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Send message only 5 days available in January
US$ 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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Last updated: 17 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Kobe

Languages English ( License )

(116) 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.

4.8 (116) 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 US$37.07 US$37.07 US$9.27
5 Hours US$185.37 US$185.37 US$46.36
8 Hours US$296.59 US$296.59 US$74.18

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

Private Tours

One Day Osaka Highlights

(116) 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...
7h US$ 260 up to 6 people

One Day Kyoto Highlights

(116) 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 what ...
8h US$ 297 up to 6 people

Kobe One Day Highlights

(116) 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 wit...
8h US$ 297 up to 6 people

Kobe Half Day Tour

(116) 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 US$ 222 up to 6 people

Kobe Night Harbor Tour

(116) 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 US$ 185 up to 6 people

Mt. Rokko & Arima Hot Spring

(116) 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. The...
8h US$ 297 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 ( 116 )
Erin Erin Singapore ( Family with kids )
3 weeks ago

“ 2-day Osaka ”

I am overall very delighted with Mari's service. Before my trip, I reached out to many guides with a brief idea of my itinerary and Mari was the most responsive among the lot. She was very helpful in giving advice and ideas, which really helped me in my planning. I was very comfortable with Mari and eventually picked her as my guide and booked her for 3 days. However, Mari came back to me about a week later telling me that she had researched on the places I had wanted to go on my 1st day and they are actually very near to my hotel and asked if I would like to try going there myself instead so I can save some money... I was really impressed by her honesty! During the 2 days we were with Mari, she was very meticulous and took care of even the most minor details. She said her objective ... read more


Dear Erin, It was very nice to hear from you! Thank you so much for taking time and writing a nice review. I enjoyed visiting places with you, and actually it was a learning experience for me as a guide! Thank you Erin. I hope to see you again. Happy New Year!!

Venny Venny United States ( Family with kids )
3 weeks ago

“ Great Osaka and Kobe Guide ”

Mari is extremely efficient in her planning. She showed us around Kobe and Osaka and showed extensive knowledge of the places she took us. She is extremely well organized. Highly recommend her


Dear Venny, It was my great pleasure to show you around the cities. You have such a nice and fun family! I had a wonderful time!

Mazie Mazie United States ( Family with kids )
3 weeks ago

“ Nice overview of Kyoto ”

Mari was a fantastic guide for three adults and two kids under 10 years old; covered all the major sites in a good pace and learned about Kyoto’s history along the way. Mari also provided recommendations on great photo locations, other site visits, and restaurants. Many thanks to Mari - had a great day in Kyoto!


Dear Mazie, Thank you for your nice review! It was a beautiful day, and there were less tourists in Kyoto on that day. I think because of that the tour went smoothly. I appreciated that two of your children were very patient with walking!

K.T. K.T. Singapore ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Responsible & caring guide who goes out of the way to ensure guests have an enjoyable & memorable tour ”

My family of 5 engaged Mari's services for the 2 days tour in Kyoto on Dec.9 & Dec.10. Mari speaks fluent english which my family can understand fully. We strongly recommend Mari to those who need an English speaking and caring guide. We had a walking tour around Gion wearing kimonos on the first day with Mari and she ensured that we managed to visit the nearby popular sites and yet do not have to walk too much. On the second day, Mari organised for us to visit some UNESCO world heritage sites in Kyoto and the smooth transit between trains & buses which we took, showed that she had put in alot of effort in finding out the mode & timing of each transport system, before our visit. TripleLights portal allow us to liaise directly with Mari before our trip and we could advised her about ... read more


Dear KT, Thank you so much for your detailed review. I’m pleased to hear that all of your family enjoyed the tour, and so did I. I’m especially thankful for you that you mentioned my preparation for the tour. It usually takes a lot more time than the tour itself. Thank you again for your consideration always.

Louise Louise Canada ( Friends )
1 month ago

“ Amazing day in Kyoto ”

As promised she met us in a timely manner at the port and proceed to guide us to our day trip in Kyoto. She always made sure the 7 of us were taken care of. During various stops she shared her knowledge about the visited places. She was flexible with the group's choice to eat locally rather than a sit down rstaurant for lunch. We saw all the sites as outlined and never felt rushed. Her command of the English language was impressive!. The group was completely satisfied with her serices and the services of Triple Lights. WELL DONE!


Dear Louise, It was nice to hear from you and have such a wonderful review! I had a great time with your group. Thank YOU for all the communication we had to prepare for the tour.


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