Miyuki brought us to the sites of the hidden Christians in Sotome. She organized a taxi service, which was comfortable and made our trip nice and enjoyable (although it was raining a lot). We could see churches and the forests where the Christians were hidden for years. Miyuki explained with detail and was also flexible to organise the tour according to our interests. I stongly recommend her tour, specially since these sites will probably be UNESCO World Heritage soon. Thank you so much, Miyuki!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Yes, it was a really memorable tour for me as well though it was raining hard. I could not show you a beautiful ocean.. still we could see and feel the atomosphere of sotome area just like in the movie 'Silence'. Next time I would like to show you beautiful ocean view of other christian sites in Nagasaki!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your high rating, Pedor. I look forward to meeting with you again!
Agnes ChiuHong Kong
She is polite, punctual, knowledgable, flexible considerate, helpful, resourceful, responsive, and organised; all the qualities of a guide that a tourist will ask for. But Miyuki is a natural that what makes our experience so relaxing and enjoyable, she is fluent in English, not to mention that she looked after us so well and was beyond her call of duty to find us Mass service schedule and location, arrange the Goto Island tour for us at her off hours. I have already passed her contact to my friends.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your high rating and warm comment, Agnes! I had an wonderful time with you in Sotome and Nagasaki city centre. You sounds like a reseracher of Icomos, or sounds like more professional! Hope to see you again and look forward to meeting with your friends in the near future.
I'm glad I did this tour because these places have something special of their own. The tour is very well designed and all the places have relation with one another, so you will get a overview about the issue, but the taxi drive is somewhat troublesome. Although the taxi driver was a great one in both skill and personality, the fact that you have to take the taxi drive does add to the price of the tour, burns time, and get you car-sick because of the road and all the ups and downs.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your comment, Ines. Yes, it cost the taxi fare to do this tour epecially for a single traveller. As you see, these places are hard to access from the city centre and sites are dotted becuae of the history they used to settle down there escaping from persecutions. If a single traveller would visit here on the weekend, we would be able to join the bus tour along Japanese guests as I mentioned before, but we would not be able to move on our pace. Thank you for pointing out that!
This was a fantastic tour. If you have watched the movie or read the book "Silence" this is a tour that will bring that story to life. Miyuki is very knowledgeable in regards to the history of the Sotome area and the Hidden Christian church history and practices. She was a great interpreter as some of the museum lacked English "subtitles". This tour was both enjoyable and educational. I give this tour and our guide, Miyuki, the highest recommendation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your high rating and comment, Sr.Peter! I was also happy to show you Sotome in Nagasaki after 'Silence' and enjoyed talking with some local such as Father, Sister, the former hidden christian and so on. I look forward wathching the video you would upload.
Boon Kian ChanSingapore
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your high rating, Boon! Have a safe trip back to your home.
Blaine KeigleyUnited States
Miyuki worked closely with me to create tours to meet our specific goals in the areas north of Nagasaki regarding the incredible story (mostly tragic) of the Catholic Church in Japan. Miyuki showed us the "Endo Museum", dedicated to the author of "The Silence", which is the basis of Martin Scorcese's "The Silence" (just being released December 2016), among many other hard to find treasures. Miyuki has excellent knowledge, judgement, and flexibility, and has my highest recommendation.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your high rating and comment, Blaine! It was a memorable tours for me as well. I can't wait wathing the movie "The Silence" which will be released in Janurary in Japan.