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Good dude who knows the back ways

We had a good day with our guide. he know all the back ways since he has been there for years. we... read more

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Reviewed October 28, 2016
CalifDude
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Los Angeles, California
Full day biking and touring

With three full days in Kyoto we used our hotel to book a driving tour for one day and a 1/2 day... read more

Reviewed September 5, 2016
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Reviewed September 5, 2016

With three full days in Kyoto we used our hotel to book a driving tour for one day and a 1/2 day biking tour for the other day. Both we good, but not as good as our final tour. On day three we hired Guillaume for a full day bike tour. What a treat, we covered an incredible amount of distance that day, visiting temples, the monkey hill, the outskirts of town into the rice fields and farming area and back to the narrow streets of residential Kyoto. It was a full day at our own pace, which got better and more fun as the day went on. Guillaume is a patient and wonderful guide. His knowledge of Kyoto is very good and his English is excellent. If you want a slow pace or full day, Guillaume is the person to hire. He can lead you to specialty shops for tea and handcrafts, local restaurants that are not overpriced and can help translate everything. All his bookings are done by email, so be patient and plan ahead. You will not be disappointed!

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed September 3, 2016

Guillaume has excellent reviews so I used his contact page (he does not provide a direct email address). Weeks later and no response.

We did find many other highly recommended Kyoto guides (also expats) who were very responsive and hired one.

Something to consider.

Nick

Date of experience: August 2016
4  Thank Us2_Gemma_Nick
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Reviewed July 20, 2016

My boyfriend and I booked Guillaume for two days. He was very knowledgeable about Kyoto. We do not like busy touristy places. And he took us Genkouan temple, peaceful place. I love the the beauty scene of a Japanese garden through the circle and square window. I like the meaning of the shape “satori-no-mado” (window of enlightenment) and “mayoi-no-mado” (window of ambivalence). I did meditate sitting there and I could be in calm.

He knows a nice restaurant and we could enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine, Yuba and Sake. It was really good.
He's very flexible and we never felt rushed. He made our special days in Kyoto.

I would definitely book him again and recommend him to all my friends.
Thank you Guillaume.

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Three of us had a fabulous day touring with Guillaume. We had toured one day on our own prior and it was so much better seeing everything with detailed explanations from Guillaume. He pointed things out we never would have learned on our own. He was so patient and took us to all of the sites on our wish list. He is very professional, answered all emails promptly, designed a great day for us and knew answers to all of our questions at the sites. We were pretty tired by the end of the day but Guillaume never wavered in ensuring we got to all of our sites. Thank you for a fabulous day and making Kyoto come to life for us!

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed May 24, 2016

We 3 adults kept Guillaume busy all day plus, and we were never without information about any and everything. We asked for best matcha ice cream, the best tea, or what ever we needed -he could make happen. One of us has Celiac, so difficult to find food in restaurants that are soy sauce free, but Guillaume managed to help get us a nice meal in a small local restaurant! His knowledge about the Temples and Shinto/ Buddist history was fascinating. We were exhausted at the end of the day, but Guillaume was always ready to move!

Date of experience: May 2016
5  Thank buyerjat
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