We really enjoyed our day out in Kyoto with Goto (Kazuhiro). Upon booking the tour Goto stayed in regular email contact, providing personalized suggestions of additional sights to see. The tour is a combination of walking and public transportation which would have been difficult to plan ourselves. Goto has a lot of energy so make sure you can keep up with him! He met us at our hotel in the morning and we finalized the details of the day. He was very flexible and even helped us with booking train tickets to Tokyo. Goto was also very knowledgeable and able to answer any questions we had. One day was not enough as there is so much to see in Kyoto! I would definitely recommend Goto to anyone.
Kazuhiko was very collaborative right from the start. He helped me work on an itinerary that would suit my party of 7 pax (3 kids-11/9/7, 4 adults) and helped arrange a private van at a very reasonable cost. He has a very good grasp of the English language. He was very patient with my group and could easily adjust the timing based on the interest and strength of the participants (my 75 y/o mom was with us). When we were brought back to the hotel, he recommended interesting places around the area for us to check out on our free time. For improvement: it would be more interesting if he could add snippets of info about the area while we are in transit, or Japanese culture in general.
He was great!! Never saw a man go so far out of his way to make our trip go so smoothly. He bought our train tickets for us in advance , due to Golden Week. He took us every where We wanted to go and more. I would recommend him in a minute. I feell so bad I didn't get to say good bye. I was getting the tickets at the hotel. Have a nice trip with your students. Thanks for a wonderful two days. Dawn.
We had an excellent day with Kazuhiko Goto. He adapted the 8 hour tour to our requests, substituting Nijo Castle for a temple we had already visited. In all, he got us around to visit quite a number of Kyoto's treasures. The pace and the information was excellent, all delivered with a wonderful smile.
During our stay in Kyoto, Goto san was our guide for 3 days. We have seen a lot of interesting shrines and temples each with its own history. Goto san was able to share the history of the visited location and the Japanese history. Our children (6 and 8) also enjoyed the trips, especially the Nara visit with the deers and the monkey mountain at the edge of Kyoto. We used public transportation where possible and taxis when required to see the most at a reasonable price. We enjoyed his companionship, his expertise, humor, his choice for authentic lunch locations and all combined made our 3 days a memorable trip.
I wanted to thank Kazuhiro-san again for a wonderful full day of guiding in Kyoto. We were four friends, arriving with Celebrity cruises in Kobe, and Kazu-san picked us up at the ship to bring us via train to Kyoto, where he had a taxi waiting for us. His guiding was excellent and we saw all the major attractions in Kyoto and even more than we expected. It was a long but rewarding day and we enjoyed Kazu-san's knowledge and his company. I highly recommend his service to other travelers. Thank you again for a wonderful day. Sigrid Harris