Kyoto MK
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
We are the well-known heart-mark car service in Kyoto providing sightseeing tours with English speaking tour guide drivers as well.If you are looking for a special, "omotenashi" service (selfless hospitality) while staying in Kyoto, we are here to help.Our highly trained hire staff can show you around, enter the sights and explain about them in English. Our drivers are studying English to make you feel more comfortable during the ride!We hope we will have a chance to serve you soon!
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

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2023

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yoshikazu s
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Friends
When I went on a trip to Kyoto with my friends, we used this store and went sightseeing in kimonos. It was very convenient, located close to Kyoto Station. The staff were also kind and provided great service, making it a wonderful memory.
Written 13 November 2023
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Dale F
Los Gatos, CA3 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
We are a family of five, four adults and one 2 year old. We were looking for a way to see some of the sights that were further out from the center of Kyoto. Our driver, Shozo Saka was great. He was friendly, knowledgeable, and very accommodating. The day was rainy. He ordered things so that we had the nicest weather when we visited the monkey park and golden shrine. He had umbrellas for us. He helped carry the stroller when needed. He found a great lunch spot for us. He made it a great day!
Written 13 November 2023
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Tony D
Arlington, VA1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Couples
Mr. Shozo Saka was superb as he guided us through a variety of gardens and temples, some of them my choices, others his. Mr. Shozo was extremely knowledgeable and shared not only information about the individual sites but also on the history and importance of Kyoto to Japanese history more broadly. I highly recommend Mr. Shozo and Kyoto MK.
Written 24 October 2023
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Amanda C
7 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
We booked a 5.5 hour guided tour (english-speaking tour guide) in Kyoto about 3 days in advance. The tour group was very timely in responses (<24 hour turnaround). The whole process was very smooth. Prices are very fair (5.5 hours in a car for 4 people was ~61,000 yen or ~$400 USD total).

The best part was our driver & guide, Chida Naoto. Chida was very kind and attentive, providing an overview of our trip and then accepting any feedback on the destinations based on our interests. He accompanied us along all the site visits (temples, gardens, etc) and paid for the entrance fees so we could spare our cash, and then charged it back (no up-charge) when we paid at the end of the tour. The tour ended at exactly 5.5 hours, and he was very respectful of the time. You can definitely trust MK to take you back to your destination on time if you need to catch a train or appointment. Chida was a huge value-add to our tour. He was eager to answer questions about the sites we visited, and also answered any questions we had about Japanese culture and society. Thank you so much, Chida! Could not recommend MK & Chida more. We are glad a friend of a friend recommended this tour group to us.
Written 16 October 2023
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Cynthia S
Seattle2 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
The car arrived when expected as did the tour guide. Both were very friendly and courteous. Our guide even gifted fans to us since it was an especially warm and humid day.
Written 27 September 2023
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Cynthia S, Thanks so much for your short but sweet review of our tour. We were really happy to hear that you were pleased by our driver & guide's customer service. This is most important for us, because we live to serve! :) We look forward to seeing you again next time you are back here, and THANKS again!
Written 2 October 2023
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adrian_aus_83
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions
Fantastic service and well priced, they helped our family with a stroller whilst on our trip. Highly recommended whilst in Kyoto.
Written 18 September 2023
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Hi Adrian, Just wanted to say thanks for your short & sweet review of our stroller rental service. This is one of our new areas of customer service that we are developing, and we are really pleased that we could earn your praise! Please come back for a tour next time! :)
Written 20 September 2023
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Inspire48156921051
2 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
The staff are so lovely and service is efficient. Reasonable price. Would definitely recommend for anyone needing their services.
Written 14 September 2023
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Thanks very much for your review, Inspire..! We are currently expanding our services for tourists near Kyoto station, and are really happy that we can recieve your recommendation! Please come & try one of our tours next time! ;)
Written 20 September 2023
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Starry W
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Family
During our recent trip to Koyoto, Japan, me and my family had the pleasure of riding with Shozo Saka. He was very punctual and professional and knew all the best food places. He was also very cordial and brought us to the best photography spots, offering to take many pictures of each of us alone and together. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for an informative and friendly guide!
Written 20 August 2023
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Thanks so much for your review about Mr.Saka! We really appreciate you taking the time to write this review, and look forward to welcoming you back at your next earliest convenience!
Written 28 August 2023
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Orly N
Rome, Italy4 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
We were so lucky we met Nobuto Shimizu.
First of all he has been not only a guide, but much more. He took care of us providing us water, nuts, charger for the phones. He told us lot of beautiful stories and curiosities about Japan, and also helped us after the tour with information about the train lines.
He is the most beautiful soul we met in Japan, and he speaks a perfect English! You can really tell he loves his job and being with people.

If you can ask of someone ask for Nobuto!
Written 15 August 2023
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Thanks so much for your review about Mr.Shimizu! We really appreciate you taking the time to write this review, and look forward to welcoming you back at your next earliest convenience!
Written 20 August 2023
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REBECCA N
1 contribution
Jul 2023 • Friends
We met Nobuto Shimizu by chance, without booking in advance and he was extremely polite and kind once we asked him if he wanted to be our guide for the day. Nobu is more than an excellent guide, he’s a beautiful soul. He explained to us the concepts of wabi-sabi and ichi-go ichi-e which means the beauty of simplicity and the “once in a lifetime opportunity”. Nobu represented both this concept to us. We were very sad to leave him and can’t wait to meet him again. Thank you.
Written 15 August 2023
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Thanks so much for your review about Mr.Shimizu! We really appreciate you taking the time to write this review, and look forward to welcoming you back at your next earliest convenience!
Written 20 August 2023
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