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Hands On Kyoto

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Looking for a fun, interactive and insightful tour or experience of Kyoto? Whether you're on your own or with a group, we specialize in tours and experiences that connect you with Kyoto. Get Hands on with Hands On Kyoto
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

He’s a gentleman, highly professional, super easy going and knows all the best spots off the usual touristic attractions. A must in kyoto!! Thanks for a fantastic time!

Thank cristina r
Greg-HandsOnKyoto, Owner at Hands On Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Cristina, Kyoto has become very popular but I'm glad you enjoyed the Custom Tour, away from the crowds... Also, thank you very much for your kind words about my approach to tours. Hands On Kyoto Greg

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did a Geisha Night Tour with Greg and it was fantastic! Our girls aged 13 & 14 were blown away by the Geisha History. Greg has extensive knowledge and answered all our questions. He was great company and we all had a great time....More

Thank Jodie H
Greg-HandsOnKyoto, Owner at Hands On Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Jodie, Thank you for your effusive praise about the tour. I'm glad to hear you and the girls really enjoyed it. I'm happy to hear I was able to answer all of your questions and looking forward to the next time you come on another...More

Reviewed August 9, 2018 via mobile

Super interesting experience that I would definitely recommend! Greg was an amazing guide full of knowledge and was there to translate all our questions. We meet a retired geisha who was now runs her own tea house. She took us through the stages in becoming...More

Thank christinatnc
Greg-HandsOnKyoto, Owner at Hands On Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2018

Christina, I'm really happy you and Chloe enjoyed the Original Geisha experience. It's a unique opportunity to talk with a retired geisha who is willing to share deeper insights about the World of Geisha. Luckily, we timed it right as the beer garden was going...More

Reviewed July 21, 2018

My friend and I took both the Newbies and Gion Night tours with Greg. The time we visited Japan wasn't high season (mid July) so it was just us two taking the tour, which made the whole experience more custom - thanks to Greg's flexibility....More

Thank tulinn_a
Greg-HandsOnKyoto, Owner at Hands On Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded July 21, 2018

Tulin, Thank you for your lovely review. It was pretty hot but glad you and Seray enjoyed the Kyoto Newbies Tour and introductory aspects of Buddhism and Shinto. Although it was off-season, a good opportunity to see see a few famous places mixed in with...More

Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

We are a family of four (2 adults, 2 children aged 10 & 14) who went on with Greg on a night tour in Gion this evening. We had a fantastic two hours walking around the district. Greg weaves the history of the samurai and...More

Thank Elaine Q
Greg-HandsOnKyoto, Owner at Hands On Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2018

Elaine, I'm really glad to hear I was able to keep the kids attention (at least for a few moments!) and that you not only enjoyed the historical and cultural side of the tour, but also some of the little shops and unique streets and...More

Reviewed June 17, 2018

You think you travel a lot. You think you have been in places where people do not speak English. Japan is difficult to describe, but the English is not good there, even in Tokyo. So you may think you need a Japanese guide for every...More

Thank Tom N
Greg-HandsOnKyoto, Owner at Hands On Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2018

Tom, Thank you for the kind words. Sometimes people think you have to be a native in order to understand a culture, people and society but I'm glad you appreciated my passion for and insights into all things concerning Japan. I'm really glad the whole...More

Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

after a couple of weeks in japan with very little grasp of the japanese language, it was refreshing to have an english speaking guide. as greg has been based in kyoto for some time he has great insight, knowledge and appreciation of the city, history,...More

Thank Anne C
Greg-HandsOnKyoto, Owner at Hands On Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2018

Anne, Thank you so much for the high praise. It was a pleasure having you and Chris along for the Gion Night Tour. I'm happy to hear you found the tour informative and insightful and it brought the culture and people of Kyoto to life....More

Reviewed May 12, 2018

Greg is very knowledgeable about the Gion area and provided us an informed and enjoyable experience. He had great insight inti the Geisha culture. I would definitely recommend Greg to anyone that wants the best! Thank you Greg!!

Thank RajN1961
Greg-HandsOnKyoto, Owner at Hands On Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2018

Raj, Great to meet you! Although short, I really enjoyed our time together on the Gion Night Tour. I'm looking forward to welcoming you back the next time you return to Kyoto and provide you a more extensive experience! Hands On Kyoto Greg

Reviewed April 21, 2018 via mobile

We had a great tour with Greg, we felt like he told us a lot of information about the Maiko and Geisha culture and life style. We would highly recommend going to do a tour with Greg. If I knew it was so good we...More

Thank hicksylou
Greg-HandsOnKyoto, Owner at Hands On Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2018

Louise, Jane & Violette, I'm really glad to hear you enjoyed the information about the maiko and geisha. Too bad we couldn't have done more tours as well but maybe next time. Glad to hear the ramen was good. Not often you can try a...More

Reviewed April 16, 2018

Greg was fantastic. This tour was one of the highlights of our trip - he was extremely informative and took us to a lot of places we wouldn't have found on our own. Many thanks for putting up with all our strange questions. Highly recommended!

Thank Qinzhe Y
Greg-HandsOnKyoto, Owner at Hands On Kyoto, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2018

Qinzhe, It was great meeting you and your parents. Glad to hear the Gion Night Tour turned out to be one of the highlights of your Japan trip and I could answer your questions. Hands On Kyoto Greg Koch

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