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Chris Rowthorn Tours

Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Just visited Kyoto and Tokyo with family (children of 12 and 10). Would recommend Chris Rowthorn tours to help you see as much as possible, and to help to understand what you are seeing. We did the combined walks 3 and 1 in Kyoto - it was pretty hot and humid and we found the full 6 hours a bit... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We used Chris Rowthorn tours for 3 days during a family vacation to Kyoto in June. Our guide. Koko, was wonderful at balancing our needs (temples, scenery) with our daughters' needs (shopping). She was flexible in adjusting the tour to visit places we really wanted to see, such as a bamboo forest path. She was so sweet, taking us to... More

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

Thank you very much for the review! I am delighted that you enjoyed your tours with Koko. She always does her very best to please our clients. I'm glad that you appreciated the flexibility that truly private tours allow. This is precisely what we stress in our tours. We want our clients to feel like every day with one of... More

Abbotsford, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We travelled in Japan for 5 weeks and hired guides from Chris in 3 locations ... Tokyo (Modern Tokyo, Tsukiji Market, Tokyo Evening Tours), Kyoto (4 walks over 2 days ... Walks 1, 2, 3, 5) and Hiroshima. They exceeded our expectations in terms of knowledge, expertise and ability to work with tourists! Our guides paced the days well, each... More

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your impressions of Yosuke, Kanzo and Keiko. We pride ourselves on our flexibility and our ability to find locals-only places to eat. I am sure your guides will be delighted to read your comments. I hope we have the honor of serving you again sometime here in Japan, Hong Kong... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My partner and I were fortunate to book tours in the summer of 2013 with Kenzo from Chris Rowthorn Tours. Upon returning to Japan with my mother last month, I once again reached out the Chris and was thrilled to learn that Kenzo was again available for tours in Kyoto and Nara. Our walks were perfectly paced, visited sites both... More

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

I'm delighted that you took tours with us in 2013 and 2014. As much as possible, we try to keep the same same guides with the same clients so that they develop a rapport. I'm also glad that you appreciated our mix of famous sights and off-the-beaten-track sites. I certainly hope that we have the honor of serving you and... More

grapevine, tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

My guides were fantastic - adapted the speed and stops to my interest. They very generous in answering my questions about culture, religion, history, etc and made sure that my experience in Kyoto covered all the highlights. I also used this service in Hong Kong, and had an equally positive experience.

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

Thank you for the lovely review! I'm really glad that you enjoyed your tours with my company in both Japan and Hong Kong. We pride ourselves on the flexibility of our guides: You can spend all day in one quiet temple if you wish or you can dash through 20 that are on your wish list. This is the virtue... More

Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We took tours in Tokyo and Kyoto, and did the Geisha Dinner. All were very rewarding, informative and fun. The guides were knowledgeable and personally charming. Highly recommend Chris. Contact him early, though. His tours get fully booked.

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

Thank you very much for the generous review! I'm delighted that you enjoyed your tours with us as well as the geisha entertainment. I know that my guides will be very happy to hear your feedback as well. I appreciate you pointing out the need to book well in advance, especially during busy seasons like spring and fall. We have... More

Jackson, Mississippi
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95 reviews 95 reviews
24 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We took the Southern Higashiyama tour from this company and could not have been more pleased. Our tour guide started us at the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, took us through lots of side streets, picked out a great shop for us to spend some time, and ended up a Shinto Shrine in the Gion area. Very knowledgeable, happy to make adjustments to... 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 am really happy that you enjoyed your tour of Southern Higashiyama with us. I am glad that you appreciated our guide's flexibility. We believe that this is the main virtue of a fully private tour: the ability to change things up as you go. We train our guides to be totally... More

Perth, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

I found Chris Rowthorn Tours via google when looking for some help in Japan but not wanting to be part of a group tour. Right from the start it was obvious we made the right decision. Chris and his team worked with us to develop an 18 night itinerary which we believe gave us the best Japanese experience available in... More

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

Thank you so much for the extremely generous review of our tours and consulting services! It was a real pleasure to help you plan your trip to Japan. I know that Kenzo, Hiroko, Koko, Kaori, Kiyomi, and Keiko enjoyed guiding you very much. Thank you for mentioning how our consulting and trip planning services work. We do our best to... More

Chicago, Illinois
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I chose Chris Rowthorn Tours for our family spring break trip to Japan during the Cherry Blossom season. It was very hard to find a guide during that time, but as a photographer, the walking tours really appealed to me. Chris was a great value, although these are WALKING tours, so be prepared to walk. We did a Tokyo full... 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 tours with Kumiko, Kazue and Koko. I'm glad that the guides were flexible. This is something we emphasize with our tours. I believe this is the value of a truly private tour - you aren't at the mercy of strangers in your group - it's just... More

Harpenden, United Kingdom
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28 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

From the moment Kazue picked us up at our hotel she was friendly and chatty throughout the tour. We particularly enjoyed the small bits of information about Japanese culture and life as we walked through small side streets between temples. We appreciated visiting quiet temples and avoiding crowds where possible at busy sites, information was always offered at each place... 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 Kyoto with Kazue! I'm glad that you enjoyed the backstreets and quiet temples that you visited on your tour. To tell the truth, those are exactly the parts of Kyoto that I enjoy most, and I've tried to put them in my tours. Kyoto... More

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