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

Languages English ( License )

(48) 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.

4.7 (48) 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 $31.15 $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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by Mari
8h $ 249 up to 6 people

Kobe Half Day Tour

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by Mari
6h $ 187 up to 6 people

Kobe One Day Highlights

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by Mari
8h $ 240 up to 6 people

Kobe Night Harbor Tour

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by Mari
5h $ 156 up to 6 people

Mt. Rokko & Arima Hot Spring

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by Mari
8h $ 249 up to 6 people

One Day Osaka Highlights

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by Mari
7h $ 240 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 ( 48 )
David Hiromoto David United States ( Couple )
5 days ago

“ Excellent tour with Mari! ”

Mari guided us to Nijo-jo Castle, Yakasaka shrine, Gion, Kiyomizudera Temple and countless other shops. Mari went the extra mile to make our experience 5 stars! We highly recommend her services and look forward to our next trip with her the next time we are in Kyoto area. Keep up the great job Mari! Dave & Cathy from California


Dear David & Cathy, Thank you so much for giving me a good tour review! It was my great pleasure to be your guide. Talking with you during the tour was very enjoyable. I hope I can be your guide again in the near future! Mari

Zachary Zachary United States ( Friends )
2 weeks ago

“ Fantastic three days! ”

My friend and I spent three days with Mari and it was a great experience all around. Without Mari I don't think we would have been able to get to as many places as we did. My friend and I travel a lot and often have troubles with guides slowing us down but that was never the case with Mari, who always kept up with us. She also was extremely knowledgeable and we learned a lot from her over the time we spent with her. I highly recommend Mari to anyone looking for a guide in the Kansai region. You will not be disappointed.


Dear Zac, It was so nice to hear from you! I myself had a wonderful time with you. You gave me an opportunity to learn about other parts of the world, and I thank you for that. I think you’ll never forget the hot summer days in Japan! Mari

Vivian Vivian Canada ( Family )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Half day tour in Kyoto ”

Mari was very accommodating with our tour and took us to the Temple,Market, and Gion. She answered all the questions we had and gave us some historic information. Mari is very outgoing and it made everyone comfortable chatting with her. My 7 year old son adores her. I would recommend her to other friends and family of mine.


Hi Vivian, Thank you for your tour review. I'm happy to know you enjoyed the tour. It was very hot and busy in Kyoto on that day, and I'm sure you got a bit tired. I really enjoyed having you and your boy; he was a little gentleman! I hope I can see you and your friends in the future. Mari

Maribeth Maribeth United States ( Family )
2 months ago

“ 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!!


Dear Maribeth, Thank you so much for your nice tour review. I had a wonderful time with your family. To tell you the truth, I was not sure if I should take you to Umeda Sky Building on a cloudy day for a city view, but it turned out to be nice! Also, I appreciated your comments on Osaka; they gave me a hint for my future tours. I hope you'll enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan. Mari

Nicole Nicole United States ( Family )
2 months ago

“ 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.


Dear Nicole, Thank you so much for your nice comments on the tour. I had a wonderful time with you too!! I'm glad to know you enjoyed the places we had planned. I was especially impressed that all of you including your children always listened carefully what I explained during the tour. Thank you again, Nicole! Mari