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Licensed Guide
  (74) Reviews
Send message only 1 day available in March
$ 36 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: 9 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Kobe

Languages English ( License )

(74) Reviews
Hourly rate 36 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 $36.00 $36.00 $9.00
5 Hours $180.00 $180.00 $45.00
8 Hours $288.00 $288.00 $72.00

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

Private Tours

One Day Kyoto Highlights

(74) Reviews
by Mari
8h $ 288 up to 6 people

One Day Osaka Highlights

(74) Reviews
by Mari
8h $ 288 up to 6 people

Kobe One Day Highlights

(74) Reviews
by Mari
8h $ 288 up to 6 people

Kobe Half Day Tour

(74) Reviews
by Mari
6h $ 216 up to 6 people

Kobe Night Harbor Tour

(74) Reviews
by Mari
5h $ 180 up to 6 people

Mt. Rokko & Arima Hot Spring

(74) Reviews
by Mari
8h $ 288 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 ( 74 )
Susan Susan United States ( Solo )
3 days ago

“ Touring Kyoto with Mari ”

Mari is friendly, professional and enthusiastic about sharing cultural and historical information. I learned a lot from her stories and from her little white board notes. I would highly recommend Mari.


Dear Susan, Thank you for your tour review. I had a wonderful time with you! I also learned a lot from you about other countries. Mari

Chirag Chirag United States ( Family with kids )
1 week ago

“ Memorable day in Kyoto ”

With cheerful disposition, Mari shared wonderful stories and history of Kyoto with our family that made our visit very memorable. Thank you


Dear Chirag, Thank you for a nice tour review! It was my pleasure showing you around Kyoto. I also enjoyed taking pictures of your family at various places. Mari

Trang Trang Australia ( Family )
1 month ago

“ Great tour guide with great flexibility ”

Mari was very well spoken and easy to understand. Had great recommendations for lunch and was very flexible in changing the tour dates due to bad weather. Attentive to detail and always willing to help for any queries. Highly recommend Mari


Dear Trang, Thank you for your tour review. It was fortunate that we didn’t have to have a tour on a rainy day. I had a great time with your family in Osaka, Kyoto and Nara. Mari

Becky Becky United States ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Walking tour of Kyoto using subways and buses ”

Mari gave us an amazing tour!.. Her English was excellent and she was clear in her explanations. ( She even included diagrams and drawings for further clarification. ) We were able to see the incredible Fushimi Inari Shrine, Gion, Kiyomizu, Hagashiyama-ku, Tenryo-ji Temple and the Bamboo forest. We highly recommend Mari as an excellent guide. She easily navigates Kyoto using public transportation. (Mari also took us to a lovely teahouse and restaurant. ) Becky and Carlos, Atlanta, GA (2/12/19)


Dear Becky & Carlos, Thank you for your review. I’m so glad to know you enjoyed the tour! I had a wonderful time with you too, and thank you for listening to my explanations closely. Mari

Michelle Keiko Michelle United States ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Temples of Kyoto ”

My husband and I booked a 5 hour tour around Kyoto with Mari. She created an amazing itinerary based on the specific temples we wished to see. Mari was very informative, providing history lessons along the way. She even assisted me in purchasing headache medication at the local drugstore. We plan to visit Japan again and will definitely book another tour with her! Thank you so much Mari! - Michelle & Erick


Dear Michelle & Erick, Thank you for your tour review. It was my great pleasure guiding you to the temples you wished to see. I will wait for you to come back to Japan for a holiday! Mari