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Andrew's tour is AWESOME ! !

Andrew provides an excellent explanation of the gardens. He adjusted the content of tour according... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
BoardingPass527774
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Lacey, Washington
Amazing trip

I had the pleasure to attend Andrews’ tour of zen gardens in Kyoto. Amazing experience. It... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Alastor2602
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Milan
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[An_Design_Kyoto] Get away from the busy tourist sites and occupy some of Kyoto's most magical and sacred gardens that artists, nobles, and Zen monks created hundreds of years ago. Led by an American landscape designer who has worked in traditional...more
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Andrew provides an excellent explanation of the gardens. He adjusted the content of tour according to the interests of people in the group. Whereas some appreciated the traditions in the designing the gardens, others savored the experience with a deeper understanding. Andrew accommodated our need...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had the pleasure to attend Andrews’ tour of zen gardens in Kyoto. Amazing experience. It literally changes your perception of the symbolism behind what you will see in Japan. Is definitely a wonderful experience that should be done preferably at the beginning of your...More

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Reviewed 23 July 2018

Andrew is such a good storyteller, which makes this tour so engaging. It’s a great way to learn the history and meaning behind each garden. He explains in great detail and I wouldn’t have appreciated it as much without Andrew’s guide. You can really tell...More

Thank Christopher S
Reviewed 20 July 2018

Andrew is a very good guide who knows his subject very well. If you are disappointed about the tourism activities in Kyoto as we were, book this experience ! You'll never regret it. You will learn a lot about the Japanese culture and history. Japanese...More

Thank Guillaume B
Reviewed 3 July 2018

I chose this tour as something off-the-beaten-path, and it definitely was! Even on a June Saturday morning, we visited peaceful gardens with few other visitors. Andrew is flexible, willing to book a last-minute tour, and helpful with directions. He is obviously knowledgeable, but explains history,...More

Thank Liz F
Andrew W, Owner at An Design, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2018

Thank you so much Liz for your kind review. I am so glad you found me and we could organize this tour on such short notice. I will never look at "balloon flowers" and not think of you. I sincerely hope our paths cross again.

Reviewed 2 July 2018

I had not been in such an interesting and entertaining tour for a long long time. Andrew is extremely knowledgeable, passionate and entertaining. He knows a lot about temples, gardens, Kyoto and Buddhism. A lot comes from his past experience and a lot from his...More

Thank Francesca Paola G
Andrew W, Owner at An Design, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2018

Thank you so much Francesca. I am so glad to hear that through our time together you could have a new view on Kyoto.When you are in town again please get in touch!

Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

Andrew was a thougtful person in giving a glimpse to the background to Japanese culture. It was alot more than looking at zen gardens. Only just arrived in Japan we wanted background knowledge and Andrew certainly provided that. We highly recommend joining his small group...More

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Andrew W, Owner at An Design, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2018

Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so glad I could help get your holiday in Japan started on a positive note. Safe travels and enjoy!

Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

This was recommended to us by a traveller we met in Tokyo and we’re so happy we were told about it! It’s an incredible way to learn about and appreciate Japanese gardens and see things you wouldn’t see following ‘the guide book’. Easy to book,...More

Thank Melissa C
Andrew W, Owner at An Design, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2018

Thank you Melissa! I’m so happy you meet our mutual German friend in Tokyo who was able to introduce us:) It was really a great morning with you and the group. I can really feel like the gardens made a lasting impression on you. Thank...More

Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

We are so glad that we did the tour with Andrew. He is very passionate about Japanese gardens, knowledgeable, informative and super friendly. Definitely recommend!

Thank Xue Z
Andrew W, Owner at An Design, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2018

Thank you so much Xue! It was so nice to meet you both and spend time together in the gardens of Kyoto. Take care and safe travels!

Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

Wow, a must do experience where you will learn lots about Buddhism, Shintoism, history, Zen gardens and more. If you are in Kyoto start off with this tour as it will help you understand why gardens are laid out the way they are. Andrew is...More

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Andrew W, Owner at An Design, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2018

Thank you so much Karen for your kind review. I am so glad that could help make a memorable moment for you. I hope you had a wonderful rest of your trip in Japan and if you ever make it back to Kyoto please get...More

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