The tour with Japan Wonder Travel was the highlight of our visit to Japan, We would highly recommend the tour and our guides. They made it fun, informational and catered to US the customer and audience. By comparison, we took two other Kyoto and Nara tours with Context Tours that started and ended as disappointing tours. Japan Wonder Tours put them to shame. Tours are made successful by connecting with the audience. This tour exceeded our expectations, fun, exposure to foods, personable, informational, and great value. We highly recommend the tour and this tour group. Don't miss this Kyoto tour!
Sherri, Larry, Mark and Pam
by Minnesotans Do Kyoto (10/18/17)
My first tour in Japan couldn’t have started any better. I must have been super lucky because I had my tour guide Koji san all to myself. He was informative and flexible to add my request to see Monkey Park in our tour. Also a great conversationalist and I enjoyed every bit. Food was endless and wonderful. Wish I had more room for it all. We saw so much and yes it is a lot of walking, especially the hike up to see the monkeys. It is all worth it. I have hundreds of pictures to share when I got back. I felt truly blessed to have met Koji san. He was kind to help me buy a train ticket and showed me how to get back. I hope he knows I’m truly grateful for his time and endless knowledge.
by Deppiely (10/04/17)
Had an amazing tour with Fuji-san! It was a wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone. All of the food was delicious (and filling!) and I loved learning about all of the sights and culture. Most of the temples and shrines we visited were off the beaten path and it was amazing learning about all of them. Both the foods and locations were things that I would have never found on my own. Fuji was happy to answer all of my questions about the Japanese culture and definitely went above and beyond to make sure it was a great experience. This tour was definitely the highlight of my time in Kyoto.
by David K. (10/03/17)
We had an amazing time!! Absolutely wonderful tour. Not only was the food AMAZING, but we loved learning about the history of Arashiyama, and some Japanese folklore from our friendly and knowledgable guide, Tatsuya. Our favourite food was the fried Yuba + Cheese. So yummy!!
While all the food is fantastic, touring the temples and bamboo forest in between makes this tour so unique and special. Definitely a highlight of our whole trip to Kyoto!
by TwoTrees (07/20/17)
Fuji Shigeko was our guide for the Arashiyama FooDrink tour, and she was an excellent guide. We really enjoyed the tour and the food tasting along the way. We were a group of six and Fuji was most attentive to our individual needs. It was a beautiful but unusually hot day, and Fuji structured the tour to make it as comfortable as possible. At the end of the tour, we had a dinner appt in the city which was going to be complicated for us to reach with the transfers involved. Fuji accompanied us to our meeting point for dinner making it much more relaxing for us. She did not have to do this but went out of her way to help us! Fuji has a great deal of information to share about the Arashiyama area and I would highly recommend her as a guide. A most enjoyable day!!
by Babatraveler (05/28/17)
Naomi was our tour guide and really made us feel special. Her local knowledge was excellent and we certainly learnt alot. This was the best tour for us - thank you Naomi for all that you did for us!
by Wendy & Geoff (05/22/17)
Went on the walking food tour with Koji. Very friendly, spoke excellent, if not perfect English and very intelligent and knowledgable. Really enjoyed this tour and his company!
by Chet (05/09/17)
My guide, Fuji, was an informative, delightful and helpful companion on the walk. The food stops were an opportunity to try delights that might otherwise have been missed. The temples and shrines were very interesting. Tenryu-ji temple garden was stunning and the bamboo grove is also something not to be missed. I was the only person on the walk with Fuji but that meant I was fortunate enough to have her all to myself.
by Peter (05/07/17)
5 stars! A wonderful tour with great food stops and fabulous sightseeing. Koji was a great guide and made the tour so enjoyable.
by Alexa Clapp (04/29/17)
Wonderful tour!! Kuji was very pleasant and knowledgeable and very easy to understand. He made sure the pace was appropriate and was interested in what we had questions about. Definitely recommend! One of our favorite tours in Japan.....and this was our second visit.
by Jennifer Light (04/29/17)
Amazing tour!!! Fuji-San went above and beyond to give us an incredible experience. She is not only extremely knowledgeable, but also incredibly polite and conscientious. The tour was a great mix of not only food and culture, but also an opportunity to see the beautiful surrounding area and gardens. Highly recommend it! Lovely way to end at the tea shop with sweets
by GreenMountain (04/26/17)
Loved the tour despite the rainy day. Tatsuya was a great guide and introduced us to food we would never probably have tried. Small group of 8 was just the right size; not to big. Food wAlking tours are a great way to see not just the main streets but the back streets and eating places you would never know were there. Loved the beautiful temples Tatsuya took us to. Great tour and guide!
by Elle (04/24/17)
My wife and I had a wonderful experience in this tour. We were only 3 couples so it felt like a personalized tour. Tatsuya, our guide is also one of the managers, was incredible and made us feel at home. We learned a lot about Japanese culture and food. He smiled all the time and was kind enough to answer all our questions. He also took great pictures of our group. I definitely recommend this tour. It was the best of all we had in Japan.
by Carlos Zozaya (04/15/17)
We had a great tour with Kimmy, she was very friendly, informative and easy to talk with. Personalized tour of Kyoto and surroundings was alot of fun.
by Great tour (03/25/17)
Visiting from Boston we had the best time! Hope to stay in touch!
by Lizzie and Sam (03/09/17)
This was a wonderful tour with a terrific guide (I think the name was Koji?) He was very informative about the country and especially about the Arashiyama area. I learned details about the temples and shrines that I probably would not have found in a book! All in all, a great tour and experience. Food was very yummy also! Thank you!
by Cheryl C. (03/05/17)
We had a great time touring Arashiyama with Koji's expert guidance. The area is so beautiful and charming, and his insights made it even more interesting. It rained off and on, but our guide brought umbrellas and the rain didn't bother us at all. Magical places, and delicious treats along the way. Thank you, Koji san.
by Jim Senter (03/02/17)
What a wonderful way to see and learn about Kyoto! We had a wonderful tom with our guide! We toured shrines and ate local food. Our guide was knowledgeable and fun and full of interesting information. We will definitely book with this company the next time we visit Japan
by Wilbur Family (01/12/17)
Our guide is a wealth of information - enriched my knowledge of culture and history of Kyoto !
Loved the concept of sampling street food of Kyoto -just brilliant ..
by R. General (11/03/16)
There is nothing like tasting a culture through food. Tatsuya-san, whome we just met that day, introduced my friend, Isa, and I, to the wonderful flavors of street food in Arashiyama---the yuba sushi, yuba cakes, deep-fried yuba cheeseballs, dashi soup, spiced rice, pickles of every kind and matcha to delight the senses.
He showed us the not-so-common sights--the secret path to Horin-ji temple, the patio that opens to a panoramic view of the town, the giant lotus garden on the side of the main entrance to the Tenryu-ji temple, the residential area beside the bamboo forest and the best place for matcha ice cream!
What we truly enjoyed about our visit was that it felt like we had been toured by a friend of many years. Exploring a place with a local who is a friend is a priceless experience.
by Vicky L. Ortega (10/03/16)
I loved my tour, our guides Yu and Kimiyo were very enthusiastic and happy. They created a fantastic atmosphere and were very informative, I would definitely recommend. I was very appreciative of the fact that Yu took the time and effort to escort me to my appropriate train station after our tour, I am not sure I would have found it without his help. Thanks again
by Great Tour, Lovely Guides (09/16/16)