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Address: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Excellent one day tour

Because we only had a couple of days in Kyoto, we decided to spend some extra money and have a guided walking tour specifically to see the area around the bamboo groves. Our guide... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
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Vung Tau, Vietnam
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Bellaire, Texas
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296 reviews 296 reviews
71 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We spent a day in Kyoto and a day in Nara with Kenzo. He was great. In addition to his knowledge of the area, his English was good, he was energetic and had a good sense of humor. He made a dinner reservation for us and took the train with us to Nara and helped us with booking us into... 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'm delighted that you enjoyed your tour with him. He will be very happy to hear this. I'm also happy that he was able to help you with restaurant bookings, communication with ryokans and shipping your baggage. This is very much what we try to do: Be... More 

Vung Tau, Vietnam
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18 reviews 18 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Because we only had a couple of days in Kyoto, we decided to spend some extra money and have a guided walking tour specifically to see the area around the bamboo groves. Our guide was Koko and she did an excellent job taking us to the top of the hill in the area and walking us down through many fantastic... More 

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Thank you very much for your kind review of your tour with Koko. I'm really happy that you enjoyed your tour with Koko. I'm also glad that she was able to steer you away from the crowded parts of Arashiyama to some quieter, slightly "secret" spots. That's what we try to do with all our routes: We know that it's... More 

Los Angeles
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We took a Modern Tokyo tour with Kiyomi. It could not have been a better experience. Kiyomi took great care to make sure that we saw everything we wanted to see, and her anecdotes and personal attention were very welcome. She was elegant, gracious, flexible, and very informative. It felt like spending the day with a friend. A very knowledgeable... More 

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

Thank you so much for the extremely kind review of your Tokyo tour with Kiyomi. I'm really happy that you enjoyed the tour and I know that Kiyomi feels the same way. I really appreciate you writing that spending the day with Kiyomi in Tokyo was like spending the day with an extremely knowledgeable friend. That is exactly the type... More 

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We recently came back from a trip to Tokyo and Kyoto (end of February, early March). It was our first trip to Japan and as we had not been able to fully prepare our trip, we were a little uncertain about the language barrier, local customs and how to get around. Because of that we decided to book 3 walking... More 

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

Thank you for your kind review of our Kyoto and Tokyo tours. I'm really happy that you enjoyed your tours. Our guide Kana really enjoys introducing Kyoto and Japan to our guests. I'm pleased that you found our routes, which include some off-the-beaten-track temples and gardens, so your liking. In busy seasons, in particular, I find that visiting lesser known... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

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

Thank you very much for the super review! I'm really happy that you enjoyed your tours of Kyoto, Tokyo and Hong Kong. I know that our guides, Koko, Ayako and Shermone, will be very happy to read your review. I'm glad that you found all three ladies to be flexible and accommodating of your requests, preferences and tastes. This is... More 

Hyderabad, India
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

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
14 helpful votes 14 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 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 

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