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Licensed Guide
  (67) Reviews
Send message only 9 days available in January
$ 32 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: Yesterday
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Hyogo , Kobe , Kagawa

Languages English ( License )

(67) Reviews
Hourly rate 32 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 (67) 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 $31.85 $31.85 $9.10
5 Hours $159.25 $159.25 $45.50
8 Hours $254.80 $254.80 $72.80

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

Private Tours

One Day Kyoto Highlights

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8h $ 255 up to 6 people

One Day Osaka Highlights

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7h $ 246 up to 6 people

Kobe One Day Highlights

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8h $ 246 up to 6 people

Kobe Half Day Tour

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6h $ 191 up to 6 people

Kobe Night Harbor Tour

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5h $ 159 up to 6 people

Mt. Rokko & Arima Hot Spring

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8h $ 255 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 ( 67 )
Amanda Amanda Australia ( Family with kids )
4 days ago

“ A great introduction to Kyoto ”

We had a wonderful day with Mari- she accommodated all our requests! We started off at Kyoto station where she helped us book our train tickets to Hakuba, her English is fantastic so it made it very easy to ask complicated questions! We then caught the train to Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine which was amazing! Back to an interesting walk around Gion with Mari answering all our questions and then subway to Nijo-jo Castle which was fabulous especially with its nightingale floor! We finished up at the beautiful Golden Pavilion which was stunning in the sunlight! Mari had bought some pictures and a small white board in which to help explain certain facts which she used on the way to each destination which was really helpful. On finishing she even helped us get back to near our accommodation even... read more


Dear Amanda, Thank you for your wonderful comments on the tour. I had a great time with your family! It was my pleasure to help you with train tickets, and thank you for listening to my explanations with interest. I hope you’ll have an enjoyable time for the rest of your stay in Japan. Mari

Greg Greg Australia ( Family )
1 week ago

“ Mari is a great Triplelights guide ”

Mari is a great guide for Triplelights. Mari's historical knowledge of Kyoto's feudal past was a highlight for us. The balanced itinerary was also very good between Shrines, Temples and other attractions.


Dear Greg, I had a great time with your family yesterday. Thank you for the comment on the balanced itinerary because I try to organize it so that children don’t get bored. Hope you’ll have a nice time in Kyoto for the rest of your stay. Mari

Nancy Nancy United States ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ Tour of Kobe ”

We very much enjoyed our time with Mari! She even went out of her way to ensure an English speaking guide would be available at the Earthquake Museum which was so thoughtful and much appreciated. You will be in good hands with Mari.


Dear Nancy, Thank you for your tour review. I’m glad you liked the arrangement I made. We had unexpected snow yesterday in Kobe, but we were lucky that we had sunshine when we strolled outside. Mari

Tracey Tracey United States ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ Very helpful and positive ”

Excellent experience Very knowledgeable


Dear Tracry, Thank you for your tour review. I had a pleasant time with you! Mari

theodore Theodore United States ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ Amazing time in Osaka and Kyoto ! ”

We had the most amazing time with Mari! She guided us on day one in Osaka and we saw everything we wanted. We love food so Mari took us to two of her favorite places for lunch!! We experienced local cuisine and really got a good feel of Osaka! Our next day with Mari was in Kyoto! Another excellent day ! We learned how to use the bus and subway and travelled all over town! We packed in a lot of sights but never felt rushed!! She is super knowledgeable about everything from the food, temples, shrines, bus and subways! If we return to japan she will certainly be our first choice guide! We can’t thank her enough for her amazing service and her perfect English! We already miss her !!


Dear Theodore, Thank you so much for the wonderful tour review. Your comments really encouraged me. I look forward to a day when I can be your guide again! Mari