Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Kyoto-Japan by Tour Guide Takaaki Y. (Guide #25665)


Mike Robillard

United States
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Tour: #384612, Kyoto Afternoon Tour + Gion Evening Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 7/18

We saw so many things in one great afternoon. Very intuitive and flexible guy who knows lots of history. Amazing guy.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Mike! I’m always happy to make spontaneous changes to make the itinerary the best possible. Bamboo grove in a serene Zen Temple, Japanese craft beer, exquisite lacquer shop, not bad for an afternoon. Next time you come back, I’ll plan another amazing day!

Charo Garcia

Spain
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Tour: #384609, Your day in Kyoto 4-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 2/18

Jamie Birkett

United States
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Tour: #384845, 3.5-hour Gion Private Evening Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 30/18

Takaaki provided a lovely tour of the Gion district. We learned about the Geisha culture in Kyoto and saw three Geiko/Maiko walking to local tea houses. Takaaki has a lot of knowledge about their training and the local stores which sell the beautiful hair pieces and shoes. We moved on to visiting the Shinto shrines and once again learned about the specifics of each and what locals go to pray for--break-up shrine anyone? A trip through the lovely back streets and ramen for dinner at a local restaurant.

Cyndi J.

United States
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Tour: #384609, Your day in Kyoto 4-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 23/18

Takaaki was a great tour guide. He was knowledgeable and professional. He was an excellent communicator, both before and during the tour. He was flexible when we made a change to the proposed agenda. He also made great recommendations for restaurants for the duration of our trip.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Cyndi! I enjoyed the time with you two during the tour. It was your precious and limited time during your stay in kyoto , I was happy to make the changes to incorporate what you wanted to do. Next time I will guide you and your children around Kyoto !

Peter Libby

New Zealand
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Tour: #388214, Your day in Kyoto - 6-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 22/18

Takaaki was a fantastic guide, our tour included a lot of hidden gems which we would not have found for ourselves. Excellent at explaining everything and very patient answering all of our questions! We were given further things to visit which we did after our tour. Lunch restaurant was perfect. Highly recommend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Peter! I was happy to take you to have a brief look at the major festival, Jidai Festival. I’m sure you appreciated the two gardens and found some hints for your future gardening work. Next time you come back to Kyoto, I’ll help you discover Kyoto deeper.

Casey Rosenbaum

United States
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Tour: #388214, Your day in Kyoto - 6-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 21/18

My husband and I spent a day with Taka all over Kyoto. He was incredibly friendly, informative, and easy to be around. We asked him to take us to some "must-see" places but then he also took us to some hidden places. REALLY awesome and local. Had a great local meal as well. Thank yuo TAKA! We had a blast!

James L (Jim) Keffer

United States
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 19/18

Takaakia is exceptionally knowledgeable and incredibly accommodating. Seeing the sites with him, especially the out of the way, less crowded, smaller temples was 1000 times better than exploring alone. 5 is not enough enough stars. If you're going to Kyoto, make him a part of trip. He's a 10!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank so much for your review. I really enjoyed the combination of morning bike tour and afternoon walking tour. The morning bike tours is based on Northern part of Kyoto City and is able to include quiet places loved by locals. I’m happy I was able to show you real Kyoto. The afternoon walking tour in Gion and experiencing making pottery was fun. Next time you come back, I’ll take you Kurama and Kifune area or Uji area.

Ron Tinero

United States
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 17/18

We had the pleasure of Takaaki's company for two full days in Kyoto in mid October. Prior to meeting, he emailed me a proposed itinerary but was flexible and happy to modify it to accommodate any particular options we wanted. His knowledge of the city is terrific and he escorted us down side streets and alleyways to see parts of the city that most tourists would miss. He also has extensive information on many subjects that he is able to easily share. We highly recommend his tour services.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Ron! I had a great time with you two for two days. I’m happy you enjoyed the off-the-beaten-path places that I incorporated into the tour. It’s rewarding when guests find kyoto interesting. I’d be happy to guide your children in the future;)

Donna DeLone

United States
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Tour: #384845, 3.5-hour Gion Private Evening Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 11/18

We had a great experience with Takaaki. He was very personable and knowledgeable. He answered all our questions and was flexible. We would highly recommend him and would love to have him again if we return to Japan.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank your for your warm words. I had a great time with you two during the tour, too. I was happy to share a story about Yayoi Kusama, I’m sure you two will appreciate Naoshima Island. Next time I will take you around in the day time ;)

Katie Irvine

United States
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Tour: #388214, Your day in Kyoto - 6-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 11/18

Our family of four (kids ages 8 and 10) had a great day with Takaaki. We asked tons of questions and learned about Shinto, Buddhism, local traditions, the history of each place we visited, and more. He took us to see the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Tofukuji Temple, Nijo Castle, and Nishiki Market. Each site was more enjoyable with our knowledgable and approachable guide leading the way! Takaaki was awesome with our kids and also accommodated my dietary needs (gluten-free) w/his lunch location selection.

Gary Elsdon

United Kingdom
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 10/18

Takaaki was an amazing guide. We had such an enjoyable and interesting day in Kyoto. The amount of detail and knowledge he shared was stunning. From the shrines to seeing Geisha we had a very memorable day. I would heartily recommend Takaaki for your Kyoto tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Gary! I had a great time with you four during the tour. Getting caught in rain is in some way lucky when you are in Zen gardens and a beautiful quarter like Gion. I'm ready to help you discover Kyoto for the next time you come back to Kyoto!

Tina Araza

New Zealand
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Tour: #384845, 3.5-hour Gion Private Evening Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 6/18

Thorough and very informative, the tour was a superb experience. His considerate planning was perfect as we got to see several maikos pass by and we were taken to unique and hidden paths to see sights only seen at night. Definitely can say this tour made a great impression about Kyoto that will last us a lifetime and we're very thankful.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your wonderful review. It was really nice to meet you all. Yasaka pagoda looks very beautiful at night. I’m so glad you got to experience it .

Kathleen Thomas

Canada
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Tour: #388214, Your day in Kyoto - 6-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 4/18

Our six-hour tour with Takaaki was wonderful. He met us at our hotel and together we planned our day, focusing on three major sites. Thanks to his knowledge of the city, he easily navigated us around using bus, taxi and subway. We were very pleased with his commentary on the various aspects of each site - he certainly knew his "stuff" and was able to answer all our questions. As seniors, we appreciated his concern for our well being with regard to walking. We would not hesitate to recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your kind review. I enjoyed our day in Kyoto together. Seeing the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) for the first time is always special. We managed to see a lot in a small amount of time, didn’t we. I hope to guide you or your friends in Kyoto in the future.

Susan Steiner

Australia
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Tour: #384845, 3.5-hour Gion Private Evening Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 2/18

Another brilliant tour by Tours by Locals. Taakaki was fantastic taking me to places I would never have found by myself plus he was extremely knowledgeable. Once again nothing was too much trouble plus he was extremely considerate. I can highly recommend him and would be more than happy to have him as a guide on another tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Su ! I was happy to guide you around for your second visit to Japan. I'm sure your impression on Japan has been fully updated after not having been here for years and it'd be great if I added another point of view to your perception of Japan.We were lucky enough to see three sightings of Maiko, two among them were in special Kimono for celebratory occasions. Maybe I’ll see you again for your third trip to kyoto.

Michael Neuman

United States
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Tour: #388213, 6-hour Northern Kyoto City Private Cycling Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 1/18

We had a great time on the bike tour of Northern Kyoto with Takaaki. He led us on a journey to many interesting and less traveled sites, explaining their significance along the way. We also learned about religion and culture in Japan. Takaaki treated us to snacks as well as sweets at the thousand year old sweet shop. We had ample time to explore Kinkakuji. Above all, Takaaki has a great attitude, and it was a joy to spend a few hours with him. This tour was a highlight of our time in Japan.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, MIchael! It was a beautiful day after the typhoon swirled away and one of the best weather for a bike tour. I was happy to show you small places that are easily missed by travellers and even locals. There are a bunch of places you could visit for your second trip. I'd be happy to help you explore further.

Janet Muteller

United States
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 20/18

One of the highlights of our Japan experience. We visited Nijo Castle, Kinkakuju Temple, Ryoanji Temple, Arashiyama Forest and had a delightful Udon lunch. It was a full day, but the pace was just right. Takaaki's vast knowledge of history and culture made the tour so very meaningful. He even helped us planned our itinerary for our remaining days in Kyoto. We feel fortunate to have had our tour with Takaaki and to spend time with him. He is such a treasure.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Janet! I’m happy you enjoyed the tour of Kyoto. I love my city and I just wanted you to have the best time possible, see interesting places and have a good experience. Hope I can see you again!

Jon Sidwell

Milton Keynes, BUCKS, United Kingdom
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 19/18

So pleased we engaged the services of Takaaki for our two guided sessions (one day, one eve). His suggested itinerary for the day trip was interesting and well researched. Takaaki clearly knew about the destinations and was able to provide just the right amount of background and instruction to the places we visited. For the Gion evening visit walk, his input and explanations were invaluable, as it would have been easy to miss so much. Excellent English and fun to be with, the hours just flew by.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, John! I really enjoyed the time I spent with you two during the day and at night. We had a good balance between the highlights of Kyoto and off-the-beaten-path places. Because we had both day and evening tours, I’m glad you got to enjoy the different faces of Kyoto. Next time you are in town, I will take you somewhere even more interesting !

Donald Friesen

Canada
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 9-hour Private Custom Tour for Donald Friesen for Sep 14, 2018, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 14/18

Takaaki was outstandingly knowledgeable about Japan's history, and especialy the mythology surrounding Japanese style Buddhism, and Shinoism. Our heads were swimming with the complication of mythology in everything. Also, his tour of the Gion area explaining and showing the Mykor/Gykor (Geisha) history, culture and training were exceptional. One concern we had was that his tour was much more expensive than the ones we had in Tokyo and Kanazawa, and despite that, he had us pay for his lunch.

Christopher Maley

United States
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Tour: #384845, 3.5-hour Gion Private Evening Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 6/18

We spend a wonderful evening with Takaaki. He proved to very knowledgeable about this history of the Gion District, as evidenced by his ability to go off script and answer our many questions. I especially appreciated his in depth knowledge about Geisha culture. His English is excellent. I highly recommend spending an evening with him in Kyoto.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Chris! I was happy to take you two to explore Gion and adjoining area in the evening. It is always fun that every traveller brings different point of views and perspectives. I'd be happy to help you discover more next time you are around in Kyoto!

Gabriela Sayago

United States
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Tour: #388214, Your day in Kyoto - 6-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 29/18

Takaaki met us at our hotel. Prior to our meeting we had a good communication in deciding our tour. Takaaki communicated very well our itinerary and what to expect from each place. Tour went seemless. Tataaki shared with us very useful information and suggested other places to visit during our stay in Japan.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Gabriela! I enjoyed the time with all of you during the tour. With that limited time, we covered a lot and I'm happy you enjoyed the tour. Next time you are around Kyoto, I'm sure that I will create an itinerary that helps you discover Kyoto deeper.

Leonie McConville

United States
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Tour: #384609, Your day in Kyoto 4-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 22/18

Takaaki was on time, polite, and extremely helpful. His knowledge of history and art made his tour exceptional and our experience in Kyoto even more worthwhile. If we find ourselves in Kyoto again, we will not hestitate to book him for another fabulous tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank, Leonie! I'm happy you two enjoyed the tour. It was a great experience visiting a serene Zen temple and having a short meditation time. Next time you are around Kyoto, I will help you discover Kyoto even further.

Tomasz Jachna

Poland
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 11/18

This tour with Takaaki was one of the two we took part in. As requested by us, he showed us the main tourist attractions in Kyoto. He explained a lot about the lifestyle of the contemporary Japanese society and gave us helpful tips about the Kyoto region. Our group consisted of three people, thus we used taxis and trains to move around the city and save some precious time. He was flexible and adjusted the tour to our interests. We highly recommend Takaaki and his tours!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Thomasz! I’m happy you enjoyed your two-day personalised tour of Kyoto. We covered great places including Gion. All of you managed the extreme hot weather well. Next time you are around Kyoto, please let me take you to undiscovered places!

Tomasz Jachna

Poland
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 9/18

This tour with Takaaki was one of the two we took part in. As requested by us, he showed us the main tourist attractions in Kyoto. He explained a lot about the lifestyle of the contemporary Japanese society and gave us helpful tips about the Kyoto region. Our group consisted of three people, thus we used taxis and trains to move around the city and save some precious time. He was flexible and adjusted the tour to our interests. We highly recommend Takaaki and his tours!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Thomasz! I’m happy you enjoyed your two-day personalised tour of Kyoto. We covered great places including Gion. All of you managed the extreme hot weather well. Next time you are around Kyoto, please let me take you to undiscovered places!

Sharon Shiao-Yin W.

Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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Tour: #384611, Your day trip to Osaka from Kyoto and back for 2018 Sharon Shiao-Yin with extra participant on August 5, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 5/18

Takaaki escorted us to Osaka which proved to be quite educational for us. Our perception was not correct so it was very good to experience to understand why we were mistaken. The Museum of living and housing was very interesting, providing a very interactive experience for us. We also had a side mission to try a particular cheesecake at the end of the day which Takaaki ensure was achieved...Rikuro-Ojisan-no-Mise...delicious but not as delicious as Jimmy's on Okinawa! We were able to have the taste test!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Sharon! I’m happy you enjoyed the excursion to Osaka from Kyoto. Yes! the cheese cake from the shop in Tennoji area was just exceptional! I’m happy it beat the one from Okinawa:) I’ll be here when your party comes back to Japan in the future!

Sharon Shiao-Yin W.

Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Custom Tour for 2018 Sharon Shiao-Yin with extra participant on August 4, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 4/18

We spent another day with Takaaki in Kyoto which was completely different than the 1st. I believe it was by his design to help us appreciate the contrast between the temples we visited and to understand the purposes they served. Spending time in quiet contemplation in a Zen garden was lovely. He took us to the Gion district where after walking through the area of their training and housing, we had not 1 but 2 sightings, a maiko and a geiko! Despite the very hot temperature, a memorable experience!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Sharon! I’m happy all of you had another fun time in Kyoto. On Day 2 of the 3-day tour, we covered Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Tofukuji Temple, Kiyomizu Temple and Gion. I think it was a good mix of busy and quiet places. I’m glad you enjoyed the tranquil moments at the rock garden. All of you managed the extreme heat very well!

Sharon Shiao-Yin W.

Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Custom Tour for 2018 Sharon Shiao-Yin with extra participant on August 3, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 3/18

We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Takaaki. He is very knowledgeable and we learned quite a bit about the history of Kyoto and the importance of this region in Japanese history. He also helped us navigate Nishiki market and also pointed us to Pokemon center at the end of our tour...fun and fascinating day...thank you!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Sharon! I’m happy all of you enjoyed the tour. On Day 1 of this 3-day tour, we covered Nijo Castle, the Golden pavilion, Arashiyama area and Nishiki Market. What a busy day! I play Pokemon Go, so I’m glad you enjoyed the centre!

Omar Abdel-Wahab

United States
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 27/18

We had an amazing day with Takaaki ("Taka"). We chose to do an 8 hour tour with Taka and he came to our hotel lobby at 9:30AM with an excellent plan (which included lunch). I highly recommend working with Taka during a vist to Kyoto he was informative, entertaining, and easy to work with.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Omar! It was so hot, but I’m glad everyone managed the heat ok. We covered a lot Including five “Geisha” sightings, so it was a good day. Please recommend me to your friends if they travel to Japan!

Enrique Moreno

Ecuador
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Tour: #388214, Your day in Kyoto - 6-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 14/18

He is a very kind guide, knows very much about town, but his English is not easy to understand

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your feedback and I’m very sorry if you had difficulty understanding what I was saying. This is my first time guiding guests from Ecuador. Spanish is such a beautiful language, I hope one day to be be able to guide in Spanish. Despite the intense heat (it got up to 38°!) we managed to see a lot and eat some good ramen. I hope it won’t be so hot if you come back to Kyoto.

Vanita Kontrakul

United States
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Tour: #384609, Your day in Kyoto 4-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 13/18

Takaaki is a great and very knowledgeable guide. He showed me places where I would never be able to find on my own. He even suggested a few more areas to visit after our tour ended depending on how much time I had left before going back to Tokyo. If you need a guide to show you around Kyoto, I highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Vanita! You are fortunate to be around Kyoto this time of a year, I was quite happy to show you some part of the annual Gion festival. I think we covered a lot with a 4-hour tour, I will make sure to take you to off-the-beaten-path next next time.

Kathy Paul

United States
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Tour: #384845, 3.5-hour Gion Private Evening Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 7/18

Takaaki is a very nice and knowledgeable guide. We enjoyed the tour through the narrow back streets of the Gion District and got several glimpses of Geisha. Yasaki Shrine was beautiful, and we enjoyed the dinner at a small, local restaurant. He speaks very good English and exuded so much energy and friendliness. I would highly recommend him as a guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Kathy! I had a great time with the two of you. I was happy to be able to add something extra to the usual tour because of Gion Festival. The portable shrines for Gion festival displayed at Yasaka Shrine were beautiful weren’t they :) I hope the rest of your trip to Japan went smoothly and maybe we’ll see you back in Kyoto in the future.

Scott Geddes

Australia
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Tour: #388214, Your day in Kyoto - 6-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 2/18

Takaaki is an excellent guide. He listened to what we would like to get out of our limited time in Kyoto. He helped us to book our bullet train tickets for the following day and gave us valuable advice on possible sights to see the following morning before we left for Tokyo He is very knowledgeable (being a local) and I would highly recommend his company to guide you around his home town.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Scott! I think we chose the best possible places for your limited time as you mentioned. I was more than happy to help streamline your travel. It would be great if you had at least a couple of days in Kyoto next time you come back.

Jennifer Virant

United States
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Tour: #388214, Your day in Kyoto - 6-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 27/18

Takaaki was a fabulous guide! He was knowledgeable and thorough and took us places we would not have seen or known to look for without him. It was a great way to maximize our time in Kyoto; I would highly recommend him and this tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Jennifer. I enjoyed the time I spent with all of you during the tour, including taking you to the Yayoi Kusama Museum. It was a toasty hot day here in Kyoto, but everyone was patient. I'm glad we achieved a lot :)

Diane Kyriakedes

United States
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Tour: #384609, Your day in Kyoto 4-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 25/18

Takaaki was a great tour guide. Very informative. Flexible and a great source of Kyoto knowledge My family and I enjoyed spending the tour with him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Diane! I'm happy that all of you enjoyed my tour, Next time you are around Kyoto, let me help you discover more!

Karen Warner

United States
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Tour: #384609, Your day in Kyoto 4-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 24/18

We really enjoyed our tour with Takaaki! He was incredibly knowledgable and friendly -- perfect for our group of four experiencing our first trip to Kyoto. He was eager to answer our many questions, and designed the day's tour to suit our schedule and our interests. I highly recommend Takaaki to other travelers!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Karen! I'm happy you four enjoyed the tour. Given the limited time, you covered a lot and the travel went smoothly. Also, we got to see a lot of interesting places. I'm glad you liked it :)

Adam Giermasz

United States
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Tour: #384609, Your day in Kyoto 4-hour Private Custom Tour for Adam Giermasz on June 23, 2018, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 23/18

Friendly, professional, efficient and very knowledgeable! I strongly recommend! Ive been to Kyoto many times, but with this tour discovered a lot and learned a lot!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Adam! I hope to see you back in Kyoto!

Amreen Iftikhar

United Kingdom
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 21/18

I would highly recommend Takaaki. He ensured we visited as many places on our list as we could. I learned so much about the histoy and cultude of Japan. He went the extra mile to ensure we made the most of our day.Even taking us to rent kimonos. we a truly memorable day.Thankyou so much Takaaki.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Amreen! I had a great time with you two during the tour. Especially, the two of you trying out Yukata (summer-style Kimono) was memorable. Next time you are around Kyoto, I will suggest extra off-the-beaten-path adventures.

Jean Mariner

United States
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Tour: #388213, 5.5-hour Northern Kyoto City Cycling Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 16/18

Our tour was fantastic. First of all, Takaaki was really attentive to our needs -- things like the right bike, finding bathrooms, food, water, etc. He immediately put us at ease for our trip. Secondly, he took us to a selection of marvelous places that were both off the beaten path and that were critical "must see" adventures. Thirdly, his comments and information served us well not only during that day and for the places we saw but for the rest of our trip in Japan. We learned a lot about culture.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Jean! I'm more than happy to take my guests to off-the-beaten-path that are well-known to locals. Definitely, cycling is the best way to get around Kyoto. I will keep another places that I think you should go till you come back to Kyoto :)

Mark Swofford

United States
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 11/18

Melissa van der Burgt

Australia
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Tour: #384845, 3.5-hour Gion Private Evening Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 6/18

We made a last minute booking for this tour on the day we arrived in Kyoto and we were pleasantly surprised with our guide - Takaaki - he was an extremely knowledgable guide on history, religion and anything we had questions around. We were fortunate enough to see the stunning sites with the glistening rain on the cobble roads of old Kyoto. The evening wrapped up with a lovely meal of ramin and dumplings. We were all very impressed and Takaaki was an amazing guide!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for you kind words. I was happy to you show you around some of the most picturesque places in Kyoto, Gion and its adjoining area the HIgashiyama District, are especially beautiful on a rainy day. I'm glad you got to enjoy the fortuitous moment of seeing Geiko.

Ryan White

United States
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 6/18

Takaaki was able to accommodate us with very short notice on a rainy day with enthusiasm and flexibility to adapt. He was proactive in giving my family interesting information, answering questions, and showing us the uncommon path and story behind the story. highly recommended to get the most out of your experience in Kyoto from a true local.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank your kind review. It’s always rewarding to hear guests enjoy my tour. I had a great time with you and your family. Please come back to Kyoto one day and let me help you explore further!

Earl Robicheaux

United States
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Tour: #388214, Your day in Kyoto - 6-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 5/18

We really enjoyed our tour today by Takaaki. He was very informative with a lot of relevant and interesting facts and history on the places we visited. We would highly recommend him to other visitors.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind review. I had a wonderful time with all of you during the tour. Each guest always brings an interesting point of view, you have also contributed to making the tour enjoyable :) Please enjoy the rest of your time in Kyoto and Japan!

Justin Milliard

United States
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Tour: #388214, Your day in Kyoto - 6-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 30/18

Takaaki was an absolutely amazing guide. He not only guided us, but was an excellent teacher of the cultural significance, historical context and symbolism of every sight we visited. He had figures and explanations ready to pull out his backpack at a moments notice that aided in our groups understanding of almost everything. A 6-hour tour turned into a full-scale educational experience. Wonderful! Next time we are back in Kyoto we know who to call for a great tour, Takaaki!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your wonderful review. I’m glad that we were able to enjoy a little calm along with the more crowded spots. Especially, going to lacquer/gold artisans’s atelier was very interesting. There are so many things to see in Kyoto! Please come back in the future :)

Jill Goss

Canada
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Tour: #384609, Your day in Kyoto 4-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 29/18

Takaaki was fantastic! He was so eager to share his knowledge and so pleasant to spend time with. Takaaki's English was very good so there were no problems with the language. We loved our time with Takaaki and learned so much. I would highly recommend this tour guide. Thanks again Takaaki:)

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your wonderful review. I was happy to create a tailor-made tour with a combination of must-see sites and off-the-beaten-path. We were incredibly fortunate to see a maiko making the rounds of places, greeting clients and local shop owners as part of the ceremonial debut. There are more to see in Kyoto, I'm sure I will help you discover further.

Andrina Penfold

Mareeba, Australia
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 26/18

My father and I had a wonderful time. Takaaki took us to a lovely place in Kyoto that we hadn't seen before and that was less crowded with tourists. It was physically challenging for me (because I am very unfit) but the experience was worth it. He was very knowledgeable and was happy to accommodate our needs.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much your wonderful feedback. Since you had been to Japan already, I was happy to coordinate something first timers could not cover because of limits on time. Kurama Temple, walking across the hills, Kibune Shrine, a nice lunch on a platform over the river... l’m sure you had an interesting experience!

Laura Bohls

United States
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Tour: #384609, Your day in Kyoto 4-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 17/18

We really enjoyed our tour of Kyoto with Takaaki. He arrived promptly to our hotel with a map and suggestions for our tour based on information I had previously provided him via email. He was very flexible and accommodating and we found him to be a wealth of information. We felt like we gained a great deal of knowledge about Kyoto and Japan in our four hours. At the conclusion he recommended a restaurant for lunch and we were most pleased with his suggestion of a local place with delicious sushi.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words. I’m happy you enjoyed seeing some of Kyoto’s many Japanese gardens. The sushi place I recommended is definitely authentic one, I’m glad you enjoyed it :)

Edward Gray

United Kingdom
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Custom Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 12/18

I have been twice before to Kyoto, but a very long time ago. I left it to Takaaki to arrange the itinerary, and I think he did a great job - mixing temples, with gardens and markets. I went for the long 8-hour day, and am very glad I did. Although my recall of previous visits is a bit hazy, I believe we only went to one place I had seen before, and I am certain we saw much more than if I had tried to self-guide (including two Maiko - trainee geisha!). Engaging, informative. I would book again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your wonderful review. I'm happy to work with my guests based on their preferences to come up with a tailor-made itinerary. Sounds like now you have got a new way to look at Kyoto, which is very rewarding for me as a guide!

Karen Shea

United States
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Tour: #388214, Your day in Kyoto - 6-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 11/18

Our guide, Takaaki, was absolutely amazing. He had great insider knowledge about every location that we visited (Tofukuji Temple complex, Fushimi-Inari Shrine, Toji temple, and the Gion Area). In addition to having perfect english he was honestly a wonderful person to spend the day with. At the end of the day he also left us with great dinner recommendations. We highly recommend Takaaki to anyone that visits Kyoto.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your wonderful review. I was happy to coordinate a personalised itinerary just for you. Toji Temple and its pagoda is exceptional on that beautiful day! Please come back to Kyoto and discover more!

Andrew W.

United Kingdom
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Tour: #384845, 3.5-hour Gion Private Evening Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 10/18

Absolutely amazing tour. The guide's English and knowledge is excellent. The tour was well planned. Couldn't recommend it more.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words. I'm always happy to include the places or anecdotes guests would've missed out otherwise. Please recommend my tours to your friends and family who will come to Kyoto!

Craig Shore

United States
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Tour: #384609, Your day in Kyoto 4-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 8/18

Takaaki was great. He was personable and informative. My wife and myself enjoyed our four hours. He seemed to mix a perfect blend of walking while teaching us history while at times stopping at beautiful gardens and temples - all the while giving us information about the history and culture of Kyoto. He had a great sense of humor. We couldn't be more pleased or enjoyed ourselves more. Thank you so much Takaaki! Highly recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your a wonderful review. I enjoyed your sense of humour and I’m happy you had a great time. There are so many other good places in kyoto, you will discover more next time you are here.

Fran Shalom

United States
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Tour: #384609, Your day in Kyoto 4-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 4/18

Takaaki was absolutely terrific!! We -- me, my husband and our 24 yr old son--met him at Airbnb and at the last minute decided we wanted a walking tour of our neighborhood (the Gion. He was knowledgeable, articulate and fun to be with. He gave us insights that would have been impossible to garner on our own. We are so thankful that we could spend time with him and recommend him without reservation!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind review. I’m happy you enjoyed the laneways and off-the-beaten-track places. May is the best time to appreciate the beauty of green moss in Kyoto. Please tell your friends about you fun experience here. Maybe I can guide them too in the future ;)

Muriel Guillaume-Angle

United States
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Tour: #388214, Your day in Kyoto - 6-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 26/18

Takaaki was perfect. He arrived a bit early, which I much appreciated in order to discuss with me what my interests were. He had previously emailed me to introduce himself and his services. Very professional. He will answer any question you ask thoroughly. He knows Kyoto well, took me off the beaten path as I requested and at the end of his visit, he gave me some suggestions for the rest of my stay in Kyoto when I would not have a guide. I highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your wonderful review. I was happy to be able to show you around Kyoto. Traditional neighborhoods can be hard to discover for visitors, I’m glad I could help you out. I hope I can help you discover kyoto more in the future.

Peter Bogdanovic

United States
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Tour: #384609, Your day in Kyoto 4-hour Private Tour Peter Bogdanovic, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 24/18

Excellent half-day tour with Takaaki. Very personable and thoughtful to visit highlights in limited time. Takaaki met us at our hotel and we took subway and taxis to optimize the time. We requested the Golden Pavilion and are glad we saw it, despite the crowds. We enjoyed the beautiful Murin-An garden and tea, the walk on Ishibeikoji lane, past Hokanji, other places along the way, and Gion. Takaaki's detailed description of Gion was excellent. We regret we did not have more time in Kyoto.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your positive feedback. It’s not unusual that travellers need to make changes on the day, it’s nature of a trip :) I’m happy to fine-tune the itinerary on the day. I’m glad you enjoyed the contrast between the hustle and bustle and more peaceful places. Please come back to discover more of kyoto!

Alfredo Daniels

United Kingdom
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Tour: #384612, Kyoto Afternoon Tour + Gion Evening Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 19/18

A great afternoon and evening tour of Kyoto. Guide was friendly at all times full anecdotes, history, tales and insight. It made our visit to Kyoto a most enjoyable one.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review. I’m glad you enjoyed the combination afternoon- evening tour. I’m pleased all of you appreciated the hidden gem, Komyo-In. The fresh greenery was amazingly beautiful. I hope I can help you discover more of Kyoto next time you’re here.

Frank Palen

United States
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 15/18

I was lucky to catch Takaaki for a full day tour of Kyoto. I was traveling solo & It was a last minute decision. It turned out to be an enjoyable individual tour of the center-city high points. He was knowledgeable and guided me about efficiently on public transit. I would never have managed to see the City on my own in one day. His English is excellent. I highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your wonderful review. I was happy to be able to show you around Kyoto. I’m also glad you got to see the traditional dance performance in the Gion area. Next time you come back to kyot, I will definitely help you discover kyoto more!

Shin Nakazawa

United States
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Tour: #384609, Your day in Kyoto 4-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 12/18

Igor Ioffe

United States
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Tour: #384845, 2-hour Gion Private Evening Tour for a group of 6, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 10/18

Takaaki is very knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating guide! He was able to fit our group of 6 people into his busy schedule in the last moment! The tour was superb, everyone in our group enjoyed it thoroughly! At the end of the tour he recommended a very nice Udon - Soba restaurant.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your wonderful words. No problem, my tours are customisable. I’m glad all of you enjoyed the tour to experience the magical Gion at night.I enjoyed lots of questions from you, too. Please let your friends know about my tours! Hope you come back to Kyoto in the future. Thanks, Takaaki

Michael Alper

United States
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 10/18

Michael Alper

United States
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 9/18

Nick Fussell

United Kingdom
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Tour: #384609, Your day in Kyoto 4-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 6/18

This was a great tour. Takaaki was friendly and helpful, as well as full of historical information about the castle and shrine we visited. He was also happy to share his personal perspective of life in Japan and of living in Kyoto. Our kids loved him too.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your warm review. Shraring my city is the best part of being a local guide. I’m glad all of you (including your kids!) enjoyed my tour of Kyoto. Next time you come back, I will take you to more off-the-beaten-track places.

Matt Esler

United States
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Tour: #388214, 6-hour Southern Kyoto Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 4/18

Wow, we did a lot in Japan but this was a big highlight. Takaaki was amazing and squeezed in multiple surprises in the 6 hrs. We were blown away by his history of Kyoto and fell in love with the city from his tour. He got us around quickly during such a busy time, spoke excellent English, had us laughing throughout the day and made a great lunch recommendation. The time flew by and we were sad when it had to end. Kyoto will now be one of our favorite cities we've been to, because of him. Thanks agai

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your wonderful review. During this peak season, both of you were really patient and I'm pleased you were able to see Kyoto thorough my eyes and enjoyed it. My ultimate goal is for my guests to grow to love Kyoto city. I hope you get to come back and discover more of the charms of Kyoto!

Asa Ingemarsson-kerbel

Sweden
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Tour: #388214, 6-hour Southern Kyoto Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 31/18

Takkaki gave us an excellent tour today, we enjoyed every minute. We went to Fushimitemple, Tofuku-ji and had a stroll through Gion. Takkaki is very knowledgeble and friendly, and we could highly recommende this tour. Asa, travelling with 3 children ( aged 16,14 and 11).

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the wonderful review. I had a good time with all of you who are very curious about Japanese culture. You were extremely lucky to have that beautiful weather and cherry blossoms. Your journey to Japan and Kyoto has started, please enjoy the rest of time of your stay!

Johan Anstensrud

Norway
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Tour: #384609, Your day in Kyoto 4-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 27/18

Very good guide, that really tried his very best to tell us inteersting stories about what we were seeing! Loved Kyoto

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your warm review. It’s very rewarding to hear you enjoyed the tour! Kyoto has a full ofcharms and your explore will be never ending. Please come back to kyoto for another discoveries!

Sandy Shiri

United States
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Tour: #388213, 5.5-hour Northern Kyoto City Cycling Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 25/18

Our tour with Takaaki was one of the best biking tours we ever had. Takaaki was very knowledgeable of Kyoto; we covered so much ground by bikes, stopping by shrines and temples and getting a history lesson! He emailed me with updates on when cherry blossoms would bloom, knowing how much I wanted to see them. Personal touch! Highly recommend!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind feedback. I was happy to be able to show beautiful cherry blossoms, you two were so lucky to enjoy the cherry blossoms! Definitely, bike tours are the best way to look around local neighborhood. When you come back to Japan, I will take you to another parts of Kyoto :)

Jenny H.

United States
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 23/18

Takaaki is a wonderful guide! We're so glad we selected Takaaki for our 8-hr tour because he was personable, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Prior to our tour, we exchanged emails in order to finalize an itinerary of the well- known AND lesser-known areas of Kyoto. Takaaki not only delivered on a great tour - he even brought props (map to show us our route, folder filled with supplemental pictures, notes and a storybook). Takaaki earnestly cared that we had a great time. We highly recommend Takaaki!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your warm review. I had a very good time spending time with you on the tour. It was really good to guide people who already know Japan so well because you asked really interesting questions. Murin-an was so beautiful and we were very lucky to get to see the weeping cherry tree at Honman-ji. I hope you get to return to Kyoto some time.

Elizabeth LaBelle

United States
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Tour: #384845, 3.5-hour Gion Private Evening Tour LizLaBelle a group of 7, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 21/18

Takaaki was an excellent tour guide! Our group had a long day of touring Arashiyama in the cold rain prior to meeting Takaaki in Gion and he was very understanding when we requested a few detours to dry off and warm up. He was upbeat, positive, informative and took us to some great spots-everything you hope for in a tour guide! We were also lucky enough to see Geishas! At the end of the tour, Takaaki joined us for dinner and translated each of our names into Japanese characters. We highly recommend him!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your wonderful review. I enjoy customising plans to make sure the people I guide have the best time possible on tour. All seven of you were really engaged and responsive on the tour and gave me lots of questions, which is a fun for me. Please come back to Kyoto and Japan to have some more fun experiences.

Claudia Bernard

United States
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Tour: #388214, Your day in Kyoto - 6-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 20/18

Takaaki was great. Super flexible, very personable, knowledgeable, interesting and fun.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind review. I had a great time with you during the tour. It was partly raining and chilly, but I was happy to share stories and knowledge with you :) I hope you come back to Kyoto!

Pedro Simko

Switzerland
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Tour: #384609, Your day in Kyoto 4-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 18/18

Pedro Simko

Switzerland
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 17/18

Pedro Simko

Switzerland
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 9-hour Private Tour on March 16, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 16/18

Pedro Simko

Switzerland
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 9-hour Private Tour on March 15, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 15/18

Pedro Simko

Switzerland
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Tour: #384609, Your day in Kyoto 4-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 14/18

Pablo Garza

Mexico
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Tour: #388214, Your day in Kyoto - 6-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 6/18

Excellent service, Takaaki had a vast knowledge of the places we visited. Recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for taking your time to write a review. Although the time was limited, I was glad to show you a good overview of Kyoto. There are a lot more to show you around next time you come back ;)

Craig Lunn

New Zealand
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 4/18

We found Takaaki very knowledgeable about Kyoto and very helpful over the 2 days he was our guide He showed us around the city which we found very interesting Hes a very nice person and would recommend he to others

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank your for your warm review. I really enjoyed spending the early spring time with you three. It was Girl’s day, I was glad to incorporate some festivals in your trip and all of you enjoyed them. Please spread my goodness to your friends ;) and come back to kyoto to discover further.

Bronwyn Gallagher

Australia
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Tour: #388214, 6-hour Southern Kyoto Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Feb 26/18

Takaaki was absolutely fabulous with great knowledge of the area and very good English. Takaaki was very accommodating to all of us to ensure not only my husband and I had a meaningful tour but also our children aged 11 and 8. We highly recommend Takaaki, he makes the tour feel like you are out with with a friend for the day. Thank you Takaaki and best wishes for the future. Bronwyn, Ryan, James and Lucy

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind review. I enjoyed spending time with all of you. I am always happy to hear that my guests have a fun time during my tour. Please come back to Japan for cherry blossoms and autumn colors!

India Collins

Australia
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 6-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Feb 25/18

We spend the day in Kyoto with Tataaki. As a group of travelling architects, we had a long list and a short time. Tataaki arranged a car and a full days itinerary for us, based on our requests, and scheduled in time slots. Tataaki has a great sense of humor and all the advantages of being a local. He was effortlessly charming, knowledgeable about many subjects and understood the importance of a great lunch!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind words. I was happy to show you Katsuta Imperial Villa and other important sites. It’s my job to coordinate a tour efficiently and incorporate interesting stories, so I’m glad you all enjoyed the day. There are so many things to see and do, so please come back to kyoto!

Susan Kushner

United States
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Tour: #384845, 3.5-hour Gion Private Evening Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Feb 21/18

Takaaki is a highly educated, well spoken, and skilled tour guide. His historical knowledge of the culture is scholarly, and his enthusiasm and upbeat demeanor is infectious. I suggest that he author a tour book. He took us to certain spots that locals know of, and we caught an insighful glimpse of Kyoto, which made our tour very memorable.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your very kind words. I always enjoy meeting new people and showing guests the beauty of my city. I was honored to be the “top batter” on your first day in kyoto. Your journey to discover kyoto has just started, please come back to kyoto and Japan again!

Patricia Garcia

Dominican Republic
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 8-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Feb 20/18

It was just amazing!!! Just what I wanted and needed!! We saw so much in just a short amount of time!! He was really great, kind, very knowledgeable of history; give us plenty of explanation; even in waiting time in the train/bus, he provided us with fun & interest facts!! If you did not have time to plan or know what you will like to visit! This is your tour to see the most of Kyoto! And not only the tourist attractions but also local treasures!! Thank you so much!! I couldn't ask for more!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your great review. I also enjoy the time with you two during the tour.I wanted you to experience many aspects of Kyoto as much as possible, thought the time was limited. It is always rewarding that my guests become new fans of the magical city of Kyoto :) I'm sure you will revisit Kyoto and explore more!

Catherine Younger

United Kingdom
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Tour: #384609, Your day in Kyoto 5-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Feb 4/18

We had a great day with Takaaki. He was totally flexible and made a perfect itinerary for us based on our time available. We saw the main sites as well as the off the beaten track routes. Great English too.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your warm review. The golden pavilion looked particularly beautiful today, I was happy you were able to experience that. I enjoyed the lively conversation and I'll definitely buy and read your husband's book! I hope I have the chance to guide you again in Kyoto!

Jacqueline Lamme

United States
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Tour: Western Kyoto Private Full-day Tour, Kyoto, Japan
Date: Feb 3/18

I got extra lucky getting Takaaki as a tour guide! I couldn't have asked for a better guide and he managed it all at the last minute! I booked late and the original tour I'd booked wasn't available anymore so Tours by Locals got me in contact with Takaaki. He set up a tour that was exactly the highlights I wanted to hit and suggested a couple of other stops, including a festival happening that day I wouldn't have otherwise known about. It was fantastic! I recommend everyone take a tour with Takaaki!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your wonderful feedback. It is rather fun part for me to coordinate the best possible tour by hearing guest’s requests even at the last minutes. I’m always keen to incorporate seasonal elements if possible, I’m glad all worked out well. Please spread my goodness ;) and come back to kyoto for another time!

Michael Chambers

Australia
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Tour: #384609, Your day in Kyoto 4-hour Private Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 29/18

A most delightful and knowledgeable guide, very keen to enthuse his love of Kyoto. Take his advice and enjoy the more non touristy areas.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind review. I truly enjoyed every part of the tour with you two, both on the day and pre-trip phase. I'm happy to introduce you to nice off-the-beaten-path and am glad you really appreciate the peaceful Zen garden. Please recommend me to your family and friends and come back to Kyoto to continue your discovery of the ancient capital Kyoto.

Joanne Logan

Australia
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 4-hour Private Tour-for Jo Logan on Dec 31, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 31/17

A brilliant day strolling the back streets of Gion and finishing with a tea ceremony booked for us by Takaaki. Our daughter lost her beanie and after the tour Takaaki back tracked and found it and it was waiting for us after our tea ceremony! Great information, friendly, prepared, helpful and flexible. Would recommend Takaaki for your local tour of Kyoto. We will book again next time we visit. ありがとうございました.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for another wonderful review for DAY 2. I was happy to show you parts of Kyoto that are often missed by tourists. I hope you enjoyed the interesting contrast between DAY1 and DAY 2 of your tours. There's a number of places we couldn't cover on those days, so you'll just have to come back to Kyoto! こちらこそありがとうございました。

Joanne Logan

Australia
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Tour: #384611, Your day in Kyoto - 9-hour Private Tour-for Jo Logan on Dec 29, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 29/17

We had an awesome day touring with Takaaki. We managed to see so many sights and were give so much local and historical information. Takaaki was so well prepared for our personal tour with train tickets, books with information, maps and even foot warmers! If you are wanting to see some of the back streets away from the crowds and save time having a local navigate to transport system then Takaaki can help you with your next tour. He was great with the kids! Thx for sharing your home town of Kyoto with us T

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for such a wonderful review! It was fun for me to create your itinerary that included must-see sites and places off-the-beaten-track. With such limited time, I think we covered a lot of good places! Please come back to Kyoto one day (and recommend me to your friends!)

Candice Springorum

Australia
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Tour: #384845, 3.5-hour Gion Private Evening Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 15/17

An amazing & informative tour! Takaaki took us on a walk through Gion where we came across many shrines and interesting areas which you wouldn't get the chance to see if you were simply riding in a taxi or walking along the main streets. We even spotted a few maiko along the way. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Kyoto who wants to learn about the history of geiko and the city of Kyoto while hopefully seeing some beautiful geiko and maiko along the backstreets. Thank you Takaaki!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Candice, thank you very much for the amazing review. I enjoyed spending time with two of you on the tour. I'm glad the evening was not too cold for us. It's always interesting to know guests viewpoints, which will enrich my guiding for my future tours. Next time you come back to Japan, please let me help you discover kyoto and Japan further.

Tanya Lahiri

Canada
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Tour: #384609, Your day in Kyoto 4-hour Private Tour for Tanya Lahiri Dec 7, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 7/17

Takaaki was brilliant. He was responsive & customized our tour. We were only in Kyoto for a day & wanted to visit a few places in particular. Not only did he help us plan but also made sure that we covered as much as possible. Aside from being a really nice person, he was also very knowledgeable about Kyoto & Japanese history. His English was excellent & he brought up stories about Kyoto & Japan that he shared with us in transit.You can't get that from a guidebook. Great experience. Highly recommended.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Tanya, thank you for such a wonderful review! I love sharing my knowledge with guests as an local ambassador. I’m well aware that your time is precious especially for you two who were making one day trip from Tokyo. Please recommend me to your family and friends ;)

Kerrie MacDonald

Australia
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Tour: #384845, 3.5-hour Gion Private Evening Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 5/17

It was a super tour around the area with wonderful information giving a sense of the history and character of Gion and surrounding region Seeing the little alleyways at night and catching site of meiko was a memory being made. A beautiful pagoda ,peaceful shrines and fabulous food to finish will ensure I never forget this tour I will recommend Takaaki to my friends and family for a very memorable view of fascinating Kyoto Thank you Takaaki

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for giving me such a lovely review! I really enjoyed guiding you on the tour. It was a really cold night so I thought it might snow. I'm glad you enjoyed feet and hand warmers I gave you. We were lucky to see 2 Maiko. I think it's always good to have a guide so that you won't miss interesting alleyways and real Kyoto sights. Please recommend me to your friends and family. I would be happy to guide them in Gion and kyoto.