Masaki M.

4.98(138) reviews
 

Available Areas

Kyoto (Living)

 

Languages

English

 

Response Time

4 hours on average

 

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About

Traveling can change the world

It's my passion to support you making some great memories in Kyoto and Japan.

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 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 close to 50% of my guests are either returning or by referral before COVID.

Please join my tour, I will only try my best for you to make great memories here in Japan.

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.

Upon request, I'm available to guide you in Tokyo, Hakone, and other cities in Japan!


Important

Available time varies daily.

Please complete your bookings 4days before the tour day. Otherwise, please send me a message.

Please note that we use public transportation for regular tours. If you need a private transportation, please contact me.

The guide is not responsible or liable for any damage or loss incurred by the travelers in connection with the Tour.

Note: Seasonal price applies from Nov.15th to 30th, Mar. 15th to Apr. 20th, and Jun. 15th to Aug. 16th in 2020.

Tours

Your very own Kyoto Tour!

Kyoto
7 hours 30 min

This tour is the one and only for you. Kyoto was an ancient capital of Japan for over 1200 years. Embedded in centuries of history and culture, it offers too much to see in one visit. Here the ancient world is integrated with the modern. The phenomenal concentration of history and legend coexists with an equally phenomenal concentration of people busily going about their everyday life. Please tell me your interest, and I will make an itinerary exclusively for you!

FROM$506/ per group

Be a Monkey Experience

Kyoto
5 hours

Tired of big cities and historic sites? Then how about surrounding yourself with wild monkeys in a beautiful mountain? In this monkey mountain, you can enjoy monkeys right beside you with no cages!! They would casually walk right by you. It takes about 15-20min. walking to get to the top of the mountain, where you can feed monkeys and enjoy the breathtaking view. There's no place like Monkey Mountain on Earth!! Beside the mountain, you can enjoy the famous Bamboo Forest and Togetsu Bridge!

FROM$361/ per group

Your very own Kyoto Tour! (Nov.15th - Nov.30th)

Kyoto
7 hours 30 min

This tour is the one and only for you. Kyoto was an ancient capital of Japan for over 1200 years. Embedded in centuries of history and culture, it offers too much to see in one visit. Here the ancient world is integrated with the modern. The phenomenal concentration of history and legend coexists with an equally phenomenal concentration of people busily going about their everyday life. Please tell me your interest, and I will make an itinerary exclusively for you!

FROM$707/ per group

Your very own Kyoto Tour! (Mar. 20th - Apr. 20th)

Kyoto
7 hours 30 min

This tour is the one and only for you. Kyoto was an ancient capital of Japan for over 1200 years. Embedded in centuries of history and culture, it offers too much to see in one visit. Here the ancient world is integrated with the modern. The phenomenal concentration of history and legend coexists with an equally phenomenal concentration of people busily going about their everyday life. Please tell me your interest, and I will make an itinerary exclusively for you!

FROM$707/ per group

Be a Monkey!!  Experience (Nov.15th - 30th)

Kyoto
5 hours

Tired of big cities and historic sites? Then how about surrounding yourself with wild monkeys in a beautiful mountain? In this monkey mountain, you can enjoy monkeys right beside you with no cages!! They would casually walk right by you. It takes about 15-20min. walking to get to the top of the mountain, where you can feed monkeys and enjoy the breathtaking view. There's no place like Monkey Mountain on Earth!! Beside the mountain, you can enjoy the famous Bamboo Forest and Togetsu Bridge!

FROM$505/ per group

Be a Monkey!!  Experience (Mar.20th - Apr.20th)

Kyoto
5 hours

Tired of big cities and historic sites? Then how about surrounding yourself with wild monkeys in a beautiful mountain? In this monkey mountain, you can enjoy monkeys right beside you with no cages!! They would casually walk right by you. It takes about 15-20min. walking to get to the top of the mountain, where you can feed monkeys and enjoy the breathtaking view. There's no place like Monkey Mountain on Earth!! Beside the mountain, you can enjoy the famous Bamboo Forest and Togetsu Bridge!

FROM$505/ per group

Reviews

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Helen S.

Jan 11, 2023

Enganging Day with Mr Masaki Makkon

Masaki Makkon sang takes care our family so well. He is detail and prompt in replying email and message. He can listen to our needs and wants. He is really passionate about his job and serve it with his heart. He can explain in detail and interesting fact about the story behind the culture. At that time I was not feeling well so I stayed in hotel, but the rest of my family still went ahead. Makkon sang still attentive by asking me how I was doing. Next time if I have the opportunity go to Kyoto I would like to use his service again. There are still many things to explore and see the beauty of Kyoto. Arigatou Gozaimasu Helen

Masaki M.

Many thanks for your kind review. It was great to be a part of a biiiiig family trip! I'm so glad everybody had fun while they learned Japanese culture, and enjoyed a lot of wagyu!! One thing I really hoped was you being there. A big respect to you planning this day with me for your family. I'm sincerely hoping to see you next time. Arigatou Gozaimasu. Makoon

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Alexi Z.

Jan 8, 2023

Best in All of Japan - honeymoon experience

Masaki (also known as Makoon) is an incredible guide, but more importantly an incredible person. I could go on and on about him, as he truly was one of the best parts of our entire honeymoon. My husband and I were on our honeymoon for three weeks, spending 3 of the days with Makoon. From the very beginning of my reaching out to Makoon he answered quickly and listened to what we wanted to do in Kyoto and Osaka and created an unforgettable itinerary for us to do. We did an eat your way through Osaka day, as well as a day and a half in Kyoto. In Osaka we went to a castle where he educated us on the history of the castle. We then ate in 8 different spots that day and had the best time learning about Osaka culture. Makoon is so knowledgable about Japanese history and taught us so much about the Japanese culture. He also knows where the best places are to eat and to explore. He even made us a special lunch reservation for a sushi spot in Kyoto. Many of the things he taught us about Japanese history are things we'll never forget. Besides all of the touring, eating, thoughtfulness he put into our experience and conversations - Makoon is an incredible person. Him, myself and my husband laughed and joked together and truly created life long memories. If you want an incredible and unforgettable experience look no further than Masaki! Thank you for everything Makoon <3 you are our family for life!

Masaki M.

The best part of my work is hearing voice like yours. It's truly an honor to be a part of your wonderful honeymoon. You two are such a brilliant couple. I really enjoyed spending time with you two, and made a lot of amazing memories. I will never forget about Wacky Gator, Mario, chicken curry bun, that man with history of 600 years ... and many more!! I had too much fun with you I was really sad to say good bye at the end.. but I'm sincerely looking forward to seeing you again! JR Pass baby!!!!

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Patricia F.

Dec 28, 2022

Makoon was the BEST!!!

My family came to Japan to see my son marry! 3 generations - including a 9 month old!!!! Much planning went into all aspects of the 2 week trip including a visit to Kyoto! I can not praise Makoon enough for his responsiveness in planning, offering of suggestions while in Kyoto - even when we weren’t with him, his flexibility in the plans and great knowledge, and beautiful English spoken and great humor… not to mention the wonderful photos he took! We have traveled the world with many guides and he truly was one of the best we’ve ever had!!! Thank you Makoon for adding to our family’s special trip of a lifetime here in Japan!!! Many blessing to you and your family!

Masaki M.

It was an honor for me to be a part of your very special trip. Seeing your thoughtfulness to your family was a big inspiration for me. I'm glad everybody enjoyed the tour, even 9 month old!!! It was not possible without his exceptional behavior. I'm sincerely looking forward to seeing you all again. Happy new year!

Olga B.

Dec 28, 2022

Best guide ever!!!

We spent more than 2 weeks in Japan and used different tour guides. Makoon was, by far, the best one. We learned a lot from him, and he made our day fun. All the tour guides we hired had great reviews, but Makoon was the only one that was able to engage our 14 and 11-year-old. My kids loved him, and they were looking forward to spending time with him (we hired him for 3 days). After we left Kyoto and met our new guide in Kanazawa, my kids complained that they missed Makoon and wished he had been able to be our guide for our entire trip. Makoon: thank you very much!!

Masaki M.

I can't appreciate enough for your kind review. It was a pleasure for me too to spend time with a happy family like yours, parents are rather like older brother and sister! I'm really glad to hear kids enjoyed the tour, when they come back some more Dango dumplings will be waiting! Sincerely hope to see you all again. Happy new year!