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)
Keiji-San was a wonderful guide! He was completely accommodating to our requests for seeing gardens, shrines & temples. He gave us valuable insight into the history, culture and traditions and to the significance of each place we visited. He was instrumental in my finding a particular piece of art that I had set my heart on to buy as a lasting memento of my trip.
by Traveler (07/09/18)
An excellent arrangement with a very attentive and knowledgeable guide, who spoke good English and was assisting beyond duty when required. Would highly recommend this company.
by Zonta Group (07/09/18)
The full day, personalized Kyoto tour was fantastic. We went to the most popular and relevant attractions in the city (both historical and modern). Naomi was knowledgeable and very friendly.
On a side note, I was traveling from Osaka. This company (and staff) were so incredibly kind following the earthquake in Osaka and offered assistance, rescheduling and support. This genuine commitment to customers is a stand out.
by Kirsten (06/22/18)
We had a great tour with Akiko san of Kyoto and it’s surroundings. She was very helpful with taking us shopping for a Japanese doll. We also ended up having a great Ramen lunch at a place suggested by the tour driver. Finally, we were lucky to spot some Geishas in Gion district. Akiko san provided us with the history of the geisha culture. Overall an excellent day trip.
by Amitesh (06/21/18)
Our Kyoto tour guide did an absolutely fantastic job for us. Every aspect of the tour was Excellent!!
by Armando (06/07/18)
The customized Kyoto tour was one of the highlights of our trip to Japan.
This was our last full day in Kyoto. Keiji was helpful from the start in mapping out our day so we were able to see everything on our list and so we would end up back near our hotel by the end of the tour. We went to the Fushimi Inari shrine, Arashiyama bamboo forest, Ryoanji temple with the rock garden, and Nishiki Market. We enjoyed all the beautiful sites in Kyoto.
It was a lot of walking, but Keiji planned our rest stops well and made it fun with all his jokes. Keiji also pointed out many great photo opportunities.
We would not have been able to get around Kyoto so well without Keiji! We are so glad to have met Keiji on our trip. We definitely would travel with Japan Wonder Travel again.
by Stephanie F (05/27/18)
Amazing tours! Contact Japan Wonder Travel right now! I originally contacted them to schedule their full day Tokyo tour for my family while we were in port on a cruise. I was having a hard time finding tours in the other cruise ports so I asked if they could also coordinate tours in the other areas as well. Japan Wonder Travel put together an amazing itinerary with wonderful tour guides and drivers in each city!
This company far exceeded my expectations and made my family's stay in Japan so memorable :) I had read online that Sakaiminato was not considered a great cruise port but this turned out to be one of my family's favorite stops in part because of our great guide that setup personalized experiences and knew exactly where to take us (try the soy sauce ice cream!)
We saw so much and did so much including a visit to a sumo stable, picking green tea in traditional dress, making paper, tasting shochu, visiting beautiful shrines and temples, seeing a kabuki theater, tasting sake, etc, etc. But the best part was our tour guides. In between stops they kept us entertained with origami lessons in the car and were a wealth of knowledge. They were all so kind, had great English skills and did everything they could to make our time in Japan wonderful. They were so amazing that they would all check in with each other after the day was over and let the next tour guide know what we liked! I was on a search for a very specific salt and on the very last day the tour guide found it for me and told me she heard I had been looking for it! My family also took about 5,000 pictures and they were more than happy to point out the best spots or stand in the rain while my family posed for pictures for the hundredth time!
I cannot say enough good things about this company, the tour guides, the drivers, the itineraries, etc. If you have the chance to go to Japan, this is the company you need to work with.
by Ashlee (05/06/18)
Schöne Tour, danke Noriko
by Sabine (03/11/18)
A fantastic tour with an excellent guide with a personal touch. He made our Kyoto stay great!
by Lucky Clover (11/02/17)
Super friendly staff, wonderful experience
by Hedgehog (10/21/17)
Walk, walk and walk. If you are interested on truly know a city, you must walk it. We had a great day in Kyoto with Naomi, she was very kind and knows a lot the city, the traditions and the shrines and temples. She took us to Fushimi Inari Tasha and explained everything about the place. Then we went to Arashiyama forest and had lunch in a beautiful traditional japanese restaurant. Finally we ended in the Nishiki market.
The best of this kind of tours is that you travel by train, subway, and of course, walking, so you get immerse in the everyday culture of Japan. Also, Naomi suggested a lot of street food to taste as we moved form one place to another.
No doubt, get that tour, you can't go wrong with them!
by Jose C (10/21/17)
Our tour of Kyoto with tour guide Michi started at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. I had been to Kyoto before but this was one of my requests for this trip. It was beautiful with all its red tori. I believe you can hike up a ways for a great view, but we did not do this. Maybe next time. We next headed to Arashiyama just outside of Kyoto proper to see the bamboo forest and monkey park. The Monkey Park was on my nieces wish list. Both did not disappoint. I wish we could have walked around Arashiyama a little. It looked fun with a ton of shops and eating places. Lunch was fantastic at the best tempura place in town according to Michi. The kids liked the matcha azuki bean shaved ice. We continued onto the Golden Pavillion and the Nishijin silk factory. Nishijin is famous for providing woven silk for kimonos. All in all it was a great day. Michi was very knowledgable and fun. I would highly recommend her as a tour guide and Japan Wonder Travel for all your touring needs in Kyoto.
by Jeannette T. (07/19/17)
Ellie was an amazing guide. Great info and tips about Kyoto. Overall amazing! Must do to get a good understanding of such a beautiful city.
by Matt (06/21/17)
Thank you Japan Wonder Travel for the great and spotless Kyoto and Osaka Private Tour Arrangements and Execution! Our group of 10 pax enjoyed all the tours, shopping and fascinated by Japanese cuisine! We love Japan and would definitely go back and explore other places in the future!
by Fidelyn (06/15/17)
We had a wonderful day touring with our guide, Michi. She was very helpful, informative, and flexible. The people at the Japan Wonder Travel office were always very quick to respond to all emails when we were booking our tour, which was very much appreciated. Would definitely recommend them!
by JG (06/01/17)
We had a great day in Kyoto thanks to Kenji-san's hospitality. He was flexible to change our itinerary at the last moment. He was understanding when we needed to take breaks. We learned more history than we had picked up on previous visits to Kyoto. I recommend our guide and Japan Wonder Travel! Excellent hospitality
by Joyce I (05/26/17)
Great tour! Very informative, my guide spent the entire day with me .
by Christine (05/25/17)
we were a group of 2. the guide met us at the train station near our reserved train car on time. excellent touring, we used the tube/ taxi ( which is our choice) whenever we needed to go from one place to another. we went to:
-Arashiyama bamboo grove
had very nice lunch at Arashiyama ( Halal restaurant as requested)
we had a nice walk followed by tea in the shopping area of Fushimi inari-taisha,
took us back to the train station on time
our guide was very helpful, informative and cooperative.
we covered all of Kyoto in only 8 hours
by Hanaa (04/01/17)
Keiji was an excellent tour guide. He was well informed, and had a great understanding of the city and it's history.
Keiji was totally amenable and was able to change our agenda on the go as we decided to spend more time in places or added things that we wanted to accomplish.
At the end of the day, Keiji was able to set up up for an exclusive private Geisha Show at a private Tea house that was incredible.
He never once complained that we kept him with us almost 3 hours longer then the tour was supposed to be.
I would highly recommend Keiji and his private tour that is looking for an inclusive detailed way to see much of Kyoto in an organized and timely fashion.
by Bradley Block (02/01/17)
I had a wonderful 1 day tour with Fuji all around Kyoto! We were lucky to have amazing weather and were able to visit Fushimi Inari shrine, Kiyomizu temple, roam around the Gion area, and visit the beautiful Arashiyama area and see some amazing fall foliage. Fuji was so kind and incredibly knowledgeable about the Kyoto area. I would recommend this tour to anyone, and hope to return soon myself!
by Loren (11/22/16)
We had a wonderful time with a private tour, 8 hours. Our guide, Kenji was so informative. We learned so much about Kyoto, Golden Temple, Fushimi-Inari, Gion, and other temples.
We highly recommend Japan Wonder Travel.
by Mark and Mary (11/03/16)
The tours arranged in Tokyo and Kyoto and the transfers were all professionally done and the guides were very good .
I would highly recommend this company to anyone who really wants to experience Japan like a local.
One of the unintended highlights was having lunch with the guides which really allowed us to experience restaurants and food that we would never have been able to use without a guide .
by Joseph steinbok (10/28/16)
Japan Wonder Travel was great to work with. Our contact Yu, a co-founder of the company, responded to our every question and concern during our planning stage. He also met us at our hotel several mornings to make sure all was going well which was above and beyond. We had 3 wonderful guides (Yuriko in Tokyo, Noriko in Kyoto, and Kimiyo in Nara) who were very informative, personable, and spoke easy to understand English. We had just a few days in each place, and they made sure we were able to visit all the sites on our lists in a very efficient manner. They were receptive to our requests and seemed to want to make sure we had a great visit to Japan. I will recommend Japan Wonder Travel to our traveling friends.
by Archie and Sue Magee (10/27/16)
We had such a wonderful time strolling about Kyoto with Kenji. He was super informative and friendly and we couldn't believe how many things he showed us in one day! We also got to learn more about him and his history, including that he played rugby... and still continues to! Awesome.
I would most definitely recommend Kenji (and Japan Wonder Travel) anytime for touring!
by Brian M (10/24/16)