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Licensed Guide
  (88) Reviews
Send message only 6 days available in May
$ 36 Hourly rate Price up to 6 people
I accept a tour request until 2 days prior to the tour date and a group of 2 persons up to 10 persons.
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Last updated: 13 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Kobe

Languages English ( License )

(88) Reviews
Hourly rate 36 USD Price up to 6 people
( Max : 12 People )
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Hi, I'm Mari. Welcome to Japan!

I'm a government certified English tour guide. I would love to help you discover more of Japan. I went to high school in Georgia, USA, and studied Biology at State University of New York. I love traveling and meeting people.

In my tour, it's my pleasure to offer a mini culture lecture such as folding paper(making a crane out of a piece of paper) and kanji of its fascinating structure. Also, please let me know if you wish to arrange a tour of your own interest.

4.7 (88) Reviews
Very Good


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

1 Person
Up to 6 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $36.40 $36.40 $9.10
5 Hours $182.00 $182.00 $45.50
8 Hours $291.20 $291.20 $72.80

* Duration: 5 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 12 maximum

Private Tours

One Day Osaka Highlights

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8h $ 291 up to 6 people

One Day Kyoto Highlights

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8h $ 291 up to 6 people

Kobe One Day Highlights

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8h $ 291 up to 6 people

Kobe Half Day Tour

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6h $ 218 up to 6 people

Kobe Night Harbor Tour

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5h $ 182 up to 6 people

Mt. Rokko & Arima Hot Spring

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8h $ 291 up to 6 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 ( 88 )
Larry Larry United States ( Couple )
Very Good
1 week ago

“ Tour of many of the main sights in Kyoto ”

Our first time in Kyoto. Mari met us promptly at our hotel. We saw the Fushimi Inari shrine, Arashiyama, Kinkakuji and Gion. Along the way we got familiar with the subway and bus system. Mari was a delightful guide.


Dear Larry, Thank you for your tour review. I had a great time touring with you. It was enjoyable for me to listen to your trips to other countries over lunch. Mari

Beverley Beverley Australia ( Friends )
2 weeks ago

“ Highly recommend ”

Mari , provided us with a very enjoyable itinerary including an authentic Japanese lunch in Kyoto . She was flexible concerning our wishes yet very well organised and cognisant regarding getting back to our ship . Overall an excellent day.


Dear Beverley, Thank you for writing a tour review. I had a wonderful time with everyone of you. Also I enjoyed your jokes very much! Mari

Gerald Gerald Australia ( Family with kids )
3 weeks ago

“ Kyoto day tour ”

Mari was very good and pleasant to be with for an entire day of sightseeing around Kyoto. She was patient and worked well with my two young daughters.


Dear Gerald, Thank you so much for your review. I enjoyed touring with you, and your daughters were great! Mari

Steve Steve United States ( Couple )
3 weeks ago

“ An excellent day and a half with Mari in Kyoto and Kobe ”

We arrived in Kobe on a 13 day around Japan cruise. We wanted to make the most of our time, so we wanted to find a guide who would take us to Kyoto on one day and then spend the other half day in Kobe. Maddie was the perfect choice. She picked us up at 9 AM at the port terminal and navigated through local subways and trains to get us to Kyoto in time to see four different strains, returning at 7 PM I would never have been able to see as much, in a leisurely fashion, on our own. It is not often that one can get to Kyoto to spend the day, so having Maddie was an absolute necessity. She provided excellent information on each of the sites we visited and helped us plan the itinerary from the beginning. We spent the next morning with her and Kobe before the departure of our shit. Once again... read more


Dear Steven, Thank you for writing a tour review. I had such an enjoyable time with you! I had been a little worried about the weather forecast before I met you, but it turned out to be nice for both days! I was especially glad we could visit Nanzenji Temple. Mari

Jessica Jessica United States ( Family )
4 weeks ago

“ Kyoto day tour ”

From my first email with Mari, she was prompt and helpful in our planning. My 12 year old nephew and I wanted to see the highlights of Kyoto and Mari was great. She's relaxed and flexible so the day was paced really nicely. We would highly recommend spending time with her! Thank you Mari for being part of our adventure and helping create our memories!


Dear Jessica, Thank YOU for being so nice to me. It was an enjoyable tour with you and your pretty nephew! I hope he has learned something about Japan during our tour. Mari