Albert SchroederUnited States
In addition to being a wonderful guide for the sights, Ken is unusually open to answer any questions and engage in dialog on historical and current topics of political, social, economic interest with great insight and humor.
Diana Von AppenCanada
We were privileged to have Ken as our guide. His obvious pride and love of his city provided a marvellous and illuminating introduction. This was evident in his deep knowledge of Kyoto's remarkable history, and the care he took in explaining the complex inter-relationships between all the players. He was also kind and patient with all our questions. We would unreservedly recommend this gentleman to any traveller who seeks to truly understand the heart of this beautiful city.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Diana, Kevin, and Luthy, Thanks for your five stars. Your company is one my greatest memories on my tour career. Looking forward to meeting you again. -Ken S.
Mary Ann BacherUnited States
There is not much I can say that's not already been said about Ken. He is a consummate professional who clearly enjoys guiding his guests in Kyoto. He customized the tour for us to make the most of a rainy day and presented options at every turn. He is very knowledgeable about the many historical and cultural sites of Kyoto and provided much context and answered many questions. We thoroughly enjoyed our day. Ken's energy and enthusiasm were infectious. I highly recommend Ken to you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Mary, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought great memory on Kyoto back home. -Ken S.
Sally JohnsonUnited States
A second fun day with Ken. Felt we saw everything we wanted to see with a very fit and considerate guide. He truly enjoys his work!
Kelly G.United States
Ken loves Kyoto. His passion for his city shines through for those lucky enough to have him as a guide. Kyoto has such an interesting history. Its role in Japan's evolution has been significant and unique—the extent of which I understand now, thanks to Ken! Those who spend a day with Ken will no doubt come out with a deep appreciation for such a beautiful city. We learned so many fascinating stories about Kyoto. Ken's knowledge is vast and varied. We loved our day with Ken and felt so welcomed in Kyoto.
Stephen MeadowUnited States
Day two with Ken as our wonderful tour by locals was even more interesting than yesterday and that was a 10+ We began taking our 12 year old to dress in a Kimono The photos say it all terrific Then to the Golden Temple learning about the history this one was rebuilt after an arson fire Then off to a traditional local Japanese restaurant for soba udon n more in a very exciting area by the river Then to see a Japanese tea ceremony And Koto perfornance Ken is an ultimate professional Thank you
Lily RobillardSan Francisco, CA, United States
This was my second day tour with Ken S. who was again very excellent in guiding and informing me along the way to the many sites. This was a much quieter day when we went to Keage Station where the hydropower plant was constructed and from there to Nanzenji Temple, which was peaceful and where Ken showed me how a tea ceremony was done. The places where we've had lunch were excellent choices--each different. Today we went to a very famous noodle restaurant. I had another excellent day with Ken.
Adam HarmanUnited States
Ken was fantastic. We wanted a combo of touristy sites and 'off the beaten path' sites. He was patient with us and considerate as my wife is currently pregnant. He had great insights and knowledge when we asked questions. Would recommend and use Ken again on future trips.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Adam, Many thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memories back home. -Ken S.
Connie HetzlerUnited States
Gian Domenico BorasioGermany
Very friendly and competent tour guide,. He was able to aptly accommodate the program to suit our special requests and needs. Highly recommendable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Gian, Thanks for your five stars. I thank you again for your deeply understandings on Japanese culture,especially on reiigous practices, that I have learned a lot from you. Looking forward to meeting you next time. -Ken S.
Friendly and , helpful
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi John, Thanks for your five stars. -- Ken S.
Ken is very well organised, keeps 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, Again thanks for your five stars. Hope you have great memories back home. -- Ken S.
Janice TabetUnited States
I spent a wonderful day in Kyoto with Ken, who made every effort to show me as much of the city as possible and to inform me about the history and importance of the places we visited. Ken explained the history of Kyoto in an enlightening and entertaining way, and I appreciated very much his knowledge and very pleasant personality. If I could go back to Kyoto tomorrow, I would ask Ken to continue our visit! Thank you, Ken!
Betty AlbrechtUnited States
Great Guide. Very conscious of my husband's limitations and made helpful adjustments to the tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Betty, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought great memory back home. -Ken S.
Ken was a very calm, knowledgable and thoughtful guide. He was able to shape the tour to cater for what we had already seen, and managed a miserable rainy day and still provided a fascinating and wonderful tour for us. There were only two of us, which meant we got a personal tour with a vast amount of information on japanese culture, history, gardens, plants and just about everything!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Grant, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memories back home. -Ken S.
David McAllisterUnited States
Ken gave us a very good overview of the highlights of Kyoto. He was prompt, friendly, and knowledgeable. We paid extra to have a driver and van, rather than using public transportation, and it was well worth it since we had to be picked up and returned to Kobe, an hour away. We would recommend Ken to anyone wanting to tour Kyoto. He knows the city well.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi David, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memories back home. -Ken S.
Ben S.United States
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 broung great memories on Kyoto back home. -- Ken S.
Joel KaplanUnited States
Excellent. A pleasure to be with Ken san
Lance OharaUnited States
The 2nd day of tours with Ken took us to the Fushimi Inari shrine. As it was raining, Ken masterfully changed up the itinerary so that we spent some time indoors. We toured the Nishiki market and had lunch in the area. The sun came out and we went to the Imperial Palace, Philosopher's path on our way to the Silver pavilion. Along the way, he took us to key Shrines and temples in Kyoto. We had a great time with Ken and highly recommend him to anyone wanting to see Kyoto from a local's perspective.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Lance, Thanks for your five stars again.I hope you and your family will bring great memory on Kyoto back home. -Ken S.
Frank CocuzzaUnited States
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 brought great memories back home. -- Ken s.
Brian WintersUnited States
Lucy MolloyUnited States
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.
Ilan ShalviUnited States
Another great day with Ken San. This was our 2nd day touring with Ken san. Great tour guide in Kyoto.
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.
Teresa MacGregorUnited States
Ken was amazing!!! Today was wonderful and everything was perfect. Thank you so much!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jamie and Kelly, Thanks for your five stars. And congratulations to your engagement during the tour. This is the first experience for me to be a witness to the new born couple. The typhoon, which I had been concerned before the tour, was apparently detoured out of Kyoto because of your happiness. -- Ken S.
Ken was a very personable guide who tailored a day to fit our needs. We wanted an insider to show us the Gion Matsuri. He secured a comfortable viewing spot for the parade and explained the significance of the event very well. Ken also took us to the Yoiyama festival. He was knowledgable, friendly, and easy to talk to! We would definitely book another tour with him. We highly recommend him to help you navigate any special events in Kyoto.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Gary, see you next time ! -- Ken S.
Douglas SakuraiUnited States
Very prompt. Very informative. Had a great time for the entire family.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your five stars. Hope you brought great memories back home. --Ken S.
Louis CappielloUnited States
Ken Was just wonderful. He led me on a fascinating journey into kyotos past and present. He was extremely knowledgable and flexable and very concerned that my tour was to my complete satisfication. I would highly recomend him to anybody!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Louis, for your five stars. -- Ken S.
Ed JablonskyUnited States
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. Ken S.
Alice LangstonUnited States
Ken was informative, organized and a complete pleasure to be with. We told him of our interests ahead of time and he fully complied. He even added things spontaneously when he found other interests of ours. He was thoroughly acquainted with the American culture and language and very considerate of our wants and needs. We would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Alice, Thansk again your evaluation and recommendation. Please extend my best regards to Jim. -- Ken S.
Sharyn FeinUnited States
Another fantastic day with ken and his knowledge of Kyoto. A gem of a guide, we highly reccomendhim him for any tours of Kyoto and surrounding areas. A conscientious and kind gentle man with energy you wouldn't imangine! Intelligent and well educated, ken is your tour guide dream come true! Ken is also very flexible and makes alterations to plans without hesitation. Highly recommend ken if you really want to see Kyoto learn of its lavish history!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sharyn and Erick, Thanks for your five stars evaluation. I truly appreciated your cooperation during the tour. Looking forward to meeting you again. Sincerely, Ken S.
Hugh BellarsUnited Kingdom
Ken gave us an absolutely brilliant day. We really enjoyed the shrines and temples, but his 'off the beaten track' detours were always fascinating and worthwhile too. Ken is also a very interesting man, keen to share his love of history and of Kyoto in particular and to learn about our country in turn. Ken is excellent company and good fun to be with; he sets a fairly brisk pace, so bring good shoes!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear the Bellars, I thank you for your cooperation for pacing with me. I enjoyed your company learning about your country. I hope you have enjoyed Gion Matsuri festival in Kyoto. Looking forward to meeting you again. Sincerely, Ken S.
Ed KoshinskiUnited States
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 S.
Vincent V.United States
Ken-san was a very good guide for us. Usually we explore a city on our own, but being with him in Kyoto we found some out of the way sites that we would have missed otherwise. He was well-prepared and brought a notebook with supplemental maps and photos that also added to the experience. Having many years of multi-national business experience, he had interesting perspectives and excellent English.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Vince, Thanks for your five star evaluation. I enjoyed your company very much. Looking forward to meeting you again. Sincerely, Ken S.
Peter PinkertonUnited States
Ken gave us a thoughtful, informative, and historical perspective of Kyoto. We covered as much as one could in a full day from shrines and temples to palaces and shops with a wonderful lunch at a local restaurant as well. Thank you Ken for a great tour of Kyoto!! Peter and Keith
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Peter and Keith, Thanks for your five star evaluation. Thanks for your cooperation for walking. I enjoyed your company a lot. Looking forward to meeting you again. - Ken S.
John J.United States
Ken-san did an excellent job of guiding us around the beautiful and historical city of Kyoto over a two-day period. He is very knowledgeable about this area, and can quickly navigate the city's transportation system to cover a lot of sites at a good pace. Because he lived for many years in the U.S., he understands other cultures and speaks good English. My wife and I would highly recommend Ken for either one of his "packaged" tours, or as in our case, some customization to fit our interests.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jack and Chris, Thanks for your five star evaluation. Looking forward to seeing you again. - Ken S.
Roy ShayUnited States
Ken was very friendly. He gave us a great test of the city of Kyoto and accommodated to every request we had. His explanation was great, the vegetarian restaurant near the Silver Pavillion was testy and the tips for the rest of our stay were great
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Roy, Thanks for your five stars evaluation. I hope everything is going allright with you on your way back home. Looking forward to meeting you agin. Ken S.
Scott LassarUnited States
We took Ken's tour of Kyoto and would give it four stars. Ken was very knowledgable and enthusiastic about his beloved city. Ken's knowledge of history is deep. The tour was customized according to our interests. Ken also showed us fascinating parts of the City off the beaten path. We would definitely recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Scott, Thanks for your evaluation and thanks for your information on "Presumed Innocent" by Scott Turow. I hope you have a good trip back home. Sincerely, Ken S.
Rochelle LeonardUnited States
Ken really shows you around Kyoto. It was off the beaten path and much more interesting than the standard tour. He took us through some beautiful natural trails to popular shrines. He surpassed our expectations! Not only did we get the local feel of Kyoto, but we got some invigorating walks through beautiful gardens and natural landscape. We can't wait to refer him to our friends and co-workers.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Rochelle, Thanks for your five stars evaluation. I hope you have happy Christmas and holiday season at your home. Sincerely, Ken S.
Franco ZappettiniUnited Kingdom
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your five stars evaluation. -Ken S.
Ken proved to be a perfect guide for us. He is very energetic, knowledgeable about his city, fully flexible and he has a great sense of humor. We spent two days with him and he adjusted his program to meet our desires. Ken was very generous with his time and highly selective of what what worth our while and what was not. We had a fantastic time in Kyoto and I would say we would not have enjoyed it half as much, had it not been for Ken. He also made our program for our day alone in Kyoto.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Chris, Thanks for the highest ranked evaluation. Looking forward to meeting you again. Sincerely, Ken S.
Lauren BergerUnited States
We found Ken's tour to be exactly what we expected, very informative and giving us a great jumping off point for our week in Kyoto. we thoroughly enjoyed the day spent with him and would highly recommend his tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Lauren. Thanks for your evaluation with the highest points. I was throughly enjoyed your company too. Looking forward to having your tour again. Many thanks. Ken S.
Anna LevinUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your evaluation, Anna.
Betsy HewittUnited States
I have been to Kyoto without a guide, and with one, and I recommend seeing Kyoto with Ken. A Kyoto native, with 16 years in the US, Ken loves his city and was pleased to share its beauty and history. It was a cold day for us, but Ken kept us moving and it was a delight to see temples, gardens, shrines and the palace with few tourists. We even saw a princess at the arts and crafts museum! I know we saw things off the beaten track, and I recommend Ken for your sight seeing!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Betsy and Hugh. I had great day with you too. I hope you come to my tour again in Kyoto, if any chance, as you did not finish my school of Kyoto histroy. Have a nice trip back to your home. Ken S.
Margot SimmonsUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Margot, Thanks for your evaluation. Looking forward to your next time visit in Kyoto. Sincerely, Ken.
Gail Ben-ZionUnited States
Ken is great. He made us want to move to Kyoto. English was perfect, explanations of customs and sites were very helpful. Used public transportation and got another view of Kyoto. He met our train and returned us back to the station at the end of the day. Great tour and even greater guide.
John ReeceSherwood Park, AB, Canada
Ken was a fantastic guide. He filled my one day in Kyoto with history, culture, and arts in addition to the sites, leaving me with a much richer picture of Kyoto and Japan than I could ever have gotten from a guide book. I watched lacquer-ware being made, saw apprentice geishas dance, learned how Kyoto gets its water and why the Siver Pavillion is called silver. I highly recommend Ken for your visit to Kyoto. And I thank Tours by Locals for connecting me with him.
Chi Wan KooUnited States
Knowledgeable, very professional and energetic. He was generous with his time and brought us to extra sites along the way that were not included in the itinerary.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your evaluation. I will try to obtain a full rating next time from you. Hope everything would be going on well with you. Best regards. Ken
Arlene RosenbergUnited States
Ken's tour was the highlight of our stay in Kyoto. Ken was highly informative and a pleasure to spend the day with, in Kyoto. He adapted the tour to our starting location and added extra sights, as time permitted. He took us to a fantastic restaurant, which we enjoyed so much, we planned to return. We travelled as a group of 3 adults and 3 children, ages 11-14. Ken's tour appealed to all! My teenage son was especially interested! We highly recommend Ken's tour and this website, which was easy to use.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Arlene, Thanks to your comment. I also enjoyed your company through out the tour. I hope everything will be fine with you and your family there. See you next time. Sincerely Ken