Highly recommend Ayumi as your guide - speaks perfect English and has a great understanding of Kyoto, culture, art and all things Japan. 10/10 experience
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gabe, Thank you for the nice feedback. It was great to show you around the quieter areas. I hope you enjoyed the real local touch! It is always good to feel it first. Thank you again for choosing us. Kind regards, Ayumi
David SnowUnited States
Thank you Ayumi for a trip of a lifetime! There were too many highlights to list, but our visit to the Nanzen-ji Temple, where the rain clouds parted into a rainbow, followed by a walk along the philosophers path, was sublime. And we will long remember our visit to the Celli Atelier. You greatly enhanced our time in Kyoto - we are so grateful!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear David, Thank you so much for sharing your time while you were in Kyoto. It was my honor to be showing you around the town and artist atelier. I hope you all enjoyed the real local touch. We all look forward to having you back again in Kyoto in the near future. My best regards, Ayumi
Rena LeizermanUnited States
Ayumi was a great tour guide for us. She took us to unique places and provided opportunities for us to do things that we never would have been able to do on our own, including a private lesson with a local artist, who engaged even the non-artistic (that would be me) among us. Ayumi really heard what we wanted and tailored two exceptional days for my family, from visiting an incense company and museum, to exploring off the beaten path temples and gorgeous local fabric and clothing shops.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rena, Thank you so much for sharing your time with us while you are here. I am really glad to hear you all enjoyed the local taste and time. I am also learnt much from you who already know our culture very well. We look forward to having you back again in the near future. Thank you again for choosing us. Please continue to have a nice holiday time. My best regards, Ayumi
Rena LeizermanUnited States
Jessica Roberson HooperUnited States
What a perfect way to get to know this city! We had a lovely time walking and chatting with Ayumi and truly getting to see Kyoto's best kept secrets. I told Ayumi that I was interested in architecture when she met us and she took us not only to several gorgeous temples off of the regular tourist circuit but also shared several other places with us that we loved. Ayumi' is one of the best guides I have met. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jessica, As always, I am very honored to show you around the guests who are especially advanced travelers. I hope you enjoyed seeing a few highlights and simple but yet deeper taste of Kyoto locals. We all look forward to having you back again in the near future. I will be happy to guide you to the deeper Kyoto life next time! Kind regards, Ayumi
Frederick FletcherUnited States
We were fortunate that Ayumi was available to guide us only a few hours after we requested a tour. She met our group of 4 at our hotel in Gion and put together a fine walking tour of spectacular temples and temple gardens, then led us personally to the Kyoto station and saw us onto the correct train for our journey onward. Ayumi is a wonderful personal guide and we are very happy to recommend her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Fred and all, Thank you for sharing your time with us. You came in the best season, and the leaves were just stunning! It was a wonderful walk and time over a nice chatting. We all hope to have you back again in the near future. Please enjoy your cruise. My best regards, Ayumi
Ayumi was an excellent guide and great company. Her English is excellent and knowledge strong. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jonathan, Thank you for sharing a fun & great time. In such a short time of tour, we did it wonderfully! Look forward to your next visit in the near future! My best regards, Ayumi
Kees Jan RietveldNetherlands
we had a great day with Ayumi, taking us on many local venues and places you could not find as a tourist, adapting to our wish to go off the regular trail in Kyoto.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kees, It was a wonderful time showing around the local streets and town, especially with the advanced travelers like you. We all hope to have you back again in the near future. More deeper fun next time! My best regards, Ayumi
Mark RountreeUnited States
Ayumi-san did a great job finding an artist and class experience for us that we will never forget. She understood exactly what we hoped for and took great care in finding this class and this was our favorite part of the day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mark, It is great to know you all enjoyed the "real" Indigo studio with locals. Very artistic experience. Thank you again for sharing your time with us. It was such a fun time. My best regards, Ayumi
it was great! Ayumi knew the answers to all our questions and we had a lot of them. After the tour we understood much more about Kyoto, shrines and temples. She speaks fluent English so we understood every word. It was very intresting talking with her and learning about life in Kyoto. I hope she visits us one day. We highly recommend a tour with Ayumi.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Orit, Thank you so much for sharing your time and kind feedback. I also had a wonderful time with you touring around in such a fine day. We all look forward to having you back again in Kyoto very soon. Kind regards, Ayumi
Ken KaufmanUnited States
Ayumi in Kyoto is an exceptional guide. She is knowledgeable and astute and gives the most wonderful experiences for visitors with many unusual non-touristy experiences in the Gion district, in Kyoto in general and, being an artist herself, she has fine sensibilities about the cultural aspects that make Kyoto even more special. Exceptional!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ken, Thank you so much for sharing your time while you were in Kyoto and also a kind feedback! It was really fun exploring the real local things with you in such a relaxed feeling. We all wish to have you back again sometime in the near future. I will show you the deeper insight of Kyoto then! Kind regards, Ayumi
We had a great experience at our tour in Kyoto! Ayumi, thank you for your choice, it was a great pleasure meeting you. We enjoyed your knowledge and your company very much! Hope to see you again. Best wishes from Vienna! Werner
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Werner, Thank you so much for sharing your time with us. It was such a pleasure showing you around. I really enjoyed what you all liked to see avoiding the crowd. Thank you again. I very much look forward to having you back again in the near future. My very best, Ayumi
Anthony TaaiUnited States
We came to Kyoto without a solid plan for just two days - and quickly realized there was more to see than could be managed in a 48 hour span. Ayumi was awesome - both in terms of accommodating us into her schedule on short notice & also in terms of helping us get a great understanding of the city, culture and key landmarks in a super short period of time. Will definitely be getting in touch with her in my future visits to Kyoto and would highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Anthony, Thank you so much for spending time with me while you were here. With your good athletic level and quick decision enabled us to see more places than expected in a short time. It was very lucky for you to see the biggest Gionmatsuri festival in town. I believe you all did a quite unique experience. We all look forward to having you back soon in the near future. My best regards, Ayumi
Ayumi was exceptional! We had very specific arts and cultural interests in Kyoto, including meeting artisans and learning a technical skill in a specific craft medium. Ayumi arranged a wonderful tour, including studio visits and hands on learning activities. Ayumi has excellent translation skills - she was able to translate conversations and questions about technical processes on the fly. She is also very knowledgeable about arts and culture and the areas we visited. Her tour was a highlight of our trip.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Krista, Thank you so much for sharing your time the other day. Visiting and experiencing the local company's studio was absolutely wonderful. Thank you for your kind feedback as well. I am glad to hear you all enjoyed your stay in Kyoto! We all look forward to having you all back again in the near future. Please take care. My best regards, Ayumi
Valerie TanUnited Arab Emirates
Ayumi really helped us make the most of our limited time. She was professional, accommodating, friendly, and very knowledgeable about the local culture. At the end of the tour, we truly felt we had experienced a very authentic side of Kyoto including wearing a traditional Yukata, eating at a very local noodle shop, visiting some of the most scenic spots in the city while avoiding tourist crowds, and we even did a private sweet making class! I'd highly recommend Ayumi for personalised cultural itineraries.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Valerie, Thank you so much for your feedback. For a day tour, we really did many quality things that are not much on a guide book! There are many more places that I wanted to show you in Kyoto. We all look forward to having you back in Kyoto again in the future. Again, thank you so much for sharing your time. Sincerely, Ayumi
Erwin EberhardtUnited States
Ayumi was great and vey helpful. She waited for us at the Kyoto station and guide us fir a full day in this wonderful city. Unfortunately we got some rain, but didn't stop her to give us her best. I recommend Ayumi is you want to spend a full day and stop and have lunch in a local place. Thank you Ayumi for a great tour. She got us some umbrellas to keep out of the rain
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Erwin, for sharing your time. It was absolutely a fun adventure. I am so glad to hear that you all enjoyed the day fully. Visiting a local Okonomiyaki place was good! We all hope to have you and your family back in Kyoto again in the near future. Thank you again! Sincerely, Ayumi
Steven BridglandUnited States
Ayumi was the perfect guide - I would highly recommend her. Punctual, knowledgable, flexible, patient, friendly and a true pleasure to spend a day with. When I return to Kyoto I will definitely reach out to Ayumi again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was truly my pleasure to be guiding you to the local quality & quiet areas. Thank you, Steve, for sharing your time of stay. We all look forward to having you back in Kyoto again soon in the future! My best regards, Ayumi
Ayumi was delightful! She was flexible and readily acccommodated my wishes on the tour. She was helpful and shared lots of useful tips and recommendations for my stay in Kyoto. She happily stopped for photos too. And at the end of our day, back at the hotel, she kindly traced the route on my map. Value for money - YES!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for sharing your time with us, Carmen. We greatly moved around and did a lot of things! I am very glad to hear you've enjoyed your stay in Kyoto. We all look forward to having you back again soon in the near future. All my best, Ayumi
We had a great day touring with Ayumi. Ayumi was very flexible to our requests and fluent in English. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Gary and yours, for the time you've shared with me during your stay. We all look forward to having you back in Kyoto again in the near future. My best regards, Ayumi
Chris MurthyUnited States
Mrs Ayumi is a wonderful person took my daughters and me to this tour with in short time and made sure that we got back on train to Narita. She arrived at our hotel on time and knew where she wanted us to go for the day. Excellent tour guide lady for family or group. We request her again on our next tour to Kyoto and Osaka Regards, Chris and family
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Chris and your family, Thank you again for sharing this wonderful opportunity to tour you around in town. We hope you all enjoyed the cities and time while you were here. It was such a nice time chatting with you and exploring the fun things to see in Osaka! We all look forward to having you back soon again in the near future. My best regards, Ayumi
Chris MurthyUnited States
Mrs Ayumi is an excellent tour guide, kind and polite and I strongly recommend for family or group. She was on time to our hotel and ask us where we wanted to go specifically in addition to her standard agenda. She guided as to get tickets to Geisha theater and came back to meet us in the evening after going home to the theater. We had several dinners with her and felt like she was one of our family member. We will request her again if we return to Kyoto. Regards, Chris and family
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Chris and your family, Thank you so much for your feedback and sharing your time of stay in Kyoto with us. It was a great adventure to see and feel the local places. The weather was perfect for our outing, too. We all look forward to having you back in Japan again in the near future. My best regards, Ayumi