We are a family of four with 2 children. Koichi guides us very well and knows Kyoto and its culture and history very well. we are not only guided by directions and directions but also historical explanations of the places we visit. Koichi also really understands our need for halal food. One more advantage is that he has the ability of photography and is willing to bring his DSLR camera to take our pictures in all the places we visit. He makes our trip memorable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Muhamad Rifai, Thank you for the review! It's my pleasure to offer you wonderful experience in Kyoto. It was my first experience to guide to halal food and I've also learned and experienced so much by talking with you. Look forward to seeing you again!
Scott ZenkerUnited States
Koichi was an amazing guide. We filled our 8 hours together with end-to-end activity, ranging from major sites to a flea market. He was so knowledgeable and kind and I would recommend him to anybody looking for a memorable day in Kyoto.
Melanie ClemenzUnited States
Koichi was an amazing tour guide! My friend and I needed some help navigating some of the popular places in Kyoto. We were able to see so much and got so much inside information when we went with Koichi. We visited Miyagawacho local Geisha town, Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, Kinkakuji temple (with the Golden Pavillion), Ryoanji temple, Shimogamo-jinja shrine which had the"Mitarashi matsuri" festival, and went to Fukujuen for green tea shopping! It was a great day.
John KohneUnited States
A friend and I recently spent a day in Kyoto with Koichi and found him to be an exceptional guide. He was such a hardworking young man who went out of his way to make sure our needs and interests were met. He set up a wonderful lunch experience and we visited several beautiful temples. It was a very hot day. Record breaking, according to Koichi. He went out of his way to ensure our comfort. Such a wonderful young man. If visiting Kyoto, I would highly recommend Koichi as your guide!
Justin SiegelUnited States
Koichi is so nice and very knowledgeable. He gave us a wonderful tour of Kyoto.
I wanted to see the Kyoto through the eyes of someone who loves this city - and in a private tour with Koichi I got this. Very well prepared professionally, very attentive, able to adapt and change the tour when conditions change. True 5 out of 5 rating
Rachelle HackettUnited States
Flexible!Enthusiastic!Knowledgeable! Kind!Helpful: Due to extreme rains delaying our arrival from the airport to our hotel, Koichi was given permission from TBL to reschedule our tour, making it much less stressful for us arriving at KIX and uncertain how to proceed with the train not running. He was very eager to expose us to the Japanese culture, using his education in history to explain many things. He carried his own camera, took photos, & sent them to us. Dinner and cab arrangements also made!
Jodi NishimuraUnited States
We lucked out and booked the day before. It was forecast to rain, and Koichi did a great job of figuring out what we could do with the weather in mind. He was informative and gracious and we learned a lot from our time with him. Highly recommend!
Koichi was knowledgeable about the places he brought us to. He recommended the Moss Temple based on the time that we were travelling and that was an excellent recommendation because the temple was at its best. He also helped us make recommendation for a dinner venue which was good and reasonably price. His English was good and easy to understand
Richard DrexeliusSedalia, CO, United States
We loved Koichi! He took us on a really great tour, perfect amount of time ( about 5-6 hours). Loved the Izakaya at the end. It was fun to go to an Izakaya and not wonder/stress about what we were ordering- Because he knew the local brands and places, we had a wonderful meal and the Sake of course, was delightful. Super guy!
Thomas WuttkeUnited States
Koichi was very flexible and helped us customize a great day in Kyoto, including a museum and shrine that was not listed, as well as a smaller less crowded bamboo forest. The lunch place he suggested was excellent and a lot less than we would have spent looking for food on our own. His knowledgeable explanations were interesting, and he answered all of our questions. Highly recommend
Darryn WolffSan Francisco, CA, United States
Koichi was great at customizing the tour. Would recommend to anyone visiting Kyoto.
We spent a great day with Koichi-san as our private guide through Kyoto. He was very flexible re. our sightseeing wishes, well prepared with material to explain historical and background facts and made the day very interesting. His English is very good. Also we received good suggestions for further activities in Kyoto.
I can't even begin to explain how Awsome our tour was. Right from the initial booking koichi went above and beyond to help us put together Our tour. He even found a once a year Ceremony was taking place &was able to work it into the tour. His communication leading up to the tour was excellent covering all basis so we had zero worries. He was on time, professional,extremely knowledgeable & answered all our questions. He even found us a "hidden gem" to eat lunch. Highly recommended
Jessica RamosUnited States
Koichi was a kind and very knowledgeable guide. Not only was he willing to personalize a tour for us because of our time constraints, but when we were hit with bad weather during the tour, he was already prepared with a raincoat and a contingency plan! He knew a lot about the history of Kyoto and its place in overall Japanese culture, and it was fun to talk to him. I would definitely recommend booking a tour with him!
Dear Tourist Kiochi very good kind person very hospitality and responsible.. he took us and show main interesting points of Kyoto and visit great interesting food market ... I could recommend Kiochi .. kind regards
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.
Dina NagaoUnited States
Knowledgable, friendly and easy-going. We did the tour with our toddler and Koichi was very accommodating and patient with us. He was able to tailor the itinerary on the spot given our limitations. Overall, a very pleasant experience. We highly recommend him.
Maurice BryhamNew Zealand
Koichi was a great guide. Our family including kids enjoyed his explanations and guidance along the tour. He was also very helpful with any requests and help with information, even in regards to things that weren't on the tour. He customised the timing to suit our pace and interests. Recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Maurice Bryham, Thank you very much for your kind review. I'm glad to hear that your family and kids enjoyed the customized tour. I hope you can come back to Kyoto again with your children! Best regards, Koichi T.
Mark ChurchUnited States
Koichi is a fantastic guide! So kind. So thoughtful. So knowledgeable about Kyoto and Japanese history/culture. He planned a wonderful day for us including a wide variety of experiences - plus knew of a special festival happening at a shrine where we would have a unique experience taking in various performing arts -- including geisha. A day with Koichi is a day very well spent. He is a great guide for your time in Kyoto, most definitely!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mark Church, Thank you for wonderful comment and review! It's my pleasure to be able to introduce you the festival held in Heian-jingu shrine. I had a really good time with you and your friend and it feels like it was only yesterday. Talking guests like you is what gives value to my life. Look forward to seeing you again! Best regards, Koichi T.
Koichi was a lovely guide, very knowledgeable and friendly. He arranged for us to go to a Gaiko performance near Gion which was wonderful. A once in a lifetime experience for us and our 2 sons. We highly recommend Koichi for your local guide in Kyoto.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lara Pierce, Thank you for your wonderful review and message! I'm glad to hear that you and your sons enjoyed he tour. It was almost last day for seasonal dance performance "Kyo-Odori" held in Miyagawacho and we were so lucky that I could arrange it. I hope to see you again! Best regards, Koichi T.
Casey AikenUnited States
Koichi is an excellent tour guide. He is so professional - prompt, prepared, and knowledgeable. He listens very well and tries to customize your tour throughout the day and tailor it to your interests. For example, we mentioned we were interested in the market, some art and kimonos, so he went out of his way to show us these things in addition to the standard tour sights. A major bonus is that he is an incredible photographer - he takes the most beautiful pictures for you! Koichi is a fantastic guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Casey and Andrew, thank you for your review and message! It was my pleasure to make customized itinerary for you. As for additional bonus service of photography, I made brand new tour that offers you portrait photoshoot service with backdrop of beautiful buildings and trees in Kyoto. Hope to see you again in future. Best regards, Koichi T.
Koichi constructed a custom itinerary for us that matched our request very well. The dinner in Izakaya was delicious and the sake tasting was fun and informative at the same time. The absolute stand out was the night time cherry blossom viewing and flute concert at the Heian Temple. This was an experience that we will never forget. Thanks Koichi
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear John, I'm happy to hear that you and your friends enjoyed local Izakaya and cherry blossom concert. I still remember the wonderful night time experience. Hope to see you all again in the near future!
Friendly, prepared and passionate. Koichi did organize a very interesting tour with considering my personal wishes. He was well prepared, is speaking fluently English and showed me some places outside of the tourist paths. With passion and knowledge he explained me details about the visited places. A great experience was having lunch at a locals favorite ramen-restaurant as well as visiting a Geisha theater. Koichi is a very friendly and kind person which I can strongly recommend as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Christian Kies, Thank you very much for wonderful review and giving me such a kind comment. I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed in local restaurant and the theater. The cherry blossom viewing from Nanzenji Sanmon gate was amazing. It was the best time to look at the cherry blossoms. I still clearly remember that scene even now. I hope you can come back to Kyoto again! Best regards, Koichi T.
Kailla PlattUnited States
A great tour! We saw amazing examples of temples and shrines, gardens and thousands of cherry blossoms. We enjoyed a delicious multi-course lunch that we never would have found in our own. A private tea ceremony was another highlight. Our two kids had a great time. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your great warm-hearted comments for me. I also had an amazing time with your family. I am glad to see your children also enjoyed Japanese cuisine and sweet. Thank you for enjoying the tour, hope to see you again!
Koichi was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable about the places we visited. Moreover, since we were going to have only 7-8 hours to visit, he took care of suggesting the best combination of taxis and public transportation to minimize the commuting time. He communicated timely prior to meet in Kyoto providing detailed information of the planned itinerary, transportation cost estimates, and was able to accomodate a request to visit a ceramic gallery. Wonderful visit to Kyoto thanks to him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jorge, Thank you very much for your kind review and high rating. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed efficient travel with your collegue. Gracias de corazón.
Brian ShanedlingUnited States
We had an amazing day with Koichi. He is so knowledgeable & funny. We were very lucky to see so many cherry blossoms. We especially appreciated the lunch spot he took us to. Very local & simply wonderful. He also arranged a very lovely tea ceremony for us. It was a fantastic day & he took so many photos so we can have beautiful memories. You can tell he has a great love for his city & now we share that love too.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Brian, Thank you so much for excellent review. I'm really glad you could enjoy local experience and traditional cuisine in Kyoto. Looking forward to seeing you again!
Derek MaczkaUnited States
Koichi was a perfect tour guide! We were traveling as a family of 4 (two teenagers) on our first trip to Japan and decided to hire a guide for our short stay in Kyoto. And I'm so glad we did. Koichi was polite, well spoken, and fun to be around. He was extremely knowledgeable and able to answer every question we threw at him (I think he studied history in University and we could tell). I would recommend him 100% and hope to spend more time with him on our next trip to Japan
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Derek, I sincerely appreciate your kind review. Thank you for telling me a lot of your state. I also enjoyed talking with you about marine sport and motorcycle. Looking forward to seeing you again in the near future!
Robert van StokromAustralia
Mun Yang ThamSingapore
My wife and I really enjoyed the tour with Koichi. He was knowledgable about the various places that we went to (Imperial Palace and Inari), and shared with us local food places that he enjoyed. Also, he kindly took photographs for us with his camera and sent the pics to us. If you're visiting Kyoto for the first time and want to know more about the history of the city and sights, he is a good guide for you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mun so much for the great review! We are lucky to enjoy early blooming cherry blossom. Weeping cherry trees located in the remains of the Konoe Residence were awesome. Also I'm glad that you enjoyed the authentic soba noodle located in the backstreet. I look forward to seeing you again! Best regards, Koichi T.
Linda TorigoeUnited States
Our tour with Koichi was great- he was very knowledgeable and patient. My family thought the meal we ate at his recommended restaurant was the best meal we had the entire trip. The tour we planned had a lot of walking, and by the time lunch was finished we were tired so he gave us instructions on how to get to a manga museum another day. My son was very happy. I would highly recommend him- he is very easy to talk to, has a lot of energy and is very professional. Thank you very much, Koichi!!
Peter TunwellUnited Kingdom
Peter TunwellUnited Kingdom
Indeed one great experience with Koichi.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mylene Sanchez Thank you for your comment and high rating. I'm really happy to know that you enjoyed my tour and reference materials are helpful for understanding Japanese culture. Also I appreciate your kind recommendation to your family and friends. I look forward to seeing you again!
Sam EnrightNew Zealand
Koichi was very friendly and helpful. He had a lot of local knowledge and he made the tour an enjoyable and informative experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sam Enright , Thank you very much for joining my tour and giving such a kind comment. I'm very glad that you enjoyed my tour. I hope you can come back again someday. Best regards, Koichi.
Catherine YoungerUnited Kingdom
Koichi was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and had lots of helpful hints even before we had started, such as the baggage delivery service from Kyoto Station to our Ryokan to save us time going there first. We really enjoyed our day with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Catherine, Thank you for posting wonderful review. I'm glad to see that my first feedback is the highest rating. I also enjoyed talking with you about our cultures. I hope we will meet again! Best regards, Koichi.