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We went on walk 4 (night tour). Kana was very knowledgeable and provided fascinating information on the history of Kyoto and the political changes that have occurred over the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went on walk 4 (night tour). Kana was very knowledgeable and provided fascinating information on the history of Kyoto and the political changes that have occurred over the centuries. The tour in Gion was wonderful. Had Kana not been there to explain, we would have walked by aimlessly and unaware of the significance of what we were seeing. We... More 

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

Thank you very much for the kind review of our Gion Evening Walking Tour. I'm delighted that you enjoyed the tour with Kana. We work very hard to choose and train the right guides and then arm them with the knowledge they need to shed light on the things you see on the tours. In order to train my Kyoto... More 

Austin, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I found Chris Rowthorn's website by searching for walking tours in Kyoto. Based on how informative the website was, we took a chance and booked a tour. The tour exceeded our expectations. We chose Walk 5, Arashiyama, as we wanted to take a walking tour that was further away from our hotel in Gion (based on the fact that it... More 

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

Thank you for the extremely kind review of your tour of Arashiyama with Kana. We are both happy that you enjoyed the tour. I'm glad that you pointed out how Kana was able to teach you how to use the subway as part of the tour. This is something we really stress here: We want our guides to teach our... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Hong Kong tour with Canny Lau was one of the best days sightseeing we have enjoyed, we only had 1 day from cruise ship to see as much of Hong Kong as possible & we certainly enjoyed every minute, tour was just what we needed & Canny did everything to make the day informative & fun. Would recommend to anyone... More 

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

Thank you very much for the kind review of your tour of Hong Kong with Canny! I'm delighted to know that you enjoyed the tour. We have designed our tours and chosen our guides to do exactly what you mentioned: Give a more personal and more intimate view of their city that you can enjoy only with your close friends... More 

Greater Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Kenzo, our guide, met us at our ryokan and away we went on a great walking tour of Kyoto. He is a wonderful host who loves his city and his job. He was inclusive of us all, particularly our pre-teen boys and kept us all interested all day with his knowledge of the city and its history, in particular its... More 

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

Thank you so much for your review of the tour with Kenzo. I know he'll be happy to read your comments, as am I. I'm really glad that Kenzo was able to share his passion for his city with you and your family. I know that he loves Kyoto, as we all do here. I'm also happy that Kenzo was... More 

Gold Coast, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Hi all, my husband and I had our first visit to Japan in Dec 2014 we could only spend a week. I went on the web and found this absolutely brilliant site. Inside Kyoto. The owner is Chris Rowthorn. The information on this site is second to none, you want to know about Kyoto this is the place to go.... More 

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

Thank you very much for the kind review. I'm really happy that you found it useful. I run the site and the tour business side by side and it makes me happy when a traveler finds either one useful. As you noted in your review: I live in Kyoto. It's really my pleasure to try to inform others about the... More 

Burkittsville, Maryland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

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

Thank you very much for the kind review! I'm delighted that you enjoyed your tour with Kazue. I'm really glad that she was able to offer you assistance with train tickets and schedules. I'm also happy that you enjoyed the Gion tour. That's one of my favorite districts in Kyoto and we really love to share it with visitors. It's... More 

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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
9 helpful votes 9 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
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
28 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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
27 helpful votes 27 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 

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