Our group of 4 had a wonderful time with Toichi. If you are looking for a guide with lots of energy, happy to share his knowledge of Japan, then Toichi is the perfect guide. He was easy to understand, answering all our questions, making any adjustments to our walk - adding a peek at an interesting alley, to see another shrine or temple or stroll a small hidden garden. And, he definitely knows where to eat! Another plus was the open communication with Toichi prior to our tour date. He took care of us from the time we booked the tour, until we said good-by and he sent us on our train back to Kyoto. Arigato, Toichi!
Dear Janet, Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I had a good time spending a day with you yesterday. In fact, I wished I spoke with you more if we had more time! Another place to go in Kyoto is Eikando Temple in the evening. The temple is starting the evening light-up of the garden from today between 5:30pm and 8:30pm. It is 5 mins north of Nanzenji Temple and the entrance fee is ¥600. I think you should just take a cab if you want to avoid long walking. (Though, Nanzenji Temple on the way is also nice, and you can check BIwako waterway and see how Kyoto people tried to bring water from Lake Biwa in the northeast.) Anyway, hope the rest of your trip in Japan will be wonderful. Please say hellos to Dennis, Brian and Donna and good luck! Toichi