Paul WheelingUnited States
Kumi was the best guide ever! Especially for English-speaking travelers, her fluent English meant you could ask real questions and be understood. Her level of knowledge about the Grand Shinto Shrine and its environs meant you could get real answers. She was extremely thoughtful, making sure we had the tips and guidance to make our stay a good one even when we were not with her. On top of all that, she was delightful company. We recommend her highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your positive feedback, Paul-san! I hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Ise and managed to try some local restaurants! I also enjoyed my time guiding and chatting with you two, and I hope to see you back in Mie Prefecture!
Roberta I.Honolulu, HI, United States
Excellent tour provided by Kumi. Extremely well prepared and she provided wonderful background tales and historical insights. Even though it was a very warm day, we took breaks in the shade which were filled with more great stories. Kumi helped us arrange transportation to Meotoiwa to see the infamous wedded rocks. Overall one of the best tours we've had in Japan.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your feedback Roberta!! I too had a great time in Ise with you and your husband, and have more things I would like to strive for... Unveiling the secrets and significance of the details in the shrine! Looking forward to seeing you back here in Mie, we still have plenty of good food to introduce you to!
Douglas BoyleUnited States
This was my first visit to Iseshi, and I had many questions for Kumi. She served as an excellent instructor and teacher on Shinto traditions and history, and she was also very engaging on Buddhist practices as well. We spoke in Japanese, and her patience was admirable as we discussed several complex topics. She is very efficient, as well as kind and helpful. I strongly recommend her to anyone seeking to learn about Shinto traditions at Iseshi.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Douglas-san for your positive feedback! I also had a lot of fun with you and your family while we strolled around the precinct. It was my first tour in Japanese and a little bit of English, and it also was a great learning experience for me understanding how it would be like to get around Ise Jingu on a wheelchair. I hope to see you all again someday... Do come back to Ise-shima area again for good seafood!
Kumi really helped by taking care of visitors touring Ise & the surrounding for a whole day. The communication for arranging the itinerary was smooth and Kumi answered not only all questions, but provided ideas by herself. I felt assured that the visitors would have a great day with Kumi, and my feelings were confirmed. It was a pleasure asking Kumi to take care of the tour, and can recommend her strongly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your positive feedback, Markus-san! Your arrangement was excellent too which really made the day smooth-sailing!
The tour around the Ise shrine was very nice. Kumi told me alot of interesting things about the religion and the Ise shrine. She was very friendly, patient and helpful. She also helped me a lot with my travel plans like finding an ATM or the best train. I would always recommend her. Thank you for a wonderful tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Thomas, the tour in Ise Jingu turned out to be very interesting and inspiring to me too, as you shared with me your knowledge of Greek myths and legends of your country in comparison to the Japanese ones! I'm happy to be of your help anytime :) See you again!