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Private tour guide Mari

Mari I.

Kyoto, Japan

Hello everyone, welcome to Japan! I am Mari, 3 year-experience guide in KYOTO.

I enjoy my life discovering hidden gems in Japan, teaching calligraphy to the foreign people and interacting with people around the world.

+++As a guide+++ I have conducted many foreign tourists to the major sightseeing spots such as the UNESCO World Heritage temples & castles. I would also be happy to show my favorite places & hidden gems where you can see the local craftsmen.
Thanks to my French husband, who is also guide, I have learned a lot about the points foreign tourists could wonder in Japanese culture and developed my storytelling skills. I like to show everything, especially to focus on small details not written in guidebooks and explain with anecdotes to help you understand Japanese culture.
In addition to my guiding services, I can also provide concierge services such as booking good restaurants, special shows or activities, tea ceremony, etc.

+++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. In my lesson, I also accept small kids and provide an interacting experience to them. This is also tailor-made experience. I can flexibly arrange your workshops!
Please do not hesitate to ask me if you have any questions on my lessons.

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

A Recent Review of this guide

Great tour with Mari with much flexibility and good times! Monkeys and ice cream - perfect! We recommend Mari.
Matthew Lepore

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National licensed tour guide in English (EN-00357)
**I have three years' tour guiding experience

Zertifikat Deutsch
BA in Tourism


- I am not a driver, but I can arrange for a separate car and driver.
- I could help you to book some restaurants or events if needed. However, depending on the booking requests, I will charge the additional fee as concierge service.

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