Vanita KontrakulUnited States
Takaaki is a great and very knowledgeable guide. He showed me places where I would never be able to find on my own. He even suggested a few more areas to visit after our tour ended depending on how much time I had left before going back to Tokyo. If you need a guide to show you around Kyoto, I highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Vanita! You are fortunate to be around Kyoto this time of a year, I was quite happy to show you some part of the annual Gion festival. I think we covered a lot with a 4-hour tour, I will make sure to take you to off-the-beaten-path next next time.
Diane KyriakedesUnited States
Takaaki was a great tour guide. Very informative. Flexible and a great source of Kyoto knowledge My family and I enjoyed spending the tour with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Diane! I'm happy that all of you enjoyed my tour, Next time you are around Kyoto, let me help you discover more!
Adam GiermaszUnited States
Friendly, professional, efficient and very knowledgeable! I strongly recommend! Ive been to Kyoto many times, but with this tour discovered a lot and learned a lot!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Adam! I hope to see you back in Kyoto!
Takaaki was fantastic! He was so eager to share his knowledge and so pleasant to spend time with. Takaaki's English was very good so there were no problems with the language. We loved our time with Takaaki and learned so much. I would highly recommend this tour guide. Thanks again Takaaki:)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your wonderful review. I was happy to create a tailor-made tour with a combination of must-see sites and off-the-beaten-path. We were incredibly fortunate to see a maiko making the rounds of places, greeting clients and local shop owners as part of the ceremonial debut. There are more to see in Kyoto, I'm sure I will help you discover further.
Laura BohlsUnited States
We really enjoyed our tour of Kyoto with Takaaki. He arrived promptly to our hotel with a map and suggestions for our tour based on information I had previously provided him via email. He was very flexible and accommodating and we found him to be a wealth of information. We felt like we gained a great deal of knowledge about Kyoto and Japan in our four hours. At the conclusion he recommended a restaurant for lunch and we were most pleased with his suggestion of a local place with delicious sushi.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words. I’m happy you enjoyed seeing some of Kyoto’s many Japanese gardens. The sushi place I recommended is definitely authentic one, I’m glad you enjoyed it :)
Craig ShoreUnited States
Takaaki was great. He was personable and informative. My wife and myself enjoyed our four hours. He seemed to mix a perfect blend of walking while teaching us history while at times stopping at beautiful gardens and temples - all the while giving us information about the history and culture of Kyoto. He had a great sense of humor. We couldn't be more pleased or enjoyed ourselves more. Thank you so much Takaaki! Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your a wonderful review. I enjoyed your sense of humour and I’m happy you had a great time. There are so many other good places in kyoto, you will discover more next time you are here.
Fran ShalomUnited States
Takaaki was absolutely terrific!! We -- me, my husband and our 24 yr old son--met him at Airbnb and at the last minute decided we wanted a walking tour of our neighborhood (the Gion. He was knowledgeable, articulate and fun to be with. He gave us insights that would have been impossible to garner on our own. We are so thankful that we could spend time with him and recommend him without reservation!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind review. I’m happy you enjoyed the laneways and off-the-beaten-track places. May is the best time to appreciate the beauty of green moss in Kyoto. Please tell your friends about you fun experience here. Maybe I can guide them too in the future ;)
Peter BogdanovicUnited States
Excellent half-day tour with Takaaki. Very personable and thoughtful to visit highlights in limited time. Takaaki met us at our hotel and we took subway and taxis to optimize the time. We requested the Golden Pavilion and are glad we saw it, despite the crowds. We enjoyed the beautiful Murin-An garden and tea, the walk on Ishibeikoji lane, past Hokanji, other places along the way, and Gion. Takaaki's detailed description of Gion was excellent. We regret we did not have more time in Kyoto.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your positive feedback. It’s not unusual that travellers need to make changes on the day, it’s nature of a trip :) I’m happy to fine-tune the itinerary on the day. I’m glad you enjoyed the contrast between the hustle and bustle and more peaceful places. Please come back to discover more of kyoto!
Shin NakazawaUnited States
Nick FussellUnited Kingdom
This was a great tour. Takaaki was friendly and helpful, as well as full of historical information about the castle and shrine we visited. He was also happy to share his personal perspective of life in Japan and of living in Kyoto. Our kids loved him too.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your warm review. Shraring my city is the best part of being a local guide. I’m glad all of you (including your kids!) enjoyed my tour of Kyoto. Next time you come back, I will take you to more off-the-beaten-track places.
Very good guide, that really tried his very best to tell us inteersting stories about what we were seeing! Loved Kyoto
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your warm review. It’s very rewarding to hear you enjoyed the tour! Kyoto has a full ofcharms and your explore will be never ending. Please come back to kyoto for another discoveries!
Catherine YoungerUnited Kingdom
We had a great day with Takaaki. He was totally flexible and made a perfect itinerary for us based on our time available. We saw the main sites as well as the off the beaten track routes. Great English too.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your warm review. The golden pavilion looked particularly beautiful today, I was happy you were able to experience that. I enjoyed the lively conversation and I'll definitely buy and read your husband's book! I hope I have the chance to guide you again in Kyoto!
A most delightful and knowledgeable guide, very keen to enthuse his love of Kyoto. Take his advice and enjoy the more non touristy areas.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind review. I truly enjoyed every part of the tour with you two, both on the day and pre-trip phase. I'm happy to introduce you to nice off-the-beaten-path and am glad you really appreciate the peaceful Zen garden. Please recommend me to your family and friends and come back to Kyoto to continue your discovery of the ancient capital Kyoto.
Takaaki was brilliant. He was responsive & customized our tour. We were only in Kyoto for a day & wanted to visit a few places in particular. Not only did he help us plan but also made sure that we covered as much as possible. Aside from being a really nice person, he was also very knowledgeable about Kyoto & Japanese history. His English was excellent & he brought up stories about Kyoto & Japan that he shared with us in transit.You can't get that from a guidebook. Great experience. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Tanya, thank you for such a wonderful review! I love sharing my knowledge with guests as an local ambassador. I’m well aware that your time is precious especially for you two who were making one day trip from Tokyo. Please recommend me to your family and friends ;)