Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Kyoto Japan by Tour Guide Tomoko H. (Guide #7534)


Natasha Wong

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 6/18

Very informative and interesting, Tomoko was lovely and very accommodating despite the weather changing our plans, both my daughter and I had a perfect day :)

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Natasha-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a nice comment. I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour inspite of the bad weather and changing the itinerary. I hope you can come back to Kyoto again!

Sarah Pidgeon

Australia
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Tour: #153431, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour - Half Day, Nara, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 4/18

We had a wonderful day with Tomoko, from helping us customise the tour to meet our needs, recommending and sharing lunch to helping us with new customs and language. She was very knowledgeable and personable. We cannot speak highly enough. Thank you Tomoko.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sarah-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour! It was my pleasure to be your guide. I also enjoyed being with you, so nice people! And I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour a lot. I hope you have a wonderful time in USJ tomorrow and in other places in Japan. Please give my best regards to Aaron-san, Sophe-chan, and Fletcher-kun. Thank you again. Tomoko

Abigail Clark

United States
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Tour: #70055, Kyoto Western Part full day private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 24/18

Tomoko was very knowledgeable about the area and had a very good/full itinerary laid out for our group. We had a group of little kids and grandparents/parents so quite a mixed group of ages. She definitely related better to the adults with the information she was sharing and the kids found some of the explanations somewhat long. Overall a very worthwhile tour and she was full of information but not super exciting for younger kids.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Abigail-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour. I remember your tour well. I'm sorry that yonger kids are not so exciting, except for the monkey park(?). The most places included in this course ( like temples and gardens) may not be interesting for little children. Thank you again and I hope you have good memories of Japan tour.

Daniel Kravitz

Israel
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Tour: #69859, Kyoto Golden Course full day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 22/18

We had a great one day tour with Tomoko in Kyoto. She shared here deep knowledge of the City history and traditions. She was very pleasant and keen to answer to all our questions. I would recommend her tour to anyone visiting Kyoto!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Daniel-san, Thank you very much for having me as your guide. It was my pleasure to be with you. I'm gland that you enjoyed the tour. I hope you can come back to Japan, and to Kyoto. Tomoko

Steven Schmidle

United States
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Tour: #74630, Kyoto Half-day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 4/18

Tomoko did a great job showing us around Kyoto. She is super knowledgeable about all of the local history and attractions, and knows her way around Kyoto and the surrounding areas. I'd definitely recommend her to anyone wanting to learn about Japanese culture!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Steven-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and for your nice comment. I was happy to be with your nice family. I hope you will come back to Kyoto!

Yulia Logunova

Luxembourg
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 3/18

A perfect day in Kyoto!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Yulia-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and for your kind comment! I hope you will come back to Kyoto! Tomoko

Scott Sankey

United Arab Emirates
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Tour: #153431, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour - Half Day, Nara, Japan    view tour
Date: May 29/18

Great tour!

Scott Sankey

United Arab Emirates
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 28/18

Very good tour. Tomo was flexible to my needs and adjusted course several times to make the tour even better. Thanks!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Scott-san, Thank you very much for taking my tour and your kind comment! I'm very happy that you liked the tours and have become a Japan fan! I hope I can see you again when you come back! Thank you. Tomo

Linda Bishop

Canada
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 12/18

Tomoko was a pleasant guide.

Patricia Kanaha

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 1/18

We were visiting from Hawaii and Tomoko was our guide for Kyoto. Tomoko and her tour was wonderful. She has a great personality, very friendly, very knowledgeable and informative about the history of Japan and sites we saw. Tomoko always took our interest and well being inconsideration first. In other words, marvelous day tour because of one great guide. Thank- you Tomoko!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Patty-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and for such a nice comment! I did have a wonderful day with you, nice and warm ladies! Not only me but all the people who met you on the tour must have been happy as you were so nice to them. If I have another chance to be with you when you come back, I'll be very happy. Warmest regards, Tomoko

Kirsten Swan

United States
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Tour: #74630, Kyoto Half-day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 29/18

Tomoko was a lovely guide. Knowledgeable, very accommodating and her communication on arrangements was clear. Enjoyed our tour, great restaurant recommendation upon parting!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr. Swan, Thank you for joining my tour and for your kind comment. I'm very glad that you enjoyed the tour with me. Thank you again. Warm regards, Tomoko

Benjamin Wood

United States
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Tour: #70055, Kyoto Western Part full day private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 27/18

Great guide

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Benjamin-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me a very good rating. I'm happy that you enjoyed my tour. I hope you are back at home with good memories of Kyoto. Tomoko

Geoff Phillips

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 25/18

We toured with Tomoko for two days in April; one day in Kyoto and the other in Osaka. Tomoko's facility with written English, and her responsiveness to emails, made planning the tours very easy. Since we like to really see the sights and take photos Tomoko went at our pace instead of trying to rush through to get to the next sight - like so many tour guides do. My 15-year old daughter, wife and I all enjoyed our two days with Tomoko and recommend her if you need a guide in either Kyoto or Osaka.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Geoff-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a kind comment!I I'm very glad that enjoyed our tour in Kyoto and Osaka. Thanks to your request I also enjoyed visiting Mameshiba cafe for the first time! I also enjoyed talking with your nice family. I can imagine how you enjoyed the last night in Osaka after the tour. Thank you again!! Tomoko

Geoff Phillips

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 24/18

We toured with Tomoko for two days in April; one day in Kyoto and the other in Osaka. Tomoko's facility with written English, and her responsiveness to emails, made planning the tours very easy. During our tours with Tomoko her knowledge of which subway line or train to take - or when/where to walk versus take a taxi - increased our ability to see much more of the sights. Tomoko's knowledge of the historic sights and her ability to speak very good English made the tours very informative. We recommend her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Geoff-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a nice comment. I'm glad you enjoyed our tour in Kyoto and Osaka. I hope you'll come back to see more someday. Thank you! Tomoko

Robert Schindel

United States
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Tour: #153431, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour - Half Day, Nara, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 20/18

We had only 1 afternoon in Osaka. This intelligent, friendly guide not only gave us a great overview of the city but arranged for a hard to get dinner reservation at the end of the tour. Highly recommend her!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Robert-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving such a kind comment. i'm very glad that you enjoyed my tour and the dinner. The nice manager of the restaurant sent me a picture of you enjoying 'shabu-shabu'. Thank you!!

Ali Jafarian

United Kingdom
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Tour: #74630, Kyoto Half-day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 7/18

Our half day tour of Gion was stunning in the company of Tomoko in every way. She was very informative in the history of sites we visited and along the way we were shown speciality shops which are only in Kyoto and offer various food items, also shops specialising in Japanese decorative articles for the home. We finished off by going to a typical Kyoto restaurant (Japanese pizza)!! We will definitely recommend her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ali-san! Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving such a nice comment. I'm very glad you enjoyed our tour in Gion area. Yes, I do hope you will come back to Japan and Kyoto and see me again!

Maxwell Holland

Thailand
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 2/18

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.

Maxwell Holland

Thailand
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 1/18

Tomoko was very good and a nice person. She took us to some less touristy temples and gave good explanations of everything. I would recommend her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Maxwell-san, Thank you for joining my tour and giving a kind comment. I hope you are not too tired of so many tourists in Kyoto in this super high season. I hope you can enjoy Takayama tour, too. Tomoko

Bridget Hitchcock

United Kingdom
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Tour: #69859, Kyoto Golden Course full day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 6/18

I would highly recommend Tours by Locals. Tomoko was an excellent guide and we had a very informative and enjoyable day with her. Thank you! Bridget

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Bridget-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving a kind comment. i'm very glad that you enjoyed the Kyoto tour with me. I also had a very good time with you!

Alyscia Mak

Hong Kong
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Feb 19/18

Tomoko was an excellent tour guide. She's very experience & ready with all answers to all our questions. She did her best to give us an itinerary which would suit our needs and timing, though we only were able to decide on the day of our meeting. We were satisfied with the few key sites she proposed. We tasted many of the local delights and had a nice kaiseki dinner. Happy to have caught glimpses of Maiko & Geiko.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Alyscia-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour. I'm happy that you enjoyed the places we visited and the food. I thought over what places would be interesting for you after I listened to your request. I hope Kyoto will be your favorite place. Thank you again.

Jay Gale

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Feb 9/18

Tomoko had the difficult job of squeezing in the major sights in Kyōto in 8 hours. She met us at the train station and then did a great job of showing us the scenic city of Kyōto. Thank you Tomoko.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jay-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and for such a quick feedback with a kind comment. I hope you are not too tired with lots of walking yesterday. I hope you will come back someday to spend more time in Kyoto.

Sally Ellison

United Kingdom
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 27/17

tomoko customized private tour was fantastic. We changed a few requests at the last moment and she went out of her way to accommodate everything we hoped for. She was delightful and a joy to share our experience with.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sally-san, Thank you for joining my tour. Thank you very much for your kind comment. I'm very happy that you enjoyed two days in Kyoto with me. I myself had a very good time with you. That has become a nice memery of mine. I'm very glad that you love my singing! Thank you so much again!

Sally Ellison

United Kingdom
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Tour: #74630, Kyoto Half-day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 26/17

Tomoko was fantastic. She made our memories of Japan so very special, her knowledge and information she shared was excellent. She went above and beyond to make sure we ticked all the boxes. She adjusted the itinerary to suit our changed requirements and we ate at the best tea houses and restuarant that made the whole experience incredible. She went at our pace and was so pleasant to chat with too. We are so happy she could be our guide.

Yael Sher

Australia
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Tour: #70055, Kyoto Western Part full day private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 19/17

My family and I recently did a private, customised tour with Tomoko. She was a wonderful guide who had incredible knowledge about each place we visited. Tomoko made it so easy for us to get around Kyoto and we managed to see far more than if we had tried to do it on our own. She had answers for all of our questions, taught us so much about the Japanese culture and food and had a great sense of humour. Tomoko has an easy going personality and it was a pleasure to spend the day with her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Yael-san, Thank you for joining my tour and giving such a kind comment. It was my pleasure to be your guide. I'm very glad you enjoyed my tour. Thank you very much!

Gabrielle Wiszniewska

United Kingdom
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Tour: #69859, Kyoto Golden Course full day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 10/17

We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Tomoko,she is very experienced and gave us a very interesting tour of the main sites in Kyoto . She found us an excellent venue for lunch - a true Japanese experience! She really knows her history too,she has a great command of the English language .We had a great time with her and would definitely recommend Tomoko,thank you Tomoko!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gaby and Shaun, Thank you very much for joining my tour and your kind comment. I'm very glad that you enjoyed my tour. I hope you will come back to Japan someday.

Gaynielle Hirata

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 23/17

Enjoyed the time that we spent touring with Tomoko on our custom tour. She was very knowledgeable about the sites that we visited as well as general information about Kyoto. She also shared tips on shopping, eating, and lesser known places to visit. We never felt rushed and were given time to browse through shops. I would definitely use Tours by Locals and Tomoko again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Hirata-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a kind comment. I 'm very glad that you enjoyed Kyoto tour with me. I hope you will come back to Kyoto some day. Thank you again.

David Whitcomb

United States
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Tour: #69859, Kyoto Golden Course full day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 14/17

Tomoko was well-informed, thoughtful and a lot of fun to spend the day with. She was like a "professional friend". If we come back to Japan, we would definitely look her up again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear David-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving such a kind comment. I like the expression ' professional friend' very much. I do hope you will come back to Japan and that I can see you again. Thank you!

Alessandra Silini

Germany
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 29/17

I would like to thank Tomoko-san for the splendid journey in Kyoto, she showed me exactly what I was interested in. The tour was amaizing, we enjoyed excellent food and cultural experience in a very relaxed atmosphere. Tomoko is definitely more than a professional guide, with an artistic touch - highly reccomendable especially for alone travellers with less available time.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Alessandra-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and for such a kind comment! It was really my pleasure to be with you! You appreciated our culture and enjoyed every place, food and conversation. This tour with you has become a wonderful memory to me ! Thank you!!

Robert Hull

United States
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Tour: #69859, Kyoto Golden Course full day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 11/17

Exceeded our expectations. Very delightful and informitave day. Thank you for showing us the magic of Kyoto.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rocky-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving such a kind comment! Please give my best regards to Jinny-san. Tomo

Kris Lippens

Mortsel, ANTWERP, Belgium
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Tour: #153431, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour - Half Day, Nara, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 10/17

Very knowledgeable and experienced guide, English well spoken, gives some nice personal touches to her tour, recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kris-san, Thank you for joining my tour and such a kind comment. I enjoyed being with the cheerful people and answering so many questions! I'll be very happy to be with you again when you come back to Japan.

Jeff Williams

United States
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Tour: #69859, Kyoto Golden Course full day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 6/17

Our guide Tomoko was wonderful. She was friendly and knowledgeable. Showed us wonderful sights, a great restaurant and answered our endless questions. Loved it!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jeff-san, Thank you for joining my tour and giving me such a kind comment. I enjoyed answering your questions! Thank you very much again. Tomoko

Stephanie C.

Canada
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Tour: #69859, Kyoto Golden Course full day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 30/17

Tomoko-san ensured an amazing day in Kyoto. Her great suggestions allowed me to maximize my time while still lingering on quiet streets & in tranquil gardens. Thanks to her, I captured the wabi-sabi grace that I now associate with Kyoto in many photos. The history & context she provided me was timely & comprehensive. She even found me a yakatori lunch that that avoided shellfish - no small feat in Japan. Tomoko-san was a wonderful host thanks to her considerate and graceful company. Thank you Tomoko-san!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Stephanie-san, Thank you so much for your very very kind comment and message to me. I'm so sorry that I didn't reply sooner. It was my pleasure to be your guide. You were very interested in Kyoto's culture, history and charms. I was happy explaining to you. We chatted a lot like friends! I do hope I can see you again when you have a next opportunity to visit Kyoto or nearby. Thank you very much again. Tomoko

Marcy Brown

United States
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Tour: #69859, Kyoto Golden Course full day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 27/17

Tomoko's knowledge of Kyoto history was quite deep which made for an informative and educational day. Her choice for a lunch restaurant was outstanding. We had a delicious lunch of Soba noodles and Tempura.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Marcy-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour today. Thank you very much for such a kind comment, so quickly! I hope you will enjoy the rest of your Japan tour. Thank you again! Tomoko

Sheldon Stone

United States
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Tour: #153431, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour - Half Day, Nara, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 9/17

Corey Notis

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 7/17

Tomoko was great! She planned a great itinerary for our 2 days in Kyoto, was flexible, and changed itinerary on the fly to suite our interests, weather, diet, and so on. Easy to understand, a pleasure to work with, would highly recommend and use again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Corey-san, Thank you very much for joining my tours and giving me such a kind comment. It was my pleasure to show you the places you are interested in most. I hope you will come back to Kyoto, maybe in a different season.

Corey Notis

United States
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Tour: #69859, Kyoto Golden Course full day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 6/17

Tomoko was great! She planned a great itinerary for our 2 days in Kyoto, was flexible, and changed itinerary on the fly to suite our interests, weather, diet, and so on. Easy to understand, a pleasure to work with, would highly recommend and use again.

Michael Ebstein

Australia
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 4/17

Tomoko replied very promptly to my initial enquiry. Her input was helpful in deciding what to see in my available day. The tour was well paced and covered a number of the major sites in Kyoto. Tomoko has a good overall knowledge of the historical & cultural aspects of the places we visited. Also, she is a most friendly and pleasant person: I could not have hoped for a better guide

David Breier

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 2/17

Tomoko-san is a tremendous guide and person. She is easy to work with and gave us plenty of flexibility during our tours with her. She adjusted the itinerary based on our desires and allowed us to take our time and enjoy the area. She is a wealth of knowledge and loves what she does. I would highly recommend her and we will definitely use her again when we return to the area.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear David-san, Thank you very much for joining my tours for 3 days and giving me such kind comments for all three tours. It was my pleasure to be your guide and I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed my tours a lot. I hope you will come back to Japan again. If I can meet you, I'll be very happy. Tomoko

David Breier

United States
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Tour: #153431, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour - Half Day, Nara, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 1/17

Tomoko-san went out of her way to make our vacation memorable. She not only did an exceptional job on our tour but also recommended local restaurants based on our dining preferences. She moved at our pace and we always had plenty of time to explore the sites. I would highly recommend her services. We will use her gain when we return to the area.

David Breier

United States
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Tour: #69859, Kyoto Golden Course full day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 31/17

Tomoko-san was an awesome guide who was very knowledgeable about the local area and it's history. We enjoyed our time with her and would highly recommend her services. WE will use her again when we visit the area.

Dennis Furini

Australia
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 25/17

Kristen Richards

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 13/17

Wow! Tomo-san provided the most wonderful tour for my father and I on our first day in Kyoto. Her knowledge of Japanese history is so impressive - we learned more about Japan in 7 hours than we ever thought possible. We appreciated how Tomo-san took us to all of her favorite spots to see the charm of Kyoto, avoid crowds when possible, and even get the best picture of the various sites we visited. Moreover, Tomo-san took us to her favorite Tonkatsu restaurant (incredible!) and showed us how to enjoy it!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kristen-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a kind and wonderful comment! I'm very glad that you enjoyed my tour. I hope you can come back again someday!

Lisa Aunger

Canada
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Tour: #153431, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour - Half Day, Nara, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 8/17

Tomoko was very knowledgeable and explained the history of Nara with enthusiasm and humour. We encountered some difficulty with the train and she handled it very calmly and decisively. We enjoyed spending the day with her very much.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lisa-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a kind comment and good rating. It was really my pleasure to be with you and your wonderful familly. I hope you will enjoy the rest of your days in Japan and that you will have another chance to come back to Kyoto, maybe in a different season.

Ziad Oueslati

Tunisia
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Tour: #153431, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour - Half Day, Nara, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 30/17

Ziad Oueslati

Tunisia
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 29/17

very charming and knowledgeable person, highly recommend her.

Rodney Abney

United States
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Tour: #69859, Kyoto Golden Course full day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 14/17

Tomoko was a GREAT guide and provided an amazing tour of Kyoto! We had a fantastic day and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the tour. Tomoko has a great personality, is a wealth of information and provided tremendous context / background on all of the sites we visited. I highly recommend Tomoko and would gladly use her again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rodney-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a kind comment. I'm very happy that you enjoyed the tour with me. I hope you will come back to Kyoto again!

Heriberto Murillo

Mexico
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Tour: #74630, Kyoto Half-day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 11/17

We had a very good tour with Tomoko. She was patient with us and provided us with stories and history around the sites we visited.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Heriberto-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a kind comment. I'm very glad that you enjoyed the tour with me.

Boris Goldman

United States
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Tour: #70055, Kyoto Western Part full day private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 10/17

Tomoko (Tomo) was excellent. She was flexible and very knowledgeable. Her English was excellent. Highly recommend her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Boris-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a kind comment. I'm very happy that you enjoyed the tour with me.

Karen Hartz

United States
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Tour: #153431, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour - Half Day, Nara, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 2/17

Tomoko was indispensable on our tour of Nara. One of our daughter's had heat exhaustion and Tomoko quickly called a taxi driver to meet us close to where she collapsed. She also had the driver have his air conditioning on as to cool our daughter off as quickly as possible. Tomoko gave the remaining 3 members of our party a great day. Would highly recommend her. She is very knowledgable and such a wonderful person.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Karen-san, Thank you very much for your kind comment! Yes, I remember your tour very well. I felt very sorry for your daughter. It was a hot day last summer. I hope all of you will come back to Kyoto and enjoy it to your heart's content someday.

Jamie McKeown

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 1/17

Our tour with Tomoko was amazing! She was so sweet, knowledgeable, accommodating, and overall an excellent guide, I highly recommend her. She was extremely knowledgeable about Japan's history which made the tour that much more interesting (my 16-year old son is a history buff so he loved it), and she recommended a great place for lunch!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jamie-san, Thank you very much for your kind comment and good rating for my tour. I myself enjoyed being asked questions about Japan's history and other things. I'm very happy to hear that you and your son enjoyed my tour.

Howard Wilson

United States
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Tour: #69859, Kyoto Golden Course full day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 28/17

Tomoko gave our family of four an excellent tour of several shrines, gardens and temples in Kyoto. Her English is very good and she is well versed in the local history. She took us to a GREAT noodle restaurant for lunch. She also took us through a nice shopping area which we returned to later on our trip. She also gave us some additional tips for getting around Kyoto on Bus/Subway which we used for our entire visit. Bring your walking shoes!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Howard -san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a kind comment. I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. I hope you will come back to Kyoto someday again.

William Kee

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 13/17

Amazing! we had a grand time in Kyoto with Tomoko-san. She got us to all the sights we wanted to see and some excellent restaurants. A friendly, funny person with excellent English.

William Kee

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 12/17

An excellent guide. Tomoko knows her Japanese history and communicates it in an easily understood fashion. excellent English. She set the schedule and pace to our preferences. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to see the "real" Kyoto

William Kee

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 11/17

Tomoko-san is a warm, friendly person who knows her japanese history and culture. She was very organized and we had a great time with her. Her years of experience as a guide shows in her ability to get around Kyoto quickly and easily and get you to the sights you want to see plus we had fun!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bill-san, Thank you very much for joining my tours and giving me such warm comments. I'm glad that you enjoyed sightseeing with me and I'm sure you took many wonderful pictures! I hope tours in Kyoto will be a good memory of yours. Thank you again.

Cindy K.

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 31/17

GREAT DAY w/Tomoko - very personable, knowledgeable & organized guide! We started a daylong adventure in Western Kyoto. We had toured Tokyo, Hiroshima & Osaka on our own so we really appreciated Tomoko's efficiency w/public transportation - no wasted time! She even called ahead for lunch reservations at Yoshimura, overlooking the river - best soba noodles ever! From Arashiyama to Fushimi Inari Shrine in South Kyoto & on to Gion (Tomoko had great tips to see Geikas & Maikas), she made the most of our day!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Cyndy-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a wonderful comment. I'm very happy that you enjoyed the tour with me. I hope you can come back to Kyoto again someday. Thank you again. Tomoko

Abbey Keppler

United States
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Tour: #69859, Kyoto Golden Course full day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 27/17

My full day tour with Tomoko was terrific. Her explanations and background inforamation related to each place we visited really added to my enjoyment. She was great in accommodating my particular interests and reacting spontaneously to things we stumbled upon during day. She is a lovely women and very good company.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Abbey-san, Thank you for joining my tour and your kind comment. I'm very glad that you enjoyed having a full day tour with me. Kyoto has many charms. I wish I could have shown you more. I hope you will have another chance to visit it. Thank you.

Sara Rupert

United States
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Tour: #153431, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour - Half Day, Nara, Japan    view tour
Date: May 24/17

I was more than pleased with the trip to Nara. Not only did she guide us through the transportation to and from Nara and within Nara. She helped buy the train tickets to Tokyo.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sara-san, Thank you very much for your kind comment. I'm very glad that you enjoyed my Nara tour.

Sara Rupert

United States
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Tour: #69859, Kyoto Golden Course full day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 23/17

The guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. We had very pleasant informative tour. We enjoyed her company as well.

Ae Rueppel

Dover, MA, United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 1/17

Tomoko was a wonderful guide, and a lovely person to spend the day with! We highly recommend her--her English was very good and she worked with us to achieve our goals for the day --inclding personally calling a theater to help us obtain tickets for a show at Pontocho Theater. She was delightful and very knowledgeable. Thank you for showing us your lovely city, Tomoko. If we are back in Kyoto, we will contact you again. AE, Phil, Amy and Jim

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear AE-san, Thank you for joining my tour and giving me this kind comment! It was my pleasure to be helpful with you. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed Kamogawa Odori, Pontocho dance show. I'll be very happy to meet you again some day.

Jerome Selvers

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 27/17

Tomoko was both personal and professional. She was totally responsive to our preferences in determining our tour as well as to our dining issues. It was a pleasure to spend the day with her. I would recommend her and hire her again if I returned to Kyoto.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jerry-san, Thank you very much for such a kind comment. I'm glad that you enjoyed the tour with me. I hope you will have a good time in Kyoto tomorrow, too. I hope you will come back to Kyoto in the future, too.

Sharon Reed

Australia
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 26/17

Flexible to our requests including finding a type of restaurant we requested. Went a little over time to make sure we saw all the things we wanted to. Knowledgeable whilst not giving too much information. Provided helpful advice on the rest of our stay in Japan. Overall a great way to see a lot in one day and get some local insights

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ms. Sharon Reed, Thank you for joining my tour and for your kind comment. I hope you have good memories of Kyoto. I'll do my best to make my tours enjoyable and something special.

Jose R Martinez

United States
Rating

Tour: Kyoto Highlights Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan
Date: Apr 20/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jose-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a kind comment. I'm very glad that you enjoyed the tour and felt like coming back to Kyoto in the future again. I'd love to be your guide again! Tomoko

Duane Clark

United States
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Tour: #69859, Kyoto Golden Course full day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 8/17

My son and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour and our guide, Tomoko. Tomoko shared a great deal of information at each site we visited and answered most of the questions that we asked. She was engaging, thoughtful, and had a good sense of humor. It is likely that we will visit Kyoto again in the future. If/when that happens, we would look forward to another tour with Tomoko.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Duane-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a kind comment! I'm very glad that you enjoyed the tour with me. I hope you will come back to Kyoto and I'd love to be with you again!

Elaine Opper

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 6/17

We really enjoyed our private tour in Kyoto with Tomoko. We quickly were told we could address her as Tomo. Tomo's English speaking skills are excellent and her native knowledge of Kyoto, and Japanese history made her the perfect guide for us. She was both flexible to our requests, but also great at making suggestions when we decided last minute to change our tour itinerary to a walking tour in the City. We visited the Imperial Palace and gardens where the cherry blossoms were in full bloom. Afterwar

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Elaine-san, Thank you so much for joining my tour and giving such a nice comment! I myself enjoyed being with you. I'm very glad that you enjoyed my tour in Kyoto. I also should say thank to cherry blossoms for welcoming you. I hope you will come back to Japan someday.

John Stone

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 4/17

Tomoko did an excellent job. She adapted THE tour plan to accommodate a broken foot! She gave a wonderful historical overview of Kyoto and Japan's history.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear John-san, Thank you for joining my tour and giving me such a kind comment! I'm very glad that you enjoyed the tour with me. I hope you will visit Kyoto again someday.

Will Kurima

Aurora, ILLINOIS, United States
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Tour: #69859, Kyoto Golden Course full day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 31/17

We had a wonderful experience with Tomoko. She helped us plan an itinerary that suited our specific interests. She was very knowledgeable about the history and had some funny facts to keep my 16 year old twin girls attention. We truly appreciated her local knowledge and took us to specific shops for our interests. Interpreting at a local katana shop was awesome. The girls were also very excited to explore the shops Tomoko recommended. The tonkatsu lunch was the best we had! WE highly recommend her!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Will-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a kind comment! It was my pleasure. I enjoyed myself being with you and your sweet sixteen girls. I hope you will come back to Kyoto. Kyoto will welcome you anytime with lots of charms. Thank you again.

Jessica Khuat

United States
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Tour: #74630, Kyoto Half-day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 26/17

I had a hard time finding a guide prior to booking through Tours by Locals. After some trial and error, I found Tomoko. She was extremely responsive and answered my questions on how to get to Kyoto from Tokyo. During the trip, she was awesome! She knows so much history. She took me through the bustle and the quiet alleyways of Kyoto, which were equally beautiful. She was also extremely patient with me as I bought gifts and when I needed to rest due to my stomach virus. I would absolutely recommend Tomoko.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jessica-san, Thank you for joining my tour and giving such a nice comment. I'm glad that you could enjoy Kyoto even though you were not in a good condition. I hope you could also enjoy Arashiyama bamboo forest and got back safely.

Andrew Shea

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 16/17

Tomoko's was truly fantastic. we had the 8 hour tour and the time flew by. we emailed before and I told her the areas I wanted to see and she came up with a great efficient plan. We went to Arashiyama park (bamboo forest/monkey park), the "slopes" and the Gion district. Along the way I told her I wanted to look at authentic samurai swords and she found me a great place, and found my wife a kimono rental place too all on the fly. Would def recommend her and hope to see her in the future!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Andrew-san, Thank you for joining my tour and giving me such a nice comment. I'm very happy that you enjoyed my tour and I could help you with your requests. I'm sending pictures I took today by TBL message. Thank you very much! Tomoko

Anna Cunningham

United States
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Tour: #74630, Kyoto Half-day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 5/17

Tomoko is great. She is knowledgeable and easy to be around. We did a half day tour and felt like we made the absolute most of 4 hours. She let us choose what to see and how long to be there, while suggesting things at the same time. We got hungry with an hour left and she was patient while we stopped for a snack. She gave plenty of advice and suggestions for our trip. Would tour with her again!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Anna-san, Thank you so much for your kind comments! I'm very happy that you enjoyed my half day tour. I enjoyed being with you, too. Thank you again for joining my tour!

Martin Jude Lacambra

Philippines
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Tour: #69859, Kyoto Golden Course full day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Feb 27/17

Booking with TourbyLocals was a good decision as we didn't have to bother about places to see and how to get there. Everything was planned and transfers efficient. Tomoko was well-experienced and very knowledgeable about the history and culture behind each sight which was a real plus in giving us a better appreciation of Kyoto. She was also very flexible and accommodating when our children requested to visit another sight not in the original itinerary. She was able to maximize our very limited time.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Martin-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving such a nice comment! I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed my tour. I hope you've got good memories of Kyoto. Thank you.

Natalie Skinner

Australia
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Tour: #144214, Home Visit to a Japanese Koto Musician and World Heritage Shrine - Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Feb 6/17

I had an excellent day looking around Kyoto with Tomoko! The traditional musician was such a unique experience and Tomoko had so much information to share with me. Lunch was also amazing! I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Kyoto!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lauren-san, Thank you very much for your kind comment! It was my pleasure to guide you. I'm very glad that you liked your experience with me in Kyoto! I was happy when you enjoyed yourself at the musician's place.

Sheila Bryans

United Kingdom
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 17/17

We very much enjoyed our city tour with Tomoko who was punctual and polite and considerate with a wealth of knowledge of all the sites we visited. We certainly would not have been able to cover so much without a guide and I would certainly recommend Tomoko to anyone considering a Kyoto tour. A day well spent.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear sheila-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour. I'm very happy to be given such a kind comment.

Christine Suzuki

United States
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Tour: #74630, Kyoto Half-day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 29/16

This was our family's first time in Kyoto and we had very little knowledge of the city and its sights and monuments. Tomoko promptly met us at the Hyatt Regency and proceeded to take us to Kiyomizu-Temple and the Gion district. Her pace and cadence were perfect. She seems to understand the clients' needs and we were provided just the right amount of information. She was also very respectful of what we wanted to see and take in. With two older teens, attention span is a challenge but we had a great time!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Christine-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and for such a kind comment. It was my pleasure to be with you and show you Kyoto's charms. I myself enjoyed being with your nice family.

Raymond Male

Australia
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 28/16

Tomoko was lovely, informative and very patient. We got so much more of of the day than we would have otherwise. She even ensured we got the best photo angles.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Raymond-san Thank you very much for joining my tour and for such a kind comment. It was my pleasure to show you around and show you Kyoto's charms.

Udi Jacoby

Australia
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 26/16

Thank you Tomoko-san! our day at Nara and Fushimi Inari was perfect! it was great to walk along the parks and play with deers and then visit the different temples and learn so much more about what see! Thank you again and we hope to hear more from you and about the jazz gigs you have Happy New Year

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Udi-san Thank you so much for your kind comment! I'm sorry to reply so late. I hope you are well and sometimes remember Kyoto, Nara and me.

Udi Jacoby

Australia
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 25/16

Thank you Tomolo-san! this was a great day and we learnt a lot form you through the day while learning a bit more about the history of the places we visited and of Kyoto as well. It was also great to get some recommendations for restaurants and to learn about you and the jazz you sing

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Udi-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour. I'm very happy that you enjoyed my tour. I hope you will come back to Kyoto someday!

Lourdes Rodríguez

Spain
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Tour: #69859, Kyoto Golden Course full day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 20/16

The visit was perfect. Tomoko showed us the most important things in Kyoto and we learned a lot about the monuments that we visited and about the city and the country. She was very kindly and friendly. I recommended Tomoko to all that want have a nice stay in Kyoto.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lourdes-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and for such a kind comment! I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour and learned a lot. I hope you will come back to Kyoto someday.

Mila Kaliman

United States
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Tour: #69859, Kyoto Golden Course full day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 21/16

We absolutely loved our Golden tour with Tomoko. She is a very knowledgeable and well organized guide who was able to show us a lot in one day. She made our short visit to Kyoto really memorable.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mila-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and for such a kind comment! It was my pleasure to show you Kyoto's charms!

Michele W.

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 11/16

Tomo was an excellent tour guide...very friendly and knowledgeable. My daughter is a picky vegetarian and Tomo found a wonderful cafe that accommodated my daughter and the food was very good! Would highly recommend Tomo as a tour guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Michele-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a good comment! I was glad that you enjoyed the tour and that you liked that cafe. I hope you are back at home with good memories of Japan now. With best wishes, Tomoko

Martin Vaughan

Charlotte, NORTH CAROLINA, United States
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Tour: #153431, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour - Half Day, Nara, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 2/16

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Martin-san!

Martin Vaughan

Charlotte, NORTH CAROLINA, United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 31/16

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Martin-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a good rating. I hope you will come back to Kyoto someday!

My S.

Philippines
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 21/16

Tomoko isamazing! What I love is her demeanor, friendliness, knowledge, her ability to engage & her willingness to adapt to us. Case in point-my parents get tired easily & are very into taking pics (so we were very slow). Often she would sit and wait while we took hundreds of pics. I NEVER felt her getting impatient/bored/annoyed. She also made a way for us to see the geisha on time, even though we were running late! She could just as easily have said that we had no time, but she did not. Thank you Tomoko

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear May-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a kind comment! It was my pleasure to be with you and your nice family. I'm glad that you enjoyed the tour. I hope you can come back again someday.

Roger Hyde

New York, United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 16/16

Tomoko is a wealth of information who was such great company to spend the day with. She was patient and relaxed and tireless to answer any of our questions - well beyond the actual details of the tour. She was without doubt the highlight of our Kyoto experience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Roger-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving such a kind comment! I did enjoy being with you, wonderful people. I hope you will come back to Kyoto someday again!

Winnifred Lee

Australia
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 13/16

Tomako was very helpful in making sure we saw all the sights we had researched and wanted to see, as well as making the day flexible to suit weather and photo conditions. We did two tours with her and enjoyed both days a lot. We also ate at great restaurants!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Winnifred Lee-san, Thank you very much for your kind comment. I'm glad that you enjoyed the two tours with me. I hope you will come back to Kyoto again to see more. Kyoto and I will always welcome you.

Winnifred Lee

Australia
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Tour: #69859, Kyoto Golden Course full day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 12/16

We were lucky we had two full days with Tomoko. She was fantastic. She started the tour by making sure she knew the sights we really wanted to cover in Kyoto - then she planned our days in the best way to optimise conditions for great experiences ( including weather ) and best photo opportunities. She always listened carefully to our questions and went out of her way to answer them. And she organised the most delicious foods including coffee, green tea, soba noodles etc for us to eat. Beautiful person!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Win-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a kind comment! I'm very glad that you could do what you wanted to. I hope you can come back to Kyoto in a different season again.

Wayne Parry

Australia
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Tour: #69859, Kyoto Golden Course full day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 3/16

The tour, being our first time in Japan, was exactly what we wanted and tour guide Tomoko was extremely informative. A perfect start.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Wayne-san, Tnank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a nice comment so quickly. I'm glad that you enjoyed your first day in Kyoto with me. I hope you spent wonderful time during your stay in Japan.

Nathan Bennett

United States
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Tour: #69859, Kyoto Golden Course full day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 2/16

Tomoko was extremely friendly and knowledgable, and clearly enjoyed meeting her guests and sharing Kyoto with them. She was able to tailor the tour to my specific interests and knew all the best places to visit, eat and shop. She was especially good at helping to weed out genuine crafts from touristy knock-offs. I would definitely book her again if I ever return to Kyoto.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Nathen-san, Thank you very much for letting me guide you and giving such a nice feedback. I enjoyed myself talking with you. I hope you will come back to Kyoto!

Stephen Pash

United Kingdom
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 29/16

My wife and I visited Kyoto in September. We decided on a private tour because we had only 2 days in Kyoto and wanted to make the most of it. Tomoko was very informative and enthusiastic in her descriptions of the temples and shrines we visited. She answered all our questions with great knowledge of the subject. She was sympathetic to my wife's walking difficulties and suggested an itinerary that was full but not too taxing. She even entertained us with a song. Overall it was an amazing experience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Stephen-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a kind comment! I'm very happy that you and your wife enjoyed Kyoto tour with me. May you and your wife have a wonderful Christmas season with good memories of your tour in Japan!

Anita Katz

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 21/16

If you are looking for a knowledgeable guide then Tomoko is for you. This was our first guided tour and she made us feel comfortable in the 3 1/2 days we spent with her in Kyoto snd Nara. She did everything that we were interested in seeing in the most efficient way possible.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Anita-san, Thank you very much for such a kind comment! I'm really happy that I could be your first guide! I enjoyed being with you. You made me feel happy with your big smile everytime we visited a place in the itinerary. Thank you so much again.

Zenzi Poindexter

United States
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Tour: #153431, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour - Half Day, Nara, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 6/16

Tomoko, was a wonderful guide full of history, knowledge, insight and a wealth of information. She met us at our hotel, navigated a path to the train station and guided us through the train station and Osaka labyrinth of a subway. On her recommendation we ate local (avoided the lunch rush) and saw the jewels of the city. Our favorite? Hands down...the Floating a Garden. Truly a treat! We were a group of 4 adults who are so very pleased to now call her friend. In Tomoko we trust!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Zenzi-san, Thank you so much for joining my tour and leaving such a kind comment! I was very glad that you were enjoying the tour on that day. I'm so flattered to be called friend! I remember your smile and Mark-san's happy face when he ate a cake on the train. I myself had a wonderful time with you! Thank you again.

Janae Reznikov

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 3/16

Tomoko was a great local tour guide, she was full of interesting insights and was very flexible with what we wanted to see. She is very proficient in English and we were very happy with our tour!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Janae-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and this kind comment! I was happy with you, too. And I'm glad that you enjoyed Kyoto tour. Thank you.

Kimberly Andrews

United States
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Tour: #153431, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour - Half Day, Nara, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 1/16

Tomoko was a very knowledgeable and flexible guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kimberly-san, and Cat-san, Thank you for joining my tour and giving me a nice comment. It was my pleasure to be with you and I'm happy that you enjoyed the tour.

Pat Moseley

United Kingdom
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Tour: #69859, Kyoto Golden Course full day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 16/16

Fantastic tour. Tomoko was able to adjust the itinerary as we had seen one of the temples she had intending to take us the day before. She is so easy going and very knowledgeable about the history. She even gave a great photography tip to get fantastic shots of the bamboo garden in the grounds of the Tenryu-ji Temple. When in Gion she took us to the quieter back streets which showed off the fantastic buildings and at this point we were fortunate to see a Geiko (not Geisha). Great birthday trip.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Pat-san, Thank you very much for your kind comment! I'm very happy that you enjoyed my tour. I'm glad you had a good time on Mark-san's birthday!

Louis Penner

United States
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Tour: #74630, Kyoto Half-day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 28/16

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Louis-san, Thank you for giving me a good rating. I hope you had a wonderful time and got good memories of Kyoto.

Alicia Lebrija

Mexico
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 17/16

Tomoko was an extraordinary guide. we enjoyed her knowledge and company.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Alicia-san, Thank you very much for your kind comment! I'm happy that you enjoyed my tour!

Karen Zerna

United Arab Emirates
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Tour: #70055, Customized Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 7/16

We had a packed day in Kyoto and were able to tick off all the places we wanted to see thanks to Tomoko-san. Very knowledgeable on anything Kyoto and has a good sense of humor. Booking process was also very smooth, she replies as soon as she can. Would highly recommend two-days in Kyoto though, as the place is meant to be explored, not rushed. So if you're wanting a guide, Tomoko-san is highly recommended!

Gabe Leung

United States
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Tour: #69859, Kyoto Golden Course full day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 22/16

Tomoko was an excellent tour guide. She was very attentive and very knowledgeable at every place we visited. I would use her again and I would highly recommend her to everyone visiting the Kyoto region.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gabe-san, Thank you very much for your kind comment! It was my pleasure to be your guide. I'm happy that you enjoyed my tour. If you come back to Kyoto, I'll be very happy to be your guide again. Thank you.

Brandon Pace

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 12/16

Tomoko was very friendly and accommodating in booking and scheduling the tour. She also was very knowledgeable and had taken the time to research the history of the places we visited. Because one of the sites was new to her, she visited the place and toured it in depth prior to my visit. She was also very respective of my time. Her English is very well spoken. All in all, you will find Tomoko to be an excellent guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Brandon-san, thank you very much for joining my tour and for your kind comment! I'm glad that I could visit Shosha thanks to you. I enjoyed talking with you lots of things during the tour. I hope you will come back to Kyoto again, maybe on your honey-moon!

Kayhan Irani

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 10/16

Tomoko is extremely knowledgeable about Japanese history and culture, as well as everything to do, see, and experience in Kyoto. She customized a day tour for me that was absolutely perfect. She also is very flexible and does her best to fulfill last minute changes. She responds promptly and her directions and guidance is clear and very good. I'd tour with her again in the future.

Bruce Goldstein

United States
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Tour: #153431, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour - Half Day, Nara, Japan    view tour
Date: May 30/16