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Hello,I'm Maya. 

I was born in Kyoto and grown up here in Kyoto.I've been in Mexico and Great Britain when I was a student. Also I traveled more than 40 times(19 countries).I've been guiding many guests in English and Spanish.  I'm also licensed in Tea ceremony and Japanese flower arrangement.
Besides working as a licences guide, I work in the tea ceremony workshop for foreign visitors.  

Original materials
The characteristic of my guiding is use of ''Original materials''.Guiding not only with words but also with Handmade materials such as old maps, ancient writings, pictures and Japanese wood rock prints help you enjoy Kyoto with its deep history and background.

To offer an itinerary that perfectly suite for each guest,I always send an questioner before making the plan. According to your interests,schedule,conditions,budget and requests, I will make the best itinerary just for you.

If I could be your guide in Kyoto, I will do all my best to make your days in Kyoto very confortable,interesting and enjoyable.

I look forward to meeting you and showing you around!



We booked 3 days of tours through Maya for our family. Beyond this unbelievable work ethic, Maya is the kindest, most thoughtful, wonderful to be around person. Instantly, our family felt this immediate connection to Maya as she is such a pleasure to be around. Our kids (ages 7 & 9) immediately bonded with her and were in tears when it was time to say our good-byes. From all that we learned to the fun surprises along the way, booking our tours with Maya was the best decision we made in our visit to Japan. From the sites, the foods, the local customs, the education, Maya showed genuine care for our family and made sure that we felt as comfortable as possible throughout everything. She even took great pictures of us along the way and then promptly shared the photos with us. It is just so rare to find an individual as caring, wonderful, and delightful as Maya. Simply put, Maya made our trip to Japan one of our best experiencing ever as a family. Maya really is the best and we can't wait to come back to Kyoto!

Quang Huynh  
Maya is an awesome guide! She carefully prepared folders to explain to us in detail many historical facts about the temples and their histories in Nara. She also took us to a traditional Japanese home in Nara and explained to us the purpose of each room. She was so very professional and friendly. After the trip, my wife and I felt like we had learnt so much about Nara and Japanese culture. It was one of the best memories that I have had during my stay in Japan.

If anyone is looking for a professional tour guide in Osaka, Kyoto and Nara prefecture, I would highly recommend Maya. I can guarantee that you won't regret it. I have already decided that next time when my family comes to Japan, I would book with Maya again for a more extensive tour in Kyoto and Osaka.

Lee Hotz
Maya was a wonderful, thoughtful, diligent and knowledgeable guide during our Spring 2022 trip to Kyoto and Nara. We recommend her highly. She showed us spectacular World Heritage temples and palaces, introduced us to many excellent restaurants & local markets, and was always attentive to our special interests in history and art. She was unfailingly personable, a master at planning each day’s itinerary, and was excellent good-humored company. Truly, we could not have found a better guide. We would certainly seek out her services on our next visit to Kyoto.


I am already fully booked until the end of October, 2024. 

In November, 2024, I still have a few days available.

Please kindly check my availability for other months at the following website.

Kyoto Visitorshost

You will find the calendar in the middle of the page. 

With "Voice Map", you can enjoy my guide while sightseeing in Gion, Kiyomizu-dera, and other places.

Click here for details

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