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it was one of the best tour I went on. The tour guide was very professional and informative.
A perfect introduction to this beautiful city of Japanese culture and historic sights. Our small group was expertly guided by Nobumasa Miyake. His insights and calm nature were the perfect accompaniment to the Zen Gardens of the Tokufuji temple and the hundreds of beautiful ORANGE Tori Gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine.
My wife and I will definitely return to Kyoto one day for a longer stay!
This tour was fantastic! We really enjoyed the company and rich historical stories of our guide. He was a very interesting and kind man originally from Germany. He spoke English and Japanese like a native, which made it easier for us to navigate attractions and make specific purchases. We enjoyed all the historical sites and shrines. Also, at the end of the tour, our guide was kind enough to walk us to a delicious restaurant with the best Gyoza I'd ever eaten in my life. I highly recommend this tour!
Great local guide. Lots of local info, very good way of getting your bearings in a new city. Allowed for a good amount of time at each stop. Definitely recommend.
It was a great length very interesting and a very knowledgeable guide. Manabu made the tour a lot of fun and provided really different types of information and knowledge. We had enough time at each site and even got to see an extra one. I would really recommend this tour. Good value and enjoyable.
Fantastic tour. A large part of our tour was spent at the Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. It's even better than all the photos. Walking through the tori gates was very cool, and our guide timed our arrival just right so that it wasn't very crowded. And there is so much more to this site. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history, the religion, just fascinating. The grounds are beautiful and full of history and really amazing. The details he was able to point-out were amazing.
We ended the tour in the Gion district. Our guide walked us through the back alleys, and timed our stops perfectly with the geishas and geisha assistants departing for work. And now I know the difference between the two! Fascinating. The tour was worth every penny. Highly recommend.
This was a wonderful, wonderful tour. We saw so many beautiful sites and learned the culture and history behind each of them. The pace was not too fast and not too slow. Book this tour!
Elaine I United States of ...
We were fortunate to have the amazing Rica as our guide. She is a native of Kyoto who lived and worked in the U.S. for several years. In a few hours, she was able to give us a peek at the beauty and spirit of this ancient city. I would recommend a longer tour or more tours if you have time.
Great guide, Juraj was not Japanese but helpful, knowledgable on religon and temples and patient with some of the less experienced travellers.........walking was great nice way way to see Kyoto and on back streeets that we would not have seen on our own. Would have liked more time on cultural end ' rather then temples though ...... All in alll for price couldn't fault it WELL WORTH IT
dmccullo United States of ...
Outstanding! What a wonderful way to learn about the Japanese culture, customs, and religions. I liked the personal attention provided by a small tour group. We got to see many sights you can only see on foot. Highly recommended!
It was great to see a lot of interesting parts of Kyoto with a friendly guide who was able to answer our questions and point out details that we would not have noticed if alone.
We had a great 1/2 day walking tour with Juraj. He was extremely informative about the temples and shrines that we visited. We learned so much more about them having had Juraj to explain it to us. It was great to walk through some of the Kyoto neighborhoods as well to get to the various sites. He guided the group of 12 seamlessly through the crowds and we had a very nice afternoon. We could not have done it on our own, so we were all very glad we had joined Juraj on this tour. Juraj could not have been more accommodating or helpful.
A fantastic experience walking through areas I would not have gone and explaining things I would not have known. Also my only real Geisha sighting!
We were a small group of 7 people so it was very easy to keep within hearing distance of our guide who did a brilliant job of narrating the cultural and historic story of Kyoto through the ages. His anecdotes and personal experiences added to the story. Yes, there was quite a bit of walking but at no time did we feel we were being rushed and everybody was able to keep up the pace quite easily. For those visitors who don't have time for a more extensive tour of Kyoto we can highly recommend this tour. This tour is designed to keep you off the most travelled tour routes and favours back alleys with cultural stories and charm. A really well designed experience!
Tour was wonderful! Our guide was knowledgeable and interesting.
Manabu was amazing! We had a great time, one of the highlights of our trip! We did do a lot of walking but there was even a young girl in our group and she made the trek with out complaint. Our guide had so much information to share with us and was really open to answering questions and having a laugh with the group - one of the best guides I have had the pleasure of coming across. A great itinerary, we got to see so much and off the beaten path a little which was great - HIGHLY recommend this tour to anyone
Having been to Kyoto on a number of occasions this was the first time we had invested any real effort by walking! The guide was great and very knowledgeable taking us to sites we had never visited before.
Great guide and fantastic tour with some really unique paths throughout the city.
One of the best tours I had. She was so great about explaining shrines and temples, geishas and maikos. We went to some really popular places and some off the beaten path places. She was also great about making sure we all got where we needed to be after the tour.
Excellent tour, very knowledgable tour guide Juraj who regailed us with history and background of the temples we visited. As someone with a more than passing acquaintance with Japan and Japanese culture lived in Japan 6 years, speak Japanese I could see he was the real deal. His knowledge really made the difference. Tour is very worthwhile and walking is definitely the best way too see this part of Kyoto. Highly recommended.
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