Chizuko, was an amazing guide, offering history and information, even before we left the hotel. She gave us a real feel of the people and culture as well as history and her experiences. She is a registered guide, which we found out is not a prerequisite by "Tours By Locals". Highly recommend.
David HogbenUnited States
Chizuko was an amazing tour guide in Kyoto! We were able to see a tremendous number of places in a day and she expertly navigated us using bus, subway and trains. Not only did she show us each of the places, she also gave us great cultural background, history and insight into Japan as well as Kyoto. She was warm and had excellent command of english and we loved our lunch at the sushi-conveyor belt restaurant. Okini Chizuko!
Raymond ChinnUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Raymond, Thank you for rating to my tour with five stars. I really appreciate it. I hope we will meet again soon. Many thanks. Chizuko
Judy LaBeauUnited States
Chizuko is the best guide. We had her guide us in Kyoto 6 years ago and we were happy that we were able to have her guide us again. We were 30 minutes late, but Chizuko was there. She maneuvered us through subways and buses. We had a leisurely walk through Nishiki Market and Gion in the very limited amount of time we had, exactly what we wanted and asked for. Chizuko was very knowledgable and pointed out the few real life geisha we encountered. It was fun and exciting. Just wish we had more time!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Judy, Thank you so much for posting feedback with five stars to my tour. I wish we had have more time in Kyoto. I hope we will see soon and I will show you another phase of Kyoto. Many thanks, Chizuko
Gary LeeUnited States
Chizuko was awesome! She showed up on time (even a little early). She had a plan for what to show us and was patient as we took lots of photos. With the half-day tour, we were able to see the Nijo Castle, Golden Pavilion, Ryoanji Zen Rock Garden, and parts of the Gion district. She was knowledgeable, friendly, and flexible. Highly recommend Chizuko!
Judith SmedbergUnited States
We packed a lot into a few hours, but did not have to rush. Chizuko anticipated my needs. It was a great day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Judith, Thank you for taking my tour and posting feedback. I am more than happy to receive such nice comments with five stars. It encourages me to keep on warking as a guide! I hope we will meet again! Many thanks, Chizuko
Tianshu Z.United States
Great experience! Chizuko is knowledgeable and flexible. We were able to visit many places within the day.
We booked Chizuko-San for 3 days for visiting Kyoto. We were very pleased with her as a tour guide. Her English is excellent and she made very good itineraries that covered all the sightseeing spots we wanted to see. She had very good recommendations for restaurants and is a very good photographer! Most of all, we liked her very deep knowledge about Japanese culture, especially of Kyoto, and Japanese way of living. We strongly recommend her as a tour guide! Thank you very much! Kind regards Maximilian
Arie KepetsUnited States
Very Personable, Knowledgeable, and helpful. Not only with tour & sights but mostly in hand holding in a strange & overwhelming city. Navigating the sites - would not dare without a pro guide like Chizuko getting the inside scoop when walking through Gion The Geisha district, spotting who are the real ones and who are the tourists all dressed up - she was there! Made us feel, welcome, put us at ease, flexible and accommodating. Too bad 5 stars is the maximum rating
Edward WongUnited States
I'd give her 10 (**********) stars if that was possible. Very excellent guide and expert on Kyoto. Highly knowledgeable, very efficient and super at logistcs and timing. On both 11:5 and 11/6, we covered so much area and seen so much. She is patient, kind, and explains very well. We look forward to our third tour to Nara on 11/8.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Edward, Thank you so much for posting review with the highest rating to my tour. Your comments are encouraging me to keep on working. I am looking forward to another tour. Many thanks, Chizuko
Edward WongUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Edward, Thank you for rating to my tour with five stars. I really appreciate it. I hope we will have another good day! Best regards, Chizuko
Ian Le MarquandCanada
Chizuko provided us with a great tour day and went out of her way to arrange the tour events in order that the holiday crowding was at a minimum. She provided a great deal of interesting information regarding the sites we visited and made it possible for us to include an additional temple visit that we had hoped for but didn't think was possible. Thanks for a very enjoyable and stimulating day.
Barbara MayerUnited States
Kaelen O.Paris, France
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kaelen, Thank you for taking my tour and giving five stars to it. I am more than happy to receive the highest rating. I hope we will meam meet again soon. Many thanks, Chizuko
Jeff RichardsUnited Kingdom
We were a party of 4 with my wife being the weak link. She had a very sore ankle and consequently could not walk as far nor as fast as the rest of us. Chizuko was very mindful of her situation and compensated for that. We were met by her in our hotel reception and off we went to visit both unusual sites and touristy sites. We travelled around by bus and had a very interesting day, which was sandwiched by a even more interesting lunch at a local restaurant.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jeff, Thank you so much for taking my tour and posting such a nice comment with five stars. I am more than happy to hear you enjoyed the tour. I hope we will meet again near in the future. Thanks again, Chizuko
Susan HarrisUnited States
This is a terrific tour! Chizuko is incredibly knowledgeable and very contentious. She is also very accommodating. If you book a tour with her, you will not be disappointed!
Susan MchardyUnited Kingdom
Chizuko H is an excellent guide to Kyoto. She is very friendly and very knowledgeable and she provided us with lots of information. We managed to fit much more into the day than we would have done if we'd had to work out the transport options ourselves. We really enjoyed our day and would thoroughly recommend her!
Nick NeubauerUnited States
Good tour-Chizuko was very knowledgeable and well organized-excellent tour
This was the second time we have toured with Chizuko, previously about 4 years ago. Again, the tour was excellent, well organised and informative. Chizuko was on-time, well organised and together we toured the various sites using both local buses and the train, which only served to add to the experience. Thank you Chizuko for an excellent tour!!
Titus GardnerUnited States
Chizuko was a wonderful guide! She met us at the shinkansen station and had our bus tickets for us so we didn't have to wait in line. She is very knowledgeable about Kyoto and the history. She really taught us alot...we recommend Chizuko! She was very kind and pleasant and accommodated our teens. She also took great pictures! Thank you Chizuko!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Titus, Thank you for taking my tour and posting such nice feedback with five stars. I enjoyed myself with your family. I hope we will meet again! Many thanks. Chizuko
Marc MastersUnited States
Chizuko is the absolute best tour guide. Ahe customized the tour for us and provided history and all kinds of cool facts. Great conversation and everything ALL day! If you dont book a tour with her in Kyoto...you are making a huge mistake!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Marc, Thank you so much for posting such nice feedback with the highest rating. I am more than happy to hear again from you. I enjoyed myself with your family. I hope we will meet again! Many thanks, Chizuko
Anand SwaminathanUnited States
Chizuko was an extremely kind and knowledgeable tour guide for Kyoto. She was not only able to plan an efficient and comprehensive plan for the day, but was able to relay all the most important info about the places that we visited. Chizuko perfectly planned our trip for the day, and took care of all public transportation and food concerns. It is clear that Chizuko knows Kyoto very well, and she is great for people new to the area. Our only negative comment is that her English was not as good as expected.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Anand, Thank you for your feedback and high rating to my tour. I will make efforts to improve English to meet customers' expectation. Many thanks. Chizuko
Mark LevinUnited States
Chizuko was Fabulous. She modified the times and sights to accommodate our group. She met us at the train station promptly and gave us great advice on travel arrangements. She prepaid some things for us saving time and money. We throughly enjoyed the tour.
Margaret (Maggie) OGradyAustralia
We spent a very informative and enjoyable day in Kyoto with Chizuko, highly recommend having her as your local guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Maggie, Thank you for taking my tour and posting such nice feedback with five stars. I hope we will meet again soon! Many thanks, Chizuko
Suzett MalongUnited States
Hi Chizuko and fellow travelers! For first-timers "Do It Yourself" travelers, this website your to go to! :) Easy to navigate, responsive an guaranteed good service! So, 5-star to toursbylocals. Chizuko made our Kyoto City tour enjoyable! She very friendly, accommodating, polite, flexible and expert in exploring the City of Kyoto. She's knowledgeable with the places we went, answered every questions I asked and very patient with us as we savory every corner of the Temples and tourist sights! <3 OKINII!
Leslie TrippeUnited States
This is the second time that I have had the pleasure of traveling around Kyoto with Chizuko! She is just delightful!
Richard CaldwellUnited Kingdom
Chizuko was a fabulous tour guide, she met us in our hotel and had a program worked out for us based on our interests to cover the day. We saw so many interesting sites from the bamboo forest to a zen budist garden and the golden temple to Nijo castle. As well as seeing the sites, Chizuko gave us a real insight into life in modern Japan, along with all the changes since World War II. We highly recommend Chizuko as a guide, definitely money well spent.
Leah BeyersUnited States
We had a great full day tour with Chizuko! She picked us up at our place on time. We enjoyed ourselves, a family of four with 2 teens. She helped us navigate bus and trains. She was a wealth of information and she was attentive to our needs. We would love to have her again when we come back!!!
Mark WheelerUnited States
Chizuko led us on an enjoyable half day tour of Arashiyama area of Kyoto then to the Nishiki market. We were able to comfortably see the bamboo Forest, monkey mountain, kinkakuji Temple, and Nishiki market with a lunch in between.
Our guide Chizuko was helpful, very informative, made very good and sensible use of the time, not too fast, not too slow. We were very happy and really enjoyed the day.