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Private tour guide Masaki

Masaki M.

Kyoto, Japan

Hi! I'm Masaki. Please call me Makoon. I was born in Japan and have lived in Vancouver, Canada for about 10 years.

I'm an experienced National Government Licensed Guide.
I'm also a guide trainer of a professional program organized by Kyoto city,
English teacher, translator, professional breakdancer, and father of two young kids.

I used to be a business planner in a manufacturing company. After working in the corporate world for 6 years, I made a decision to quit the company because I found a perfect job for myself: tour guide. I love my city Kyoto, and my mission now is to share this very unique city with people from all over the world.
I'd love to guide you to this city of 1200 years of history, share what I know about the modern and traditional, connect you to Japanese history and culture, take you to beautiful scenic locations, and help you making your trip UNFORGETTABLE!!

I conduct over 140 private tours a year, and proud to say over 40% of my guests are either returning or by referral (as of Nov. 2019).

Please join my tour, I will only try my best for you to make great memory here in Kyoto.
See you soon.

A Recent Review of this guide

Makoon was a fantastic guide. He was very thoughtful in his itinerary and planned according to our interests. He knows a lot of history but shared it in an interesting way. We loved our day with him. I highly recommend.
Bean Jodi

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National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter (EN00519)
Itinerary Control Manager


I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.

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