Traveler Ratings of Private Tours In Kyoto-Japan by Tour Guide Koichi T.

Koichi T.
  Kyoto-Japan
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Michael Spector

SHAMONG, NJ, United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Guided Tour with professional tour guide and photographer, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 21/19

Koichi is a wonderful tour guide. He was very flexible and adjusted the plans to our needs. He is also a terrific photographer. We visited the Imperial Palace and the Inari Shrine which were must sees and Koichi made the experience better. He also took us to a local flea market that only occurs once a month that was not originally on our agenda but he worked it into our schedule. If we come back to Kyoto, I would use Koichi again. The best statement is that my whole family was sad to see him leave.

Colleen McLean

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Guided Tour with professional tour guide and photographer, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 19/19

Koichi was a great tour guide. He had plenty of patience for 5 women with requests for extra photos and longer stops at shops. His knowledge of the temples, shrines and the Imperial Palace was impressive. I recommend him for your tour guide for your visit to Kyoto.

Charles R.

Estero, FLORIDA, United States
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Tour: #411535, Western Kyoto Private Full-day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 15/19

Koichi-san is a very knowledgeable tour guide. He knows the sites, and the transportation system in Kyoto very thoroughly. He kept all Group members fully informed, and there wasn't a question left unanswered. He also knows some great places to eat! I highly recommend Koichi-san!

Carolyn Hamilton

United States
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Tour: #412932, Izakaya and Geisha(Maiko) town Private guided tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 14/19

We spent an perfect afternoon with Koichi. The visit to Fushimi-Inari-Taisha was made special by a detour to a beautifully serene hidden bamboo forest. The izakaya meal included so many exceptional dishes in a warm and fun atmosphere. At the end of the tour, Koichi took us to a special geisha festival where he arranged to take our picture with one of the lovely meikos. Throughout the tour Koichi was knowledgeable and incredibly gracious.

Charles R.

Estero, FLORIDA, United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 13/19

Noemi Fouces

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Guided Tour with professional tour guide and photographer, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 11/19

Our tour guide Koichi was amazing. He is very knowledgeable in the places where we went. He is also very very accommodating and we just love him. Will definitely refer him to our friends who are planning to visit Kyoto in the near future.

Iris De Castro

United States
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Tour: #411535, Western Kyoto Private Full-day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 10/19

Betty Bildner

United States
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Tour: #411535, Western Kyoto Private Full-day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 2/19

Koichi had excellent knowledge of the history of Kyoto. He was very accommodating and flexible when planning our visit to the Golden Pavilion, Bamboo Forest and Monkey Park. We had a great lunch at a local restaurant, while Koichi showed us a video of how bark roofs were completed. He sent us beautiful photographs of our excursion. We had a great day with Koichi.

Judy Mysak

Canada
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Guided Tour with professional tour guide and photographer, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 24/19

We were two couples who enjoyed a lovely all day private tour with Koichi. Very pleasant young man with much knowledge and patience to answer our many questions. Very good command of English and an excellent photographer. Highly recommended!

Anders S.

Sweden
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Guided Tour with professional tour guide and photographer, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 20/19

We had a fantastic 1 day guided tour in Kyoto! Our guide, Koichi, was really great, adjusted the tour to our wishes and previous experience, shared a lot of interesting facts, introduced us to delicious traditional Japanese lunch etc. Koichi also took some amazing pictures of us. Thanks so much for an amazing tour in Kyoto.

Karen Cantwell

United States
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Tour: #409490, 6 hours Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Guided Tour with professional tour guide and photographer, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 18/19

My son and I decided to use a tour guide for our short time in Kyoto and Koichi gave us the absolutely perfect itinerary specific to our requests. Not only did he show us the sights, but provided explanations and information we would not have had if exploring on our own. Koichi is a magnificent photographer as well and took many pictures of our adventure. I highly, highly recommend Koichi and Tours by Locals!!

Chris Murthy

United States
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Tour: #412932, Izakaya and Geisha(Maiko) town Private guided tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 17/19

Mr. Koichi took us to this evening tour, excellent guide , knew the important locations with in the city to take us to this short tour. Highly professional and gave us maps and other details to visit next day in Kyoto. Very helpful tour guide but for some people it may be hard to understand his English speaking. But we were comfortable with him. Regards, Chris and family

Judy Ifergan

Australia
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Tour: #596210, Kyoto Early Bird tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 17/19

Koichi has a very pleasant and gentle manner . We saw all the major shrines and temples . The bamboo forest was a highlight as we came across locals harvesting for bamboo shoots . Koichi answered all our questions and had excellent knowledge of Kyoto in general, in addition he sourced a book in English I was looking to read about Japan very helpful . I highly recommend Koichi as a guide .

Andrea Rieder

Switzerland
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Tour: #411535, Western Kyoto Private Full-day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 13/19

Wir verbrachten einen tollen sehr informativen Tag mit Koichi. Neben verschiedenen ‚must-sees, haben wir auch zusammen spontan andere wunderschöne Plätze wie einen Zengarten besucht. Koichi ist ein äusserst aufmerksamer und kompetenter Führer mit grossem Hintergrundwissen. Thank you for this great day.

Helen Harbourne

Australia
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 11/19

Koichi was an excellent tour guide. We got to fit in a huge amount of sight seeing in one day with him. He has a great deal of knowledge to share and is also a photographer so he took amazing photos for us which will serve as fantastic memories for us.

Daniel Wendell

United States
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Tour: #412932, Izakaya and Geisha(Maiko) town Private guided tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 4/19

Koichi provided a wonderful evening tour of Kyoto that will surely be one of the highlights of our trip (just starting). He suggested sights to see, set up reservations, and sheparded us along. The Izakaya he brought us to for dinner was perfect. With reservations we bypassed a line out front. The food was great and it was mostly locals. Just what we like. When we first contacted him he suggested he make reservations for a cherry blossom concert that only happens a few days a year. Again, perfect. Thanks!

Whit Alexander

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 4/19

We very much enjoyed the tour. Koichi was very knowledgeable and shared a brief history of each site and other cultural aspects of the areas. He was pleasant, friendly, and using his own high quality camera, took photos of our family. We would definitely recommend!

Nipaporn Weskosith

Thailand
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Guided Tour with professional tour guide and photographer, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 3/19

I greatly enjoyed Kyoto with him showing me around. He has very good knowledge of Kyoto. Also, he is very nice and friendly. I will surely recommend him to my friends should they need someone to guide them around Kyoto.

Cynthia Pine

United Kingdom
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Guided Tour with professional tour guide and photographer, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 2/19

Our tour was a superb introduction to our first visit to Kyoto, an interesting and fun day. Our guide, Koichi was very informative, kind and reflective; and, he ensured that we had an excellent tour. He was very thoughtful considering our special interests and providing recommendations for our next day. The added bonus is that Koichi is a skilled photographer. He took photos and sent links the same day. Having high quality, professional photos is an unexpected pleasure, providing happy memories for us.

Jamie Phares

United Arab Emirates
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Tour: #410064, Kyoto Half day private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 1/19

Koichi was great: professional, prepared, and knowledgeable. He knows about all relevant topics, including history, culture (including geisha culture), politics and cuisine. He was also ready to change our program as we went to meet our needs better. Koichi is very friendly and has tons of energy. I would utilize his services again for sure!!

Erica Elsdon

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Guided Tour with professional tour guide and photographer, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 27/19

Great tour on our first day in Kyoto! Koichi was also very helpful in recommendations for restaurants and places to try sake. We have fantastic photos from our time that he took and sent immediately. Thank you!

Steve Deutch

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Guided Tour with professional tour guide and photographer, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 25/19

koichi was very nice and took some nice pictures of us which he emailed us. I wish he was a little more flexible in planning the day, since some of the sites we wanted to see he did not include. At times it was hard to understand his English.

Antonella Julian

United States
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Tour: #596210, Kyoto Early Bird tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 24/19

Incredible, fascinating tour with and amazing guide! Koichi was so knowledgeable and took his time of explaining the history of everywhere we visited. Our first time in Kyoto was great because of him. We absolutely recommend this tour with him!

Dudley Wright

United States
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Tour: Night time Kyoto Private guided tour with memorable photo-shooting experience, Kyoto, Japan
Date: Mar 20/19

Wendy Freyer

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Guided Tour with professional tour guide and photographer, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 20/19

Our family of four well traveled adults had a great day touring and learning about Kyoto with Koichi. He planned a solid itinerary of sites best done with him versus on our own and included a very special lunch break where everyone else was local. Given busy time of year he nicely encouraged us to start ahead of planned start time to avoid crowds which was a spot on decision. Thanks for a wonderful day!

Mitch Fallon

United States
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Tour: #411535, Western Kyoto Private Full-day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 17/19

Koichi was a great guide. He was very helpful with the planning process and transportation. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. An extra bonus - he takes amazing pictures!

Kerry McAleese

Canada
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Guided Tour with professional tour guide and photographer, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 16/19

Our time with Koichi was fantastic!! We wanted to make the most of our only day in Kyoto and Koichi made it so memorable! He was very knowledgeable and helpful and he took us to so many beautiful parts of Kyoto. Koichi was flexible and made sure that we were happy! I would highly recommend Koichi - 5+++ stars!

Leslie Mokulehua

United States
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Tour: #411535, Western Kyoto Private Full-day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 8/19

A very pleasant and knowledgeable guide. He accommodated our interests, our walking pace and our palate. He provided information about the places we visited and more. We highly recommend him to others.Koichi,

Stephen Wilson

United States
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Tour: #412932, Izakaya and Geisha(Maiko) town Private guided tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Feb 3/19

5 stars ⭐️ we had such a awesome time with Koichi. He had great knowledge of the area including short cuts to bypass the crowds. He was just charming and spoke great English. He even took us to locals only restaurants for lunch and dinner. We highly recommend. We have used Tours by locals in Spain and France and it has been the best experience. Steve and Barbara San Diego, Ca

Stephen Wilson

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Feb 3/19

5 stars ⭐️ we had such a awesome time with Koichi. He had great knowledge of the area including short cuts to bypass the crowds. He was just charming and spoke great English. He even took us to locals only restaurants for lunch and dinner. We highly recommend. We have used Tours by locals in Spain and France and it has been the best experience. Steve and Barbara San Diego, Ca

Cesar Sarmiento

Australia
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 29/19

We have an amazing time with Koichi , he took us to a beautiful places and gave us a very good explanation about every place , he took us to lunch to a beautiful tempura restaurant where we experienced a delicious lunch , without him we will be totally lost . We appreciate so much his guidance.

Oren Rahmanan

United States
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Tour: #412932, Izakaya and Geisha(Maiko) town Private guided tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 19/19

Professional, courteous and kind. A perfect guide. Thank you!

Tzeyi Koay

Malaysia
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Tour: #512820, Kyoto guided tour and Photo shoot experience, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 12/19

Koichi took such beautiful photos! He was very knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. He took us to the hidden parts of Kyoto that not many tourists venture to. He was very cheerful and we loved listening to him talk about the history behind all the places we visited and his own experiences growing up in the Kyoto countryside. We will definitely be recommending him to friends and family who visit Kyoto.

Peter Melloni

United States
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Tour: #412932, Izakaya and Geisha(Maiko) town Private guided tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 8/19

Koichi T. truly exceeded our expectations. He customized our tour to give us a unique experience, including a fascinating "Boiling water Ritual" and "Mochitsuki Ritual" as well as taking us through a hidden pathway at the Fushimi Inari Shrine (one we would not have known about by ourself or other tours as we were almost alone). He is so well prepared as he taught us about the Japanese culture. All ended with an excellent dinner and sake. But the gem is his a pro-photographer and he shares the great pics.

Nicola Khoury

Australia
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Tour: #411535, Western Kyoto Private Full-day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 6/19

Very accommodating. Friendly and informative. Would definitely recommend.

Chad Jankz

Australia
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Tour: #412932, Izakaya and Geisha(Maiko) town Private guided tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 2/19

Great guy and really helpful.

Stephen Shragg

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 2/19

Koichi was an incredible tour guide, making our trip to Kyoto all that much better. He was gracious, knowledgeable, flexible, and very accommodating. He introduced us to sites and and culture we would have never experienced had he not been our guide. We highly recommend Koichi for anyone visiting Kyoto.

Paul Humphreys

Australia
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Tour: #411535, Western Kyoto Private Full-day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 30/18

Very helpful and very informative

Megan B.

Australia
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Tour: #410064, Kyoto around 6 hours private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 23/18

We had a great tour with a Koichi. He was very knowledgeable and generous with his time. He took us to a great tempura restaurant for lunch and assisted us with the sub way. He was also very kind to take some lovely family photos for us. I would highly recommend taking a tour with Koichi T.

Belinda O.

Malaysia
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 22/18

Koichi took us to off the beaten path places and patiently answered all our questions regarding tea houses and geishas. He also took us a restaurant with no name for lunch which we enjoyed tremendously. Would definitely recommend him to my friends.

Joel Alderden

Singapore
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 21/18

Koichi was a wonderful guide. He was friendly, accommodating and always looking to help us make the most of our time in Kyoto. We had a great time and much of it on account of Koichi's itinerary, knowledge and planning. We would thoroughly recommend Koichi.

Trixy Gallagher

United Kingdom
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 20/18

This tour was the highlight of our trip to Kyoto. Koichi was so knowledgable, spoke perfect English, and paced the tour perfectly for my children & me. I would recommend this tour 100% and we are so glad we did it - we made some priceless memories ��

Shih K.

Singapore
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Tour: #411535, Western Kyoto Private Full-day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 13/18

Our family had a very enjoyable and educational tour with Koichi. Koichi is knowledgeable about history and interesting facts about Kyoto and Japan. The pace of the tour was just right and he gave a very nice recommendation for a traditional Kyoto lunch. He also took great photos for our family which is a big plus for our day. Overall, a great experience and highly recommended!

Mabeline Leong

Singapore
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Tour: #512820, Kyoto guided tour and Photo shoot experience, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 5/18

Jason Krilovich

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 22/18

Koichi was an amazing tour guide. Extremely knowledgable about the entire city as well as many other topics and questions I had about Japan and Kyoto. He took me to great places based on the interests I gave him. And to top it off he helped me find a rare bottle of Japanese Whiskey and went above and beyond!

Fayza Haider

Bahrain
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 20/18

My private tour was great. I enjoyed my one day tour in Kyoto as it was my only day. My guide is very knowledgeable and explains everything at every step. We went to: 1- -Fushimi Inari Taisha Shintoism shrine famous for red gate and the bamboo path. It was a great experience learning and admiring the natural path. 2- Kyoto Imperial palace and garden which was a lively place with the leaf color change of maple. 3- Authentic Ramen lunch experience and Gion Geisha town. 4- Breath taking Golden Pavilion.

Steven W.

Australia
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Tour: #412932, Izakaya and Geisha(Maiko) town Private guided tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 4/18

Koichi is an enthusistic and well informed guide. We enjoyed a great meal and evening with him. He was very flexible and ensured we enjoyed a unique experience. We would highly recommend Kiochi.

Steve Chan

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 3/18

Koichi is an excellent Kyoto tour guide. Very knowledgeable about the sites visited, historically and culturally. He had many interesting stories about each site visited, and pointed out the most beautiful spots for picture taking. We were able to get around Kyoto very efficiently using public transportation. Koichi was very flexible with our schedule and made sure that we had the time to see our entire itinerary without feeling rushed.

George Shlahtych

Australia
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Tour: #411535, Western Kyoto Private Full-day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 2/18

We spent an informative and pleasant 6 hours with Koichi visiting Iwatayama monkey park ( steep climb up stairs), Arashiyama Bamboo forest and the Golden temple. Also introduced to Okonomiyama, local cuisine best described as Kyoto styled pizza - would not have tried this experience with fun restauarant owners without Koichi. Recommended

Julie Massen

United Kingdom
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 31/18

We are highly delighted with the quality service provided by Koichi. We had a wonderful day which was just perfect in meeting and exceeding our expectations. Thank you

Steven Fowler

Australia
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 28/18

A great tour and engagement by Koichi who was knowledgeable and friendly. We experienced The Golden Temple / Ryoanji Temple /imperial Palace / Fushimi Inari Temple and Nishiki Street market. Great day and experience

Nanette Dowdy

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 24/18

Koichi was perfect for us. So easy to be with, warm and friendly and very knowledgeable. The pace fit us and he took us to the greatest and fun restaurant. I would recommend him for any tourist wanting to get the most out of their trip. Worth the price and more. Thank you Koichi.

Jini Grinwald

Australia
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 22/18

On our last day Koichi arranged for us to attend the Jidai Matsuri Festival covering the history and changes of Kyoto for more than 10 centuries- a very special and meaningful introduction to Japanese history and culture. It was the highlight of the trip and a wonderful way to end our stay in Kyoto- an unforgettable experience. Koichi went beyond the call of duty and gave us 2 very special days in Kyoto in which we are sincerely grateful. I will highly recommend Koichi to my family and friends.

Jini Grinwald

Australia
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 21/18

Koichi was outstanding in all regards. He was a good communicator, meticulous in detailing events which he highly recommended to make our stay in Kyoto, informative, unforgettable and outstanding covering many and important points of historical and cultural interest.  Koichi was always accommodating, courteous, prompt,friendly, kind and obliging, safety conscious and very thorough staying in constant communication and immediately informed us of any changes.

Angie Nixon

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 16/18

Koichi was knowledgeable and easy to tour with. We had a great day.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Angie Nixon, Thank you for wonderful review! I'm glad that you had great days in Kyoto. I'm looking forward to meeting you in future. Best regards, Koichi

Gigi Kitei Kitei

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 11/18

Koichi was a fantastic guide with tremendous knowledge of the sights of Kyoto. He was kind, patient and expertly navigated our family to the major sights of the city, while pointing out impressions from a historical and local persons perspective. Koichi is also an incredible photographer and we are traveling home with shots he promptly emailed after our tour that are of professional quality. His easy going personality and good command of the English language made our timr great. He came prepared & on time

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gigi for your kind comments. I had a great two days with your family and I'm glad to know you enjoyed photos. Portraits with autumn flower "Hagi" (bush clover) were so beautiful. The Gyoza place we enjoyed is definitely local one, I’m glad your family really enjoyed it! Hoping to see you again! "Okini"

Curt Coffman

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 9/18

I really enjoyed my day-log tour with Koichi T. in Kyoto. He was knowledgable, helpful and his english is good. He did the tour at my pace and even took pictures of me during the tour. I really enjoyed the local restaurant he selected for lunch.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your great review, Curt. I am very glad you had a good time in the tour. Local "okonomiyaki" restaurant was wonderful. It was really spectacular to watch each ingredient being added to make "modanyaki" by specialized chef. I'm looking forward to seeing you again in the near future!

Ann Gordon

United Kingdom
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 7/18

We had a very good trip with Koichi - very thorough and lots of explanations throughout

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review and warm message, Ann. We enjoyed peaceful and tranquil atmosphere at Saihoji temple famous for beautiful moss garden. Hope to see you again in the future.

Walt Miles

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 6/18

Koichi led us on a very enjoyable, flexible and interesting tour of Kyoto. We wouldn't have been able to see, do or understand what we saw without his knowledge and insight to get around. He shares Japan/Kyoto history, which enriches the tour and also is an excellent photographer! He took many pictures of us with his camera and forwarded them to us, which was unexpected, but much appreciated. We enjoyed our day with him and would highly recommend him for a tour in Kyoto! It was a very memorable tour!

Mary Laverty

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 5/18

Koichi was fantastic! He really shared with us his knowledge and even offered to arrange for us see a local festival. While the festival was moved due to weather, he did share with us his knowledge and made our experience in Kyoto so much better. He is also an excellent photographer and shared pictures of us after. I'm really grateful we had this experience.

Alejandro Escobar

United States
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Tour: #410064, Kyoto Half day private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 29/18

Koichi was an excellent tour guide. Knowledgeable, patient and kind. We strongly recommend him as a tour guide in Kyoto

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Alejandro Escobar, Thank you for your wonderful review! It was my pleasure to meet you. I also enjoyed the time with you even though it was a rainy day. I hope we can meet again in the future. ”Okini” Muchas Gracias!

Glenda Mihocic

Australia
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 28/18

Koichi was awesome He changed his own schedule to fit us in due to the impending typhoon We found him full of interesting knowledge and lots of fun we enjoyed his company and would absolutely recommend him Koichi thank you again for the fun day you where one of the highlights of our trip

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your warm message, Glenda! I also enjoyed with your family. We were lucky to enjoy the special illumination at Nijo Castle. Mikane-jinja Shrine famous for golden torii gate was also beautifully illuminated by paper lanterns. Look forward to seeing you again in the future.

David Fudge

Canada
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 18/18

Koichi was the perfect guide for our day trip around Kyoto! He went above and beyond to make sure we had a great day. He was very professional and was able to accommodate the day according to our needs. I highly recommend booking a tour with Koichi.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear David Fudge, Thank you for your wonderful review! It was really a pleasure to provide you wonderful experience in Kyoto. Hope to see you again in the future!

Muhamad Rifai

Indonesia
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Tour: #512820, Kyoto guided tour and Photo shoot experience, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 13/18

We are a family of four with 2 children. Koichi guides us very well and knows Kyoto and its culture and history very well. we are not only guided by directions and directions but also historical explanations of the places we visit. Koichi also really understands our need for halal food. One more advantage is that he has the ability of photography and is willing to bring his DSLR camera to take our pictures in all the places we visit. He makes our trip memorable.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Muhamad Rifai, Thank you for the review! It's my pleasure to offer you wonderful experience in Kyoto. It was my first experience to guide to halal food and I've also learned and experienced so much by talking with you. Look forward to seeing you again!

Christopher Sosa

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 8/18

Koichi was a fantastic tour guide. He is very kind and knowledgeable about Japan's history and culture. He worked so hard to make sure we had the perfect day by taking us to see many sights in Kyoto, taking us to an authentic soba noodle restaurant, and even booking a tea ceremony for us for that afternoon when we said we hadn't booked one yet. He also took photos of us and emailed them to us that same day and gave us a great recommendation for dinner. I highly recommend Koichi!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Christopher Sosa, Thank you for your wonderful message! I will never forget you and the lovely day with you. The tea ceremony made us relaxed and it was really good choice. It's a great pleasure to meet you and hope to see you again in the future. "Okini!"

Scott Zenker

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 25/18

Koichi was an amazing guide. We filled our 8 hours together with end-to-end activity, ranging from major sites to a flea market. He was so knowledgeable and kind and I would recommend him to anybody looking for a memorable day in Kyoto.

Melanie Clemenz

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 21/18

Koichi was an amazing tour guide! My friend and I needed some help navigating some of the popular places in Kyoto. We were able to see so much and got so much inside information when we went with Koichi. We visited Miyagawacho local Geisha town, Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, Kinkakuji temple (with the Golden Pavillion), Ryoanji temple, Shimogamo-jinja shrine which had the"Mitarashi matsuri" festival, and went to Fukujuen for green tea shopping! It was a great day.

John Kohne

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 15/18

A friend and I recently spent a day in Kyoto with Koichi and found him to be an exceptional guide. He was such a hardworking young man who went out of his way to make sure our needs and interests were met. He set up a wonderful lunch experience and we visited several beautiful temples. It was a very hot day. Record breaking, according to Koichi. He went out of his way to ensure our comfort. Such a wonderful young man. If visiting Kyoto, I would highly recommend Koichi as your guide!

Justin Siegel

United States
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Tour: #411535, Western Kyoto Private Full-day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 14/18

Koichi is so nice and very knowledgeable. He gave us a wonderful tour of Kyoto.

Igor Popov

Belgium
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 12/18

I wanted to see the Kyoto through the eyes of someone who loves this city - and in a private tour with Koichi I got this. Very well prepared professionally, very attentive, able to adapt and change the tour when conditions change. True 5 out of 5 rating

Rachelle Hackett

United States
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Tour: #412932, Izakaya and Geisha(Maiko) town Private guided tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 11/18

Flexible!Enthusiastic!Knowledgeable! Kind!Helpful: Due to extreme rains delaying our arrival from the airport to our hotel, Koichi was given permission from TBL to reschedule our tour, making it much less stressful for us arriving at KIX and uncertain how to proceed with the train not running. He was very eager to expose us to the Japanese culture, using his education in history to explain many things. He carried his own camera, took photos, & sent them to us. Dinner and cab arrangements also made!

Jodi Nishimura

United States
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Tour: #410064, Kyoto Half day private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 29/18

We lucked out and booked the day before. It was forecast to rain, and Koichi did a great job of figuring out what we could do with the weather in mind. He was informative and gracious and we learned a lot from our time with him. Highly recommend!

Samantha Chng

Singapore
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Tour: #411535, Western Kyoto Private Full-day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 15/18

Koichi was knowledgeable about the places he brought us to. He recommended the Moss Temple based on the time that we were travelling and that was an excellent recommendation because the temple was at its best. He also helped us make recommendation for a dinner venue which was good and reasonably price. His English was good and easy to understand

Richard Drexelius

Sedalia, CO, United States
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Tour: #412932, Izakaya and Geisha(Maiko) town Private guided tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 30/18

We loved Koichi! He took us on a really great tour, perfect amount of time ( about 5-6 hours). Loved the Izakaya at the end. It was fun to go to an Izakaya and not wonder/stress about what we were ordering- Because he knew the local brands and places, we had a wonderful meal and the Sake of course, was delightful. Super guy!

Thomas Wuttke

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 28/18

Koichi was very flexible and helped us customize a great day in Kyoto, including a museum and shrine that was not listed, as well as a smaller less crowded bamboo forest. The lunch place he suggested was excellent and a lot less than we would have spent looking for food on our own. His knowledgeable explanations were interesting, and he answered all of our questions. Highly recommend

Darryn Wolff

San Francisco, CA, United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 27/18

Koichi was great at customizing the tour. Would recommend to anyone visiting Kyoto.

Peter D.

Germany
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Tour: #411535, Western Kyoto Private Full-day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 24/18

We spent a great day with Koichi-san as our private guide through Kyoto. He was very flexible re. our sightseeing wishes, well prepared with material to explain historical and background facts and made the day very interesting. His English is very good. Also we received good suggestions for further activities in Kyoto.

Bryan Bowen

Canada
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Tour: #411535, Western Kyoto Private Full-day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 15/18

I can't even begin to explain how Awsome our tour was. Right from the initial booking koichi went above and beyond to help us put together Our tour. He even found a once a year Ceremony was taking place &was able to work it into the tour. His communication leading up to the tour was excellent covering all basis so we had zero worries. He was on time, professional,extremely knowledgeable & answered all our questions. He even found us a "hidden gem" to eat lunch. Highly recommended

Noemi Fouces

United States
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Tour: #412932, Izakaya and Geisha(Maiko) town Private guided tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 8/18

Koichi was a kind and very knowledgeable guide. Not only was he willing to personalize a tour for us because of our time constraints, but when we were hit with bad weather during the tour, he was already prepared with a raincoat and a contingency plan! He knew a lot about the history of Kyoto and its place in overall Japanese culture, and it was fun to talk to him. I would definitely recommend booking a tour with him!

Dmitrijus Ochkinas

Lithuania
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 2/18

Dear Tourist Kiochi very good kind person very hospitality and responsible.. he took us and show main interesting points of Kyoto and visit great interesting food market ... I could recommend Kiochi .. kind regards

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.

Dina Nagao

United States
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Tour: #410064, Kyoto Half day private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 30/18

Knowledgable, friendly and easy-going. We did the tour with our toddler and Koichi was very accommodating and patient with us. He was able to tailor the itinerary on the spot given our limitations. Overall, a very pleasant experience. We highly recommend him.

Maurice Bryham

New Zealand
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Tour: #411535, Western Kyoto Private Full-day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 20/18

Koichi was a great guide. Our family including kids enjoyed his explanations and guidance along the tour. He was also very helpful with any requests and help with information, even in regards to things that weren't on the tour. He customised the timing to suit our pace and interests. Recommend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Maurice Bryham, Thank you very much for your kind review. I'm glad to hear that your family and kids enjoyed the customized tour. I hope you can come back to Kyoto again with your children! Best regards, Koichi T.

Mark Church

Seattle, WASHINGTON, United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 16/18

Koichi is a fantastic guide! So kind. So thoughtful. So knowledgeable about Kyoto and Japanese history/culture. He planned a wonderful day for us including a wide variety of experiences - plus knew of a special festival happening at a shrine where we would have a unique experience taking in various performing arts -- including geisha. A day with Koichi is a day very well spent. He is a great guide for your time in Kyoto, most definitely!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mark Church, Thank you for wonderful comment and review! It's my pleasure to be able to introduce you the festival held in Heian-jingu shrine. I had a really good time with you and your friend and it feels like it was only yesterday. Talking guests like you is what gives value to my life. Look forward to seeing you again! Best regards, Koichi T.

Lara Pierce

Australia
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 15/18

Koichi was a lovely guide, very knowledgeable and friendly. He arranged for us to go to a Gaiko performance near Gion which was wonderful. A once in a lifetime experience for us and our 2 sons. We highly recommend Koichi for your local guide in Kyoto.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lara Pierce, Thank you for your wonderful review and message! I'm glad to hear that you and your sons enjoyed he tour. It was almost last day for seasonal dance performance "Kyo-Odori" held in Miyagawacho and we were so lucky that I could arrange it. I hope to see you again! Best regards, Koichi T.

Casey Aiken

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 13/18

Koichi is an excellent tour guide. He is so professional - prompt, prepared, and knowledgeable. He listens very well and tries to customize your tour throughout the day and tailor it to your interests. For example, we mentioned we were interested in the market, some art and kimonos, so he went out of his way to show us these things in addition to the standard tour sights. A major bonus is that he is an incredible photographer - he takes the most beautiful pictures for you! Koichi is a fantastic guide!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Casey and Andrew, thank you for your review and message! It was my pleasure to make customized itinerary for you. As for additional bonus service of photography, I made brand new tour that offers you portrait photoshoot service with backdrop of beautiful buildings and trees in Kyoto. Hope to see you again in future. Best regards, Koichi T.

John Bolto

Australia
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Tour: #412932, Izakaya and Geisha(Maiko) town Private guided tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 5/18

Koichi constructed a custom itinerary for us that matched our request very well. The dinner in Izakaya was delicious and the sake tasting was fun and informative at the same time. The absolute stand out was the night time cherry blossom viewing and flute concert at the Heian Temple. This was an experience that we will never forget. Thanks Koichi

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear John, I'm happy to hear that you and your friends enjoyed local Izakaya and cherry blossom concert. I still remember the wonderful night time experience. Hope to see you all again in the near future!

Christian Kies

Germany
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 2/18

Friendly, prepared and passionate. Koichi did organize a very interesting tour with considering my personal wishes. He was well prepared, is speaking fluently English and showed me some places outside of the tourist paths. With passion and knowledge he explained me details about the visited places. A great experience was having lunch at a locals favorite ramen-restaurant as well as visiting a Geisha theater. Koichi is a very friendly and kind person which I can strongly recommend as a guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Christian Kies, Thank you very much for wonderful review and giving me such a kind comment. I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed in local restaurant and the theater. The cherry blossom viewing from Nanzenji Sanmon gate was amazing. It was the best time to look at the cherry blossoms. I still clearly remember that scene even now. I hope you can come back to Kyoto again! Best regards, Koichi T.

Kailla Platt

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 31/18

A great tour! We saw amazing examples of temples and shrines, gardens and thousands of cherry blossoms. We enjoyed a delicious multi-course lunch that we never would have found in our own. A private tea ceremony was another highlight. Our two kids had a great time. Thank you!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your great warm-hearted comments for me. I also had an amazing time with your family. I am glad to see your children also enjoyed Japanese cuisine and sweet. Thank you for enjoying the tour, hope to see you again!

Jorge Ibsen

Chile
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 30/18

Koichi was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable about the places we visited. Moreover, since we were going to have only 7-8 hours to visit, he took care of suggesting the best combination of taxis and public transportation to minimize the commuting time. He communicated timely prior to meet in Kyoto providing detailed information of the planned itinerary, transportation cost estimates, and was able to accomodate a request to visit a ceramic gallery. Wonderful visit to Kyoto thanks to him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jorge, Thank you very much for your kind review and high rating. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed efficient travel with your collegue. Gracias de corazón.

Brian Shanedling

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 29/18

We had an amazing day with Koichi. He is so knowledgeable & funny. We were very lucky to see so many cherry blossoms. We especially appreciated the lunch spot he took us to. Very local & simply wonderful. He also arranged a very lovely tea ceremony for us. It was a fantastic day & he took so many photos so we can have beautiful memories. You can tell he has a great love for his city & now we share that love too.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Brian, Thank you so much for excellent review. I'm really glad you could enjoy local experience and traditional cuisine in Kyoto. Looking forward to seeing you again!

Derek Maczka

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 27/18

Koichi was a perfect tour guide! We were traveling as a family of 4 (two teenagers) on our first trip to Japan and decided to hire a guide for our short stay in Kyoto. And I'm so glad we did. Koichi was polite, well spoken, and fun to be around. He was extremely knowledgeable and able to answer every question we threw at him (I think he studied history in University and we could tell). I would recommend him 100% and hope to spend more time with him on our next trip to Japan

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Derek, I sincerely appreciate your kind review. Thank you for telling me a lot of your state. I also enjoyed talking with you about marine sport and motorcycle. Looking forward to seeing you again in the near future!

Robert van Stokrom

Australia
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 23/18

Mun Yang Tham

Singapore
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Tour: #410064, Kyoto Half day private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 22/18

My wife and I really enjoyed the tour with Koichi. He was knowledgable about the various places that we went to (Imperial Palace and Inari), and shared with us local food places that he enjoyed. Also, he kindly took photographs for us with his camera and sent the pics to us. If you're visiting Kyoto for the first time and want to know more about the history of the city and sights, he is a good guide for you.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mun so much for the great review! We are lucky to enjoy early blooming cherry blossom. Weeping cherry trees located in the remains of the Konoe Residence were awesome. Also I'm glad that you enjoyed the authentic soba noodle located in the backstreet. I look forward to seeing you again! Best regards, Koichi T.

Linda Torigoe

United States
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 20/18

Our tour with Koichi was great- he was very knowledgeable and patient. My family thought the meal we ate at his recommended restaurant was the best meal we had the entire trip. The tour we planned had a lot of walking, and by the time lunch was finished we were tired so he gave us instructions on how to get to a manga museum another day. My son was very happy. I would highly recommend him- he is very easy to talk to, has a lot of energy and is very professional. Thank you very much, Koichi!!

Peter Tunwell

United Kingdom
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Tour: #409490, Your Own Kyoto-Private Full Day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 7/18

Peter Tunwell

United Kingdom
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Tour: #411535, Western Kyoto Private Full-day Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 6/18

Mylene Sanchez

Philippines
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Tour: #412932, Izakaya and Geisha(Maiko) town Private guided tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Feb 17/18

Indeed one great experience with Koichi.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mylene Sanchez Thank you for your comment and high rating. I'm really happy to know that you enjoyed my tour and reference materials are helpful for understanding Japanese culture. Also I appreciate your kind recommendation to your family and friends. I look forward to seeing you again!

Sam Enright

New Zealand
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Tour: #410064, Kyoto Half day private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Feb 8/18

Koichi was very friendly and helpful. He had a lot of local knowledge and he made the tour an enjoyable and informative experience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sam Enright , Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving such a kind comment. I'm very glad that you enjoyed my tour. I hope you can come back again someday. Best regards, Koichi.

Catherine Younger

United Kingdom
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Tour: #410064, Kyoto Half day Setsubun festival special private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Feb 3/18

Koichi was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and had lots of helpful hints even before we had started, such as the baggage delivery service from Kyoto Station to our Ryokan to save us time going there first. We really enjoyed our day with him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Catherine, Thank you for posting wonderful review. I'm glad to see that my first feedback is the highest rating. I also enjoyed talking with you about our cultures. I hope we will meet again! Best regards, Koichi.