I had a full day tour booked and was meet at me hotel by Lulu who was on time and very present. I explained to Lulu what I wanted to see and also what I wanted to but which was some really good Japanese knifes. We started out catching a bus then a train fushimi Inari thousand gates which I recommended if you are visiting Kyoto,and Lulu also found a knife maker for me at that site.
We then went to a sake brewery called Geikkakan in the fushimi area which only sells sake direct from the brewery. We then headed back to Kyoto station for some lunch Ramom at Ramom Koi in the station. After lunch we headed to Kiyomizu temple the to sannenzake,ninnenzake,ishibekoji the preserved area of Kyoto. We then visited teramachi,nishikyogoku and the Nishiki markets. It was a full day of trains, buses and walking around Kyoto which is easy to navigate.If you are in Kyoto for a couple of days I highly recommend this tour as Lulu was a fantastic guide and very knowledgable about Kyoto.
My tour of Kyoto in the beginning of cherry blossom season last week in March was simply divine! Rebecca, my tour guide, was polite, knowledgeable, and importantly, a native English speaker. Having lived in Japan for 2 years, Rebecca was able to communicate and navigate effectively as a local. Highlights include: Seeing 2 traditional Japanese weddings outdoors on a beautiful day serendipitous timing!, walking the secret path at Fushimi-Inari that is packed with mini-shrines, and strolling the preserved village streets where we went souvenir shopping at my urging and where I got to try black sesame ice cream! Yes, it was delicious! When we visited temples, Rebecca was highly knowledgeable and educated me on Buddhism and Shintoism in Japan. As a Westerner, I found this to be fascinating, as it is so different from my home culture. Rebecca can also take a great picture - something that is extremely important on such a special trip! My advice to anyone considering this tour would be to have an idea of what you would like to see and accomplish, it helps you tour guide prepare the best experience for you, but also to trust the expert - your tour guide! Rebecca had suggestions I never would have considered that turned out to be highlights of the day. What are you waiting for? Go see Kyoto, and ask for Rebecca!
I had an excellent experience in Kyoto Japan on my custom tailored tour. My tour included Nishiki Market, Rokuon-ji Temple, Kiyomizu-dera Temple and several other nice places on the way.
I found my tour guide to be honest, efficient and great to talk to. She was very knowledgeable about Kyoto. Everywhere we went she had an interesting story or fact to share. We traveled with the locals by bus and train which gave me a chance to experience Kyoto like the locals.
Overall, this was one of the best travel experiences Ive ever had. I would use Viator again next time Im in Japan.
Our guide, Pepijn was awesome. Friendly, helpful and informative.. We had a very full day on our itinerary, Pepijn got us to everything we wanted to see and visit, without being rushed. We had lunch at a quaint little riverside restaurant, very friendly and lovely food. Pepijn mentioned to us many things to do during the rest of our visit to Kyoto, including restaurants to visit. He showed us how to get to a nice tea house for a tea ceremony and for a Meiko dress up. Nothing was too much trouble. An awesome day, with an awesome guide in an awesome city. Well worth it.
Kaoru Abera was an absolutely amazing tour guide. My girlfriend and I booked a full day tour in Kyoto and it was worth every penny. We told Abera we only had one day in Kyoto and wanted to see as many sites as possible and she really maximized our time. We went to every major temple and shrine in Kyoto. It was a whirlwind but we were so happy we got to see everything we wanted. She took photos of us at every place and told us historial facts all day. Abera was so sweet and really made our day in Kyoto awesome. She also did not mind staying with us for a couple of extra hours. At the end she rode the bus with us to the train station and waited with us until the train left. She really cares and goes the extra mile for her guests! Awesome guide overall could not ask for a better one!
Our tour guide Pepjn was absolutely excellent- we greatly enjoyed his great insight into the history and culture of Kyoto. A totally wonderful day!
Emi our tour guide was excellent! The tour well organized and she took us everywhere we wanted.
This tour was well worth the money. Great personal attention, and we saw so much!
Our guide was just lovely but her English was not great and her knowledge of what we were looking at was very simple and seemed to be straight off the signs we were looking at. Would have been great to have a guide that spoke English a lot better and someone who had a bit more knowledge about the history of the area. Was very helpful in getting around as it was tricky working out the public transport system.
The guide was very friendly except she does not seem to know much about the venues we visited...gave VERY BRIEF introductions. We took the bus public transport to all the venues, and she does not seem to know her way around too well. We were supposed to confirm our tour 24 hours prior, which I did, about 60 hours before via email as instructed, but NOBODY ever emailed me back. When I called the tel listed, I was told that was no longer the for Kyoto tour. Only after I inquired further was I given the CORRECT tel . It was overall disappointing service.
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