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My wife, daughter and I have just finished a 5 day stay in Kyoto as past of our tour across Japan. To make sure we satisfied our desire to understand better the cultural histories... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 12, 2015
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

My wife and I recently returned from a 10 day trip to Japan. We spent three full days in Kyoto and took three different tours with this company. We had three different guides who were all knowledgeable and caring. However we felt like there was something missing. Our opinion was that the guides were less personable than some of the... More 

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

Thank you for your review of our tours. I'm glad that you found our guides knowledgeable and caring. I appreciate you pointing out the fact that some of the places you toured with the guides were crowded. As you probably know, Kyoto (and the rest of Japan) has become extremely popular with tourists recently. I work hard to design routes... More 

London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

My wife, daughter and I have just finished a 5 day stay in Kyoto as past of our tour across Japan. To make sure we satisfied our desire to understand better the cultural histories of Japan, we booked on four of the Chris Rowthorn tours, two around Kyoto , one to Arashiyama and one to Nara. Our guide was Kazue... 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 tours with Kazue! I'm delighted that you enjoyed your tours of Nara and Arashiyama with her. I know that she will be really happy to read your generous words. The way you describe Kazue and her guiding is a perfect description of what we are aiming for. I'm pleased... More 

New York, New York, United States
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

Our guide was Ms. Takagi who met us at the Arashiyama train station in the morning. She guided us through the bamboo forest and was very knowledgable and informative. Her english was good and communication was not an issue. Overall, the experience was worth it.

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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 Kazue! I'm really happy that you enjoyed your tour of Arashiyama with her. I know that Kazue will be delighted to hear your kind comments as well. I really appreciate you taking the time to write your review. I hope that we have the pleasure of serving you... More 

Melbourne
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

My husband and I had the most fantastic time in Kyoto in October 2015. As we had limited time, we decided to book all the tours available by Chris Rowthorn Tours. The guides were fantastic. We covered such a lot of ground, visited many shrines, temples and palaces. Everyone was very knowledgeable. Thank you so much for 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 kind review! And thank you for taking all of our Kyoto tours! I'm delighted that you enjoyed them. I'm glad that you got to meet several of my guides and that you were able to see several sides of the city. It's a lot of fun guiding keen travelers who want to see a... More 

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

These guys went to great lengths to assist me with a service they actually no longer provide. However as it still appeared on their website they agreed to help me. We couldn't have made the arrangements for the visit from Australia without their very professional and reliable assistance.

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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 glad that you found our Koke-dera (Moss Temple) ticket buying service to be useful. It's such a beautiful temple and we're glad that we were able to help you visit it. I really appreciate you taking the time to write this review. Please let us know if we can help you... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Kyoto has been on our list of places to go for a couple of years and we managed to squeeze in 2 days on our way back from the US. We did 3 tours with our boys aged 6 and 9 and our gorgeous guides Kenzo and Kana really made the whole experience memorable. We did the Tofuku-ji temple and... More 

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

Thank you very much for your review of your tours with Kenzo and Kana here in Kyoto. I'm glad that you enjoyed Tofukuji, Fushimi Inari and Arashiyama. And, of course, I'm delighted that you spotted some geisha on your evening tour of Gion. We cannot guarantee geisha sightings, but we do our best to put you in the right places... More 

Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

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

Thank you very much for the kind review of your tour with Kana! I'm delighted that you enjoyed the tour with her and I know that she feels the same way. I appreciate you mentioning the fact that touring with Kana freed you from the need to plan or worry. We think this is one of the real virtues of... More 

New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
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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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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 

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