Ken is a very knowledgeable guide who accommodated us when we wanted a change in plans and assisted us when my Husband was not feeling well. He did a great introduction of Kyoto and made us want to go back again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought great memory on Kyoto back home. -- Ken S.
We had a wonderful time with Ken, starting from the moment he met us outside our apartment. Throughout a full day he gave us a terrific understanding of Kyoto and Japan's history, which particularly appealed to my father who is a similar age to Ken. Spending the money on the private car was a good investment, ensuring we saw far more than we could've under our own steam. Lunch was great, all the stops were well explained. It meant our short time in this great city was as rich as we could hope.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi John-Paul, Thanks for your five stars.I fully enjoyed your people's company. Also glad to hear you have completed your tour with Fushimi-inari on your way back from Hiroshima. Hope you would bring great memories back home. Best, Ken S.
Nina CharnleyUnited States
We just finished our first tour with Ken and it was fabulous. He had a driver for us, Yanni (sp?) who was also wonderful. Ken is extremely knowledgeable about his city of Kyoto and Japan. He never missed an opportunity to educate us and to point out interesting history and architecture. He is also very solicitous and was very mindful of our oldest traveler, 87, who needed a slower pace, frequently offering her a hand and a place to rest. We have 2 more tours with Ken and we can't wait! He is a gem.
Stephen d.United Kingdom
Consider yourself lucky if you are able to secure a booking with Ken. It has been the highlight of our family trip. Extremely knowledgable about the history and relevance of each site, we came away wishing Ken could be with us every day.
Ken S was great and very knowledgeable and changed the itinerary to fit with our groups vibe and expectations.Memorable day and lots of great photos. thanks Ken S
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Mike, Thanks for your five stars. I hope you will bring great memories back home with your wonderful photos. -- Ken S.
Melissa RozaUnited States
Ken took us to Nara and it was a great day. We used the train to get there and back and he walked us all over the park there. The building with the Buddha was amazing and our kids loved petting and feeding the wild deer.
Eric Oliver SisonPhilippines
Ken was a very pleasant and efficient guide. Even during booking it was easy to communicate with him regarding the arrangements and he made useful suggestions to make our trip better. He was very punctual and was very helpful as we traveled. He is very knowledgeable about the area and offered interesting commentary about all the sites we visited. He also managed the time very well so we were able to see all the sites we wanted. On going back he even went to the train station with us to see us off.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Eric, Thanks for your five stars. You have a great family. Hope you have brought wonderful memories back home. Looking forward to tours with you again. -Ken S.
Meiling YipHong Kong
Excellent guide and tour. Ken is very informative and energetic. Told us excellent stories on all sites visited including info about architecture and customs and modern day Japan as well. Ken organised the 7 seater car for us as well quickly and we travelled around in comfort. Driver was brilliant. Very enjoyable and worth the cost as really brings out the sites we visited to life. Our kids age 15 and 17 loved it as well.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your five stars. I enjoyed your company too. Hope you have brought great memory back home. -- Ken S.
Lyra CastillonUnited States
We met Ken at the Granvia hotel, as he said he was and informed us of everything we needed to know prior to meeting him. He even accommodated some of our personal requests for sites we wanted to see. We drove around via taxi, which costed extra to fit our tour group size of 2 people. He was very informative and taught us a lot about the sites visited and gave us his two cents on where to go after. Although I fell asleep during part of our car ride i enjoyed the experience and convenience. Def recommend
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Lyra, Thank for your five stars. Hope you have brought great memory on Japan back home. The sushi restaurant we enjoyed lunch is Denhichi at Kitano Hakubaicho, Kyoto. Looking forward to meeting you next time. -Ken S.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Manoj, Thanks for your five stars. -- Ken S.
Ken has been a great guide, competent and passionate, telling us interesting stories and being very pleasant
Joseph NunogawaUnited States
Everyone (8) agree that Ken did a fantastic job in conducting the tour around Kyoto. He was very entertaining and very knowledgeably pertaining the the site and historical events.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Joseph, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring a great memory back home. -- Ken S.
Don RoeUnited States
Ken was a great guide - we really enjoyed our four days with him in Kyoto, Himeji, and Nara. He is very professional and informative and is a student of history. He put together very nice tours and provided the historical and cultural context that helped us really appreciate some of the treasures of Japan. We highly recommend Ken.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Don, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought great memory of Japan back home. -Ken S.
Susan CohenUnited States
Ken was a great guide! He chose the perfect sites for the time I had available and he shared his robust knowledge of local history and customs. He was great company And I would highly recommend him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Susan, Thanks for your five stars. I have had great memory being with you. I hope you will enjoy the rest of your days in Kyoto. Best regards, Ken S.
Eric JuhlinUnited States
Ken was awesome! Great attitude and energy. He was flexible yet able to maximize our tour stops. Outstanding!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Eric, Thanks for your five stars. I enjoyed your company too. Hope you have brought great memories back home. -- Ken S.
Jean NagaoUnited States
Four of us took a one-day Kyoto tour with Ken. All of us thought he gave a great tour. He was prompt, very helpful in planning the itinerary, very knowledgeable about Kyoto, and very good at keeping costs down. He also added in an extra tour of the development of the Kyoto water system. If we have a future free day in Kyoto, we would certainly contact him. We would recommend Ken to any new or returning visitors.
Tan Teow MarkSingapore, Singapore
We spent 5 days with him and got to know him well. Reviewed him in other tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Tan-san. Hope we will meet again some day. -- Ken S.
Manhal TobiaUnited States
Let's say this would be the highlight of our trip. Mr. Ken is one of the most professional, kind, knowlagable guides I have ever met on my travels. He spoke great English and provided us with ample informations about all the sites. He met us at our hotel on time and toured with us all day navigating through most Kyoto sights. He knew how to get us through all the crowds faster and also all the good places to take pictures. We had an amazing day and Mr. Ken and we highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Manhal, Thanks for five stars. Hope you will bring great memories back home. -- Ken S.
Amanda FrenchUnited States
Ken arranged for a private taxi for our day. It was worth the extra money as we saw so much of Kyoto in one day. The sites still require a great deal of walking, which was fine for most of our group. But when possible, the taxi even drove our handicapped group member very close to entrances. This made his viewing of several sites possible. We appreciated this very much.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Amanda, Thanks for your five stars. I also appreciated your cooperation during the tour. Hope you have a great memories back home. -Ken S.
Ken was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable with a sense of humour and a professional approach to his work. It was an enjoyable day and we learned a lot about cultural Kyoto.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sandra, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memories back home. -Ken S.
Susan RideoutUnited States
Ken was great! He accommodated many last minute requests and really helped us traveling with elderly parent. Was able to get excellent driver and van for our group. Very informative about city history. Great day in Kyoto!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Susan, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought great memories back home. -- Ken S.
Susan L.Hong Kong
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Susan, Thanks for five stars. -- Ken S.
Robert K StuartUnited States
Ken was knowledgeable, interesting, personable, and extremely forthcoming in answering questions about the city and its culture. We enjoyed his choice of a local cafe for lunch with delicious local selections and a friendly, welcoming waitstaff and local customers. Our driver and car were outstanding-courteous and very comfortable as well as an excellent driver who knew the best routes locally to avoid traffic. Our day with Ken was one of the highlights of our trip to Kyoto and would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Rob for five stars. Hope you will bring great memory back home. .--Ken S..
Ken was great! We had four days with him, basically taking his eastern Kyoto/western Kyoto/Nara/Arashiyama-Sagano tours from our hotel adjacent to Kyoto Stn. He is very organized and kind. He obliged all our requests, for example finding us western lunch spots, clean western washrooms, and elevators when we were having trouble with stairs late in the day. A very educated gentleman with knowledge on any question you might ask----and he always pauses to think before giving you an answer. He's your man!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your five stars. I hope you have brought great memory back home. --Ken S.
John RehlUnited States
Ken was prompt in meeting us at our hotel. He was extremely knowledgeable about history and sights we saw in Kyoto. Deep facts were proactively provided in an easily comprehensible fashion. Having spent time working in the US, he also had a context for our perspective. Due to time constraints, we didn't have time to stop into a coffee shop for a jolt of caffeine. Standing between my wife and her coffee, and still getting 5 stars says a lot about the quality of the tour! :-)
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi John and Lesia, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have brought great memories back home. -- Ken S.
Eileen BoyerUnited States
This was one of the best tours of a place that I have ever had!! Ken was extremely knowledgeable about the area and planned a wonderful day for me and my 2 visiting relatives!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for five stars, Eileen. Hope you have brought great memories back home. -- Ken S.
What a wonderful and varied day we had with Ken earlier this week. Our group of seven, ranging in age from 12 to adult were kept interested all day by Ken's local and historical knowledge and his choice of landmark to explore. We saw a mixture of shrines, temples, castles and amazing gardens, all at a great pace with Ken's wonderful commentary and easy going nature. Thank you Ken for such a memorable day in Kyoto - we would recommend you to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Liza, Thanks for five stars. Hope you have brought great memory on Japan back home. Ken S.
Ken-san is very nice, patient and helpful with our family of 6. He even came to osaka to pick us up at our hotel. After the tour he was suppose to leave us at the Samurai Kembu show at 5pm but instead he waited for us to accompany us to the Ninja show at 7pm. He also prepared pictures and timeline of Japan's history of Shoguns for us to appreciate the castles and shrines. He is a very good story teller which makes us appreciate Japanese history even more.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Gwendolyn, Thanks for your five stars evaluation. Hope you will bring good memory on Japan back home. Ken S.
As our guide for the day, Ken was very informative an entertaining throughout the tour. He was incredibly flexible with the schedule and being a local to Kyoto he knew the best places to go and more importantly the places not worth visiting due to various circumstances, temples under renovation etc... Ken had a very caring and honest manner also, providing us with many insights into the various aspects of Kyoto life and also his childhood growing up in Kyoto. I highly recommend him to everyone!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Troy, Thanks for five stars. Hope you will bring great memory on Kyoto back home. --Ken S.
Arigato Ken! For ypur great services during one day trip to your beautiful city. Great lunch too
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Henoch, Thanks for your five stars evaluation. Have a happy life with your family ! Sincerely, Ken S.
Christine BergUnited States
Ken was an outstanding guide, making Japan's history come alive, giving us context to all that we saw, finding unique and varied experiences for us on the day of the tour, choosing an excellent place to lunch, answering all of our questions, suggesting other sites for us to visit for the rest of our Kyoto stay. The 4 of us on this tour agreed he is the best guide we have had in all of our travels. He chose a great driver to chauffeur us around. We highly recommend Ken to all who travel to Kyoto. Arigato.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Christine, Thanks for your five star evaluation and thanks for your comment. Despite the tour in the middle of the rainy season, we could thoroughly visit five UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites, plus Thousands of Torii gates and could enjoy Maiko dance. That was because of your great cooperation. Thank you again and look forward to meeting you with your friends again. Sincerely, Ken S.
Scott R.United States
Our family (including 3 boys ages 10, 12, and 15) had a wonderful day exploring Kyoto with Ken. He impressed us with his wealth of knowledge in regards to Kyoto and did an excellent job tying the history of the various sites we saw with the overall history of Japan. Our boys in particular were excited by his depth of knowledge on ninjas! Definitely worth the expense.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Scott, Thank you for your five star evaluation. Looking forward to meeting you again. Sincerely, Ken S.
Batul MumanUnited States
5 out of 5 for Ken. Excellent guide and tailored the tour to our needs. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Batul, Have a nice trip ! Ken S.
Steven CookAtlanta, GA, United States
Our family could not have had a more interesting and better guide than Ken for our full day tour of Kyoto. Ken provided us with a great overview of the major sights and he educated us on the history and culture of ancient and modern Japan. Ken arranged a driver and also took us to eat lunch at a wonderful restaurant. You have our five star endorsement of Ken.
Ken was great! He was on time in the morning, and worked with us to customize our tour. we had some older companions and we were able to accommodate them and make adjustments and recommendations that we all enjoyed. and he brought us wonderful weather! :) I would definitely have a tour with him again. he is very knowledgeable about kyoto and Japan and all the places we went. Thanks Ken!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thaks Brian. Looking forward to meeting you again. Ken S.
We were a family of 7 adults and travelled 24 hours straight to Kyoto. Ken was an outstanding guide and a true gentleman. His knowledge of Kyoto and "all things Japanese" was an awesome "kick-start" to our vacation. Our trip was mid-August so it was hot with high humidity...having the air conditioned Jumbo Taxi in these conditions was a special treat. We saw the major sights on Day 1 allowing us to have a slower "rough guide" pace the following days. Ken was a great Guide and Kyoto a true adventure.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Charles, Thanks for your five stars evaluation. I am glad you enjoyed the accommodation of the jumbo taxi during our tour. Looking forward to meeting you again. Ken S.
great guide, very knowledgeable, nice. I would really recommend him for sure.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Edoardo and Marta, Thanks for five stars evaluation. I hope you have great days in Japan. Looking forward to meeting you again. Ken S.