Delightful and informative, altered the tour to suit us.
Dear Deborah san, Thank you so much for your kind review! I'm glad to hear you had good time in Nara and Kyoto. I wish I could make your trip more effective so that we could go to the rest of the places. I learned a lot of things that I've never thought of from you:) Thank you so much again for choosing me.
Ikumi has excellent English skills and has a wonderful bubbly personality. We spent a wonderful two days being shown round Osaka and Kyoto. She has lots of fascinating insights and is excellent company with a good sense of humour. We can heartily recommend her services
Dear Kalsom san, Thank you so much for your great reviews! I had so much fun with guiding you around Osaka and Kyoto. I'm happy that you had a good time:) Hope to see you again in the future when you come back here.
Ikumiis a wonderful guide. We have 7 and 10 year old girls who are usually quite shy but they warmed up very quickly to Ikumi's welcoming personality and sun had lots of questions for her ( thanks for being so patient Ikumi!) My kids had a blast. We visited some shrines/ temples and enjoyed hearing about the history of them in addition to the Japanese culture. There was rain forecasted in the second half off our day so she was flexible in changing the itinerary to be sure we would see the most important places on our list first. She never rushed us and let us experience each location at our leisure. She was prompt to pick us up and was wonderful with the kids. Thanks again for such a fun day!
Dear June san, Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity in the whole trip. I also enjoyed guiding you around the city and got chance to know about you and your family. We're so lucky to visit most of the places in the list despite of the weather. I wish I could take you to the Nijo castle but hope you'll have time to visit there. I appreciated the girls took interested in each historical sites and had lots of questions. I hope I can guide you again next time you'll be here in the future.
Though Ikumi is relatively new to the industry, she makes a lot of effort in identifying areas of interests to make our Kyoto day tour lovely and enjoyable. She researches the history well and shows us the local rituals, which greatly enhance our understanding and appreciation of Japanese culture. She's helpful and friendly. We have got to know Kyoto more in depth than previous trips. Thanks, Ikumi, being such a lovely companion showing us around!
We spent 6 hours with Ikumi around Kyoto (2 young boys and 2 adults). Ikumi was super helpful planning our itinerary beforehand and even suggested (and booked us) a lovely restaurant in Kyoto. She gave us the key historical information of the temples we visited and for us it was easier to navigate around town without having to worry about getting lost. She got along with our 2 very energetic boys and was very patient when we had to take breaks. It was lovely meeting her!
Dear Paola, Thank you so much for your review. It was fun to guide you and your family around Kyoto. I really appreciated you to be patient since it took long to get to the one place to another and also there were no place for boys to play in each spots. I wish I could took you somewhere with playgroud so that boys wouldn't be bored. It was great to meet you too and hopefully meet you again in the future!
Ikumi was superb!! She blended in perfectly with our family, more like a family member, rather than a ‘tour guide’. She gave us flexible options during the day and we made some changes to our itinerary. Overall, a lovely lady who made our day in Kyoto memorable.
Dear Sachin san, Thank you so much for the high review! You treated me like a family and thank you for being so kind and generous. I loved talking to your family, especially your lovely sons! I'm glad that you could visit places you like to go. It's one of my goal to be flexible for schedule:) I hope to see you again someday when you come back here!
What an absolutely great day we had with Ikumi! She met us at the hotel and we all traveled to Nara for the day. Ikumi is considerate, kind, knowledgeable and speaks English very well. She is an excellent travel guide as well as a great companion. After spending the morning in Nara, she had the brilliant idea to take us to one of Japan's most famous spots to enjoy 'ohanami' which is a sakura traditional picnic under cherry blossoms. We bought our take-aways and enjoyed a relaxed and joyful meal together in Yuwata, by the river, with abundant cherry blossoms all around. She then took us back to the hotel after an absolutely unforgettable day together. She made us feel very well and we highly recommend her, plus hope we will one day meet again! Thank you, dear Ikumi for bringing Japan cl... read more
Dear Ariana, Thank you so much for your great review! I enjoyed talking with you and your family not only about the culture and historical background of each sites, but also many other topics. Thank you for giving me a lot of tips for my business too. I'm so glad you enjoyed ohanami. It was my mission to fulfill your request to do something local usually do. It's an unforgettable day for me too and hope to see you again (maybe in Romania!)
Had a wonderful time! ikumi is very accommodating and her English is excellent! Had such a wonderful time!
Dear Lisa, Thank you so much for your review! I had a wonderful time with you as well:) and all those shops you requested me to visit were all new to me, and they were quite nice places. I'll include them for my tour plan for sure in the future.
Ikumi guided my family and me through the charming towns of Uji and Nara. She was punctual for our pickup in Kyoto and led us through the somewhat complex transportation system. She was very patient with my parents who browsed nearly every other shop along the path and engaged in thoughtful conversations with my sister and me. I would recommend Ikumi if you are looking for a local Japanese friend who can take you to various sites in the vicinity. Thank you, Ikumi!
Dear Sarah, Thank you so much for your review! I'm glad to hear you and your family enjoyed Uji and Nara despite of the weather and the longer train ride. (..and a long walk!) I liked the fact your parents enjoyed shoppings and snacks at nearby shops. I admire their curiousity and enjoy everything they see. I felt like I had 2 sisters who I could talk anything. It was so great to learn little bit about you and your sister and the culture of the states as well. Thank you again and hope to see you again in the future!
We couldn't have gotten a nicer, more friendly guide for our 2-day tour of Kyoto! Ikumi was a wonderful guide for our family. She took us everywhere we wanted to go and even went out of her way to help us find specialty items from Japan that we wanted to take home with us. She was flexible when we wanted to add stops along the way and she provided us with tons of information regarding subway routes, restaurant recommendations, and things to see for the days that we were on our own. Communicating with her was a breeze and she was always on-time and dependable. We look forward to visiting Kyoto/Osaka again and we would hope that Ikumi could once again be our guide. Thanks for everything, Ikumi! We will recommend you to anyone we know who visits Kyoto/Osaka!
Dear Judith, Thank you for your great review! I was nervous to guide a family at first (because it was my first time), but you and your family made it so easy for me. You were so fun to talk with and showing interests about our culture. I enjoyed visiting places that you wanted to go as well. Now these places are one of my tour plans:) I'm so glad that you were able to get things you requested. It was my mission to find them. I'd loooove to guide you in Kyoto and Osaka again! I found the sword shop the other day by chance in Kyoto. I can take you there next time:)
Ikumi did great starting by replying quickly and in details. She is very kind and very patient, speaks very good English, and knows the Japanese language and culture well. She helped me learn how to get around using public transportation and she was very patient with me taking notes and photos. We went to the flea market by the temple, the osaka castle, and the fish market. it was a great experience we got to interact with the locals. We also had very interesting conversations and she answered my many questions. I would definitely recommend her for anyone looking for a guide who is flexible and can custumize your trip, and i would ask for her services in the future. Ikumi san, "domo origato gozai mas" (i hope i spelled it right.) thank you for teaching me how to say it and other japan... read more
Hi, Salam Thank you so much for the great review! I tried my best to reply you soon as possible since the tour was less than a week. It was pleasure to guide you Osaka. I had a great time to exchange each other's culture and opinion. I enjoyed every conversation we had and you inspired me a lot. I'd love to guide you again in near future!! Yes, the spell is correct:) Ikumi
Ikumi is a friendly and kind guide. She customized our itinerary based on what I provided as liked. She made some great recommendations and helped identify good deals. Wonderful day thanks to Ikumi!
Thank you so much for your kind comment. You gave me a clear picture of what you like to do for your tour so it helped me a lot to plan. I enjoyed our conversation and had a great time with you and your family.
Very full day with Ikumi, tailor made our itinerary. Loved Kyoto, the shrines temples, oh the food experience wonderful. A big thank you.
Thank you for sharing your experience with me and hope your journey is memorable. I'm so happy to meet super active and wonderful couple. It was a great pleasure to guide you!
Ikumi is fantastic, met us at our hotel and guided us through the complex rail/subway system with ease. We enjoyed the tour of the Osaka castle and grounds, the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, but just walking through the street vending and shops with Ikumi was excellent. Her knowledge of the local area was superb, and I loved all the great food.
Thank you so much for your warmth and kindness, Brad and Kathy. You guys are sweet couple and enjoyed guiding you! I'm so happy that you had a good time here and have a great image of Osaka, Kyoto, and Japan. You motivated me to be a better guide^^ I'll learn more about history and hopefully tell you guys more about it when you come back here in the future.