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Original geisha experience

Super interesting experience that I would definitely recommend! Greg was an amazing guide full of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
christinatnc
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Ireland
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You won't regret a tour with Greg

My friend and I took both the Newbies and Gion Night tours with Greg. The time we visited Japan... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
tulinn_a
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Toronto, Canada
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Looking for a fun, interactive and insightful tour or experience of Kyoto? Whether you're on your own or with a group, we specialize in tours and experiences that connect you with Kyoto. Get Hands on with Hands On Kyoto
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Super interesting experience that I would definitely recommend! Greg was an amazing guide full of knowledge and was there to translate all our questions. We meet a retired geisha who was now runs her own tea house. She took us through the stages in becoming...More

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Greg-HandsOnKyoto, Owner at Hands On Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Christina, I'm really happy you and Chloe enjoyed the Original Geisha experience. It's a unique opportunity to talk with a retired geisha who is willing to share deeper insights about the World of Geisha. Luckily, we timed it right as the beer garden was going...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friend and I took both the Newbies and Gion Night tours with Greg. The time we visited Japan wasn't high season (mid July) so it was just us two taking the tour, which made the whole experience more custom - thanks to Greg's flexibility....More

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Greg-HandsOnKyoto, Owner at Hands On Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Tulin, Thank you for your lovely review. It was pretty hot but glad you and Seray enjoyed the Kyoto Newbies Tour and introductory aspects of Buddhism and Shinto. Although it was off-season, a good opportunity to see see a few famous places mixed in with...More

Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

We are a family of four (2 adults, 2 children aged 10 & 14) who went on with Greg on a night tour in Gion this evening. We had a fantastic two hours walking around the district. Greg weaves the history of the samurai and...More

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Greg-HandsOnKyoto, Owner at Hands On Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2018

Elaine, I'm really glad to hear I was able to keep the kids attention (at least for a few moments!) and that you not only enjoyed the historical and cultural side of the tour, but also some of the little shops and unique streets and...More

Reviewed 17 June 2018

You think you travel a lot. You think you have been in places where people do not speak English. Japan is difficult to describe, but the English is not good there, even in Tokyo. So you may think you need a Japanese guide for every...More

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Greg-HandsOnKyoto, Owner at Hands On Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2018

Tom, Thank you for the kind words. Sometimes people think you have to be a native in order to understand a culture, people and society but I'm glad you appreciated my passion for and insights into all things concerning Japan. I'm really glad the whole...More

Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

after a couple of weeks in japan with very little grasp of the japanese language, it was refreshing to have an english speaking guide. as greg has been based in kyoto for some time he has great insight, knowledge and appreciation of the city, history,...More

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Greg-HandsOnKyoto, Owner at Hands On Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2018

Anne, Thank you so much for the high praise. It was a pleasure having you and Chris along for the Gion Night Tour. I'm happy to hear you found the tour informative and insightful and it brought the culture and people of Kyoto to life....More

Reviewed 12 May 2018

Greg is very knowledgeable about the Gion area and provided us an informed and enjoyable experience. He had great insight inti the Geisha culture. I would definitely recommend Greg to anyone that wants the best! Thank you Greg!!

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Greg-HandsOnKyoto, Owner at Hands On Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2018

Raj, Great to meet you! Although short, I really enjoyed our time together on the Gion Night Tour. I'm looking forward to welcoming you back the next time you return to Kyoto and provide you a more extensive experience! Hands On Kyoto Greg

Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

We had a great tour with Greg, we felt like he told us a lot of information about the Maiko and Geisha culture and life style. We would highly recommend going to do a tour with Greg. If I knew it was so good we...More

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Greg-HandsOnKyoto, Owner at Hands On Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2018

Louise, Jane & Violette, I'm really glad to hear you enjoyed the information about the maiko and geisha. Too bad we couldn't have done more tours as well but maybe next time. Glad to hear the ramen was good. Not often you can try a...More

Reviewed 16 April 2018

Greg was fantastic. This tour was one of the highlights of our trip - he was extremely informative and took us to a lot of places we wouldn't have found on our own. Many thanks for putting up with all our strange questions. Highly recommended!

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Greg-HandsOnKyoto, Owner at Hands On Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Qinzhe, It was great meeting you and your parents. Glad to hear the Gion Night Tour turned out to be one of the highlights of your Japan trip and I could answer your questions. Hands On Kyoto Greg Koch

Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

Greg provided us with an incredibly detailed insight into the goings on of the Geisha and the Gion area. Greg had an answer for all the questions we threw at him. We would highly recommend Greg!More

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Greg-HandsOnKyoto, Owner at Hands On Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2018

Edmund, Thank you so much for coming along on the Gion Night Tour. I'm glad I was able to answer all of your questions about Gion and the world of geisha. It truly is a unique and fascinating world. Looking forward to next time. Hands...More

Reviewed 21 February 2018

We took the kimono experience and was really enjoyable, and we really learn a lot. Not only you can try some kimonos, but also you can listen directly the explanations from a japanese who actually owns a kimono shop, so we could learn about the...More

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Greg-HandsOnKyoto, Owner at Hands On Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2018

Jesus, Kimono really is a fascinating world that encapsulates so much about Japanese people and culture and I'm really glad to hear you deepened your understanding of kimono and enjoyed trying on real kimono. The pictures of you trying on kimono were incredible too! Looking...More

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