We enjoyed the tour with Rie. All the information was readily available (leaflets, brochures, etc). The coffee shop where she brought us to Miyajima island was superb! The visit to the Hiroshima museum was very informative and heartbreaking! We will definitely book with ToursByLocals and if in Japan, will definitely hire Rie again. Thank you, Rie for making our tour to Hiroshima one of the best tours and a memorable one!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Emy - Thank you for your great review! I had a great time with you. Your family’s story was very interesting. I needed more time to listen to it. Please come back again to Hiroshima. I have many places I would like to show you. I also thank you for your pictures. I will put them on my tour pictures! Rie
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review. Please enjoy the rest of your trip! Rie
Martin H.United Kingdom
A great tour and a lovely destination - would definitely recommend
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review. It was a good day for hiking. It was great pleasure for me to meet you both! Rie
Martin H.United Kingdom
Really interesting and moving tour with Rie
Greg MacfarlaneSouth Africa
Rie was efficient during the booking process and fabulous on tour. We took the Hiroshima WW2 tour which she made her own, with insight to the effect on local families - some of which were her own. We had some difficulties in arranging an evening dinner, which Rie resolved for us without us knowing - thank you. Would recommend. Greg
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Greg! Thank you for visiting Hiroshima in your tight schedule. As you have deep knowledge about the war, what I could do was adding local information. I am relieved to know that you made your train and enjoyed your dinner. Please enjoy the rest of your trip! Rie
Rie was very friendly and knowledgeable and our experience exceeded our expectations. Her English was fantastic. Rie collected us at the station and the tour was well organised. We were given great insight into the history and current times, finishing with her taking us all back to the station and helping us with our tickets. This day with Rie was by far the best part of our Japan Trip. I would recommend Rie to anyone travelling to Hiroshima.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Susan- Thank you for your great review! It was super fun to be with you. I felt like you were one of my old friends. Please keep in contact. I look forward to seeing you again! Rie
Rie was super friendly, knowledgeable and adapted to the needs of our group. I highly recommend her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Ray! Thank you for your great review. I had a wonderful day with you. I hope you liked Hiroshima local food, Okonomiyaki and Sake. Please enjoy the rest of your trip in Japan! Rie
Shirley B.Quezon City, 1112, Philippines
We were a group of 6 couples ranging from late 70s to 89 years old. Rie would go the extra mile to meet the needs of each one which required her to walk back and forth to attend to us on our day tour of Miyajima . She was always smiling and cheerful. Anyone with Rie as private guide can be sure of being well taken care of!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Shirley! Thank you for your wonderful review. It was great pleasure for me to guide for you. You are really good companions. Please enjoy the rest of your trip! Rie
We had a fantastic day with Rie. Having been raised in Hiroshima, she has an intimate knowledge of the area and personal experience with the historical events. She was very kind and personable and took an interest in all questions that we asked. We highly recommend Rie as a tour guide and we would certainly like to spend more time learning from her. Thank You Rie!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your great review! You have deep interest in Japanese culture and history so it was big fun to talk about them to you. I really had a wonderful time with you and your family as all of you have broad perspectives. I also have learnt a lot from you about Canada. Hope you will enjoy the rest of your trip. Rie
Michael P.United States
Excellent tour guide! We had a blast. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Michael, thank you for your review! It was great pleasure for me to guide you around Hiroshima. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip. Rie
Rie has a profound history know how and discussions have been very fruitful. Charming and caring for our family we spent a wonderful day with her. We would always recommend her again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Roman, Thank you for your kind review! It was pleasure for me to do a tour for your family. It was grateful that you listened to my story very carefully. Also your story about the business was really interesting! I love my job as I learn various perspectives from people like you. Thank you very much and see you again! Rie
We really enjoyed the day and rated it was one of the best days of our Holiday in Japan. Rie was very accommodating, warm and engaging, particularly with my little girls who didn’t stop talking about her after the day ended. Rie’s english is excellent and we had no issues in communicating with her (including my inlaws who were with us and english is not there first language). Lunch of Okonomiyaki was so yummy too! I would highly recommend Rie to anyone and would absolutely book a tour with her again
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your great review, Renata! I love all of your family. They are so nice and warm that I felt very sad to say goodbye after the tour. Especially your daughters are adorable. I wish I could be their nanny! Please come back to Hiroshima someday ( with funny Frank!). See you again! Rie
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank for your great review! Your review was written in Traveler Private Comment so I can read it (but not other people). All of your family and friends are happy and cheerful people so I enjoyed the tour with you a lot. I was amazed because your children are very knowledgeable about Japan. Please enjoy the rest of your trip! Rie
I can think of no better way to be shown the sights of Hiroshima. Rie is a fantastic guide. It was an emotional experience visiting the Hiroshima Memorial Park with Rie because of her family connection to the tragedy. Thank you Rie for sharing tragic part family history with us. A day of good laughs, good food and also a couple of tears.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Melinda! Thank you for your great review. It was a fine day and cherry blossoms are in full bloom. I truly enjoyed the beautiful day with you. As both of you have a sense of humor, I laughed a lot whole day. Please come back to Japan again. I look forward to it! Rie
Benjamin LeffUnited States
Rie was the best tour guide that we had in Japan. I appreciated Rie's willingness to share her family's story with respect to Hiroshima. This made the tour extremely powerful and put faces/stories to statistics and history. Rie is extremely knowledgeable about Japan and was able to answer all of our questions. She also took us to our favorite meal in Japan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello, Ben! Thank you for your kind review. I had lots of fun with you guys. Could you peek in the baseball stadium or go to the bar for Carp fans after that? I wish I could go with you. Hope you had a good time in Hiroshima! Rie
This tour was amazing, by far one of our favourite experiences in Japan. Rei san was incredibly knowledgeable, fun and attuned to our interests and needs (my mom is a slow walker). We learned in one day not just about the history of Hiroshima but also about Japan and Japanese culture. This was truly a treat! Don't miss the opportunity to spend a day with Rei san.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Yael and Norma! I spent a special day with you. I also have learnt a lot from you and had a lot of fun with you. I will go to the nice restaurant in Kyoto which you recommended. Please enjoy yourself in Naoshima! Rie
Bernard LockardUnited States
Despite the rain and cold temperatures, we had a magnificent day with Rei. We spent the morning at the Peace Park, lunch at one of her favorite lunch spots for okonomiyaki. During the morning not only did we see and learn about the various memorials, but Rei talked about her mother's experience as a survivor. For the afternoon we went to Miyayama for another interesting tour. We can't say enough good about our time with Rei, other than to say that by the end of the day, we felt we had a new friend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi. Bernie - Thank you for your review. It was a great pleasure to spend time with you all. Your story about experience in Japan in 80’s was very interesting. Please enjoy the rest of your trip in Kyoto and New Zealand! Rie
We had a wonderful time in Hiroshima and Miyajima Island with Rie. Rie is warm, friendly and very knowledgeable. She generously shared her family history with us. We highly recommend Rie!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Zoe and Veronica, Thank you for your nice review! It was a great pleasure for me to do a tour for you. I myself had a good time with you. I am glad to have met you! Rie
Excellent! 5 out of 5!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your good review, James. I have learnt a lot about Australia from your children. Lovely kids! Your family’s relationship with Japan is quite wide and deep. Please keep in contact with me. Your daughter is always welcomed to speak with me to carry on practicing Japanese via SKYPE. Rie
Rie was an amazing Tour Guide. Rie's English was fantastic and had a great sense of humour. We felt comfortable throughout the whole trip with Rie. Could not recommend her enough! Rie knew her history and always had information on anything we wanted to ask or discuss. Very informative and respectful. It was a pleasure to spend the entire day with her. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We loved Hiroshima with you. ❤️
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Josie, thank you for your kind review! I am glad that you enjoyed my tour. It is great pleasure to spend time with you and Rick. I laughed a lot with you!!! How was the first snow experience of Rick? Please enjoy skiing in Hakuba! Rie
Susan MitchellArtarmon, NEW SOUTH WALES, Australia
We had a wonderful day in Miyajima and Hiroshima with Rie. She engaged our children in everything we did and was a great source of knowledge. I would recommend Rie to anyone visiting Japan. Thank you Rie for a fantastic and thought provoking day. Suse Mitchell and family
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your great review. Your kids are amazing! I truly enjoyed conversation with all of them. Hope you will have a lot of fun in Kyoto and enjoy skiing in Hakuba. See you! Rie
Sandra ShaUnited States
Rie is absolutely phenomenal!!!! One cannot truly appreciate Hiroshima unless one has had a private tour with Rie. She is highly knowledgeable about her city and she is extremely friendly, flexible, and reliable. We have had dozens of private tour guides over the years, and we can honestly say that Rie is probably the top tour guide we have ever had! We give Rie OUR STRONGEST AND HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION EVER!!! She is truly the best!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Sandra. Your review almost make me cry. It was great to spend time with you and your family. I also have learnt a lot from you. I will never forget your daughters’ beautiful songs. Please come back to Hiroshima someday to go to the Museum! I am waiting for you. Rie
Rie was excellent. Her knowledge and English was fantastic as was her communication prior to the day of our tour. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Rhianna - Very many thanks for your rating and kind words. Such a pleasure to meet both of you. I am glad to hear that you really wanted to visit the Peace Memorial Park. Please enjoy the rest of your trip. Rie
Elizabeth SheehanUnited States
Rei was a perfect tour guide: knowledgable, friendly, interesting, and able to give us a sense of Hiroshima and Miyajima that we never would have had otherwise. I very, very highly recommend her! My husband and I agreed that our trip would not have been nearly as good without her. She is fantastic.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Lily and Chris - Thank you for your nice review! It was great to meet both of you. I wish I had more time to listen to your interesting stories. Did you have nice time in Kyoto on Saturday? Hope to see you again! Rie
James WaltonUnited Kingdom
If you are touring Hiroshima, then Rie should be your guide. Very informative, friendly and makes you feel comfortable to ask any questions. Very knowledgeable about both sections of the tour and goes at a pace which guarantees the best experience. Had a very nice traditional japanese oniyamaki lunch. The stand out part of my holiday to Japan so far. Thank you Rie.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, James! I am delighted to know that Hiroshima is one of your favorite places in Japan. I had a lot of fun working for you as you are a very good listener and your story about England was very intriguing! Enjoy the rest of your trip in Japan! Rie
LOVED Rie - she is such a fun, lovely and helpful guide. Her tour was wonderful, we learnt so much history and had a very enjoyable half day tour. I had hurt my ankle and she was very accommodating and suggested some alternate things we could do and see. We had a great coffee and conversation together and she answered all of our questions. Rie delivered us back to our hotel with a big smile. I would recommend her to anyone wanting a private tour in Hiroshima.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Courtney! It was great fun to be with you and Cam. Your story was very interesting. I like my job as I can meet people like you. It is very difficult to find a good coffee shop in Japan. I am waiting for you and Cam to come back to Hiroshima and open a coffee shop as we promised.
Christopher ElvinUnited Kingdom
Rie is an exceptional tour guide who is very knowledgeable about all aspects of life in and around Hiroshima. She tailored my experience combining my preferences with knowledge about what times are best to visit where to avoid long queues and crowds. Unlike group tours, Rie let me set the pace and we spent a long day together ensuring I saw all the best sights. If you feel adventurous, let her decide where to take lunch, you won't be disappointed and will eat like a true local
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi, Christopher! It was very interesting for me to know your good relationship with your local community. I wish I was your neighbor.... As I said, the paper crane you folded was amazingly beautiful! Have a good day in Hakone. Rie
Rie is a great guide! She is very kind nice and very sweet. We had a very good time with her explaining to us about hiroshima as her family was touched by the atomic bomb. Highly recommend her. Very good english!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your good review! I am very happy you chose to come to Hiroshima in your busy schedule. I had also a good time with you as all of you are so funny and interesting. Hope your friends will also like Hiroshima maple-leaf shaped cakes. Rie
Katelyn AllenUnited States
We did a full day Hiroshima and Miyajima Island tour with Rie, and she was amazing! We were in Asia for a two-week vacation and had nine private tour guides throughout our time, and Rie was the best one we had! She customized the tour to our preference, took us to an amazing and inexpensive spot for lunch (the best meal we had in Japan), and even helped us learn Japanese words and phrases. After our tour with Rie, we talked the rest of the trip about how we missed her, which is a sign of an amazing guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Katelyn! Strolling around Hiroshima with both of you was a lot of fun! Your curiosity is never ending. Getting along with naughty deer, eating Okonomiyaki in front of a giant hot plate, studying Japanese, etc. Please don’t forget how to count Japanese numbers. Itchy, knee, sun.... Rie
Great tour! Rie adapted to our family and provided a great day to all. Thanks
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your feedback! I had a good time with all of you as you are a happy family. Please come back to Japan again and try more Japanese food;) Rie