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)
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)