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Cool Kyoto Walking Tour

#15 of 69 Tours in Kyoto
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Address: Nakagyo-ku | Meeting Point - Kyoto City Hall plaza, Kyoto 604-8571, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 90-3867-3538
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Sat - Sun 10:00 - 15:00

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Samurai Joe is indeed a treasure! Due to time constraints we did not have lunch incorporated into our semi-private tour (on a weekday), but despite this, our family of 6 and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Samurai Joe is indeed a treasure! Due to time constraints we did not have lunch incorporated into our semi-private tour (on a weekday), but despite this, our family of 6 and another group that were with us (judging by the laughs we had) had really enjoyed the tour. We were lucky that the weather was nice and sunny too. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

We joined a group of about 20 others to listen and follow Samurai Joe around Kyoto for five wonderful hours. Joe who is 87 brings to these tours a sense of the city and its history without being too heavy on facts and figures. There is a sense fun and light heartedness which made the time pass quickly. While we... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

The tour with samurai Joe was really great. We visited a lot of great shops and places and even had a nice meal together. Joe is such a nice and funny person, the whole group had a lot of fun. If you visit Kyoto and maybe have a hard time connecting to locals (because of language barrier) this tour is... More 

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岡田逸雄, オーナー at Cool Kyoto Walking Tour, responded to this review

Hi, you discribed my tour exactly, it is great! Since I have been a longest and oldest tour guid;e in Japan, I have to come up with their expectations, I appreciate yours. I will keep it up untill later than next Olympics in tokyo by 2020, thaks!! More 

Balmain, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Samurai Joe is talented, charming, funny and at 87, fitter than most people half his age. The tour was great value with plenty of free tastings and access to traditional shops and sights we wouldn't have known about. Samurai Joe is generous with his personal stories and everyone on the tour was delighted with the experience. We were lucky to... More 

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岡田逸雄, オーナー at Cool Kyoto Walking Tour, responded to this review

You were blessed by not only the weather, good company but also the special once-a -year Festival of Age on October 22!!! Thank you so much for your nice comments for my tour, I have been running for five years, I shall try hard to continue this tour, Sincerity and effort, The Last Samurai, Joe Okada More 

Ra'anana, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

The tour with samurai-Joe was my daughters favorite tour of all the tours we took in our 3 weeks in Japan. This is mostly on account of Joe special character and sense of humor. We learned a lot of little details we may have not notices while walking on a street. Like why shops have curtains, how to spot a... More 

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岡田逸雄, オーナー at Cool Kyoto Walking Tour, responded to this review

Hell to your daughter! Glad you liked my tour best! I will work hard to maintain my service attitude as good as I was waith you, hope you have a lovely future, best wishes, The Last Samurai, with fruit ninja, Joe Okada More 

Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

I had read about this tour in Sydney newspaper so I had some idea of what to expect but the tour was longer and covered more ground than I anticipated. All the local shops near City Hall were lovely and there was absolute no pressure to buy anything but some of us did. The snacks along the way and sushi... More 

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岡田逸雄, オーナー at Cool Kyoto Walking Tour, responded to this review

Great review!, I never had 30 guess in the past 4 years, but did well as you say, I shall try.....the best? As I am 87 , not much time to improve, but still, I will do. Thank you very much. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

The walking tour with samurai Joe was the highlight of our stay in Kyoto. 87 years old but still sprightly and feisty we got a locals viewpoint of fantastic Kyoto. Lots of shops ( perhaps a couple too many), a samurai sword demonstration, a walk around the palace gardens and lunch in a local arcade made this tour great value.... More 

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岡田逸雄, オーナー at Cool Kyoto Walking Tour, responded to this review

I esteem the opportunities to be with my guests, living on earth for 87 years, so I try hard to entertain my guests, very happy you enjoyed, thank you very much, keep in touch, The Last Samurai, Joe Okada More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Samurai Guide Joe was Cool and very organized! We enjoyed the tour soooooo much. This tour is one and only tour in Japan! He is the oldest active guide and the best of best! We tell the world we enjoyed it Highly recommend you all to join He does the Samurai night tour in Kyoto also and that's also very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Excellent tour of key spots in Kyoto, interesting stories and facts to bring the places to life! Great tour! We really enjoyed it and learnt a lot! Thanks!

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岡田逸雄, オーナー at Cool Kyoto Walking Tour, responded to this review

How nice to know tht you enjoyed my "Cool Kyoto Walking Tour", I shall try harder to improve the contents of my tour. best wishes !! Samurai Joe More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

If you want to walk backstreets and see the real Kyoto than you should do this tour. Joe was amazing and kept us informed and educated the whole 5 hours. We loved our day with him so much. He's truly amazing

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岡田逸雄, フロント オフィス マネージャー at Cool Kyoto Walking Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for your recognition of the value of my walking tour, which is a culmination of my 54 years of tour guiding. I shall continue my effort to pease the guests coming as long as I can mange, as I am geeting old, at 87 years of age. More 

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City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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