Dawn NormanUnited States
Ken met us at our hotel for a day trip to Himeji Castle and a Kobe Beef lunch. We were there during Golden Week, so the crowds were huge. Ken was a great guide and navigated the crowds well. He took us to a lovely place for lunch that had excellent food. If you choose this tour, please go for the optional Kobe Beef lunch. We highly recommend Ken and very much enjoyed our day with him.
Lana GoldmanUnited States
We had a great day with Ken-San in Kobe and Himeji Tour was very informative, meal in hibachi restaurant was wonderful, all practical advices he gave us were very useful, personal interaction was extremely pleasant Thank you so much Ken-San
Javier YanesUnited States
Ken was a wonderful tour guide! He was knowledgeable, courteous, and very energetic. We enjoyed an action packed day visiting many sites in Kyoto. We also had a wonderful lunch experience at Ken's favorite restaurant. We highly recommend that you take advantage of this typical Japanese cuisine. Delicious! We thank Ken for an amazing tour day and a memorable experience while in Kyoto.
Cheryl KuboUnited States
Our group of five thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Himeji Castle and Kobe with our guide, Ken Sakurai. He was friendly, knowledgeable, considerate of the various needs of the members of our group, flexible and accommodating. This tour allowed us to experience not only the history of Himeji Castle but the beauty of nature at the Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens and Ropeway. We also thoroughly enjoyed a delicious Kobe beef lunch at Ken's favorite restaurant. Seriously consider this tour when in Kyoto.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Cheryl, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought great memory back home. -Ken S.
James MoellerPhoenix, AZ, United States
Lily RobillardSan Francisco, CA, United States
My third tour day with Ken involved traveling by an early 7:30 am train to Himeji Castle, which is really a fort, and a World Cultural Heritage Site. Ken was again very informative--the history, the story of Princess Sen--all so fascinating. We took the train to Kobe, an international port city, and had our Kobe beef lunch--delicious! Finally we went to the Herb Garden by ropeway (gondola). I highly recommend Ken S.
Ken is amazing! He spent a lot of time with me prior to the trip and he is always on time and have a lot of patience with us. His knowledge of the country was far superior to anything we experienced in our travels. We have a lot of laughs too! Definitely recommended.
Our tour with Ken was pleasant and informative. We were grateful to be taken to his favourite Kobe beef restaurant. Disappointed that the rope way wasn't working. Enjoyed the tour of Hemiji castle. We also greatly appreciated someone who knew how to navigate us through the confusing train system. But we do feel it was an expensive day for what it was. Ken is a very nice man.
Chris VenaUnited States
Ken-san is a gentleman and a scholar it was a pleasure spending the day with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Chris for your five stars. -- Ken S.
Jeff C.United States
Ken-San was extremely knowledgeable, professizonal, and friendly during the whole trip. He kept everyone and everything on pace so that we would not miss anything out. A hugh bonus - Ken-san knew exactly where to eat at the best price ... trust him and you would not regret! We have a wonderful experience with him.
Ken was very nice with us: he took us from our place as we were unsure how to meet at the station, and brought us back (after hours), adapted the tour to accomodate my son's bad shape that day, and added an unexpected visit to a very nice garden in the mountain (I love gardens). We had very interesting discussions about castles and swords, comparing Europe to Japan, and learned a bt of japanese and french. The weather was the warmest and sunniest of all our stay also! A very nice day-trip indeed!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Celine, Thanks for your evaluation. I have realized the communication is so important and it is always my goal. Hope you have great memory back home. -- Ken S.
Tony MooreUnited Kingdom
Our trip included a visit to Himeji castle ( spectacukar) then on to Kobe to the elevated Nunobiki Herb gardens via the cable car, they were beautiful, and you get to see Kobe and Osaka in the distance. We had Kobe beef for lunch (Teppanyaki), at extra cost (amazing) and well worth it. Ken was very knowledgeable; spoke excellent English and was very polite and courteous. We learnt a lot about Japanese history. We would fully recommend Ken, he was very engaging and easy to talk to. The tour was excellent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Tony, Thanks for your five stars. I hope you brought great memory back home. -Ken S.
Ian KowalskiNew Zealand
Great person and had great knowledge. Brought as to a great restaurant as well. Would definitely recommend
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Ian. You have great family too. -Ken S.
Evan ZasoskiUnited States
Ken did a great job with with showing us what we planned to see (Himeji Castle) and with showing us things we wouldn't have found on our own (a great restaurant and the Kobe Herb Gardens). He was really accommodating and just a generally nice person to spend a day with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your five stars.Looking forward to meeting you next time. -Ken S.
Jeremy LichtmanEast Brunswick, NEW JERSEY, United States
Ken was a great guide, showed us Himeji in great detail ! Make sure he takes you to his favorite kobe beef steakhouse!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jeremy, Thanks for your five stars. Looking forward to meeting you next time soon. -Ken S.
Ken has been great, very knowledgeable about a wide variety of topics and a pleasure to share time with, he's exactly what we were looking for in a guide. As for the tour, Himeji castle is a beautiful landmark from the outside, while being a military castle; don't expect to see luxurious insides, but the intricacies of an strategic vantage point designed as a fortress. As for the rest of the tour, it's been great as well. Ken's lunch choice was perfect, a place we would never have found on our own.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Marce and Maria, Thanks for your five stars with message. It was my pleasure to be with your company. Looking forward to meeting you again someday in Kyoto. -- Ken S.
Manasi NadkarniUnited States
Excellent job and very knowledgeable!
Elaine OpperUnited States
Ken S. is a wonderful English speaking tour guide that is a very experienced and knowledgeable guide. We were able to see the Gates, Bamboo Forest, and Golden Temple all in one day! He knew exactly how to avoid crowds while we were touring and made most of our time together. We highly recommend him to other English speaking travelers. Many Thanks Ken!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring a great memory back home. Ken S.
Annie CheungUnited States
Ken san was most accommodating and conscientious in scouting out the travel and crowd condition for us to visit Himeji Castle. His recommendation allowed us to have a very enjoyable visit. This is he second time I used Ken san and will definitely use him again in the future.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Annie, Thanks for your five stars and comment. Hope you have brought great memory back home. -Ken S.