Richard OlverUnited States
Masaki (Mike) was a great guide. I highly recommend him. He took us to some places that I never would have gone to if we were on our own. As a former history teacher he has extensive knowledge of the sites that we visited. It made the tour that much better.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Richard, Frankly speaking, before the tour, I was a little anxious about Barry's physical condition. But when I met and talked with him, I thought it was OK. We visited Sanjusangendo Temple, Golden Pavilion, and Ryoanji's rock garden. I'm very happy that you enjoyed the tour. It was a half day tour, but worth a full day tour. Congratulation!!! Please visit Kyoto again. I invite you into the unknown Kyoto world next time. Now I'm writing this message on the plane to Los Angels. Have a good day!!
As a former history teacher, Misato is very informative! He knew the answer to pretty much every question we had. He was very keen to take photos of us, so if you love collecting pictures of your travels, he's the perfect guide for you. He's also a licensed zen teacher so he had a lot of interesting insights to share with us throughout our tour of West Kyoto.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Tzeyi, Thank you for sending a good review. Traveling with you was full of jokes and laughters. You seem to have a talent to make people happy. Time runs so fast with you. Jane and you look like sisters. Probably you come back to Australia. Temperature difference is so big. Take care of yourself and say hello to Jane. Visit me again, next time to my hometown. Masaki
Mark CarlsonUnited States
Masaki-san was well informed and creative in moving through very crowded parts of Kyoto. He has a deep knowledge of history that enhances the places that he takes you to. He has a kind heart that goes beyond the omotonashi of Japan to make you truly feel welcome.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Mark, I'm curious about new things. This time we went around the Moss Temple and Daikakuji Temple. Long wanted to walk around them with my guests. Finally my dream came true. Moss Temple was more than I expected. Probably it is one of the best temples in Kyoto. Unforgettable memory, indeed. Very happy to have walked around beautiful autumn leaves in Kyoto. Thank you again for giving me a great present.
Mr Masaki was one of the warmest and friendliest tour guide we ever had. Very informative and knowledgeable about our tour and leveled up our tour experience to new heights. A very fine example of Japanese hospitality.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jeanne, Thank you for sending me a message. I appreciate it very much. I think it was a long tour for both of us. We walked a lot from morning till night in Kyoto and Osaka. Thanks to your cooperation, we successfully carried out our tour plan. In addition, you sent me nice photos. They reminds me of your happy faces. Hope you will come back and go around the other side of Kyoto. Say hello to your wonderful families.
Yuliya ShtalenkovaUnited States
It was our best experience in Japan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Yuliya, for sending a warm message. Hope you will have wonderful experiences during your stay in Japan. Good Luck!!
Anton VisserUnited States
Absolutely loved our time with Masaki. He is the kindness, nicest person we have encountered on our trip to Japan. He made Kyoto come alive for us. Even more importantly our kids loved every minute we had with Masaki. He taught us so much not only about Kyoto but about life and about giving and caring. We can't wait to come back to Kyoto and visit with Masaki again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Anton, Thank you for sending a warm message. Yes, it was a great tour. One of the unforgettable tours. Every encounter has a special meaning. This tour reminds me of my own thought. I love your families. Hope for great success to everybody. Say hello to Annie, Neels and Olivia. Looking forward to seeing you.
Carla Stroh-palalayUnited States
Masaki was awesome!! Super knowledgeable about the history of all places. He was a former teacher and he brings his significant teaching skills with him on the tour!! Not only were the places beautiful, but Masaki gave them all meaning. Even our teenager was most impressed! Masaki is super personable and very fun. We would definitely do another tour with Masaki and tours by locals!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Carla, Thank you for sending a warm, encouraging message. You are my first guests I guided after I registered myself here. I was very happy to have met a nice family from Hawai and Canada. I thank to God, you and TBL for giving me a wonderful unforgettable memories. In addition, we met again in Nara. This is a miraculous incident!!! Don't you think a miracle will come again? Good luck, everybody!