Mao M.

4.29(7) reviews

Available Areas

Gifu, Takayama (Living), Shirakawago



English, Japanese (Native)


Response Time

Less than an hour


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Hi! I'm Mao. My home town is Takayama and I like here a lot! I’d like to show you! I love meeting friends, chatting, travel around, play sports, drinking and go to my favorite restaurants. I'll offer more local sightseeing spots,eateries,cafes,bars and leisure facility and also I'm familiar with suburban area.

I have an experience of living in BC, Canada and then taught Japanese and culture for kids in a school. After that, I have been working at a hostel in Takayama. I like to meet people and to know new things for me.

Feel free to contact me!


Casual tour in Takayama

3 hours

I'll guide main part of Takayama and local place. We'll go old town, morning market, sake breweries, shrines and temples area, also good cafes of restaurants. Also I can arrange a plan where you want to go like to see cherry blossom, to walk in country side.

FROM$108/ per group

Skiing and snowboarding tour

5 hours

Enjoy skiing, snowboarding and playing with snow at the snow park! We have amount of powder snow every year! Whether you are use to snow or not, you would enjoy then! I really like snowboarding, let’s go together! Available month is from December to March.

FROM$102/ per person

Country side tour in Takayama

3 hours

We will go country side in Takayama.This is a journey to landscape in the original state in Japan.Here is a very local side so you can experience deep Japan.

FROM$93/ per group

Kamioka Local Tour

2.5 hours

Kamioka is a nostalgic town of Japanese olden days. It was a biggerst main town over 50 years ago, so the atmosphere is still remain everywhere. It has such a cozy local stores. Also it has popular activity "Rail mountain bike Gattan Go!!",so if you have a time, it's a good activity as well. So the town shows local, slow, deep side of country side of Japan. If you prefer Syowa era of Japan, this town like that.

FROM$93/ per group

Hida Furukawa Tour

2.5 hours

Furukawa is a small town next to Takayama. We can go just 15 minutes by train from Takayama. It locate on the way to Toyama, Kanazawa by train. We will go around the town which more calm and not too touristy.

FROM$93/ per group



Marina D.

Mar 7, 2020

Much regret taking this tour. The guide isn’t qualified as english at all

Mao is a lovely girl with english language skills of a beginners level ESL student. The tour was supposed to last 3 hours, which we paid for in advance. For the first 2 hours we walked around Takayama trying to break language barrier and answering numerous questions Mao asked about our trip itinerary without understanding much of what we were saying to her. Also did sake tasting where she wasn’t much needed. We could of looked up online the couple of stores in the sender she took us to. After 2 hours she asked what we wanted to do next. We’ve asked what she has planned, to which she said that there was no specific plan. Really disappointed with the choice of a guide, also truly puzzled why Mao has chosen to advertise herself as an english guide. Will be asking for at least 50% refund.


Hina F.

Jan 16, 2020

Fun exploration of Takayama

We met Mao in Takayama during our brief visit, for a half-day tour in a cold November afternoon with our 2 young children. Mao was extremely patient with us, encouraging us to try street foods and sake. She is very informative and have great energy. Even though our tour was only for few hours, she didn't make us feel rushed. She is very smart and gentle. We are really happy that we found her for our brief time in beautiful Takayama. We highly recommend her.

Mao M.

Hi Hina! Thank you for your review! I’m happy to hear that you were enjoyed tour! It was cold day, so come Takayama again in spring or summer!


John D.

Nov 1, 2019

Knowledgeable, interesting and fun

Mao sensed what was appropriate for us and gave us a truly enjoyable wander around Takayama. It was an excellent afternoon. Relaxed and interesting. A great start to our visit !

Mao M.

Thank you for a tour with me! I really enjoyed talking and walking a lot with you. It was such a nice weather also best time for coloring leaves! I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Takayama! See you again!


Kichi J.

Oct 11, 2019

Brilliant time with Mao

We had such a good time with Mao seeing Takayama. She was so much fun and we learned a lot about the city and its festival. Fantastic!

Mao M.

Thank you for your review! I really enjoyed the festival with them. We talked a lot and they are really nice person! Get well your leg soon!