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Private English Tour in Kyoto - Day Tour

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Northern Kyoto
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Address: Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 612-8499, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 90-9615-9691

Private tour using a car. Because I am both a licensed guide and a taxi...

Private tour using a car. Because I am both a licensed guide and a taxi driver, I can drive my guests around Kyoto, and guide inside sightseeing spots. ( Due to the regulation in Japan, most guides can't use their cars for guiding. )

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Fantastic Private Tour led by Hiro-San!

My husband, 14-year-old daughter and I visited Kyoto in March and took a private one-day tour of northwestern Kyoto led by Hiroshi Oshima. The tour was everything we were hoping... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Karen T
Toronto, Canada

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband, 14-year-old daughter and I visited Kyoto in March and took a private one-day tour of northwestern Kyoto led by Hiroshi Oshima. The tour was everything we were hoping for. Hiro-san is a fountain of knowledge on the history, culture and geography of Kyoto. He is also extremely friendly, professional and personable. He picked us up at our hotel... More 

Thank Karen T
Perth, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful day with Taka. He picked us up right on schedule and we spent a lovely day travelling both the well known and lesser known sights of Kyoto. Taka could not have been more helpful and knowledgeable and his English was fantastic. He stayed with us for the whole day and added so much to our knowledge... More 

Thank Alison M
Arlington, Virginia
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were visiting family in Japan but took a brief respite in Kyoto. Our guide was Nobuaki (Nobu) Nagata. He met my husband and two children (8 and 10yo) at Kyoto Station for the start of our tour. We told him ahead of time what we were interested in seeing and he made sure we saw it all (Fushimi-Inari, Kiyomizu-dera,... More 

Thank debonair88
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42 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife, daughter and I were lucky to have the services of Hiro-san (Hiroshi Oshima) for two full days in Kyoto and also for a smooth drop off to Osaka Kansai to catch our flight back home to Europe. Hiro-san is a treasure house of knowledge and great experiences. His stories and tales about local events and history are a... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were very lucky to have Taka to complete the tour for us on our very first day in Japan. The booking process was very easy and communication excellent. We were picked up from our hotel and left the itinerary to Taka. We saw the bamboo forest, the wonderful stone carvings in the temple in the countryside, the Zen rock... More 

1 Thank Ruth13reading
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and our mothers had a really wonderful full day tour with Mr. Nagata in Kyoto this April. Mr. Nagata was very responsive over email prior to the tour confirming all the details. He picked us up punctually at 8am on the day of the tour and made sure we were the first visitors at a few of the... More 

Thank Elizaveta N
Stamford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Kyoto for the first time and hired Mr Nagata for our private tour. He was very punctual, knowledgeable and friendly. How English is very good too :) He took us to Fushimi Inari, bamboo forest, ryoanji and one secret place which had beautiful cherry blossom tree and was not known to tourists:) I would definitely recommend hiring Mr... More 

1 Thank Monat9
Cupertino, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Taka picked us up at Kyoto station and we spent 5 hours seeing most of the major sites in Kyoto. He was very informative and easy going, and was accommodating to the places we wanted to go and even found us a little lunch place on the way to one of the sites. We went to Golden Pavilion, Ryon-ji, Bamboo... More 

1 Thank herlihyboy
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My Fiancee and I booked a private tour on 03/16/2017. We had a wonderful day in Kyoto with Mr. Shimoyama. Tetsuo met us bright an early at our hotel to start our day touring beautiful Kyoto. Our first stop was Fushimi Inari! The shrine was relatively empty which was great! It was nice walking through the torii gates, very peaceful... More 

Thank Stephanie E
Los Angeles, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In March 2017, I (along with two to four others) had the pleasure of having Mr. Nagata as our guide for Kyoto and nearby areas for two days. He was an excellent guide - very punctual, patient, knowledgeable and friendly. He made our stay in Kyoto most enjoyable as well as quite interesting. He took us to places that tourists... More 

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Hot springs and historic temples characterize the leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's most gorgeous architectural gems, including the majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the district now boasts some of its most remote and peaceful hot springs, as well as a few of its best family-run mom-and-pop restaurants. A blend of extremely local at its outskirts, and highly peopled at its tourist centers, Northern Kyoto nonetheless retains a halcyon air in harmony with nature.
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