Kyoto Half-Day Tour Including the Golden Pavillion
- Transportation included
- Duration: 4 hours
- Private group
I had a really great day with my guide Taibi, he contacted me first and had a plan in mind based on what I'd asked, he tailored this after a quick talk when we met and we set off, I was able to take as many photographs as I needed and with a real focus on my interests. He knows the city and area well, gets on with the locals too and provided me with many memorable photographs and made the day all the more pleasant with his conversation. I was even given recommendations and information for my upcoming travels. Really felt like I was treated and included as a close friend and not just a customer. It was a most memorable experience and birthday as well, and I hope to return to Kyoto before I leave Japan and intend to return in the future for a similar tour for the areas I did not manage to see.
The booking process was easy and efficient. I wish there was a way to communicate with the guide to prepare the itinerary of our private tour. At pick up location, our guide, Hiro-san, was surprised that we are 3 people (but which we have paid for 3 persons in the booking). He is an elderly gentleman and he knows a lot about the Nijo Castle and Golden Pavillion. However, he is 72 years old so his voice is slightly weak (my parents are also in their 70's) and we cannot hear him too well. He also needs to improve on photo taking skills. Otherwise, we are satisfied with the experience and Hiro-san is very knowledgeable and kind.
Our guide Agustin was so helpful and friendly. He took us to a lovely temple that wasn't on the main tourist trail, which was a great opportunity to escape the crowds of Kyoto in the autumn colours season. Our walking tour included all the things that we'd expressed interest in when booking. After the tour, Agustin also kindly emailed me information that he had researched for us about a museum exhibition and antique shop because we'd explained that we were interested in Japanese netsuke. Thank you Agustin!
Our guide Tanya took us to the temple which was the start of the Aoi Festival. This was a great idea and gave us some good insight into the main parade which was a few days later. We finished at a delicious ramen cafe.
My guide was wonderful and had great suggestions, very patient with American tourist. I was excited to see everything, he planned a wonderful itinerary. Helpful with train took picture of meeting place.