Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Kyoto-Japan by Tour Guide Katsuko O. (Guide #28702)


Kerri Lum

United States
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Tour: #429468, Personalized Half-day Kyoto Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Mar 20/19

Katsuko was a wonderful guide! We saw everything we came to see and she was a wealth of information on the history of the places we visited. We could not have seen so much or learned so much without her tour. She made our visit to Kyoto a great experience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kerri, Thank you very much for your kind review. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed the tour. It was really lovely meeting you and I hope to see you again sometime in the future. Please take care and warmest regards. Katsuko O.

Noemi Misajon

Canada
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Tour: #477098, Personalized Six-hour Kyoto Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Feb 20/19

Katsuko was amazing. Very knowledgeable about the history of the places we visited. She was easy and fun to talk to, very informative, accomodating and just a wonderful person to be with. She even assisted us in getting bus tickets to the airport. I highly recommend her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Noemi, Thank you very much for your kind review. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed the tour. It was such a pleasure to spend a day with you and your family. I wish you all the best, and hope to see you again soon sometime in the future. Warmest regards, Katsuko

Haroon Siddiqe

United Kingdom
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Tour: #429469, Personalized Full-day Kyoto tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Feb 5/19

Katsuko is the perfect guide. Prompt with her email replies and gave us suggestions for our tour as well as letting us tailor the day to the sights we wanted to enjoy. She met us at out hotel and we used public transport and taxis to travel between the sights which was interesting in itself.Had a lovely lunch in a small restaurant in Gion and it catered for a vegetarian meal. We ended the day walking through Nishiki Market and she helped us with some shopping. The perfect hospitable guide, look no further

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Haroon, Thank you very much for your kind review. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed the tour. It was really lovely meeting you and your wife. I hope to see you again in the future. Warmest regards, Katsuko O.

Timothy Curtin

United States
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Tour: #429468, Personalized Half-day Kyoto Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 30/18

We enjoyed Katsuko's company and she helped us to enjoy Kyoto's rich culture. Thank you.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Timothy, Thank you very much for taking your time to write a kind review. It was so nice meeting you and your wonderful family. I hope to see you again in the future. Best wishes, Katsuko O.

Timothy Curtin

United States
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Tour: #429469, Personalized Full-day Kyoto tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 29/18

Becky Allman

United States
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Tour: #429469, Personalized Full-day Kyoto tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 4/18

Katsuko was wonderful. She was so informative and molded the itinerary to all the sights we wanted to see. We had the best day exploring Kyoto with Katsuko.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Becky, Thank you very much for your kind review. It was really lovely meeting you and I enjoyed the day with you a lot. I'm glad that we were blessed with the weather. I hope to see you again in the future. Best wishes, Katsuko O.

Shoshi Rubinstein

Israel
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Tour: #429468, Personalized Half-day Kyoto Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 2/18

Very nice and polite guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Shoshi, Thank you very much for taking your time to write a kind review. It was nice meeting you and I hope to see you again sometime in the future. I wish you prosperity in your business. Best Regards, Katsuko O.

Ellen W.

United States
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Tour: #429468, Personalized Half-day Kyoto Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 26/18

The private tour I chose with Katsuko was wonderful. I came to Japan during late November to experience the gorgeous autumn color and depended on her to select the best spots. She didn't disappoint. We visited two temples near one another and the maples were at peak. The colors were breathtaking. Katsuko met us at our hotel and took us via the public subway, which was an adventure, too. She was quite knowledgeable about the temples, patient with our endless photos, and her English was superb. Thanks

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ellen, Thank you very much for your kind review. It was really nice meeting you and I'm glad to know that you enjoyed the tour. We were so lucky to see autumn color at its peak. I hope to see you again sometime in the future, probably during cherry blossom season next time. Best wishes, Katsuko O.

Hoe Soon Tan

Singapore
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Tour: #429469, Personalized Full-day Kyoto tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 20/18

Katsuko gave very clear directions of the meeting point. She customised the tour based on our interests. Overall, a great tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Hoe, Thank you very much for your kind review. It was really nice meeting you and I enjoyed the day and the conversation with you a lot. Thank you for coming to Japan many times and I sincerely hope to see you again in the future. Best wishes, Katsuko O.

Pearce Mathews

United States
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Tour: #429469, Personalized Full-day Kyoto tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 18/18

Katsuko was very knowledgable on the history and the layout of Kyoto. We were able to customize the tour to see everything that we wanted, including some scenic walks in between the major sites. Highly recommend this tour. Thanks Katsuko!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Pearce, Thank you very much for your kind review. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed the tour. Also thank you for walking a lot during the tour to see everything in one day. It was really nice meeting you and I truly hope to see you again in the future. Best wishes, Katsuko O.

Helaine Hindley

Canada
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Tour: #429468, Personalized Half-day Kyoto Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 14/18

Absolutely a fabulous tour! Katsuko was patient, kind and considerate! Her English is superb! Katsuko is very knowledgeable and easy to talk to ! I would highly recommend her tours!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Helaine, Thank you very much for your kind review. It was really lovely meeting you and I had a great time with you and your family. Also, thank you for walking a lot during the tour. I hope to see you again sometime in the future. Best wishes, Katsuko O.

George Shlahtych

Australia
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Tour: #429483, A Visit to Stunning Kyoto Japanese Gardens (5-hours), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 3/18

Katsuko took us to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, a highlight of our 3 day stay in Kyoto. The gardens were unique, the best we encountered. Katsuko was very knowledgeable and gave us historical facts and stories that were not lectures, but provided in an informative way. We also visited three other unique gardens where Katsuko again had intimate knowledge. Overall a very pleasant and informative experience.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear George, Thank you very much for your kind review. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed the tour today. It was really nice meeting you all and I truly enjoyed the time and the conversation with you. Please take care, I hope to see you again in the future. Best wishes, Katsuko.

Olivier Andries

Belgium
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Tour: #477098, Personalized Six-hour Kyoto Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 28/18

Katsuko is such a fantastic guide! We are 2 couples, travellling in Japan and had Katsuko as our guide. We couldn't have been more happy! She gave us lots of details of Japanese culture and showed us very nice sites, shrines and temples. After the tour she even mailed us with some addresses of where to get the gifts we were looking for to take home to the kids. Katsuko, thanks for a wonderful time in Kyoto! Tine, Isabelle, Sven and Olijf from the kingdom of Belgium.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Olivier, Thank you very much for your kind review. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed the tour. It was really nice meeting you and I had a great time with you during the tour. Also, it was so nice to see your wonderful friendship. I hope to see you again in the future. Best wishes, Katsuko O.

Ken Hart

Canada
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Tour: #429469, Personalized Full-day Kyoto tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 19/18

Katsuko provided two days of fabulous tours, covering the cultural and historical highlights, while providing the history of Kyoto, as well as Japan. She arranged a tea ceremony and a sake tasting for us, and we visited Japanese restaurants for lunch. We are leaving Kyoto with a richer knowledge of the city and it's people.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind review. I'm glad to know that you liked the tour. You are such wonderful couples and I really had a great time with you all. I hope to see you again in the near future. Best wishes, Katsuko

Courtney James

Australia
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Tour: #477098, Personalized Six-hour Kyoto Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 14/18

We had a great time with Katsuko while we were in Kyoto. She was very friendly, knowledgable and was able to answer all of our questions. We loved the fact we did the old streets of Kyoto first and some of the quieter areas before heading to the Bamboo Forest (which was very crowded). She took us to a great place for lunch and we had lovely conversations. I would book again and I would also suggest her to any other travellers thinking of doing a private tour in Kyoto :)

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Courtney, Thank you very much for your kind review. I'm glad to know that you liked the tour. I also had a great time with you and enjoyed our conversation. I sincerely hope to see you again in the future. Best Wishes, Katsuko

Lucy Cullum

Australia
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Tour: #429469, Personalized Full-day Kyoto tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 4/18

Katsuko was a wonderful guide. She suggested an itinerary for us that was great for the whole family and she provided a lot of interesting history and cultural background for the places we visited and Kyoto in general. She also followed up after the tour with an email giving some further details about some of the options we discussed for our remaining time in Kyoto. We could not have asked for more. Thank you Katsuko!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lucy, Thank you very much for your kind review. It was so nice meeting you all. Your children are so sweet and I felt so happy when I saw their greetings in Japanese when we first met in the morning. Please take care, and I hope to see you again sometime in the future. Best wishes, Katsuko O.

Hong Lee

Australia
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Tour: #429468, Personalized Half-day Kyoto Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 16/18

It was a pleasure to have met Miss Katsuko in my very rushed and short trip to Kyoto. Her knowledge and insight on airport transfer, public transport, locations of hotel (relative to tourist spots) was unbelievable. Her planning of my half day trip was spot on and even prior to that, the email communication between us was prompt. Great experience!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Hong, Thank you very much for your kind review. It was really nice meeting you. I enjoyed the conversation with you about various topics and especially about Buddhism was lots of learning for me. I hope you'll have a safe trip back home and hope to see you again sometime in the future. Best Wishes, Katsuko O.

James Lich

United States
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Tour: #429468, Personalized Half-day Kyoto Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 13/18

Very knowledgeable and helpful Excellent guide!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear James, Thank you very much for your kind review. It was so nice meeting you and I really enjoyed the two days with you and your wife. I hope to have the chance to meet you again in the future. Best Wishes, Katsuko O.

Jeffrey Marcus

United States
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Tour: #429469, Personalized Full-day Spiritual tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 27/18

I am giving Katsuko a five star review...she was so lovely and so expert in details on all of our tours...her attention to detail made our time with her feel personal and precious...she was patient and had planned out all of our tours according to our specific needs...I highly recommend Katsuko not only for her expertise but for her humanity as well...

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jeffrey, Thank you very much again for your kind review. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed the tour. I had a wonderful time with you too and really enjoyed the conversation with you about various topics including films. Please take care, and I sincerely hope to see you again sometime in the future. With best wishes, Katsuko O.

Jeffrey Marcus

United States
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Tour: #429469, Personalized Full-day Kurama tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 26/18

Katsuko not only fulfilled our expectations, she surpassed them. Her knowledge, insight, and courtesy were stellar. She provided what we asked of her, and even rolled with the punches as the heat made us change our plans. She gave me a day I will never forget.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jeffrey, Thank you very much for your kind review. It was so nice meeting you and I really enjoyed the two days with you. The appreciation you showed toward a different culture was a great source of motivation for me. I'm glad that we all survived the heat, and I also enjoyed your witty conversation! I hope to see you again sometime in the future. Warmest regards, Katsuko O.

Mats Franzen

Sweden
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Tour: #429469, Personalized Full-day Kyoto tour Aug14, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 14/18

We had a great full-day-tour with our guide Katsuko O. We've been to Kyoto a number of times and wanted some new experiences. She had planned the day perfectly (and checked the plan with us before we went) and that included a trip to Uji, a fantastic teppanyaki-steakhouse lunch and some sake-tasting. She knew the places, she gave some great service (sprayed us with insect repellant before a mosquito heavy shrine and so on) and most importantly for us - we enjoyed some really fun conversations.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mats, Thank you very much for your kind review. It was so nice meeting you and I'm pleased to know that you enjoyed the tour. I also really enjoyed the time with you and your wife, visiting the beautiful sites together. I wish you come back to Japan sometime soon. I'll try and find new hidden gems in Kyoto by them! Warmest regards, Katsuko O.

Jacqui Koo

Hong Kong
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Tour: #429468, Personalized Half-day Kyoto Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Aug 12/18

Punctual and patient, nice and friendly. Thanks for leading us to different places for visit and helping us to communicate with different shop owners. She also introduced much about the history and traditional cultures to us!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jacqui, Thank you very much for your kind review. It was so nice meeting you and I truly enjoyed the time I spent with you. I hope you were not too tired after a long walk wearing Kimono and wooden clogs. Please take care and I hope to see you again sometime in the future. Warmest regards, Katsuko O.

Kathryn Willetts

Australia
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Tour: #429468, Personalized 6-hours Kyoto Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 11/18

Katsuko tailored our tour perfectly to our tastes and personality. Our lunch at a Zen Temple was an additional bonus that just added to a magical day allowing us to immerse ourselves in all that is Kyoto. Arigatō gozaimashita Katsuko

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kathryn, Thank you very much for your kind review. It was so lovely meeting you, and I'm pleased to know that you enjoyed the day and the lunch at a Zen temple. Hope to see you again sometime in the future. Kochirakoso, doumo arigatou gozaimashita. Warmest regards, Katsuko O.

Stefanie Tateishi

United States
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Tour: #429468, Personalized Six-hours Kyoto Tour (Jun18), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 18/18

Katsuko was very knowledgeable about Kyoto, and the areas we visited. Our train stopped midway to our meet-up destination because of the Earthquake, yet we remained in contact, and she waited for us to arrive in Kyoto to start our tour. She made a good suggestion for our lunch, where we were able to get to know each other. She was also able to help us find the only train that was running, so that we could return to Osaka. Thank you for a wonderful tour!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Stefanie, Thank you very much for your kind review. Also thank you for the effort you made to come to Kyoto, in spite of the difficulties due to the earthquake. I'll always remember the day with you and your husband. Warmest Regards, Katsuko O. P.S. I found the macadamia nuts very yummy!

Sharon Izerel

South Africa
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Tour: #429469, Personalized Full-day Kyoto tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 5/18

I would like to commend Katsuko in Kyoto Japan I give her 100% 5 stars rating Her english was good Her knowledge was excellent She was available on the phone and was on time and reliable She gave a full 8 hour tour of Kyoto and showed us the best sites and gave us insight into Japanese culture Well Done!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for coming to Kyoto by traveling such a long distance. Also Many for your kind review. It was really nice meeting you and I truly enjoyed the tour with you. Hope to see you again sometime in the future. Warmest Regards, Katsuko O.

Nina Tikhomirova

United States
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Tour: #429468, Personalized Half-day Kyoto Tour, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 1/18

Very delighted with my half day Kyoto tour with Katsuko. 5 out of 5. Very professional guide, proposed a wonderful itinerary so I enjoyed the tour

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Nina, Thank you very much for your kind review. I also really enjoyed the tour with you. Having a conversation with you about your country, your family, work and so on was really fun. I hope to see you again sometime in the future. Best Regards, Katsuko O.

Andrea Ornstein

United States
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Tour: #429468, Personalized Half-day Kyoto Tour (May16), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 16/18

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Andrea, Thank you very much for your kind review. It was really nice meeting you and I am very happy to find you enjoyed the tour. I hope to see you again sometime in the future. Warmest regards, Katsuko.