4 hours on average
*Please note that we use public transportation for regular tours. If you need a private transportation, please contact me.
Hi! I'm Masaki Mori. Please call me Makoon.
I was born in Japan and have lived in Vancouver, Canada for about 10 years.
I'm a National Government Licensed Guide, guide trainer 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 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 tradition, connect you to Japanese history and culture, take you to beautiful scenic locations, and support you making your trip UNFORGETABLE!!
I conduct over 100 private tours a year, and proud to say about 35% of my guests are either returning or by referral as of today (Jul. 2019).
Please join my tour, I will only try my best for you to make some great memories here in Kyoto.
See you soon.
Note: Seasonal price applies from Nov.15th to 30th, Mar. 15th to Apr. 20th, and Jun. 1st to Aug. 30th in 2020.
We were looking for Kyoto tours over two days with my husband and 9-year-old boy, and once we found Masaki's profile we were already sold (he was obviously intellectual and extremely good with families/kids), but literally he surpassed every expectation. Upon booking Masaki ("Makoon") immediately understood what we would need to keep our little boy engaged, so planning was easy from Day 1 (promptly following our initial email exchange we received a detailed, extremely well thought out personalized itinerary from which it was clear he absolutely understood our needs/desires and that we had found the right person). What I didn't expect, however, was that Makoon's two days with us would be the highlight of our entire (and amazing) time in Japan. Makoon is extremely charismatic, well-educated, extremely personable, an amazing storyteller, and he understands kids. We went to what was probably our best lunch during our entire trip, an off-the-beaten-path place that we would never have found or enjoyed so much without him (and we ate at many other wonderful places), and thanks to his interest in history we learned far more about the history and culture of Kyoto than I think most guides are able to impart. His English is incredible from having lived several years in Canada (where he learned to breakdance!), and my little boy thought and thinks he is the coolest guy ever. Makoon also did a very cool "Kyoto passport" challenge for our boy which was a huge hit. More generally he is also just an extremely cool guy, and he speaks perfect English and knows how to deliver and bring what is already a magical part of Japan to life. Our 9 year old adores him and we will definitely hire him again the next time we are in Japan (obviously, as you can see from his schedule, book early). We are so happy we found him!
Dear Heather san, My sincere apology. I've just noticed my response to your wonderful review didn't go through. It's an honor for me to receive a review like yours. It was a thorough East to West Tour of Kyoto. I'm happy to hear you all made a great memory but particularly happy that your son enjoyed and learned about Japanese culture through "Kyoto Passport"! He is definitely extraordinary 9 years old! It's a hard time for all of us because of Corona virus.. please stay healthy and well. Maybe it's a good time to look at all the pictures from the trip! Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori
Masaki was a great story teller and guide. He had a way of making historical sites become stories of human interest rather than just dates and facts. In fact, his personality was one of the attractions of Kyoto. He shared some family insights that allowed us to see a side of Japanese life that normally we wouldn’t know. It was a perfect couple of days. Thanks Masaki and I hope you continue and succeed with all of your personal interests. John & Pearl
Dear Pearl san and John san It's truly an honor for me to hear words like these. I'm also really glad everything worked out nicely including the weather! "his personality was one of the attractions of Kyoto" This is one of my ultimate goals as a tour guide, I can't thank you enough. I will keep studying and really hope to see you again in the future! Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori
First time visit to Kyoto to see autumn foliage and we chosen Makoon as our guide. He made a allergy card for my mum as it could be useful for my mum while we are in japan. We went to Arashiyama and we loved it. He shared with us his knowledge of Japanese culture and Kyoto history. The one day tour with Makoon as our guide is totally worth it. He took some pictures of us and these picture are memorable for us. We had okonomiyaki for lunch and it was yummy. Me and my mum really enjoy the tour and will certainly have Makoon as our guide again if we get to go Kyoto again! Thank you Makoon :)
Dear Krystal san, I'd like to show my appreciation to your kind review. I was glad that you got to see some of the highlights of autumn foliage. It was indeed beautiful especially in that small less known temple! Please enjoy those pictures and remember the great time you spent in Kyoto. Warm Regards, Masaki Makoon Mori
Since this was not the first visit to Kyoto for us, we did not need to visit the places included in the usual Kyoto tour but wanted to learn more about the history of Kyoto. We expressed interest in the Meiji Restoration era and Masaki did a wonderful job taking us to the places that were important in that era, including the history and stories about each place. It was a 5 hour walking tour of "hidden gems" and it did not disappoint. We had the good fortune to have a maiko, a geisha in training, walk by us. Masaki even ordered good weather for for the 6 of us .
Dear Karleen sanm I'd like to appreciate to your kind review! The tour with you was great for me too, as I could really go deep with a lot of hidden gems and secret history of Kyoto! I was really happy to hear you found a lot of new things about Kyoto even though you had come here quite many times! I'm sincerely looking forward to meeting you again. Warm Regards, Makoon