Mark HebekaUnited States
Ken offered a "non-Google" tour (as he called it) of Nara for us. He was very patient, thoughtful and interesting in his approach and discussion. He had previously lived in the United States, so he has strong command of the English language and a good understanding of our culture and what we would appreciate. He provided very helpful guidance and even assisted us with buying our train tickets for the next day. Thank you Ken!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Mark, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought great memory on Japan back home. -Ken S.
Lily RobillardSan Francisco, CA, United States
My last tour with Ken we took a 75-minute train ride to Nara where we visited historic sites/temples and the Great Buddha Hall, the biggest wooden structure in the world. All the sites were located in Nara Park where "wild" deer lived. We had a wonderful lunch at Izasa--"steamed sushi" their specialty. We then took another train to see Fushima-Inara Shrine, lined with more than 10.000 red torii. Ken took memorable photos of me. He's so easy to get along with and knowledgeable. Highly recommend Ken!
Melissa RozaUnited States
Ken was great! We had a big group with 3 kids that were running around the entire time and Ken handled it with grace. He has a great sense of humor and a lot of knowledge to share. He was also very flexible when we wanted to change the itinerary and he suggested some changes himself that proved to be spot on. I would highly recommend him! The driver he hired was great too.
We had a great time with Ken in Nara today. He was vey kind and patient with all of our family. We gave us stories and explanations around the sites we visited and joined us in a typical japanese restaurant for lunch. I highly recommend him. We are also having a tour to Arashiyama with him tomorrow morning.
A great tour in the beautiful city of Nara. Ken did a fantastic job showing us around and in explaining the history of the area. Thanks Ken for your flexibility and your Knowledge. We loved it!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Tim, Again thanks for your five stars. Looking forward to meeting you someday again in Kyoto. -- Ken S.
Manasi NadkarniUnited States
enjoyed the trip and great conversation!! He stayed longer to finish the site seeing and never charged extra.Very nice job!!!
This was our third day in Japan and our second tour with Ken which took us to Nara. Ken took us to sites he thought we would enjoy based on what he had learnt from our first tour. We spent time in the crowds seeing some famous sites and then spent time in relatively isolation sitting in beautiful gardens. Ken is articulate, erudite and has appropriate and helpful information at his fingertips. We really appreciated his flexibility, responding to our needs as the tour proceeded.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ian, Thanks for your five stars. I really appreciated your cooperation. -Ken S.
Craig IsraelsenUnited States
Ken is an excellent tour guide and a fast walker--which we love!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Craig, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought great memory back home. -Ken S.
Joel KaplanUnited States
Timi HallemUnited States
We had a wonderful day with Ken. He was knowledgeable, open to our needs and interests, and a delight to be with.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Timi, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought great memories back home. -- Ken S.
Sharon MeltzerUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for five stars again. I truly enjoyed your family's companies. Especially, it was informative to me to exchange views on people, society, history, and religion with Sharon during the tour. Hope you will bring wonderful memories back home. --Ken S.
James L.Naples, FL, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your five stars. -Ken S.
Annie CheungUnited States
Ken san did a fabulous job taking us around Kyoto at a fast pace that suited our family well. We also went to a number of off the beaten path locations to get a glimpse of beyond the tourist must see spots. I would highly recommend a tour with Ken san and will book him again when the return to Kyoto next year. Kyoto is so far my favorite city in Japan with different things to offer in different seasons.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Annie san, Thanks for your five stars. Looking forward to meeting with you again. --Ken S.
Paula Margarita CajucomPhilippines
Ken-san is an excellent tour guide!!! He was very patient, kind, helpful to us. He takes time to explain and answer all our questions. I would definetely recommend him and all his tours. Thank you for a wonderful tour and for your great company.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi. Paula, Thanks for five stars and thanks for your comment. Hope you will enjoy your stay in Japan and bring great memory back home. --Ken S.
Alan WolffUnited States
Ken if very knowledgeable, his English is very good, flexible to meet our needs. Good on history, food, sights. recommend him without reservation. a good person to share the day and the places with.
Elizabeth CuthbertUnited States
Ken was a pleasure to work with. Shortly before our tour, we heard about an I. M. Pei designed museum located about 30 to 40 miles outside Kyoto. We wanted to visit it. We sent Ken an email and asked it he could arrange this visit - a major change from our previously agreed upon itinerary. Ken responded quickly saying he could make it happen by hiring a taxi for us. We enjoyed the museum and ended our day with a fabulous visit to Fushimi-Inari. Ken's English is excellent and he is charming to boot.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Beth, Thanks for your five stars. I appreciated your cooperation. Hope you will bring great memory back home. --Ken S.
Thanks for an enjoyable tour. Ken was flexible in his planning and adjusted our route to avoid the worst of the rain.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Angela, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have great days in Japan. Ken S.
Nalini GovindjiUnited Kingdom
Though the guide from the imperial palace for the western tourist was very comprehensive, Ken's presence was very much valued. Within a huge group of people, the guide was hardly audible, and that's when Ken came into his own. Ken made sure that we didn't miss out on anything so he stayed behind as the group moved on and explained everything again to us.His wealth of knowledge surpassed our expectation, every time. His initiative for showing us the picture history he had prepared made things even clearer
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Nalini, for your five stars evaluation. Hope you will bring great memory back home. -- Ken S.
Ken was a delight. Knowledgeable of the area and very good English. Efficient too.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your evaluation. Have a great trip. Ken S.
Ken was engaging and fluent in English - he was generous with his time and made our tour of the major Nara sites and the Fushimi Inari shrine most enjoyable. His recommendation for lunch at the Iyasa restaurant at Todaiji temple was excellent. He went out of his way to deal with our luggage problems and was particularly helpful with purchasing tickets for our onward journey to Osaka. Look forward to returning to Kyoto in spring and autumn and doing another tour with Ken.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jeff, Thanks for your five star evaluation. Please give my best regards to your family. Looking forward to meeting you again. Sincerely, Ken S.
Thank you to Ken-sun for his service during our stay. We enjoy his guide and he is very helpful.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Man-san, Thanks for your evaluation. I hope you could safely go to Osaka with your luggage the next day after our tour. Hope everything will be fine with your people. Sincerely, Ken S.
Robert YasudaUnited States
Ken is an excellent guide, everything we had hoped for, and also a wonderful human being. He responded to our questions with patience and knowledge, and showed his ability to make what we were experiencing a rich and thoughtful experience. We recommend him highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Bob and Judith, Thanks for five stars. I also thank you for your teaching me your world. I fully enjoy your company. Hope you have great works ! Looking forward to meeting you again. Sincerely, Ken S.
Ed KoshinskiUnited States
Ken was great. He went out of his way to make sure we had a good time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your five star evaluation. Thanks for your cooperation. Looking forward to meeting you again. Ken
Fantastic tour and guide. Superb English with understanding of nuances for western humour due to the long time that he has spent living in the West. Thoroughly recommend this gentleman!
Steven MeierUnited States
Ken was great. Pleasant and knowledgeable . Thank you
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Steve and Susan, Thanks for your five star evaluation. I enjoyed your company. I hope you have the great memory on Kyoto and Nara. Sincerely, Ken S.
Excellent service, very knowledgeable, accommodating of the clients needs. We had a rainy day and Ken was not phased, we we're bake to see all the sights and have us great suggestions and advice for the remainder of our trip. Thanks!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Mr. Humberto Ruiz, Thanks for your five star evaluation. Hope you have great days in Japan. - Ken S.
Taylor FloresUnited States
Ken was very informative and knowledgeable about the local area and Japan's history. He was very friendly and candidly answered all of our crazy questions. We had no issues understanding him on our tour, and found him flexible and helpful!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Taylor, Thanks for your five stars evaluation. Looking forward to meeting you again. Sincerely, Ken S.
Ken has a sound knowledge of English, great sense of humour & knowledge of Kyoto history. Excellent, thoughtful guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear John, Thanks for your five star evaluation. I enjoyed your company during our tour. Please give my best regards to Ruthy. Looking forward to meeting you again. - Ken S.
We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Ken. His energy and enthusiasm are a pleasure to be around. Nara is not to be missed, the Temples are hidden gems - Ken showed us Nara through his eyes which was a real treat.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Roslyn, Thanks for your highest evaluation. Looking forward to meeting you again. Ken S.
Ken illuminated the history of the ancient city of Kyoto in a way that made for a greater understanding of Japanese culture and its history. My traveling companion and I immensely enjoyed the experience of visiting the sites in both Kyoto and Kotofuku-ji in Nara with our guide, Ken, who made for great conversation and was a delightful teacher. It was one of my best days in Japan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Paul, Thanks for your evaluation. I was honored to be with your brother and his friend, Arturo Herrera and David Schutter, worldly popular contemporary artists, for the tour to Nara and Kyoto. It was one of the best memories of my tours, especially with Arturo's preference to Maccha ice cream at Great Buddha. Looking forward to meeting with them again. Ken S.
Janet KarabinUnited States
Ken provided us with our introduction to Japan with a tour of Nara and Arashiyama. His high energy, attention to detail and methodical approach to exploring the various UNESCO sites in these cities made our tour comfortable and enchanting. Ken's in depth descriptions were easily understood with his strong command of the English language. He is an asset to the Tours by Locals staff.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Janet, Thanks for your evaluation and comment. It was a cold day, but I enjoyed your company. I am sure you had great days with your husband in Japan and back home safely. Many thanks and best regards. Ken S.