We had a great time with Koichi. One of the best tour guides I had. We really recommend him to anyone visiting Kyoto. We visited: -Fushimi Inari taisha shrine and hidden bamboo -Miyagawacho Geisha town -Kenninji temple -Kyoto imperial palace and its garden -Lunch at local soba buckwheat noodle restaurant -Kinkakuji Golden pavilion -Higashi Honganji temple Wonderful experience. Thank you very much Koichi.
Alexander AllioneUnited States
Koichi was a fantastic guide! He is local to the area and knew vast amounts about all of the tour sites. He accommodated my desire to see as many places as possible in one day. Greatly appreciated! He came prepared with a book of photographs and other materials he made to add color to the places we visited. He communicated well via email and is an excellent English speaker. Thank you so much Koichi for going above and beyond as a guide. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to tour Kyoto!
Dana YoshimuraUnited States
Koichi San is an excellent guide that I would highly recommend for your trip to Kyoto. Our time was limited, so he tailored the sites and schedule to fit the morning. He arrived early to meet us at our hotel and took us to selected locations based upon our request. He was very professional, knowledgeable and engaging. Aloha and thank you!!
Karen CangialosiUnited States
Jon JosephUnited States
Koichi was just great. His knowledge of the many temples and shrines, customs and anecdotes were what you would hope for in a guide. Occasionally during the tour Koichi would pull out a folder of graphs or pictures explaining his points. For lunch, he took us to a pot sticker and ramen shop he has been going to since a high schooler. Not another foreigner in sight. Highly recommended.
Maria TimoteoUnited States
Our tour of Kyoto with Koichi will definitely be a very memorable and happy one! Koichi was very responsive in all communications before the tour to ensure we have a clear understanding of the itinerary. During the tour, he was very nice and provided a lot of great information. He is very knowledgeable and knew how to avoid big crowds which was a big help to maximize the time and experience. There was is so much more to say but not enough space to write it. Overall, a wonderful guide and we are grateful!
Koichi is a wonderful tour guide. He prepared an interesting itinerary for us and shared it with us in advance to ensure it covered everything we wanted. Koichi is very knowledgable about Kyoto's sites and culture. He shared his personal experiences of living in Kyoto which made the tour even more interesting. Koichi also is prepared with photos of different sites and events/festivals, which add more details about what we are seeing. I highly recommend Koichi as a tour guide.
Maria JiantoUnited States
Prior to the tour, Koichi is well informed guide and helpful from the planning stage of our trip to the end of our visit. During the planning stage he was diligent in answering all our questions, and during our visit made efficient usage our time. He was knowledgeable about the sites we saw and pleasant companion through out.
Amy TrinidadUnited States
Koichi really made our short time in Kyoto worth it. He picked us up early at our hotel and we were able to see everything on our agenda. It was so nice not to worry about transportation and locations, and we were able to maximize our time. Koichi is very knowledgeable about the history of Kyoto and we enjoyed looking at his pictures and listening to his information. He is a professional photographer and took beautiful pictures of our family.
Koichi has been great: very helpful, very professional, very polite, very knowledgeable and has adapted the day schedule to our wishes. He showed us the less touristic „hidden" beauties of Kyoto, made many great pictures of us and explained the stories behind the scenes. He brought us to a cute local traditional restaurant, which we would have never found, if he hadn't led us there. We had a great day in Kyoto with Koichi's support - many thanks for that Koichi, your tour guidance is highly recommendable
Koichi was a very dedicated and well structured guide. We saw a lot in one day thanks to his good planning skills. His suggestion to start at 7.30 am was spot on - we missed many of the horrendous crowds of tourists. He took me at a fab ramen restaurant and took some amazing and very professional photos which will be very cherished. Many thanks Koichi!
Cristina GarrigaUnited States
His attention to details it's impecable, his knowledge & pictures are wonderful
Ruth HammerUnited States
Koichi was a wonderful guide. We enjoyed our half day together. He explained in detail about the places we visited and took marvelous pictures of us. He took us to some interesting places that we could not have otherwise experienced. His English was very good. Thank you so much for the wonderful time in Kyoto.
Wen R ChenUnited States
Koichi was an excellent tour guide. He tailored two days to our interests. Also, an unexpected boon was that he brought us to excellent restaurants that don't advertise in English but are known to locals. As a result we were often the only foreigners at some of these restaurants. I had the best dipping soba of my life in one of these. Koichi also explored options for each of our whims. Koichi has my family's endorsement. Thank you Koichi!
Timothy TsangUnited States
Koichi was excellent. Not only did he show us the best parts of Kyoto, he also took many good photos for us. Very enjoyable day.
Kirsten BromilowUnited Kingdom
Koichi was a great guide. He had a very good level of English and was knowledgeable around all the major sites. He even took us to a fabulous local Ramen restaurant. Would recommend Koichi.
Koichi is a knowledgeable, well prepared and enthusiastic guide who showed us many of the best places that Kyoto has to offer. Over the course of our day, we saw the Fushimi Inari shrine and its hidden bamboo, Miyagawacho Geisha town, the Kenninji Zen temple and the Kinkakuji temple. He also showed us a wonderful restaurant for lunch. I give Koichi the highest recommendation to anyone seeking assistance in experiencing the sights of Kyoto.
Carl SmigielskiHonolulu, HI, United States
We spent two days with Koichi, ensuring we would visit all of the major sites during our visit to Kyoto. I truly felt this was the best experience and Koichi was very accommodating to our requests. We saw 11 sites in our two days together and I felt we spent adequate time at each location. It was a combination of taxi, train and walking. We averaged 12,000 steps each day so it was not overly intensive. Koichi is a great photographer and will use his camera to take amazing photos. We received over 30!
Donnie MatturroUnited States
Koichi was a wonderful and knowledgeable tour guide. I highly recommend his tour.
Mark OsbourneUnited States
Koichi provided a great tour experience, taking us to the best sites in Kyoto and even customizing the tour when my wife expressed interest in Japanese gardens. He knows how to get the best photos (making it look like we were the only people at the sites) and the lunch stop at a traditional soba restaurant was an excellent introduction to a new style of food for us. We would highly recommend Koichi for a Kyoto tour.
Jose De la CampaMexico
Excelent guide, pictures, place to eat, nice guide! Everything was perfect and he has the best attitude and openness to whatever plans you ask him for! We loved and enjoyed it so much!
Brent WaltersUnited States
Koichi-san was fantastic! He showed us many amazing sites, navigating through the subway, trains, buses and taxis and then took us to an amazing place for lunch. A nice addition was that he had a few PowerPoint slides and photos printed out to provide a visual for the story he was telling. We could not have been happier. Highly recommend Koichi-san!!
Patrick RyanUnited States
Koichi gave us an excellent introduction to Kyoto. He provided us with so much information - including helpful visual aids to explain Japan's history and religion - and was able to answer all of our questions. Our tour was efficiently run, entertaining, and educational. In short, all we could ask for. And the Izakaya at the end was amazing. As a bonus, Koichi took professional photos of us. We couldn't ask for anything more! Book Koichi T. for your tour.
Joy MagainHOVE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, Australia
We thank Koichi for a very memorable tour. We were impressed with his knowledge, eye for detail and level of research. Koichi clearly loves his country and his culture and we were so pleased that he was able share this with us. Our visits to the beautiful Buddhist Temple, Shinto Shrine, Hidden Bamboo Forest and the Gion area were all fantastic. Koichi was a kind, thoughtful and very friendly guide. We enjoyed learning about Kyoto and thoroughly recommend Koichi as a tour guide.
Richard ChinUnited States
Very passionate and knowledgeable. Probably once of the best tour guides we've ever had. Also a great photographer. We would definitely use him again if we ever came back to Kyoto.
Nora DelgadoUnited States
Koichi was a fantastic tour guide. He would reply immediately to my many questions via email and he tailored a perfect itinerary for my family. He was well prepared and he was very patient with our daughters. He chose a terrific place for lunch. Best tempura we have ever had. The Maiko Theater was the highlight of our day. We got to meet a real Maiko, asked her questions and watched her beautiful dances. On top of everything, Koichi is a professional photographer. He took amazing pictures for us!
Brett BattlesUnited States
Koichi was an excellent guide who took us to several amazing spots, including an out of the way, tempura restaurant for lunch that was fantastic, and we would have never found on our own. We were very happy with our tour, and would recommend Koichi to others!
Larry StreckerUnited States
We had a terrific day in Kyoto with Koichi. He was very personable and focused on helping us see, enjoy, and learn more about Kyoto. He answered our many questions and took some wonderful family photos as well. We all enjoyed our day with him and highly recommend him.
Tuvimos una excelente experiencia en nuestro recorrido por Kyoto, Koichi es una persona muy amable con un programa ameno y muy bien organizado, cumplió y supero nuestras expectativas pues además nos ayudo con sus fotografías haciendo nuestro recorrido más agradable.
Stefano MarchettiCosta Rica
We had a great time with Koichi, besides being a great person, he has a lot of knowledge about the places we visited and general Japanese culture. It was great having a guide so passionate about his country. Additionally he's a professional photographer, and took the best pictures!!!! If it wasn't for him, it would have been impossible to get. Recommended 100%!
Nan FreitasUnited States
Koichi led 4 of us on foot through the back streets of Kyoto. He pointed out so many things we would have missed. His knowledge and interests and his ability to answer so many of our questions made the day rewarding. He is also a professional photographer, so the photos he took and shared with us were so much better than we could have taken. He had several great suggestions for lunch and ushered us to a spot we would not have found on our own. Lovely man, great guide!
Ritu MohanUnited States
Koichi was a fantastic tour guide who tailored the tour to our request for covering as much history and culture as we could in one day. He was knowledgeable and a very nice person to spend the day with. Thank you Koichi...everyone loved your tour and the information you provided...even though we were all tired by the end of the day!
Jessica WelleUnited States
Not enough words to complement Koichi!!! He is a fantastic guide and his photography is truly phenomenal. He gave us loads of fantastic information and went above and beyond. He took us to great local places and truly knew the city. He was so kind that he even printed some pictures for us. I recommend him and would love to meet him again in Kyoto. Thanks Koichi! You were fantastic and my family was super happy with you ❤️
Margaret MeyerUnited States
We spent two wonderful full days with Koichi and I wrote a full comment for June 26. He lives Kyoto and enjoys showing his native city to others. He put together two thoughtful and full itineraries for us. And he was flexible in making changes for us... We hope to return to Kyoto so Koichi can show us the rest of his city.
Margaret MeyerUnited States
Koichi was a wonderful guide of Kyoto! He grew up there and knows the city well. He also understands Shintoism and Buddhism which are very important in understanding the shrines there. He very thoughtfully worked out the tour itineraries for both days. He chose fabulous places for lunch: one for soba and the other for 0konomiyake. He is a very good photographer and he took lots of photos of my husband and me. We found his English a little difficult to understand but he was very patient in repeating...
Krishna Pankaj C.United Kingdom
Koichi's tour was awesome and really informative. We got to go to 4 different and amazing places and were able to spend enough time there. He gave us lots of interesting and fun information about Kyoto and its sights and also managed to get us to see a whole group of geisha! Koichi was very helpful and called up several restaurants to see if we can eat there for dinner (veg diet). He was flexible and recommended cycling routes for our trip to Arashiyama. Overall a great guide and would book Koichi again.
We had a very enjoyable two days with Koichi, who was most informative, helpful, considerate and good company. One of us had a bad hip and couldn't walk far, and so Koichi could accommodate that well, without doing without any of the tour. He had a good grasp of English, so could explain things in more detail.
He is fluent in English, pleasant company, knowledgeable, and considerate of our age and lack of fitness and low tolerance of heat. Thank you.
Elise Miller-HooksUnited States
What a great experience! Koichi was very professional and knowledgeable. He went above and beyond, helping one of our party to get a real meal given allergies to wheat/gluten and fish. He set the pace perfectly for the 5 of us and kept everyone interested, including 2 teenage boys. His photos are beautiful, too! Okini, Koichi!!
Susann HendricksUnited States
Koichi was amazing. Not only was he knowledge and tour wonderful, he was also amazing at answering all of our questions, even the weird ones. I can't recommend him enough! What a kind, young man how also kept an eye on the pace of each traveler, but also try to make an effort to make conversations with each one. Thank you Koichi for our wonderful experience, even for the once that have been to Kyoto prior.
Mai VuUnited States
Koichi gave us a good tour, very informative and brought us to a local restaurant with very good food. He took a lot of pictures for our family with his camera and he's a pro in photography. They all look so pretty. By the end of the tour, he even gave us a little cute Japanese snack bag.
My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our day tour of Kyoto with Koichi. He is a lovely and engaging guide full of knowledge about the rich history of Kyoto. We highly recommend him.
David ComptonUnited States
Fabulous! Good planner and willing to adjust plans. Keeps to schedule and adjusts for shopping and noshing stops. Knowledgeable of sites and history and contexts. Excellent photographer. Strongly recommended!
Roberta UffordUnited States
My daughter and I enjoyed our day with Koichi. It was our first day in Kyoto and second day in Japan. He helped us feel more comfortable getting around and answered many questions ... about customs, sweet foods, shops as well as the sights on the itinerary. He took and shared great photos during the tour. Koichi suggested an early start to avoid some crowds - a very helpful suggestion. Thanks again Koichi for a wonderful day!
Steven BartellUnited States
Kioshi was exceptional, friendly, polite and created a flexible and jam packed itinerary. He took time to explain the historical detail, local and religeous customs. Lunch was fantastic and it was a pleasant surprise to eat soba at his favorite place. He is also a photographer and took some great photos. We recommend him and this firm highly. Money and time well spent!!!
Miriam M.United States
We spent a full day with Koichi on our visit to Kyoto. He made it memorable with his knowledge of the sites we visited. Blending knowledge, humor, and an approachable personality, each site we visited was memorable. He took us to a kaiseki Japanese restaurant, and it was one of the best meals we had in Kyoto. Thank you Koichi, for a wonderful day!
Michael SpectorSHAMONG, NJ, United States
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 McLeanUnited States
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
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 HamiltonUnited States
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.
Another great tour by Koichi...this was our second tour by him and we had a great time. We cannot recommend his tours enough...it feels more like your touring with a friend then a tour guide
Charles R.Estero, FLORIDA, United States
Koichi is an expert photographer, not only providing an informative tour programme but also taking a very beautiful photos as well. Highly recommend for those who is looking for a Kimono experience photo shooting you will never be regret.
Noemi FoucesUnited States
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 CastroUnited States
Betty BildnerUnited States
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.
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!
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 CantwellUnited States
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!!