Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Kyoto-Japan by Tour Guide Masaki H. (Guide #25080)


Chadd Bylsma

United States
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Tour: #723300, Kyoto, Nara Shore Excursion from Osaka (Kobe) Port, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 18/20

My family has been on many different tours all over the world but our tour with Masaki is at the top of opur favorites list. our teenage children attend online school so we are able to travel with them to experience different cultures and Masaki was the perfect teacher and guide. He adjusted to schedule for our desires to see certain sites and helped us schedule our ride on the Shinkansen (bullet train) from Osaka to Kyoto and back. Taking the tour with Masaki was like traveling with an old friend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Chadd, Yes, it was a wonderful tour, indeed. I enjoyed myself together with all of you. I think my job is to give happiness to my clients. I'm so happy to help you. Last night I linked all my photos to your email. Did you get them? If not, let me know at once. Please come back. Next time don't you go to other areas? Japan is long from north to south. Full of surprise and wonder. Hope to see you again.

Terence Ma

United States
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Tour: #426870, The Highlights of Kyoto & Osaka; Full-Day Tour, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 10/20

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Terence, Thank you for a good review. Hope you will have wonderful days with your families in Hong Kong. Please take care until you come back to US.

Terence Ma

United States
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Tour: #426870, The Highlights of Kyoto & Osaka; Full-Day Tour, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 9/20

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Terence, Thank you for a good review. Hope you will have wonderful days with your families in Hong Kong. Please take care until you come back to US.

Sheena Jones

Australia
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Tour: #424682, Walk around Highlights of Nara & Osaka; Full Day Tour, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 3/20

We had a terrific day with Masaki. He shared historical information and stories about ruling classes from times of yore, cultural beliefs and how these are expressed, fun facts about living in Japanese modern times...and more! Masaki also helped us find our way home easily at the end of the tour, in addition to quickly getting us to where we needed to go using public transport during the tour. Very important when time is at a premium.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sheena, Thank you for a warm message. Please enjoy beautiful scenery of Japan until the last day. Masaki

Adrian Lee

Australia
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Tour: #423985, Walk Around Samurai's Kyoto with Your Private Guide, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 2/20

Our guide Masaki-San was not only well informed and well prepared on the topics he showed us; he made it interesting to all the different ages in my family. With New year holidays, many places were shut and Masaki had to think on his feet and adapted quickly to the situation and at the end of the tour, we all felt much better informed about Kyoto and it's rich history. Take this tour without hesitation.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Adrian, Thank you for a warm message. We have three-day national holidays on New Year. Sorry not to have taken you to good restaurants. Traveling with your family was a great fun. Young boys and girls gave me a lot of energy. Seeing them listening to me earnestly reminded me of my teacher's days. They are very good students indeed. Hope everybody will do well and come back to Japan. Please take care!!!

Liza M.

United States
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Tour: #422719, Walk Along History Paths In Kyoto & Nara, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 31/19

Chose the perfect guide for this tour! Mike is a retired History teacher and gave us a good background of the temples and shrines we went to in Nara and Kyoto. He came with prepared illustrations, handouts and a booklet he wrote himself, to better understand Japanese history as we walked the streets of Nara and Kyoto. To top it all, he offered to take pictures of our family at the sights we visited and he did take pretty good shots! Thanks Mike for a great day, though rainy and cold. You made our day!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Lisa, Thank you for the warm, heartfelt review. This was the last tour of my 160 tours in 2019. Very happy to share precious time with you on New Year's Eve. It seems to be an unforgettable tour for me. You come from Texas. Afraid that you are not accustomed to the coldness of Japan's winter. Please take care of yourself until the last day here in Japan. Please say hello to all your families.

Mark Levine

United States
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Tour: #422082, Walk along the Emperor's Path in Nara with your Private Guide, Nara, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 29/19

Excellent guide. Highly recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for a good review. Please take care and say hello to everybody.

Catherine Bridges

United Kingdom
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Tour: Catherine's Himeji - Osaka Tour, Kobe, Japan
Date: Nov 26/19

We had an AMAZING day with Masaki at Himeji and Osaka castles. He created the tour for us and it was fabulous. Masaki had lots of information for us to read about the history and had created some great photographic historical background. I would definitely 100% recommend Masaki and his Himeji and Osaka castle tour. He doesn't rush you, will go at your pace and is VERY knowledgeable. Great day, thank you Masaki. I meant to give home 5 stars but accidentally pressed 4. 5* tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Catherine, Thank you for a great review. Neither hot nor cold, it was an ideal day for sightseeing. This Himeji - Osaka castle tour course was my first experience. I worried a little bit. But thanks to your cooperation, the tour was made smoothly. Going around castles is one of my favorites as a history & culture lover. So It was an amazing experience. Thank you again for giving me a chance to go around with all of you. Please take good care of yourself.

Ella Stephenson

United Kingdom
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Tour: Discover Osaka -1-Day Private Tour, Osaka, Japan
Date: Nov 14/19

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ella, How are you doing? Thank you for the message. It was a wonderful experience to spend a full day with you. Blowfish in Kuromon market was really good. Please come back to Japan, next time Deer Park with your father. Thank you again for a good day. Masaki

Joe R.

United States
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Tour: #424682, Travel Back to Nara's Royal Road from Modern Osaka with a Private Guide, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 11/19

Masaki "Mike" was very personable and we used him for a tour in Osaka as well as Kyoto. He was very informative and we felt he was looking out for us the entire time. We had a special request and Mike went above and beyond expectations helping us. We would absolutely hire him again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Joe, Thank you for a good review. Two weeks have passed since you left Japan. I think you will return to normal life, surrounded by beautiful scenery in Seattle. Your talked about the climate and landscape of your place. It reminds me of the scenery in late autumn in Kyoto. Thank you for a wonderful encounter. Hope to see you again. Good luck Say hello to your family.

Joe R.

United States
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Tour: #423985, Kyoto West Side Story : Walk Samurai Roads with a Private History Guide, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 6/19

Masaki "Mike" was very personable and we used him for a tour in Kyoto as well as Osaka. He was very informative and we felt he was looking out for us the entire time.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Joe, Thank you for a good review. Two weeks have passed since you left Japan. I think you will return to normal life, surrounded by beautiful scenery in Seattle. Your talked about the climate and landscape of your place. It reminds me of the scenery in late autumn in Kyoto. Thank you for a wonderful encounter. Hope to see you again. Good luck Say hello to your family.

Kathy Lehockey

Canada
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Tour: Kathy's Customized Sakai-Osaka Tour on Oct.3, Osaka, Japan
Date: Nov 3/19

5 Stars. We were fortunate to have a teacher of history guide us around Osaka for the day. He provided a wonderful perspective on the sights we saw and their place in history. He was very diligent and thorough in selecting the sites. He customized our tour to include several sword exhibitions according to our interests. He gave us a day we will not soon forget; including an exhibition that is rarely given, but coincided with our trip. It was more of an adventure than just a tour. Highly recommend!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kathy, How are you doing? Think you are doing well. Thank you for rating my tour high. Thank you for a wonderful review. I could have various new experiences in this tour. This time, the theme of your tour was Japanese sword. A rare chance to experience this kind of thing. The sword making demonstration at the swordsmith was really fantastic. Never forget this tour.

Kathy Lehockey

Canada
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Tour: Nov. 1 Kyoto Sword Adventure for Kathy, Kyoto, Japan
Date: Nov 1/19

5 Stars. Misaki was wonderful in designing the tour to meet our interests in Japanese swords. He found many sword shops were they are sold, manufactured, and collected. His historical insights on the Japanese culture and customs were phenomenal. He made it easy to converse with the local dealers and collectors so language was never a problem. He took care of everything from finding the shops, bargining with the dealers and conveying information. He is diligent and hard working. We would give 10 stars!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Kathy, How are you doing? Think you are doing well. Thank you for rating my tour high. Thank you for a wonderful review. I could have various new experiences in this tour. This time, the theme of your tour was Japanese sword. A rare chance to experience this kind of thing. The sword making demonstration at the swordsmith was really fantastic. Never forget this tour.

Ed Jurus

Canada
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Tour: #723300, Oct.30th Osaka Excursions & Tours from Osaka Port, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 30/19

Wanted to press 5. Mike did a fantastic job! His knowledge of history was great. He must of been a fantastic teacher. Great tour guide to be with. Good luck in the future.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ed, Thank you for a good review. Hope you had wonderful memories in Japan. Say hello to everybody. Thank you again.

Michael Mulbarger

Thousand Oaks, CALIFORNIA, United States
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Tour: Nara Customized Tour for Michael, Kyoto, Japan
Date: Sep 17/19

I recently completed three days (17-20 Sept) of customized tours to Nara and Kyoto with Masaki. I have been in contact with him since early June. He graciously provided valued counsel as to where to stay and visit, unexpectedly guided me how to proceed from the airport to my hotel, and endeavored to respond to all of my wishes. I highly recommend him as an experienced guide, wise in the history, religion, and arts of Japan, and the area's popular and little known peaceful gardens and cultural sites.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Michael, Thank you for a good message. I also had a wonderful experience this time. Your curiosity about Japanese gardens and my flexibility seemed to match. Tofukuji, Jitsusoin, and Syodenji were nice and exciting. Thank you again. Please come again with your partner next time. Masaki

Heidi Borca

United States
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Tour: #596120, Exploring Kyoto's Culture, Art, History, and Scenic Beauties with a History Guide, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 7/19

We had a great day with Masaki. His informative books on various aspects of Kyoto were very helpful. Additionally he was very flexible and accommodating. We appreciated his eagerness to make suggestions to maximize our time in Japan.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for a wonderful review. Hope you have good memories in Japan, Still hot in Japan. Please take care. Never forget to drink water. Good luck!

Fiona O'Dea

Australia
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Tour: The Journey of Heart in Kyoto with a Private Guide, Kyoto, Japan
Date: Jul 1/19

Masaki being a retired history teacher was a wonderful choice of a guide for our family of two adults and two teenagers. His knowledge of the Samurai culture was outstanding and he was so interesting in how he told the stories. Masaki was also very accommodating in that we made a change to what we wanted to see on the day. He was more that happy to work around what we wanted. He took us to the most wonderful place for lunch where we had our best meal in all of Japan.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Fiona, Thank you for a nice message. Japan is now turning reddish with the approach of earlier autumn. This year autumn seems to come earlier than usual. Kyoto, decorated with red, yellow, brown autumnal leaves, is also spectacular indeed. Hope to see all your family again in a different season. Northern Kyoto invites you.

Corrie K.

United States
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Tour: #426870, The Highlights of Kyoto & Osaka; Full-Day Tour, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 11/19

Masaki is a wonderful guide, very flexible. He has extensive knowledge of culture, history, gardens, etc. he graciously took photos with our camera as well as his own and emailed them to us after the tour. He even had reading for us on the trains so we had context to what we were going to see.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Corrie, Mimurotoji Temple was not included in our visiting lists. Thank you for accepting the changing of the plan. Climate changes from year to year. Around the same time last year, the hydrangea there wasn't in full bloom. This year, the God of Weather seemed to smile for us. You love flowers very much. Next time you come to Kyoto, I'll take you to another flower world, Garden Museum in Hiei. Good luck!!!

Robert Miller

United States
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Tour: Southern Kyoto Sightseeing and Japanese Drink Tasting Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan
Date: May 25/19

Masaki is professional, knowledgeable and flexible which makes for a great tour

Robert Miller

United States
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Tour: Highlights of Nara in one day, Nara, Japan
Date: May 24/19

Masaki is professional, knowledgeable and flexible which makes for a great tour.

Robert Miller

United States
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Tour: #423985, Kyoto West Side Story : Walk Samurai Roads with a Private History Guide, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 23/19

Masaki was professional,knowledgeable, and flexible which makes for a great tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Robert, Thank you for a message. I'm very happy that you enjoyed Kyoto. You give me stimulation and encouragement. Thank you again.

Larry Busboom

United States
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Tour: May 12 Kyoto Tour, Kyoto, Japan
Date: May 12/19

If you want an outstanding guide who will provide you with many memorable experiences, we suggest that you hire Masaki. My wife and I had the good fortune to have him as our guide for five days. He was very kind and considerate in every way who made our time in Kyoto very pleasurable and pleasant. Masaki is a retired history teacher who is an expert in Japanese history, religion, architecture, its traditions and culture. He is fluent in English and communicated in a very clear and effective manner.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Larry, How are you? How have you been? I think Sandra and you are doing well. In the middle of September, Autumn is now approaching here in Kyoto. Last week it was still hot, reminding us of crazy heat in August. This week suddenly temperature dropped. Walking around Kyoto, leaves are turning red. Towards the end of November, this place will become a fairy land. Larry, hope both of you are doing well all the time from now on.

Betty Bildner

United States
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Tour: #422082, Walk along the Nara Emperor's Path with a History Guide, Nara, Japan    view tour
Date: May 1/19

We loved spending our day with Masaki. We would give him a 10 star rating if we could. He was knowledgeable, delightful and engaging. We learned so much about the history and culture of Japan, that we were able to appreciate the temples and shrines in other parts of the country so much more. Truly and amazing day. Thank you.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Betty, Thank you for sending me a wonderful review. The best praising words, indeed. Say hello everybody.

Wayne Boyd

United States
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Tour: Kyoto Half Day Tour For Wayne, Kyoto, Japan
Date: Apr 20/19

Outstanding tour guide. We would strongly recommend him to anyone who needs a Kyoto tour guide. His knowledge of Japanese history and culture is exceptional:). His gives a very personal touch to his clients interests. We would give him 10 stars if the ratings went that high!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Wayne, Thank you for sending a warm review for me. Probably I told you the same thing, but let me repeat once again. I taught for 30 years at class. Teaching was really interesting. But guiding is much more than that. My new old students live a longer life and have much more experiences in life. It is great fun to talk over life with each other. Your tour reminds me of good old days. By the way, how is your wife? Sorry I forgot her name, but please say hello to her.

Gleb Slobodin

Israel
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Tour: Kyoto Highlights, Kyoto, Japan
Date: Apr 5/19

We had a fascinating, wonderful day in Kyoto with Masaki. Our guide was above all expectations! With amazing kindness and desire to share and to explain with no time limits (the tour lasted almost 11 hours!!!), Masaki gave us well organised, very didactic introduction to Japanese culture, thinking, history, art, architecture and more. We visited amazing, beautiful sites. During the tour, Masaki made and e-mailed the same day more than 180 photos of ours! Unforgettable experience! Thank you, Masaki!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Gleb, Probably April 5 was the best day for enjoying cherry blossom viewing this year. Really think you were lucky. Nanzenji Cherry Slope was above all spectacular. Japanese enjoy cherry trees in April but in November this tree let us enjoy again by turning its color. If you have a chance to come to Kyoto again, please contact me again in November. See you someday!!!

Hans Schrader

HONG KONG, HI, Hong Kong
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Tour: The Customized Nara Tour For Hans, Kyoto, Japan
Date: Mar 30/19

A journey with this history professor starting in the 6th century capital of Japan, Nara, is the most interesting and rewarding part of a three day journey through Japanese culture and history ending in Kyoto. Sharing his wealth of knowledge and creating a structure in the journey has been well beyond our expectations. His patience and skill to teach has left a lasting impression.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Hans, Thank you for a nice review. Nara and Kyoto were colder this year. Sorry for not having you see the best cherry blossoms this time. However, in spite of that, this tour was really wonderful. Three days passed like an arrow flying. One of the impressive tours indeed. Thank you for a wonderful encounter. Masaki

Hans Schrader

HONG KONG, HI, Hong Kong
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Tour: Kyoto Full Day Highlights for Hans on Mar. 29, Nara, Japan
Date: Mar 29/19

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Hans. See you some day. Next time let's enjoy sake!!!!

Hans Schrader

HONG KONG, HI, Hong Kong
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Tour: Kyoto Full Day Highlights for Hans, Kyoto, Japan
Date: Mar 28/19

Kyoto, rich in history, culture, architecture and nature came to life by the narration and knowledge of Masaki San. Thoroughly enjoyed the guided tour. Easy going, and very informative.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Hans, I'm sure you will be a good guide when you come back to Japan with your children. You've already had a lot of knowledge about Japanese history, art, architecture, gardens, etc. Please say hello to your lovely wife. Masaki

David C.

United States
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Tour: #426870, Walk Around Osaka & Kyoto with a Private History Guide, Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 24/19

We had a terrific tour in Kyoto with Masaki. He is animated, knowledgeable and very pleasant to spend time with. As a former history teacher, he gave us a wealth of information about what we were actually looking at and it's proper place in Japanese culture, religion and history. He was 10X better than the guides on our cruise ship shore excursions. He also took photos of our group and passed them to us. We cpvered way more ground than the cruise tours. Using public transport was easy. Use him!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear David, Thank you for a nice message. As you said, this tour was a really wonderful tour. I'm sure vibrational waves between your group and me might be synchronized. Your happy face at the end of the tour is the best gift for me. You game me encouragement and energy for the future. Thank you again. Mike

Lori M.

United States
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Tour: #423985, Kyoto West Side Story : Walk Samurai Roads with a Private History Guide, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 19/19

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Lori, Thank you for a nice review. Good luck. See you again.


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