Jean Michel DuplandFrance
The tour was very interesting with a mix of temples, sanctuaries and a nice tea ceremony. We had a lot of details about Kyoto history so fascinating tour !!
Matthew LeporeUnited States
Great tour with Mari with much flexibility and good times! Monkeys and ice cream - perfect! We recommend Mari.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your comments. It is a great last gift of 2019. Thank you!! :-) Have a great time in Kyoto and Tokyo!
Carlyn T.United States
Robert YoungOrlando, FL, United States
Mari is a wonderful guide. Our party of 5 hired her for 3 days of touring Kyoto. She is enthusiastic, speaks English well and gracious. She helped us navigate public transportation and recommended local non-touristy restaurants. This was one of the best travel experiences we have ever had.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comments! I am happy to be part of your memory in Japan! Please let me know if you would need any assistance whenever you come back to Japan. I will always help you. Thank you so much!
Tom GarvinUnited States
Mari was exceptional in every way. She provided us with a day tailored to our specific needs, while also entertaining and enlightening us on many facets of Kobe and its culture.
Diane GoldmanUnited States
Mari was an excellent guide. She was terrific at explaining the culture and history of the places she showed us and had great suggestions on various temples, museum and places we could explore on our own. We really enjoyed spending the time with us and we highly recommend her. Diane and Steve
Uday JoshiUnited States
Just arrived from the US, we wanted to get a feel for Kyoto before launching into serious sightseeing. So, Mari took us on a neighborhood exploration. And there was much to discover: a traditional soy sauce brewery, a wood carver's studio filled with exquisite Buddhist deities, a Shinto shrine dedicated to boars, and vending machines dispensing exotic drinks. Best of all, lunch at a local eatery serving soba noodles that were unequaled during the rest of our Japanese stay.
Mari provided a wonderful customized tour of Kyoto!! Made the experience enjoyable with her local knowledge, we moved around the city timely and efficiently, making the most of the day. Mari had lots of energy, leading the way throughout the day!! She would also stop and discuss points of interest, we had extra time to enjoy the Goin district and local shrines. Would highly recommend. 5 stars!!
Mari is a very young funny lady. We had a nice time in Nara with her. She even helped me to find out a company's contact.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your comments, Gerardo and Marcela! I hope that Japanese company helps your business soon. :) All the best for your future!
Mari was wonderful! She kept the pace to where we were comfortable, stayed longer where we showed more interest, and took us to some lovely spots and some hidden spots with great information to enrich the experience. Definitely recommend! She speaks very good English and was able to answer our sometimes odd questions about Japan and Japanese culture. Her dinner recommendation was great too! You can be very confident booking with Mari, she's a lot of fun.
Susie AlpinerUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed our Osaka tour with Mari Oct of 2019. She was a wonderful tour guide & went out of her way to make our tour exciting. She created an itinerary for us prior to our arrival & included everything we had decided on. We saw a lot in 1 day. She met us & returned us to our cruise port after the tour. She has a really cute personality & smiled & laughed the entire day. She spoke English well & was easy to engage. I would highly recommend Mari as a guide & we will definitely book her again.
Jeremy OgdenUnited Kingdom
Mari was a great guide. She showed us the highlights of Nara and took us to an excellent place for lunch. Always cheerful and laughing, she gave us a memorable day.
Steven AronsonNew York, NY, United States
Mari is poster lady for Tour by Locals!! Mari was courteous, knowledgeable and ready to accommodate my interests. I had a great time learning calligraphy and she then took me to two shrines that I had never seen. Perfect experience with a wonderful guide
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the wonderful review! It is great honor to receive your comments and it encourages me a lot!! Yes, I will be a poster lady on Toursbylocals in the future and I promise to work hard on this. :-) Thank you again so much for joining my tour. I am looking forward to meeting you and your sweet girlfriend again.
Robert DavisUnited States
Wonderful day visiting the Tōdai-ji in Nara. A must when you visit Kyoto. Wonderful deer (watch out for nips on your clothing if you don't feed them rice cakes fast enough!). A highlight of our trip, as was the authentic restaurant Mari suggested for lunch.
Robert DavisUnited States
See our other review for our super rating of Mari. Highlights for us were many favorite tourist sites such as the Gion District, Zen temples and the Fushimi Inari Shrine. However, Mari always found unique locations away from tourists like a Sunday morning antiques fair and an elegant, hidden cafe behind a historic Gion exterior. Wonderful!
Robert DavisUnited States
Mari gave us a wonderful tour of the best in Koyoto and Nara over three terrific days. Her English is excellent and her sensitivity to her clients wishes and needs was admirable. She had great insight into local culture and history. We feel fortunate for spending our time in Kyoto with her. Highly recommended!
Michael ShehadiMiami, FLORIDA, United States
We had a wonderful day today with Mari. She has lived in both Osaka and Kyoto and our tour encompassed both cities. She expertly guided us through the many train stations and we used cabs when more convenient. In addition to showing us the major sights, she found a lovely place for lunch accommodating our tastes. Mari is a pleasure to be with and we highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for yesterday, Aly and Michael. Aly, I hope you are getting better soon. I had a great time with you visiting photogenic spots. I will practise more how to take pictures for the next time when I will see you again. I am always looking forward to meeting you in the world. (Definately I will go to Miami in the future to see you both. :-)) Have a good flight to the US! Again, thank you so much!
Raja AssiliUnited Kingdom
Pleasant guide, knowledgeable, accommodating and helpful. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your comment. Kyoto is changing year by year, next time when you come back to Japan, the scenery will change again. I am always welcome to guide you and your daughter in Kyoto, maybe next time could be off the beaten tracks. :-) Again, thank you so much!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you again for following me. It was very hot during the day, but I had a great time with you and your family! Whenever you come back to Japan, please let me know! :-)
Gabriela CantonUnited Kingdom
Mari was great guide. She was very flexible with the start time and with the itinerary. She gave us a a couple of options: more touristy or off the beaten track, and we went with a mix. She took us to, without a doubt, the most beautiful Zen garden in a temple where we were essentially alone. A luxury given how busy Kyoto was in August. She also took us to a lovely restaurant and gave us a few fantastic tips to buy some old paintings / prints to take back home. We definitely recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much, Gabriela and Bruno! You are wonderful couple. :-) It was so nice to visit the shrine, a local restaurant, Zen garden to make wish for the baby with you. Please come back to Japan with your kids in the future. Kyoto has also several kids friendly places, and I would like to take you again. Again, thank you so much!
Nora DelgadoUnited States
Mari was an amazing tour guide. Her English is fantastic. She was very patient with our daughters and she was able to change our itinerary at the very last minute because it was very hot in Kyoto and our daughter was a bit sick. She took us to the Ninja Museum and the Street Mall - perfect choice for my family on that day. She is fun to be around and would be very attentive to your needs. She is very polite and very smart. I highly recommend working with Mari while visiting Kyoto.
İsmai̇l Lütfü Deği̇rmenci̇Turkey
Mari was helpful not only during the tour even after it. She sent us information about certain shops that we were looking for. She was kind, energetic and caring.
Marjorie BequetteUnited States
Thanks for the tour! We appreciated the way you worked with our kids, and that you found quieter spots when our daughter was being overwhelmed by crowds.
Linda KunoUnited States
Mari was wonderful! She did a great job at curating a unique and personalized tour of Kyoto that combined the must see spots as well as hidden off the beaten path gems. She guided us through various temples and shrines, a zen garden, bamboo forest, geisha street, and a lovely and delicious lunch spot. Highly recommended!
We had a great time visiting the main highlights in Kyoto. Mari introduced the local restaurant which tourists can not find, it was so delicious! We discussed a lot about Japanese culture, tradition, characters during the day. It was very nice day!!
We had a wonderful time with our guide Mari We booked her because she looked very friendly and knowledgeable and she was even better than our expectations. Mari is very smiley and enthusiastic, she conducted our private tours following our interests so smoothly. She explained to us very clearly, with amazing English, the history, the religion, the geisha culture including fun facts and anecdotes. We highly recommend Mari for the best experience ever.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for joining my tour! You are both very energetic. I like the talks we shared and the pictures you showed during the day. It was very relaxing time together with you. I am always welcome to be your private guide in Kyoto. Again, thank you so much! :)
Carol S.United States
We enjoyed a beautiful afternoon with Mari to Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and Fushimi Shrine. She designed a custom tour to accommodate our wishes in a limited amount of time. She made it happen! Mari was quick to respond on pre-tour planning. She was energetic and personable and a joy to be with!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your comments! I am still newly listed on Toursbylocals, I really appreciate your support! It was very nice day moving around Kyoto with you. Though our time was limited, I still remember clearly your smiles. You are both very cheerful customers with positive energy around. I would like to see you again when you come back to Kyoto. I would like to show more beautiful sites to you, not only Bamboo Forest and Fushimi Shrine. Looking forward to meeting you again! :)