Sarah PringleUnited Kingdom
Great 2 days covering the main highlights of Kyoto. Having a guide in Kyoto is a much easier way to navigate around the city and Hiroko is very knowledgeable about the places we visited.
Tad IshiharaUnited States
Hiroko made our 2 day stay in Kyoto worry-free. She confidently navigated us through the transportation systems, previewing our routes and telling us what we needed to do. She was very accommodating to our needs but more importantly provided wonderful insight at all the sites that we visited. Her knowledge and expertise was impressive. Hiroko has a pleasant demeanor and can make anyone feel comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated spending the two days with her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Tad, thank you very much for giving many stars! Also your comments made me very happy. We visited a lot of places with transportation and walking. Two days in Kyoto sounds not enough to see but we spent a really great time. Hope you’ll come back to Japan soon and visit other sites next. Take care and enjoy traveling! Best, Hiroko
Edward DennisonWASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, United States
Hiroko was absolutely wonderful as a guide. For two days she walked us through so many beautiful temples, parks and paths, seamlessly combining undergrounds, buses, trolleys and local trains to cover sights all over Kyoto's spectacular landscape. Hiroko gave us a wonderful education in Japanese culture, traditions and food as we explored the city with her. We could not have found a better teacher and companion for our first Kyoto visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Edward, thank you very much for the comments! I was also happy to introduce you beautiful Kyoto. I hope you’ll come back to Japan again. Take care and enjoy traveling in the world! Best, Hiroko
Kathleen ItoUnited States
Hiroko was a wonderful guide. She spoke English well, and provided many insightful comments on the various sights she took us to. She waited patiently while we took many stops at stores to shop. She helped us with purchases, explaining what we were buying and intervening when we had questions of the shop keepers. If there was something special we were looking for she kept a sharp lookout for us and helped us find various things we wanted. This was our second time with Hiroko.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Kathy, I was so happy not only to have met you and your family in three years but introduced you many places. Also I appreciate you gave me many stars and comments! I hope we’ll meet again. Best, Hiroko
Our three days with Hiroko as our guide in Kyoto was like being looked after by a close friend of a relative showing you their home town. Hiroko was wonderful, friendly and very flexible in adjusting the itinerary to our particular interests. She provided a valuable insight into Japan's culture and history. Her time management was impecable, but she often generously provided us with more of her time than was allocated. She has definitely inspired us to want to return to Kyoto.��
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Helen, thank you very much for hiring me as your guide for three days! That was so great to enjoy a lot of places and made unforgettable memories. Hope you’ll come back and discover another side of Kyoto! All the best, Hiroko
Diane BofferdingUnited States
Hiroko was an excellent guide. She met us at our hotel lobby each morning. We used trains, subway, trams, buses and walking to get around Kyoto. She arranged our tours so that we saw so much in 2 days, including Golden Pavilion, Silver Pavilion, Temples, Nijo-jo Castle, the market . We were very pleased that she took us to see a real maiko perform at a local restaurant. She answered my emails promptly. She helped us purchase train tickets so we could get to the airport. I highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Diane, thank you very much for your comments ! Yes, we enjoyed the tour in Kyoto including to see a real maiko performance. Kyoto’s attractions are unlimited. I hope you’ll visit us different season, different time to see different scenery. Thank you again. All the best, Hiroko
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Sarah, thank you very much for giving me five stars ! Hope you’ll come back to Japan again and see other places more ! Take care, Hiroko.
David NgUnited Kingdom
Affable, knowledgeable, energetic, friendly and warm, personable and accommodating. Highly recommended
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear David, thank you very much for hiring me as your guide. I was so happy to introduce you beautiful Kyoto. Hope you'll come back to Japan in the near future ! All the best, Hiroko
Cameron BoiceUnited States
Hiroko was wonderful and I would highly recommend her to anyone traveling in the areas she covers!! We absolutely loved the time with her. She provided a lot of history for each of the sites and was very considerate of how we were feeling as we progressed through the day. She was flexible in adjusting her plans to fit our priorities. She knew all of the "ins and outs" of each area to get us there quickly and arrive at the best times to get the most out of each site.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Cameron, Thank you very much for giving me such wonderful comments and stars! I'm very happy to introduce you the beautiful Kyoto with rich history. I hope you'll make another plan to visit Japan again. All the best, Hiroko
Manasi NadkarniUnited States
Loved our 2 day trip in Kyoto! She went beyond call to put us on the train and help us.Will recommend without reservations!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Manasi! I was also happy to introduce you the beautiful Kyoto for 2 days! Please stay healthy and have another great time in Japan. All the best, Hiroko
Paul OchsnerUnited States
Hiroko hosted my wife and I for 2 days in Kyoto. We were glad we did the 2 day tour as the highlights are too much for one day. She recognized an opportunity to see a maiko perform and adjusted our sights accordingly. That was a special and interesting opportunity. We had a great time with her, felt it was well worth the time and cost, and would highly recommend Hiroko as your guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Paul, thank you very much for your comments and many stars! We're blessed by the fine weather for 2 days and a maiko performance too. I hope you'll find another time to visit Japan again in the near future. All the best, Hiroko
Candice ChowUnited States
Hiroko was wonderful. She is very informative, funny and kind. We had a wonderful 2 day tour with her in Kyoto. Everywhere she took us was just so beautiful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much Candice to join my tour Kyoto for 2 days! Yes, that was so amazing. If possible, please make another tour to visit Japan next time. Look forward to meet you again! Best, Hiroko
Steven GreenUnited States
Hiroko met us at our hotel next to Kyoto Station and did an exceptional job of planning our two days of touring sights in Kyoto. Her English is wonderful so our conversations went beyond the history of shrines and temples and logistics matters - we were able to gain insight into Japanese culture and modern lifestyles. With her help we learned how to use the buses, subway, and trains and she recommended our self touring on the weekend to Mt. Kurama, a wonderful day trip. We highly recommend Hiroko.
Ed KoplosUnited States
Great two days. She guided us to all the best sights via public transportation, and gave us a brief history of each. She also pointed out the key places to stop at each sight to add to the experience. We were totally exhausted at the end of two days. Would use her again when in Kyoto.
Michael AllemangUnited States
We very much enjoyed our two days with Hiroko. The places we visited and the insights she provided were very interesting. Also, we very much appreciated her teaching us how to use the bus system.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Michael san, thank you very much for your comments. I hope you'll make another plan to visit again and know different sides in Japan. Best, Hiroko
Hiroko was absolutely fabulous in arranging our tour of Kyoto. Her precise scheduling enabled us to visit all the must-see venues, without which we would just be the average tourist stumbling our way around. Hiroko's insights and depth of knowledge made us appreciate Japanese culture and the venues so much more. She also paced the tour so that my aged mum enjoyed the tour as she didn't walk as fast as the rest of us. Many thanks for a terrific time in Kyoto!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Chris and family! Those two days are so amazing time for me too ! I was very happy to show you around this beautiful Kyoto. I feel happy if you keep very good memories in Kyoto. Kyoto is always loved by every visitors with keeping tradition and history for long time by local residents, and has unlimited attractions for us Japanese too. I hope you'll come back here again and find another side of the city. Once again, thank you very much. All the best, Hiroko
Michelle HeilpernUnited States
We loved Hiroko. She was incredibly knowledgable, and an amazing guide. As first time visitors, she made our experience unforgettable! Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Michelle, thank you very much! I'm very happy you had memorable days in Kyoto. The old capital has unlimited attractions, so when you visit next time, you'll make another memories as well. Hope we'll meet again. All the best, Hiroko
Keith P.United States
Hiroko was a delightful tour guide. It was our first time to Japan and she was so helpful in ensuring we understood how to get around in Kyoto. She was very knowledgeable about the history of Kyoto and Japan itself. In the two days we spent with Hiroko, she ensured we saw all that Kyoto has to offer, without rushing us through anything. She was so warm, friendly and made us feel like family. We have found a new friend in Japan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Keith, really thank you for the heartwarming comments. Not only yourselves but I enjoyed those two days very much. Kyoto is filled with attractions to introduce you, now, past and in the future. I hope we'll meet again. All the best, Hiroko
Brandon GreenDC, United States
Choosing a tour guide can be difficult and if you're having a hard time figuring out who is good - stop and book Hiroko! We spent two full days with her touring Kyoto and she was excellent, attending to every detail. She was both planned and spontaneous and a lot of fun to spent time with. We highly recommend her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Brandon, thank you very much for choosing my two-day tour in Kyoto. It was amazing day to show you beatiful historical city. I hope you'll make another plan to visit this country again. Japan awaits you ! All the best, Hiroko
Sally M.New Zealand
Hiroko is an excellent guide, I learnt so much about Kyoto and Japan, and even saw a real Maiko. Hiroko helped me to successfully navigate the often complex transport system, explained the sites that we visited, and encouraged me to try unusual foods. Good pre-tour communication, and prompt timings on the actual tour. Highly recommended - I hope to travel with her again on my next visit.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sally, thank you very much for such wonderful comments. It was a great chance for me to show you around beautiful Kyoto including seeing a real Maiko ! I hope we'll meet again in the future to travel more attractive places together ! All the best, Hiroko
Patrice Tze Sek SumMauritius
Hiroko is very professional, knowledgeable, helpful, patient, not to mention, super nice! :) We kept bombarding her with questions about Japan's intriguing history and culture, and she answered all of them knowledgeably and patiently :) We had a wonderful time sightseeing in her company. She also went out of her way to help us locate restaurants that served the types of food that we were looking for. In all, we can only recommend her. You won't regret it!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: HI Patrice, Thank you very much for comments! I'm very happy that you had a memorable two days in Kyoto. Japan has still unlimited attractions, and awaits you. I hope we'll meet again. Please feel free to ask me whenever you have any questions as well! All the best, Hiroko
Joe YeeMI, United States
She made us feel comfortable from the beginning. She went the extra mile to make sure we boarded safely as we were leaving Kyoto.She waited till our train departed. She is flexible and very supportive. Excellent service example. Very happy.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Shruthi, thank you very much for sharing the time with me for two days. Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan and fly back to your country safely. Please say hello to your family. Take care ! Hiroko
Hiroko (Kyoto/Nara) guided me for 3 days, she adapted very well to my wishes and also brought in some ideas of her own. Great guide for a fast run through of Nara & Kyoto.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Edwin, Thank you very much for your comments. Your plans were so joyful and we spent a great time. Thank you and take care ! Hiroko