Traveler Reviews for Private Tour in Hakone, Japan by Tour Guide Shin K.

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John C.

United States
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Tour: #248902, Customized 1 day Private Tour in Hakone with a Licensed Local Guide, Hakone, Japan    
Date: Sep 21/18

Shin K was fantastic. One of our best experiences in Japan! Great tour very interesting and informative. My wife and I highly recommend Shin K tours.He speaks perfect English.He is a delightful gentleman.We has a great day and Shin K made it memorable.Thank you so much Shin San. Sincerely John and Piper Crawford

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for joining my tour on the other day. The weather wasn't the best condition but I'm really glad to hear that you enjoyed the day. I also had a great day with you and Piper san :D If you ever have another chance to visit Japan, I'm looking forward to serving you again. Thank you so much again !

Margaret Yu

United States
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Tour: #248902, Customized 1 day Private Tour in Hakone with a Licensed Local Guide, Hakone, Japan    
Date: Jul 8/18

Mr. Shin was an exceptional tour guide who made sure he med our needs:Mt. Fuji. He introduced us to the treasures of HAKONE and explained the rich historical background of the town. We went to the iconic old teahouse that served travelers during the Edo Period and had the pleasure of meeting the Yamamoto family who are still serving travelers of today. It was a pleasure to meet Shin. HAKONE will be one of my favorite places. I pray that it will continue to flourish as they preserve their history.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Margaret san, thank you very much for having me as your guide in Hakone. It was such a great opportunity for me to meet all of you and guide in my hometown. I also appreciate you share your experience with others. I'm very much looking forward to your another visit, maybe sometime in Autumn. Thank you again :D

Alan Kwiatek

St. Louis, MO, United States
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Tour: #248902, Customized 1 day Private Tour in Hakone with a Licensed Local Guide, Hakone, Japan    
Date: Jun 5/18

Shin was an amazing guide, he was well informed on the History of the area and fun and interesting to talk to. We had great fun, great food and a better understanding of Hakone at the end of the day. Our entire family agreed that Shin was one of the best guides we have ever used. We would use him again and highly recommend him to anyone touring this area.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Alan san, Thank you so much again for visiting Japan and my hometown Hakone! It was really nice meeting all of you! I hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Japan. I'm looking forward to your next visit. Please extend my regards to your lovely family!

Winnie Ling

Australia
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Tour: #248902, Customized 1 day Private Tour in Hakone with a Licensed Local Guide, Hakone, Japan    
Date: Apr 20/18

Communications leading up to and on the day from Shin was very polite and accommodating. He cam across very natural and keen to share his local town with us. The lunch was beautiful and we considered the day a big highlight of our trip, getting to see Mt Fuji, cherry blossom and experiencing an unique activity, going over a live volcano on a rope way. Thanks again Shin!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you again for visiting Japan and Hakone! It was really nice meeting all of you. I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay in Hakone. It was my pleasure to guide your lovely family here in my hometown. Please extend my regards to everyone and I hope to see you all again in the future :D

Jevan Devadas

United Kingdom
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Tour: #248902, Customized 1 day Private Tour in Hakone with a Licensed Local Guide, Hakone, Japan    
Date: Mar 26/18

We had a great time with Shin San. His love for Hakone shone through with all the information he shared with us. Be prepared to be taken on a journey through time and place which will make you fall in love Hakone - from Lake Ashi and the majesty of Mt. Fuji, to the peace of the Cedar Avenue and Hakone Shrine (Hakone Jinja).

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ivy san, thank you so much for visiting Japan and Hakone. It was such a great opportunity for me to meet you and guide here in my hometown. I'm really happy to hear that you enjoyed our day. I hope you also had great days in other cities in Japan. I'm looking forward to serving you again!

Katherine Roberts

Australia
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Tour: #248902, Customized 1 day Private Tour in Hakone with a Licensed Local Guide, Hakone, Japan    
Date: Feb 25/18

Thanks Shin - we all enjoyed spending the day with you. We found your commentary informative, the lunch great and the sites inspiring!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Katherine san, sorry for the delay in my response. Thank you for visiting my hometown and having me as your guide. I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay. I hope you also enjoyed rest of your trip in Japan. I'm looking forward to serving you again near in the Future!!!

Adeline Chan

Malaysia
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Tour: #248902, Customized 1 day Private Tour in Hakone with a Licensed Local Guide, Hakone, Japan    
Date: Dec 18/17

Hakone is such a beautiful place and Shin-san is the perfect guide. He is knowledgeable and has great insights of the local culture & history. We enjoyed every moment of the relaxing tour and the view of Mount Fuji was spectacular. Thank you, Shin-san for the wonderful experience and making the trip truly memorable!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'd like to thank you again for visiting Japan and my hometown Hakone. It was really nice to meeting all of you. We were just blessed to such a perfect view of Mt.Fuji during the tour and I have to thank YOU for bringing the sunshine. I hope you also enjoyed rest of your stay in Japan. I'm looking forward to serving you again. Please extend my regards to your lovely family!

Michael Welch

United States
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Tour: #248902, Customized 1 day Private Tour in Hakone with a Licensed Local Guide, Hakone, Japan    
Date: Sep 27/17

The tour to Hakone by Shin-San was the best time of our two weeks in Japan. Hakone is a get-away from Tokyo in the mountains, 30 minutes by train. Shin-San is bi-cultural in language and familiarity with Japanese and Americans customs having lived several years in the U.S. He answered every question in-depth and gave his philosophy of living in Japan and Hakone. This is the best tour and included a wonderful train ride and suggestion by Shin-San for dinner on Ramen Street at Tokyo Station.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Michael san, thank you so much for visiting Japan and Hakone. It was really nice to meeting you all and guiding here in my hometown. As a guide, I can't be happier than to hear that your time in the Hakone area was topped everything you did in Japan. Thank you again for choosing my service and I was very honoured to be a part of your long and exciting trip to Japan. I'm very much looking forward to serving you again and please extend my regards to everyone!!

Dana Taylor

United States
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Tour: #248902, Customized 1 day Private Tour in Hakone with a Licensed Local Guide, Hakone, Japan    
Date: Jul 19/17

Shin is a perfect guide! He was flexible, knowledgeable and fun as we saw local wood crafting, did a hike, saw thermal vents, and the open air museum in Hakone. We never felt rushed and he provided the perfect amount of information and guidance while also allowing us time to wander on our own. As a Hakone local he has great insight into the area but also a welcome Western "openness" as he spent several years in the US for college. Perfect English, super nice van, and outstanding guide service!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for visiting Japan and my hometown Hakone! It was very nice to meeting all of you! I'm really happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay. It was a lot of fun for me to guide you all too! I'm looking forward to serving you again and hopefully you'll stay longer :D Please extend my regards to your lovely family!

Jenny Chua

Australia
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Tour: #248902, Customized 1 day Private Tour in Hakone with a Licensed Local Guide, Hakone, Japan    
Date: Jul 5/17

Shin San speaks excellent English and provides excellent services. He has professional manner and is very knowledgeable of local stories and legends. We enjoyed very much for the day and were blessed to view Mt Fuji, to be able to ride the Pirates ship on Lake Ashi, visited Hakone Shrine, Onshi Park, Old Tokaido Highway - Cedar Avenue...not to mention tasting the local Smelt at lunch and the Amazake at the Tea House.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for visiting Japan and my hometown Hakone! It was really nice to seeing all of you. I hope you had a great day today in the Gora area. Hakone has so many things to offer in different seasons so I'm very much looking forward to serving you again in the future :D

Manoj Megchiani

Qatar
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Tour: #248902, 2 days Customized Tour in Hakone/Mt.Fuji for Manoj Megchiani, Hakone, Japan    
Date: Jul 2/17

Shin was superb. He understood our every need and our pace of touring. He was so efficient and flexible that we felt totally relaxed during our stay in Fuji/Hakone. I would recommend Shin to any one who wants to get a local feel of the place. Arigatou Gozaimashita.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for having me as your guide for 2 days. I had a great time with you and your lovely family. The weather was very nice and we managed to see such a nice view of Mt.Fuji. I hope you enjoyed rest of your stay. I'm very much looking forward to serving you again!

Mark Kelly

Australia
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Tour: #248902, Customized 1 day Private Tour in Hakone with a Licensed Local Guide, Hakone, Japan    
Date: Jul 1/17

We really enjoyed our tour which gave us a great insight into the culture and history of the beautiful Hakone region. The weather was very poor at the start of the day which meant that we wouldn't see Mt Fuji or take the cruise. Shin gave us the option to cancel the tour and offered to take us to the station and change our onward tickets at no cost. We decided to perseverve. Fortunately the weather improved a little and we ended up having a great day with Shin's local knowledge overcoming the conditions.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for visiting Japan and Hakone. It was really nice to meeting all of you and guide here in my hometown. It was a shame that the weather was bad and Mt.Fuji was too shy to be seen. However, I hope you enjoyed your stay in the Hakone area and unique experience at one of our best Ryokans. I hope to serve you again!

Jennifer Lampe

United States
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Tour: #248902, Customized 1 day Private Tour in Hakone with a Licensed Local Guide, Hakone, Japan    
Date: Jun 1/17

We wish Shin could be our tour guide for our entire trip in Japan. His English is impeccable. He has a deep and thorough knowledge of Hakone and took us to some of the most beautiful sites in the region. We did touristy things such as eating the lava egg, but also walked along the old Tōkaidō road amongst the 400 year old cedars. I highly recommend his services. His tour is worth every cent.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jennifer san, thank you for visiting Japan and Hakone. It was such a great opportunity for me to meet all of you and guide here in my hometown. It was a shame that I only had 1 day with you. I hope you enjoyed the view of Mt.Fuji on 2nd! I'm sure that you'll have wonderful days in Kyoto as well. I sincerely thank all of you again for choosing my service. Please extend my regards to your lovely family! I'm looking forward to serving you again :)

Karin L.

United States
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Tour: #248902, Customized 1 day Private Tour in Hakone with a Licensed Local Guide, Hakone, Japan    
Date: May 20/17

My parents, husband and I had a fantastic tour with Shin. We spent two days with him touring the Hakone area. Prior to our arrival Shin and I exchanged emails so he could get an idea of what type of tour we were looking for. He was always very responsive, friendly and professional. The plan he put together hit everyone's wish list. We had outstanding weather so we were able to take full advantage of different Mt. Fuji viewing locations - top of the Komagatake Ropeway, from Onshi Hakone Park over Lake

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for choosing my service for 2 days! It was such a great opportunity for me to meet all of you and show you around my hometown. I have to thank that you brought the sunshine from Hawaii so we had such perfect days. We also have good golf courses here in the area so you are always welcome back! Please extend my regards to everyone in your family :)

Karin L.

United States
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Tour: #248902, Customized 1 day Private Tour in Hakone with a Licensed Local Guide, Hakone, Japan    
Date: May 19/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for choosing my service for 2 days! It was such a great opportunity for me to meet all of you and show you around my hometown. I have to thank that you brought the sunshine from Hawaii so we had such perfect days. We also have good golf courses here in the area so you are always welcome back! Please extend my regards to everyone in your family :)

Paul Ochsner

United States
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Tour: #248902, Customized 1 day Private Tour in Hakone with a Licensed Local Guide, Hakone, Japan    
Date: Apr 18/17

Shin was an outstanding guide. He met us at the train station with his comfortable van and then proudly showed us highlights of his home area of Hakone. He took us to the Impressive Haneko Shinto Shrine and gave us background and insights into the Shinto beliefs. Shin also provided some key highlights of Japanese history, especially those connected to the area. And then there was Mt. Fuji fully shining over the lake on a clear day. And the cherry blossoms ... a day to remember.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Paul san, Thank you for sharing your experience with others. It was my pleasure to have both of you here in my hometown, Hakone. I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and we have to thank God to bring us such a beautiful spring day after that heavy rain. I'm very much looking forward to serve you again :)

Dennis Stick

United States
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Tour: #248902, Customized 1 day Private Tour for Ms.Susan Stick, 12 April, 2017., Hakone, Japan    
Date: Apr 12/17

Shin met us at our ship port and took us through the countryside to see the incredible view of Mt. Fuji. A perfect photo day. Shin was a lot of fun, had a very nice van for the four of us and really made an effort to show us things we wanted to see. He really understand life in the U.S. and Japan so it is fun to talk about the culture with him. We even stopped at a Starbucks and he ordered our drinks in Japanese. That was fun to hear. Loved our day!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Dennis san, thank you very much for sharing your experience with others. It was really nice to meeting all of you and spend a day with. Mt.Fuji was kind enough to smiled at us and it made us all happy! I hope you enjoyed rest of your stay in Japan. I'm very much looking forward to serving you again. Please extend my regards to everyone!

Sherri Bodden Cowan

Cayman Islands
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Tour: #248902, Customized 1 day Private Tour in Hakone with a Licensed Local Guide, Hakone, Japan    
Date: Mar 28/17

Shin was a tremendous guide- very knowledgeable and personable with an excellent command of English. We really enjoyed our day with Shin - he really enhanced our experience of Hakone. Shame he could do nothing about the weather!! Highly recommended

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sherri san, Thank you very much for choosing me as your guide here in my hometown. It was such a great opportunity for me to meet both of you and spend a day with you in Hakone. It was a shame that we only could see a portion of Mt.Fuji but I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay. I hope you'll have great days in China and other places. I'm very much looking forward to serving you again :D

William Brown

United States
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Tour: #248902, Customized 1 day Private Tour in Hakone with a Licensed Local Guide, Hakone, Japan    
Date: Mar 7/17

Fantastic Local Knowledge, Great Personality. A real Outdoors person. Unusual amongst most tour guides. The closer you get to Mt. Fuji, The more you will want Shin

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear William san, thank you very much for having me as your guide in Hakone. It was such a great opportunity for me to meet you and guide in my hometown. I also appreciate you share your experience with others. I'm very much looking forward to your another visit, maybe sometime in Autumn. Thank you again :D

John Perry

United States
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Tour: #248902, Customized 1 day Private Tour in Hakone with a Licensed Local Guide, Hakone, Japan    
Date: Mar 4/17

Shin definitely made our Hakone tour seamless and fun. We gave him the some of the well-known Hakone sites as must haves, yet added four more sites which enhanced the experience. From picking us up at Hakone-Yumoto station in his van (no worries about luggage transfers) until he dropped us off at our out of the way hotel, he entertained us with his knowledge of Japanese history and his kind and engaging wit. Highly recommend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear John san, thank you very much for sharing your experience with others. It was such a great opportunity for me to guide both of you here in my hometown. I had such a wonderful day with you. Thank you again for joining my tour and I really hope to serve you again in a different season :)

Anna W.

United States
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Tour: #248902, Customized 1 day Private Tour in Hakone with a Licensed Local Guide, Hakone, Japan    
Date: Dec 16/16

Highly recommend for anyone who wants to visit Hakone. Very informative, professional, and caring. Our family of 5 had a great day in Hakone under his guidance.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for joining my tour. It was such a wonderful time with you and guide here in my hometown. I hope you'll enjoy rest of your stay in Japan and really hope to serve you again :D

Philippe Salt

United Kingdom
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Tour: #248902, Customized 1 day Private Tour in Hakone with a Licensed Local Guide, Hakone, Japan    
Date: Oct 14/16

Shin provided us with an excellent tour of Hakone. His knowledge of the area was excellent and he brought much of the history alive with his stories and anecdotes which made the whole experience very interesting indeed. We would most certainly recommend Shin as an excellent Tour Guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for joining my tour on the other day and sharing your experience with others! It was such a great opportunity for me to meet both of you and guide you here in my hometown. I hope you also enjoyed rest of your stay in Japan. I really hope to serve you again in the future :D

Amanda French

United States
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Tour: #248902, Customized 1 day Private Tour in Hakone 10/13/16, Hakone, Japan    
Date: Oct 13/16

Shin was amazing and customized our tour perfectly for our schedule and interests. He also helped us make train reservations, which was an invaluable service since they could not be made on line. Our day with Shin was a highlight of our trip to Japan.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for joining my tour on the other day. It was such a great opportunity for me to meet all of you and guide here in my hometown. I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay:D I hope you also had wonderful days in Kyoto and Tokyo. If you have another chance to visit Japan, I highly recommend winter time. It's colder but Mt.Fuji is so beautiful. Thank you again!!

Yvette Hayes

Australia
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Tour: #248902, Customized 1 day Private Tour in Hakone with a Licensed Local Guide, Hakone, Japan    
Date: Sep 17/16

Shin was an excellent guide, we really experienced the Hakone area and learnt lots of fantastic information. The vehicle was extremely comfortable... I highly recommended Shin for a tour of this interesting area.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for joining my tour and also sharing your experience with others! It was such a great opportunity for me to meet all of you and guide here in my hometown. If you ever have another chance to come to Japan, I'd like to serve you again :D

Virginia Kline

United States
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Tour: #248902, Customized 1 day Private Tour in Hakone with a Licensed Local Guide, Hakone, Japan    
Date: Aug 10/16

Shin was a great tour guide. He met us at Kameoka station and we had the luxury of touring the area in his minivan. You do NOT want to visit Hakone without having someone drive you. He was knowledgeable and fun to be with and we got to see all the important sites of the area including a dip in a beautiful onsen overlooking a river. He was very generous with his time and our tour ended later than we expected so we could see all the things we wanted. Thank you Shin for a great day!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Virginia san, hello this is Shin and thank you for sharing your experience and positing a such a great review! It was my great pleasure for me to meet all of you and guide here in my hometown. I hope you also had great experiences in each city you visited. Please have a safe trip back and I hope to see you again :D

Celine Ong

United States
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Tour: #248902, Customized 1 day Private Tour in Hakone with a Licensed Local Guide, Hakone, Japan    
Date: Jul 1/16

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Shin. The cruise of beautiful Lake Ashi, the scenic panoramic view from rope way & walking through the historical Onshi Hakone Koen Park were the highlights of our trip. During the tour, Shin always make special effort to explain japanese history & culture which added even more color & flavor to our sightseeing. Unfortunately we skipped certain places of interest due to Gotemba. And thanks to Shin who kindly send us there and provided important info of using the public

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Celine san, thank you very much for having me as your guide in Hakone. It was such a great opportunity for me to meet all of you and guide in my hometown. I also appreciate you share your experience with others. I'm very much looking forward to your another visit, maybe sometime in Autumn. Thank you again :D