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Private tour guide Mari

Mari I.

Kyoto, Japan

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. :)

A Recent Review of this guide

Amidst the coronavirus panic we had a wonderful tour guide named Mari. She took into consideration my physical limits and planned accordingly. We were able to see real geishas and we're actually walking right behind them as we were touring through Kiyomizu-dera. Mari is a native of Kyoto so she is very knowledgeable. Mari speaks English very well. Mari also ended our tour by taking us to a really good Japanese restaurant. She really made us feel at home and comfortable.
Jane Laimana

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National licensed tour guide in English (EN-00357)
**I have 4 years experience as a tour guide

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 an additional fee as a concierge service.

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