“ Fun, interesting, energetic, outstanding guide! ”
Makoto is a fantastic guide. He was funny, energetic, interesting, and spoke great English (he lived in the US for 10+ years.) We had so much fun on his tour. Makoto (actually, he goes by “Mac”) lives in Nara so he knows the area inside out. We saw so many beautiful temples and gardens that I would have completely missed if I just walked around with a Lonely Planet book. We fed the deer, marvelled at beautiful samurai swords and gigantic ceremonial drums, and even saw the piano that Einstein played when he visited Nara. Best of all, Mac shared so many aspects of everyday Japanese culture, like which pickle stores offer free samples, and where to buy recycled kimono, and why the 3, 5, and 7-year old kids were all done up in traditional dress at some of the shrines. We even got lucky and saw a traditional wedding in progress. Amazingly, he even knows where to shop! Mac said his wife trained him well, so ladies, don’t hesitate to ask for a quick whirl through some of the most interesting shops along the way. I recommend him 100%. He was worth every penny. I will definitely hire Makoto when I come back for cherry blossom season.