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

Tour: Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.)

Ken S.
  Kyoto, Japan
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Catherine J.

Australia
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 8/20

Ken was absolutely amazing. He is extremely knowledgable , intelligent and polite as well as being able to take fantastic photos. He took us on many back streets that we never would have found ourselves and gave insightful commentary of each location we visited. He was also very gentle and kind, with a lovely sense of humour.

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

John Chin

United States
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 27/19

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.

Ricarda Brandts

Germany
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 25/19

Raj Turun

United States
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 5/19

Ken arrived early at our hotel and showed all our must see places to see in Kyoto. He truly impressed us with his knowledge of Kyoto’s history knowledge of the historical sites. Ken took care of our well being on the extreme hot days. He helped us at the pharmacy to get the medicine. Ken took us to restaurants (true hidden gems) and introduced us to traditional Japanese cuisine that we thoroughly enjoyed. We will certainly request Ken San’s services to be our personal tour guide if we visit again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Raj, Thanks for your five stars. I also enjoyed your company. Hope you will bring great memory back home. Best, Ken S.

Jerry Stein

United States
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 16/19

Edna Sino-Cruz

United States
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 15/19

This was the second day of our tour of Kyoto with Ken. He continued to be very informative of the history of all the places we visited. He was flexible in the schedule - when one of the tour members asked to visit the Catholic Church, he complied with the request. He went over his duty as a tour guide by helping us purchase our bullet train tickets to Tokyo. We had a hard time buying our tickets the first time in Narita because of language barrier. Thanks Ken for being so helpful and patient with us.

Sirisha Penmetcha

Australia
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 3/18

Great Tour with an excellent guide. Ken was extremely knowledgeable and made the trip really interesting. We travelled with 5 teenagers and they all loved the day trip with Ken. We got to see some amazing scenery, wonderful temples and learned so much about Kyoto's history. Travelled on multiple trains to get to various places efficiently with no time wasted, thanks to Ken.Highly recommend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sirisha, Thanks for your five stars. I have enjoyed your company too. Hope you would keep great memory about Kyoto and be back here soon. -Ken S.

Albert Schroeder

United States
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 3/18

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.

Diana Von Appen

Canada
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 17/18

We were privileged to have Ken as our guide. His obvious pride and love of his city provided a marvellous and illuminating introduction. This was evident in his deep knowledge of Kyoto's remarkable history, and the care he took in explaining the complex inter-relationships between all the players. He was also kind and patient with all our questions. We would unreservedly recommend this gentleman to any traveller who seeks to truly understand the heart of this beautiful city.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Diana, Kevin, and Luthy, Thanks for your five stars. Your company is one my greatest memories on my tour career. Looking forward to meeting you again. -Ken S.

Mary Ann Bacher

United States
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 6/18

There is not much I can say that's not already been said about Ken. He is a consummate professional who clearly enjoys guiding his guests in Kyoto. He customized the tour for us to make the most of a rainy day and presented options at every turn. He is very knowledgeable about the many historical and cultural sites of Kyoto and provided much context and answered many questions. We thoroughly enjoyed our day. Ken's energy and enthusiasm were infectious. I highly recommend Ken to you.

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

Sally Johnson

United States
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 29/18

A second fun day with Ken. Felt we saw everything we wanted to see with a very fit and considerate guide. He truly enjoys his work!

Kelly G.

United States
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 2/18

Ken loves Kyoto. His passion for his city shines through for those lucky enough to have him as a guide. Kyoto has such an interesting history. Its role in Japan's evolution has been significant and unique—the extent of which I understand now, thanks to Ken! Those who spend a day with Ken will no doubt come out with a deep appreciation for such a beautiful city. We learned so many fascinating stories about Kyoto. Ken's knowledge is vast and varied. We loved our day with Ken and felt so welcomed in Kyoto.

Stephen Meadow

United States
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 31/18

Day two with Ken as our wonderful tour by locals was even more interesting than yesterday and that was a 10+ We began taking our 12 year old to dress in a Kimono The photos say it all terrific Then to the Golden Temple learning about the history this one was rebuilt after an arson fire Then off to a traditional local Japanese restaurant for soba udon n more in a very exciting area by the river Then to see a Japanese tea ceremony And Koto perfornance Ken is an ultimate professional Thank you

Lily Robillard

San Francisco, CA, United States
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 27/18

This was my second day tour with Ken S. who was again very excellent in guiding and informing me along the way to the many sites. This was a much quieter day when we went to Keage Station where the hydropower plant was constructed and from there to Nanzenji Temple, which was peaceful and where Ken showed me how a tea ceremony was done. The places where we've had lunch were excellent choices--each different. Today we went to a very famous noodle restaurant. I had another excellent day with Ken.

Adam Harman

United States
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Feb 27/18

Ken was fantastic. We wanted a combo of touristy sites and 'off the beaten path' sites. He was patient with us and considerate as my wife is currently pregnant. He had great insights and knowledge when we asked questions. Would recommend and use Ken again on future trips.

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

Connie Hetzler

United States
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 24/17

Gian Domenico Borasio

Germany
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 19/17

Very friendly and competent tour guide,. He was able to aptly accommodate the program to suit our special requests and needs. Highly recommendable.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Gian, Thanks for your five stars. I thank you again for your deeply understandings on Japanese culture,especially on reiigous practices, that I have learned a lot from you. Looking forward to meeting you next time. -Ken S.

John Preston

Australia
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 22/17

Friendly and , helpful

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi John, Thanks for your five stars. -- Ken S.

Krishnan Sekharipuram

Oman
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 6/17

Ken is very well organised, keeps time and knows Kyoto inside out. He is your guide if you want to avoid typical tourist spots. He is a quick walker and will help improve your fitness level. He is however very considerate and makes sure that the group stays together. We had strict vegetarian meal requirements and he found us some great Veg restaurants serving amazing authentic Japanese meals outside the main Kyoto city.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Krishnan, Again thanks for your five stars. Hope you have great memories back home. -- Ken S.

Janice Tabet

United States
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 18/17

I spent a wonderful day in Kyoto with Ken, who made every effort to show me as much of the city as possible and to inform me about the history and importance of the places we visited. Ken explained the history of Kyoto in an enlightening and entertaining way, and I appreciated very much his knowledge and very pleasant personality. If I could go back to Kyoto tomorrow, I would ask Ken to continue our visit! Thank you, Ken!

Betty Albrecht

United States
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 8/17

Great Guide. Very conscious of my husband's limitations and made helpful adjustments to the tours.

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

Grant Kelly

Australia
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 28/16

Ken was a very calm, knowledgable and thoughtful guide. He was able to shape the tour to cater for what we had already seen, and managed a miserable rainy day and still provided a fascinating and wonderful tour for us. There were only two of us, which meant we got a personal tour with a vast amount of information on japanese culture, history, gardens, plants and just about everything!!

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

David McAllister

United States
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Tour: #36756, Shore Excursion tour for David McAllister and his group by a private jumbo taxi to Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 22/16

Ken gave us a very good overview of the highlights of Kyoto. He was prompt, friendly, and knowledgeable. We paid extra to have a driver and van, rather than using public transportation, and it was well worth it since we had to be picked up and returned to Kobe, an hour away. We would recommend Ken to anyone wanting to tour Kyoto. He knows the city well.

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

Ben S.

United States
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 18/16

Ken is highly professional and knowledgeable about Kyoto. His 15 years of work experience in the U.S. make him fluent in English, and he understands the preferences of Westerners. He is energetic and helpful. Ken guided us first through Eastern Kyoto, then through Western Kyoto, and we liked his suggested mixture of sites, walking, and use of public transportation. He also advised on what to do on our own, both in the evening and on our free day in Kyoto.

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

Joel K.

United States
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 17/16

Excellent. A pleasure to be with Ken san

Lance Ohara

United States
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 28/16

The 2nd day of tours with Ken took us to the Fushimi Inari shrine. As it was raining, Ken masterfully changed up the itinerary so that we spent some time indoors. We toured the Nishiki market and had lunch in the area. The sun came out and we went to the Imperial Palace, Philosopher's path on our way to the Silver pavilion. Along the way, he took us to key Shrines and temples in Kyoto. We had a great time with Ken and highly recommend him to anyone wanting to see Kyoto from a local's perspective.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Lance, Thanks for your five stars again.I hope you and your family will bring great memory on Kyoto back home. -Ken S.

Frank Cocuzza

United States
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 28/16

We booked Ken for two days - East Kyoto and West Kyoto. Ken was great to be with. He was very informative and fun to be with. Great sense of humor, and made the two days very enjoyable, in spite of the 90 degree heat and humidity. Also he helped us with our tickets and got us on the right track for our departure to Tokyo.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Frank, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought great memories back home. -- Ken s.

Brian Winters

United States
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 12/15

Lucy Molloy

United States
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 7/15

Ken is attentive, informative and an overall great travel guide. We had him two days in Kyoto, which saved us the time, effort and money - figuring out logistics and making our two-day tour amazing. He worked with our pace, and was entertaining with his historical knowledge and humor. He gave us inside tips for the remainder of our visit. In short, if you want a guide that cares, and is proud of his city (which he grew up in), choose Ken.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Chris and Lucy, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought great memories back home. -- Ken S.

Ilan Shalvi

United States
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 31/15

Another great day with Ken San. This was our 2nd day touring with Ken san. Great tour guide in Kyoto.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ilan and Lily, Thanks for your five stars. I hope you will bring great memories back to your home. -- Ken S.