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A highlight of our whole trip!

We were a group of three families..four adults and four teenagers. Our tour guide was a very lovely Japanese lady called Kana. Kana spoke excellent English. She was very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We were a group of three families..four adults and four teenagers. Our tour guide was a very lovely Japanese lady called Kana. Kana spoke excellent English. She was very knowledgable and very accommodating in what we wanted to see and she gave us an excellent insight into Japanese culture. We opted for a 6 hr walking tour with a break... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We did 2 tours - the Gion evening and Northern Higashiyama morning walking tours. Koko was our guide for both, and she was so knowledgeable, helpful, and really gave us a terrific understanding of Kyoto and everywhere we visited. For both tours she met us at out hotel, which made it very easy for us. We did the Gion walk... 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 our tours! I'm very happy that you enjoyed your tours with Koko. I know that she feels the same way. I appreciate you mentioning the fact that doing one of these tours is a good way to get acclimated to the city. We want our tours to make people comfortable enough... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

Our private tour guide, Ayako, was very knowledgable and took us to many great places at our pace. We saw the lotus blossoms at Ueno Park and many other sights to give us our bearings. She taught us how to use the train system which was very helpful and knew all the out of the way places. We went to... 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 of Tokyo with Ayako. I'm delighted that you enjoyed the tour and I know that Ayako is too. I appreciate you mentioning how Ayako helped you get your bearings and taught you how to use the train system. One of our goals is to make people comfortable with the... More 

Fort Worth, Texas
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10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We have made two trips now to Japan 2 years apart, both for 15 days. In both cases we used Chris Rowthorn tours for help in planning our itinerary and for half or full day tours. On the planning side, we had a great deal of helpful advice generally speaking, and specific advise as to how to best travel (by... More 

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

Thank you very much for the extremely kind and detailed review of our consulting services and tours. It was a pleasure to plan another trip for you. Thank you very much for seeking out our services for a second time. I really appreciate you mentioning the way we work. As you point out, since we are not a licensed travel... More 

Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We had the most loveliest day with our excellent hostess -the adorable Kana Hattori.She had excellent English and was not only knowledgable but passionate about Kyoto and where we were touring.She also was intuitive to our needs.-we dont like crowds, without explaining straight-out , she picked up on this and lead us to the same temples/shrines but the more secluded... 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 Kana! I'm delighted that you enjoyed the tour and I know that Kana feels the same way. I appreciate you mentioning the fact that Kana took you to a department store when you showed an interest in Japanese beauty products. This kind of flexibility and responsiveness is something... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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99 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Chris really does have some amazing guides working for his company. We took two tours with Kana in Kyoto, a tour with Keiko N. of Hiroshima/Miyajima and two tours with Ayako in Tokyo. They were all truly wonderful guides and made our first visit to Japan an unforgettable experience. We love to "learn" rather than just "look" when we see... More 

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

Thank you very much for your generous review of your tours with Kana, Keiko N and Ayako. I am delighted that you enjoyed your tours with them. I appreciate you taking the time to mention them each by name. I'm also very happy to hear that you found Keiko H's office skills to be efficient. All of them will be... More 

San Francisco
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Kana-san met us at our hotel and gave us a fantastic first impression. Kind, knowledgeable, fun and professional. We absolutely loved our day with her. The back stories and places she took us exceeded our expectations. She taught us Japanese customs and explained traditions that we could not have learned on our own. We even asked her to go to... More 

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

Thank you very much for the extremely kind review of your tour with Kana. I'm really glad that you enjoyed the tour and I know that Kana feels the same way. Taking our guests to a local restaurant to experience "locals-only" food is exactly the sort of thing we train our guides to do. Thank you also for personally reaching... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

I booked several private tours with Chris Rowthorn tours in Kyoto and Tokyo. In Kyoto I had an evening tour of the Gion and city center areas, as well as a day tour of some off the beaten path of temples and shrines. First of all, I must say that Koko, my guide for both tours MADE my trip to... More 

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

Thank you so much for the excellent review. I'm really glad that you enjoyed your tours with Koko. Your description of your tours captures exactly what we are shooting for with our tours: personal and flexible service that really adds value and insight to your time in the country. Visiting a supermarket and explaining all the things you see there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Our party of four toured Kyoto with Chris Rowthorn tours. Our tour guide Koko was extremely informative and personable in her presentation. All of us enjoyed every moment of the tour. At the end of the day we were even able to get a glimpse of geisha girls as they exited a performance. I would not hesitate to recommend this... More 

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

Thank you very much for the extremely kind review of your tour with Koko. I'm delighted that you enjoyed your tour with us. I'm glad that you were able to enjoy Kyoto despite the cool temperatures we had this past April. I'm also very happy that you were able to spot one of Kyoto's fabled geisha. I hope that we... More 

Manila, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Traveled with a senior citizen, pregnant lady and a 4 year old, among others. Was still able to visit Arashiyama area, Kiyomizu-dera Temple and side streets, Gion district, and got to enjoy it, too. We wouldn't have been able to do this otherwise. We were able to maximize our trip, visit a hidden gem of a steak house, and learn... More 

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

Thank you very much for your extremely kind review of your tour of Kyoto with Kazue. I'm really happy that you enjoyed your tour with Kazue. I know that she'll be happy to hear this as well. I appreciate you highlighting Kazue's flexibility and responsiveness to the needs of your group. I feel that this is one of the virtues... More 

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