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

Tour: Full day Private tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto.

Ken S.
  Kyoto, Japan
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John Chin

United States
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Tour: #58443, Full day Private tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 29/19

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: #58443, Full day Private tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 29/19

Nara is a beautiful place to visit ... made all the better by having a very knowledgeable guide to show us round ... I would highly recommend a visit to Nara with Ken

Jerry Stein

United States
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Tour: #58443, Full day Private tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 18/19

Kelly Hardin

United States
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Tour: #58443, Full day Private tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 30/19

Such an enjoyable day with Ken. We would highly recommend him. He keep the day interesting and fun.

Mark Johnson

United States
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Tour: #58443, Full day Private tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 18/19

Great day with Ken in Nara Japan. Wonderful guide who is very adept at mixing historic culture with modern day society. Provides the key points but does not overwhelm with too much information. Also, wonderful photographer.

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

Richard Olver

United States
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Tour: #58443, Full day Private tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Feb 15/19

I loved hanging with Ken for the day. He has run an incredible number of tours and totally knows his way around. He also was very considerate of one of our party who was wiped out from cancer treatments, finding the elevator and other ways to avoid the stairs in the subway and train stations. He also has knowledge of great places to eat. I highly recommend hiring him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Richard, Thanks for your five starts. I really enjoyed your company today. Hope you can enjoy skiing at Niseko on your way back home. -Ken S.

Sean Jensen

United States
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Tour: #58443, Full day private customized tour for Rabbi Jensen and his group., Kobe, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 22/19

A belated "arigato" to Mr. Ken-san who was a tremendous help before and during our 2-day visit to Kyoto and Hiroshima. We couldn't figure out the rail schedule from the various websites so he sorted out everything for us before we got to Japan. He was knowledgeable, good English, and very personable.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rabbi Jensen, Thanks for your evaluation. There were so many sites you needed to visit during your short stay in Japan, which had not been covered and planned per our customized tour plan. I understood you were so busy and tired, because this trip had a mission for preliminary survey for your summer school trip. And I am sorry I cannot accept your proposal to take care of your summer school trip, due to my schedule. Best regards, Ken S.

Mark Hebeka

United States
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Tour: #58443, Full day Private tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 26/18

Ken offered a "non-Google" tour (as he called it) of Nara for us. He was very patient, thoughtful and interesting in his approach and discussion. He had previously lived in the United States, so he has strong command of the English language and a good understanding of our culture and what we would appreciate. He provided very helpful guidance and even assisted us with buying our train tickets for the next day. Thank you Ken!

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

James Moeller

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Tour: #58443, Full day Private tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 24/18

Ken was our guide for 3 tours. He was very knowledgeable, friendly, and knew the public transportation system very well. Would highly recommend him for just about any tour.

Lily Robillard

San Francisco, CA, United States
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Tour: #58443, Full day Private tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 29/18

My last tour with Ken we took a 75-minute train ride to Nara where we visited historic sites/temples and the Great Buddha Hall, the biggest wooden structure in the world. All the sites were located in Nara Park where "wild" deer lived. We had a wonderful lunch at Izasa--"steamed sushi" their specialty. We then took another train to see Fushima-Inara Shrine, lined with more than 10.000 red torii. Ken took memorable photos of me. He's so easy to get along with and knowledgeable. Highly recommend Ken!

Sebastian Escarrer

Spain
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Tour: #58443, Full day Private tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 13/18

Melissa Roza

United States
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Tour: #58443, Full day Private tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 22/17

Ken was great! We had a big group with 3 kids that were running around the entire time and Ken handled it with grace. He has a great sense of humor and a lot of knowledge to share. He was also very flexible when we wanted to change the itinerary and he suggested some changes himself that proved to be spot on. I would highly recommend him! The driver he hired was great too.

Heriberto Murillo

Mexico
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Tour: #58443, Full day Private tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 12/17

We had a great time with Ken in Nara today. He was vey kind and patient with all of our family. We gave us stories and explanations around the sites we visited and joined us in a typical japanese restaurant for lunch. I highly recommend him. We are also having a tour to Arashiyama with him tomorrow morning.

Tim Weston

Australia
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Tour: #58443, Full day Private tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 18/17

A great tour in the beautiful city of Nara. Ken did a fantastic job showing us around and in explaining the history of the area. Thanks Ken for your flexibility and your Knowledge. We loved it!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Tim, Again thanks for your five stars. Looking forward to meeting you someday again in Kyoto. -- Ken S.

Manasi Nadkarni

United States
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Tour: #58443, Half day Private tour to ancient city Nara from Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 23/17

enjoyed the trip and great conversation!! He stayed longer to finish the site seeing and never charged extra.Very nice job!!!

Ian Parkin

Samoa
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Tour: #58443, Full day Private tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 3/17

This was our third day in Japan and our second tour with Ken which took us to Nara. Ken took us to sites he thought we would enjoy based on what he had learnt from our first tour. We spent time in the crowds seeing some famous sites and then spent time in relatively isolation sitting in beautiful gardens. Ken is articulate, erudite and has appropriate and helpful information at his fingertips. We really appreciated his flexibility, responding to our needs as the tour proceeded.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ian, Thanks for your five stars. I really appreciated your cooperation. -Ken S.

Craig Israelsen

United States
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Tour: #58443, Full day Private tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 25/17

Ken is an excellent tour guide and a fast walker--which we love!

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

Joel K.

United States
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Tour: #58443, Full day Private tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 16/16

Timi Hallem

United States
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Tour: #58443, Full day Private tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 9/16

We had a wonderful day with Ken. He was knowledgeable, open to our needs and interests, and a delight to be with.

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

Sharon Meltzer

United States
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Tour: #58443, Full day Private tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 4/16

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for five stars again. I truly enjoyed your family's companies. Especially, it was informative to me to exchange views on people, society, history, and religion with Sharon during the tour. Hope you will bring wonderful memories back home. --Ken S.

Lori D.

Naples, FL, United States
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Tour: #58443, Full day Private tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 31/16

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

Annie Cheung

United States
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Tour: #58443, Full day Private tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 27/16

Ken san did a fabulous job taking us around Kyoto at a fast pace that suited our family well. We also went to a number of off the beaten path locations to get a glimpse of beyond the tourist must see spots. I would highly recommend a tour with Ken san and will book him again when the return to Kyoto next year. Kyoto is so far my favorite city in Japan with different things to offer in different seasons.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Annie san, Thanks for your five stars. Looking forward to meeting with you again. --Ken S.

Paula Margarita Cajucom

Philippines
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Tour: #58443, Full day Private tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 27/15

Ken-san is an excellent tour guide!!! He was very patient, kind, helpful to us. He takes time to explain and answer all our questions. I would definetely recommend him and all his tours. Thank you for a wonderful tour and for your great company.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi. Paula, Thanks for five stars and thanks for your comment. Hope you will enjoy your stay in Japan and bring great memory back home. --Ken S.

Alan Wolff

Potomac, MD, United States
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Tour: #58443, Full day Private tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 2/15

Ken if very knowledgeable, his English is very good, flexible to meet our needs. Good on history, food, sights. recommend him without reservation. a good person to share the day and the places with.

Elizabeth Cuthbert

United States
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Tour: #58443, Full day tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 2/15

Ken was a pleasure to work with. Shortly before our tour, we heard about an I. M. Pei designed museum located about 30 to 40 miles outside Kyoto. We wanted to visit it. We sent Ken an email and asked it he could arrange this visit - a major change from our previously agreed upon itinerary. Ken responded quickly saying he could make it happen by hiring a taxi for us. We enjoyed the museum and ended our day with a fabulous visit to Fushimi-Inari. Ken's English is excellent and he is charming to boot.

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

Angela Koh

Singapore
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Tour: #58443, Full day tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 20/15

Thanks for an enjoyable tour. Ken was flexible in his planning and adjusted our route to avoid the worst of the rain.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Angela, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have great days in Japan. Ken S.

Nalini Govindji

United Kingdom
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Tour: #58443, Full day tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 19/15

Though the guide from the imperial palace for the western tourist was very comprehensive, Ken's presence was very much valued. Within a huge group of people, the guide was hardly audible, and that's when Ken came into his own. Ken made sure that we didn't miss out on anything so he stayed behind as the group moved on and explained everything again to us.His wealth of knowledge surpassed our expectation, every time. His initiative for showing us the picture history he had prepared made things even clearer

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

Wesley Mussio

Canada
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Tour: #58443, Full day tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 17/15

Ken was a delight. Knowledgeable of the area and very good English. Efficient too.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your evaluation. Have a great trip. Ken S.

Jeffrey W.

Australia
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Tour: #58443, Full day tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 18/15

Ken was engaging and fluent in English - he was generous with his time and made our tour of the major Nara sites and the Fushimi Inari shrine most enjoyable. His recommendation for lunch at the Iyasa restaurant at Todaiji temple was excellent. He went out of his way to deal with our luggage problems and was particularly helpful with purchasing tickets for our onward journey to Osaka. Look forward to returning to Kyoto in spring and autumn and doing another tour with Ken.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jeff, Thanks for your five star evaluation. Please give my best regards to your family. Looking forward to meeting you again. Sincerely, Ken S.

Man Koh

Malaysia
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Tour: #58443, Full day tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 15/14

Thank you to Ken-sun for his service during our stay. We enjoy his guide and he is very helpful.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Man-san, Thanks for your evaluation. I hope you could safely go to Osaka with your luggage the next day after our tour. Hope everything will be fine with your people. Sincerely, Ken S.