Totally worth every penny on our Private Walking Tour of Kyoto for 8-9 hours with the lovely, delightful and knowledgeable Akiko. My husband and I were pleased to learn about the Japanese culture and highlights of Bamboo Forest, Gion area, Geishas, and the many shrines and buddhas in the area. We really appreciated the tea house and delicious udon lunch. Akiko is such a delightful personality, informing us of the history and the current social culture and reign of royalty.
by Keri-San (05/13/19)
We had the best time in Kyoto with the nicest guide Ellie. She was very well prepared and gave us a great overview of Kyoto. She answered all our questions patiently. Our whole family felt very comfortable traveling with her. The whole organization by Japan Wonder Travel was extraordinary.
Thank you very much for this great experience.
by Barb (05/07/19)
We never visited Japan before, and were nervous about getting around Kyoto - especially since we had no experience using public trains/subways!
Enter Japan Wonder Travel and our wonderful guide Yasuna. She made the tour both educational and fun, and we were able to both customize where we went and make changes "on the fly." Yasuna met us at our hotel, and at the end of the day got us a taxi to get back.
This private tour was essential in providing the comfort needed to go out on our own for our final 4 days in Kyoto. Thank you again for the perfect introduction for our week in Kyoto!
by Mary B (04/24/19)
Fujii Shigeko was an outstanding guide who gave us the gift of a perfect day in the Kyoto area. She developed an itinerary that included sites of historic interest and provided a rich framework for understanding the cultural significance. During the full day tour, she explained interesting facts about day-to-day life in Kyoto and pointed out local curiosities. She was gracious in answering all of our questions and was exceptionally pleasant company. We felt very lucky to have spent our first day in Kyoto with her, it gave us an excellent basis for fine-tuning our itinerary during the rest of our stay in the area.
by Jackie (04/20/19)
It was an incredible experience!!!! Ellie was very kind and explaned us every detail of Kyoto. I would highly recommend this way of visitng Japan!!! Thank you!!!
by Sergio (04/19/19)
We have spent a great day in Kyoto, seeing everything we wanted to see. Our guide Ellie Takeda made everything possible to accommodate our needs. She showed us the best Kyoto can offer and we are very-very grateful.
by Miro (04/08/19)
We had a great tour in Kyoto with Ellie. Her English was fantastic and so we were able to communicate and ask questions with ease. We had a beautiful and warm day. We walked around Kyoto with our personalized itinerary in mind however very flexible to wonder off “the plan.” I would def recommend this tour. We also used this agency for a tour in Tokyo.
by Jennifer (03/25/19)
Kaori did a excellent tour when she guided us through Kyoto a whole day. She showed us what we wanted to see and also had descriptive pictures with her. We really recomend her as a guide.
by Jirosan (03/22/19)
We did an all day walking tour of Kyoto with Kenji. A private tour for the 6 of us was an excellent way to go! Kenji's knowledge and stories opened up a whole new world to us. It was an amazing adventure - looking through all the pictures and recalling the amazing memories, I still can't believe how many wonders we encountered and experienced in the seven hours! There is no better way to discover Kyoto! Top notch! Excellent! Exceeded my expectations.
by Larisa G (03/19/19)
We had an amazing tour of Kyoto thanks to our excellent tour guide Keiji. We learned the historical and cultural significance of the sites we visited, and were in awe of their beauty. Keiji was a perfect guide. We highly recommend this tour experience and our guide Keiji.
by lhalliburton (03/04/19)
Excellent from start to finish. Ellie's English was perfect and she was a very knowledgeable guide. We learned a lot about Kyoto history, culture, and sites visited. Her food recommendations were perfect too! She took us to where the locals, not tourists, usually eat. She was very accommodating and flexible with our plans for the day, and she even helped us plan out the rest of the evening. We could've booked a second tour with her if only we had more time. Really recommend you take this tour to see the best of Kyoto and appreciate it more...esp if you have only 1 day.
by Puffer Mafia (02/08/19)
The Kyoto tour we had with Japan Wonder Travel was great. We had a wonderful guide, Ellie, who showed us around 5 major sites including Arashiyama Sagano Bamboo Forest, Kinkakuji temple (Golden Pavillion)
-Kiyomizu-dera temple, Gion district, and the Ryoan-ji temple. With Ellie's help, we were able to add the Ryoan-ji temple to our itinerary and see all 5 sites with plenty of time. Ellie was a terrific guide who explained the history and details about each of the Kyoto sites and answered all of our questions.
I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Kyoto and also recommend Ellie as a wonderful guide.
by Esther (01/10/19)
My family was visiting from America and had a very ambitious travel schedule for such a short time in Japan. My mother wanted to see Kyoto above all. She suggested a personal tour and at first I was skeptical, it seemed more like something the novice tourist would do rather than the seasoned adventurer. I agreed to do the tour and it was excellent! Kaori-san was fantastic! Kaori-san speaks fluent English but indulged me in Japanese as well. She has boundless energy as we traveled across Kyoto all day. I had trouble keeping up with her and I'm 27 years-old! I saw more of Kyoto in one day than I would in a month due to the structure of the tour and Kaori-sans energy. It felt like traveling with an old friend. My family loved the tour! 10/10 recommend!
by Atti chan (01/06/19)
L'organizzazione del tour è stata eccezionale e predisposta nei minimi dettagli, grazie anche a numerosi contatti preventivi per mettere a punto ogni dettaglio. La nostra accompagnatrice giapponese era molto preparata e simpatica, assai disponibile nei riguardi di tutte le nostre richieste, parlando peraltro un inglese perfetto. Il costo è ampiamente giustificato dalla qualità dei servizi e dalla assoluta competenza degli interlocutori.
by Carmelo&Gabriella (11/29/18)
We had a wonderful tour of the temples and shrines of Kyoto. Our tour guide, Ellie, was great at giving us an insight into the history and culture of Japan.
by Richshamban (11/26/18)
Our guide and our guided tour were absolutely amazing! One of our family members got sick the same day we would have our guided tour so we asked our amazing guide if we could postpone the guided tour one day and that was no problem. We felt that our guide really did everything she could for us to have a great day as possible. She also cared about the person who was ill and she was very helpful and suggested what he could do when he felt better.
We learned a lot about Japan and Kyoto on our guided tour, and at the same time had a great time together with our guide. She felt like a family member at the end of the day. We really want to recommend this!
by Fuji fans (11/07/18)
Our Guide was wonderful and showed us all the great culture and sites in Kyoto.
by Michael and Niall. Father and son on trip (10/25/18)
Thank you for taking us around Kyoto! What a wonderful day of culture and beauty. We really appreciate everything!
by Champoux Family (10/10/18)
Thanks to Noemi, our nice guide, we visited the most important sites in Kyoto, discovering the history and the Japanese culture. Very good experience to recommend to all tourists interested to know and to understand this fantastic country!
by Barbara (08/25/18)
by Khanna (08/20/18)
Kenji was knowledgeable, flexible, helpful, and a really nice guy! We really enjoyed our tour, and he gave us a good recommendation at the end that we never would have thought of on our own. Thanks Kenji!
by Robert (08/20/18)
by kavita (08/20/18)
Naomi was great, and showed us a lot, and exceeded our expectations. Thank you Naomi.
by Pasquale (08/13/18)
top notch tour of Kyoto with Fuji our host.
by Tampa family (08/11/18)
3 wonderful days in Kyoto albeit a bit wet. We (5 of us) stayed at the lovely Grandbell Hotel in the Gion district which was perfect with walking distance to markets, restaurants and shopping. We had two full days with a driver and guide that were great. Our fantastic guide Keiji mad sure we visited all the sites we had planned and helped us re arrange some for the final day due to the bad weather conditions. With a smile on his face, always a story to tell he became a good friend and gave the trip the extra wow factor.
by Kyoto full day private tour with guide and driver (07/10/18)