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  (102) Reviews
Send message fully booked in September
$ 37 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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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Kobe

Languages English ( License )

(102) Reviews
Hourly rate 37 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.


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 $37.20 $37.20 $9.30
5 Hours $186.00 $186.00 $46.50
8 Hours $297.60 $297.60 $74.40

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

Private Tours

One Day Osaka Highlights

(102) Reviews
by Mari
In this tour we'll visit 4 to 5 popular sightseeing spots in Osaka. If you like to visit other places, please feel free to let me know. Following is a...
8h $ 298 up to 6 people

One Day Kyoto Highlights

(102) Reviews
by Mari
In this tour I'd like to show you the most popular spots in Kyoto in 8 hours. Kyoto has so many places worthwhile to visit. I will ask you beforehand wha...
8h $ 298 up to 6 people

Kobe One Day Highlights

(102) Reviews
by Mari
Kobe is located only 30 minutes away from Osaka by train, yet the city's atomosphere is totally different. It's one of the three major port cities along w...
8h $ 298 up to 6 people

Kobe Half Day Tour

(102) Reviews
by Mari
Kobe is a historic port city, easily accessible by local train from Osaka. Situated between the Rokko Mountains in the north and the harbor in the south,...
6h $ 223 up to 6 people

Kobe Night Harbor Tour

(102) Reviews
by Mari
In this tour, we will visit spots where you can enjoy night views of Kobe. At Kobe Port, you can go up to see the view from Kobe Port Tower or from a ferr...
5h $ 186 up to 6 people

Mt. Rokko & Arima Hot Spring

(102) Reviews
by Mari
If you are tired of hustle and bustle in the cities, why don't you visit Arima Onsen Hot Spring? Arima Onsen is one of the oldest hot springs in Japan. T...
8h $ 298 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 ( 102 )
Les Les United States ( Couple )
6 days ago

“ It was a very informative and complete visit. ”

Mari is excellent. She is very knowledgeable of Kyoto, personable, prompt and very organized. Her command of English is flawless. Highly recommend her for future tours.


Dear Les, Thank you so much for your nice comments. I had a great day with you and your wife! Thank you again for sharing a good time with me. Mari

Pauline Pauline Australia ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Day in Kyoto ”

We had a wonderful day in Kyoto with Mari. She took to all the sites we wanted to see and give us great insight into the history and culture of the area. We really enjoyed our day.


Dear Pauline, Thank you for the tour review so quickly. I had a great time touring with you! I was happy to be able to show you Golden Pavilion at a right time of the day. Mari

GILL GILL United Kingdom ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Intelligent approach to making the best use of our time ”

Mari is a delightful lady, very easy to talk to with excellent English. Once she knew how long we had, she designed a varied and informative programme which exposed us to temples, markets, shrines and stunning gardens. She is clearly very knowledgeable about her subject but imparts information with a light touch - no monotone lecturing here. Highly recommended


Dear Gill, Thank you very much for your kind review. You don’t how much I enjoyed having you! It was my pleasure showing the highlights of Kyoto. Mari

Benyamin Benyamin United States ( Couple )
3 weeks ago

“ Super guide ”

Perfect English very knowledgeable. Highly recommended.


Dear Benyamin, I had such a nice and enjoyable time with you! Thank you for giving me an opportunity to share time. Mari

Kelly Ann Kelly United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Wonderful time in Kyoto. ”

Mari was very polite, respectful, and communicated with me & my daughter very well. She made sure that our tour was a comfortable one. We enjoyed it and had fun. Mari met us, prepared. She was very knowledgeable, informative & knew her way around Kyoto. Over all, Mari exceeded our expectations. Thanks Mari.


Dear Kelly, Thank you for your very nice tour review. You and your daughter were respectful, and I felt very comfortable touring with you. Your sincere attitude to get to know our culture was much appreciated. Mari


Taiko-no-Tatsujin (Japanese Drum Master)

by Mari
Here, a college boy is playing the drum in a game center.  To start, he chooses a song from a number of choices.  They are set at various sp...

The Moon Viewing Tradition in Japan

by Mari
On particular night in September we have tradition of the moon viewing. (September 27 this year)  We decorate our table with Japanese pampas...

Nikko and Ryuokyo Gorge

by Mari
At the end of summer I traveled to Nikko and Ryuokyo Gorge.  Nikko is of course famous for the incredible shrine complex and is listed as Wo...

Osaka Half Day Tour by Lia

by Mari
Lia from the Philippines joined Osaka Half Day Tour, and she kindly sent a video she took.  Please contact me for more information at: http...

I went to Splash Fantasia 2015 in Kobe

by Mari
Splash Fantasia at Harborland   A lot of people were there to see the outdoor show of lights and splashes by the harbor.  The show will be...

Dotombori - It's a Fun Place in Osaka!

by Mari
Dotombori   If youre traveling to Osaka, dont miss Dotombori!  Hundreds of eateries of the local foods attract people.  You can not only...