Traveler Reviews for Private Tour in Kyoto, Japan by Tour Guide Takaaki Y.

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Gary Elsdon

United Kingdom
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Oct 10/18

Takaaki was an amazing guide. We had such an enjoyable and interesting day in Kyoto. The amount of detail and knowledge he shared was stunning. From the shrines to seeing Geisha we had a very memorable day. I would heartily recommend Takaaki for your Kyoto tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Gary! I had a great time with you four during the tour. Getting caught in rain is in some way lucky when you are in Zen gardens and a beautiful quarter like Gion. I'm ready to help you discover Kyoto for the next time you come back to Kyoto!

Janet Muteller

United States
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Sep 20/18

One of the highlights of our Japan experience. We visited Nijo Castle, Kinkakuju Temple, Ryoanji Temple, Arashiyama Forest and had a delightful Udon lunch. It was a full day, but the pace was just right. Takaaki's vast knowledge of history and culture made the tour so very meaningful. He even helped us planned our itinerary for our remaining days in Kyoto. We feel fortunate to have had our tour with Takaaki and to spend time with him. He is such a treasure.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Janet! I’m happy you enjoyed the tour of Kyoto. I love my city and I just wanted you to have the best time possible, see interesting places and have a good experience. Hope I can see you again!

Jon Sidwell

Milton Keynes, BUCKS, United Kingdom
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Sep 19/18

So pleased we engaged the services of Takaaki for our two guided sessions (one day, one eve). His suggested itinerary for the day trip was interesting and well researched. Takaaki clearly knew about the destinations and was able to provide just the right amount of background and instruction to the places we visited. For the Gion evening visit walk, his input and explanations were invaluable, as it would have been easy to miss so much. Excellent English and fun to be with, the hours just flew by.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, John! I really enjoyed the time I spent with you two during the day and at night. We had a good balance between the highlights of Kyoto and off-the-beaten-path places. Because we had both day and evening tours, I’m glad you got to enjoy the different faces of Kyoto. Next time you are in town, I will take you somewhere even more interesting !

Donald Friesen

Canada
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 9-hour Private Custom Tour for Donald Friesen for Sep 14, 2018, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Sep 14/18

Takaaki was outstandingly knowledgeable about Japan's history, and especialy the mythology surrounding Japanese style Buddhism, and Shinoism. Our heads were swimming with the complication of mythology in everything. Also, his tour of the Gion area explaining and showing the Mykor/Gykor (Geisha) history, culture and training were exceptional. One concern we had was that his tour was much more expensive than the ones we had in Tokyo and Kanazawa, and despite that, he had us pay for his lunch.

Tomasz Jachna

Poland
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Aug 11/18

This tour with Takaaki was one of the two we took part in. As requested by us, he showed us the main tourist attractions in Kyoto. He explained a lot about the lifestyle of the contemporary Japanese society and gave us helpful tips about the Kyoto region. Our group consisted of three people, thus we used taxis and trains to move around the city and save some precious time. He was flexible and adjusted the tour to our interests. We highly recommend Takaaki and his tours!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Thomasz! I’m happy you enjoyed your two-day personalised tour of Kyoto. We covered great places including Gion. All of you managed the extreme hot weather well. Next time you are around Kyoto, please let me take you to undiscovered places!

Tomasz Jachna

Poland
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Aug 9/18

This tour with Takaaki was one of the two we took part in. As requested by us, he showed us the main tourist attractions in Kyoto. He explained a lot about the lifestyle of the contemporary Japanese society and gave us helpful tips about the Kyoto region. Our group consisted of three people, thus we used taxis and trains to move around the city and save some precious time. He was flexible and adjusted the tour to our interests. We highly recommend Takaaki and his tours!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Thomasz! I’m happy you enjoyed your two-day personalised tour of Kyoto. We covered great places including Gion. All of you managed the extreme hot weather well. Next time you are around Kyoto, please let me take you to undiscovered places!

Sharon Shiao-Yin W.

Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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Tour: #384611, Your day trip to Osaka from Kyoto and back for 2018 Sharon Shiao-Yin with extra participant on August 5, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Aug 5/18

Takaaki escorted us to Osaka which proved to be quite educational for us. Our perception was not correct so it was very good to experience to understand why we were mistaken. The Museum of living and housing was very interesting, providing a very interactive experience for us. We also had a side mission to try a particular cheesecake at the end of the day which Takaaki ensure was achieved...Rikuro-Ojisan-no-Mise...delicious but not as delicious as Jimmy's on Okinawa! We were able to have the taste test!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Sharon! I’m happy you enjoyed the excursion to Osaka from Kyoto. Yes! the cheese cake from the shop in Tennoji area was just exceptional! I’m happy it beat the one from Okinawa:) I’ll be here when your party comes back to Japan in the future!

Sharon Shiao-Yin W.

Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Custom Tour for 2018 Sharon Shiao-Yin with extra participant on August 4, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Aug 4/18

We spent another day with Takaaki in Kyoto which was completely different than the 1st. I believe it was by his design to help us appreciate the contrast between the temples we visited and to understand the purposes they served. Spending time in quiet contemplation in a Zen garden was lovely. He took us to the Gion district where after walking through the area of their training and housing, we had not 1 but 2 sightings, a maiko and a geiko! Despite the very hot temperature, a memorable experience!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Sharon! I’m happy all of you had another fun time in Kyoto. On Day 2 of the 3-day tour, we covered Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Tofukuji Temple, Kiyomizu Temple and Gion. I think it was a good mix of busy and quiet places. I’m glad you enjoyed the tranquil moments at the rock garden. All of you managed the extreme heat very well!

Sharon Shiao-Yin W.

Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Custom Tour for 2018 Sharon Shiao-Yin with extra participant on August 3, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Aug 3/18

We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Takaaki. He is very knowledgeable and we learned quite a bit about the history of Kyoto and the importance of this region in Japanese history. He also helped us navigate Nishiki market and also pointed us to Pokemon center at the end of our tour...fun and fascinating day...thank you!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Sharon! I’m happy all of you enjoyed the tour. On Day 1 of this 3-day tour, we covered Nijo Castle, the Golden pavilion, Arashiyama area and Nishiki Market. What a busy day! I play Pokemon Go, so I’m glad you enjoyed the centre!

Omar Abdel-Wahab

United States
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Jul 27/18

We had an amazing day with Takaaki ("Taka"). We chose to do an 8 hour tour with Taka and he came to our hotel lobby at 9:30AM with an excellent plan (which included lunch). I highly recommend working with Taka during a vist to Kyoto he was informative, entertaining, and easy to work with.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Omar! It was so hot, but I’m glad everyone managed the heat ok. We covered a lot Including five “Geisha” sightings, so it was a good day. Please recommend me to your friends if they travel to Japan!

Amreen Iftikhar

United Kingdom
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Jun 21/18

I would highly recommend Takaaki. He ensured we visited as many places on our list as we could. I learned so much about the histoy and cultude of Japan. He went the extra mile to ensure we made the most of our day.Even taking us to rent kimonos. we a truly memorable day.Thankyou so much Takaaki.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Amreen! I had a great time with you two during the tour. Especially, the two of you trying out Yukata (summer-style Kimono) was memorable. Next time you are around Kyoto, I will suggest extra off-the-beaten-path adventures.

Mark Swofford

United States
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Jun 11/18

Ryan White

United States
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Jun 6/18

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 Penfold

Mareeba, Australia
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: May 26/18

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 Gray

United Kingdom
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: May 12/18

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 Palen

United States
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Apr 15/18

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 Alper

United States
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Apr 10/18

Michael Alper

United States
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Apr 9/18

Jenny H.

United States
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Mar 23/18

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.

Pedro Simko

Switzerland
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Mar 17/18

Pedro Simko

Switzerland
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 9-hour Private Tour on March 16, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Mar 16/18

Pedro Simko

Switzerland
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 9-hour Private Tour on March 15, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Mar 15/18

Craig Lunn

New Zealand
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Mar 4/18

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.

India Collins

Australia
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 6-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Feb 25/18

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 Garcia

Dominican Republic
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Feb 20/18

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!

Joanne Logan

Australia
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 4-hour Private Tour-for Jo Logan on Dec 31, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Dec 31/17

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。

Joanne Logan

Australia
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 9-hour Private Tour-for Jo Logan on Dec 29, Kyoto, Japan    
Date: Dec 29/17

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!)