Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Kyoto-Japan by Tour Guide Ken S. (Guide #3958)


Gail Reilly

Australia
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Tour: #240606, Full day Private tour to Himeji castle from Kyoto ( or Osaka) by Shinkansen with the bonus trip to Kobe., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Feb 16/20

We booked Ken for a day trip to Himeji, wonderful guide a wonderful gentleman, with a wealth of knowledge, in many area's. Ken is a registered guide, which we found to be very important. Great day, highly recommend.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Gail, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring a great memory back home. -Ken S.

Miranda Godfrey

Australia
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Tour: #60647, Customezed Shore Excursion Private Tour to Kyoto for Ms. Miranda Godfrey from Kobe., Kobe, Japan    view tour
Date: Feb 14/20

I would highly recommend Ken as a tour guide, he is a Kyoto native and was gracious in changing our tour and meeting place due to untimely circumstances and fitted more into the tour at our request. We used transport ranging from buses to taxis on the day, Ken made it easy to navigate our way around Kyoto. He was flexible at accommodating shopping as well when we went past interesting shops. We wouldn't have seen as much of Kyoto without Ken, his local knowledge is great.

Luc Amdahl

United States
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Tour: #71849, Full day private tour to visit as many major sites as possible in Kyoto by a jumbo taxi., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 26/20

To be honest I had high expectations for Ken based on previous reviews, yet he exceeded them. He was incredibly friendly and accommodating with our large group. It was clear how much he cared about his hometown of Kyoto through his ability to explain its history and culture with humor and sincerity - we could listen to him speak all day! He went above and beyond to optimize our itinerary and see all the big sites, even dropping us off at Kiyomizu-dera at the last minute. Thank you so much, Ken!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Luc, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring a great memory back home. -Ken S.

Susan Brown

United Kingdom
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Tour: #194998, Shore Excursion Private Tour to Kyoto by a jumbo taxi from Osaka., Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 18/20

Ken had arranged a mini bus to collect our party of eight from the cruise port at Osaka, to take us on a day trip to Kyoto. We managed to see several sites, as well as walking through the old town and the Gion district. Ken's English is excellent, and he was very informative and willing to answer any questions. I would certainly recommend him as a guide.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Susan, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memory back home. -Ken S.

Catherine J.

Australia
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 9/20

This was our second day with Ken and we had our 16 year old daughter with us this time. Ken was as impressive on our second day as he was on our first day. He encouraged our daughter with her Japanese that she studies at home and was flexible to accommodate our requests. He is exceptionally knowledgable and polite and made our day extremely memorable. He managed a mix of public transport and taxis to ensure the best use of our time balance with efficient use of funds. He is amazing. Just book him!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Catherine, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have good memory back home. -Ken S.

Catherine J.

Australia
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Jan 8/20

Ken was absolutely amazing. He is extremely knowledgable , intelligent and polite as well as being able to take fantastic photos. He took us on many back streets that we never would have found ourselves and gave insightful commentary of each location we visited. He was also very gentle and kind, with a lovely sense of humour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Catherine, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have good memory back home. -Ken S.

Ivy Schlechter

United States
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Tour: #71849, Full day private tour to visit as many major sites as possible in Kyoto by a jumbo taxi., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 29/19

Another amazing day of touring with Ken! He knows exactly what is worth seeing in the city and how to he as efficient as possible. We wish we could have Ken our entire trip!

Ivy Schlechter

United States
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Tour: #71849, Full day private tour to visit as many major sites as possible in Kyoto by a jumbo taxi., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 28/19

Ken is the best tour guide we had in japan (by far) and is so knowledgeable of the city. On top of that, he has so much energy and was able to take us everywhere we wanted to go! Would highly recommend.

Ivy Schlechter

United States
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Tour: #71849, Full day private tour to visit as many major sites as possible in Kyoto by a jumbo taxi., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 27/19

We had an amazing day with Ken in Kyoto. He is very knowledgable and passionate about his home town. He was prompt and very flexible as he had to rearrange tours due to weather. It was a great combinationof temples, shrines and fun activities. We are looking forward to two more days with Ken!

Han Chang

Malaysia
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Tour: Private cusomized tour for Mr. Han Chang & his family to visit Kyoto & Osaka on his way to the hotel in Osaka., Kyoto, Japan
Date: Dec 21/19

Ken is a knowledgable and professional guide. I would strongly recommend him and thank him for the day tour from Kyoto to Osaka.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Han san, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memory back home. Best, -Ken S.

Cindy Lew

United States
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Tour: #194998, Shore Excursion Private Tour for Ms. Cindy Lew & her group to visit Kyoto by a van from Osaka., Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Dec 9/19

Ken's tour was informative and well organized. We can't believe how much we were able to see in a day! Great guide-we would highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Cindy, Thanks for your five stars and thanks for your cooperatoon during the tour.Hope you will bring great memory back home. -Ken S.

Nyen Ho Hon

Malaysia
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Tour: #27151, 2 days private customized tour for Mr. Nyen Ho Hom and his family to visit Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 29/19

Ken was a great guide! He speaks very good English, is Knowledgeable about Kyoto and put in a lot of effort to plan our itinerary making our time in Kyoto with him fulfilling. He took me and my family that included 2 children around some of the less tourist beaten path of Kyoto using a combination of walking, train, and metro which saved us time. Ken also accommodated our requests well and planned the schedule fantastically to help us avoid the crowd in the peak of the Autumn leaf viewing season

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Nyen san, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you have good memory back home. -Ken S.

Eric Lim

United States
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Tour: #195129, Private customized tour for Mr. Eric Lim and his group for visit Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 27/19

Ken was a great tour guide. He provided a lot of historical information during our tour, and was always communicating about what we were looking at and where he was planning to take us next. My traveling group appreciated his insight and opinions, and we are very eager to book him again the next time we're back in Kyoto. Thank you for the amazing experience Ken!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Eric, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memory on Kyoto back home. Best, Ken S.

Barbara Tatum

United States
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Tour: #55906, Private Tours to Arashiyama /Sagano area in Far Western Kyoto for 6 hours., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 16/19

It was a fun day! I saw everything I requested and Ken was a wealth of information. I learned a lot about Japanese history and culture. I have a foot that can be painful and he was very accommodating when I needed to rest.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Barbara, for your five stars. I enjoyed your company and thank you for teaching me some English terms. Hope you will bring great memory back home. -Ken S.

Rob Reif

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 9/19

Ken was a knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic guide. We had to change our schedule and he was very flexible. Having lived in other countries outside of Japan, he was able to add some perspective and insight. By the end of the tour, he felt like a friend. We recommend Ken without hesitation.

Ian Le Marquand

Canada
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Tour: #240606, Full day Private tour to Himeji castle from Kyoto ( or Osaka) by Shinkansen with the bonus trip to Kobe., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Nov 4/19

Ken did a fantastic job of touring us through the Himeji Castle with lots of facts and interesting information. He also made sure to take us to all the spots for the best camera angles for pictures. Ken's added suggestion of a Kobe Beef lunch absolutely made our day. And a nice finish on the gondola ride up to the herb gardens. Thanks for a great day in many ways.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ian & Lora, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memory back home. Best, Ken S.

John Chin

United States
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Tour: #58443, Full day Private tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 29/19

Ken S was our guide in Kyoto on October 27-29. We give him 5 stars. Ken was very knowledgeable and very considerate. One person in our party had some disability and Ken was especially sensitive to his needs, which we appreciated. We enjoyed the sites Ken took us to. He taught us how to use the subways and trains. His English was good. He spent a lot of time with us. We highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memory back home. Best, Ken S.

John Chin

United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 28/19

Ken S was our guide in Kyoto on October 27-29. We give him 5 stars. Ken was very knowledgeable and very considerate. One person in our party had some disability and Ken was especially sensitive to his needs, which we appreciated. We enjoyed the sites Ken took us to. He taught us how to use the subways and trains. His English was good. He spent a lot of time with us. We highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memory back home. Best, Ken S.

John Chin

United States
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 27/19

Ken S was our guide in Kyoto on October 27-29. We give him 5 stars. Ken was very knowledgeable and very considerate. One person in our party had some disability and Ken was especially sensitive to his needs, which we appreciated. We enjoyed the sites Ken took us to. He taught us how to use the subways and trains. His English was good. He spent a lot of time with us. We highly recommend him.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memory back home. Best, Ken S.

Ricarda Brandts

Germany
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Tour: #36756, Full day private tour to eastern Kyoto (Silver pavilion/Philosopher's path/Nanzenji temple/Kiyomizu temple/Gion district.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 25/19

Jennifer Kirby

United States
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Tour: #60647, Shore Excursion Private Tour to Kyoto by a jumbo taxi from Kobe., Kobe, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 24/19

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jennifer, Thanks for your evaluation on the today's tour. I would like to tell you I have the feeling of some responsiblity on the confusion on the payment of the fare of the van when we finished the tour at the pier today. Although we have the confirmation on the payment of the fare of the van per our correspondence before the tour, I should have reminded you of your payment during the tour. Hope you will have a nice vacation and bring great memory on Kyoto back home. Best, Ken S.

Jennifer Rice

United States
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Tour: #195129, Relaxed private tour in Kyoto with light walk, by taking taxis from site to site for 7 hours., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 19/19

Ken was knowledgeable, friendly, and made our tour a delightful experience. Even with the rain, we had a wonderful time! He went above and beyond to make sure we had the tour we wanted.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Jennifer & Mark, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring great memory back home. Best, Ken S.

William Sternheim

United States
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Tour: #195129, Relaxed private tour in Kyoto with light walk, by taking taxis from site to site for 7 hours., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 17/19

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Bill, Thanks for your five stars. Hope your trip to Japan will continue successfully. Best, Ken S.

Amy Botha

Switzerland
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Tour: #71849, Full day private tour to visit as many major sites as possible in Kyoto by a jumbo taxi., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 6/19

Ken gave a wonderful and knowledgeable tour! He was extremely accommodating to our requests and introduced us to many new beautiful sceneries we weren't expecting to see. It was wonderful to see so many beautiful sites in just 7 hours. Thank you for a memorable tour Ken!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Amy, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring a great memory back home. -Ken S.

Turner Templeton

United States
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Tour: #60647, Shore Excursion Private Tour to Kyoto by a jumbo taxi from Kobe., Kobe, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 4/19

KEN! <3 :D! Ken is an amazing tour guide, honestly! He shared so much history of Kyoto and Japan in general with us. He took us to all the spots we wanted to visit and more! We stopped at wonderful spots that are secretive that only he knows with amazing views to take pictures. Even when I was terribly sick, Ken was so kind and considerate. I highly recommend Ken! Thank you, Ken, for being a great guide!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Turner for your heartfelt message, especially at the current difficult situation due to Corona virus. Hope you are well and stay healthy. Best, Ken S.

Samantha Brown

Australia
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Tour: #194998, Customized Private Tour for Mr.Sam Brown and his group to Osaka/Kyoto from Osaka., Osaka, Japan    view tour
Date: Oct 2/19

Ken was amazing, our first day in Japan and we could not have asked for a better guide and experience. OMG, Ken is fit.... we were exhausted by the end of the day but felt that we did not waste a minute. We asked to experience so much and see so many places and Ken organised and delivered! Even at the end of the day Ken helped us with a change in our plans so we could take up a little more of beautiful Japan. Ken, our feet hurt for days, but our experience will last a life time and all thanks to you.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Samantha, Thanks for your five stars and thanks for your company. Hope you will bring great memories back home. -Ken S.

Karen Robertson

Australia
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Tour: #58443, Full day Private tour to ancient city Nara, with a bonus trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 29/19

Nara is a beautiful place to visit ... made all the better by having a very knowledgeable guide to show us round ... I would highly recommend a visit to Nara with Ken

Joseph Myers

United States
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Tour: #71849, Full day private tour to visit as many major sites as possible in Kyoto by a jumbo taxi., Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 28/19

We covered a lot of ground in a busy day, even accommodating our special request off the beaten track. Ken was upbeat, knowledgeable and a pleasant companion.

Karen Robertson

Australia
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 27/19

A fantastic day with Ken ... he is great company and very knowledgeable. It would have taken us days to see all that we saw in one day with Ken! Be prepared for a lot of walking ... 18,000 steps on my Fitbit!! I would highly recommend doing a tour with Ken ... thanks so much for two great days of touring ( we also did the Nara tour )

Ronald Squires

Agoura Hills, CA, United States
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Tour: #27151, Full day private tour to western Kyoto (Nijyo castle/Golden pavilion/Ryoanji temlple/Tenryuji temple/Bamboo path.), Kyoto, Japan    view tour
Date: Sep 25/19

Ken is an amazing guide. We covered so many sites in Kyoto. He is friendly, smart, and knowledgeable. A+ English and A+ guide! We definitely recommend Ken.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ron, Thanks for your five stars. Hope you will bring a great memory on Kyoto back home. -Ken S.