Traveler Reviews for Private Tour in Kyoto, Japan by Tour Guide Tomoko H.

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Kyoto, Japan
Tomoko H.
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Philip Houtzaager

Australia
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Nov 13/18

Philip Houtzaager

Australia
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Nov 12/18

Highly recommended. A great and authentic introduction and insight into Kyoto's rich cultural history. An experienced and professional, thorough as well as kind and considerate tour guide who accommodated my particular interests and needs as a first time visitor to Japan and the city in organising a flexible itinerary over two days. She is also a charming companion with a great sense of humour and genuine hospitality. Thank you Tomoko! Kind regards, Philip Houtzaager

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Philip-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a nice feedback. It was my pleasure to be your guide. I enjoyed showing many beautiful places which seemed to match your taste. I'm glad that you enjoyed the 2 days in Kyoto with me. I hope you will come back to see more, maybe in a different season. Thank you again. Kind regards, Tomoko

Carlo Menotti

Switzerland
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Oct 26/18

Tomoko made most of our day in Nara. She guided us smoothly through the streams of tourists just giving the right comments at the right spots.

Carlo Menotti

Switzerland
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Oct 24/18

Very professional and charming - the perfect guide for visiting the beauties of Kyoto. We can recommend Tomoko very much.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Carlo-san and Martin-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a nice feedback. I also enjoyed being with you very much. It was fun to talk with you. If you have another chance to come back to Kyoto or other area in Japan, I'll be very glad to be your guide again! I hope you can contact me! Tomoko

Evgenii Shishlenin

Russia
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Oct 18/18

Joe Cretella

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Oct 13/18

Tomoko was very knowledgeable and answer all our questions The tour delivered more than we could expect. Tomoko adjusted the pace of the tour as needed and we had a great time!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joe-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 have been home with good memories of Kyoto and Japan, and that you can come back again.

Stoll Renate

Switzerland
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Oct 12/18

Very nice guide with a great knowledge about culture and history of Kyoto and Japan. It was an amazing day with Tomoko and we enjoyed it a lot. Moreover, the lunch place she recommended to us was amazing! Thanks a lot! We will certainly choose again as our guide, when we're back in Kyoto!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rennie-san and Rafael-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such nice comment. I'm very glad you enjoyed my tour and the lunch we had that day. I hope you enjoyed the dinner there the next day, too. I'd love to be your guide again when you come back to Kyoto!

Darren Freeman

Canada
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Oct 3/18

Our custom tour of Kyoto with Tomoko was excellent. She is extremely professional and knowledgable about the sights and history of the area and took amazing care of us during our 7 hours together. Her ability to pick sights and activities that were accessible for my 88 year old mother inlaw was also very much appreciated. Highly recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Darren-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a nice comment. I'm very glad that you could enjoy Kyoto tour and my guiding. I myself enjoyed being with you and talking with your mother in law. I hope you have become Kyoto fans and will come back someday.

Maryam Zakeri

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

Very informative, accommodating, and a great attitude. We loved spending the whole day with her. She gave us many suggestions for the rest of our stay in Kyoto and the had the patience to spell everything for me so I could write it in notes. I highly recommend her!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Maryam-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and for such a kind comment! I'm very glad that you enjoyed our tour! I myself was enjoying being with you, nice people. Thank you again! Tomoko

Myra W.

Philippines
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Sep 21/18

Tomoko H. showed us around Kyoto for a day and a half and we immediately felt comfortable with her because she was able to cater to each of our needs and fancy, which may sometimes be difficult for a group of 4, but which she did successfully. Tomoko was candid about herself and we were not only able to get a glimpse of the Japanese culture but was also able to know her as a person. A friendship was struck, which made the trip even more memorable for all of us.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Myra-san, Thank you very much for joining my tours and giving me such a kind feeback. I'm very gald that you enjoyed my guiding and being with me. I was happy with you, too. Thank you very much again. Tomoko

Carol Kaye

United Kingdom
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Sep 16/18

Tomoko was an excellent guide and a great ambassador for Kyoto. She also recommended a great private tea ceremony which was another highlight of our visit.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Carol-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and for your kind comment. I'm glad you were happy with the tea ceremony. I feel sorry that the shop we went for tatami didn't have the one you wanted. I hope you have spent a wonderful time in Kyoto! Tomoko

Morten Sogaard

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Aug 16/18

We had a great 1.5 days with Tomo in Kyoto. We learned a lot about Kyoto and she expertly showed us the key sights including Gion, the Imperial palace, the golden pavilion, and several other temples. We learned about the, the history of the shogunates, experienced a tea ceremony and she made a difficult to come by Keiseki dinner reservation the last night which included sighting of four of the five Donbori bonfires from the roof of - truly spectacular! Tomo is personable and speaks quite good English.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Morten-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a kind comment! I'm very glad that you enjoyed the tours in Kyoto with me. Also, I'm glad that you enjoyed the Kaiseki dinner and 'Gozan-Okuribi' bonfires. I hope you have good memories of Kyoto and that you will come back Kyoto. Best regards, Tomoko

Karen Knecht

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

Tomoko is the best. She took us to places we would have never found on our own and had interesting background information. She picked the best authentic restaurants for us, accommodating all of our requests. We liked her so much we invited her to come stay with us in Chicago!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Karen-san, Thank you very much. I'm very happy to know how you enjoyed my tour. I wish I can visit you in Chicago someday!!

Natasha Wong

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
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!

Yulia Logunova

Luxembourg
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
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: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
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    
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    
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

Geoff Phillips

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Osaka, Japan    
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    
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

Maxwell Holland

Thailand
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
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    
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

Alyscia Mak

Hong Kong
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
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    
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    
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!

Gaynielle Hirata

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
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.

Alessandra Silini

Germany
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
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!!

Corey Notis

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
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.

Michael Ebstein

Australia
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
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    
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

Dennis Furini

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

Kristen Richards

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
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!

Ziad Oueslati

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

very charming and knowledgeable person, highly recommend her.

Jamie McKeown

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
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.

William Kee

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
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    
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    
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    
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

Ae Rueppel

Dover, MA, United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
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    
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    
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.

Elaine Opper

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
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    
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.

Andrew Shea

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
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

Sheila Bryans

United Kingdom
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
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.

Raymond Male

Australia
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
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    
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    
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!

Michele W.

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
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: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
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    
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    
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    
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.

Stephen Pash

United Kingdom
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
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    
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.

Janae Reznikov

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
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.

Alicia Lebrija

Mexico
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
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!

Brandon Pace

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
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    
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.

Joseph Sutton

Australia
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: May 19/16

Very insightful, friendly and knowledgeable about the locations we visited, I would love to have another tour with Tomoko, someday.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joseph-san, Thank you very much for your kind comment! I was very happy to be your guide twice. I hope to be with you for the third time someday! There are more places to see in Kyoto. I'd love to show them to you.

Bradford Smith

Australia
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: May 10/16

Tomoko was an excellent guide. Her ability to understand what her customers wanted to see and do was great. Being a born and raised Kyoto native, Tomoko's knowledge of her hometown was exemplary and I would have no hesitation in recommending her expertise and guidance around Kyoto to anyone who is interested in learning more about this beautiful area of Japan.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Brad-san, Thank you so much for your very kind comment! Now you are home safely with lots of memories of Japan? I'm very glad that you enjoyed Kyoto and Nara with me. The tours with you has become a precious experience to me. Thank you again. Tomoko

Susan Finnis

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: May 6/16

What a joy to go around Kyoto with Tomoko. Her explanations of Japanese religion and culture were easy to understand and contributed to my enjoyment of what we saw. I depended on her to guide me to places off the beaten path, and she showed me such lovely places! I would highly recommend Tomoko as a guide; her knowledge of the great spots in Kyoto is fantastic!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Susan-san, thank you so much for joining my tour and for such a kind comment. I'm very happy that you liked the places I showed you. I enjoyed being with you too. I hope you will come back to Kyoto to see more off the beaten path.

Michael Case

Canada
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Apr 23/16

It was a pleasure meeting Tomoko. Her ability to explain, in English, the sites we visited was excellent and her knowledge of the sites was very good. She was able to move us about the city quickly and we were able to see much more than we would have if we had set out on our own. A great experience!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Michael-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and such a kind comment. I'm very glad I had such a nice opportunity to guide you. I enjoyed being your guide, too. Thank you again.

Yew Wai Mok

Malaysia
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Apr 18/16

Great tour! very informative and truly enjoyed ourselves.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mok-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour. I appreciate your kind comment! I also had a very enjoyable day with your family. I hope you will come back to Kyoto again!

Marcelo Yamamura

Brazil
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Feb 11/16

Extremely satisfied with her professionalism, knowledge of the area, the sites and facts and also a very nice person.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Marcelo-san, Thank you very much for you kind comment. I spent wonderful time with you, nice people. Thank you very much again for joining my tour!

Jeremy Crane

Australia
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Jan 8/16

Tegan Greenway

United Kingdom
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Nov 10/15

Tomoko was very knowledgeable about the area and helped me collect shuin. Would highly recommend her as a tour guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Tegan-san Thank you very much for your kind comment! It was a wonderful day of a beautiful weather. I'm very glad that you could collect many shuins, enjoying beautiful autumn colors.

Andy B.

Canada
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Oct 17/15

With consummate skill, personable Tomoko managed to include, at a seemingly leisurely pace, a front row kimono fashion show at the Nishijin Textile Centre, a visit to Kinkakuji, a tasty lunch of Kyoto specialties, a Toei Studios film show, a delightful tram ride to Arashiyama and the Bamboo Forest. With equal talent Tomoko covered noted east Kyoto sites the following day. A jazz singer with a debut CD to her name, Tomoko brought a rare flare to a lovely tour. An excellent guide. Thank You. Andy

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Andy-san Thank you so much for your very kind and wonderful comment! It was my pleasure to be with you for 2 days. I'm very happy that you enjoyed your tour with me. I hope you will come back to Kyoto again, maybe in a different season. Kyoto will welcome you with different charms. Thank you!

Robert Sewell

United Kingdom
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Sep 26/15

Tomoko was an excellent and friendly guide. She was so helpful in making our two days in Kyoto and Himeji special and gave us a chance to learn something more of Japan and it's culture. The visit to the local musician was a particular highlight. We will hope to make another visit in the future.

Martin Mayo

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Sep 15/15

Excellent tour guide. Overall experience way beyond expectations. Very flexible changing itinerary. We had a great time! Arrigato, Tomoko.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Martin-san, thank you very much for your kind comment! It was my pleasure to be your guide. I'm very glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour with me in Kyoto. Thank you!!

Martin Mayo

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Sep 13/15

Henry Hasson

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Aug 30/15

Tomoko was great with the kids and very accommodating. We had a wheelchair with us and she was able to make changes on the fly to accommodate my family's needs. She is very flexible and very interesting.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Henry-san, Thank you very much for your kind comment! I'm happy you enjoyed your tour in Kyoto. I enjoyed myself being with you and your wonderful family. I do remember cute smiles of your pretty daughters! Thank you again for joining my tour.

David Gooding

United Kingdom
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Aug 29/15

Being in Kyoto for only 3 days we wanted to make the best use of our time here. Arranging 2 days of guiding with Tomoko was the best possible choice we could have made. Tomoko-san was very flexible in adapting her standard tour format to meet our specific requests to include visiting some of the less frequented & smaller sized shrines & temples with outstanding gardens and architectural details. We really enjoyed spending our days with Tomoko-san & would therefore recommend her without hesitation.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear David-san, Thank you very much for your kind comment! I'm very happy that you could enjoy your Kyoto tour. I myself enjoyed being with you, kind and nice people! I hope you will come back Kyoto again in a different season.

David Gooding

United Kingdom
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Aug 27/15

Being in Kyoto for only 3 days we wanted to make the best use of our time here. Arranging 2 days of guiding with Tomoko was the best possible choice we could have made. Tomoko-san was very flexible in adapting her standard tour format to meet our specific requests to include visiting some of the less frequented & smaller sized shrines & temples with outstanding gardens and architectural details. We really enjoyed spending our days with Tomoko-san & would therefore recommend her without hesitation.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear David-san, Thank you very much for your kind comment! I'm very happy that you could enjoy your Kyoto tour. I myself enjoyed being with you, kind and nice people! I hope you will come back Kyoto again in a different season.

Hemen Shah

United Kingdom
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Jul 31/15

We were a family of 4 and enjoyed Tomokos tour very much. She was very informative about the history and culture of Kyoto and enlivened the sights we visited. She took us to a great restaurant for lunch, and a tea ceremony at the end. My children enjoyed the tour as well as Tomoko made sure she kept them engaged.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Hemen-san, thank you for your kind comment! I myself enjoyed being with you and your cute children. I'm glad that you enjoyed my tour and expeiences in Kyoto. I hope you and your children will visit Kyoto again. Thank you!

Janice Blanchard

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Jun 17/15

Jeremy W.

United States
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Jun 15/15

Tomoko was a great guide. We saw many places on our day with her, and she followed our pace because the kids were already tired from walking around Tokyo. She has a robust knowledge of Kyoto which was especially apparent during our tours of Kijo Castle and Kiyomizu-dera Temple. She is fluent in English but her accent does occasionally make it harder to understand certain phrases. However, her interest in showing you her city and her easy going personality were wonderful.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jeremy-san, thank you very much for your kind comment! I'm happy you enjoyed the tour with me. I'm sorry about my inaccurate pronunciation in some phases. I'll try to correct it. I hope you are safely at home with lots of wonderful memories of your travel in Kyoto and Japan.

Basil Jefferies

United Kingdom
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: May 19/15

A delightful, we'll-informed and considerate guide who gave us an unforgettable experience. We enjoyed every minute of our day.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Basil-san and Heather-san, Thank you so much for your kind comment! It was my pleasure to be with you for 2 days. I'm very happy that you enjoyed my tour. I hope you can come back to Kyoto again!

Lucy Torres

United Kingdom
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Apr 14/15

Tomoko was an excellent guide who happily answered all our questions. She was also very patient with our two boys aged 11 and 8. Due to rain at start of day we did different things to our original plan and it worked out very well. she also tooK us to an excellent restaurant for lunch. Would definitely recommend this tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lucy-san, Thank you very much for your kind comment! I'm glad that you enjoyed the tour inspite of the bad weather. I hope you will come back to Kyoto someday again. Thank you so much again.

Joseph Sutton

Australia
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Apr 13/15

Guide was very insightful, full of wonderful information, friendly and understanding, I had a great experience!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Joseph-san, thank you so much for your kind comment. I'm very glad that I was able to be your guide, and that you enjoyed my tour!

Elias A.

Mexico
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Tour: #153415, Tomoko's Customized Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Apr 2/15

We really enjoyed our visit to Kyoto thanks to Tomoko, she is very knowledgeable and knows here way around the city very well. We also got to cover everything we had planned for and more. She's a very nice person, thank you Tomo!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Elias-san, Thank you very much for your kind comment! The tour with you was a lot of fun! I hope you will keep good memories of Kyoto. Thank you!!