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“Kyoto with an experienced and personal professional”
Review of Tours By Locals

Tours By Locals
Ranked #9 of 119 Tours in Kyoto
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Enjoy a private tour of Kyoto with the experienced, insightful, English-speaking guides at ToursByLocals. Half-day, full-day and multi-day tours available. All itineraries fully customizable; enjoy experiencing the cultural wonders of Kyoto with a local expert, at your own pace.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Ken was our third and final excursion via Tours by Locals during our recent trip to China and Japan- our hat is off to this organization for the quality of their people.

Ken could not have been more accommodating, professional and knowledgeable. We packed more into 8 hours than thought possible, but in a relaxed and enjoyable manner. His suggestions on transportation to best take advantage of the day worked extremely well- He guided us with much insight through Kyoto, a city he loves and knows well.

Thank Charles C
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We just finished our first tour with Ken and it was fabulous. He had a driver for us, Yanni (sp?) who was also wonderful. Ken is extremely knowledgeable about his city of Kyoto and Japan. He never missed an opportunity to educate us and to point out interesting history and architecture. He is also very solicitous and was very mindful of our oldest traveler, 87, who needed a slower pace, frequently offering her a hand and a place to rest. We have 2 more tours with Ken and we can't wait! He is a gem.

We had our second day with Ken in Nara- ditto the first day’s comments. He is a fabulous guide and wonderful man

Thank mommanac
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Koji is a wonderful turist guide. Always available for explanation with a smile, very knowledgeable about Kyoto and Japanese culture in general; he can speak English and Italian. He made us exhausted after one day walking but it was worth to do it. Koji is highly reccomended to any visitor coming to Kyoto.

Thank DavideHongKong_China
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VanBCLocal, Manager at Tours By Locals, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Sounds like you got a very full day, indeed! We're glad to hear all the walking paid off with a deep look at Japanese culture in Kyoto. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review of your ToursByLocals experience. :)

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

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This was my first day with Ken S. who was great. He is very easy to get along with, very knowledgeable about all the tour sites that we visited, had his "secret" routes away from the touristy crowds, and took many wonderful photos of me. When we returned to my Hotel Granvia, which he had recommended for my stay, he showed me around Kyoto Station, up to the Skyway Walk with its great views. He encouraged me to venture out on my own as Kyoto is a very safe place. I would highly recommend Ken.

Thank lilyrobillard
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VanBCLocal, Manager at Tours By Locals, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! We're glad to hear you had a wonderful day with Ken, exploring Kyoto away from the tourist crowds.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Koichi was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable about the places we visited. Moreover, since we were going to have only 7-8 hours to visit the city, he took care of suggesting the best combination of taxis and public transportation to minimize the commuting time. He communicated timely prior to meet in Kyoto providing detailed information of the planned itinerary, transportation cost estimates, and was able to accommodate a request to visit a ceramic gallery. Wonderful visit to Kyoto thanks to him.

Thank jorgei957
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VanBCLocal, Manager at Tours By Locals, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Thanks for taking the time to share your review here, Jorge. We're so glad you had an excellent time exploring Kyoto with Koichi!

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