We had a fantastic 1 day guided tour in Kyoto! Our guide, Koichi, was really great, adjusted the tour to our wishes and previous experience, shared a lot of interesting facts, introduced us to delicious traditional Japanese lunch etc. Koichi also took some amazing pictures of us. Thanks so much for an amazing tour in Kyoto.
Karen CantwellUnited States
My son and I decided to use a tour guide for our short time in Kyoto and Koichi gave us the absolutely perfect itinerary specific to our requests. Not only did he show us the sights, but provided explanations and information we would not have had if exploring on our own. Koichi is a magnificent photographer as well and took many pictures of our adventure. I highly, highly recommend Koichi and Tours by Locals!!
Koichi was an excellent tour guide. We got to fit in a huge amount of sight seeing in one day with him. He has a great deal of knowledge to share and is also a photographer so he took amazing photos for us which will serve as fantastic memories for us.
Whit AlexanderUnited States
We very much enjoyed the tour. Koichi was very knowledgeable and shared a brief history of each site and other cultural aspects of the areas. He was pleasant, friendly, and using his own high quality camera, took photos of our family. We would definitely recommend!
I greatly enjoyed Kyoto with him showing me around. He has very good knowledge of Kyoto. Also, he is very nice and friendly. I will surely recommend him to my friends should they need someone to guide them around Kyoto.
Cynthia PineUnited Kingdom
Our tour was a superb introduction to our first visit to Kyoto, an interesting and fun day. Our guide, Koichi was very informative, kind and reflective; and, he ensured that we had an excellent tour. He was very thoughtful considering our special interests and providing recommendations for our next day. The added bonus is that Koichi is a skilled photographer. He took photos and sent links the same day. Having high quality, professional photos is an unexpected pleasure, providing happy memories for us.
Erica ElsdonUnited States
Great tour on our first day in Kyoto! Koichi was also very helpful in recommendations for restaurants and places to try sake. We have fantastic photos from our time that he took and sent immediately. Thank you!
Steve DeutchUnited States
koichi was very nice and took some nice pictures of us which he emailed us. I wish he was a little more flexible in planning the day, since some of the sites we wanted to see he did not include. At times it was hard to understand his English.
Wendy FreyerUnited States
Our family of four well traveled adults had a great day touring and learning about Kyoto with Koichi. He planned a solid itinerary of sites best done with him versus on our own and included a very special lunch break where everyone else was local. Given busy time of year he nicely encouraged us to start ahead of planned start time to avoid crowds which was a spot on decision. Thanks for a wonderful day!
Our time with Koichi was fantastic!! We wanted to make the most of our only day in Kyoto and Koichi made it so memorable! He was very knowledgeable and helpful and he took us to so many beautiful parts of Kyoto. Koichi was flexible and made sure that we were happy! I would highly recommend Koichi - 5+++ stars!
Stephen WilsonUnited States
5 stars ⭐️ we had such a awesome time with Koichi. He had great knowledge of the area including short cuts to bypass the crowds. He was just charming and spoke great English. He even took us to locals only restaurants for lunch and dinner. We highly recommend. We have used Tours by locals in Spain and France and it has been the best experience. Steve and Barbara San Diego, Ca
We have an amazing time with Koichi , he took us to a beautiful places and gave us a very good explanation about every place , he took us to lunch to a beautiful tempura restaurant where we experienced a delicious lunch , without him we will be totally lost . We appreciate so much his guidance.
Stephen ShraggUnited States
Koichi was an incredible tour guide, making our trip to Kyoto all that much better. He was gracious, knowledgeable, flexible, and very accommodating. He introduced us to sites and and culture we would have never experienced had he not been our guide. We highly recommend Koichi for anyone visiting Kyoto.
Koichi took us to off the beaten path places and patiently answered all our questions regarding tea houses and geishas. He also took us a restaurant with no name for lunch which we enjoyed tremendously. Would definitely recommend him to my friends.
Koichi was a wonderful guide. He was friendly, accommodating and always looking to help us make the most of our time in Kyoto. We had a great time and much of it on account of Koichi's itinerary, knowledge and planning. We would thoroughly recommend Koichi.
Trixy GallagherUnited Kingdom
This tour was the highlight of our trip to Kyoto. Koichi was so knowledgable, spoke perfect English, and paced the tour perfectly for my children & me. I would recommend this tour 100% and we are so glad we did it - we made some priceless memories ��
Jason KrilovichUnited States
Koichi was an amazing tour guide. Extremely knowledgable about the entire city as well as many other topics and questions I had about Japan and Kyoto. He took me to great places based on the interests I gave him. And to top it off he helped me find a rare bottle of Japanese Whiskey and went above and beyond!
My private tour was great. I enjoyed my one day tour in Kyoto as it was my only day. My guide is very knowledgeable and explains everything at every step. We went to: 1- -Fushimi Inari Taisha Shintoism shrine famous for red gate and the bamboo path. It was a great experience learning and admiring the natural path. 2- Kyoto Imperial palace and garden which was a lively place with the leaf color change of maple. 3- Authentic Ramen lunch experience and Gion Geisha town. 4- Breath taking Golden Pavilion.
Steve ChanUnited States
Koichi is an excellent Kyoto tour guide. Very knowledgeable about the sites visited, historically and culturally. He had many interesting stories about each site visited, and pointed out the most beautiful spots for picture taking. We were able to get around Kyoto very efficiently using public transportation. Koichi was very flexible with our schedule and made sure that we had the time to see our entire itinerary without feeling rushed.
Julie MassenUnited Kingdom
We are highly delighted with the quality service provided by Koichi. We had a wonderful day which was just perfect in meeting and exceeding our expectations. Thank you
A great tour and engagement by Koichi who was knowledgeable and friendly. We experienced The Golden Temple / Ryoanji Temple /imperial Palace / Fushimi Inari Temple and Nishiki Street market. Great day and experience
Nanette DowdyUnited States
Koichi was perfect for us. So easy to be with, warm and friendly and very knowledgeable. The pace fit us and he took us to the greatest and fun restaurant. I would recommend him for any tourist wanting to get the most out of their trip. Worth the price and more. Thank you Koichi.
On our last day Koichi arranged for us to attend the Jidai Matsuri Festival covering the history and changes of Kyoto for more than 10 centuries- a very special and meaningful introduction to Japanese history and culture. It was the highlight of the trip and a wonderful way to end our stay in Kyoto- an unforgettable experience. Koichi went beyond the call of duty and gave us 2 very special days in Kyoto in which we are sincerely grateful. I will highly recommend Koichi to my family and friends.
Koichi was outstanding in all regards. He was a good communicator, meticulous in detailing events which he highly recommended to make our stay in Kyoto, informative, unforgettable and outstanding covering many and important points of historical and cultural interest. Koichi was always accommodating, courteous, prompt,friendly, kind and obliging, safety conscious and very thorough staying in constant communication and immediately informed us of any changes.
Angie NixonUnited States
Koichi was knowledgeable and easy to tour with. We had a great day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Angie Nixon, Thank you for wonderful review! I'm glad that you had great days in Kyoto. I'm looking forward to meeting you in future. Best regards, Koichi
Gigi Kitei KiteiUnited States
Koichi was a fantastic guide with tremendous knowledge of the sights of Kyoto. He was kind, patient and expertly navigated our family to the major sights of the city, while pointing out impressions from a historical and local persons perspective. Koichi is also an incredible photographer and we are traveling home with shots he promptly emailed after our tour that are of professional quality. His easy going personality and good command of the English language made our timr great. He came prepared & on time
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Gigi for your kind comments. I had a great two days with your family and I'm glad to know you enjoyed photos. Portraits with autumn flower "Hagi" (bush clover) were so beautiful. The Gyoza place we enjoyed is definitely local one, I’m glad your family really enjoyed it! Hoping to see you again! "Okini"
Curt CoffmanUnited States
I really enjoyed my day-log tour with Koichi T. in Kyoto. He was knowledgable, helpful and his english is good. He did the tour at my pace and even took pictures of me during the tour. I really enjoyed the local restaurant he selected for lunch.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your great review, Curt. I am very glad you had a good time in the tour. Local "okonomiyaki" restaurant was wonderful. It was really spectacular to watch each ingredient being added to make "modanyaki" by specialized chef. I'm looking forward to seeing you again in the near future!
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.
Walt MilesUnited States
Koichi led us on a very enjoyable, flexible and interesting tour of Kyoto. We wouldn't have been able to see, do or understand what we saw without his knowledge and insight to get around. He shares Japan/Kyoto history, which enriches the tour and also is an excellent photographer! He took many pictures of us with his camera and forwarded them to us, which was unexpected, but much appreciated. We enjoyed our day with him and would highly recommend him for a tour in Kyoto! It was a very memorable tour!
Mary LavertyUnited States
Koichi was fantastic! He really shared with us his knowledge and even offered to arrange for us see a local festival. While the festival was moved due to weather, he did share with us his knowledge and made our experience in Kyoto so much better. He is also an excellent photographer and shared pictures of us after. I'm really grateful we had this experience.
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 ChurchSeattle, WASHINGTON, United 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!!