My family and I recently did a private, customised tour with Tomoko. She was a wonderful guide who had incredible knowledge about each place we visited. Tomoko made it so easy for us to get around Kyoto and we managed to see far more than if we had tried to do it on our own. She had answers for all of our questions, taught us so much about the Japanese culture and food and had a great sense of humour. Tomoko has an easy going personality and it was a pleasure to spend the day with her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Yael-san, Thank you for joining my tour and giving such a kind comment. It was my pleasure to be your guide. I'm very glad you enjoyed my tour. Thank you very much!
Boris GoldmanUnited States
Tomoko (Tomo) was excellent. She was flexible and very knowledgeable. Her English was excellent. Highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Boris-san, Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving me such a kind comment. I'm very happy that you enjoyed the tour with me.
Karen ZernaUnited Arab Emirates
We had a packed day in Kyoto and were able to tick off all the places we wanted to see thanks to Tomoko-san. Very knowledgeable on anything Kyoto and has a good sense of humor. Booking process was also very smooth, she replies as soon as she can. Would highly recommend two-days in Kyoto though, as the place is meant to be explored, not rushed. So if you're wanting a guide, Tomoko-san is highly recommended!
Mae G.United States
Susan EllamUnited Kingdom
Vera NewmanSandy Springs, GA, United States
FANTASTIC GUIDE!!! Tomoko is extremely knowledgable regarding the history of Japan. She skillfully planned each attraction knowing distances and time to be allocated. She went above and beyond to ensure our day in Kyoto was perfect.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Vela-san, thank you so much for joining my tour and giving me such a kind comment! I'm very happy that you enjoyed visiting beautiful places in the best timing. I hope you will come back sometime, maybe in fall. Thank you very much again. Please give my best regards to Stuart-san.
Janice BlanchardUnited States
Ms. Tomoko is a very outstanding tour guide. She's very energetic, kind, funny, and most especially very knowledgeable about the whole place. She's very welcoming and very nice to talk to. For a group of 13 I would say that she was able to handle all of us especially when she feels like the elders in our group are tired from walking. She even accompanied us to the right train station going back to our hotel. All in all, the tour with Ms. Tomoko was very fun and filled with so much learning.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Perci-san Thank you so much for your kind comment! I'm afraid you were tired when you went back to Osaka, as it was hot and very crowded in Kyoto today. However, if you enjoyed the tour, I'm very happy. I hope you will enjoy fully your time in Japan. Tomorrow, please have a lot of fun in USJ! Thank you so much again.
Tomoko was our guide for seeing Western Kyoto. Tomoko was very informative on the sites we visited and we enjoyed hearing about the history of the sites. Tomoko made sure we were able to get excellent photos too! We were lucky to see the blossom trees in full bloom at Ninna-ji - thank you Tomoko for this suggestion. Tomoko managed our time well and we got to see all the things we were interested in. There were many foods and activities that we would not have experienced without Tomoko's help.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Loretta-san, Thank you very much for your kind comment! It was my pleasure to be with your nice family. I'm glad that you enjoyed the tour with me. Thank you so much again.
Laura McKenzieUnited States
We had a great time on our tour with Tomoko-san. She was kind, knowledgeable, and flexible. She was also great with our two small children. It is a pleasure to spend time with her. She is a 5-star guide and we would recommend her to our friends. Thank you, Tomoko-san!
It was a great experince visiting Kyoto with Tomo-san. We booked tours with her for two days and she was very kind to customize the tour for us. She is very knowledgable about all the sites, tells great stories, is very patient with all kinds of questions on history, life in Japan and has great lunch choices. It was a pleasure spending two days with her. Thank you Tomo-san!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gokce-san, thank you very much for your kind comments. It was my pleasure I could spend two days with you and your nice mother. Thanks to your challenging questions(^^), I could learn new things. I hope you could go home with lots of good memories of Kyoto. Thank you very much!
Kristin Izumi-NitaoUnited States
Tomoko was absolutely amazing! She customized our tour and was wonderful to our twin 11-year olds. She would call ahead for lunch reservations and call for taxis that could fit 5 people when it looked like we were tired. Tomoko was so flexible and accommodating depending upon our needs and interests. She was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Kyoto and very friendly. We learned so much from her and would highly, highly, highly recommend her. Thank you for a memorable and remarkable day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kristin-san, Nitao-san, Thank you very much for your kind comments and high rating of my tour. I'm very happy that you enjoyed the tours with me in Kyoto. I myself enjoyed being with you, nice people, cute children. I hope you will come back to Kyoto again in spring or fall. Thank you very much again.
Vincent V.United States
Tomoko-san was an exceptional guide. She shared a number of interesting insights about the places we visited, as well as general perspectives on living in Kyoto (answering many questions that we had). She was strategic about adjusting transportation recommendations and lunch timing to match our pace (we were slow due to lots of photographs). Also, she was friendly and outgoing, a fun person to spend a day with and we were sad to say goodbye at the end of the tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Vince-san, thank you very much for your kind feedback. I myself enjoyed the tour with you a lot. You are such interesting people! I'm very happy if I could help you make good memories in Kyoto!
David LucasUnited States
Great, wonderful and met beyond all we hoped for....we set this visit up via email and Tomoko did it all, plus!!!!
Juan P. BenetMexico City, DF, Mexico
We enjoyed Tomoko's great knowledge in Kyoto's history and culture. Also she is a great person, great company, great guide. When returing to Kyoto we defenitly will book her again, because time was short and lots of places to see
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Juan-san, thank you very much for your kind comment. I also enjoyed being with you for two days! It will be great if I can meet you in Japan again!
Roger SchneiderUnited States
What an amazing tour guide! Tomoko did her absolute best to make sure that we accomplished our itinerary, while also gently guiding us to see sights we didn't know about and never would have experienced without her. We saw charming un-crowded side streets that truly gave us a feel for old Kyoto. Knowing that I had read The Tales of Gengi, she showed us places that were scenes in the book. Tomoko is highly professional, competent, sweet and caring!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Roger, Melissa,and David, thank you very much for joining my tour. It was my pleasure that I could show you the places and things you were interested in. And thank you for your kind comments!
Eduard SamsonUnited States
Thank you for another great day in Kyoto! Highly recommended! Five stars plus!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Eduard-san Thank you very much for your kind feedback, again. I was glad that you could enjoy the beautiful scenery of Arashiyama and flowers.
Robert van KoesveldAustralia
Tomoko was the perfect guide for a independent tour experiencing and photographing some of the wonderful small temples and gardens of Kyoto. She helped me find quiet places away from the crowds where I could make the sort of images a wanted. Tomoko is a delightful and thoughtful person with the ability to tell you more about aspects of location without overloading you. Definitely recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Robert san, Thank you very much for your comment! I'm very happy that you liked the placed we visited, avoiding crowds and enjoying photographing. I hope I can show you other wonderful places when you come back to Kyoto again.
Five stars, not enough! Tomoko deserves a lot of stars! As my stay in Kyoto was 2 days (1st time), I booked the tours "Golden Course" and "Kyoto Western Part". Tomoko prepared a specific 2-day program. The result was excellent and the discovery of Kyoto in her company will be held forever etched in my memory. I really enjoyed her company: highly professional and with her qualities (knowledgeable, fun, smart, charming, and patient), it couldn't have been better. Many Thanks to you, Tomoko san!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Herve-san, thank you so much for your kind feedback! I'm very happy that you enjoyed the tours with me. I did enjoy accompanying you. I hope you can visit Japan and Kyoto someday again! I'd like to show you other charms of Kyoto, Nara,Osaka, etc. Many thanks!!
Wendy SandersUnited States
We absolutely recommend Tomoko for a tour in Kyoto!! She is a 5 out of 5. She is so knowledgeable about Kyoto -- the culture, the history, and the sites. She explained the significance of what we were seeing, and made it come to life in a fun way. She is very easy to be with; she's like being with a friend, not someone you just met. She adjusted the tour to meet our needs, but was clever enough to make sure we saw what we didn't even realize we would love. Have a great time!!!
Tomoko was an excellent tour guide who was lovely to be with. She was an extremely knowledgeable guide, allowing us great insight into Kyotos history and culture. Tomoko was able to customize our itinerary, making this the best tour we have experienced while in Japan, she was by far the best tour guide we have had, we would highly recommend going on her tour to others. We would like to thank her for our amazing day. Very easy to get along with and very easy to ask questions to-very easy to understand.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sharnee-san, Thank you very much for your kind comment. It was a great day to me, too. I was very happy to be with you and show you Kyoto's charms. I feel very honored to be given such a high praise. Let me say thank you again for joining my tour!! I hope your good memories of Kyoto will bring you back to Kyoto again!