Mark SwoffordUnited States
Ryan WhiteUnited States
Takaaki was able to accommodate us with very short notice on a rainy day with enthusiasm and flexibility to adapt. He was proactive in giving my family interesting information, answering questions, and showing us the uncommon path and story behind the story. highly recommended to get the most out of your experience in Kyoto from a true local.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank your kind review. It’s always rewarding to hear guests enjoy my tour. I had a great time with you and your family. Please come back to Kyoto one day and let me help you explore further!
Andrina PenfoldMareeba, Australia
My father and I had a wonderful time. Takaaki took us to a lovely place in Kyoto that we hadn't seen before and that was less crowded with tourists. It was physically challenging for me (because I am very unfit) but the experience was worth it. He was very knowledgeable and was happy to accommodate our needs.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much your wonderful feedback. Since you had been to Japan already, I was happy to coordinate something first timers could not cover because of limits on time. Kurama Temple, walking across the hills, Kibune Shrine, a nice lunch on a platform over the river... l’m sure you had an interesting experience!
Edward GrayUnited Kingdom
I have been twice before to Kyoto, but a very long time ago. I left it to Takaaki to arrange the itinerary, and I think he did a great job - mixing temples, with gardens and markets. I went for the long 8-hour day, and am very glad I did. Although my recall of previous visits is a bit hazy, I believe we only went to one place I had seen before, and I am certain we saw much more than if I had tried to self-guide (including two Maiko - trainee geisha!). Engaging, informative. I would book again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your wonderful review. I'm happy to work with my guests based on their preferences to come up with a tailor-made itinerary. Sounds like now you have got a new way to look at Kyoto, which is very rewarding for me as a guide!
Frank PalenUnited States
I was lucky to catch Takaaki for a full day tour of Kyoto. I was traveling solo & It was a last minute decision. It turned out to be an enjoyable individual tour of the center-city high points. He was knowledgeable and guided me about efficiently on public transit. I would never have managed to see the City on my own in one day. His English is excellent. I highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your wonderful review. I was happy to be able to show you around Kyoto. I’m also glad you got to see the traditional dance performance in the Gion area. Next time you come back to kyot, I will definitely help you discover kyoto more!
Michael AlperUnited States
Michael AlperUnited States
Jenny H.United States
Takaaki is a wonderful guide! We're so glad we selected Takaaki for our 8-hr tour because he was personable, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Prior to our tour, we exchanged emails in order to finalize an itinerary of the well- known AND lesser-known areas of Kyoto. Takaaki not only delivered on a great tour - he even brought props (map to show us our route, folder filled with supplemental pictures, notes and a storybook). Takaaki earnestly cared that we had a great time. We highly recommend Takaaki!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your warm review. I had a very good time spending time with you on the tour. It was really good to guide people who already know Japan so well because you asked really interesting questions. Murin-an was so beautiful and we were very lucky to get to see the weeping cherry tree at Honman-ji. I hope you get to return to Kyoto some time.
Craig LunnNew Zealand
We found Takaaki very knowledgeable about Kyoto and very helpful over the 2 days he was our guide He showed us around the city which we found very interesting Hes a very nice person and would recommend he to others
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank your for your warm review. I really enjoyed spending the early spring time with you three. It was Girl’s day, I was glad to incorporate some festivals in your trip and all of you enjoyed them. Please spread my goodness to your friends ;) and come back to kyoto to discover further.
We spend the day in Kyoto with Tataaki. As a group of travelling architects, we had a long list and a short time. Tataaki arranged a car and a full days itinerary for us, based on our requests, and scheduled in time slots. Tataaki has a great sense of humor and all the advantages of being a local. He was effortlessly charming, knowledgeable about many subjects and understood the importance of a great lunch!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words. I was happy to show you Katsuta Imperial Villa and other important sites. It’s my job to coordinate a tour efficiently and incorporate interesting stories, so I’m glad you all enjoyed the day. There are so many things to see and do, so please come back to kyoto!
Patricia GarciaDominican Republic
It was just amazing!!! Just what I wanted and needed!! We saw so much in just a short amount of time!! He was really great, kind, very knowledgeable of history; give us plenty of explanation; even in waiting time in the train/bus, he provided us with fun & interest facts!! If you did not have time to plan or know what you will like to visit! This is your tour to see the most of Kyoto! And not only the tourist attractions but also local treasures!! Thank you so much!! I couldn't ask for more!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your great review. I also enjoy the time with you two during the tour.I wanted you to experience many aspects of Kyoto as much as possible, thought the time was limited. It is always rewarding that my guests become new fans of the magical city of Kyoto :) I'm sure you will revisit Kyoto and explore more!
A brilliant day strolling the back streets of Gion and finishing with a tea ceremony booked for us by Takaaki. Our daughter lost her beanie and after the tour Takaaki back tracked and found it and it was waiting for us after our tea ceremony! Great information, friendly, prepared, helpful and flexible. Would recommend Takaaki for your local tour of Kyoto. We will book again next time we visit. ありがとうございました.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for another wonderful review for DAY 2. I was happy to show you parts of Kyoto that are often missed by tourists. I hope you enjoyed the interesting contrast between DAY1 and DAY 2 of your tours. There's a number of places we couldn't cover on those days, so you'll just have to come back to Kyoto! こちらこそありがとうございました。
We had an awesome day touring with Takaaki. We managed to see so many sights and were give so much local and historical information. Takaaki was so well prepared for our personal tour with train tickets, books with information, maps and even foot warmers! If you are wanting to see some of the back streets away from the crowds and save time having a local navigate to transport system then Takaaki can help you with your next tour. He was great with the kids! Thx for sharing your home town of Kyoto with us T
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for such a wonderful review! It was fun for me to create your itinerary that included must-see sites and places off-the-beaten-track. With such limited time, I think we covered a lot of good places! Please come back to Kyoto one day (and recommend me to your friends!)