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Licensed Guide
  (94) Reviews
Send message fully booked in July
$ 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 )

(94) 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.

4.7 (94) 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 $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

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8h $ 298 up to 6 people

One Day Kyoto Highlights

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8h $ 298 up to 6 people

Kobe One Day Highlights

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8h $ 298 up to 6 people

Kobe Half Day Tour

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6h $ 223 up to 6 people

Kobe Night Harbor Tour

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5h $ 186 up to 6 people

Mt. Rokko & Arima Hot Spring

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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 ( 94 )
Davena Davena United States ( Family )
Very Good
1 week ago

“ A good day with Mari ”

We had Mari as our guide for a full day of sightseeing. She was efficient in getting us around to all the locations we asked for and even led us to a market at the end of the day. We had a full day, so she kept us moving at a pretty fast pace, but it was necessary. Thank you Mari for a good day in Kyoto.


Dear Devena, I apologize we had to walk rather quickly. Since it was a 5 hour tour on Saturday, we had to go thru the crowds! I should have discussed more with you about the itinerary during the tour. Mari

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

“ Excellent service ”

Mari San was very patient and accomodating esp with my mom who requested to stop and rest plenty of times due to foot and knee pain. Mari was very flexible and gave us different options. It felt like she was part of the family. Thank Mari San for your service.


Dear Denimar, Thank you for your tour review. It must have been difficult for your mother to tour the last 2 days. I tried to avoid stairs as much as possible, but we had to go up stairs a few times. You have a wonderful family! I really enjoyed your boys! Mari

Rachelle Rachelle Philippines ( Family )
1 month ago

“ 3 days in Kansai Area with Mari ”

Our stay in the Kansai area was worthwhile because of Mari. We were able to maximize our time. Mari is very accomodating, exceptional tour guide.


Dear Rachelle, Thank you so much for your review. I enjoyed visiting sites with you and talking with your family. Thank YOU for being so nice to me! Mari

Kathleen Kathleen United States ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Best guide in Japan! ”

Mari was attentive, well informed and articulate (in impeccable English.) She had a considerable command of not only the "what" of each attraction but also the how and the why and the historical significance as well. She is an engaging and friendly woman who modeled for us the renowned sense of humor of the Osaka residents (even though she lives in Kobe.) Highly recommend her!


Dear Kathleen, Thank you so much for your great comments on the tour! I had such an enjoyable time with you yesterday. It was probably the first time that I laughed so much during the tour! Mari

James James United States ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Wonderful time! ”

What a lovely and interesting lady! Mari was exceptional and speaks perfect English and was very punctual. She was so accommodating when we changed our itinerary. Would not hesitate to recommend Mari to others.


Dear James, Thank you for your tour review. It was a great pleasure to explore town with you! I really enjoyed the time with your family. Mari