Mike Masaki Private tour guide in Kyoto, Nara - Japan

Mike Masaki

Guide profile:

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.

Guiding is like a thrilling, adventurous journey.

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

My main guide areas are Kyoto, Nara and Kobe.

But as a national guide, I go around Japan from north to south.

I retired from work as a teacher and then started this job 5 years ago.

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

Japan is also a country with a lot of delicious food.

I can offer any advice, suggestion, or necessary information to help your tour make smooth.

Feel free to ask me.

Please contact me about my availability before booking.

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Katie O.

Wonderful! Kyoto was fantastic! Mike was very nice and has a good sense of humor. He knows a lot. This was our first visit to Japan. His knowledge helped us to understand culture, religion and Japan. Mike also took a lot of photos for us and sent them to us. We had a very good time with him all day. We would definitely recommend Mike.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

Please ask my availability in advance before booking.

My main guide areas:

Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Mt Koya Wakayama, Hiroshima

My tours:

Kyoto Samurai Tour

Day Trip to Nara from Kyoto or Osaka

Day Trip to Mt. Koya : Spiritual Tour

Day Trip to Hiroshima from Kyoto or Osaka

7 Days of Japan Golden Route (Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima)

Transportation by tour guide:

Transportation can be arranged upon request.

But public transportasion system in Japan is well developed and saves your money.

Depending on the situations, taxi rides sometimes save your time.

To hire an individual bus or van may be recommendable depending on the size and ages of your group.

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

Emperor's Roads in Nara Price Per Group 250.00 USD
Half A Day Nara Price Per Group 130.00 USD
Kyoto Half Day Highlights Price Per Group 190.00 USD
Osaka Highlight Tour with Private Guide Price Per Group 220.00 USD
Walk Along Historical Paths With A Private Guide Price Per Group 250.00 USD

Tour guide interests:

I'm an expert in zen meditation, chi exercise, history, culture, religion, food, art ...

I like photography.

I think I can introduce good camera spots to you.

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Katie O. 30 Aug 2018

Wonderful! Kyoto was fantastic! Mike was very nice and has a good sense of humor. He knows a lot. This was our first visit to Japan. His knowledge helped us to understand culture, religion and Japan. Mike also took a lot of photos for us and sent them to us. We had a very good time with him all day. We would definitely recommend Mike.

5 stars Connie S. 27 Aug 2018

Mike was awesome!! Super knowledgeable about the history of all places. He was a former teacher and he brings his significant teaching skills with him on the tour!! Not only were the places beautiful, but Mike gave them all meaning. Even our teenager was most impressed! Mike is super personable and very fun. We would definitely do another tour with Mike!

5 stars Anne I. 20 Aug 2018

Not only we found the best tour guide but we also found a Friend!! Mike is knowledgeable, patience, organized. He loves what he does, and it's his best asset. We learned a lot from Mike, the history of Japan, religion, also life philosophy! My husband and I are world travelers, we hired a lot of tour guides for our trips. So far Mike is the Best.

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