Highly recommend Takaaki and the cycling tour if you are new to Kyoto and curious to learn insights about history, religious and spiritual beliefs, food and culture. Takaaki's tour is special because he is patient and willing to go at your pace and interests. Although it is January, he suggested we dress warmly and we were comfortable. We checked the weather forecast for a dry day and booked accordingly. Many thanks Takaaki. Christine and David
Tataaki was very enlightening and knew all the back streets to ensure we saw as many Geisha and Meiko as possible. He provided educated commentary on all the major sites and was polite and flexible. His choice of ramen restaurant was superb.
Brad GlazerUnited States
Takaaki was fantastic! 5 stars! His English is very good and He was knowledgeable, funny, and catered to our particular interest in Japanese design. He showed us exactly what we hoped to see. We highly recommend Takaaki.
Zachary WolfUnited States
Great tour! Very knowledgeable and gave good recs for the rest of our visit
John BaronUnited States
Thank you, Takaaki, for a great, great day! Our entire family loved getting to spend the day with you and deeply appreciated your insight and expertise on the many topics of conversation and incredible sites we covered today. You were a delightful and brilliant companion who enormously added to our understanding of Kyoto, Japan, Shinto and Buddhism. Your good humor, vast knowledge and wonderful personal touch were a gift to us all. This was a fantastic day! Domo Arigato Gozaimas, Takaaki!
Murray BringhurstUnited Kingdom
My brother and myself spent nearly two days with Takaaki as our Tour Guide whilst in Kyoto - He was fantastic and I would strongly recommend him to anybody who is looking for a local Tour Guide who is extremely friendly/accommodating with an incredible knowledge of Kyoto.
Murray BringhurstUnited Kingdom
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Richard KrausUnited States
Great guide, lots of fun and a wellspring of good information. Takaaki customized our tour perfectly. Highly recommended!
Angela YuliaUnited Kingdom
He is so lovely, knowledgeable and very informative. He made our journey so comfortable despite the bad weather. He explained everything very well. We would be recommending him to our friends.
Jean WittigUnited States
Had an awesome day tour with Takaaki-san. He planned a great itinerary included some out of the way spots a tourist wouldn't easily find. He was very knowledgeable and I thoroughly enjoyed discussing Japanese culture and history with him. He is an excellent guide and I definitely recommend him!
Wendi DigernessUnited States
This tour was fantastic. Takaaki took us to Nara and to the Inari Shrine in Kyoto. I learned so much about Japanese history, culture, and religion. Our tour was 8 hours, but I could have listened to him for the entire day. I am so thankful I took this tour instead of trying to do it myself.
Carl SmigielskiHonolulu, HI, United States
While we didn't see any Maiko or Geiko this evening (it was a Sunday tour and we heard it's a slower evening to see them) we had an amazing experience. The views at night in this area were beautiful and we learned a lot from Taka about the culture and history of the Maiko and Geiko. We ended at a delicious Yakitori restaurant that was reasonable and tasty. Highly recommend this experience.
Zakir AliUnited States
Taka was fortunately available for a last-minute tour with our family. Two little kids and us. He was able to navigate the subways and the streets and come up with a great itinerary that worked for all of us. Taka interacted well with kids and adults alike. His hold of English is good. Our kids still remember the green tea KitKats. In the end, his restaurant recommendation what is the high point of our evening after the tour. Thank you, Taka.
Nora MooneyUnited States
Takaaki was great, and our tour with him was one of our favorite days during our 2 week trip. My husband and I were so impressed by the depth of his knowledge. We would not have had anywhere close to as good an experience visiting these sites on our own without of the historical and cultural background Takaaki was able to give. There was no question that we could possibly ask that he couldn't answer! He was also very helpful in providing recommendations for the rest of our time in Kyoto. Highly recommend!
Vicki DufourUnited States
Takaaki is a very knowledgeable and delightful guide. He took us on a half day custom tour of Kyoto to jumpstart our 10 day group tour. He was a pleasure to be with and provided us with valuable historical and cultural perspectives. I highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Vicki ! I had a wonderful time with you two during the 4-hour tour. I'm honor to be your first guide in Japan. I'm sure you will open up our eyes even more and enjoy every bit of Japan and Kyoto for the coming 10-day tour.
Takaaki was awesome! We would not have understood so much about Gion if we had gone on our own. He was gracious even when we asked some political and personal questions - like how to use the toilets. I highly recommend Takaaki and would happily call on him again on my next trip to Kyoto.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Warwick! I enjoyed answering lots of questions during the tour, especially ones that I never thought about. Sure, I will take you another side of Kyoto next time.
Marion LauderUnited Kingdom
Amanda BorrowUnited States
Booking a tour with Takaaki was the best decision that we could have made for our trip to Kyoto! We learned so much and had a fantastic time. He was very professional, helpful, knowledgeable about Kyoto and Japanese culture, and wonderful to chat with. Thank you so much Takaaki!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Amanda! I highly appreciate your wonderful feedback, and I was happy to share stories and knowledge with all of you.
Takaaki provided an excellent tour of Gion on our first evening in Kyoto. He gave great insights into Japanese, Geisha, Shintō and Buddhist Culture and all questions were answered thoroughly and with graceful enthusiasm. We finished off with a lovely Raman. 2 thumbs up!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Ross! I was more than happy to tour with your party who came here for the Rugby WC 2019. Everyone was attentive and asked lots of questions, thank you!
Paul Buenvenidachicago, IL, United States
Paul Buenvenidachicago, IL, United States
Analiese BrownUnited States
Our tour with Takaaki was the highlight of our time in Kyoto. Takaaki is quite knowledgeable about the area's culture and history and was able to show us places that only a local would know about. We even saw two real geiko (geisha)! On top of his knowledge, Takaaki's patience and kindness made for a very pleasant experience. We enjoyed having dinner together after the tour at a local ramen shop. Thank you for a wonderful tour Takaaki!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Analiese! I'm always happy to have guides like you two who are attentive and ask lots of questions. Yes! We had two sightings of Geiko along the way :)
Justin CarelUnited States
Great tour guide! Super knowledgeable about the sites and took us to some less traveled spots. We had a really great time. Best tour guide experience I've had so far. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Justin! I had a great time with you two during the tour, and I was happy to take you to the local places that travellers from overseas are probably not able to reach to. It was such a beautiful green moss!
Renee LeutholdUnited States
Everyone in our party of four highly recommends Takaaki as a Tour Guide. He is a wealth of information providing both historical and cultural details in a very interesting and relevant manner with a bit of humor when appropriate. Takaaki tailored the day to match our interests and our personalities. He is very humble yet confident and engaging. He also went above and beyond securing restaurant reservations for us for that evening. Takaaki made our first full day in Kyoto delightful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Renee! I had a wonderful time with your four, two couples. It was a hot day, Summer was lingering. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the time, same here!
Amy VanHeuverzwynUnited States
Takaaki was a wonderful guide! Very knowledgeable and flexible! He was in touch with us before our trip to make sure we liked the itinerary he put together and then even adjusted the start time the same day. We highly recommend Takaaki as a guide for your time in Kyoto!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Amy! Constructing tours based on travellers' request is the most important part when it comes to private custom tour. I'm glad that we were able to squeeze thing you wanted to visit into the half-day tour!
Our guide Takaaki gave us a very nice and pleasant tour through Kyoto. He provided a lot of valuable background and history describing the various locations we visited in the city today. We will never forget it and would highly recommend him for a very exciting 6h tour to other tourists!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Djien! I had a wonderful time with your lovely family during the tour. I particularly enjoyed answering lots of questions. I was happy to take you to the restaurant to have a noodle that comes with seasoned herring that you guys who live in Italy love! Have a great time with the rest of the time you spend in Japan.
Jill C.United States
Takaaki was a great guide - he was prepared, organized, super knowledgeable and very kind and friendly. I got to see so much more than I ever would have without him. He also went out of his way to help me when I lost my phone in Kyoto. I would recommend Takaaki to anyone - he is awesome!
Brad BaugussUnited States
Takaaki provided an amazing tour for us in Kyoto! He knows the city incredibly well and is great at crafting a custom tour according to your interests. Takaaki is passionate about all the sites we visited and was great at providing the history of different places an giving us many cultural insights. I highly recommend a tour with him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Brad! I was happy to help you make the most of your time in Kyoto. We saw a lot! And Yes! with my private custom tours, travellers have good control over the itinerary and can enjoy crafted tours that cater to their needs.