Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Kyoto-Japan by Tour Guide Tomoko Y. (Guide #22225)


Ronald Mark Lleno

Philippines
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Tour: #365838, Kyoto Halfday Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 15/18

Ronald Mark Lleno

Philippines
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Tour: #365838, Kyoto Halfday Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 14/18

George Shlahtych

Australia
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Tour: #365838, Kyoto Halfday Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 1/18

Tomoko (Tomo) a little pocket dynamo took us to the beautiful temples and gardens concentrating (our request) on the eastern side of Kyoto. We got around very efficiently with the metro/subway (only way to travel and very cost effective) ending up in Gion, a must to see old suburban architecture and Geisha life. En route we went through the typical old Kyoto suburbs, with quaint houses, beautiful sculptured little gardens - meticulously clean. Recommend Tomo's services as a knowledgeable pleasant guide.

Brian Kelley

United States
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Tour: #311710, Kyoto Full Day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 31/18

GREAT day with Tomoko! She was the perfect guide: knowledgeable, interesting and thoughtful. We moved around the city efficiently and had an interesting day learning about Kyoto, Japanese history & culture. Having a guide made seeing Kyoto easy and fun. Having TOMOKO as our guide made the day GREAT!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Brian! It was nice weather and we had the GREAT day in Kyoto !!

Stephen Allen

United States
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Tour: #365838, Kyoto Halfday Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 18/18

Tomoko went above and beyond for us on our tour. We ended up getting there late but Tomoko waited for us and gave us a full tour. We definitely got our money's worth. She took us to some of the big, well-known sites but also let us in on some local secrets of Kyoto. Our half day tour was really a once in a lifetime experience and you can really tell that Tomoko loves sharing her city with visitors. Her English was great and we have already have recommended her to a friend who lives in Yokohama. 6 stars!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi. Stephen! Thank you so much for your feedback. I enjoyed a nice day with you. And also we got a luck to see both Maiko and Geiko !! I'm happy that we share the time with you. Thanks again !

Nicole Stamatopoulos

Australia
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Tour: Personalized Private 4-hour Kyoto Tour, Kyoto, Japan
Date: Oct 16/18

Tomo was great navigating the city! We could not have done it without her. The knowledge she had about the sites was excellent.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Nicole, Thank you for your feedback. I enjoyed the tour with you! Hope you will come back to Japan with your lucky charm.

Anand Sundaraj

Australia
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Tour: #311710, Kyoto Full Day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 7/18

Felix Hesse

Germany
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Tour: #311710, Kyoto Full Day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 5/18

Kenneth Kinzler

United States
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Tour: Kyoto Highlights Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan
Date: Oct 4/18

Our tour of Kyoto with Tomoko was the highlight of our Japan trip. There were four in our group including my wife, our 6 year old daughter and my mother-in-law. Tomoko did a great job of entertaining every one in our group. Her English was excellent and knowledge of Kyoto exceptional. We took the Nozomi from Tokyo and Tomoko meant us at the gate at Kyoto station and escorted us back at the end of the day. Definitely would recommend Tomoko highly and will use ToursByLocals again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for great feedback. It's was great day to enjoy the tour with your family. Safe trip to Tokyo!

Adel Ahmed

United States
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Tour: #311710, Kyoto Full Day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 3/18

Tomoko was a great guide, very kind and gave us a beautiful tour of Kyoto. Thank you Tomoko for a beautiful day!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Adel. I enjoyed the tour with you. It was nice and sunny day after typhoon !

Leslie Styles

Canada
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Tour: #311710, Kyoto Full Day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 11/18

Enjoyed a fabulous full day tour of Kyoto with Tomoko, who guided us through the archiectural and garden highlights of this beatiful city, from the Fushimi Inari Shrine to the Gold and Silver Temples, Ryoanji-Ji Zen Garden and Bamboo Forest with lots of interesting stops in between.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi. Leslie, Thank you for comment!! I enjoyed the tour with you too! Enjoy the rest of time in Japan!! Tomoko

Deb Cameron

Australia
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Tour: #365838, Kyoto Halfday Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 11/18

This was a wonderful way to learn more about Kyoto. I particularly appreciated the flexibility of the itinerary, our guide Tomoko listened to our requests and then developed the itinerary.

Matti Weinberg

Switzerland
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Tour: Highlights of Kyoto Including Kyoto's Food Culture Private Tour., Kyoto, Japan
Date: May 10/18

Very knowledgeable and motivated guide, the day flew by in just no time, tks so much for this excellent experience

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi. Matti, Thank you for yesterday. It was nice day and It's fun to exchange and compare the differences of our culture. I hope see you again in Switzerland :)

Alice Welsh

United States
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Tour: #365838, Kyoto Halfday Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 3/18

Our group of 8 travelers had specific places they wanted to see in Kyoto. Tomoko was very accommodating, both with the places we requested as well as the timing and meal plans. She helped arrange for luggage storage and shopping requests. She was extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and very pleasant always being professional. We very much enjoyed the tour and time with Tomoko.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi. Alice, Thank you for your great review. I enjoyed the tour with your family too ! I'm so happy you enjoyed your stay in Kyoto.

Alice Welsh

United States
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Tour: Kyoto night Walking Tour, Kyoto, Japan
Date: May 2/18

Tomoko set up a night walking tour for us when I couldn't find an established tour that would accommodate our arrival time. She met us at our hotel at a time that worked for us and due to rainy weather that didn't allow for the originally planned walking tour, she had an optional tour that worked much better with the weather. We found her very easy to work with, extremely knowledgeable and helpful with a number of questions that didn't always relate to the tour subject matter. We highly recommend her!

Markus B.

Japan
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Tour: #311710, Kyoto Full Day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 20/18

Tomoko did a fabulous job in guiding a guest of mine for one whole day, even outside of Kyoto. Preparation and alignment prior to the tour was pleasant and uncomplicated, and the tour went smoothly, with Tomoko adjusting sightseeing locations on the fly based on the guest's requests. Definitely can recommend Tomoko to anybody!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi. Mr.Baron, Thank you for your review. Your arrangement of tour is also helped a lot for your clients. It was great that we worked together. Thank you again.

Michelle Montgomery

Australia
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Tour: #365838, Kyoto Halfday Private Tour with expense, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 18/18

Tomoko was very helpful and responsive prior to the actual your; and then arrange a customised tour of everything we wanted to see and more in Kyoto. She had some great ideas and was able to use the best transport to get us around everything and a few surprises. Would highly recommend.

Sherry Hemingway

United States
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Tour: #365838, Kyoto Halfday Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 17/18

Paul Duffy

Australia
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Tour: #365838, Kyoto Halfday Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 17/18

Very informative tour of Kyoto including the Gion District, Pontoncho Alley (food & bar district) and other important tourist and non touristy spots in Kyoto. Excellent English, answers all questions competently, shows lots of places to go back to after the tour. Explains anything you would like to know about Japan, Japanese culture and history. Very knowledgeable, punctual, professional and pleasure to deal with.

Vera M.

United Kingdom
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Tour: #311710, Kyoto Full Day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 13/18

Tomoko is a very friendly and knowlegeable guide and what we like about her especially is that, if she doesn't have an answer to your question, she immediately goes on-line to find you an answer or a translation. She's also flexible and fitted in with what we wanted to do and gave us ideas on interesting alternatives within a given timeframe. Very self-motivated and a good sense of humour too which are both welcomed in somebody with whom you're going to spend a day. We had fun! Thank you Tomoko.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi. Vera, Thank you for your review. I'm happy to hear you spent a great time in Kyoto. Take care and thank you again !

Judy Lo

Irvine, CALIFORNIA, United States
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Tour: Kyoto 7 hours private tour, Kyoto, Japan
Date: Apr 10/18

Tomoko was an excellent guide. She took our group of 9 people for a 7 hour tour. She allowed us to customize the tour, and when we said we were interested in learning about Yuzen dyeing, she arranged for a workshop with an artisan. It was a super fun day. She took great pictures and sent us a link to the pictures at the end of the day. Our whole group was really pleased with our tour and Tomoko as our guide. Highly recommend her as a guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi. Judy, Thank you very much your review. It was great opportunity to introduce Kyoto traditional crafts by Yuzen dyeing artisan. I enjoyed the tour with all of you.

Marilyn Weill Rau

United States
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Tour: #376200, Kyoto 6 hours private tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 26/18

Informative and precise before tour and warm friendly and knowledgeable throughout the tour

Charles Hilliard

United States
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Tour: Kyoto 7 hours private tour, Kyoto, Japan
Date: Mar 15/18

Tomo is knowledgeable, flexible, friendly and attentive. We had a day in Kyoto which we will never forget thanks to Tomo.

Stine Ferstad

Norway
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Tour: #365838, Kyoto Halfday Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 14/18

Very kind and helpful, she told us much about history and culture of Japan. It was an interesting tour in Kyoto. Recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It's was great you enjoyed the tour yesterday. Thank you for showing me about beautiful picture of your country. It as great meeting you all.

Mark Hurter

Switzerland
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Tour: Kyoto City & Culture Half day Walking Tour, Kyoto, Japan
Date: Feb 15/18

She has a very pleasant personality and one notices immediatelly that she is experienced in tour guiding. She has been as well to many places and is able to adapt your schedule on the day and happy to do so. E.g. I was feeling unwell through a cold,so we adopted pace. We can only recommend here as she is very knowledgeable.Big thumbs up. Thank you so much.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi. Mark, Thank you for your review ! I hope you will better now. I enjoyed a lot with you and your family. Thank you so much !!

Patricia Montgomery

United States
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Tour: #365838, Kyoto Halfday Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 26/17

Tomoko was fabulous. We suggest this tour to others. She was knowledgeable, flexible and fun.

Christophe Maestracci

Thailand
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Tour: #365838, Kyoto Halfday Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 21/17

Kumiko was a great guide and arrange our day very nicely.

Michael Hanasab

United States
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Tour: #311710, Kyoto Full Day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 20/17

Sally Maclean

New Zealand
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Tour: #311710, Kyoto Full Day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 17/17

Tomoko is a knowledgable, helpful, friendly guide. She was flexible and able to change our itinerary during the day, as we found we spent longer in some places than we had expected. Tomoko's local knowledge meant that she took us to the tourist sites and to a wonderful lacquer workshop where we lacquered cups and trays to take home, local shops for old kimono, knives, and clothing, and a delicious lunch at a noodle house. I recommend Tomoko to other English-speaking travellers.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi. Sally, I am grad you enjoy the day in Kyoto. I enjoyed a lot with you and with your family. You will remember about Kyoto when you use your workshop arts. Enjoy rest of days in Japan. Tomoko

Clifford Sethness

United States
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Tour: Nara and Kyoto in one day, Kyoto, Japan
Date: Nov 22/17

Sorry, but Tomoko was just not a very good guide, at least for us. We did get to Nara, but she knew (or at lest explained) very little about the history, the significance, the importance, and the grandeur of Nara. She was more like someone who told you which train to get on, and shown to get off, and that was about it. Perhaps she just had a bad day, but it was really not a good experience. she was dramatically not as good as the other 4 Tours by Locals people we worked with on our trip.

Kiyohiro Oshita

United States
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Tour: #311710, Kyoto Full Day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 17/17

Anthony Brade

Canada
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Tour: #311710, Kyoto Full Day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 18/17

What a wonderful experience. Tomo was a fantastic host. We saw so much more of Kyoto than we would have otherwise if we had been fending for ourselves. Highly recommended!

Tony Moore

United Kingdom
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Tour: #311710, Kyoto Full Day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 12/17

A great day and an excellent tour. We decided to go with Tomo's proposed Itinerary and It proved to be perfect for us. She was very flexible and willing to adjust any part of the itinerary to meet Our needs. She speaks excellent English and is a very personable individual. We have learnt so much about the sights we visited; the Japenese culture and Japenese culinary delights. We would have no hesitation in recommending Tomo to our friends and family should they visit.

Aaron Ubina

United States
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Tour: #311710, Kyoto Full Day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 11/17

Tomoko was great! She was very informative and helpful, truly learned a lot from her. The places we ventured in were breathtaking. Our day with her was well spent, never having a dull moment. Hoping we could book more tours with her in the future!

Eleanor Cohen

United States
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Tour: #365838, Kyoto Halfday Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 4/17

Richard Pimentel

United States
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Tour: #311710, Kyoto Full Day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 23/17

Tomo did an excellent job. She has good knowledge and was very flexible, considerate, friendly.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Richard !! It was great day to hike up Mt. Inari at Fushimi Inari shrine. I enjoyed the the time with you.

Thomas Krebs

Germany
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Tour: Kyoto City & Culture Half day Walking Tour, Kyoto, Japan
Date: Sep 19/17

We had booked two tours with Tomoko (1 and 1/2 day). They were very interesting and informative. Tomo is a good guide, very friendly, dedicated and gave us a lot of information about all visited sightseeing places and the history of Kyoto. She's really care about our wishes and has designed the tour accordingly - we had an extensive mail traffic bevor our journey :) Besides English, she also speaks a comprehensible German. We have enjoyed the tour and had many fun with Tomo. We recommend she in any case.

Thomas Krebs

Germany
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Tour: #311710, Kyoto Full Day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 18/17

We had booked two tours with Tomoko (1 and 1/2 day). They were very interesting and informative. Tomo is a good guide, very friendly, dedicated and gave us a lot of information about all visited sightseeing places and the history of Kyoto. She's really care about our wishes and has designed the tour accordingly - we had an extensive mail traffic bevor our journey :) Besides English, she also speaks a comprehensible German. We have enjoyed the tour and had many fun with Tomo. We recommend she in any case.

John Weymouth

United States
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Tour: #311710, Kyoto Full Day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 19/17

Tomo was a very professional and knowledgeable guide of Kyoto who adjusted the tour schedule effectively to meet our needs. We covered a lot of ground...25,000 Fitbit steps in fact...in 8 hours that broadened our understanding of this amazing, well preserved city. John, Beth & Duncan

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for review!! I'm glad you enjoyed in Kyoto. It was hot day but we walked a lot including monkey mountain!! Thanks again, John, Beth & Duncan !! Tomoko

Lora W.

Plant City, FL, United States
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Tour: #311710, Kyoto Full Day Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 10/17

We had a short stop in Kyoto and it was made so much better by Tomo! Tomo's local knowledge of the area, especially the public transit system, was invaluable. In fact, we commented the next day that we wished we had booked her for the entire trip! Tomo shared information about the historic sites we visited as well as information about the plants, which was of great interest to us. And the restaurants Tomo picked were wonderful. I'm sure Kyoto will be a highlight of our trip thanks to Tomo.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi. Lora, Thanks for great comment! I'm also enjoy a lot with you :) Beautiful Bamboo forest and Nijo castle were beautiful. I'm happy you enjoyed Yakiniku dinner along Kano river. Thank you for inviting. Enjoy your rest of days in Japan!! Tomo

Sandra Odonnell

Australia
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Tour: Kyoto City & Culture Half day Walking Tour, Kyoto, Japan
Date: Mar 27/17

Tomoko was an excellent guide who had lots of knowledge of the local area and history. We really enjoyed our tiur and she helped us with information we needed for after the your. She will be highly recommended by us. Thank you

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi. Sandra, Thank you for your review. I enjoyed the tour with you. I'm glad you enjoyed it too. Thanks again !