Susan KushnerUnited States
Takaaki is a highly educated, well spoken, and skilled tour guide. His historical knowledge of the culture is scholarly, and his enthusiasm and upbeat demeanor is infectious. I suggest that he author a tour book. He took us to certain spots that locals know of, and we caught an insighful glimpse of Kyoto, which made our tour very memorable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your very kind words. I always enjoy meeting new people and showing guests the beauty of my city. I was honored to be the “top batter” on your first day in kyoto. Your journey to discover kyoto has just started, please come back to kyoto and Japan again!
An amazing & informative tour! Takaaki took us on a walk through Gion where we came across many shrines and interesting areas which you wouldn't get the chance to see if you were simply riding in a taxi or walking along the main streets. We even spotted a few maiko along the way. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Kyoto who wants to learn about the history of geiko and the city of Kyoto while hopefully seeing some beautiful geiko and maiko along the backstreets. Thank you Takaaki!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Candice, thank you very much for the amazing review. I enjoyed spending time with two of you on the tour. I'm glad the evening was not too cold for us. It's always interesting to know guests viewpoints, which will enrich my guiding for my future tours. Next time you come back to Japan, please let me help you discover kyoto and Japan further.
It was a super tour around the area with wonderful information giving a sense of the history and character of Gion and surrounding region Seeing the little alleyways at night and catching site of meiko was a memory being made. A beautiful pagoda ,peaceful shrines and fabulous food to finish will ensure I never forget this tour I will recommend Takaaki to my friends and family for a very memorable view of fascinating Kyoto Thank you Takaaki
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for giving me such a lovely review! I really enjoyed guiding you on the tour. It was a really cold night so I thought it might snow. I'm glad you enjoyed feet and hand warmers I gave you. We were lucky to see 2 Maiko. I think it's always good to have a guide so that you won't miss interesting alleyways and real Kyoto sights. Please recommend me to your friends and family. I would be happy to guide them in Gion and kyoto.