City of Kyoto Visitors Hosts

City of Kyoto Visitors Hosts

City of Kyoto Visitors Hosts
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Debbie R
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Koichi far exceeded our expectations! We had a rainy day and he kept checking when it would downpour and adjusting our plan accordingly. As a result I barely used my umbrella. We saw an amazing number of beautiful sights, ate a lovely tempura lunch at the restaurant of his friend and experienced a tea ceremony. It is a busy time of year in Kyoto but he managed to avoid the crowds as well as possible. We learned a lot about Japanese culture and history. He had very clearly told us what to expect in terms of costs for the day- taxis, lunch, entrance fees. Afterward he sent us wonderful photos he had taken of us and lists of restaurants and their locations (in response to our questions). We very, very highly recommend Koichi. We are a mother/daughter pair aged 70 and 40 but I suspect he would be ideal for just about anyone.
Debbie
Written July 14, 2023
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Lidia K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Solo
I was so lucky to be able to join the Ninjo-jo free guided tour. I learned many interesting stories about the castle history as well as about the paintings in Nijojo. The three female guides were so perfectly prepared for the tour. They used visual materials which helped a lot to remember the Japanese history connected with the castle.
After the castle sightseeing we went to visit a traditional shopping mall. We have been treated with small traditional dishes and learned again many interesting stories about customs and traditional arts in Japan. During the tour I met nice guys from Europe as well as from the US, we had a great time together, I enjoyed this day very much. Thank you for this insiring day. Lidia
Written February 26, 2017
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uluruuluru
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
We participated in the Premium-tour.
Despite the poor weather, (pooring rain!)
the amazing guides did a great job explaining about the
historical background of the castle, and many other
interesting information on Kyoto and Japan.
Highly recommended!
Written February 27, 2017
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MaxwellFantasy
Boston, MA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
We were lucky to join the English-guided tour at Nijo Castle.
A very satisfying 90 minute tour full of entertainment and history lessons.
We could see that the guides have done a lot of preparing,
we hope to see more of these tours in Japan!
Written February 22, 2017
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伟嘉 陈
Bar Harbor, ME3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Solo
I was in the premium group which is a 2-part tour lasting 3 hours. In the first part the guides(there were three of them) led us inside Nijo-jo Castle and talked about the history of the castle and the Tokugawa clan. The explanation was quite in detail and the guides answered all questions well. During the break, the guide leader talked to us about the Japanese hierarchical culture in real life, such as the seating position of boss and employees in restaurant, taxi and etc. In the second part of the guide, we were taken inside a nearby book making and conservation company. We saw how old books were conserved and bound. I especially enjoyed the final part when we were given the opportunity to bind a notebook with thread and needle ourselves. The guides were hospitable and the experience was superb!
Written February 21, 2017
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Marcus_S89
Helsinki, Finland3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
I took the tour at Nijo-jo on February 13 2017. Our guides, Nao, Maki and Alexi did an excellent job of explaining the history of the palace and garden.

All guides spoke good English, were funny, witty and natural. Would recommend to anyone!
Written February 13, 2017
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Maya N
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017
Maki is so fun and interesting. we had the best time with her and loved every moment!! Highly recommended ❤
Written April 15, 2017
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Omersan
Kyoto, Japan2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
This tour was a great surprise I did not expect. I'm not use to tours, most of the time I actually avoid them, but I believe this one to be really unique. First of all the two guides are perfect host, gentle, kind, wise and speaking an incredibly good english. If you have disturbing luggages they will manage to take care of them, if it's to cold they will provide you warm up patch (small details make the difference !).
The informations and history/art explanation are really helpful and pertinent to understand deeply the place you are visiting.
Finally the handicraft workshop was enjoyable to discover traditional Japanese craft and have fun while practicing it (painting on silk in a old style beautiful workshop).
Thank you again for this tour, I had a great experience.
Written February 22, 2017
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linkphil
Heidelberg, Germany4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
Following the recommendation of a friend I was lucky enough to join this excellent guided tour in its testing period. Our two guides were both japanese with very good english language skills. It was fun to explore the castle while learning about the many details I missed, when I visited the castle before and on my own. Both guides were very well informed and would even answer to questions of the audience, consisting of six foreigners including me. The explanations were often supported by well readable, large printed slides with sketches, historical pictures or parts of the castle one is not able to visit.

In contrast to most guided tours the presentation was very lively in a way that we would be integrated by questions and tasks, like remembering a certain symbol or figure and try to find it inside the castle or in the garden. There were also two spontaneous photo-sessions partially with requisites, which are a nice memory of the whole experience.

After the castle tour we would visit a Yuzen dying shop (10 min walking distance) with do-it-yourself program. This traditional technique is very popular in Japan and can even be practised by children. Basically one transfers the color to a piece of white cloth through a series of premade stencils. More skillful visitors can have their fun, too, by choosing more difficult templates or combining colors to create intriguing color gradients. With the authentic atmosphere in the workshop this counts definitely as one of my favorite activities in Kyoto so far (right after making Wagashi - traditional Japanese sweets). In the shop we were given enough time to enjoy the creative experience.

In total this was one of the best guided tours I ever had and I can highly recommend it. The lively presentation and actual crafting of a souvenir makes this tour highly memorable. Please continue to offer these great activities!
Written February 22, 2017
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JMaverickS
Helsinki, Finland1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
We took the Nijo-jo tour on February 13 2017. We had a blast, the guides Nao, Maki and Alexi spoke excellent english and were really funny. We learned a lot about Nijo-jo and the surrounding gardens and after the tour the guides gave us suggestions about where to go on our trip to Kyoto.
Written February 22, 2017
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