Traveler Ratings for Private Tour in Kyoto, Japan by Tour Guide Ken S.

Tour: Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.)

Ken S.
  Kyoto, Japan
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Catherine J.

Australia
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 9/20

This was our second day with Ken and we had our 16 year old daughter with us this time. Ken was as impressive on our second day as he was on our first day. He encouraged our daughter with her Japanese that she studies at home and was flexible to accommodate our requests. He is exceptionally knowledgable and polite and made our day extremely memorable. He managed a mix of public transport and taxis to ensure the best use of our time balance with efficient use of funds. He is amazing. Just book him!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Catherine, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have good memory back home. -Ken S.

Nyen Ho Hon

Malaysia
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Tour: #27151, 2 days private customized tour for Mr. Nyen Ho Hom and his family to visit Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 29/19

Ken was a great guide! He speaks very good English, is Knowledgeable about Kyoto and put in a lot of effort to plan our itinerary making our time in Kyoto with him fulfilling. He took me and my family that included 2 children around some of the less tourist beaten path of Kyoto using a combination of walking, train, and metro which saved us time. Ken also accommodated our requests well and planned the schedule fantastically to help us avoid the crowd in the peak of the Autumn leaf viewing season

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Nyen san, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have good memory back home. -Ken S.

Rob Reif

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 9/19

Ken was a knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic guide. We had to change our schedule and he was very flexible. Having lived in other countries outside of Japan, he was able to add some perspective and insight. By the end of the tour, he felt like a friend. We recommend Ken without hesitation.

John Chin

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 28/19

Ken S was our guide in Kyoto on October 27-29. We give him 5 stars. Ken was very knowledgeable and very considerate. One person in our party had some disability and Ken was especially sensitive to his needs, which we appreciated. We enjoyed the sites Ken took us to. He taught us how to use the subways and trains. His English was good. He spent a lot of time with us. We highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memory back home. Best, Ken S.

Karen Robertson

Australia
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 27/19

A fantastic day with Ken ... he is great company and very knowledgeable. It would have taken us days to see all that we saw in one day with Ken! Be prepared for a lot of walking ... 18,000 steps on my Fitbit!! I would highly recommend doing a tour with Ken ... thanks so much for two great days of touring ( we also did the Nara tour )

Ronald Squires

Agoura Hills, CA, United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 25/19

Ken is an amazing guide. We covered so many sites in Kyoto. He is friendly, smart, and knowledgeable. A+ English and A+ guide! We definitely recommend Ken.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ron, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring a great memory on Kyoto back home. -Ken S.

Ray Paganini

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day customized private tour for Mr.Ray Paganini and his family from Osaka to visit Kyoto., Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 3/19

Ken did a great job of showing us around and answering questions. We are from USA and he spoke English for us and we communicated fine. Ken helped us move briskly through train stations and crowds. I'd recommend Ken.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ray, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memory back home. -- Ken S.

Donna Wittrig

United States
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Tour: #27151, Three days private tours around Kyoto for Donna Wittrig and her family., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 29/19

On time, professional and knowledgeable our time in Kyoto was greatly enhanced by Ken and our trip to Nara and all the sites there was spectacular as well. We would not have made it to as many sites without his assistance, recommendations, his guidance negotiating the transit system - a great blessing and the quick pace he set for us. Provided commentary and context as well. Rick

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Rick, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memory back home. -- Ken S.

Theodore Solomon

United States
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Tour: #27151, Three days private tours around Kyoto for Theodore Solomon and his wife., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 2/19

Ken was a wealth of knowledge about history, culture, and geography of Japan. He was extremely personable and had a great sense of humour. We were very impressed with his English and his skills as a tour guide. We would recommend him to anyone visiting Kyoto.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Theodore and Anna, Thanks for your five stars. I enjoyed your company for 3 days and hope you will bring great memories back home. -Ken S.

Lorraine Leblanc

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 12/19

This tour was everything I hoped for my extra day in Kyoto! Mr. Sakurai met me at the hotel and proved to be a gracious and knowledgeable guide throughout the day. I was so glad to see the Temple of the Golden Pavilion and the Bamboo Forest. Mr. Sakurai had a favorite spot for lunch that proved to be simple and delicious. Also, when we still had extra time at the end of the day, he guided me to a temple near my hotel that I would never have visited otherwise. Thank you so much!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Lorraine, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memories back home. -Ken S.

Edna Sino-Cruz

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 14/19

We had 2 full days tour of Kyoto with Ken. He is a pleasant guide. He was considerate to one of our disabled tour member. He was always on the look out to make sure we do not get lost in the busy streets in Kyoto. He is very informative with extensive knowledge of the history of the places we visited. He is very patient especially with photo taking- he volunteered to take photos of us which helped a lot. I highly recommend Ken to anyone. Thanks Ken for a memorable experience of Kyoto.

Nancy Gunderson

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 11/19

Graeme Mitchell

United Kingdom
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 31/19

First full day in Kyoto, we wanted someone to help with giving us the lay of the land in regards to getting about while doing some of the more difficult to get to sites. But also to learn some of the etiquette and history of Kyoto. We met Ken at our hotel and he was fantastic making sure we knew how to get about on our own for the following days while taking us around and giving us a fantastic insight into the history and culture of Kyoto and Japanese history. We highly recommend Ken and any of his tours

Raymond Chinn

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Feb 14/19

Tam Tran

Australia
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 27/18

This tour was our best tour in our 2 weeks trip in Japan! Thanks to Ken who's got deep knowledge of Kyoto history, it's public transportation (and his knowledge on everything else!), we've learned/experience a lot of western Kyoto through Ken & saved heaps by using train & bus instead of a hired taxi. Definitely we'll ask for Ken's tour again to explore other areas of Kyoto when we visit Kyoto again in the future. Thanks again Ken!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Tram, Thanks for your five stars. Looking forward to meeting you at the next tour. -Ken S.

Sirisha Penmetcha

Australia
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 5/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your five stars. Wish a great seasons greeting for your family ! -Ken S.

David Hoffman

Japan
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 20/18

Ken was very accommodating, and informative. So pleasant to be with and made sure we got great photos, working around the large crowds. He was an expert not only the best photo spots and best composition, but working the crowd to get us shots without others in it. Impressive. Thank you Ken for great day!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi David, Thanks for five stars. Hope you have great memory back home. -Ken S.

Vanessa Buchheim

Brazil
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 2/18

Ken is a wonderful guide, who clearly loves his job. Very knowledgeable and fun to be around. He is very pro-active, not only about the itinerary but also taking pictures in the best spots. We accomplished a lot in one day with him, so I think that if you have limited time, it is a great idea to have Ken organize your tour. Kyoto has a myriad of temples and shrines for all tastes. Ken is very flexible and can adjust the tour according to your needs and interests. Highly recommended!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Vanessa and Marco, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memory of Japan back home. -Ken S.

Howard Falk

United Kingdom
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 26/18

Ken provided an interesting tour tailored to our exact requirements. He escorted us on the public transport system expertly and provided a running commentary on all that we saw. Ken gave us many insights into local life. He is especially good in recounting the history of the area and answered all our questions. Ken provided very good company for the tour, he is friendly with a great sense of humour and made us feel very at ease.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Howard, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memories back home. -Ken S.

Albert Schroeder

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 2/18

In addition to being a wonderful guide for the sights, Ken is unusually open to answer any questions and engage in dialog on historical and current topics of political, social, economic interest with great insight and humor.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Al, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought wonderfull memories back home. -Ken S.

Barbara Gable

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 12/18

Lisa Campbell

Australia
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 3/18

We enjoyed Ken's knowledge, stories and gentle humour. He helped us navigate the public transport system efficiently, to see such a lot in one day. It was a great introduction to our time in Japan as we felt we could ask just about anything. At the end of the day he gave us suggestions and even train timetables for the next day's activities.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Lisa, Thanks for your evaluation. Hope you will bring your great memory back home. -- Ken S.

Rayza Cordero

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 8/18

Ken was amazing! He was so kind and patient and loved to teach us all about Japanese history and customs. My children absolutely loved him! He is very knowledgeable and is eager to share his knowledge with everyone. This was our top tour in Japan. Thank you Ken!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Rayza, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring a great memory about Kyoto back home. -Ken S.

Ivica Zalud

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 25/18

James Moeller

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 27/18

Michel Flit

Peru
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 12/18

It was a pleasure to have Ken guiding us through the streets and history of Kyoto. Thanks to his unending energy, flexibility, and profound knowledge of the history of the city, and its logistics we were able to cover a great deal of it and to understand the forces that built and changed it over time. We even had time for a lot of pictures and for the best meal we have had so far in Japan! We are very grateful for having Ken with us and his next group is going to be very lucky. Thanks a lot Ken!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Michel, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have great memory on Kyoto back home. -Ken S.

Sally Johnson

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 28/18

Thouroughly enjoyed Ken for two days. He was full of interesting facts, kept us moving and was receptive to our requests. Great lunch spots too! Highly recommend him!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sally, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought great memory back home. -Ken S.

Stephen Meadow

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 30/18

Our guide Ken is a top professional, fun and a very knowledgeable teacher of Kyoto and its incredible history We saw a few temples, the Emperor former compound, cherry blossoms, we made arts and crafts Closenne and went to a Hello Kiddie store, a highlight for our 12 year old Lunch was at Omem Udon noodle restaurant fabulous We are excited for day two with Ken tomorrow

Lily Robillard

San Francisco, CA, United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 26/18

This was my first day with Ken S. who was great. He is very easy to get along with, very knowledgeable about all the tour sites that we visited, had his "secret" routes away from the touristy crowds, and took many wonderful photos of me. When we returned to my Hotel Granvia, which he had recommended for my stay, he showed me around Kyoto Station, up to the Skyway Walk with its great views. He encouraged me to venture out on my own as Kyoto is a very safe place. I would highly recommend Ken.

Patricia Muhlrad

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 25/18