Craig LunnNew Zealand
We found Takaaki very knowledgeable about Kyoto and very helpful over the 2 days he was our guide He showed us around the city which we found very interesting Hes a very nice person and would recommend he to others
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank your for your warm review. I really enjoyed spending the early spring time with you three. It was Girl’s day, I was glad to incorporate some festivals in your trip and all of you enjoyed them. Please spread my goodness to your friends ;) and come back to kyoto to discover further.
Takaaki was absolutely fabulous with great knowledge of the area and very good English. Takaaki was very accommodating to all of us to ensure not only my husband and I had a meaningful tour but also our children aged 11 and 8. We highly recommend Takaaki, he makes the tour feel like you are out with with a friend for the day. Thank you Takaaki and best wishes for the future. Bronwyn, Ryan, James and Lucy
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind review. I enjoyed spending time with all of you. I am always happy to hear that my guests have a fun time during my tour. Please come back to Japan for cherry blossoms and autumn colors!
We spend the day in Kyoto with Tataaki. As a group of travelling architects, we had a long list and a short time. Tataaki arranged a car and a full days itinerary for us, based on our requests, and scheduled in time slots. Tataaki has a great sense of humor and all the advantages of being a local. He was effortlessly charming, knowledgeable about many subjects and understood the importance of a great lunch!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words. I was happy to show you Katsuta Imperial Villa and other important sites. It’s my job to coordinate a tour efficiently and incorporate interesting stories, so I’m glad you all enjoyed the day. There are so many things to see and do, so please come back to kyoto!
Susan KushnerUnited States
Takaaki is a highly educated, well spoken, and skilled tour guide. His historical knowledge of the culture is scholarly, and his enthusiasm and upbeat demeanor is infectious. I suggest that he author a tour book. He took us to certain spots that locals know of, and we caught an insighful glimpse of Kyoto, which made our tour very memorable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your very kind words. I always enjoy meeting new people and showing guests the beauty of my city. I was honored to be the “top batter” on your first day in kyoto. Your journey to discover kyoto has just started, please come back to kyoto and Japan again!
Patricia GarciaDominican Republic
It was just amazing!!! Just what I wanted and needed!! We saw so much in just a short amount of time!! He was really great, kind, very knowledgeable of history; give us plenty of explanation; even in waiting time in the train/bus, he provided us with fun & interest facts!! If you did not have time to plan or know what you will like to visit! This is your tour to see the most of Kyoto! And not only the tourist attractions but also local treasures!! Thank you so much!! I couldn't ask for more!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your great review. I also enjoy the time with you two during the tour.I wanted you to experience many aspects of Kyoto as much as possible, thought the time was limited. It is always rewarding that my guests become new fans of the magical city of Kyoto :) I'm sure you will revisit Kyoto and explore more!
Catherine YoungerUnited Kingdom
We had a great day with Takaaki. He was totally flexible and made a perfect itinerary for us based on our time available. We saw the main sites as well as the off the beaten track routes. Great English too.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your warm review. The golden pavilion looked particularly beautiful today, I was happy you were able to experience that. I enjoyed the lively conversation and I'll definitely buy and read your husband's book! I hope I have the chance to guide you again in Kyoto!
Jacqueline LammeUnited States
I got extra lucky getting Takaaki as a tour guide! I couldn't have asked for a better guide and he managed it all at the last minute! I booked late and the original tour I'd booked wasn't available anymore so Tours by Locals got me in contact with Takaaki. He set up a tour that was exactly the highlights I wanted to hit and suggested a couple of other stops, including a festival happening that day I wouldn't have otherwise known about. It was fantastic! I recommend everyone take a tour with Takaaki!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your wonderful feedback. It is rather fun part for me to coordinate the best possible tour by hearing guest’s requests even at the last minutes. I’m always keen to incorporate seasonal elements if possible, I’m glad all worked out well. Please spread my goodness ;) and come back to kyoto for another time!
A most delightful and knowledgeable guide, very keen to enthuse his love of Kyoto. Take his advice and enjoy the more non touristy areas.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind review. I truly enjoyed every part of the tour with you two, both on the day and pre-trip phase. I'm happy to introduce you to nice off-the-beaten-path and am glad you really appreciate the peaceful Zen garden. Please recommend me to your family and friends and come back to Kyoto to continue your discovery of the ancient capital Kyoto.
A brilliant day strolling the back streets of Gion and finishing with a tea ceremony booked for us by Takaaki. Our daughter lost her beanie and after the tour Takaaki back tracked and found it and it was waiting for us after our tea ceremony! Great information, friendly, prepared, helpful and flexible. Would recommend Takaaki for your local tour of Kyoto. We will book again next time we visit. ありがとうございました.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for another wonderful review for DAY 2. I was happy to show you parts of Kyoto that are often missed by tourists. I hope you enjoyed the interesting contrast between DAY1 and DAY 2 of your tours. There's a number of places we couldn't cover on those days, so you'll just have to come back to Kyoto! こちらこそありがとうございました。
We had an awesome day touring with Takaaki. We managed to see so many sights and were give so much local and historical information. Takaaki was so well prepared for our personal tour with train tickets, books with information, maps and even foot warmers! If you are wanting to see some of the back streets away from the crowds and save time having a local navigate to transport system then Takaaki can help you with your next tour. He was great with the kids! Thx for sharing your home town of Kyoto with us T
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for such a wonderful review! It was fun for me to create your itinerary that included must-see sites and places off-the-beaten-track. With such limited time, I think we covered a lot of good places! Please come back to Kyoto one day (and recommend me to your friends!)
An amazing & informative tour! Takaaki took us on a walk through Gion where we came across many shrines and interesting areas which you wouldn't get the chance to see if you were simply riding in a taxi or walking along the main streets. We even spotted a few maiko along the way. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Kyoto who wants to learn about the history of geiko and the city of Kyoto while hopefully seeing some beautiful geiko and maiko along the backstreets. Thank you Takaaki!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Candice, thank you very much for the amazing review. I enjoyed spending time with two of you on the tour. I'm glad the evening was not too cold for us. It's always interesting to know guests viewpoints, which will enrich my guiding for my future tours. Next time you come back to Japan, please let me help you discover kyoto and Japan further.
Takaaki was brilliant. He was responsive & customized our tour. We were only in Kyoto for a day & wanted to visit a few places in particular. Not only did he help us plan but also made sure that we covered as much as possible. Aside from being a really nice person, he was also very knowledgeable about Kyoto & Japanese history. His English was excellent & he brought up stories about Kyoto & Japan that he shared with us in transit.You can't get that from a guidebook. Great experience. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Tanya, thank you for such a wonderful review! I love sharing my knowledge with guests as an local ambassador. I’m well aware that your time is precious especially for you two who were making one day trip from Tokyo. Please recommend me to your family and friends ;)
It was a super tour around the area with wonderful information giving a sense of the history and character of Gion and surrounding region Seeing the little alleyways at night and catching site of meiko was a memory being made. A beautiful pagoda ,peaceful shrines and fabulous food to finish will ensure I never forget this tour I will recommend Takaaki to my friends and family for a very memorable view of fascinating Kyoto Thank you Takaaki
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for giving me such a lovely review! I really enjoyed guiding you on the tour. It was a really cold night so I thought it might snow. I'm glad you enjoyed feet and hand warmers I gave you. We were lucky to see 2 Maiko. I think it's always good to have a guide so that you won't miss interesting alleyways and real Kyoto sights. Please recommend me to your friends and family. I would be happy to guide them in Gion and kyoto.