Shanna SicatUnited States
I booked a tour with Tomoko due to her high reviews and was not disappointed. From the start she was prompt, quick to reply, accomodating, knowledgeable and so friendly! She made me and my family feel welcome in Kyoto. She graciously took our tour booking request at the very last minute, and although we ended up needing to end our tour short, made sure to fit the itinerary to our needs and interests. We will be back to Kyoto one day, and will be sure to book her tour again! Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Shanna-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a nice comment so soon! You are on the Shinkansen now, aren't you? I hope you are arriving at Tokyo safely with good memories of Kyoto. This time you didn't have enough time to see and expreience many things. Next time, I hope you can enjoy Kyoto and near-by areas in a relaxed mood. If I can be with you again, I'll be very happy. Please give my warm regards to your family. Tomoko
Morten SogaardUnited States
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.
David KeeverUnited States
Tomoko's 3-hour tour of Nara was well-planned and organized by her to see the highlights of Nara. Her knowledge of Nara and Kyoto was very informative and we spent the 45-minute train ride from Kyoto to Nara and back learning interesting aspects of Japanese culture, history, and lifestyles in that region of Japan. She is an excellent guide, speaks perfect English, enthusiastic, and should be your choice for Kyoto, Osaka, and Nara tour destinations.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear David-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a kind comment. I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed our Nara tour and my explanation about Nara, Kyoto and Japan. It was terribly hot and unfortunately rained time to time, but I myself enjoyed being with you and cute Emma-chan! Thank you again.
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
Scott SankeyUnited Arab Emirates
Robert SchindelUnited States
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!!
Kris LippensMortsel, ANTWERP, Belgium
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.
Sheldon StoneUnited States
David BreierUnited States
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.
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.
Karen HartzUnited States
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.
Sara RupertUnited States
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.
Martin VaughanCharlotte, NORTH CAROLINA, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, Martin-san!
Zenzi PoindexterUnited States
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.
Kimberly AndrewsUnited States
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.
Bruce GoldsteinUnited States
Skip TanakaUnited States
Tomoko is an excellent tour guide! She is knowledgeable but she also has a great personality. Her English is easy to understand. Best tour guide out of four other Japanese tours I have taken.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Skip-san, thank you very much for joining my tour and for such a kind comment! It was my pleasure to be your guide. I myself had a very good time talking with you. Thank you very much again.
Joel LiebowitzUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Amy-san Tnank you for your good rating for my tour. I'm glad I could meet your clients, very nice people.
Bernice Allison GawPhilippines
Tomoko is a very flexible guide. Even before booking the tour, She made sure that all my queries were answered. Sadly, she was sick during the day of the tour so she asked another guide to accompany us. We were traveling from Osaka to Nara but we didn't have a hard time finding the meeting place thanks to the Japanese phrase she taught me. Overall, our half day Nara tour was amazing. Satoko, Tomoko's guide colleague was really knowledegable and she speaks great english.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bernice-san, thank you very much for your kind comment. I'm so sorry that I couldn't be with you myself. Satoko told me you were the nicest people from the Philippines she had ever met. Next time if you come back to Japan, and if you'd like to have a guide in Kyoto, I do love to be with you. Thank you very much.