Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Kyoto-Japan by Tour Guide Koji M. (Guide #15129)


Ladan Khamsi

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 25/18

Koji-san was one of the "bestest" tour guides my family has had - and we're world travelers! Our full day tour of Kyoto was exciting, interesting, and very well planned for efficiency, variety and cultural/historic aspects. Koji-san was fun and very knowledgeable and extremely accommodating to meet the requests and interests of each of us (5 in the family!). If I could give more stars I surely would!

Adrian FitzGerald

Melbourne, VICTORIA, Australia
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Tour: #243376, Kyoto Private Trekking - Fushimi Inari Taisya, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 19/18

Meirav Moran

Israel
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Tour: #243361, Customed private half day Kyoto tour on 12th September, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 12/18

Koji gave me one of the most interesting days I had as a city critic for the last 5 years . He was patient, attentive to needs and full of important and professional knowledge. Thanks to him, I got a lot more out of Kyoto than I expected, and Following the things I learned from him, I extended my stay in the city. He is exactly the guide to take with you to anywhere you want to know in a real way, and not in a tourist way. I wish there was more space here to add all the compliments he is well deserved.

Walter Connelly

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 11/18

Koji was a terrific tourguide. He was first off incredibly friendly and personable. Koji also provided insightful and meaningful insights not just into the sites we visted but all things Japan. He was also flexible with the structure of out tour - I had noticed a monkey preserve en route to our destination and Koji was happy to provide me with meaningful time to visit which was an incredible experience. In short - if you are heading to Kyoto - book with Koji!! Time and money well spent.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you too for your good review on me, Walter! I am so glad you really enjoyed tour. Hopefully we see again soon. Koji

Gail DeMay

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 27/18

Elena Bergelson

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 22/18

We took a Kyoto tour with Koji and we really enjoyed it. Even though the temperature was 95F we didn't feel very tired because of the positive attitude of our tour guide. He showed us historical and natural sites. Koji also recommended us a very good restaurant. Thank you Koji!

Vijay Raghavendra

United States
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Tour: #243370, Essential Osaka private tour, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 11/18

Koji is a truly fantastic guide and a wonderful person. He is super knowledgeable and efficient in showing people around. We were lucky to have Koji Show is around Osaka. He was prompt, eager to help and was very enthusiastic about showing us his wonderful country. Osaka was the last city on our tour of japan and Koji reaffirmed th cordiality and efficiency of the Japanese people. We met wonderful people like Koji and carry all these memories with us back home. Koji is the person to have As the guide!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Vijay, thank you so much for excellent review on me. Have a nice flight back home tomorrow! Koji

Stéphane Berrebi

France
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Tour: #243361, Customed private Kyoto tour on 7th August, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 7/18

Our second tour with Koji in Kyoto was very nice and less physically consuming than the first as we visited temples, zen gardens and the philosopher's path under a milder heat wave and less slopes ! And Koji was as energetic, dedicated, well organized and full of information about the sites as the first day, so it was a great occasion of discovery of a unique city .

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Stéphane, thank you for hiring me for two days. Glad to hear that you enjoyed the tours with me. Hope we see again in the near future for more of Japan! Koji

Chris Morabito

United States
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Tour: #243368, Essential Nara private tour, Nara, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 6/18

Chris Morabito

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 5/18

Koji is energetic, exciting, and extremely knowledgeable. His passion for the area is contagious. We had an exceptional 2 day tour experience with him. We did pivot from the original plans, adding an impromptu visit to Uji, which was unforgettable, and helping us cope with some extremely tough heat. Highly recommended!!

Stéphane Berrebi

France
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Tour: #243361, Customed private Kyoto tour on 4th August, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 4/18

Koji is a very good, nice, helpful and energetic guide who designed a great tour, took us to very nice places and gave us good advice. We will go with him again with great pleasure to explore more places in KYOTO !

Mark Hull

United Kingdom
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Tour: #243361, Customed Private Halfday Kyoto tour on 19th of July, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 19/18

Koji's English was excellent. Also he chose to include a visit to Sanjusangendo which is not mentioned in the guide book and so I was sceptical. However, it was spectacular, seeing the 1001 life size Deities lined up in the temple. He is a very pleasant and very knowledgeable guide. Many thanks.

Patricia Collantes

Mexico
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Tour: Highlights of Kyoto Including Kyoto's Food Culture Private Tour., Kyoto, Japan
Date: Jul 18/18

We enjoyed every minute of the day we spent with Koji.He has knowledge and he was kind to share it with us.

Lorraine Shaked

United States
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Tour: #243370, Essential Osaka private tour, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 10/18

What an amazing day!!! Koji is a great guide and very helpful. He took us to Osaka and explained to us the history of the city. He also took us around and made us feel like locals. We then went to Nara and again his knowledge and explanation was impressive. We really enjoyed our day and would recommend him as a guide 100%!!!!!

Eric Mitchko

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 27/18

Great! Koji was delightful, well-informed, and organized yet flexible. He offered exactly the level of time and energy we were looking for. Very strongly recommended!

Mark Hebeka

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 25/18

Koji did a very good job as our guide. He was prompt and confirmed the tour ahead of time. He has solid command of English and was very accommodating. The tour was pretty active, but he kept us moving and interested. He was very thoughtful in his approach and even offered to stop at some unusual specialty shops along the way and recommended dinner locations for after the tour.

Maria Benvenuti

Italy
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Tour: #243368, Essential Nara private tour, Nara, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 24/18

My family and I spent a wonderful day in Nara with Koji! He organized a tour through Nara's top World Heritage attractions where we saw (and touched!) many many deers. Koji told us about both ancient history of Nara and contemporary Japanese urban lifestyle. He was very kind to us and most of all to our children. A perfect guide for an unforgettable day!

Heidi Borca

United States
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Tour: #243370, Essential Osaka private tour, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 21/18

My family enjoyed the tour. They did note there was a lot of walking for reference.

Polene Liu

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 15/18

Koji is the best! Patient, flexible and passionate! Thank you for making our trip so memorable!

Polene Liu

United States
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Tour: #243370, Essential Osaka private tour, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 14/18

Slavic Sukharev

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 7/18

Austin Mater

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 3/18

I had a terrific time with Koji today. I would definitely recommend him for a tour. I expect to be using him again on my next visit to Japan. He is very knowledgeable, very pleasant and very flexible. Thank you Koji for a great day in Kyoto!

Mei Stanton

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 31/18

Koji is a very genuine person, he loves this job and it shows during the tour. He was enthusiastic to show us and explain to us the history. On that day during the tour, the heavy rain made us all wet, he let us go back to the hotel to change, and stayed longer than scheduled time in order to show us the interesting sights. We really appreciate. I would recommend him to my friends when they visit Japan.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Mei, thank you for the nice review. Happy to hear you enjoyed the tour with me!

Richard Forsyth

United States
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Tour: #243370, Customed private Kyoto, Osaka, Nara tour on 24th-26th May., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 24/18

Simply put Koji is a fantastic guide.He is extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He made certain that we got to see as much as we could possibly see.Adults,families,groups It really doesn't matter.You can't do better than Koji.Koji is kind helpful and has a great sense of humor.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Richard, I really appreciate your review on me. Thank you so much indeed. Koji

Hemant Gupta

India
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 23/18

Koji san is a great guide, very knowledgeable and very understanding of the requirements of the tour members. Definitely recommended

Hugo A Ramirez

Panama
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 18/18

I wish I could have given 10 stars!!! Koji is a great person, totally engaged with his work, knowledgeable and funny. We had a fantastic tour with Koji and meeting him was a highlight of our trip to Kyoto. Thank you Koji for the wonderful time and the great memories!! We recommend Koji without any doubt whatsoever.

Nancy Smith

Australia
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Tour: #243370, Essential Osaka private tour, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: May 16/18

as new travellers to Japan our request was a personalized tour that would help us understand the Japanese way of life, the food and navigating the public transport, as an aside we mentioned we liked Japanese pottery. Koji understood what we were interested in and it seemed at every corner we turned there were more interesting points to explore. The pottery Street was a wonderful surprise. His English is perfect and he had a lovely sense of humour. Highly recommend Koji for a relaxed , informative tour

Tony Greenman

Israel
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 29/18

Koji was a great guide, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and a really nice guy. Doesn't stop smiling. Took me and my wife all over the city and made sure we saw as much as possible, but at the pace we wanted. Koji even went over time into the evening just to add some extras. Great choices of varied sites as well. Best temples, bamboo forest, Geisha district, market. Wonderful tour and guide. We highly recommend him.

Barbara B.

United States
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Tour: #243361, Customed private Kyoto tour on 28th April, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 28/18

Koji was great! He was so accommodating knowledgeable and made sure we were 1000 percent taken care of. Totally recommend him

Susan Lee

Canada
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Tour: #373511, Kyoto road bike touring series - Wazuka green tea plantation village, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 27/18

Great family experience. Had Koji for two days, he was great with the kids. They missed him after we left. Flexible, informative, highly recommend.

Susan Lee

Canada
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 26/18

Great family experience. Had Koji for two days, he was great with the kids. They missed him after we left. Flexible, informative, highly recommend.

Mary Jane Dowling

Canada
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 25/18

We covered alot of sights in Kyoto.Koji is entertaining & personable.He did not clock watch,he wanted to make sure we got in all the things on our list.Helped us in stores when we were shopping.Aware of our needs as far as using escalators instead of stairs when possible.Made reservations for us at a restaurant we wanted to try.English is very good.On a map planned out our day that we were on our own.You will not go wrong spending a day with Koji.MJ - Canada

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi MJ, I am so glad you are back your home safe. Thank you so much for having me as your guide for two days.Hope to see you soon! Koji

Mary Jane Dowling

Canada
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Tour: #243370, Essential Osaka private tour, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 24/18

Our Osaka tour was great even in the rain.Koji is so personable & very aware of your needs.Your day is yours so if you want to do some shopping he is there to help you.There is a fair amount of walking, using public transportation. Having a Pasmo card makes it very easy.His English is excellent.We stored our luggage in train lockers & to get to Kyoto he accompanied us right to our hotel.Really went above & beyond. MJ -Canada

Ashley De Jong

United States
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Tour: #243361, Customed private Kyoto tour on 23rd April, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 23/18

Cannot recommend Koji enough. We crammed so much into one day and enjoyed every minute. Koji has a great sense of humor. He was both informative and willing to engage in thoughtful conversation about culture, etc. We consider him a friend now and he was worth every penny.

Stuart Fund

Israel
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Tour: #243361, Customed private 3days tour on 15th,16th and 17th April, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 15/18

We spent 3 days with Koji and had a great time! He has a tremendous amount of knowledge and had lots of patience for all our questions. It was very important to him that we see as much as possible while still making sure that we were able to experience each sight to its fullest. Koji was very flexible and adapted our itinerary to our needs. We highly recommend him.

Jean-Benoit Daumerie

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 14/18

What an awesome tour! My wife and I were in Kyoto for our honeymoon, and our schedule was put together last minute. Koji was able to adjust the tour to accommodate some conflicts. He was also able to be flexible and add another stop to the tour per our request. We visited a whole bunch of spots in East Kyoto and he walked us through cultural, architectural, and historical explanations of what we were seeing. Would definitely do another tour with Koji...just like hanging out with a friend!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi JB! Yes, hopefully see you again in Kyoto!

Patricia Eagan

United States
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Tour: #243370, Essential Osaka private tour, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 13/18

Very, very good guide. I would recommend him highly. Enthusiastic and flexible

Judy Lo

Irvine, CALIFORNIA, United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 9/18

Koji is a wonderful guide. He was patient, kind, knowledgeable, and willing to change the itinerary and customize it for our group, even last minute changes. Koji made everything so smooth and was willing to accommodate all our requests. We had a wonderful time during our tour. Koji took us to routes that we otherwise would not have known to go to and temples and shrines that are little known. The recommendation for lunch and dinner were both fantastic. We will definitely use him again!

Carmen Tebbe

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 6/18

Koji was the absolute best! We booked a full day tour and he was able to reserve us a private car with a safe and extremely nice driver for the day. He had a great itinerary scheduled for us but was very flexible if we didn't want to do something or if we wanted to go somewhere, stay in a shop longer, etc. We had missed the main cherry blossoms by a week but he knew of one temple where they were in full bloom and it was exquisite. We never would have known to go there if we had not hired Koji.

Davide Zerbini

Hong Kong
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Tour: #243368, Customed private halfday Nara tour on 5th April, Nara, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 5/18

Another fantastic experience with Koji san. He guided us through Nara and waited us patiently at every stop. He was able to answer all our questions, always with a smile. Thabk you Koji and see you again next time in Kansai area. Davide, Kary, Tiziana ans Elisabetta.

Davide Zerbini

Hong Kong
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Tour: #243361, Customed private Kyoto tour on 4th April, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 4/18

Koji is a wonderful turist guide. Always available for explanation with a smile, very knowledgeable about Kyoto and Japanese culture in general; he can speak English and Italian. He made us exhausted after one day walking but it was worth to do it. Koji is highly reccomended to any visitor coming to Kyoto.

Debbie Rossi

United States
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Tour: #243370, Customed private OSaka tour on 3rd April, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 3/18

My parents had an amazing time. Thank you Koji for taking great care of them and making their trip memorable.

Brent Sanders

United States
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Tour: #373511, Kyoto road bike touring series - Wazuka green tea plantation village, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 6/18

Spending time with Koji is like hanging out with a long-time friend. Koji himself is very thoughtful and authentic person. The tour is a true slice of Japan that is off the beaten path and inaccessible to foreigners that don't speak Japanese or know the area. The cycling in this area invigorating and full of natural beauty to take in. The conclusion of the trip is a reward for your body with a genuine Onsen experience at the end that will leave you feeling floating on air.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for excellent review, Brent. I am very happy to have you as my first cycling tour client and hear that you enjoyed it. Koji

Joe Neumyer

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 4/18

Koji-san was a fantastic guide! Him and I spent the entire day together seeing as much of Kyoto as we possibly could. He was able to modify the program on the fly to allow me to see more of Kyoto as our schedule and path saw fit. Koji's knowledge of Kyoto is unmatched. He knows of every secret street and viewpoint. I wish I could retain as much information as he shared with me. I whole-heartedly recommend any tour with Koji as he truly loves his work. I now consider Koji a friend. Thank you!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Joe-san! I also enjoyed my favorite very intensive tour with you and I am so glad I made friend with you. Can’t wait to see the photos you took yesterday. Looking forward to it! Koji

Eileen Abuhamad

Bahrain
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Tour: #243370, Customed private Naoshima tour on 27th January, Kagawa, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 27/18

Eileen Abuhamad

Bahrain
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 24/18

Eileen Abuhamad

Bahrain
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 23/18

Kai Hansen

Australia
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Tour: #243361, Customed private Kyoto afternoon tour on 20th January, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 20/18

TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.

Rachel Hadlow

Australia
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Tour: #243370, Essential Osaka private tour, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 13/18

Thank you Koji for an amazing day in Osaka! We really enjoyed ourselves and found your knowledge about Japanese history very informative and interesting. You were great company and this experience was a highlight of our holiday. Thanks again!

Samantha Dowling

Australia
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Tour: #243370, Customed private Osaka tour on 4th January, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 4/18

We had a fantastic day out with Koji. He understood what we were interested in and took us to places we loved. He Recommended a great lunch spot, and assisted us with getting a table and how to get our meal. This was our second visit to Osaka and Koji has showed us so much more than we could have done ourselves. We loved how happy Koji was, keeping a big smile on all day!

Erin Partridge

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 30/17

Christine Fidello

Canada
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 24/17

Koji is an enthusiastic tour guide. It was a whole day tour but he was very accommodating with our requests since we had a baby with us. He provided necessary facts and history about Kyoto. The tour was informative, places were arranged accordingly for easier transport and of course, it was enjoyable since Kyoto is indeed a must visit. And it is best to choose Koji as your tour guide.

Cassandra Hart

Australia
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Tour: #243370, Essential Osaka private tour, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 23/17

Koji is warm, friendly and very personable. He catered for all we wanted to see and nothing was a problem. He knew so many local places and also a lot of history about Japan. You can definitely tell he loves his job and loves meeting new people and showing the sights and culture. He is so much fun and energetic, we thoroughly loved spending the day with him.

Stacey Iwane

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 8/17

Koji is a fun and knowledgeable guide. He was very accommodating and patient with us seniors. We never did feel rushed when we stopped at the little shops or for a cup of coffee. He made sure we all had a great time and returned us back safely to our hotel.

Jacqui Jordan

Australia
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 7/17

We had an amazing day in Kyoto with Koji. He was so knowledgeable and answered all of our questions so willingly. Koji did a great job keeping our teenagers happy and engaged throughout the tour - we would never have seen so much of the city on our own. He managed all of our various transport arrangements leaving us to relax and enjoy it all. At the end of our day, he helped us select an excellent restaurant for dinner and even seen us to our table. We only wish we could take him with us to Tokyo!

Grace Doni Andres

Laoag City, ILOCOS NORTE, Philippines
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Tour: #243370, Essential Osaka private tour, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 3/17

Koji was early and we were late. But he was very understanding. He said, " I am your guide and I am here to serve you. Wow! And so we had a great time with Koji. We were five adults and he tried his best to satisfy everyone's desires. We went around the Osaka Castle exited through the back to have lunch at this good ramen place. He took us shopping at Donkihote. He brought us to Shinsekai and Kurumon Market, places we really wanted to visit. He is someone you'd want to be with to bring you around. Great!

Dorothy Savarese

Centerville, MA, United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 18/17

Koji was approachable, timely, and knowledgeable. He helped tailor our tour to our interests. Would definitely recommend him to other travelers.

Lucretia Odinak

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 12/17

Koji was an amazing guide. We really could not have asked for a better experience. He met us at our hotel and we were off on foot to visit the markets and sites. Along the way he stopped at points of interest and added lots of information about Japanese customs and history. He made it clear that we were free to ask him anything we were curious about. The day was jam packed and we saw so much of Kyoto always feeling that Koji had a plan in mind and wanted to make our experience memorable. We loved it!

Victoria F.

Philippines
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Tour: #243370, Essential Osaka private tour, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 10/17

We had an excellent guide in Mr. Koji. We had a really wonderful day touring with him. Aside from sharing interesting information about Osaka's and Kyoto's histories, he also showed us places in Osaka and Kyoto we would have missed had we been on our own. We appreciated his kindness and his flexibility in our tour itinerary, his patience in teaching us how & where to take our train rides and his willingness to take our pictures in the places we visited. Thank you, Koji.

Raymund Christian Ong Abrantes

Philippines
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Tour: #243370, Essential Osaka private tour, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 9/17

My mother and her friends really enjoyed their time with Koji. Very informative and helpful guide.

Robert Oliva

United States
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Tour: #243368, Essential Nara private tour, Nara, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 2/17

Koji was an excellent tour guide. He explained what we saw and the background or legend behind it. He worked with our schedule and gave us choices to see so that we toured places of interest to us. We highly recommend him.

Art Gee

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 31/17

We had a great time touring Kyoto with Koji. Although he had specific places to show us, he allowed us to make adjustments based on our preferences. Koji was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and energetic but best of all he loves his job and his city. If you are considering a walking tour of Kyoto (including use of public transportation), I would highly recommend using Koji as your guide. He is the best!

Yilun Koethe

San Francisco, CA, United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 30/17

Overview: 5/5 stars. Two thumbs up. Don't look any further for the best tour guide in Kyoto! Koji is an energetic, kind and knowledgeable guide, who showed me (solo female traveler) >10 places in one day. He knows all about the historical sites, and points out cool back alley features. Without him, I would not have the depth of knowledge regarding the city, and the context to see the sights in Kyoto as most places don't have English translation. I would recommend him to anyone without reservation.

Letitia Golubitsky

Canada
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 21/17

Koji is a very knowledgeable guide. He was very sensitive to our needs and he fully respected our wishes / plans of the day. He made the day trip very enjoyable for us and for our 8 year old daughter . He is taking pride in showing Kyoto to tourists and he will take you to all the important sites. There are things we would have missed if we were by ourselves . He pointed out details we would not know otherwise. Strongly recommended for your vacation.

Suzanne Rostan

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 20/17

Koji is wonderful! He is all one could hope for in a tour guide - knowledgeable, kind, and accommodating. He met us at our car on the train and (after determining our priorities) took us to see (in 1 day) several beautiful Shrines and Temples (including the Golden Pavilion), the ethereal bamboo forest, the exquisite Okochi Sanso home and garden of the Japanese actor Denjiro Okochi, lunch at an automated sushi restaurant (delicious and fun) and shopping at the covered market! Fabulous!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you , Sue! It was so nice meeting you and them. I really hope to see you and your husband soon. Koji

Sandra Bousquet

United States
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Tour: #243361, Customed private Kyoto and Osaka tour on 18th October, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 18/17

Koji met our group of eight outside the cruise terminal and he was right on time. We had a fantastic day with him as he took us on train rides to our different destinations. We saved so much time having an experienced guide with us. If we tried to do this tour on our own we would have wasted so much time trying to figure out where we were going. By the end of the day, we all fell in love with Koji and his winning smile. He took us to places in Kyoto and Osaka and returned us to the ship on time.

Cedric Chau

Ireland
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Tour: #243370, Essential Osaka private tour, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 16/17

Excellent day with Koji. Most informative and enjoyable. Despite very poor weather, Koji had made it a very wonder day for us. Thank you.

Zuzana Kalian

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 15/17

Koji is a local treasure. We emailed back and forth as I planned the trip. He was very prompt with his responses and had great suggestions for our tour and even self-guided tours for the rest of our stay. He met us at our hotel on time and the whole day was full of fun and excitement. We covered so much ground by foot and via public transportation. At the end of the day Koji kept adding more things to show us and we even went overtime :) You will be in hands of a perfectionist.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Zuzana and Barry, thank you so much for excellent review on me. Spending the time with you in Kyoto is really good memories for me too. Yes, hope we meet in Kyoto again soon. Koji

Janet Rosenbloom

United States
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Tour: #243361, Customed private Kyoto tour on 12th October, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 12/17

Koji was excellent- knowledgeable, friendly, funny and flexible! We couldn't have enjoyed the tour more. The descriptions and history of the sites were fascinating and informative. Koji is high energy - we covered a lot of ground in the eight hours. We would and will highly recommend him to others looking for a guide in Kyoto. Thanks, Koji, for wonderful day!

Tyler Goldberg

Austin, TX, United States
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Tour: #243361, Customed private Kyoto tour on 10th October 2017, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 10/17

We spent a total of 3 days with Koji enjoying Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Miyajima. He was simply fantastic. He responded well to our individual needs throughout the day and put together a great itinerary for us in Japan. I highly recommend Koji for your visit!

Tyler Goldberg

Austin, TX, United States
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Tour: #243361, Customed private Kyoto tour on 9th October 2017, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 9/17

We spent 3 days with Koji, each day becoming better and better. His knowledge of the sights to see and how to efficiently guide through them to avoid crowds, achieve the most efficient viewing, and history are first class. I highly recommend Koji!

Tyler Goldberg

Austin, TX, United States
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Tour: #243370, Private Hiroshima tour on 7th October 2017, Hiroshima, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 7/17

Koji was quite simply fantastic! We had a long day on a Japanese holiday. He went the extra mile to purchase our tickets on the trains well in advance. He is knowledgeable and punctual. He was able to modify the itinerary as it was raining quite heavily to allow us to do indoor activities (Hiroshima museum) before outdoor activities such as Miyajima. This is the first of 3 days with Koji and we are so happy we found him!

Reza Taheri

United States
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Tour: #243370, Essential Osaka private tour, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 2/17

Koji is the best. He was flexible, sensed what we liked and wanted to do, and accommodated that as we went through the day. He is also quite personable and fun to be with

Brian Marks

United States
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Tour: #243361, Customed private halfday Kyoto tour on 26th September, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 26/17

Koji was exceptional. The pace was exactly what we were looking for and the afternoon was peppered with interesting Japanese culture and comments - even explaining some of the subway advertisements. Highly highly recommended. Thanks koji!

Berta Busuldu

Spain
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Tour: Day Trip to Nara Tour (from Kyoto), Kyoto, Japan
Date: Sep 24/17

This tour to Nara was really wonderful! Koji is the best guide I could have: he was so friendly, flexible with the places I wanted to visit and also he explained lots of interesting things. I highly recommend to book a tour with him! Thank you so much Koji for that perfect day!

Joe Stockwell

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 21/17

Koji is a Rock Star guide! Fantastic day for father and daughter to tour Kyoto -- we hit great sites all day and Koji gave us a great background and context for all the sites. We felt very comfortable with Koji -- I would recommend him to anyone, especially if you want to have a little adventure and keep a high tempo for the day. You will not be sorry! I hear he has a great bike tour also -- I imagine that would be wonderful too.

Susan Townsend

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 9/17

Koji provide our family with an AMAZING guided tour experience. The day was packed with interesting sites, great commentary and good food! We walked and took the train everywhere, and had a chance to dive into the culture, history and sights with information, enthusiasm and energy. All the sites we visited were outstanding- we couldn't think of one we'd leave off the list! Koji is attentive and knowledgeable. I recommend his tour with great enthusiasm!!!

Martha Warner

United States
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Tour: #243368, Customed private Kyoto and Nara tour on 8th September, Nara, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 8/17

Martha Warner

United States
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Tour: #243361, Customed private Kyoto tour on 7th September, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 7/17

Martha Warner

United States
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Tour: #243361, Customed private Kyoto tour on 6th September, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 6/17

Koji did an amazing job! Highly recommend!

Zev Rosenthal

United States
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Tour: #243376, Customed private Osaka and Kyoto tour on 31st August, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 31/17

Could not have found a better guide! I was unexpectedly ill but Koji saved the day and took my older teen son for the day on his own. They had a great time - a bit of history/culture and plenty of fun visiting manga shops and food markets.

Zev Rosenthal

United States
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Tour: #243370, Customed private Osaka tour on 30th August, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 30/17

Could not have found a better guide! I was unexpectedly ill but Koji saved the day and took my older teen son for the day on his own. They had a great time - a bit of history/culture and plenty of fun visiting manga shops and food markets.

Stuart Draughon

United States
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Tour: #243361, Customed private Himeji castle tour on 14th August 2017, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 14/17

Koji was very helpful in planning our trip to Himeji castle, the gardens at the castle, (including the excellent lunch spot in the garden), and Mt. Syosyazan Enkyoji temple. Climbing to the top of Himeji castle was one of our favorites during our month in Japan. As with the two other days, trip planning and travel was outstanding, and we 'walked the least and saw the most' with Koji's route--and got to see so much along the way. Koji's insights on all of our tours was superb. Great tour guide.

Stuart Draughon

United States
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Tour: #243361, Customed private Kyoto and Osaka tour on 13th August 2017, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 13/17

Koji worked with us on our tours in advance. On our day 2 in Japan, we toured a number of temples and shrines, examples are Sanjusangendo and Tofuku-Ji temples, and Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine, as well as gardens, Osaka Castle, Dontonburi (Osaka Times Square), and Shinsekai nostalgic street. As with day 1, Koji had a route that allowed us to walk the least and see the most--including numerous items of interest along the way. As on day 1, Koji found a great restaurant for lunch. Excellent Guide!

Stuart Draughon

United States
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Tour: #243361, Customed private Kyoto tour on 12th August 2017, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 12/17

Koji worked with us on our custom tours. Day 1 We saw Nishiki Food Market, then 5 beautiful temples Ninna Ji, Ginkaku Ji, Einkando Jenrinji, Shoren-in Monzeki, Kiyomizudera; and the District. (my spell check keeps correcting the names, so my apologies). Koji had the route figured out to allow us to see the most and walk the least, with this very challenging list--but also took us to Okanomiyaki Katsu for lunch. Koji had the background, and was fantastic! Outstanding guide service!

Laura Cavalleri

Italy
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 11/17

We spent the whole day with Koji. We were 9 people, two families with guys from 15 to 24 years old. With him we could visit Kyoto at the best. He could explain us the history, the habits, the culture of Japan. He was always kind and propositive. A wonderful day. At the end we were tired but happy, for sure without him we couldn't have visited all these special places in one day. Thank you Koji! Laura and family

Amanda Kelso

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 8/17

Koji was a great guide who was able to show us a kid-friendly view of Kyoto. Would recommend to anyone who wants a great tour!

Theresa Evans

United States
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Tour: #243370, Essential Osaka private tour, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 1/17

I highly recommend Koji! He was very friendly and knowledgeable. He listened to what we wanted to do and he built a tour around it. He allowed us time to do things when we were very interested in a location. He also introduced us to several interesting areas in Osaka that we would never have known. Of all the tours we have done in our two weeks in Japan, this one was the best.

Patrick Stafford

United States
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Tour: #243368, Essential Nara private tour, Nara, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 30/17

The Nara Day Tour was our second day with Koji and he did not disappoint. High energy, fun, interesting and interested in us, he provided a day filled with so many things we might have missed had we not had such a knowledgeable guide. Our family of four (mom, dad, 23 year old son and 20 year old daughter) would all highly recommend Koji and this tour.

Patrick Stafford

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 29/17

This tour was jam-packed, but we never felt rushed at any site. Koji is a delightful tour guide. He is pleasant, funny, knowledgeable, flexible and informative. He asked about our interests and things we'd like to see/try and tried to accommodate all of them. In addition to the usual historical sites, he also showed us the "off the beaten path" gems that made this day so special. His tour far exceeded our expectations. We would all highly recommend him.

Morten Hellberg

Switzerland
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 24/17

Gabriel Becerra

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 19/17

Koji made our stay in Kyoto memorable!!! We loved everything he showed us starting from the bamboo forest to the Fushimi Temple. His explanations were intriguing and thorough. He was very excited to show us Kyoto so he made it a very interactive and enjoyable tour. He also had an ipod to show a lot of pictures of the sites we will be visiting. Wonderful Experience!!! Best time in Kyoto

Aileen Habia

Mexico
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Tour: Customed private Himeji castle and Kobe tour on 16th July, Himeji, Japan
Date: Jul 16/17

Koji made our trip as incredible as expected and he is an amazing person just to meet him was a real pleasure , his tour was perfect, answered as many questions I asked and he was very helpful the entire time ! The best guide I've had Sincerely jorge & Sophia

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for very nice review, Jorge and Sophia. I wish I could but so unfortunately I have another tour on 19th. Hope you have good time for the rest of your stay in Japan. Koji

Michael Shapray

Canada
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Tour: #243370, Customed private half-day Osaka tour on 14th July, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 14/17

Highly recommended. We spent three days with Koji in Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. All days and activities were great, and he loves to drink Saki in the morning.

Michael Shapray

Canada
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Tour: #243368, Customed private half-day Nara tour on 12th July, Nara, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 12/17

Highly recommended. We spent three days with Koji in Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. All days and activities were great, and he loves to drink Saki in the morning.

Michael Shapray

Canada
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Tour: #243361, Customed private Kyoto tour on 11th July, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 11/17

We spent three days with Koji in Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. He was a great guide and each day was unique and informative. Highly recommended.

Richard Froehlich

United States
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Tour: #243361, Essential Kyoto private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 21/17

Koji was very friendly and knowledgeable and made our day fun and informative even though it rained. He really made Kyoto come alive with his background knowledge and even helped us get from our hotel tonthe train to Osaka. Highly recommend him

Marjorie Young

United States
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Tour: #243361, Customed private Kyoto tour on 9th June, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 9/17

Our family had such a fun day with Koji. We had requested to see the Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple,Ginkakauji Temple and Kiyomizudera Temple, but after the castle and two temples, Koji knew we were "temple out" and suggested Nishiki Market instead which was an excellent choice for the family. Koji was an excellent guide----very personable, knowledgeable, and catered to our needs. I would highly recommend him to anyone coming to Kyoto. Marge Young and Ohana from Hawaii

Barbara S.

United States
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Tour: #243368, Essential Nara private tour, Nara, Japan    view tour
Date: May 31/17

Koji was great--knowledgeable, helpful answered all my questions, and a delight to be with!

Pinru Tan

Singapore
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Tour: #243376, Customed private Fushimi half-day tour on 23rd May, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 23/17

Mr Koji was an excellent guide, proving to me once again that the reviews on the toursbylocal website are highly reliable. I brought a two year old toddler on this trip and being a father to two kids, Mr Koji was willing to (and knew how to) accommodate the young one. There was never an awkward moment and we enjoyed chatting with him through the half day trip. Thank you Mr Koji!