Our six-hour tour with Takaaki was wonderful. He met us at our hotel and together we planned our day, focusing on three major sites. Thanks to his knowledge of the city, he easily navigated us around using bus, taxi and subway. We were very pleased with his commentary on the various aspects of each site - he certainly knew his "stuff" and was able to answer all our questions. As seniors, we appreciated his concern for our well being with regard to walking. We would not hesitate to recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind review. I enjoyed our day in Kyoto together. Seeing the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) for the first time is always special. We managed to see a lot in a small amount of time, didn’t we. I hope to guide you or your friends in Kyoto in the future.
Gabriela SayagoUnited States
Takaaki met us at our hotel. Prior to our meeting we had a good communication in deciding our tour. Takaaki communicated very well our itinerary and what to expect from each place. Tour went seemless. Tataaki shared with us very useful information and suggested other places to visit during our stay in Japan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Gabriela! I enjoyed the time with all of you during the tour. With that limited time, we covered a lot and I'm happy you enjoyed the tour. Next time you are around Kyoto, I'm sure that I will create an itinerary that helps you discover Kyoto deeper.
He is a very kind guide, knows very much about town, but his English is not easy to understand
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your feedback and I’m very sorry if you had difficulty understanding what I was saying. This is my first time guiding guests from Ecuador. Spanish is such a beautiful language, I hope one day to be be able to guide in Spanish. Despite the intense heat (it got up to 38°!) we managed to see a lot and eat some good ramen. I hope it won’t be so hot if you come back to Kyoto.
Takaaki is an excellent guide. He listened to what we would like to get out of our limited time in Kyoto. He helped us to book our bullet train tickets for the following day and gave us valuable advice on possible sights to see the following morning before we left for Tokyo He is very knowledgeable (being a local) and I would highly recommend his company to guide you around his home town.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Scott! I think we chose the best possible places for your limited time as you mentioned. I was more than happy to help streamline your travel. It would be great if you had at least a couple of days in Kyoto next time you come back.
Jennifer VirantUnited States
Takaaki was a fabulous guide! He was knowledgeable and thorough and took us places we would not have seen or known to look for without him. It was a great way to maximize our time in Kyoto; I would highly recommend him and this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Jennifer. I enjoyed the time I spent with all of you during the tour, including taking you to the Yayoi Kusama Museum. It was a toasty hot day here in Kyoto, but everyone was patient. I'm glad we achieved a lot :)
Earl RobicheauxUnited States
We really enjoyed our tour today by Takaaki. He was very informative with a lot of relevant and interesting facts and history on the places we visited. We would highly recommend him to other visitors.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind review. I had a wonderful time with all of you during the tour. Each guest always brings an interesting point of view, you have also contributed to making the tour enjoyable :) Please enjoy the rest of your time in Kyoto and Japan!
Justin MilliardUnited States
Takaaki was an absolutely amazing guide. He not only guided us, but was an excellent teacher of the cultural significance, historical context and symbolism of every sight we visited. He had figures and explanations ready to pull out his backpack at a moments notice that aided in our groups understanding of almost everything. A 6-hour tour turned into a full-scale educational experience. Wonderful! Next time we are back in Kyoto we know who to call for a great tour, Takaaki!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your wonderful review. I’m glad that we were able to enjoy a little calm along with the more crowded spots. Especially, going to lacquer/gold artisans’s atelier was very interesting. There are so many things to see in Kyoto! Please come back in the future :)
Karen SheaUnited States
Our guide, Takaaki, was absolutely amazing. He had great insider knowledge about every location that we visited (Tofukuji Temple complex, Fushimi-Inari Shrine, Toji temple, and the Gion Area). In addition to having perfect english he was honestly a wonderful person to spend the day with. At the end of the day he also left us with great dinner recommendations. We highly recommend Takaaki to anyone that visits Kyoto.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your wonderful review. I was happy to coordinate a personalised itinerary just for you. Toji Temple and its pagoda is exceptional on that beautiful day! Please come back to Kyoto and discover more!
Muriel Guillaume-AngleUnited States
Takaaki was perfect. He arrived a bit early, which I much appreciated in order to discuss with me what my interests were. He had previously emailed me to introduce himself and his services. Very professional. He will answer any question you ask thoroughly. He knows Kyoto well, took me off the beaten path as I requested and at the end of his visit, he gave me some suggestions for the rest of my stay in Kyoto when I would not have a guide. I highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your wonderful review. I was happy to be able to show you around Kyoto. Traditional neighborhoods can be hard to discover for visitors, I’m glad I could help you out. I hope I can help you discover kyoto more in the future.
Matt EslerUnited States
Wow, we did a lot in Japan but this was a big highlight. Takaaki was amazing and squeezed in multiple surprises in the 6 hrs. We were blown away by his history of Kyoto and fell in love with the city from his tour. He got us around quickly during such a busy time, spoke excellent English, had us laughing throughout the day and made a great lunch recommendation. The time flew by and we were sad when it had to end. Kyoto will now be one of our favorite cities we've been to, because of him. Thanks agai
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your wonderful review. During this peak season, both of you were really patient and I'm pleased you were able to see Kyoto thorough my eyes and enjoyed it. My ultimate goal is for my guests to grow to love Kyoto city. I hope you get to come back and discover more of the charms of Kyoto!
Takkaki gave us an excellent tour today, we enjoyed every minute. We went to Fushimitemple, Tofuku-ji and had a stroll through Gion. Takkaki is very knowledgeble and friendly, and we could highly recommende this tour. Asa, travelling with 3 children ( aged 16,14 and 11).
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the wonderful review. I had a good time with all of you who are very curious about Japanese culture. You were extremely lucky to have that beautiful weather and cherry blossoms. Your journey to Japan and Kyoto has started, please enjoy the rest of time of your stay!
Claudia BernardUnited States
Takaaki was great. Super flexible, very personable, knowledgeable, interesting and fun.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind review. I had a great time with you during the tour. It was partly raining and chilly, but I was happy to share stories and knowledge with you :) I hope you come back to Kyoto!
Excellent service, Takaaki had a vast knowledge of the places we visited. Recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for taking your time to write a review. Although the time was limited, I was glad to show you a good overview of Kyoto. There are a lot more to show you around next time you come back ;)
Takaaki was absolutely fabulous with great knowledge of the area and very good English. Takaaki was very accommodating to all of us to ensure not only my husband and I had a meaningful tour but also our children aged 11 and 8. We highly recommend Takaaki, he makes the tour feel like you are out with with a friend for the day. Thank you Takaaki and best wishes for the future. Bronwyn, Ryan, James and Lucy
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind review. I enjoyed spending time with all of you. I am always happy to hear that my guests have a fun time during my tour. Please come back to Japan for cherry blossoms and autumn colors!