Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Kyoto-Japan by Tour Guide Koichi W. (Guide #30642)


Lisa Suennen

United States
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Tour: #520580, One-day Nara tour from Kyoto with a private guide, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 2/20

Koichi is knowledgeable and a lovely and intelligent person. It was a pleasure to spend the day with him in all respects and we sq many wondrous sights. Highly recommended!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi! Lisa san, Thank you for giving me such a wonderful comment. I was able to have a great time with you. I was very happy to hear that you had enjoyed the atmosphere of Japanese new year. I hope to see you and your lovely family next time too. Koichi

Andrew Lawless

United States
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Tour: #475775, Phoenix hall in Uji and "Higashiyama trail" Hiking Tour from Kyoto station, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 20/19

Koichi san is a great tour guide. He knew all the best places and interesting information, and picked a great local restaurant for lunch. He was really flexible and was able to tailor the tour to my interests. An amazing day in Uji and Fushimi Inari area!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi! Andrew san, Thank you for giving me such a nice comment. I was very happy to be able to spend a pleasant day with you. Well, did you take many good pictures of autumn leaves with the historical monuments? If you have a chance, please come to Kyoto again in cherry blossom season. I hope to see you next time too. Koichi

Sarah Smorhun

Australia
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Tour: #519031, Western Highlights in Kyoto for the first time visitor, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 4/19

Koichi was an amazing guide! We had a perfect tour for us, we saw many key highlights of Kyoto and had a marvellous time spending the day together. Koichi also carries information sheets that provide additional information on culture, language and history, which was appreciated.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi! Sarah san, Thank you for giving me such a nice comment. I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Thanks to your physical fitness, I was able to this tour. I hope to see you next time too. Kyoto always welcomes you!

David Varga

Canada
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Tour: #519031, Western Highlights in Kyoto for the first time visitor, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 1/19

A truly educational day. Koichi guided us through so many places during the day. We could not have hoped to do it all on our own. Besides guiding us he came with numerous information sheets regarding Japanese history and culture. He used these to give us a fuller understanding of the country. It was a day well spent.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your wonderful review! David san. I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Well, have you been to Osaka and Nara? If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I hope to see you next time too. Koichi

Howard Rosenberg

United States
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Tour: #519031, Highlights in Kyoto for the first time visitor, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 24/19

Best guide. 6 stars

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi! Howard san, Thank you for giving me such a nice rate. I hope you enjoyed the tour. I hope to see you again next time too. Koichi

Paul Kenny

Thailand
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Tour: #519031, Western Highlights in Kyoto for the first time visitor, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 23/19

Koichi is a wonderful guide and great ambassador of Kyoto. He knows the city so well. We adjusted the places we visited along the way as different subjects came up. Koichi speaks English very well and loves to make a joke along the way. You will enjoy your day with Koichi for sure!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for giving me such a nice comment. I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. I hope to see you again and enjoy the freshly brewed Sake with you. Koichi

Lauren Studenberg

United States
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Tour: #519864, Eastern Highlights in Kyoto for the first time visitor, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 22/19

We had a fabulous day with Koichi! He was informative and professional and provided a fun day! I learned a lot during the tour and would highly recommend touring with Koichi, especially if it is your first time in Kyoto! Thank you Koichi!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi! Lauren san. Thank you for giving me such a nice comment. I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. I hope to see you again next time too. Koichi

James Puder

United States
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Tour: #519864, Eastern Highlights in Kyoto for the first time visitor, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 10/19

Great day seeing the sites in Kyoto,Koichi was flexible and great with the logistics of getting us around town. Went out of the way to meet some special requests and gave a great local recommendation for a place to eat in Katata. Had a great time!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for giving me such a nice review. I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour, especially you enjoyed the “Izakaya” bar in my hometown.

Tania Betts

Australia
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Tour: #519031, Western Highlights in Kyoto for the first time visitor, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 28/19

This was our second day tour with Koichi and it did not disappoint. Once again a full day of exploring amazing sites. There were some truly stunning places on this tour and we thoroughly enjoyed it, including our two year old son however we suspect he most enjoyed the train and tram rides during the course of the day. Some of the places on this tour are a must see when visiting Kyoto. Highly recommend!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi! Tania san. Thank you for giving me such a wonderful comment. I was able to have a great time with you. I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. I hope your kid, Henry san remember the tram he rode. Koichi

Tania Betts

Australia
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Tour: #519864, Eastern Highlights in Kyoto for the first time visitor, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 27/19

We had a wonderful day with a Koichi and saw so many amazing places over the day. It was a full day but did not feel rushed. Koichi was very prepared and has an in depth knowledge of the places we visited. He was also wonderful with our two year old son on the tour. I would highly recommend this tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi! Tania san. Thank you for taking my guiding service for two days. I was able to have a great time with you. There are many other good places in Kyoto and surrounding areas. I hope to see you again next time too. Koichi

Jaime P.

Israel
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Tour: #519864, Eastern Highlights in Kyoto for the first time visitor, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 25/19

We are very happy that Koichi has been our guide. The walks were excellent and the explanations interesting. It helped us to know many aspects of life in each place, saving transportation problems in an unknown city. We warmly recommend Koichi as a guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi! Jaime san, Thank you for taking my guiding service! I had a great time with you, and I was amazingly impressed by the meeting of you and your old friend for the first time in 50 years. If you have a chance to come to Japan again, I definitely want to attend you next time too. Please let me know it in advance. Koichi

Thomas Mehler

United States
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Tour: #519031, Western Highlights in Kyoto for the first time visitor, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 5/19

The tour with Koichi was excellent. Not only did he show us all the specific sites of western Kyoto, he also pointed out small local details (cultural and architectural) and educated us on the local culture. Every year we go to different countries and take tours with guides by toursbylocals. Koichi was the best, by far

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for giving me such a wonderful comment. I was very happy with you and your family. I hope to see you again next time too. I would like to show you more and more interesting places and things to do. Thomas san. Koichi

Patricia Phan

United States
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Tour: #520580, One-day Hiroshima tour fromOsaka, Hiroshima, Japan    view tour
Date: Jul 1/19

We had a big group (14 peoples ). Koichi were our tour guide from Kyoto to Osaka and to Hiroshima (5 days) . We are very happy with his service. I will differently book with Koichi again in the future.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for giving me such a nice comment. I’m so glad to have a chance to meet yo and your family members. I felt as if we were a same family when I saw you all. This is a moment that I feel I am happy to be a tour guide. I really hope to see you next time too. Koichi

Patricia Phan

United States
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Tour: Osaka Gourmet tour, Kyoto, Japan
Date: Jun 30/19

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for giving such a nice rate!

Patricia Phan

United States
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Tour: #519864, Kyoto Eastern Highlights, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 29/19

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for giving me such a nice rate.

Patricia Phan

United States
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Tour: #485494, One day Outdoor Adventure tour from Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 28/19

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for giving me such a nice rate.

Patricia Phan

United States
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Tour: #520580, One-day Nara tour from Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 27/19

We have a great time with Koichi San. He were great with our big group (14 peoples)are highly recommend Koichi San.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. I think I could do my job thanks to you and your family member’s kind cooperation. I hope to see you again next time too.

Roberta Ufford

United States
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Tour: #520580, One-day Nara tour from Kyoto with a private guide, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jun 1/19

We very much enjoyed our visit to Nara. Koichi-san was a great host and helped us understand both religious and historical facts that made our time at Nara more enjoyable and meaningful. We also loved his sense of humor. My daughter and I are traveling from Maryland USA.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi! Roberta san. Thank you for giving me such a wonderful comment! I'm very happy to hear you enjoyed the tour. Well, how do you like Nara's specialty food " Kakinoha-Sushi" ? I hope you enjoyed it. I look forward to seeing you again. I would like to show you more interesting places to see and things to do next time too. Koichi

Susie Bleiman-Soll

United States
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Tour: #479037, Enjoy Hot Spring after Hike in mysterious mountains of Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 31/19

We just returned from a full day with Koichi-san. It was the perfect day in the mountains of Kyoto. Koichi-san is extremely knowledgeable, engaging and friendly. He learned a lot from him & he even brought charts and history summaries to share with us. He is patient, caring & genuinely wants you to enjoy the sites of this wonderful country. In addition, he found an Israeli restaurant (with some vegan options) for our family to enjoy. It was delicious! Thank you Koichi-san for a perfect & memorable day!��

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi! Susie san, I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Thanks to you, I was also able to taste an Israeli food for the first time. It was really delicious. Well, I hope to see you again and have a good time with you next time too. Enjoy the rest of your journey. Koichi

Bruce Fessenden

United States
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Tour: #475775, "Higashiyama trail" Hiking Tour from Kyoto station, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 28/19

5 stars! Koichi was wonderful, took me all over Kyoto, instructed me on the history of the region. He did way more than he needed to and I enjoyed all of it!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi! Bruce san, Thank you for sending me a wonderful message. I had a pleasant time with you yesterday. I am very happy to hear you enjoyed the tour. If you have a chance to come to Japan again, I would like to show you more and more interesting places and things next time too. Koichi

Linda Blickman

United States
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Tour: #479037, Enjoy Hot Spring after Hike in mysterious mountains of Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 24/19

Koichi is a wonderful tour guide! He is very resourceful and added a number of our special requests to our plan. He is very knowledgeable and very enjoyable to be with. He is an expert on Kyoto and Japanese culture. Plus, he was very responsive in our planning, flexible, and organized. We had a great day with him and highly recommend him!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi! Linda san, Thank you for sending me such a nice comment. I'm was very happy to be with you and to hear that you enjoyed the tour. I'm looking forward to seeing you again. I would like to show you more and more interesting places and things. Koichi

Jan Heineken

United States
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Tour: Kyoto Private tour from Kobe, Kyoto, Japan
Date: May 16/19

This guide works his heart out to please. He flexed the schedule in order to accommodate to 2 tour participants who were not the most adaptable. He brought small origami cranes for us made by his wife. We were active throughout the tour - no down time. When our two new members lagged, the rest of the group didn't suffer because he routed them one direction while we took another. We admire his organizational skills and tactfulness. He made an excellent selection of lunch sites - enjoyed by all.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi! Jan san, Thank you for giving me such a nice comment. I appreciate you have me as a part of your tour. In Japan, the paper crane is considered to be a symbol of longevity and happiness. My wife and I hope you are all well. I'm looking forward to seeing you again. Koichi

Daiquirie Loeb

United States
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Tour: #479037, Enjoy Hot Spring after Hike in mysterious mountains of Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 7/19

Soaking in the onsen (hot spring) Is not for the modest because no clothing is allowed in the soaking bath. Genders are separate and if modesty is not an issue it is worth the experience!

Daiquirie Loeb

United States
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Tour: #485494, Let's Enjoy Hiking on Hira mountains from Kyoto !, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 6/19

I had Koichi San booked for four days and this day was far my favorite! Originally he had planned for us to go up the rope way and hike down the mountain but I asked if we could do it the reverse way. We hiked from the bottom of Mt Horai to the top and had a bento lunch over looking Lake Biwa. (Not for the inexperienced hiker) Koichi even made noodles and coffee for us at the top! Koichi is a trooper and so very accommodating! His wife is also wonderful and I got to enjoy a beer and sake with her!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi! Daiquirie san. Thank you for sharing wonderful time with me and my wife. I think you are probably the toughest walker I’ve ever seen. Come to think of it, we drank every day after hikes, right? I’m looking forward to seeing you again and enjoying hikes next time too. Cheers and Kanpa-ai!! Koichi

Daiquirie Loeb

United States
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Tour: #519031, Western Highlights in Kyoto for the first time visitor, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 4/19

Daiquirie Loeb

United States
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Tour: #519864, Eastern Highlights in Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: May 3/19

David Holloway

United Kingdom
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Tour: #479037, Enjoy Hot Spring after Hike in mysterious mountains of Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 29/19

We visited Mount Kurama & saw many shrines and temples. The tour was informative, comprehensive & enjoyable. Our guide was very good!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi! David san, Thank you for your wonderful comment. I was so glad to be with you on the tour day. I would like to show you more and more interesting places, things and Japanese dishes next time too. I really hope to see you again! Koichi

Helen Ford

Australia
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Tour: #519864, Eastern Highlights in Kyoto for the first time visitor, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 23/19

Our wonderful guide Koichi devised an intinery that matched our interests and provided a wonderful insight into Japanese culture and history - he was engaging, hospitable and generous and we believe as a tour guide this is his calling. We look to meet him again next we are in Japan

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I appreciate your wonderful comments for me, Helen san. I am so glad you enjoyed the tour. I hope to see you again in the near future. I would like to show you more and more interesting places and things. Koichi

Desiree Linardon

Australia
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Tour: #519031, Kyoto Highlights, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 22/19

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi! Desiree san. Thank you for giving me such a nice rating. I hope to see you next time too. Enjoy eating Kara-age, melon-bread and so on. Kooichi

Jenny Cordina

United States
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Tour: #519864, Highlights in Kyoto for the first time visitor, Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Apr 19/19

Koichi was a fantastic guide. He took our suggestions on the agenda, enhanced it, and ensured we saw everything we hoped to see -- even adjusting during the day when something caught our interest. He is also incredibly knowledgeable and was able to share the history of Kyoto. I would definitely recommend a tour with Koichi. Thank you for a fantastic day in Kyoto for our family!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your wonderful comment, Jenny (Mchelle) san. I was so glad to share a pleasant time with you. I'm looking forward to seeing you again in the near future. I would like to show you more and more interesting places and things next time. Koichi


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