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Hands On Kyoto

Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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You think you travel a lot. You think you have been in places where people do not speak English... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Tom N
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after a couple of weeks in japan with very little grasp of the japanese language, it was refreshing... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2018
Anne C
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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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Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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

Thank Tom N
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Greg-HandsOnKyoto, Owner at Hands On Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

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

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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

Thank Anne C
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Thank Edmund N
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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

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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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Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

We had the pleasure of doing this tour with Greg. It was one of the best tours we have done in any city. Greg was full of knowledge and facts that we would never have been able to get from a guide book. He had...More

Thank Natasha C
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Greg-HandsOnKyoto, Owner at Hands On Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2018

Natasha, I really appreciate the high praise and glad you braved the cold weather to come along on a private Gion Night Tour. Looking forward to introducing a few more experiences the next time you're in Kyoto. Hands On Kyoto Greg

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Reviewed 19 November 2017

Walking around Gion at night to see old Japan's practices, especially concerning the geisha, is an experience worth taking. You will be escorted and toured by Greg, who, may not be Japanese, but is certainly knowledgable of the traditions and is well-versed with the area....More

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Greg-HandsOnKyoto, Owner at Hands On Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

Roma, I'm happy to hear my knowledge and passion for the geisha and Japanese culture shone through and you and mother enjoyed the tour. Also, good advice about the geiko etiquette, especially with the marked increase of tourists not knowing the do and don'ts. Hands...More

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Reviewed 3 November 2017

My wife and I took Greg's "Break of Dawn" tour on Oct 30, 2017. We found Greg to be a great tour guide; personable, knowledgable, and of course fluent in English. This tour did start at 6am, but the early hours make it a totally...More

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Greg-HandsOnKyoto, Owner at Hands On Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Paul, I’m glad you and Megan came along on both the Break of Dawn And Gion Night Tour. I realise the last thing most people want to do is get up early on their vacation but the feeling of the temples and shrines is totally...More

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