I chose this particular tour after reading several comments by prior tourists. I can't speak highly enough of this experience. It's not just that my helpful guide, Hiroshi, took me to some fascinating places e.g., Nagoya Castle, Buddhist temple, but that he also provided ample, informative explanations of everything we saw. I do tend to ask a lot of questions, and Hiroshi had insightful answers for all of them, so I came away learning a lot--some of which I hope to remember!
I would unquestionably recommend this tour--and this guide--to any novice visiting the area.
This private tour is totally recommended if you want to get to the Nagoya's heart. Our Guide Mr. Hiroshi is amazing! He is very bright and friendly and he also very helpful. Since my mother had difficulties with her legs, he helped us get to the elevator whenever we took the subway and he also slowed down the pace so my mother can take a rest. He also gave us hot packs since we're traveling in winter as complimentary :! He told us the interesting histories about Nagoya Castle and we had so much fun exploring Nagoya city Although we had to ended it earlier because my mother's health issue. He took us to Sushi restaurant in Sakae because my mother and i wanted to eat sushi and the restaurant he recommended tasted just perfect! it is not actually on the list of the tour but he helped me find the store that sell Ghibli studio's merchandises and told us that he will try his best helping us finding stores we want to visit. The tour ended in the osu district where there is an interesting shrine and the shopping street that looks like Teramachi street in Kyoto. Sadly we couldn't really explore the shopping street because my mom's health went bad so we just went halfway and asked Mr. Hiroshi to take us back to the train station. He helped us stop our taxi and took us to the station and he also helped us carrying our luggage till we get into the shinkansen station. This tour is very recommended to those who likes exploring the city leisurely without being rushed to. Plus you can spend a lot of times in each destination which is very interesting!
The price of this private tour was little different from the group tour so was well worth the cost for the personal attention. Covered 3 main areas of Nagoya Castle, Sakae, and Uso. Each area had something unique from the others so a good selection of stops. Used the subway to get to each area and at the end of the tour, you can continue to use your subway pass for the remainder of the day.
Each person can make their own highlight, depending on your interest food, history, culture, architecture, etc. on a private tour.
Be aware, the tour is 6 hours and other than an hour for lunch and an hour using the subways to get to each area, you could be walking for 4 hours. That can also be tailored to your physical capabilities. If you're not sure, just take it easy at the beginning so you don't burn out at the end. My wife and I survived, partly because the day was so interesting that we didn't feel like stopping, but we were happy to rest at the hotel when it's over. Remember, Japanese walking may include up and down, castle, temple and subway stairs.
Bottom line is that it is a great tour, that you can pick your own interest and pace.
Keiko was a fabulous guide. Her command of English is excellent. She was very energetic and knew lots to tell us about each place we went. Her program for the day was quite energetic. Never did she rush us at any spot. We chose to do lots of walking instead of using the subway so we could see more of Nagoya. She took pictures for us at each place we went and then sent some pictures that she had taken to us later in the evening. Our lunch was in a delicious Japanese restaurant. She helped us order from the menu. Her pre-tour emails were also very helpful in knowing exactly what she had planned for us during our tour. We had a wonderful day with her.
Keiko was very knowledgeable and provided a lot of information about Nagoya and Nagoya castle. She took us to a conveyor belt sushi restaurant which was one of the things we wanted to do and to various other locations in Nagoya. She went out of her way to make sure we had the information that we needed to use the Centrair bus for our return to the airport. We really appreciated her knowledge and help.
Mieko-san was a 5 as a guide. She was delightful and very energetic. The tour itself was really good, but Nagoya is a smaller city and a full day tour seems a bit much in hindsight. The castle tour was very good and the shrines we visited were fascinating. We probably could have passed on the Oasis 21 stop and we spent a lot of time in one of the shopping districts. The lunch spot Mieko-san picked out was really good and we had a classic eel dish that is a Nagoya specialty. Overall, it was a pleasant day in Nagoya, but I am not sure a full-day is warranted for what we did.