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US$ 40 Hourly rate Price up to 5 people
I changed my name from Ai to Maru. Please call Maru now. I’m sorry for the inconvenience. I’m looking forward to meeting you in Japan!

☆Please ask me my availability before you book my tours. Thank you.☆

☆To Hakone, Kamakura, Nikko, Yokohama, Narita, I need to ask you to cover the transportation fee. Please contact me before booking.
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Cities where I can guide: Chiba , Hakone , Kamakura , Narita , Saitama , Tokyo , Yokohama

Languages 简体中文 ( Business ), English ( Business ), Japanese ( Native )

(95) Reviews
Hourly rate 40 USD Price up to 5 people
( Max : 10 People )
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I was raised in several places, such as Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe, Osaka, and Nagoya.
After my professional sales experience for a business machinery company in Yokohama, I pursued an opportunity to teach in China.
I worked as a Japanese teacher to foreigners in Shanghai.
The longer I lived abroad, the more I came to appreciate the unique aspects of Japanese culture. So I started learning English and Chinese to become a bridge to help bring foreign visitors closer to Japanese culture.
I would be horored to be your guide as you tour our historically rich country. I am looking forward to traveling Japan with you. Thank you.

大家好。我叫Maru, 来自东京。在上海生活过七年半。在东华大学学了两年半汉语。2012年得到日语教师资格证后一边学习日本历史文化相关知识一边从事日语教师工作。2018年回到日本开始用英语当导游。2019年终于能开始用汉语当导游了!我想成为世界各个国家和日本友好关系的桥梁。我对历史,美食、名胜古迹都很感兴趣。如果能跟大家一起旅游,我很高兴。谢谢。

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4.9 (95) Reviews
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The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

1 Person
Up to 5 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate US$37.76 US$40.06 US$5.07
4 Hours US$151.03 US$160.24 US$20.26
8 Hours US$302.07 US$320.49 US$40.52

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 10 maximum

Private Tours

⭐️Tokyo 1-day Sightseeing tour with Maru ⭐️

(95) Reviews
by Maru
Best tour to discover the highlights of Tokyo.You can also arrange your destinations if there are some places you would like to visit. Please let me know y...
8 Hours US$ 295

Kamakura One day highlight tour with Maru

(95) Reviews
by Maru
We visit hilight spots in Kamakura which is famous as a place Japanese soldiers named Samurai emerged! If you are interested in real Japanese atmosphere, l...
8 Hours US$ 347 up to 5 people

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 GoWithGuide.

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 ( 95 )
Chris Chris United States ( Solo )
1 year ago

“ 8 hour tour worth every penny! ”

Maru was quick to respond to my request and assembled a nice customized itinerary for our day in Tokyo together. The shrine we visited was incredible! She has good local knowledge and is very personable and friendly. Maru's English is excellent and she was able to help me put together a few key phrases that I used during the rest of my stay in Japan. I would highly recommend her!


Chris, thank you so much for taking your time to leave the review for me.. I made a decision to take you a super local place because I thought you would like there. I appreciate your kindness of inviting me for joining your breakfast and giving me lovely smiles all the time during our tour. Also thank you for teaching me about google photo. Hope I can enjoy delicious tapioca tea with you again soon!! Thank you so much again. From Maru?

Patrick Patrick United States ( Business )
1 year ago

“ Tokyo shopping tour ”

She was very knowledgeable and helped me get good gifts for my son and friends. It was a nice time.


Thank you for your review, Patrick! I was glad to spend a wonderful time with you!

Steven Steven United States ( Solo )
1 year ago

“ Very knowledgeable and friendly ”

I was interested in seeing local sites and exploring Kamakura's ancient history while hiking through the area, but I don't speak Japanese. Hiring a local tour guide was a must. I checked a lot of guide user profiles and felt Maru was a good match based on my interests. She was incredibly knowledgable and friendly. She arranged a tour to see exactly what I asked in the timetable I had available. Even better, she was able to make it easy to enjoy the day. The best part was her flexibility. She asked what I was interested in and made that happen. I am not someone who enjoys shopping. I've had so many tour guides in the past who will stop at a shop and just say, "Ok, I'll be back in a hour, go shopping now." Maru asked me if I wanted to go shopping or buy souvenirs. I said that wasn't my thing... read more


Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review, Steven! I always make it a point to create customized tour for my clients depending on their personality. I am really pleased you enjoyed your experience in Kamakura. We walked a lot visiting some temples and shrines, enjoyed Kamakura’s specialty, Shirasu Don for lunch. Thank you for the wonderful day! I’d be glad if I could guide you in Tokyo or other cities next time! Please have great business meetings in Tokyo! Looking forward to seeing you again soon. ? Maru

Dan Dan United States ( Couple )
1 year ago

“ 1/2 day customized tour ”

She was extremely personable and very knowledgeable on the areas we wanted to visit (including ease of getting around on the train/subway system). We felt like we’d known her for much longer than just having met that morning. She met us at the train station nearest Tokyo Disney and we took public transportation to see the main Olympic stadium, then to Meiji Jingu, and finally to Shibuya where we walked the “Scramble” and then off to a cat cafe and to the American chain restaurant “Outback Steakhouse”. Had a wonderful time and would definitely hire her again! Thanks Maru ?


Thank you for the wonderful review for me, Dan! I felt exactly the same way when I saw you at the station. You and Camille had big smiles and I had a feeling I am going to enjoy very much spending half a day with you. We visited some places in the west side of Tokyo and I believe you understand how lively this part of Tokyo is like. I hope I will be able to guide you to the east part of Tokyo or other places next time. Thank you so much again!

Brian Brian Japan ( Solo )
1 year ago

“ Great day trip to Osaka with Maru ”

I reached out to Maru with a request for a day trip to Osaka from Tokyo. She put together a great itinerary and even got us back into Tokyo a little early. Maru has a warm personality and likes to have fun. She knows a lot about the history of Japan and historical locations. I highly recommend booking her for any of your guide/travel needs while in Japan.


Thank you so much for taking your time to give me a wonderful review, Brian! Your tour broke my record for a longest tour hour! We had a long travel yesterday and I enjoyed spending the day with you. Thank you for choosing me as your guide. Please enjoy the rest of your stay in Tokyo. I’d definitely go to the restaurant you work for soon! Maru


Kimono tour in Kyoto

by Maru
Mainly I have been guiding in and around Tokyo, but I took my clients to Kyoto this week after the tours in Tokyo and Hakone.  Kyoto served...

Valley in Tokyo

by Maru
I guess many people think Tokyo is full of buildings and no natural spots.  Actually, there is a beautiful hiking place in Tokyo and its j...

Photos in Hakone

by Maru
☆January 30th, 2020☆   It was very good weather in Hakone. We visited a volcanic area named Owakudani. Luckily, we were able to see Mt...

Hokokuji temple and Shirasu bowl in Kamakura☆

by Maru
Kamakura is a city where Samurai emerged in the12th century.  There are many tourist spots. Today’s request was “ bamboo temple!” This t...

Cycling tours in Tokyo.

by Maru
☆March 15th, 2019☆ 〜8 hour tour 〜 9:00  Hotel pick up  9:30 Tsukiji outer fish market  10:30 Rent bicycles  12:00 Lunch at Asakusa...

Fish market, Akihabara, Meiji Shrine

by Maru
Tour with an American family.  We went to Tsukiji fish market.  Their choice for lunch is here. It’s their first time to use chopstick...