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Chris Rowthorn Tours

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Cherry Blossom Season with Kyoto Walking Tours 2, 3 & 4 - EXCELLENT!!

We booked these 3 walking tours 6 months in advance, knowing that it's peak season in Kyoto during the cherry blossom season. We did tour 2 & 3 in one day and on a separate... read more

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We booked these 3 walking tours 6 months in advance, knowing that it's peak season in Kyoto during the cherry blossom season. We did tour 2 & 3 in one day and on a separate evening did tour 4. We traveled in a group of 4 & were very lucky to have the same guide (Ms Maki Maeda) for the... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your generous review of our Kyoto walking tours! I am delighted that you enjoyed your three walking tours with Maki. I know that she will be very happy to read your kind words. I appreciate you mentioning Maki's passion about her city and how she conveyed that to you. I also appreciate you mentioning how... More 

Wallagoot
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The four of us took a night tour with this company and we were all extremely disappointed with the tour as a whole. We had to ask many questions to gain information about what we were seeing. Our guide, Ayako Furuya, whilst polite seemed reluctant to talk and instead we were left to prompt her about our interests. We have... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the Tokyo evening tour. I take all such feedback extremely seriously. First of all, I take all responsibility for this. I spend a lot of time searching for the best and most personable guides and then I spend a lot of time personally training them to be engaging and insightful about their cities. However,... More 

North America
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Since we were staying at a VRBO in Gion, I booked an evening Gion Walk to learn the history and about our "neighbourhood". Chris Rowthorn's staff were immediately responsive and it was easy to book online with them. No deposit was needed and we paid our guide at the end of the tour. We met at the Minamiza theatre; detailed... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review of our tours! I'm delighted that you enjoyed your tour with Kazue. I know that she will be very happy to read your generous words. I appreciate you mentioning how Kazue was able to respond in a flexible way to your wishes and needs during the tour. And, of course, I appreciate... More 

Tunbridge Wells, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did three tours with Chris's company whilst in Japan . one round fish market in Tokyo and two in Kyoto. Not the cheapest tour as ony two of us but the guides were probably the best we have ever had of ay tour throughout the world. Their local knowledge was amazing and they were both passionate about their country... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review of our tours! I am delighted that you enjoyed your tour of Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo and your two tours in Kyoto. I really appreciate your kind comments about your guides in each of those cities. I know that they will be very happy to read your words. I particularly appreciate... More 

Cinque Terre, Italy
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88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

We booked a full day tour as well as a tour of Nara with the wonderful kana. We had a great time and learned so much about Japanese culture as well as seeing some beautiful sights. What made the tours really special was Kana, she's so lovely and you can really see how much she knows about Japanese culture and... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review of your tour with Kana. I am delighted that you enjoyed your tour with her. I know that she feels the same way. I really appreciate you mentioning how enthusiastic Kana is about her own culture, as well as her knowledge of her culture. I am sure that you are a busy... More 

San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

My family and I booked two tours with Chris Rowthorn’s company during an eight-night stay in Kyoto. We came to Kyoto to see the fall colors, observe the architecture, and to simply experience Japan as much as one can in eight short nights. I read about Chris Rowthorn’s company in a travel book and decided to book two tours: Kyoto... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your tours with Kazue. I appreciate you mentioning the ease of booking the tours online. I also appreciate you mentioning Kazue's flexibility with your toddler. We feel that this is the virtue of a fully private tour. I also appreciate you mentioning how Kazue took you on a back route to Fushimi-Inari Shrine. We... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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178 reviews
102 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

Second time visiting Japan and second time touring with Chris' team in Kyoto, Hiroshima and Tokyo. I've written a review previously (August 2015) and can only reiterate that these experiences are about learning, having fun and meeting some really nice friends. It's far better than just looking at something, taking a photo and moving on to the next thing. He... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your extremely kind review! I know that I speak for Ayako, Kana, Kenzo and Kaori when I say that we are delighted that you enjoyed your tours. We really love to get repeat guests, because we really like to establish a warm connection and friendship with those we guide in Japan. I'm really glad that... More 

Caloundra, Australia
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Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We have just returned from our night tour of the Gion district with Kana Hattori. We were so impressed by her professionalism, knowledge, helpfulness and cheerful disposition we wanted to write a glowing review to thank her personally. She was happy to answer all of our questions (lots!) without hesitation and her english was very good (which we assumed would... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your generous review of your Gion Evening Tour with Kana. I am delighted that you enjoyed the tour and I know that Kana will be, too. I appreciate you noting Kana's fluency in English and the care that she took in taking you to a restaurant and explaining your dietary requirements to the staff there.... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

We booked four tours with Chris Rowthorn and also used his trip planning service. I can honestly say it was the best investment we made in our trip to Japan! They found the perfect hotel for us in Kyoto, complete with a playground nearby and some marvelous neighbourhood restaurants. We also booked three half-day tours and the evening tour of... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your generous review of our tours and consulting services. I'm delighted that you enjoyed your tours with Koko and Kazue. They will be very happy to hear this. I'm also very glad that you found our consulting services to be useful. It's very kind of you to write about our tours and consulting services in... More 

Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

I recently returned from a solo trip to Japan; which was also my first international travel. As I planned my itinerary, I was thrilled to find Chris Rowthorn Tours – and even more so when there were guides available during my stay. Keiko was very diligent and helpful in coordinating private walking tours in Tokyo with Junko, Kyoto with Kazue... More 

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your extremely generous review of your tours with Junko, Kazue and Maki. I'm delighted that you enjoyed your tours of Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara. I really appreciate you taking the time to provide so much detail about the guides and the tours. What you describe is exactly what we are aiming for with our company.... More 

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Hi I would like to ask if you can accommodate me and and my husband with the tour below. We'll bday in Shinjuku and this will be this December. Appreciate if you could reply with your email so we could talk about the rates

09 HOURS GRAND FULL DAY TOUR ON SEAT-IN-COACH WITH LUNCH (starts at 7:00am)

You will first visit the Tokyo Tower, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Tokyo from the observation platform. Next is the Meiji Shrine, the finest example of Japanese shrine architecture. Then driving through the Akasaka Guest House. The Akasaka Guest House is a magnificent western-style palace built in the baroque style. Next drive by the Japanese Capitol, dominated by a massive tower and visit the Imperial Palace East Garden. Here you can enjoy a pleasant walk through the garden as a place of historical interest and scenic beauty. We drive through the shopping district of Ginza. You will enjoy Japanese style lunch (only included in the tour if lunch option is selected at time of booking). We continue to Hamarikyu garden which is a typical Daimyo (Japanese feudal lord) garden in the Edo period with a tidal pond. Next enjoy a 30 minutes boat ride on the Sumida River. After the cruise, you have a chance to see Ninja and Samurai performances at the pier. At the end of tour, visiting the Asakusa Kannon Temple and walking down the brightly lit Nakamise shopping street, then we drive through Kappabashi area where restaurant supplies and wax food samples are sold, and Ueno and Akihabara.

*with hotel pick-up and drop-off for the above hotels.

11 HOURS MT. FUJI AND HAKONE BY MOTORCOACH THROUGHOUT ON SEAT-IN-COACH WITH LUNCH (starts at 8:00am)

Enjoy the scenery of rural Japan during the drive to Mount Fuji. You will have a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and grand mountains from an altitude of 8000 feet. Then you will take the double-wired sky gondola for a breath-taking view of the volcanic Hakone Mountains, arriving at Owakudani Valley (the Valley of Hell). Admire the view of steam escaping from the rugged mountains of Owakudani. You will also have the chance to try an Onsen Tamago (an egg boiled in hot spring water). Next, a boat ride on peaceful Lake Ashi, you can sit back and relax amidst the picturesque and serene natural beauty of the crater lake. We then return to Tokyo by motorcoach.

*with hotel pick-up and drop-off for

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