Hello everyone, welcome to Japan!
I am Mari, a Japanese friendly woman- English fluent speaker - enjoying life to discover hidden gems in KYOTO and recently married to my French husband.
As you see on my profile picture, I am not only a guide but also a calligraphy artist.
+++As a guide+++, I have conducted many foreign tourists to the major sightseeing spots such as the UNESCO World Heritage temples & castles, either my favorite places & hidden gems where you can see the local craftsmen.
My tours are "tailor-made" , I will create my itinerary based on your ideas and your interests to make your visit memorable.
Thanks to my French husband, who is also guide, I learned a lot about the points foreign tourists could wonder in our culture. Personally, I like to show everything, especially to focus on small details and explain what you may not find in guide books.
I can also help you to book good restaurants, special shows or activities, tea ceremony, etc... if you prefer.
I can also guide you in Himeji, Hiroshima or other south districts, if you pay my transportation fee.
+++As a calligraphy teacher+++, I consider that calligraphy is not about writing with the complex Japanese "kanji" alphabet. Calligraphy is a kind of art which enables you to express your thought and relax your mood through your brush & writing style.
Let's experience with me a way of meditation, focusing on your brush to make a nice looking stroke, focusing on the sound the brush and focusing on the nice smell of the ink that helps your body and your mind to relax.
I am looking forward to discovering Japanese culture with you. :)
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.
From the start of our day to the end, Mari was terrific! She was right on time and off we went. Mari has a wonderful, easy-going manner that made us very comfortable. She was extremely knowledgeable of every site we visited throughout the entire day and gave us options as we continued our journey through Kyoto. She found a very small restaurant, for lunch, where the food was tasty, the service great, and the atmosphere cozy. Mari also gave us a couple of possible recommendations for dinner that were near our hotel. We took her advice and enjoyed some of the best Ramen in Kyoto in a restaurant that seated only 11 people. By the end of the day, we felt like we made a friend in Mari. We HIGHLY recommend Mari to anyone who wants a more personalized tour of Kyoto. We would definitely... read more
We had a wonderful full day tour with Mari. She was endlessly patient with our two little kiddos and provided a lovely day tour of Kyoto surroundings.
It was amazing tour for us..I did not regret booking our tour with Mari.she was vey helpful to us throughout the day..she was fun to be with..easy to talk to and always smiling tour guide..next time we will visit Japan i will book again with her😀
We had a fantastic day with Mari. First, Mari gave us a calligraphy lesson that taught us a lot in the time we had available. She is a patient teacher and has a wonderful sense of humor. We loved the calligraphy letters we drew. Mari is also knowledgeable and has an excellent ability to communicate in English and to communicate the subtle points of Japanese culture and social interactions. She was also flexible about our changing the schedule and priorities for what we did during the day--she made everything fit into the schedule and time we had. In addition, she was great in navigating the train system and helping us get to the city we were visiting without any trouble. Mari helped us visit some of our Japanese relatives, served as a translator, and helped us in general understanding the... read more
We have just returned from an exceptional couple of days touring Kyoto in large part due to the superb itineraries and guiding support of Mari. As visit-time visitors to Japan and Kyoto, in particular, we greatly valued Mari's insightful suggestions of sites to visit and cultural experiences to enjoy that made our visit so memorable. She is very kind, helpful, knowledgeable and accommodating. We highly recommend Mari as your preferred guide when visiting Kyoto and its region.