kyoto and Japanese culture. Our tour was indeed an informative one. I have read about Kyoto how beautiful it is as a city with rich history. But, I appreciate the city better after a tour with Madahisa. Masahisa is very patient. He did not rush us as we took pictures. I highly recommend him as a tour guide.


Marietta Glad to learn your safe return home, hopefully with pleasant memories here. Look forward to meeting you all sometime again. Thanks Masahisa

Mary Mary United States ( Friends )
2 weeks ago

“ Best Tour Guide in Kyoto ”

We had an excellent private tour with ‘Mike.’ A retired global businessman, Mike speaks English fluently. More importantly, he added historical, cultural and religious context for us as we toured Shrines, temples and various neighborhoods throughout Kyoto. He explained the significance of structures, gardens, guardian statues, the training of geishas along with an infinite number of other things needed to truly appreciate what we were seeing. He brought us to a quiet residential neighborhood so we could experience the city as it is for residents and walked us through several markets. At the end of our tour he even recommended a great shopping venue for artisan Japanese crafts. Hire this guide if you can!


Mary Wish you continue pleasant journey in Kyoto and thank you again for your visit to Japan all the way, also safe return home with happy memories here. Thanks Masahisa

Veron Veron Japan ( Solo )
2 weeks ago

“ Excellent Tour with a Brilliant Guide ”

An authentically personable, professional and extremely knowledgeable guide. My Kyoto tour with Masahisa has been the highlight of this debut visit to Japan—a truly cultured experience.


Veron Thanks for your quick stopover in Kyoto. Missed several spots to show you in Kyoto this time that must have touched your heart. Wish your long flight back home won't affect your hard work in City of London. Please stay long in Kyoto next time. Thanks Masahisa

Mila Mila United States ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ The best introduction to a cultural experience upon arrival to Japan ”

We really appreciated our guide’s attentive attitude and enthusiasm to share the knowledge about the culture, points of interest, tips on how to use public transportation, restaurants . Masahisa had really enhanced our experience and made our first day in Japan stress free due to a language barrier . He also made sure we got safely back to our hotel after the tour.


Mila How was Hiroshima ? Crowds in hustle and bustle with long queue everywhere in city center Osaka must be felt a world happening on different planet in your eyes, I presume. Wish you enjoy adventure in wonder world ahead of you here, and safe return home with great memories. Thanks Masahisa

Gwen Gwen Singapore ( Family with kids )
4 months ago

“ Nara and Kyoto ”

Super patient man who caters to our large group with old and young. Considerate and thoughtful. Highly rated


Ms Gwen Thank you for your visit. Wish your safe return home with happy family memory . How about visiting toward the south next in winter, say Kyushu (hot spring resort) or Okinawa (blue sea). Thanks Masahisa