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$ 31 Hourly rate Price up to 6 people
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Last updated: 6 days ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Hyogo , Kobe , Kagawa

Languages English ( License )

(45) Reviews
Hourly rate 31 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 for your own interest.

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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 $31.15 $31.15 $8.90
5 Hours $155.75 $155.75 $44.50
8 Hours $249.20 $249.20 $71.20

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

Private Tours

One Day Kyoto Highlights

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8h $ 249 up to 6 people

One Day Osaka Highlights

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7h $ 240 up to 10 people

Kobe One Day Highlights

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8h $ 240 up to 6 people

Kobe Half Day Tour

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6h $ 187 up to 8 people

Kobe Night Harbor Tour

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4h $ 125 up to 6 people

Mt. Rokko & Arima Hot Spring

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8h $ 249 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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.
Reviews ( 45 )
2 weeks ago |   by Maribeth

“ Kyoto and Osaka ”

We spent a day in Kyoto and a day in Osaka with Mari. Mari was very knowledgeable on both place. We wouldn’t have been able to do all the things we wanted to do without her! She was friendly and easy to get along with. I would definitely recommend Mari to anyone who would ask!!

3 weeks ago |   by Nicole

“ Kyoto area tour with our family ”

We enjoyed the most wonderful day with Mari. She greeted us exactly on time at our Ryokan in Kyoto. She had come up with a great plan for us as everything was in walking distance from where we were staying. She took time to explain historical facts with us and answered any questions we had. We were traveling with our two teenaged children and our 8 year old. She was very patient as it was a very hot day. Mari was especially helpful at lunchtime in ordering exactly what the children had in mind. We highly recommend Mari, she made our time in Kyoto very memorable. I must also add that the communication before our arrival was excellent.

2 months ago |   by Stephan

“ Beautiful day in Kyoto! ”

We had a wonderful day in Kyoto with Mari! She has put together an individual tour according to our wishes. We visited various temples, beautiful ZEN-gardens and had a very good lunchtime with traditionally food. Everytime the tour was very well planned and Mari has always given interesting informations to us. Thank your Mari for this beautiful day with you!

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2 months ago |   by Mark

“ Great half-day tour of Kyoto ”

Mari was efficient and kept us informed up until the time we met for the tour. She arranged an interesting agenda based on our desires. We had a GREAT time and would recommend Mari to anyone looking for a qualified guide. Thanks Mari!!

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2 months ago |   by Pam

“ Very Nice Kyoto Tour ”

Mari was a very professional and knowledgeable guide for my families one day tour of Kyoto coming in from Tokyo. She communicated with me several times as our trip approached to understand what our interests were and then tailored the tour accordingly. She was very pleasant to work with and I would recommend her without hesitation for others looking to book a tour of Kyoto.