Traveler Reviews for Private Tour in Kyoto, Japan by Tour Guide Ken S.

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Michel Flit

Peru
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: May 12/18

It was a pleasure to have Ken guiding us through the streets and history of Kyoto. Thanks to his unending energy, flexibility, and profound knowledge of the history of the city, and its logistics we were able to cover a great deal of it and to understand the forces that built and changed it over time. We even had time for a lot of pictures and for the best meal we have had so far in Japan! We are very grateful for having Ken with us and his next group is going to be very lucky. Thanks a lot Ken!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Michel, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have great memory on Kyoto back home. -Ken S.

Sally Johnson

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Apr 28/18

Thouroughly enjoyed Ken for two days. He was full of interesting facts, kept us moving and was receptive to our requests. Great lunch spots too! Highly recommend him!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sally, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought great memory back home. -Ken S.

Stephen Meadow

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Mar 30/18

Our guide Ken is a top professional, fun and a very knowledgeable teacher of Kyoto and its incredible history We saw a few temples, the Emperor former compound, cherry blossoms, we made arts and crafts Closenne and went to a Hello Kiddie store, a highlight for our 12 year old Lunch was at Omem Udon noodle restaurant fabulous We are excited for day two with Ken tomorrow

Lily Robillard

San Francisco, CA, United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Mar 26/18

This was my first day with Ken S. who was great. He is very easy to get along with, very knowledgeable about all the tour sites that we visited, had his "secret" routes away from the touristy crowds, and took many wonderful photos of me. When we returned to my Hotel Granvia, which he had recommended for my stay, he showed me around Kyoto Station, up to the Skyway Walk with its great views. He encouraged me to venture out on my own as Kyoto is a very safe place. I would highly recommend Ken.

Patricia Muhlrad

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Mar 25/18

Eva Yokus

Turkey
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Mar 21/18

David Shlagbaum

Canada
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Mar 17/18

Ken is amazing! He spent a lot of time with me prior to the trip and he is always on time and have a lot of patient with us. His knowledge of the country was far superior to anything we experienced in our travels. We have a lot of laughs too! Definitely recommended.

Sebastian Escarrer

Spain
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Mar 11/18

Connie Hetzler

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Dec 23/17

Ken was a fantastic tour guide. He is very knowledgeable and explained all of the sites we saw as well as other history of the city. He is also very fun and humorous ! We would highly recommend him !!! Great tour guide for Kyoto and made our vacation very special. We had a 2 day tour with him and enjoyed every minute of this amazing experience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Sarah & Ryan for your five stars. I hope your family will spend wonderfull holidays in Japan. -Ken S.

Mark Merryfield

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Dec 16/17

Being senior citizens, we wanted a guide to take special interest in our needs and interests. Ken was the perfect fit for us ! His English is superb and his attention and kindness was appreciated ! He custom fit our tour experiences for the two days that we had him and we were most happy with the sites he chose for us ! My husband and I highly recommend Ken, wholeheartedly! Mark and Jan M.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mark for your five stars. I hope you have great memory back home. -Ken S.

Phyllis Poh

Singapore
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Nov 2/17

Ken is friendly and generous with local information; very obliging with our questions on places outside of itinerary as well. He accommodated to our request for customization and attentive to our group's needs. We enjoyed the guided tour much; money well spent!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Phyllis, Thanks for your five stars. Also, I appreciated your comments on the tour. Hope you have brought great memory back home. -- Ken S.

Robert Oliva

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Oct 30/17

Ken was an outstanding guide. He skillfully showed us his hometown of Kyoto. He was very kind and very willing to accommodate our concerns and interest. I believe it would have taken us 3 days to see Kyoto without any history but he was able to do it in 1 day, including food breaks, with all the essential historical background for a full comprehension of the beauty, tradition, and culture that Kyoto has to offer. I highly recommend Ken as a tour guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Bob, Thanks for your five stars. Despite your unlucky happenings, I hope you have brought good memories back home. -Ken S.

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Robbie De Wild

Netherlands
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Oct 22/17

Susan Loveless

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Oct 6/17

Ken easily earns 5 stars! He told us fascinating historical stories in addition to being thoroughly knowledgeable of the sites we visited. He was thoughtful, considerate, & helpful in recommendating restaurants & other sites for us to visit. His English is VERY good & he listens well. We would highly recommend him!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank so much for your five stars. I also thank you for your company that I enjoyed during the tour. Looking forward to meeting you next time in Japan. -- Ken S.

John Preston

Australia
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Jun 23/17

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi John, Again thanks for your five stars. -- Ken S.

Tim Weston

Australia
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Jun 17/17

If you are booking a tour in Kyoto then look no further than Ken. An absolute pleasure to spend the day with Ken who kept us amused with his many stories about the area. Could not have asked for any more. A special thank you for the restaurant recommendation, it was a memorable event for our group.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Tim, Thanks for your five stars. It was my pleasure to be with your company for 2 days. Hope you have brought great memories back home. - Ken S.

Michele Winn

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Jun 15/17

We were referred to Ken from friends who had booked him previously and could not be more pleased!! Ken was great!! He came to the house that we rented and picked us up which was perfect as we had no idea how to get around. From the very beginning we were off and running. He is a wealth of information and showed us more than we could have ever see on own. He explained the history behind everything he showed us. You cannot go wrong with him!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Michele, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought great memories back home. -- Ken S.

Mark Dreifke

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Jun 11/17

Ken was an awesome tour guide of Kyoto. He explained the sites and was very knowledgeable. We discussed what we wanted to see and Ken made it happen. Would highly recommend the tour with Ken. We enjoyed the high pace and being on many trains.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Mark, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought great memories back home. -- Ken S.

Krishnan Sekharipuram

Oman
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Jun 5/17

Ken is very well organised, maintains time and knows Kyoto inside out. He is your guide if you want to avoid typical tourist spots. He is a quick walker and will help improve your fitness level. He is however very considerate and makes sure that the group stays together. We had strict vegetarian meal requirements and he found us some great Veg restaurants serving amazing authentic Japanese meals outside the main Kyoto city.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Krishnan, Thanks for your five stars. I hope you have great memories back home. -- Ken S.

Amar Qureshi

United Kingdom
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: May 15/17

Enjoyed our tour with Ken, we travelled with a 3 year old and Ken was very accommodating. Ken also took us a to great Japanese place for lunch in an old converted merchants house which we would never find by ourselves. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour

Kathleen Dahl

Australia
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Apr 19/17

Ken was a wonderful guide and the whole family enjoyed his company during our full day tour of Kyoto. He is passionate about his city and managed to impart lots of history and interesting anecdotes that we wouldn't have got from a guide book. Ken was very flexible and kept things moving at a good pace. We managed to fit a lot into our day. Thanks Ken-San .

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kathleen, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought great memory back home. -Ken S

Betty Albrecht

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Apr 6/17

We really enjoyed his company and his choice for lunch spots. He always was good about taking good pictures of the two of us at scenic areas. We also really enjoyed the car & driver he was able to book for us on short notice when the weather turned very rainy!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Betty, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought great memory back home. -Ken S.

Ian Parkin

Samoa
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Apr 1/17

Ken is an excellent guide and showed us around Kyoto on our first day giving us a great sense of what the city held for us to see. He was flexible in what we did and tailored the day as it proceeded to meet our wishes. We had two more days booked with him and he was happy to modify these on the basis of what he learnt from day one.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ian, Thanks for your five stars. I enjoyed your company very much. -Ken S.

Craig Israelsen

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Mar 24/17

Great tour Ken, many thanks.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Craig, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought great memory back home. Ken S.

Michael Morrell

United States
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Tour: #27151, Half day tour to western Kyoto (Golden pavilion/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Jan 27/17

Ken, met us at our hotel and took us on the train to Nara where he showed us some Temples and sights from the train as we rode past them. Once in Nara he showed us where to watch the Grass Burning Festival and fireworks from. The main Temple with the Big Buddha and Shrine as well as where to eat. Ken always made sure we had time to rest and enjoy Japan.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your five stars. I hope you enjoyed Yamayaki in Nara that evening. -- Ken S.

Saad Ismail

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Jan 6/17

Ken was great company. His knowledge of Japan's and Kyoto's history was excellent. He took great care of us and was very kind, courteous, professional and friendly. Highly recommend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Saad and Kerri, Thanks for your five stars. I also enjoyed your company. Hope you have brought great memories back home. -- Ken S.

Leni Karr

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Nov 24/16

Today it was off to Iga with a nice train ride through the country, a tour of the Ninja Museum (with great demonstrations), Ueno Castle, and a visit to a local tea shop where we were entertained by the owner (a ninja descendant :) ) who showed us his collection of artifacts, served us wonderful tea and treats and let our kids practice throwing ninja stars. Ken did a fantastic job of customizing the trip to our interests and provided us with a great amount of interesting history along the way.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Randy and Leni, Thanks for your five stars and thanks for your comment. I truly enjoyed your family's company. Please give my best regards to Ryo and Simon. -Ken S.

Thomas W.

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Nov 18/16

Ken provided me with a wonderful two day experience. My time in Kyoto was limited so I wanted to maximize the experience and he did just that. He is very well organized, very knowledgeable about history and culture. He speaks English very well, so there were not communication barriers. He also has a great sense of humor. I highly recommend Ken.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Tom, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memory back home. -Ken S.

Melissa Bond

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Nov 14/16

My husband & I were visiting Kyoto for only 2 days and wanted to maximize our time by visiting several sites. Ken arranged a 6 hour tour for us which took us to amazing temples, shrines and view points in Kyoto. He gave us a fantastic history lesson & also acted as our personal photographer and helped us get great photos that will last a lifetime. If you are looking for an energetic, knowledgeable guide who speaks impeccable English, look no further. Thank you for an epic journey Ken!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Melissa, Thanks for your five stars,and thanks for your comment. Hope you will bring great memory back home. -Ken S.

John Wieneke

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Oct 28/16

We found the tour of north western Kyoto today by Ken incredibly informative. Ken has a very good grasp of Japanese history and it made our Kyoto tour an exceptional experience. We can highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi John, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memories back home. -- Ken S.

Ben Solnit

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Sep 19/16

Ken is highly professional and knowledgeable about Kyoto. His 15 years of work experience in the U.S. make him fluent in English, and he understands the preferences of Westerners. He is energetic and helpful. Ken guided us first through Eastern Kyoto, then through Western Kyoto, and we liked his suggested mixture of sites, walking, and use of public transportation. He also advised on what to do on our own, both in the evening and on our free day in Kyoto.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ben, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought great memories on Kyoto back home. -- Ken S.

Margaret Hennessey

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Sep 11/16

Ken is a knowledgeable, energetic, and friendly guide. He led three of us on a wonderful day in Kyoto that was a highlight of our trip. He gave us an understanding of the history of Kyoto and also answered our many questions about Japan today. We highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Margaret, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you brought great memories back home. -- Ken S.

Lance Ohara

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Aug 27/16

I booked Ken for 2 days of tours in Kyoto. We arranged a meeting place in Gion and off we went. We first went to Nijo castle and then headed off to the Golden pavilion where we had lunch. We then went to the Ryouanji temple, the Tenryuji temple and the Bamboo path in Arashiyama district. He utilized walking and a day pass on the bus to get around which was very convenient. Ken was the consummate tour guide as he made sure that we knew the history as well as watched out for us. Thanks, Ken!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Lance, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memory back home. -Ken S.

Frank Cocuzza

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Jul 29/16

We booked Ken for two days - East Kyoto and West Kyoto. Ken was great to be with. He was very informative and fun to be with. Great sense of humor, and made the two days very enjoyable, in spite of the 90 degree heat and humidity. Also he helped us with our tickets and got us on the right track for our departure to Tokyo.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Frank, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have great memories back home. -- Ken S.

Joan Hutson

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Jul 4/16

Ken is most personable, knowledgeable and entertaining. My husband and I and our two adult children thoroughly enjoyed our private tour with Ken in Kyoto. Although Ken had an injured leg, he consistently out-walked the four of us. He made each site we visited most interesting.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Joan, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you brought great memories on Kyoto back home. -- Ken S.

Christina CooperWitt

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: May 22/16

Ken was wonderful! Very friendly, knowledgeable, and good English skills. Walks very fast! :) The tour is comprehensive with a lot to see in just 8 hours. Good overview of western Kyoto. Ken was very helpful and answered numerous questions. He even helped us plan our next day travels in eastern Kyoto. So glad we booked with Ken!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Christina, Thanks for five stars. Hope you have great memories back home. --Ken S.

Emilie Mae Wickett

Parkwood, Perth, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, Australia
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Nov 18/15

We felt confident and at ease with Ken's English interpretations and translations. He encouraged questions on our part, and gave very knowledgeable and completely satisfactory answers. Mindful of our physical limitations due to our senior years, Ken helped us to customise our tour,keeping in mind the non-stop rain and dismal weather conditions, our preferences and our cultural tastes. Many thanks for a great day, Ken!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Emilie Thanks for your five stars. I also appreciate your cooperation during the tour. Hope you have brought great memory back home. --Ken S.

Helene Wolff

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Nov 3/15

Ken if very knowledgeable, his English is very good, flexible to meet our needs. Good on history, food, sights. recommend him without reservation. a good person to share the day and the places with.

Joel Kaplan

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Oct 20/15

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Joe for your five stars. -- Ken S.

Brian Winters

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Oct 9/15

Ken was great. Nice guy, very informative, and he put together a perfect itinerary.

Lucy Molloy

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Oct 8/15

Ken is attentive, informative and an overall great travel guide. We had him two days in Kyoto, which saved us the time, effort and money - figuring out logistics and making our two-day tour amazing. He worked with our pace, and was entertaining with his historical knowledge and humor. He gave us inside tips for the remainder of our visit. In short, if you want a guide that cares, and is proud of his city (which he grew up in), choose Ken.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Chris and Lucy, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought great memories back home. -- Ken S.

Doug Kizer

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Sep 22/15

Ken was a fantastic tour guide. He was extremely flexible, well informed and very attuned to our style of a day tour. He took us to fantastic spots and helped us to better understand what we were seeing and the culture behind it. Highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Doug, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought great memory back home. -- Ken S.

Mary K.

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Sep 21/15

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Mike and Mary, Thanks for your evaluation. As our tour was conducted in the middle of 5 consecutive holidays, we were trapped by long transit and long lunch. I am sorry for our late return to your hotel. -- Ken S.

Larry B.

Canada
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Sep 8/15

Ken is extremely knowledgeable about Kyoto. The information Ken provided really enhanced the tour for us. His being able to provide the context for what we saw added to our understanding and enjoyment. We asked him MANY questions -- all of which he was able to answer. Well done, Ken!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Larry, for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memories back home. -- Ken S.

Leslie Bell

Australia
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Sep 3/15

Ken was a fantastic guide. He went out of his way to show us exactly what we wanted to see, was a veritable fountain of information on the history and even found us a kimono shop at my request. After the tour had finished, he took us to a restaurant we had been recommended to try, and introduced us to the manage who looked after us very well indeed. I would not hesitate to recommend Ken to anyone looking for a friendly and knowledgeable guide in Kyoto.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Leslie and Irene, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memories back home. -- Ken S.

Ilan Shalvi

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Aug 30/15

We had a great day with Ken san in Kyoto. Ken English is great. He is very knowledgable in the history of Kyoto and Japan and gave us good information about each and every site we visited. Ken also took us to "off track" to see wonderfull sites that are not that tourist crouded. We had wonderful lunch in a Tofu place and coffee at about 3-4 pm when it was so needed. Ken took his time and picked us from the hotel and dropped us back at the hotel at the end of the day. I highly recommend Ken san.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ilan and Lily, Thanks for your five stars. I hope you will bring great memories back to your home. -- Ken S.

Tiago Ferreira

Portugal
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Jun 8/15

Ken was fantastic, he took us not only to the tourist spots but off the beaten track as well. He is very knowledgeable and came well prepared so that we had a good understanding of main features of Japan's history, culture and society. The tour was adapted to our needs and we had a great meal in a lovely house-style restaurant. This is exactly what we were after and we strongly recommend Ken as a guide if you are visiting Kyoto. The day passed really fast and we enjoyed every minute of the 8 hours.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Tiago, Thanks for your five stars. I hope you will bring great memory on Japan back home. -- Ken S.

Jonathan Lathigee

Canada
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: May 23/15

Ken was a fantastic guide who obviously knows his stuff. Friendly reminders of toilet breaks, exact fare amounts, great suggestion for economical and delicious lunch, and just full of energy. Would highly recommend.

Carl Benzinger

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: May 15/15

Extraordinary - well organised including incorporating viewing of local festival. Great historical Information. Great energy,enthusiasm and knowl edge. Thanks Ken!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Carl, Thanks for your five stars. I hope you will bring your great memory back home. -- Ken S.

Inna Gedzberg

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Apr 12/15

We loved your tour Ken! Thank you so much, we enjoyed spending day with you, it was great!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Inna, Many thanks for your message. I hope everyone will bring great memory on Japan back home. --Ken S.

Loretta Basei

Australia
Rating

Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Mar 23/15

Kyoto is a beautiful city and bring shown around by a local was great. Ken is a very fit and congenial host. His tour of the world heritage sites was well planned and the sights impressive. Definitely using a guide took the hassle out of getting from a to b in a foreign country as well as learning about japanese history.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Loretta, Thanks for your five stars evaluation. Hope you bring great memory back home. --Ken S.

Wesley Mussio

Canada
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Tour: #27151, Half day customized tour for The Mussios to visit Kyoto (Kitano Tenmangu shrine/Golden pavilion/Yasaka shrine/Gion.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Mar 18/15

Ken was a delight. Knowledgeable and clear English. Efficient

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your evaluation. Have a great trip. Ken S.

Calvin Ngo

Singapore
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Mar 11/15

Ken was fantastic. He was patient and attuned to my family's needs - slower pace, shopping deviations (we are Sinagporeans!) and customised the schedule due to the freezing weather. All in, a very enjoyable tour, and i would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Calvin, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memories on Japan back home. Sincerely, Ken S.

Ed Jablonsky

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Mar 4/15

Using public transportation, our guide Ken took us to various temples and shrines on a two day tour including Nanzen-ji Sannen-zaka, Yasaka shrine, the Gion area, Tofuku-ji, Fushimi Inari shrine, Kinkaku-ji, Kitano Jingu shrine and the Bamboo Grove in the Arashiyama & Sagano area. Riding the JR local train to the shrine provided more local color. Ken also provided guidance for our visits to Osaka, Hiroshima and Miyajima. He is knowledgable, friend and fluent in English. I highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ed, Thanks for your five stars evaluation. Hope you will bring great memory back home.

Alice Langston

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Feb 15/15

Ken is a wonderful guide. He showed us exactly what we wanted, even throwing in new places as he discovered more about us. His English is very good as is his understanding of the American culture. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Alice, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought wonderful memories with you back home. -- Ken S.

Alexis Bouvot

Australia
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Dec 24/14

what a lovely day spent with Ken in Kyoto! Very knowledgeable, we are greatfull for his insights into japanese culture and his beloved city. Great timing and diversity of temples/shrines done during the day. Highly recommended, it will really change your perspective on this amazing city

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Alexis, Thanks so much for your comment. Also I thank you for your cooperation with my tour guiding. Looking forward to meeting you again. Sincerely, Ken S.

Daniel Maurer

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Nov 10/14

Excellent tour! One day only scrapes the surface of Kyoto, however, the tour is a great way to get an idea of how to go about exploring on your own! Ken does a great job! Highly recommended!

Daniel O.

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Nov 3/14

Ken was fantastic and was constantly making us laugh when we were comparing cultures and teaching us the History of Kyoto. He was very well spoken and knew so much about his city and we could clearly see his passion through his teachings and where he guided us. He definitely was a factor in making Kyoto my favorite city in Japan so far.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Daniel, Thanks for your five stars. I am so happy you are favored in Kyoto. Looking forward to meeting you again. -- Ken S.

Elizabeth Coppola

United Kingdom
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Nov 2/14

Ken had deep knowledge of Japanese history, art and culture which made his tour more enriching. He made a special effort in too many ways for me to describe here.He chose a restaurant to suit our exacting needs & guided us through ordering.Perfectly timed( within 15 mins of our arrival, there was a long queue). Food was delicious, local, fresh and v reasonably priced.He was scrupulously honest-almost to a fault. He would not let us pay for his lunch. Lovely personality. Pleasure to be with

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Elizabeth, Thanks for your five stars.It is more than honored to me to have such a comment. Looking forward to meeting you again. Sincerely, Ken S.

David Falster

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Nov 1/14

Very good tour, well explained, nice that Ken can speak English. Fun day, even our four year old girl had fun!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi David, Thanks for your five stars. Despite rainy and chilly weather, it was your cooperation to have such a good tour. Sincerely, Ken S.

Kent Payne

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Oct 25/14

Ken did a great job on both of our tours. We appreciated him paying attention to the small details and sharing those details with us along the way. We would highly recommend Ken to all tourists as we would re book him in a heart beat. Kyoto is well worth a several day stop especially when Ken is your guide. Enjoy and thanks Tours By Locals for hiring Ken.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kent, Thanks for your five stars. I appreciated your cooperation during the tour and thoroughly enjoyed your company. Please give my best regards to your family. Sincerely, Ken S.

Deborah McIntosh

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Oct 14/14

Ken is super: encyclopedic knowledge, upbeat, friendly, excellent command of English. Helped us with train tickets to our next destination, restaurant suggestions, etc. Recommend Ken very highly to anyone seeking an excellent guide to Kyoto.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Deborah, Thanks. Enjoy your tour to Hakone ! Ken S.

Jos Van Biesebroeck

Belgium
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Oct 3/14

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jos, Thanks for your evaluation. Ken S.

Sharyn Fein

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Sep 25/14

The best guide experience we've ever had! Ken knows the city including all ins and outs and secret off the beaten path spots. A very honorable and gentle man who is quite considerate of over spend spent on transportation! I would recommend him 100% to any adventurous travelers. Don't let looks deceive you, this man bolts through the city making sure you see as much as possible a great value!! Ken's speaking and clarity of the English language made our trip just perfect! We highly recommend Ken!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sharyn and Erick, Thanks for your five stars evaluation. Looking forward to meeting you again. Ken S.

Patricia Vile

United States
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Tour: #27151, Two full days customized tour for Ms.Patricia Vile., Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Sep 6/14

Ken is an exceptional guide. He is knowledgable, friendly, and good company..Ken took many extra steps to insure our comfort and appreciation of Kyoto and Nara. When our JR train was delayed for 45 minutes, he helped us catch our connecting train by racing to get our luggage from a remote JR locker. Ken became our friend and teacher.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Patty and Herby, Thanks for your five star evaluation. I hope you have a great travel in Japan this time and will come back again. Sincerely, Ken S.

Vicki Cairney

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Jul 23/14

Amazing tour. Ken was so knowledgeable and informative. He was so courteous and patient with our endless photos and questions. It was a great tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear the Cairney, Thanks for your five star evaluation. I appreciate your cooperation during the tour. Looking forward to meeting you again in Kyoto. Sincerely, Ken S.

Ed Koshinski

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: May 19/14

Ken was great. He went out of his way to make sure we had a good time.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your five star evaluation. Thanks for your cooperation. Looking forward to meeting you again. Ken

David Lucas

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: May 10/14

Ken is full of energy and a great traveling guide. He listened and modified his program with the other two guides we had each day. He found us all we had hoped for in our three day visit.

Paul Blanchard

Canada
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: May 5/14

Janet and I were guided today in Kyoto by Ken. He was very considerate and looked after every detail to perfection. He was flexible about the schedule and guided us efficiently through many sites during the busy golden holiday. He was very knowledgable and his English was excellent. We would recommend him for anyone.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Paul and Janet, Thanks for your five star evaluation. I appreciate your attentive information on your Shinkansen move to Kyoto, despite the earthquake with 6.0 magnitude hitting Tokyo early in the morning. Looking forward to meeting you again in Kyoto. Sincerely, Ken S.

Linda G.

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Apr 23/14

Ken is an excellent teacher, and he shared his love of Kyoto and its history with us. One thing we appreciated was his flexibility in making small changes to the itinerary (requested in advance). He seemed truly interested in doing his best to provide an excellent tour. Very well done!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Linda, Thanks for your comment. Thanks for five star evaluation. Looking forward to meeting you again. Ken S.

Bruce Muddle

Australia
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Apr 18/14

Ken was excellent. He provided us with an excellent tour of Kyoto which is obviously his beloved city. He was everything you would wish for in a first class guide. He judged the pace for the day to our walking ability (one recent broken foot)and showed us sites that we had requested. Would totally recommend Ken to anyone that is seeking an in depth tour of Kyoto with a typical Japanese lunch experience included. Ken speaks excellent English and has the ability to relate to his travellers.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bruce, Thanks for your five star evaluation. Looking forward to meeting you again. - Ken S.

John J.

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Mar 24/14

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your five star evaluation. - Ken S.

Teresa MacGregor

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Mar 7/14

Ken is awesome! He is knowledgeable about Kyoto, including off-the-beaten-path sites. He accommodated our original complicated schedule, as well as some last-minute changes to the day's plan. And, if you have the time, ask him about ninjas. Thank you, Ken, for a great day out!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Teresa, Thanks for your five stars evaluation. Looking forward to meeting you again. - Ken S.

Tiffany Shugrue

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Mar 3/14

Outstanding tour. We had a fabulous day with Ken. He was professional, knowledgeable, funny and flexible. He was the highlight of our trip to Japan.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Tiffany, Thanks for your five stars evaluation. I hope you will enjoy Japan during this journey. Looking forward to meeting you again. Ken S.

Harry D Pila

United States
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Tour: #27151, Customized Excursion tour from Kobe to Kyoto for Mr. Harry Pila and his group., Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Mar 1/14

Ken is an outstanding guide in all respects. Great English ability as he lived in the USA for a number of years. He is extremely knowledgeable and very flexible. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with him. We recommend him highly.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Harry, Thanks for your five stars evaluation. I hope everything is going fine with your journey. Looking forward to meeting you soon. Sincerely, Ken S.

Connie Gonzalez

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Jan 20/14

Ken was a great guide, giving history and context to the sites we visited. He did a wonderful job leading us around town, and he even went out of his way to get us additional information and drop us off at places we wanted to visit after the tour ended. I would definitely recommend Ken when traveling to Kyoto!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Connie and the Gonzalez, Thanks for your five stars evaluation. I hope you have brought great memories on Japan back home. - Ken S.

Kim Aoki

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Nov 14/13

This trip was wonderful, 4 UNESCO world heritage sites in one day. Ken was knowledgable and fun to be with, very patient with older members of our group. Would definately recommend him to friends and use him again myself. Thanks for a great day Ken!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kim, Thanks for your five star evaluation. I appreciate your cooperation with me. Looking forward to meeting with you again. Ken S.

Suzanne Cuthbert

Canada
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Nov 3/13

Great day with Ken, learning about Kyoto history and touring some of the most amazing sites. Definitely recommend this tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Suzanne, Thanks for your five stars evaluation. Looking forward to meeting you again. Sincerely, Ken S.

Nicolas Sestito

Switzerland
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Oct 25/13

This trip to Japon was our first time there and Ken offered us the best sightseeing tour of Kyoto ever. He is an extremely pleasant and knowledgeable person, with a good sense of humor, gentle, smiling, always willing to help. We had a 5 star service! The weather was rainy, but this had no impact on our good mood thanks to Ken. He showed us around during the whole day, leaving us with the best memories, full of impressions and willing to return to Japan again. Many thanks Ken! Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Nicolas, Thanks for the five stars evaluation. I look forward to meeting you again. Have a great stay in Japan. Sincerely, Ken S.

Bernadette Stone

Australia
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Tour: #27151, A Customized full day tour for Mr.Bernadette Stone to visit Kyoto from Tokyo., Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Oct 1/13

We had a fabulous tour of Kyoto today. Ken was very knowlegable about Kyoto history and very flexiable. He kept in regular email contact right up to our tour date & no question was too hard. He meet us on the train platform as arranged and even arranged a jumbo taxi as we were a party of 6. Would highly recommend him & look forward to returning to Kyoto for another tour one day. Regards Stone family Brisbane Australia.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear the Stones, I thank you for your five stars evaluation and your kind souveniors given to me when you left. Looking forward to meeting with you again. Ken S.

John Anderssen

Australia
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Sep 10/13

See previous comments for tour on Sept., 11

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear John, Thanks for your five stars evaluation. Looking foward to meeting you again. -Ken S.

Carolyn Bruen

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Aug 16/13

Wonderful tour! Thank you, Ken.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Carolyn, Thanks for your five star evaluation. - Ken S.

Sigrun Danielsson

United Kingdom
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Aug 9/13

Ken was an excellent guide, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and brought the history of Kyoto to live for us.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sigrun, Thanks for your five star evaluation. I enjoyed your company too. Please give my best regards to Jon. Looking forward to meeting you again. Ken S.

Franco Zappettini

United Kingdom
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Jul 31/13

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Franco, Thanks for your evaluation. It was really a hot and humid day with the temperature around 35 centigrade in Kyoto. I am afraid you had a hard day out there, though we evacuated to Nishijin textile center with Kimono show and handicrafts museum for a while. I hope you can try another chance to explore Gion district in spring or autumn season. Many thanks. Ken S.

Jose Untalan

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Jun 28/13

Ken made it a point to engage the entire group and we thoroughly enjoyed the historical background he provided for the sites.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jose, Thanks for your highest evaluation. I hope you have good memories on Kyoto and Japan. Looking forward to meeting you again. Ken S.

Cameron Mac Guire

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: May 14/13

Our tour of Kyoto with Ken was superb .

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Cameron, Thanks for your highest evaluation. Looking forward to meeting you again. Sincerely, Ken S.

Allan Aberdeen

Australia
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Tour: #27151, Specially customized Shore Excursion Tour for Mr.Allen Aberdeen to visit Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    
Date: May 8/13

Ken S communicated clearly with us by email during the planning phase, and together we created an excellent practical itinerary for our day excursion to Kyoto off the ship docked in Osaka. In very good English he showed comprehensive knowledge of all the sites visited and answered our general questions to our satisfaction. Ken was time-conscious and considerate of our comfort. All 8 in our group have no hestitation in recommending Ken to future visitors in the Osaka-Kyoto-Nara area.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Allan, Thanks for your highest evaluation. Looking forward to meeting you again. Sincerely, Ken S.

Christophe Hinous

France
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: May 3/13

The best guide for the most beautiful city in Japan!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Chris, Thanks for your evaluation. I hope you have enjoyed your stay in Japan. Sincerely, Ken S.

Robert Kocher

United States
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Tour: #27151, Customized Shore Excursion tour for Mr.Rober Kocher to Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Gion disrict)., Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Apr 28/13

Ken suggested using a large taxi for our group of 8 people. This was very comfortable and allowed us to see more places without waiting for public transportation. We got to see everything we wanted, and he was patient and explained all of the history and significance of the palaces and temples. We came away with a better appreciation of the Japanese culture and lifestyle. I recommend him highly.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your highest evaluation. I look forward to meeting you again. Ken S.

Haluk Sardag

Turkey
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour for viewing cherry blossoms at the most popular points in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Apr 10/13

Ken was great. He was our guide for two days and during those two days we learned more about Japanese history, then we could learn in a whole semester in school. Furthermore, he was very friendly, punctual and fun to be with. We are very glad to have him as our guide in Kyoto and Nara.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Haluk, Thanks for your evaluation with the highest points. Looking forward to meeting you again. Sincerely, Ken S.

Gennie Trimigliozzi

Switzerland
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Mar 25/13

Ken was great! He was extremely informative and went beyond being a tour guide! We would recommend him to others and will be contacting him again for our next tour of Kyoto! Thank you Ken!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your evaluation. Looking forward to meeting you at the next tour. Ken s.

Bruce Clarkson

Canada
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Tour: #27151, Customized Excursion tour from Kobe to Kyoto for Mr. Bruce Clark and his group., Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Mar 1/13

The Kyoto tour was brilliant and 100% on schedule. Ken made sure that everyone paid attention to the explanations, and was gracious and thoughtful when answering the numerous questions. When we arrived in Kyoto our first stop was the station shops to buy boxed lunches which we ate between midday stops. Much better than a restaurant. The jumbo taxi was a great and congenial way to travel. This full day exploration was excellent value; we were all on the same cruise and this was a highlight of our trip.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Bruce, Thanks for your evaluation and comment. I also arppreciated your cooperation. It helped me manage the schedule. Please give my best regards to every participants, including pro-Tokugawa and anti-Tokugawa. Have a great journey! Sincerely, Ken S.

Nathaniel Orders

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Feb 17/13

We booked Ken for our first day in Japan, to help us get acquainted, and show us some of Kyoto's highlights. His English is great, and his knowledge of Kyoto's history and transit system were invaluable. He was very flexible and patient in modifying his suggested tour to accomodate the interests of our eight year-old twins. Highly recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Nat, Thanks for your evaluation. I hope your family have a great trip in Japan.

Rob Cousins

United States
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Tour: #27151, Specially customized tour for Mr.Rob Cousins to visit western Kyoto (Golden pavilion/Silver pavilion/and one more place.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Dec 27/12

Ken was friendly, highly knowledgeable and very helpful. We enjoyed his tour of Kyoto and would highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Rob, thanks for your evaluation. I truly enjoyed your company. Looking forward to meeting you at the next tour. Ken s.

Barry Saywitz

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day customized tour for Mr.Barry Saywitz., Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Nov 13/12

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Barry for your evaluation. Next time you come to Kyoto or Nara, I would be pleased to be with you for a couple of days to show you around more interesting places there. Many thanks. Ken

Zelda T.

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Nov 2/12

I highly recommend this tour by Ken. He is very knowledge about the history of Osaka. We really enjoyed his company and conversation with him. He showed us around and even took us to the local streets to get the feel of how the locals live. You wont' be disappointed!!!!.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Zelda/Tantip/Ray/Christine/Kamel, Thanks for your comment and evaluation. I hope all of you returned to NY safe and sound. Looking forward to seeing you some day. Sincerely Ken

Kerrie Bayliss

Australia
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Sep 16/12

Ken has a thorough knowledge &love of Kyoto which was a pleasure to share with him. We travelled by bus & foot to the most beautiful sights all over Kyoto. He especially included a performance of Meiko dancers at the museum as our tour took place on a Sunday, this was fantastic inclusion.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kerrie, Thanks for your comment and evaluation. I hope everything is all right with you after you were back. Looking forward to seeing you again. Ken

Lee Fah (Cindy) Wong

Malaysia
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Tour: #27151, Full day tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Sep 10/12

Our 3 days trip with him was fabulous. He explains well about the history of the places we visited especially in Nara, where the place is so beautiful and historic. And he is very energetic for a retired man. Oh...and no tips is excepted which is very unusual. If we visit Osaka again, we will sure engage him again.