Bean JodiUnited States
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.
Allison GordonUnited States
This was the best tour we have ever had!!! Makoon makes Kyoto so fun and interesting- totally tailors the day to your likes and is so easy to be with. We loved everything about it and wish we had booked another day with him
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Allison san, It's truly an honor for me to receive a kind review like yours. I was really happy to see you two during the tour, because I can simply tell you are really enjoying every moment. The monkeys were of course awesome, but I'm also glad we could talk about Japanese culture and history along the way. I'm sincerely looking forward to meeting you again. Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori
Julie GlaserUnited States
Masaki”Makoon” was one of the best tour guides we ever had! He was great and interactive with planning the day and giving directions. He met us right where he said he would. He printed out a brochure that he made specifically for us. He was full of knowledge. He was so friendly and enjoyable. He was willing to change things as we went. We visited the golden palace, monkey mountain, bamboo forest, conveyer belt sushi and more. I would highly recommend Makoon, Kyoto was the highlight of our trip to Japan
Janet McMichaelPinecrest, F L, United States
Perfect. Absolutely perfect. He was very flexible. Our two teenagers felt he was definitely best guide we have had in Japan all week!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Janet san, It is more than an honor to receive a review like this. Even though it was hot, I'm glad we got to do a lot of different things in one day; from traditional to modern, off the beaten paths to highlights, and food!! Please enjoy the rest of your trip, and be careful of heat stroke! Warm Regards, Masaki
Michelle BestUnited Kingdom
Excellent guide (Makoon) he was informative and very entertaining, and speaks good English. He personalised the tour and prepares well (pre-prepared some print outs for the kids - so they got involved) We are a family of 4 with 2 kids (aged 9 and 11) He bought the tour to life for the whole family !! highly recommended if Makoon is not available on your chosen day, if you can wait until he is available I would wait , you will not be disappointed. Thank you - 10/10!! Bill , Michelle, Poppy and Giles
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Michelle san, It is truly an honor for me to receive a review like yours. I'm glad we could get a good flavor of Kyoto in limited time. Also I was really happy to have a few drinks with you sharing a lot of interesting topics. Please enjoy the pictures and remember the great time you spent in Kyoto sometimes! Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori
Christie BialowasUnited States
Makoon was an excellent guide. He was able to adjust the tour based on the various age groups and fun to talk to. He took great pictures of our group and his recommendations were spot on. 5 out of 5. We will use him again when we come back to Kyoto.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Christie san, Thank you for such a prompt review. It's really an honor. I hope you enjoy those pictures and remember the great time you spent in Kyoto. I'm really looking forward to seeing you and your family again. Warm Regards, Masaki
Jill ChangUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you again for everything!!
Jill ChangUnited States
Makoon was very professional, well organized, very knowledgeable and great with kids! He recommended a great itinerary with kids in mind, and was very mindful of all of us. He also recommended great restaurants to try and local delicacies to bring home. We were very happy with him and would definitely recommend him to our friends and we look forward to coming back to Kyoto to have him as our guide again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jill san, It's truely an honor for me to recieve a review like this. I'm happy to hear you like the tour, and it was a great opportunity for me to learn about Chinese religions and North American culture. Also seeing children learn about Japan and Kyoto was great. Even though we did a lot in 2 days, there's always more in Kyoto! Sincerely looking forward to seeing you again! Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori
Diane CortesUnited States
My husband and I only had one short day to explore Kyoto and Makoon made our day both memorable and educational! Makoon met us at the train station and immediately made us feel at ease. The tour was just the right pace and a perfect blend of sightseeing & cultural history. The "insider" information of the Geisha tradition he shared with us was fascinating. In just a few short hours we felt like we got a glimpse into the "real" Kyoto!
Raymond D.United States
Masaki "Makoon" was absolutely terrific!!! We met him at the train station in Kyoto for a private tour just my husband and myself. He took us to the Fushimi Inari Shrine, then the Kiyomizu Temple. We got to walk all around the fun area called Higashiyama walk. Had a great "locals restaurant " for lunch sushi. Then took taxi to The famous Kinkaku Temple (Golden Pavilion)! Then took another taxi to Arashiyama area saw the Bamboo Forrest! A truly amazing day with Makoon and we loved him as our guide!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Raymond san, It's really an honor to receive words like these. It was a great day to get a good flavor of Kyoto in limited time. It made my day you shared your perspective toward Japanese history and culture, covering highlights but less known areas in these places! I'd like to show my gratitude once again for choosing me and Kyoto, and I'm sincerely looking forward to seeing you two again in the future! Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori
Veronika SmilakUnited States
Best tour guide we've ever had! Masaki is a national treasure. Knowledgeable, personable and passionate about Japan and its history, Masaki made this a trip to remember. We loved the personalized schedules for the day, the kids loved their quizzes of the day and looked forward to more days with him. We are richer in experiences, knowledge and love of Japan because of him. Thank you!!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Veronika san, It's truely an honor to recieve a review like this, especially from an experienced traveler like you. I, too, made some great memories from you and your family, and your friends' families! It was like one big family gathering in Kyoto. Those quizzes worked out well with kids, and I was quite surprised how much they remembered... they were surely listening, your sons surely deserve that ONE PIECE! I'm sincerely looking forward to meeting all of you again. Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori
Dipty DesaiUnited States
Masaki was an absolutely wonderful guide, very friendly and one of the best I have had in all of my years of travel. He is extremely knowledgeable and very eager to share all that he knows, he is a true enthusiastic teacher. We had a mix up on time to meet in the morning, and he received us warmly and without any upset. He has a very good command of the English language and can answer many questions in many areas of questions. He took us to a delicious ramen place. Hire him, you will love him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dipty san, Words are not enough to show my appreciation. I'm glad you got good flavor of Kyoto in your limited time. Sanjusangendo particularly was extra interesting as you and your group has a lot to share from a different religious point of view. And of course, cherry blossoms in full bloom added to it! Please enjoy the photos. I'm sincerely looking forward to seeing you again. Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori
Huey SiahUnited States
We really enjoyed how Makoon could quickly adapt to our interests in needs on such short notice and keep us entertained all the while. This was represented by everything from showing up early because we showed up early to helping us understand little details for all the omiyage we bought. Since Makoon lives in Kyoto, his perspective and understanding of the city is very valuable if you are interested like we are on what life really is like for a Kyoto local. Thank you Makoon for spending so much effort!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It's really an honor to receive your kind words. I'm really happy that our tour was a success! We experienced various local life, the modern / traditional / casual / classy.. various different perspectives. Thank you again for showing to respect to Japanese culture and history, and listening to and sharing opinions about Japan. I, too, learned a lot from our conversation. Sincerely looking forward to seeing you again. Warm Regards, Masaki
Moira SeamanSan Clemente, CA, United States
Our day with Makoon brought Kyoto and its rich heritage to life. he did an amazing job of designing the tour to avoid crowds and to meet our needs. We had a wonderful time and will come back to spend more time in Kyoto with Makoon.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It's truly an honor to hear words like yours. I'm really glad I could leave a good impression about Kyoto and Japan, and also your very first meal in Japan! Thank you for showing respect to Japanese history and culture, and sharing information about your hometown. I'm sincerely hoping the rest of your stay Japan be a memorable one! Looking forward to seeing you again, and hopefully with your children next time!
Our Trip to Kyoto was amazing our tour guide exceptional we can not speak more highly of him. His professionalism his knowledge on Kyoto was incredible he answered all our questions and looked after all our needs. He helped us with our transfers on the train back to our ship. We will be recommending him to all our friends travelling to Japan. Thank you Makoon you are fantastic.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kim-san, It's truly an honor to receive a kind review like yours. I'd like to show my appreciation for you and all your group members care to give me a chance to share Japanese history and culture! It was really interesting to share our different perspectives and opinions about wide variety of topics. I particularly enjoyed the time we had an in depth conversation about Maiko and Geiko in Gion area! We did a lot in your limited time in Kyoto! I'm sincerely looking forward to meeting you all again!