Ken is one of the best guides we have ever had. He made sure we saw everything he requested but the best things we did were his recommendations. His thoughtful insights changed how we saw everything. Ken went above and beyond to make our day special.
This was such a great and memorable day. Ken was funny and easy to get along with, we really loved how he explained the history of each place we visited and offered to take our group photos. Lunch was amazing, stepping outside comfort zone to eat eel, it was yummy. We are so grateful to Ken for such a wonderful day finished with a ride on the romance train open car. Recommend this tour with Ken to everyone, lovely guide.
Kevin KellyUnited States
Ken was an expert. His english was exemplary and very easy to understand. He also was full of information about any place we asked about. And he was helpful to us, even beyond the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kevin, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have great days in Japan. -Ken S.
Michael R.United States
Ken was an amazing and knowledgeable guide (and photographer)! He handled my family of 5 people with excellent care and we felt much more confident navigating the public transit after our tour. The transitions between activities were seamless, and his communication with us for purchasing tickets for the temples and romantic train was very effective. He even was kind enough to take us back to our hotel upon request after the tour so we wouldn't feel lost. Would highly recommend to all visiting Kyoto!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Michael, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memory on Japan back home. You have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year ! -Ken S.
Mark CarlsonUnited States
Ken was energetic and knowledgeable as he took me to view Momiji all around the east side of Kyoto. He explained the history and engineering of water coming from Lake Biwa to Kyoto, tunneling through the mountain then generating electricity, irrigating and providing drinking water. We followed the path of this water through canals and aqueducts past multiple temples with beautiful fall colors. He even took me to his favorite restaurant (Yuba) where he introduced me to the proprietess.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Mark, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memory back home. -Ken S.
Ken is amazingly fit and walks fast, so we were able to cover lots of grounds. Speaks very fluent English and was very willing to share his great knowledge of the various places and also snippets of japanese history. Would recommend!
Nina CharnleyUnited States
See previous comment- we had Ken as our guide for 3 days. He's a fabulous guide and a very accommodating person. He has strong English language skills, was easy to understand and has a great sense of humor. We felt very fortunate to have been able to spend 3 tours/days with Ken
Jeff C.United States
This will definitely be the highlight of my Kyoto trip where we were able to visit the Kyoto West without missing a bit! It is all credit to Ken-san's Expert planning. We experienced everything beyond our expectation! Highly recommended!!!
Christopher RathnamUnited States
Ken was an amazing tour guide! He was very knowledgeable, friendly, and easy to talk to. He was also very flexible and truly cared about what I wanted out of the tour! I would highly recommend tours with Ken!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Chris, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought wonderful memories on Japan back home. -Ken S.
100% recommendation. Great day out. Ken was always attentive, happy to make changes and adapt the tour to suit. This was our first day in Japan so we had many questions and Ken was helpful. Ken also gave us great advice on where we should visit on following days and how to get there. All in all a rewarding day which was also peaceful an unhurried. Thanks Ken for all your help.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Paul, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought great memories back home. -Ken S.
Philipp Neil Antenor CruzPhilippines
ken was very helpful and understanding. clearly he had in mind the needs of the client. after doing the tour we really felt that we have seen kyoto beyond superficial.
Thank you Ken for the past two days. We enjoyed your tours and stories during pur viaita in kyoto, Nara and Arashiyama. We hope you have a great summer.
Ken spent two full days with us and we really enjoyed his company! We appreciated his great competence and passion introducing us into the secrets of Kyoto's history and culture
Shirley B.Quezon City, 1112, Philippines
Jill H.United States
Ken gave my husband and I a great tour of Arashiyama! Ken had a lot of stories and history of Kyoto, which we really enjoyed! I highly recommend his tour!! Very informative and friendly!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jill, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought great memory back home. -Ken S.
Shirley B.Quezon City, 1112, Philippines
We will definitely hire Ken for our next Kyoto trip. He speaks fluent English, resourceful and sensitive to our needs.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Shirley. Have a great memory back home. -- Ken S.
Gary BallardUnited Kingdom
Ken is a fantastic b guide. Knowledge, flexible and great company.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Gary, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have a pleasant travel in Japan. -- Ken S.
Fantastic day with such a knowledgable and fun person! Ken was so kind and fun to spend the day with. He was extremely knowledgeable and very eager to ensure that we got to see what we had set out to see. He even took us to one of his favorite lunch spots near the Nijo Castle which was just delightful!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Nisha, Thanks for your five stars. I hope you have brought great memory back home. -- Ken S.
Wonderful day at Arashiyama district with Ken. He was early and waited for us at our hotel lobby. Gave us guidance on train tickets and where to eat and what to do and was very well spoken and patient with us. His knowledge of Kyoto was very good since he is a native of Kyoto. He had the flexibility to cater to our specific itinerary which is outside his normal Arashiyama route. A very caring guide and provides informative facts during the tour. Certainly recommend a tour with Ken !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jennifer, Thanks for your five stars. It was my pleasure to be with you. Hope you have great memory back home. -- Ken S.
Ken was an informative guide, and great company. We had a wonderful day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Rosemary, Thanks for your five stars. I hope you will bring great memory back home. --Ken S.
Batul MumanUnited States
5 out of 5 for Ken. Excellent guide and tailored the tour to our needs. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Batul. Have a nice trip ! Ken S.
Ken was friendly, knowledgable and customized a tour to support our wants.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Scott, Thanks for your five star evaluation and thanks for your souvenir. I hope everything will be fine with your family and you have a great life. Sincerely, Ken S.
Shana ElliottUnited States
Ken was a wonderful guide who walked fast and kept us on schedule! We wanted to see the monkey park at Arashiyama and he hiked up the very steep mountain with my girls to see the snow monkeys even when we pooped out. We had a wonderful noodle lunch at a restaurant he located and he helped us order all our food and kept the waitress on her toes. The bamboo forest he showed us was amazing as was the romantic train ride. Ken did a great job and was very professional and kind.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Shana, Thanks for your five star evaluation. I hope you enjoyed your stay in Kyoto. Looking forward to meeting you again. Sincerely, Ken S.
Ken was very knowledgable. We learned a lot about the places we went to and also about other interesting things in Japan. It felt like a friend was taking you around. He went out of his way to arrange our schedule for the next days which was really a great help.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Yujin and Ningning, Thanks for your five star evaluation. Hoping many happiness to your family ! -- Ken S.
Alvin LoUnited States
Ken was very patient and accommodating. My 71 year old mother and 7 year old son got tired easily and Ken was kind enough to alter the tour for us. He was also very knowledgable about Kyoto as grew up there and his English was great because he had lived in the U.S. before as well.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your five star evaluation, Alvin-san. Please give my best regards to your family. Looking forward to meeting you again. Sincerely, Ken S.
Gina R.United States
Our family enjoyed our time with Ken-san. We found him to be very knowledgeable and professional. We liked Arashiyama a lot and enjoyed the tram ride. Ken-san also went out of his way and put in extra time and effort to take us to Gion and Nishiki market even if they were not part of the original tour. It wasn't expected but we truly appreciated it. We highly recommend Ken to anyone who visits the Kyoto area!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear The Romero, Thanks for your five star evaluation. I hope you have a great journey in Japan. Looking forward to meeting you again. - Ken S.
I am so glad I took the private tour instead of being in a full loaded coach with other tourists. Ken was very efficient and very informative of the place we toured.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Maya, Thanks for your five stars evaluation. I look forward to meeting you again. Ken S.
Kum Peng TangSingapore
Arashimaya is such a lovely place! Ken knows the ins and outs, the choice viewing spots of the area extremely well and we were so impressed by his knowledge of the area. He is very punctual and he has timed the tour very well. We are extremely happy and satisfied with him and highly recommends him to any of our friends. Great job Ken!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kum, Thanks for your five stars evaluation. I hope everything is going well with your trip back home. Looking forward to meeting you again. Ken S.
Carla FoxUnited States
Ken was wonderful. His English was fluent and he was very knowlegible. We went through beautiful paths that we never would have found. I give him highest rating and will request him again on our next trip. Even around our hotel's perimeter, he pointed fascinating facts. I highly recommend this tour and this guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bob, Thanks for your five stars evaluation. Looking forward to meeting with you agaim. Ken S.
Linda FriedmanUnited States
Ken was an amazing tour guide and so responsive to our interests AND MORE! He led us through many parts of Kyoto using local transportation which made us feel part of the city and the people. His choice for lunch was outstanding and we all felt he listened to us and understand our individual needs and requests. He moved quickly, knew the area well and went above and beyond any expectations we could have ever had. Even after the tour ended he shared an amazing sight which left us in awe!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Linda, Thanks for your five stars evaluation. After the tour, I hope you have enjoyed the enthusiasm of tens of millions of spectators at Gion Matsuri festival eve in Kyoto. Looking forward to meeting you again. - Ken S.
Ken did an admirable job even though the weather was very poor. He explained well and made sure all our queries were adressed
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Manfred, Thanks for your highest evaluation. I look forward to meeting you again. Sincerely, Ken S.
Patricia SchreiberHong Kong
The tour with Ken was great. He is a very knowledgeable man with great pride in his country's history and its beauty. Ken was a very imformative guide. He was patient and went out of his way to help us with anything we needed. I will indeed recommend him to all of our friends when they visit Kyoto!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Patricia, Thanks for your highest evaluation. Looking forward to meeting you again. Ken S.
Sharon KotabeUnited States
Ken was very knowledgeable, personable and helpful. We thought he went 'above and beyond' to be sure we got to see all we wanted to see in Kyoto. We were very happy with him, and give him our highest recommendation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your highest evaluation. Looking forward to meeting with you again. Ken S.