Javier YanesUnited States
Masaki was a wonderful tour guide! He is very kind and knowledgeable. It's evident he is very passionate about his job. Always willing to take many pictures, showing us the many sights, and explaining everything with great detail. We enjoyed a full day of sightseeing in Kyoto. Masaki was also very flexible when we suggested to stop midday for a break and enjoy a typical luncheon at a local restaurant. We thank Masaki for an amazing tour day and memorable experience!
An excellent adjusted tour with a very warm and friendly gentleman. Strongly recommended for anyone who enjoys learning the historical perspective surrounding the beautiful places seen.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi great photographer Troy, Thank you for a good, friendly review. We walked and talked a lot, visiting historic sites. Sake party at the end of the tour was a highlight of the day. Two hours passed away like a moment. It was a really nice day indeed. Now I'm a follower of your photo. Hope you take wonderful photos for everybody. See you someday again!!
Irina KouzminaUnited States
Mr. Masaki is a great guide and outstanding person. We spent 2 days with him - one in Nara and another in Kyoto which was by far the best we have experienced during our 2 weeks in Japan. The most memorable was Mr. Masaki - you walk with him like with your old friend who is eager to make your day shine. His wonderful stories describe the history, purpose, and meaning of the places he suggested to go. Beautiful pictures he's made and never-ending positive energy - all add up to an unforgettable experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Irina, Thank you for a good review. I'm very glad to hear that your family enjoyed ancient cities. Spending two days in Kyoto and Nara was a wonderful time for me indeed. Say hello to your lovely families. Your comment is sure to encourage me to continue this work. Masaki
Masaki was an amazing, knowledgeable guide. He was able to answer all of our questions and offered interesting extras that added to the depth of our tour. He was very tuned in to our needs and energy level, providing pleasant short breaks with even more interesting tidbits. He was also very generous with his time and offered suggestions for how we might enjoy the rest of our stay in Nara. Thanks for all the photos you took of us! It was a pleasure touring with you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Linda, How are you? Is everybody OK? Thank you for a warm message. It will give me encouragement and motivation for this job. I'm so glad that you could enjoy Nara Tour with me. Half a day tour, but we could talk about various things. Hope to see you again. Say hello to other members.
James WilliamsUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you James
Mr Masaki was one of the warmest and friendliest tour guide we ever had. Very informative and knowledgeable about our tour and leveled up our tour experience to new heights. A very fine example of Japanese hospitality.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jeanne, Thank you for sending me a message. I appreciate it very much. I think it was a long tour for both of us. We walked a lot from morning till night in Kyoto and Osaka. Thanks to your cooperation, we successfully carried out our tour plan. In addition, you sent me nice photos. They reminds me of your happy faces. Hope you will come back and go around the other side of Kyoto. Say hello to your wonderful families.
Yuliya ShtalenkovaUnited States
It was our best experience in Japan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Yuliya, for sending a warm message. Hope you will have wonderful experiences during your stay in Japan. Good Luck!!
John MedinaUnited States
What a great experience! Masaki San was the perfect guide and helpful in every way from guiding me thru the tours with an abundance of historical knowledge on every topic along the way and taking the time to explain the historical significance at each site as well as it's importance in today's society. Not only was he extremely knowledgeable about each subject but he went out of his way to ensure that I would be able to find my way around Nara and Kyoto by providing all the train and bus info I required.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello John, Did you come back home safely. It was only one day encounter for us. But I think we had a good friendship, spending ancient time together in Nara. Remember you are not alone. You are related to each other in this world. Practice the breathing method and meditation if you have time. Hope to see you again.
Anton VisserUnited States
Absolutely loved our time with Masaki. He is the kindness, nicest person we have encountered on our trip to Japan. He made Kyoto come alive for us. Even more importantly our kids loved every minute we had with Masaki. He taught us so much not only about Kyoto but about life and about giving and caring. We can't wait to come back to Kyoto and visit with Masaki again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Anton, Thank you for sending a warm message. Yes, it was a great tour. One of the unforgettable tours. Every encounter has a special meaning. This tour reminds me of my own thought. I love your families. Hope for great success to everybody. Say hello to Annie, Neels and Olivia. Looking forward to seeing you.
de Andres Gayon JuanSpain
Masaki is an experienced guide with a deep cultura background, and the most kind and attentive person. He made our day in Nara highly memorable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Juan, Thank you for sending a warm message. Thanks to your cooperation, we could visit more destinations than we originally planed to do. In addition, we talked about a lot of things. Your talk about Spain was very interesting. Hope you could spend a wonderful vacation here in spring.
Valerie A.United States
I cannot say enough nice things about Masaki! My family and I booked him while our cruise ship was docked for the day. From the first email, he was great in helping us decide on the best things for us to do on our limited time in Kyoto. We spent a very fun day together learning so much about Japanese culture and the Kyoto area. We were lucky enough to be there during the beautiful cherry blossom season, and he knew the perfect spots to take us to enjoy them! I would highly recommend him to anyone!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you fro a warm message. Cherry blossoms came earlier than usual. You were very lucky to be surrounded by beautiful flowers. Arashiyama Tenryuji is very famous, the best season around this time of the year. This time we walk the westside of Kyoto. The eastern Kyoto miss you. Hope to see you again. Hope God blesses you.
Ahmed AlqaiziDUBAI, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates
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.
Carla Stroh-palalayUnited States
Masaki was awesome!! Super knowledgeable about the history of all places. He was a former teacher and he brings his significant teaching skills with him on the tour!! Not only were the places beautiful, but Masaki gave them all meaning. Even our teenager was most impressed! Masaki is super personable and very fun. We would definitely do another tour with Masaki and tours by locals!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Carla, Thank you for sending a warm, encouraging message. You are my first guests I guided after I registered myself here. I was very happy to have met a nice family from Hawai and Canada. I thank to God, you and TBL for giving me a wonderful unforgettable memories. In addition, we met again in Nara. This is a miraculous incident!!! Don't you think a miracle will come again? Good luck, everybody!