This was an outstanding tour of Kyoto in a day. My husband and I were on a cruise and were determined to have a private tour. We were fortunate to connect with Takakazu Machi. What an amazing person! Very knowledgeable and culturally astute. We had a day of historic architecture, shrines and “secret, out of tourist areas” temple, zen garden, and restaurant where we tasted locally prepared, fresh food. A very educational experience. Taka’s English is impeccable. His car is in perfect condition. He’s a great driver. Exceptional knowledge of all sites. Taka was careful to communicate with us all along the way prior to our visit. He was there to pick us up at the cruise terminal in Kobe. An added bonus was when he took us to the Bullet Train for our return to the Port. What a great adventure! We highly recommend this tour of Kyoto with Taka. We definitely would do it again in a heartbeat!