Mari was a delightful tour guide! We are an American family of five (children ages 9,7,4) and we only had one day in Kyoto, so we thought we would maximize our time with a tour guide. Mari and I had a couple of email exchanges before the tour to figure out the details based on what I'd been reading about and what I thought we would like to do. Mari met us in our hotel lobby on time and we talked about the area before heading to the train station to then go to the Arashiyama region. She was very knowledgeable about local culture and able to answer any question we threw at her while traveling to our destination. We saw a couple of temples and visited a small village where there were local restaurants and shops. It was a beautiful walk to the village from the temple and my whole family enjoyed the day. Mari then escorted us back to the train station so we could return to our hotel. I would highly recommend Mari as a Kyoto tour guide!
Thank you again for joining my tour. I had a very nice time with you! Actually I used to be a teacher for elementary school students, that is why I felt relaxed all day to be with your kids around. I would love to have you and your family again whenever you visit Japan. Next time when you come to Japan, I will also show hidden gems in Nara where your kids can move a lot and enjoy nice views. I am sure you would like it. I am looking forward to seeing you again. Thank you so much!