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Outstanding experience in Tokyo, Kyoto and Hong Kong!

We are just back from a month long trip to Asia and used Chris Rowthorn tours for 6 different tours in late March and early April. We are giving our 3 guides 5 stars simply... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We are just back from a month long trip to Asia and used Chris Rowthorn tours for 6 different tours in late March and early April. We are giving our 3 guides 5 stars simply because we cannot give them more! They were all outstanding! In Tokyo, we had Ayoko for a full day tour of old and new Tokyo.... More 

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Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

My brother and I did these tours in December 2013, and it somehow slipped our mind to post a TA review when we wrote and e-mail to the company to thank them for the great time we had. We did a Kyoto tour with Kazue and a Tokyo tour with Kiyomi. Our two days in Kyoto were beyond magical -... More 

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

Thank you so much for the incredibly generous review of our Tokyo and Kyoto tours! I am delighted that you enjoyed your tours with Kazue and Kiyomi. I'm particularly happy to hear that you found that our philosophy of "omotenashi" (Japanese-style hospitality) and flexibility worked well for you and your brother. We work really hard to be sure that our... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We booked 4 tours, two in Tokyo and two in Kyoto. Unfortunately due to the weather conditions we had to cancel both Tokyo tours. The cancellation process was very easy. Keiko agreed with us that the tours will not be enjoyable in the rain and that was all. We took walks 2 and 4 in Kyoto with Kana. Unfortunately for... More 

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

Thank you very much for reviewing our Kyoto tours! I'm pleased that you enjoyed your tours of Fushimi-Inari Taisha shrine and Arashiyama. I wish I could have done something about the weather we had here in Kyoto during your visit. If Kana was able to provide some good experiences despite the weather, then we are well pleased. I really appreciate... More 

London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

We hired a half-day guide in tokyo who escorted us through the fish market and then to the imperial palace gardens. In kyoto we went on the geisha spotting tour and had a half day exploring temples. Each guide had excellent english and local knowledge. In each case they showed us things we could not have found on our own.... More 

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

Thank you very much for the generous review of our Tokyo and Kyoto tours! I'm really happy to hear that you found that they enhanced your time in those two cities. I'm pleased that you were able to enjoy your time here in spite of the rainy weather we had more most of April. It's really kind of you to... More 

Honolulu, Hawaii
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15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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 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
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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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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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23 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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 

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