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“Private English Tour in Kyoto with Takakaza Machi”

Private English Tour in Kyoto
Ranked #1 of 103 Tours in Kyoto
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Owner description: To contact us, please search with "Private English Tour in KYOTO", or "Takakazu Machi". Our tours are private tours using a car. Our guide can drive you to each site, go inside sightseeing spots with you, and explain everything about the site, culture, custom in Japan.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Taka was busy on the day of our tour, so he recommended Nobuaki Nagata and we couldn't have been more pleased.
Nobu and I exchanged several emails and he knew we wanted to see places off the beaten path, since we had been to Kyoto 3 other times. He did not disappoint us! We went to the beautiful Bamboo Forest, a charming little old town, a beautiful hidden temple with 1200 buddhas and the Geisha District, but on the back streets less traveled.
It was a perfect day and we want to thank Taka for the referral to Nobu and thank Nobu for wonderful day in Kyoto.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having Taka as our personal tour guide was the highlight of our trip to Kyoto! We were able to see 8 places during our day with him. We had some request and he had suggestions which all blended well. He navigated our time and selected spots flawlessly. Truely an amazing day, weather was perfect too! Having a driver to access various destinations around the city is the way to go. We requested a typical Kyoto style lunch, as we are open to all food types, and wow.... did he pick a GREAT spot! We had him join us for lunch and this was fun and educational too! He translated for us as we complemented the artisan on our fantastic lunch. As we ended our day, Taka gave us some recommendations for other great places for dinner, as we had a few more days to go in Kyoto. Spot ON! Hakuu Main was a GREAT steakhouse! Thank you for a wonderful and memorable day with you Taka! Spend your vacation dollars with Taka and you will not be disappointed.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband & I had an excellent day wth Taka. He was very friendly and accommodating and very knowledgeable.
Best thing abt the tour was that Taka made it like we were visiting and touring with an old friend.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We highly recommend Nobu as a tour guide for Kyoto. Japanese tour guides are licensed professionals and must pass a proficiency exam. It showed. Nobu was extraordinarily conversant in Japanese history and the UNESCO sites, and knew when to visit each (to avoid crowds). He is gracious and funny, with an excellent command of English (he is self taught, by watching US television programs). He worked from our wish list, but also added several largely undiscovered sites that turned out to be our highlights—temples with special attractions that almost no one bothers to visit. He separated the “must see’s” from the “don’t bothers” and took us to a delightful restaurant for lunch, and recommended a lovely restaurant for dinner.

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