Masaki H.

4.91
(64) reviews
 

Available Areas

Hyogo, Kyoto (Living), Mie, Nara, Osaka, Shiga, Wakayama, Nagoya, Kobe, Takayama, Shirakawago

 

Languages

English

 

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About

Hello I’m Mike, a national licensed tour guide from Kyoto.

Meeting with people is a gift of God for me.

A new encounter inspires and enriches my heart.

People sometimes ask me unexpected questions I can’t answer on the spot.

It is the moment when I I am frozen.

Indeed, guiding people is like a thrilling, adventurous journey.

I would like to offer a memorable journey to you.

I retired from work as a teacher at senior high school and then started this job in 2015.

I’m familiar with Japanese history, culture, religion and architecture.

My guide areas are mainly Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. But as a national tour guide, I guide around Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Nagoya, Wakayama, Shirakawago, and Takayama.

Feel free to ask me anything.

Tours

Kyoto Westside Story : Walk Samurai Roads with History Guide

Kyoto
8 hours

Kyoto is a very attractive city even for Japanese people. It's no exaggeration to say that the essence of Japan is here in Kyoto. For a person who specializes in history, this city is like a treasure house. Of course you go around beautiful spots but you also learn a lot about Japanese culture and history. Walking around Gion in the early evening may be a lot of fun.

FROM$274/ per group

Walk Along The Emperor's Path In Ancient Nara

Nara
8 hours

Nara was Japan's first capital, established in 710 at Heijo. Surrounded by huge neighbor Osaka or Kyoto, Nara is overshadowed but one of the major sightseeing spots in Japan. 7 world heritage sites in it. Nara Park has 4 world heritage sites in it. All these ancient civilizations are sure to invite you to the ancient permanent world.

FROM$274/ per group

Walking Along History Paths In Kyoto & Nara

Kyoto
10 hours

Nara and Kyoto are well known as an old historical city, Nara the first and Kyoto the second capital. But it has a clear distinction. If you know it, your tour will be much more fun. In this tour you walk emperor's road in Nara and samurai's road in Kyoto. You are a specialist of ancient Japan after the tour.

FROM$338/ per group

Walk Exciting, Dynamic, Exotic Osaka

Osaka
8 hours

Osaka is a dynamic, energetic city. It is full of vibrancy and new cultures are born one after another. Developing as a merchant town, it has created unique cultures and these cultures spread all over Japan. It is also famous as a city of food. Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki were first invented here. Food, fashion, shopping, sightseeing; you will never be tired of its full attractions.

FROM$372/ per group

Day Trip to Hiroshima, Kurashiki, Himeji from Kyoto or Osaka

Kyoto
10.5 hours

This is basically a custom tour. You may go around various popular sightseeing spots. Itsukushima Shrine and Atomic Bomb Dome are main destinations in this tour. You can also enjoy eating Hiroshima food speciality. 

FROM$372/ per group

Half A Day Kyoto / Nara Tour

Kyoto
4.5 hours

This is a seasonal tour from July to August. Recommendable to parents with young kids, aged people, those who want to avoid heat. Tour starts at 8:00 - 8:30 and ends around 12:30 before it becomes hottest. Destinations are relatively cool places. Arashiyama, Nara Park, Ohara, Kifune, Mt. Hie

FROM$205/ per group

Reviews

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Cindi A.

Oct 14, 2019

Samurai trail

I don’t think we would have appreciated Kyoto without Masaki. He really helped us understand the history and the importance of Kyoto to the rest of Japan. Besides being very informative, he was extremely flexible and caring We were a rough crowd of five different personalities and ages from the United States and he was able to keep our attention and make sure that we got what we needed from the trip. If there was a downside at all, it would be that we spent a lot of time on buses and trains. I don’t know if the transportation we took wasn’t the best option available, But it seems like it would’ve been less wear and tear had we been in a van.

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Stephen shefler S.

May 16, 2019

Warm host and good teacher

Misaki is a very warm and considerate guide. Most importantly, he provided us with very useful information which greatly enhanced our time with him

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Kelly K.

May 4, 2019

Outstanding tour of Kyoto

I simply can not say enough about Masaki and his skill as a tour guide. Not in a million years would we had been able to see so many beautiful sights in Kyoto without his ability to move us from place to place, purchasing entry tickets without hassle but also knowing the fastest ways in & out plus the timing of our arrivals & exits were spot on. Masaki & Steve had quite a long conversation about the Samari rock garden & breathing that we have continued to reflect upon. We also did some off the beaten path places that I loved but the absolute topper on Masaki’s resume was after the tour when I received 100 photos he took of us in Kyoto with his own camera. And may I say they are not only excellent photos but ones that I will treasure forever. I’m grateful for his touring skills & leading us expertly to the many treasures of Kyoto! We highly recommend Masaki. Kelly & Steve

Masaki H.

Hi Kelly, How are you? Is everything going on well? Thank you for sending me a review. Your review encourages me to work hard and continue this job. It is a wonderful thing that you have a good memory in Kyoto. Please visit me again. Next time I take you in the norther part of Kyoto. See you. Masaki

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Trisha P.

Apr 27, 2019

Hiroshima Day Tour

Masaki was Awesome! He really lets us absorb and learn so much culture from our day in Hiroshima and Miyajima. My family really loved our time with Masaki and he was very enjoyable and easy to work with. Thanks Masaki for an enjoyable time!

Masaki H.

Hi Trisha, Thank you for a wonderful review. Yes, it was a great day for me, too. I had some first experiences. Relaxed time and leisurely tours made me forget the time passing. Thank you again for sharing precious time with your family. Good luck in Japan!! Masaki