Ann GordonUnited Kingdom
We had a very good trip with Koichi - very thorough and lots of explanations throughout
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review and warm message, Ann. We enjoyed peaceful and tranquil atmosphere at Saihoji temple famous for beautiful moss garden. Hope to see you again in the future.
Koichi was awesome He changed his own schedule to fit us in due to the impending typhoon We found him full of interesting knowledge and lots of fun we enjoyed his company and would absolutely recommend him Koichi thank you again for the fun day you where one of the highlights of our trip
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your warm message, Glenda! I also enjoyed with your family. We were lucky to enjoy the special illumination at Nijo Castle. Mikane-jinja Shrine famous for golden torii gate was also beautifully illuminated by paper lanterns. Look forward to seeing you again in the future.
Koichi was the perfect guide for our day trip around Kyoto! He went above and beyond to make sure we had a great day. He was very professional and was able to accommodate the day according to our needs. I highly recommend booking a tour with Koichi.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear David Fudge, Thank you for your wonderful review! It was really a pleasure to provide you wonderful experience in Kyoto. Hope to see you again in the future!
Christopher SosaUnited States
Koichi was a fantastic tour guide. He is very kind and knowledgeable about Japan's history and culture. He worked so hard to make sure we had the perfect day by taking us to see many sights in Kyoto, taking us to an authentic soba noodle restaurant, and even booking a tea ceremony for us for that afternoon when we said we hadn't booked one yet. He also took photos of us and emailed them to us that same day and gave us a great recommendation for dinner. I highly recommend Koichi!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Christopher Sosa, Thank you for your wonderful message! I will never forget you and the lovely day with you. The tea ceremony made us relaxed and it was really good choice. It's a great pleasure to meet you and hope to see you again in the future. "Okini!"
Scott ZenkerUnited States
Koichi was an amazing guide. We filled our 8 hours together with end-to-end activity, ranging from major sites to a flea market. He was so knowledgeable and kind and I would recommend him to anybody looking for a memorable day in Kyoto.
Melanie ClemenzUnited States
Koichi was an amazing tour guide! My friend and I needed some help navigating some of the popular places in Kyoto. We were able to see so much and got so much inside information when we went with Koichi. We visited Miyagawacho local Geisha town, Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, Kinkakuji temple (with the Golden Pavillion), Ryoanji temple, Shimogamo-jinja shrine which had the"Mitarashi matsuri" festival, and went to Fukujuen for green tea shopping! It was a great day.
John KohneUnited States
A friend and I recently spent a day in Kyoto with Koichi and found him to be an exceptional guide. He was such a hardworking young man who went out of his way to make sure our needs and interests were met. He set up a wonderful lunch experience and we visited several beautiful temples. It was a very hot day. Record breaking, according to Koichi. He went out of his way to ensure our comfort. Such a wonderful young man. If visiting Kyoto, I would highly recommend Koichi as your guide!
I wanted to see the Kyoto through the eyes of someone who loves this city - and in a private tour with Koichi I got this. Very well prepared professionally, very attentive, able to adapt and change the tour when conditions change. True 5 out of 5 rating
Thomas WuttkeUnited States
Koichi was very flexible and helped us customize a great day in Kyoto, including a museum and shrine that was not listed, as well as a smaller less crowded bamboo forest. The lunch place he suggested was excellent and a lot less than we would have spent looking for food on our own. His knowledgeable explanations were interesting, and he answered all of our questions. Highly recommend
Darryn WolffSan Francisco, CA, United States
Koichi was great at customizing the tour. Would recommend to anyone visiting Kyoto.
Dear Tourist Kiochi very good kind person very hospitality and responsible.. he took us and show main interesting points of Kyoto and visit great interesting food market ... I could recommend Kiochi .. kind regards
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: ToursByLocals is committed to 5-Star tour experiences and we appreciate any learning opportunity to improve the quality of the service we offer our customers. We take all feedback seriously and have, as always, attempted to clarify with our customer if there was anything our guide, or ToursByLocals, could have done differently to have made this tour a 5-Star experience.
Mark ChurchUnited States
Koichi is a fantastic guide! So kind. So thoughtful. So knowledgeable about Kyoto and Japanese history/culture. He planned a wonderful day for us including a wide variety of experiences - plus knew of a special festival happening at a shrine where we would have a unique experience taking in various performing arts -- including geisha. A day with Koichi is a day very well spent. He is a great guide for your time in Kyoto, most definitely!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mark Church, Thank you for wonderful comment and review! It's my pleasure to be able to introduce you the festival held in Heian-jingu shrine. I had a really good time with you and your friend and it feels like it was only yesterday. Talking guests like you is what gives value to my life. Look forward to seeing you again! Best regards, Koichi T.
Koichi was a lovely guide, very knowledgeable and friendly. He arranged for us to go to a Gaiko performance near Gion which was wonderful. A once in a lifetime experience for us and our 2 sons. We highly recommend Koichi for your local guide in Kyoto.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lara Pierce, Thank you for your wonderful review and message! I'm glad to hear that you and your sons enjoyed he tour. It was almost last day for seasonal dance performance "Kyo-Odori" held in Miyagawacho and we were so lucky that I could arrange it. I hope to see you again! Best regards, Koichi T.
Casey AikenUnited States
Koichi is an excellent tour guide. He is so professional - prompt, prepared, and knowledgeable. He listens very well and tries to customize your tour throughout the day and tailor it to your interests. For example, we mentioned we were interested in the market, some art and kimonos, so he went out of his way to show us these things in addition to the standard tour sights. A major bonus is that he is an incredible photographer - he takes the most beautiful pictures for you! Koichi is a fantastic guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Casey and Andrew, thank you for your review and message! It was my pleasure to make customized itinerary for you. As for additional bonus service of photography, I made brand new tour that offers you portrait photoshoot service with backdrop of beautiful buildings and trees in Kyoto. Hope to see you again in future. Best regards, Koichi T.
Friendly, prepared and passionate. Koichi did organize a very interesting tour with considering my personal wishes. He was well prepared, is speaking fluently English and showed me some places outside of the tourist paths. With passion and knowledge he explained me details about the visited places. A great experience was having lunch at a locals favorite ramen-restaurant as well as visiting a Geisha theater. Koichi is a very friendly and kind person which I can strongly recommend as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Christian Kies, Thank you very much for wonderful review and giving me such a kind comment. I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed in local restaurant and the theater. The cherry blossom viewing from Nanzenji Sanmon gate was amazing. It was the best time to look at the cherry blossoms. I still clearly remember that scene even now. I hope you can come back to Kyoto again! Best regards, Koichi T.
Kailla PlattUnited States
A great tour! We saw amazing examples of temples and shrines, gardens and thousands of cherry blossoms. We enjoyed a delicious multi-course lunch that we never would have found in our own. A private tea ceremony was another highlight. Our two kids had a great time. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your great warm-hearted comments for me. I also had an amazing time with your family. I am glad to see your children also enjoyed Japanese cuisine and sweet. Thank you for enjoying the tour, hope to see you again!
Koichi was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable about the places we visited. Moreover, since we were going to have only 7-8 hours to visit, he took care of suggesting the best combination of taxis and public transportation to minimize the commuting time. He communicated timely prior to meet in Kyoto providing detailed information of the planned itinerary, transportation cost estimates, and was able to accomodate a request to visit a ceramic gallery. Wonderful visit to Kyoto thanks to him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jorge, Thank you very much for your kind review and high rating. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed efficient travel with your collegue. Gracias de corazón.
Brian ShanedlingUnited States
We had an amazing day with Koichi. He is so knowledgeable & funny. We were very lucky to see so many cherry blossoms. We especially appreciated the lunch spot he took us to. Very local & simply wonderful. He also arranged a very lovely tea ceremony for us. It was a fantastic day & he took so many photos so we can have beautiful memories. You can tell he has a great love for his city & now we share that love too.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Brian, Thank you so much for excellent review. I'm really glad you could enjoy local experience and traditional cuisine in Kyoto. Looking forward to seeing you again!
Derek MaczkaUnited States
Koichi was a perfect tour guide! We were traveling as a family of 4 (two teenagers) on our first trip to Japan and decided to hire a guide for our short stay in Kyoto. And I'm so glad we did. Koichi was polite, well spoken, and fun to be around. He was extremely knowledgeable and able to answer every question we threw at him (I think he studied history in University and we could tell). I would recommend him 100% and hope to spend more time with him on our next trip to Japan
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Derek, I sincerely appreciate your kind review. Thank you for telling me a lot of your state. I also enjoyed talking with you about marine sport and motorcycle. Looking forward to seeing you again in the near future!
Robert van StokromAustralia
Linda TorigoeUnited States
Our tour with Koichi was great- he was very knowledgeable and patient. My family thought the meal we ate at his recommended restaurant was the best meal we had the entire trip. The tour we planned had a lot of walking, and by the time lunch was finished we were tired so he gave us instructions on how to get to a manga museum another day. My son was very happy. I would highly recommend him- he is very easy to talk to, has a lot of energy and is very professional. Thank you very much, Koichi!!