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Chris Rowthorn Tours

Address: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Burkittsville, Maryland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Kazue Takagi offered us such a wonderful introduction to Kyoto! She took note of our interests and modified our 6-hour walking tour accordingly. It felt like being introduced to the city by a warm friend. The next day she helped us with some complicated travel arrangements – I don't know how we would have figured it all out without any... More 

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I can't thank Keiko enough. She was simply outstanding and so generous with her time and knowledge. We had the most wonderful day in Hiroshima with Keiko who is a child of parents who were in the A zone st the time of this terrible event. To me, Hiroshima is a must for anyone visiting Japan. The ruins that have... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the review! I'm really happy that you enjoyed your tour of Hiroshima and Miyajima with Keiko. I know that Keiko really puts a lot of passion into her work. She told me a lot about Hiroshima and the events there that I did not know before. I'm glad you made it out to Miyajima, as... More 

Bethesda, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Two friends and I vacationed in Japan for 2.5 weeks at the end of November and early December, primarily to see the fall foliage, and Chris Rowthorn Tours and its wonderful guides helped make it one of the best holidays we've ever had. In Kyoto (where we were based for 10 days), we combined Walks 1 and 3 into a... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! Reading your kind words was a very nice way for us to start the New Year in Kyoto. I am delighted that you and your friends enjoyed our tours. I know that my guides will be really happy to read your generous words. If we were able to make your experience more... More 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

It is a leap of faith choosing a tour company based only upon other traveler's recommendations. However, TA delivers again. We had a spectacular tour with Kenzo. He is friendly, knowledgeable and gregarious. He taught my wife how to use her iphone with the panoramic pics in the bamboo forest. If he ever leaves his career as a tour guide,... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review of your tour with Kenzo. I am sure Kenzo will be happy to hear that you were pleased with his services. I appreciate you taking the leap of faith to book with us based only on reviews posted online. I know that Kenzo enjoys taking pictures and I'm happy that he could... More 

USA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The only way to go. My Wife and I just returned from 10 days in Japan. We decided before we left home that the only way to go and see in Japan was with a private tour guide. If not, we would have wasted time trying to find the places we wanted to see and not completely understand what we... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the extremely generous review! I am delighted that you enjoyed your tours in Japan with us. I know my guides enjoyed showing their country to you and I know that they are pleased that you enjoyed yourselves. I'm particularly happy that you were able to see some geisha in Kyoto on your tour with Kazue.... More 

New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Outstanding: Though Kyoto is overwhelming from a touring and historic perspective, Kazue, made it seem a gentle small town. She incorporated several of the famous touring highlights in with local little known gems, that give you a feel of the ancient history and workings of the city. She was friendly and warm. She easily bridged the ancient east and the... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for writing that extremely generous review of your tour with Kazue. I know that she really enjoyed showing you around Kyoto. I agree that Kyoto can be a little overwhelming sometimes. After all - there are more than 1,000 temples to choose from! We take pride in finding the real gems and linking them together by secret lanes... More 

Lake Oswego, Oregon
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Our guide met us at our hostel, showed us how to use the city buses and purchased our first bus day pass, and then took us by train to the start of our hike, all the while imparting great information. We enjoyed her company and the hike as well: we only wish we had scheduled a tour earlier in our... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review of your hike with us. I'm really glad that you were able to sample some of the great hiking that exists around Kyoto. My guides and I are all keen hikers and we love to show off the hiking trails around the city. I hope that we have the chance to show... More 

Sydney, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We booked tours for our first days in each city we visited Kyoto and Tokyo, having a personal guide allowed us to see much more in a limited amount of time than we could have managed alone. Koko showed us around Kyoto managing to fit in the Gold temple, the Silver temple, the bamboo grove and two other lesser known... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review! I am really happy that you and your son enjoyed your tours of Kyoto and Tokyo. I often recommend that people take a guided tour on their first full day in each city, since this allows them to feel comfortable exploring on their own thereafter. It seems like this worked well for you. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We did a tour of Arashiyama and Higashiyama in Kyoto with Koko and it was great. Koko was able to keep the tour interesting for 5 of us middle aged adults and also maintained a pace that was comfortable for our old folks aged 55 and above. She knew her history well and peppered us with stories and fun facts... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this review

Thank you very much for writing that kind review! I am really happy that you enjoyed your tour of Arashiyama and Higashiyama with Koko. I am glad that Koko kept the pace comfortable for everyone in your party. We feel that this is one of the benefits of a fully private tour: you go at exactly the pace you want... More 

Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

A wonderful day with an extremely informative guide, Koko. Koko was excellent and led us around all the public transport no problems and was very flexible with what we saw and where we went to focus on our specific interests. Normally I do not bother to do such a tour and usually find my own way around a city but... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a kind review of your tour with Koko. I'm really happy that you enjoyed the tour. I agree that a guide can help you make the most of your time in a city like Kyoto. I hope that we have the pleasure of serving you again sometime in the... More 

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