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Mari

Licensed Guide
  (122) Reviews
Send message only 4 days available in May
US$ 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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Last updated: 1 day ago
Cities where I can guide: Kobe , Kyoto , Osaka

Languages English ( Business )

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(122) Reviews
Hourly rate 37 USD Price up to 6 people
( Max : 12 People )
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About

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 writing Kanji letters.
If you have another day in Kyoto on your own, I can give you detailed maps and tell you how to get to the spots you're visiting.

Price

The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

Duration
1 Person
Up to 6 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate US$36.71 US$36.71 US$9.18
5 Hours US$183.57 US$183.57 US$45.91
8 Hours US$293.71 US$293.71 US$73.46

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

Private Tours

Osaka One Day Highlights

(122) Reviews
by Mari
Osaka is considered Japan's economic powerhouse having 2.7 million people. Many tourists say Osaka is more relaxing compared to other big cities in Japan....
8h US$ 294 up to 6 people

Kyoto One Day Highlights

(122) Reviews
by Mari
In this tour I will show you the most popular spots in Kyoto in 8 hours. Following is a sample itinerary including 2 temples with beautiful gardens, 1 Shin...
8h US$ 294 up to 6 people

Kobe One Day Highlights

(122) Reviews
by Mari
Kobe is located only 30 minutes away from Osaka by train, yet the city's atomosphere is totally different. It's one of the three major port cities besides ...
8h US$ 294 up to 6 people

Kobe 6 Hour Tour

(122) Reviews
by Mari
Kobe is one of the 3 major port cities in Japan. The city has a mixed culture of Japanese, Chinese and Western. You can choose 3 spots from the list belo...
6h US$ 220 up to 6 people

Nara Day Trip from Kyoto

(122) Reviews
by Mari
Nara is an ancient capital of Japan established in 710. If you have a JR Pass, you can visit there without an additional train fare. It takes about 45 mi...
7h US$ 257 up to 6 people

Kyoto 6 Hour Tour - Kiyomizudera, Nanzenji, Gion

(122) Reviews
by Mari
In this tour I will take you to Higashiyama, the eastern part of the city. Higashiyama is the most traditional area in Kyoto. We will visit Kiyomizudera ...
6h US$ 220 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 ( 122 )
Arun Arun United Kingdom ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Tour of Kyoto ”

Mari is an outstanding guide with Great knowledge and personality. A total pleasure to be with. Took us to all the interesting sites and explained all the details we needed. We strongly recommend her to anyone who is interested in a private guide for Kyoto.

Mari:

Thank you Arun for the review. It was my pleasure to show you around the eastern part of the city which is the most traditional. I had a wonderful time with your family!

Shelly Shelly United States ( Family )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Fabulous time in Kyoto touring with Mari ”

We have spent 2 days touring Kyoto with Mari. It has been a fabulous experience. Mari has been delightful and we all have had such a fun time together. Her English is excellent and since she has spent a lot of time in the US, there has been no language barrier. It has been an experience traveling all around Kyoto by train, subways and buses.. it was so nice exploring the area in this manner rather than a bus tour and seeing things through a window. We have had a myriad of questions about what we were seeing and Mari answered all of them with enthusiasm, patience and a lot of detail. We enjoyed eating where “ locals” ate and Mari gave a lot of thought on the meal recommendation. When I booked the tours with Mari, she was very flexible with our requests and had a well pl... read more

Mari:

Dear Shelly, Thank you so much for a nice review so quickly. I enjoyed touring with you and talking about a lot of things. I even wish I could have more! I sometimes encounter new things during the tours, and the tour with you was one of those. Thank you, Shelly!

Jacqueline Jacqueline Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ A whirlwind 2 days with plenty to see and do ”

Where do we begin with Mari? Mari is such a wonderful and knowledgeable guide who took us around the sights of Osaka and Kyoto. During the Osaka tour we saw, in great detail, Osaka Castle, Shitenoji Temple and the Dotombori. The time and care taken to talk about the history of the first two places made the tour so much more exciting. I should also point out that we travelled with a party of 6, including 3 teenage boys and a 9 year old in a wheelchair. Mari looked up elevator spots and warned us when there wouldn't be any, she kept us informed every step of the way and by the end the boys wanted to call her Aunty Mari :). In Kyoto we saw the magnificent Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine, the Arashiyama Bamboo forest and the Golden Pavilion. We couldn't believe this we're possible, but these were ... read more

Mari:

Dear Jacqueline, I appreciate your detailed tour review! I truly enjoyed 2days with you. I also learned a lot from your family being so nice and caring to each other. The Golden Pavilion looked the best yesterday in the sun, and the reflection in the pond was almost perfect as we had little wind; you were very lucky! I hope you will continue to enjoy traveling in Japan.

Nina Nina United States ( Family )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Day of Fun in Osaka ”

My group of 6 came on a cruise ship & took a full day excursion in Osaka with Mari. This is the 2nd time I toured with Mari because she is super knowledgeable with the location using subway, train, & walking. We squeezed in as many top attractions given our limited time & was able to beat the long lines at the Osaka Castle. She knew where to go for lunch to avoid restaurant wait times at the Dotombori. I asked her to help us look for fine green tea & children’s chopsticks and she went above & beyond her stated itinerary to help me find those items in different shops. Mari speaks fluent English & understands what visitors are looking for in a short days time. I will definitely ask for Mar again when I visit Kobe & Kyoto on our next trip. I have already recommended Mari to friends who intend... read more

Mari:

Dear Nina, Thank you so much for your wonderful tour review! I had a great time with you. The best part of a private tour is flexibility. I’m glad you could get good green tea at a Japanese tea shop. I’m looking forward to seeing you again in the near future!

Jackie Jackie United States ( Couple )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Couldn't have a better guide ”

Had an 11 hour layover between a flight from Bangkok to the US and and thought we'd take advantage of the time to see a small slice of Kyoto. Mari was terrific. She met us at the airport and helped us navigate the train system to Kyoto. Mari couldn't have been better. . We saw the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Tenryuji temple and Fushimi Inari-taisha before Mari took us back to the airport to catch our long flight to the US. When we go back we will definitely seek out Mari again.

Mari:

Dear Jackie, Thank you for taking time and writing a nice review. I’m happy to know you enjoyed the tour although it was rather a quick one. I hope to see you again in the near future!

Blog

Taiko-no-Tatsujin (Japanese Drum Master)

by Mari
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The Moon Viewing Tradition in Japan

by Mari
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Nikko and Ryuokyo Gorge

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I went to Splash Fantasia 2015 in Kobe

by Mari
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Dotombori - It's a Fun Place in Osaka!

by Mari
Dotombori   If youre traveling to Osaka, dont miss Dotombori!  Hundreds of eateries of the local foods attract people.  You can not only...