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Hiroko

Licensed Guide
(43) Reviews
$ 33 Hourly rate
Reviews ( 43 )
Nancy Nancy United States ( Family )
Excellent
4 days ago

“ A day tour Kyoto ”

Hiroko thoughtfully curated an excellent, efficient and tailored tour that checked all the boxes for my family and me. I am an amateur photographer, and had asked Hiroko to focus on opportunities to photograph beautiful fall foliage. Hiroko planned a great itinerary for us and managed time very effectively yet respectfully so that we were able to enjoy all the main attractions as well as to take great photos. The places Hiroko took us were stunning and we had a fantastic time. She was also an extraordinarily helpful interpreter in a few situations where we really benefited from being with a Japanese-speaking person, and provided great recommendations. I highly recommend her to anyone interested in a guided tour of Kyoto.

Hiroko:

Nancy, I am deeply grateful for your generous, kind and quick review. Both you and your family are so intelligent and kind, and I really enjoyed being your guide. I hope that you will visit Kyoto again in cherry blossom season in the near future. Please have a great time for the rest of your stay here in Japan! All the best, Hiroko

Gina Gina United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Great day in Kyoto! ”

We had a wonderful day with Hiroko in Kyoto. This was the first day of a five day stay and we visited some of Kyoto’s highlights. Hiroko helped us get our bearings in the city for the rest of the trip. We had a fun lunch at a great local spot and overall enjoyed our full day with great conversation. Thank you Hiroko! Our day was great.

Hiroko:

Gina, Thank you very much for your kind and generous review. I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed the day. It was my pleasure to guide intelligent and nice people like you and your family. Please send my warm regards to your mother and husband. Kind regards, Hiroko

Glenn Glenn United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Most attentive guide ”

Hiroko’s attention to detail was above and beyond - from standing in line for attractions, to supervising bus and subway tickets - Hiroko was par excellence. Her kindness and consideration came through in so many ways.

Hiroko:

Glenn, Thank you very much for sending me such a generous review. I hope that your family enjoyed the tour in Osaka. Jodi, Adam and Amanda are nice and honest, and I was happy to be their guide. Please send my warm regards to them. All the best, Hiroko

Roman Roman Israel ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Very good tour in Kyoto ”

Hiroko made with us very good tour of Kyoto highlights. We enjoyed her guidance very much

Hiroko:

Roman, Thank you very much for your generous review. I also enjoyed being your guide in Kyoto. Please give my warm regards to your wife and friends. All the best, Hiroko

Ian Ian United Kingdom ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ A memorable day in Kyoto ”

My son James(24) and I had a wonderful day in Kyoto with Hiroko this week.We visited both some of the major sites but also saw some of the quieter and picturesque parts of the city. Hiroko’s knowledge and enthusiasm brought them all to life in a very memorable way. She also always went the extra mile to ensure we had a great day including a very local lunch of okonomiyaki and at the end of the day insisted on accompanying James to a department store to help him with some desired purchases. Hiroko is a very special lady and we could not have wished for a better guide for our day in Kyoto. Arigato gozaimasu, Hiroko. Our very best wishes, Ian and James.

Hiroko:

Ian and James, I feel highly honored by your kind and generous review and really appreciate it. I was so glad to see you enjoying that okonomiyaki lunch. You were actually great to turn okonomiyaki over nicely! James also made me impressed by his knowledge of Japanese history and culture. I really enjoyed being your guide throughout the day. Arigato gozaimasu to you too. All the best, Hiroko

Lynn & Ted Lynn United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Kyoto Cruise Excursion Extraordinaire! ”

Hiroko expertly organized our Kyoto visit, maximizing every minute so that we could take in all the major attractions that we had selected in the city. We also were able to spend a bit of time socializing together in Osaka where we enjoyed street food in Dotonbouri and then a delicious dinner in a tiny, locally-owned restaurant, which capped off a fantastic day. Had Hiroko not been with us, we would not have been able to identify the small establishment or its menu, as the owner's sign was written in Japanese and he did not speak English. Hiroko was able to translate for us and the restaurant owner, which made socializing with him another highlight.

Hiroko:

Lynn, I am truly grateful for your kind and generous review. As to that small establishment in Dotonbori, you had a great instinct for finding such a nice place for dinner. Thank you again very much for letting me join you there. I only wish we had had more time together. I really enjoyed being your guide in Kyoto and Osaka and hope that you will visit Japan again sometime in the near future. Please send my warm regards to Ted. Sincerely, Hiroko

Jennifer Jennifer United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ A wonderful tour through Kyoto ”

We absolutely loved our day with Hiroko. She was a wonderful guide. My children adored her and said they knew that she was kind as soon as they met her. The highlight of the day was the monkey park, but we enjoyed everything. Hiroko is a delight and a wonderful tour guide!

Hiroko:

Jennifer, Thank you very much for your kind and generous review. I also adored your children, and I wish there had been more time for me to be with them. I am glad to hear that all of you, especially Campbell I believe, really enjoyed the monkey park. Please give my warm regards to your family. All the best, Hiroko

JoAnne JoAnne United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Visit Kyoto with a knowledgeable friendly guide ”

The day we spent with Hiroko was fun and we saw and learned so much. By the end of the day we felt that we had spent time with a good friend. She was able to show us a great deal of her city making excellent use of public transportation. She also spoke to us about Japanese culture. Spending time and interacting with people is as valuable as visiting the impressive sites.

Hiroko:

JoAnne, I feel highly honored by your kind, generous and quick review. I really appreciate it. As you and your family are nice and intelligent and were considerate enough to make me comfortable during the tour, I enjoyed being your guide in Kyoto. I hope that you will have a great time for the rest of your stay here in Japan. Kind regards, Hiroko

Frances Frances Philippines ( Friends )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Best decision ever!!! ”

The route she prepared is efficient, her english is very good. She’s thoughtful, always asking us if we need anything or just let her know if there’s anything we need. She knows the history of all the places we went to, made it more special for us. Will definitely book her again if I go back ❤️

Hiroko:

Frances, I am so grateful for your kind, generous and quick review. You and your friends are very nice, and I enjoyed being a part of your group as your guide in Kyoto. There are many more to see, so I hope that you will come back over here sometime in the near future. Please give my warm regards to your friends. All the best, Hiroko

WILLIAM WILLIAM United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Osaka in an amazing day! ”

Hiroko knows her Osaka. We had the pleasure of spending just one day with her ( kicking myself for not hiring her for kyoto). The amount of knowledge she had was amazing. She put together an itinerary that meet all our needs and we saw the best of what I believe Osaka has to offer. Her english is very good and we we loved that she knew the answers to anything we asked.

Hiroko:

William, I am deeply grateful for your kind and generous review. Both you and your partner are nice and fun, and it was all my pleasure being your guide in Osaka. I also wish I could have been with you in Kyoto, but I believe that you discovered and enjoyed your own Kyoto. Please give my warm regards to your partner. All the best, Hiroko

Frederick Frederick United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Best tour guide ever. ”

Have used many tour guides over the years and Hiroko was the best. Perfect English. Had a very full day in Kyoto. She customized our tour to include meeting us in port in Kobe, arranging the bullet train to Kyoto and then filling the day with all the major attractions. We rode trains, buses, trollies and taxis to get around fast. At the end of the tour at the Torri gates she put us on a train back to Kobe and waited until we were safely on our way.

Hiroko:

Frederick, I feel highly honored by your kind and generous review and really appreciate it. You and your family are so nice, and it was my pleasure being your guide in Kyoto. I hope that the tour will become a good part of your memories of your trip to Japan. Please give my warm regards to Karen and Sierra. Sincerely, Hiroko

Winsome Winsome Canada ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Kyoto in a day ”

Hiroko is amazing and accommodating guide. We are a family of 5. Hiroko was very patient and paced the tour to accommodate my aunt recovering from double knee surgery. We had the opportunity to visit all of the sights on our itinerary except for Gion due to late start as we tried to attend to lost luggage. Your patience and calm demeanour allows for a stress free hectic experience. We all want to thank you for such an amazing and informative tour of your city. PS. Brianna finally got her luggage when we returned to the ship

Hiroko:

Winsome, Thank you very much for your kind and generous review. You and your family are very nice, and I really enjoyed being your guide in Kyoto. I also enjoyed a brief conversation with Brianna about her learning of Japanese. She is a bright young lady. I am so glad to hear that she got her luggage on that day. Please give my warm regards to all of your family. I hope that you will come to visit here again to see more if you get a chance. All the best, Hiroko

W Sian W Canada ( Couple )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Wonderful day with Hiroko ”

We spent a very hot and sunny day with Hiroko touring 4 major attractions including the Golden Palace. Because we were staying in Gion, Hiroko created a thoughtful itinerary that took us to the south, west and north of Kyoto. She thoughtfully included stops in places to cool off as well as a wonderful local truly Japanese lunch spot. Hiroko was very knowledgeable and made the trip interesting and informative. She was also just a lovely person and it was a pleasure to be guided with her. I highly recommend Hiroko for a wonderful tour.

Hiroko:

Sian, I am deeply grateful for your kind, generous and quick review. Both you and Allan are very nice, and it was all my pleasure being your guide in Kyoto. I am also glad to hear that you liked that local Japanese restaurant for lunch. I just would like to escort you to an old and authentic place, not to ones for tourists. I hope that you will visit here again, maybe with your children, in the near future. Please give my warm regards to Allan. He is such a gentleman. And, please enjoy Hokkaido! All the best, Hiroko

Michael Michael United States ( Family )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Kyoto Customized Private Tour for first timers ”

A day to remember in Kyoto! We are a family of 4 visiting for the first time. We gave Hiroko a list of must-see during our 1 full day in Kyoto and she delivered perfectly. She was wonderful! She was accommodating and well organized. She expertly guided us around Kyoto; using transportation modes of our choice after telling us the pros and cons of each. She led us through less crowded paths and shared with us her insights into the rich history and culture of Kyoto. The weather was brutally hot but Hiroko made sure we were all okay. Without her, we could not have done even half as much in the limited time we had and oppressive heat. I highly recommend her to anyone. If you value your time, you must book a tour with Hiroko to get the most of your visit in Kyoto. Hiroko, thank you for taking u... read more

Hiroko:

Michael, I am deeply grateful for your kind, generous and quick review. At the end of the tour, I felt relieved that all of you had not suffered from the heat seriously. You and your family are so nice, and I really enjoyed being your guide. I hope that you will visit Kyoto again in spring or fall if you get a chance in the near future. Please kindly give my warm regards to your family. All the best, Hiroko

Melissa Melissa United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Great tour with family of 4 ”

Hiroko was a fabulous guide. She worked extremely hard to craft an agenda that would work well for our family. I have a 9-year-old son that gets bored easily. She was totally flexible and made the whole day feel relaxed while we saw many sights across the city. I would recommend her to anyone. I think all the time she spent in the US makes her extremely relatable in addition to being very knowledgable about the sites and culture of Japan. We used several good guides during our trip but she was the favorite of every member of our family.

Hiroko:

Melissa, I am deeply grateful for your kind and generous review. I am also glad to know that you enjoyed the tour in Kyoto. It was a long day, but I felt so relieved that your children did not look too tired at the end of the day. I hope that the tour will be a part of your nice memories of your visit to Japan. Please give my warm regards to your family. I really enjoyed being your guide! All the best, Hiroko

Miki Miki United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Wonderful Tour Guide for Nara ”

Traveled from Kyoto to Nara together and back to Kyoto. She is a wonderful guide for Nara. Highly recommended!

Hiroko:

Miki-san, Thank you very much for your generous review. Your customers were nice, and I really enjoyed being their guide. I look forward to working with you again sometime in the near future. Best, Hiroko

ANNE ANNE United States ( Family )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Amazing day in Kyoto ”

I am so glad I chose Hiroko to help us see the beautiful sites around Kyoto. She had our day planned out including the itineraries, mode of transportation and activities very well. For in fact, my children and I even had extra time to enjoy some green tea ice cream with her, and authentic soba for lunch. Up until now, we are still talking about how we loved these experience. Hiroko has excellent command of English ( she teach English in Japan by the way), and the way she shared with us Kyoto's history and culture, you could tell that she is really passionate and proud with what she does. I know that I made the best decision in choosing Hiroko. She was very patient with my teen age children's questions and made sure that they are comfortable and kept their interest and attention. We onl... read more

Hiroko:

Dear Anne, Thank you very much for your heart-warming and generous review. I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed the ice cream and soba lunch in Arashiyama. Both you and your children are nice and intelligent, and it was a great pleasure to be your guide in Kyoto. I hope that you will revisit here to experience more in the near future. Please kindly give my warm regards to your children. All the best, Hiroko

Imelda Imelda Philippines ( Family )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ One day tour of Kyoto and Nara ”

Hiroko speaks English very well. She is very knowledgeable of the places we visited and prepared a good itinerary for our 1 day tour of kyoto and nara, taking into account the time and cost of the tour. She never made us rush and very accomodating. We enjoyed her company and it feels like we are traveling with a friend rather than a tour guide.

Hiroko:

Dear Imelda, I am deeply grateful for your kind and generous review. I enjoyed your company as well, and I was glad to see you enjoy taking family pictures at each site we visited. I hope that they will bring you nice memories of your visit to Kyoto and Nara when you get back to your country. Please kindly give my warm regards to your cool sons. All the best, Hiroko

Cynthia Cynthia United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Many Hidden Surprises in Nara! ”

We had an absolutely fantastic day in Nara with Hiroko. Our children (ages 10, 8 and 6) loved her and she went out of her way to make the day enjoyable for both them and us. We started by seeing the fawn enclosure at Nara Park, a special event during the time of our visit, and Hiroko guided us on the etiquette of both feeding and managing peacefully with the deer. Another fortunate surprise was that we were able to see a wedding in progress at Kashuga Taisha Shrine and Hiroko explained the traditional Japanese wedding ceremony. She also took us to see parts of the shrine that we would not have discovered on our own - we especially loved the seeing the hidden lantern room! Todaji Temple was an amazing sight with the huge Buddha statue and Hiroko helped us to understand the cultural signific... read more

Hiroko:

Thank you very much for your kind and generous review, Cynthia. I am so glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed the historic sites and a lot of deer in Nara. It was a great pleasure to be your guide there. Your children were beautiful, well-mannered and full of energy, and I really enjoyed their company. Their origami skills impressed me for sure, and I will not forget counting the number of the origami dogs Stuart made on the train. Please kindly give my warm regards to Andrew, Beatrix, Cordelia and Stuart. All the best, Hiroko

Japan Japan Japan ( Couple )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Perfect and awesome Guide. ”

She is one of the best Guide I have worked with. She was so hands on and with that my customers really enjoyed their tour.

Hiroko:

I am very grateful for your generous review. Your customers were nice, and I really enjoyed being their guide. I look forward to working with you again sometime in the near future. Best, Hiroko

Sascha Sascha Germany ( Friends )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Very professional and nice person ”

We booked Hiroko for a Kyoto tour. It was a great day. Hiroko planned a perfect tour which included main highlights of Kyoto which we visited without a stress. For lunch we requested Okonomiyaki (spontaneously) and immediately she recommended a great, small local restaurant. Hiroko works very professional and she knows a lot about Kyoto. Also she could recommend great shopping and dinner places. Also she is a very nice person. We recommend!

Hiroko:

Sascha, I am deeply grateful for your kind and generous review. All of you are very nice too, and I really enjoyed being your local guide. If you get a chance in the near future, I hope that you will come to visit Kyoto again (and maybe Nara and Osaka) as there are many more to see, eat and experience over here. Please send my kind regards to your wife and friends. All the best, Hiroko

Ralph Ralph Japan ( Couple )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Outstanding Kyoto visit ”

Hiroko provided my wife and I an outstanding 2 days in Kyoto. She was well informed on each of the areas we visited. She was extremely accommodating of our need to take extra time walking and minimizing stairs. Hiroko included enjoyable Japanese restaurants.

Hiroko:

Ralph, I feel highly honored by your generous review and really appreciate it. It was my pleasure to be a local guide for intelligent, talented and nice guests like you. I wish you further success in Tokyo. Please kindly give my warm regards to Wilma. She is great! Sincerely, Hiroko

Elizabeth Elizabeth United States ( Couple )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ The Best First Day in Kyoto! ”

We spent 6 hours (11a-5p) with Hiroko on our first full day in Kyoto, and I’m so glad we did it! She met us right at our Airbnb, which was great. We saw so many sights that would have taken my husband and I several days to see on our own. Our time with her was very productive, but also felt relaxed, and not too rushed. Hiroko was very knowledgeable and was able to tell us detailed information about everything we saw. She spoke great English, as she had lived and worked in New York for many years. Hiroko took us to a great “local” spot for lunch which we would not have found on our own. She kept an eye on the clock to make sure nothing closed before we saw it. I had specifically requested to see the Golden Pavilion at the end of the day, right before it closed, because I had read ... read more

Hiroko:

Dear Elizabeth, Thank you very much for your kind and generous review. Actually, I felt so fortunate to be a local guide for such a nice and beautiful couple like you and your husband Scott, and I really enjoyed being with you during the tour. I also will not forget our running together to the Golden Pavilion, which was fun in a way after all. Moreover, I am so grateful for your gift and note that you handed me at the end of the tour. I think about you when I look at them. It would be great if you would come visit here again to see and experience many more sometime in the near future. I will be here for you! All the best, Hiroko

Tara Tara United States ( Family )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Perfect Kyoto Guide ”

Hiroko was the perfect guide - so much knowledge of Japan & Kyoto, & planned a wonderful day for our family of 5. We highly recommend her - 5 stars!

Hiroko:

Tara, Thank you very much for your kind and generous review. You and your family are so nice, and I really enjoyed being your local guide in Kyoto. I still wish that I could have found a fluffy stuffed cat for your daughter. Your children are great! I hope that you will come visit here again sometime in the future. Sincerely, Hiroko

Tess Tess Australia ( Friends )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Kyoto Historical Sites Visits. ”

Hiroko was a very nice & considerate person. She listened & was also very astute at being able to judge what her clients interests were & gave us as much historical information that we required. The itinerary she planed for us was perfect & ran to time as was set out. Her English was excellent. ( She even helped us by making a booking at a restaurant for us ) We would highly recommend her.

Hiroko:

Tess, I am truly grateful for your prompt and generous review. I am also glad to hear that the itinerary worked out well for you. As a local guide, it was my honor and pleasure to be with such nice and intelligent people like you, your husband and your friends. I hope that you have gotten to Hiroshima safely and that you will enjoy Teppanyaki dinner tomorrow. Sincerely, Hiroko

David David Australia ( Family )
Very Good
6 months ago

“ Cultural visit ”

We enjoyed the day with Hiroko. She knew a lot about the places we visited, chose a terrific traditional Japanese lunch stop, and showed a good mix of the old and new. We had some interesting conversations, too. Thank you, Hiroko.

Hiroko:

Thank you very much for your kind review, David. It was my pleasure being your local guide in Kyoto. I am also glad that you liked the Japanese restaurant near Kinkakuji Temple. There are many more to see in Kyoto, so I hope that you will come visit here again sometime in the future. Please give my regards to your daughter. All the best, Hiroko

Lee Lee Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Great day sightseeing with Hiroko ”

Had a great day sightsseeing Kyoto with Hiroko even though the weather was not on our side. She was knowledgable and informative. Saw such alot sights we would never had found in one day. Highly recommend using these tour Guides especially Hiroko.

Hiroko:

Naree and Lee, Thank you very much for your kind and generous review. I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed the day in spite of the weather as you mention. You are such a nice couple, and I really enjoyed being your local guide. There are many more to see in Kyoto, so I hope that you will come visit here again sometime in the future. Sincerely, Hiroko

John John United States ( Couple )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ A perfect day with a perfect guide ”

My wife and I booked Hiroko for a one-day tour of Nara. I asked to see Horyu-ji, Todai-ji, Kasuga Jinja, and for fun, the Mochi Pounding shop in Nara, Nakatani-dou. Hiroko took us to all the places we wanted to see on trains, busses and on foot, on a fun-filled day, where she provided wonderful background and cultural information on everything we saw and more. She and my wife became like sisters, chatting the whole time. We could not have found a more perfect guide for our trip. Hiroko also took us to a wonderful restaurant to have the famous Nara sushi, Kaki no Ha Sushi, or sushi wrapped in persimmon leaves. It was delicious and a great choice. We highly recommend Hiroko to anyone who needs an English-speaking guide.

Hiroko:

Dear John, I am deeply grateful for your kind and generous review. It was my honor and pleasure to be a local guide for intelligent, talented and nice guests like you and Susan. Both of you were also very kind enough to give me gifts from the U.S., and I think of you whenever I look at them. I hope that you will come visit to Japan again sometime in the near future. Please give my kind regards to Susan. Sincerely, Hiroko

LISA LISA Australia ( Family )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Excellent guide ”

Hiroko is a brilliant guide. She is knowledgeable, patient and understanding and considerate of our family’s needs. Her ability to navigate the transport system, local backstreets provided ius with efficiency and flexibility. Her pre trip communication was thorough and insightful and demonstrated a passion for planning a perfect day out. We physically could not have achieved everything we did without her.

Hiroko:

Thank you very much for your kind and generous review, Lisa. I am so glad to hear that the plan worked out well for you. Also, I was happy to see you enjoy Okonomiyaki for lunch at a local eatery. It was my pleasure being your guide in Kyoto. I wish you and your family all the best. Sincerely, Hiroko

Cris Cris United States ( Family )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Loved every minute with Hiroko! ”

Our day with Hiroko could not have been better and met every expectation we might have had about contracting with a private guide! In advance of our trip, our email communications were seamless, and Hiroko willingly adjusted the itinerary as we requested. While together, she even took us off course to see an extra special garden above the Bamboo Forest! Having lived in the States for many years, she was able to cue us into cultural nuances we might not otherwise have been exposed to. Friendly and knowledgeable, her smiles were contagious and our day in and around Kyoto was the highlight of our 9-day trip to Japan! Arigato gozaimas Hiroko!

Hiroko:

Dear Cris, I am deeply grateful for your generous review. It was truly my pleasure to be with intelligent, considerate and nice people like you and your family as a local guide. There are many more to see in Kyoto and its neighboring cities, so I hope that you will come visit to Japan again sometime in the future. Please give my kind regards to Quique, Julian and Lara. Sincerely, Hiroko

Katiya Katiya United States ( Couple )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ One of our best days in Japan! ”

My husband and I can tell how passionate Hiroko is with her work as a private guide. She made our day trip to Nara amazing with her efficient mapping of the day’s transportation (bus and train). What’s great was the additional attractions we saw in between each attraction. We started our day with the botanical garden (super peaceful and beautiful) then went to Todaiji Temple to see the Great Buddha (largest bronze Buddha in the world) and it was truly a magnificent sight! Then she picked a unique sushi restaurant for our lunch where the sushi was wrapped in persimmon leaves - the presentation was very elegant and all of the food tasted wonderful. We also went through the deer park and it was just like being in a fairy tale, with Bambi and her mom touring Nara with us for the day. The agend... read more

Hiroko:

Thank you very much for your prompt and generous review, Katiya. I feel greatly flattered. Both you and Tim are kind and friendly, and I was so fortunate to have such nice guests! I really hope that I will see you and your beautiful sons sometime in the near future. Please have a safe trip back to the U.S. All the best, Hiroko

Suzi Suzi Australia ( Family )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Choosing a guide, optimises the best possible travel experience. ”

I cannot be more grateful for the time and experience that beautiful Hiroko gave to my mother and I. I was so blessed to have chosen a guide, that was caring for a mother the same age as mine (84) .Her instinctive nature and care was beyond what I could have ever imagined. Hiroko's patience and pace, extensive knowledge of the areas we visited were exemplary. Hiroko's knowledge of Japan gave me an everlasting joy of my time in Japan. Thank you Hiroko. I wish you well xx

Hiroko:

Dear Suzi, Thank you very much for your kind, generous and touching review. It was my honor and pleasure to be with you and your mother for three days. I felt your deep love for your mother and your mother's trust in her daughter, and that had me try harder to make both of you happy during the tours. I wish you, your mother and your family all the best. I hope that we will see each other sometime in the future. Love, Hiroko

Jon Jon Philippines ( Couple )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Very knowledgeable and time efficient... ”

Thank you very much Hiroko for planning our custom day tour for the sights we requested. We were able to do everything as planned...specially happy we were able to get tickets to the Sagano train car #5....thank you for the advice of going early via Kameoka Station. So stress free going with a knowledgeable guide that can get around efficiently with the trains and buses. Just follow and take pictures instead of worrying about which train or bus to take. Highly recommend Hiroko. She takes time to explain the history and significance of each place and you don't feel being rushed like the online group tours.

Hiroko:

Dear Jon and Jessa, Thank you very much for your kind and generous review. Both of you are so nice and intelligent, and it was my pleasure to spend a day with you as a local guide. I hope that you will enjoy looking at all the pictures taken in Kyoto when you get back to your country and that I will see you again someday. All the best, Hiroko

Dag-Frode Dag-Frode Norway ( Couple )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Profound local insight ”

A wonderfull guide with a personal touch, a true local with great local knowledge and pride. By far the best choice for us for a short stay to get to see the main sights and get the feel of the city. Highly recommended.

Hiroko:

Thank you very much for your prompt and generous review, Dag-Frode. Both of you are so nice and friendly, and I really enjoyed being your guide in Kyoto. As there are much more to see and visit not only in Kyoto but also in Osaka and Nara, I hope that you will have a chance to come to visit Japan again in near future. Please have a great time in Hiroshima tomorrow! Kind regards, Hiroko

laura Laura Italy ( Friends )
Good
8 months ago

“ Very helpful in our first day in Kyoto ”

We spent our first day in Kyoto guided by Hiroko. She prepared for us a very complete tour: the Kyomizudera, the Goladen temple, Nijo Castle, the food market, ecc. She was really precious for accompanying us around in the most effective and quick way around Kyoto using public buses.

Hiroko:

Thank you very much for your kind words, Laura. I was sorry that it was cold even during the day to walk around, but I hope that you had a good time to visit those sites in Kyoto. Both you, your husband and your friends are nice, and I really enjoyed being your guide. Kind regards, Hiroko

Sara Sara United States ( Couple )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ Absolutely Amazing! ”

We can’t say enough positive points about Hiroko’s custom tour for us - it was such a special, fantastic day. Hiroko and I emailed so she understood our challenging time restraints and everything we hoped to see, and she put together a thoughtful, magical day! Her English is perfect, she is so knowledgeable, so sweet and kind, and it was so interesting discussing local culture, history, current politics, religion... anything at all! It was a true pleasure spending the day with her. We can’t recommend her more highly - my husband and I have been on many local tours when we travel, and this was just one of the best. Book a tour with Hiroko without any doubt!!!

Hiroko:

Sara, I am so grateful for your generous review. I wish I could have showed you more sites in Kyoto. Both you and your husband are very nice and intelligent, and I really enjoyed being your guide. I hope that you will come visit Japan again in the future so that I will be able to show you around in Osaka and Nara too. Please give my kind regards to your husband. All the best, Hiroko

Neal Neal United States ( Family )
Excellent
10 months ago

“ Wonderful guide ”

Hiroko was wonderful. She took us everywhere that she promised and Kyoto was beautiful. I wish that we would have had another day. She was very knowledgeable and took us to a great authentic restaurant for lunch.We enjoyed Hiroko's company very much.

Hiroko:

Thank you very much for your kind review, Neal. Both of you and your wife were so nice, and I really enjoyed being your guide. Please kindly let me know if you get a chance to visit Japan again in the future. I will be here for you! At this time of the year, I wish you, your family and your friends very happy holidays. Sincerely, Hiroko

Linda Linda United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Couldn't ask for a more qualified guide! ”

Hiroko and I had been communicating through Triple Lights for a few months before my trip. I took the Shinkansen from Kobe to Kyoto, and recognized Hiroko right away. It was like seeing a long-lost friend! She is warm, generous, speaks perfect English and loves to smile and share her love for Japan. We went to the Torii Gates, to the Kennin-ji temple, the oldest Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, went to the Gion district and saw three maiko-san and geisha-san, then had a wonderful Okonomiyaki lunch in Osaka and finished at the Osaka Castle. She escorted me back to the Shinkansen station for my return bullet train ride, where she waited patiently until I was on the way back to Kobe. The whole day felt like being with a dear friend (and she truly is!) and I enjoyed the experience immensely... read more

Hiroko:

Dear Linda, I feel highly honored by your kind and generous review. I really appreciate it. You are considerate and intelligent, and I enjoyed being your guide in Kyoto and Osaka. I also felt the same as you told me. I felt as if I had been with my longtime friend during the tour. I take that S.F. cable car keychain with me whenever I go out, and I think about you whenever I see it. Please feel better soon. Warm regards, Hiroko

Roine Roine Canada ( Friends )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ A delightful and educational day with Hiroko ”

What a delightful introduction to Kyoto! Hiroko met us at the train station with a smile and energy to spare. Our visits to the gardens of Kyoto were well chosen and a good representation of garden design over the centuries. We learned about Japanese history, culture, customs, life, and food. Hiroko was extremely knowledgeable and living in Kyoto she knew her gardens well. Spending a day with Hiroko in Kyoto was super. We enjoyed every moment. Seeing Ryoanji at dusk was a special and spiritual ending to a fantastic day in Kyoto. A job well done Hiroko!!! We would love to return to Kyoto with Hiroko as guide to see and learn more.

Hiroko:

Dear Roine, I am truly honored to receive such good review from you. I am so glad and relieved to hear that you enjoyed the tour in Kyoto. All of you are very intelligent and gentle, and I really enjoyed being your guide. I really would like to see you again over here in the near future. Please give my kind regards to Charlie and Nancy. Sincerely, Hiroko

Assaf Assaf Israel ( Family )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Just Perfect !!! ”

Just perfect !!!

Hiroko:

Dear Assaf, Thank you very much for your generous review. You and your family were very nice to me, and I really enjoyed to be your guide. Please send my warm regards to your beautiful wife and daughter. Sincerely, Hiroko

Chris Chris United States ( Business )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Excellent tour of Kyoto ”

We had a great one day tour of Kyoto and Hiroko helped us learn a great deal about the culture and history of this great city

Hiroko:

Thank you very much for your generous review, Chris. I had a great time to show your guests around Kyoto and to have a chat with you and your wife in the shuttle bus. Please send my regards to your wife and guests. Hiroko

Srimoyi Srimoyi India ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ our Kyoto visit with Hiroko ”

this was our first day in Kyoto and Hiroko took us through sites we would have not thought of visiting, and which were absolutely stunning. Hiroko was not only great at explaining but also gave us great insight in local cultural aspects. thank you Hiroko!

Hiroko:

Dear Srimoyi, Thank you very much for your kind review. You and your family were so nice that I really enjoyed being your guide in Kyoto. I could have done more, but I just didn't want to make you too tired as it was your first day in the city. Please give my best regards to your handsome husband and lovely daughter. Sincerely, Hiroko

David David United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Osaka tour ”

We very much enjoyed our tour of Osaka with Hiroko. She was an excellent guide.

Hiroko:

Dear David, Thank you very much for your kind review. You and Susie were so nice to me throughout the tour, and I felt as if I had gone out with my friends. It was my honor and pleasure to be your guide in Osaka. Warm regards, Hiroko

Please kindly note the following:
I basically conduct walking tours using public transportation.
Transportation, entrance fees and lunch for you and the guide are not included in the guide fee.
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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara

Languages English ( License )

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