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  (23) Reviews
Send message fully booked in December
US$ 34 Hourly rate Price up to 6 people
I can guide you in Hiroshima or other south districts, if you pay my transportation fee.
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Last updated: 1 day ago
Cities where I can guide: Kobe , Kyoto , Nara , Osaka

Languages English ( Business ), Japanese ( Native ), German ( Conversational )

(23) Reviews
Hourly rate 34 USD Price up to 6 people
( Max : 12 People )
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Hello everyone, welcome to Japan!

I am Mari, a tour guide in KYOTO with over 4 years of experience. I love discovering hidden gems in Japan, teaching foreign visitors calligraphy, and interacting with people from all around the world.

+++As a guide+++ I have conducted many tours to major sightseeing sites such as the UNESCO World Heritage temples and castles. I am also happy to show my favorite places and other locations off the beaten path, like where you can see the local craftsmen.
Thanks to my French husband, who is also a guide, I have learned a great deal about the points foreign tourists could contemplate the marvels of Japanese culture and developed my storytelling skills. I like to show my guests everything, with special focus on small details not written in guidebooks, and like to utilize anecdotes to help others understand Japanese culture.
In addition to my guiding services, I can also provide concierge services such as booking high-quality restaurants, special shows or activities, tea ceremonies, etc.

+++As a calligraphy teacher+++ I consider that calligraphy is not about writing with the complex Japanese "kanji" alphabet. Calligraphy is an art form which enables you to express your thoughts and relax your mood through your brush strokes and writing style. My workshops are a tailor-made experience. I also offer lessons for small children and provide an interactive experience for them. Best of all, workshops can be arranged to fit your schedule!

Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions about my lessons.

I am looking forward to discovering Japanese culture with you. :)

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4.7 (23) Reviews
Very Good

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KYOTO - Calligraphy Workshop & Half-day Kyoto Tour

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KYOTO - A Tailor-Made dining experience for you

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KYOTO - A Tailor-Made experience for you

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NARA - A Tailor-Made experience for you

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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 time, there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting time, there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting time, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 23 )
Deb Deb United States ( Family with kids )
11 months ago

“ amazing experience with mari ”

Mari is a wonderful, cheerful and informed guide. We very much enjoyed our time with her. She did a great job tailoring an itinerary that really maximized our time yet catered to our individual interests. We would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to visit Kyoto and wishes to use their time efficiently to see all the wonderful and beautiful things to see there.


Thank you so much for your comments. Today I received a new message from your friend and I thought about you. I am very grateful to your recommendation. (Especially at this moment, the number of tourists is decreasing because of coronavirus. It is not very harmful as flu though.) I will remember you when I guide your friends. Again, thank you so much!!

Shauna Shauna United States ( Family with kids )
11 months ago

“ Kyoto tour ”

Great experience and learned so much of Kyoto all due to Mari. She was so informative and took us to places with hidden food gems. Definitely would take another tour with Mari again

Gillian Gillian Australia ( Solo )
1 year ago

“ Amazing tour guide ”

She was so sweet and knew exactly what I wanted. Not a lot is sight seeing. But more seeing the way of life with Ōsaka


Thank you so much Gillian. I am writing to you remembering the nice moment with you. The time was short, but it was very nice to know you! I am always looking forward to meeting you again in the future. :)

Zachary Zachary United States ( Couple )
1 year ago

“ Thank you very much! ”

Mari was very communicative and accommodating to many requests, and she did a great job guiding!


Thank you for your review! It was very nice to meet your customers. I am waiting for another request from you!

John John United States ( Couple )
1 year ago

“ Great guide- Very knowledgeable ”

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