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Please wear proper clothing and shoes for walking.
*The pickup applicable hotels are limited to the hotels between Higashi-oji-dori and Nishi-oji-dori (to the east and west) and Imadegawa-dori and Jujo-dori(to the north and south). If you need a taxi or a hired car, an additional fee will be charged.
What you need to bring
- 日本語 (Fluent)
- English (Fluent)
My name is Kazuhiko Goto (Mr.).
I’m a certified English Tour Guide.
I would like to separate myself from other tour guide.
I’m not just a tour guide.
My knowledge of geography, history, culture and cuisine will make sure your trip to Japan is unforgettable.
I have guided many tourists all over japan
such as Nikko, Tokyo, kamakura, Mt. Fuji, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Hiroshima, Miyajima and Fukuoka.
Therefore, I have confidence that you will enjoy this tour and have a memorable tour.
Now, I take delight in doing this job
I am sure that I can make you enjoy Cool Japan!
I look forward to seeing you here in Japan.
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I thoroughly recommend the tour. Highlights were getting to see the back streets and hidden attractions. Great personal service.
Overall, our experience was an enjoyable one. We started the day early with Kaz-San meeting us at our ryokan in the morning. We then took a bus to Sanjusangen-do, our first stop of the day. The bus ride itself was memorable - you have to literally charge your way up the bus and to alight. There is no time to think about whether you should board or not, as the driver would just shut the doors if you do not attempt to board after a couple of seconds. I suppose that's the normal weekday morning situation, so there's an understanding between all passengers to squeeze and make way for fellow commuters even if the bus was seemingly packed to the brim already.
The walk up to Kiyomizu-dera via Sannenzaka as the street was simply crowded with tourists. But it was all worth it. The scenery from the top was simply stunning. I think we were lucky to have visited Kyoto at a time when the leaves were turning red. However, there were on-going renovation/restoration works, and blue erosion protection blankets on the slopes (due to the typhoon we were told). So it was inevitable capturing these in our photos, along with the scenery. Finding a nice place to lunch along Sannenzaka was a headache, as most eateries were full.
Kaz-san brought us around Gion, through the small alleys where you can find a few small bars run by retired Geikos. Kaz-san even showed us where the residences of these retired Geikos are located. Gion Corner was unfortunately closed on that day, so we didn't get t visit the Maiko Gallery.
The day ended with a walking tour at Nishiki Market, and we stopped by quite a few interesting shrines along the shopping street. It was a good way to end the tour, and we made our own way back to our ryokan after that. It was our first time visiting Kyoto and Kaz-san was knowledgeable and rather fluent in English. She was patient in explaining to us the history of the places we visited, and having her as our guide made it easier for us to experience the local culture. Hence, I think it was money and time well-spent.
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