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.
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 6 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 5 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 12 maximum
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
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.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Mari was great. Her English and communication skills were excellent. She was very accommodating with our slight change of itinerary. TripleLights should allow more time for reviews as we are still traveling.
Dear Jennifer, Thank you very much for your comments while you are still traveling. I enjoyed the days with you in Kyoto and Osaka. I’ll let the office know of your opinion on reviews, thank you. Mari
We spent two days with Mari. One in Osaka and the other in Kyoto. She made each day memorable for us. Mari responded to our messages in a timely manner and answered our questions and gave advice that proved useful to us while planning our tours. She speaks excellent English and is very personable, which is important when you are spending all day with your guide. She knows the area and can tailor make the itinerary to fit your interests. I know this because she did this for us. This made our visits to Osaka and Kyoto go from good to great! There is a lot to see in both these cities, so be prepared for an action filled day. Mari will take good care of you. I highly recommend her for your touring needs!
Dear Susan, Thank you so much for your review. It really made me happy! Touring with you was a lot of fun for me too because you wanted to know about many things, and it made me feel I was of help to you. Mari
We spent a great day in Osaka with Mari who was very punctual, friendly, knowledgeable and flexible. Mari gave us a good introduction to the city and as we are here for a few days, have gone back and spent more time in some of the places, such as Namba. We thoroughly enjoyed our Kushikatsu lunch as suggested by Mari. Would definitely recommend Mari.
Dear John, Thank you for your review for the Osaka tour. I much appreciate your comments; they encourage me to become a better guide. I thought your tour style of being curious about how ordinary people lived was very interesting and meaningful. Mari
What a wonderful visit. Mari was immensely helpful in planning our time in Kyoto and Kobe. We saw so many amazing things in both cities, and very much appreciated Mari's flexibility, attention to detail, and personal touch in making our visit so enjoyable. Thanks Mari!
Dear Warren, Thank you so much for your tour review. It was my pleasure visiting sites with you and explaining some parts of Japanese culture. Your appreciation of Japanese gardens really impressed me. Mari
My family and I had 3 tours with Mari and she did a great job. We saw so much and Mari was very pleasant and informative. We enjoyed the tours with her and highly recommend her to anyone who would like to see the sites with a knowledgeable private guide.
Dear Bev, Thank you so much for your tour review. I had an enjoyable time with you! Since we discussed a lot about the itineraries beforehand, I was able to know what you liked to do in each city. I really thank you for that and all the cooperation during the tour. Mari