Tomoe was a wonderful tour guide. She took my family to Fushimi Inari and a sake factory. She was very knowledgeable and a pleasure to spend the day with.
Dear William, Thank you very much for your warmhearted review. It was my best pleasure that I could see you and had such a wonderful half day with such a wonderful family like you! I really like, and feel very happy to be a guide which let me have such a wonderful encounter. Thank you so much for finding me, booking me as your guide, at the last minute. Please come to Kyoto again. I miss all of your family...TOMOE
We spent a wonderful morning with Tomoe touring in Kyoto. My wife and I found Tomoe on the TripleLights website only shortly before arriving in Kyoto. Our lack of organization and preparation was no issue for Tomoe, and she worked with us going back and forth, answering and asking questions to help fine tune a tour for us. Tomoe was friendly and gracious and full of information & advice. She cheerfully helped us with train schedules and suggestions for the rest of our stay. We would book with Tomoe again without hesitation.
Dear Mark, Thank you so much for your warmhearted review! We couldn' t have so much time before the tour and I could exchange only a few mails with you before the tour, however, I could have such a wonderful half day with you. You are such a wonderful couple with a history, and I enjoyed visiting places and talking with you. Kyoto is an old capital of Japan and there are many places to visit. I hope that you will have more time to visit Kyoto and I can see you again. Thank you very much for finding me and booking me as your private guide in Kyoto. Thank you so much for a precious meeting! TOMOE
I was fortunate to have visited Kyoto with my Mother (80yrs) and my Daughter (15yrs) in early October. I booked Tomoe to guide us to many wonderful areas in and around Kyoto including: Kinkakuji Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Arashiyama monkey park and a lovely morning of shopping in the Sannenzaka area dressed in traditional Kimono. Tomoe also generously shared her favourite temple with us, a beautiful, tranquil temple set in peaceful gardens. Tomoe carefully curated tours for us each day which highlighted the beauty of Kyoto. Tomoe was effortlessly able to ensure the needs of my vegetarian Mother and my teenage Daughter were met with no difficulty at all. We were expertly guided through ticket queues, public transport and advised on the best place to stand for the perfect holiday photo... read more
Dear Samantha, Thank you sooo much for your warmhearted review!!! Even though 3 weeks have passed since I saw you leave for Kansai International Airport, I still remember my happy time as if it happened yesterday. Soon after I met you for the first time, I could feel as if you were one of my best friends or my sister. That's why you are such a nice and attractive person! Three days I spent with you became one of my most precious memories as a guide. I like your mother and daughter, too. They always made me feel relaxed. I'm very sorry that you had to give up the last part of your trip due to the coming typhoon, and I do hope that someday will come when I can guide you to Nara!!! I miss you so much...Thank you so much for finding me and choosing me as your guide. TOMOE
Tomoe had an excellent knowledge of Japanese history and culture, as well as very good command of the English language. She also went beyond her obligation, came earlier and met us on our train's platform. We felt this was the best way to experience Kyoto's historic sites.
Dear Mickey, Thank you so much for your warmhearted review. I could spend only half a day, however, I enjoyed the time with you, such a nice group of people so much. (I enjoyed exchanging mails with you before the tour, too.) There are many wonderful places to visit in Kyoto, so I hope that I can guide you to such places next time, too. I'm waiting for your next visit! TOMOE
I highly recommend Tomoe for anyone looking for a personalized tour. She is efficient, kind, patient and knowledgeable! We enjoyed her company and if I were to come back to Japan, I would book her again. She made our day in Kyoto very memorable! Thank you Tomoe! Grace & Russ
Dear Grace and Russ, Thank you very much for such a warmhearted review!! You are such a wonderful couple and I really enjoyed the day with you. I do hope that you will visit Kyoto and I can spend more time with you again. Thank you so much for finding me and choosing me as your private guide. Meeting with you inspired me so much. TOMOE
We had a great time with Tomoe, she was able to get my 12years old pre teen interested and found a lot of cute shops in Arashiyama for her. The transportation was very well organized and everything went smoothly. Tomoe is a great photographer too! We highly recommend her as a guide in Kyoto
Dear Elena, Thank you very much for your warmhearted review! I enjoyed the day with you so much! and wish I could spend more time with you. Talking with you inspired me a lot during the day and hope that I can see you again. Please say hello to your family. I miss you...TOMOE
Very professional caring and courteous guide. Very knowledgeable and informative .Lots of good energy Wholehearted PLUS recommendation
Dear Michael, Thank you very much for your warmhearted review! I could spend only a half day, however, I enjoyed visiting places in Kyoto with you. I hope that you will visit Kyoto again and spend much more time in Kyoto next time. I was happy to see you. TOMOE
We had a great day with Tomoe in Kyoto. We are a family with three young boys, ages 5, 8, 10 and therefore have some particular needs. She is a very kind and responsive person. She took each of my inquiries very seriously and responded professionally and promptly. She listened carefully to my ideas of EVERYTHING I wanted to see/do in Kyoto (we spent about 3 days there in total, with 1 day with Tomoe on tour), and she helped me organize which things were best to do on our own, and which things were best to do with her. She answered all of my transportation questions, even making phone calls to double check prices and schedules. She is wonderful with kids and understands their needs and limitations very well. She brought snacks for my boys. She helped arrange a tea ceremony for us. She in... read more
Dear Sarah, Thank you sooo much for such a warmhearted review! I had such an amazing day with you, such an amazing family, and that's why I like my job so much. You are a really lovely couple and your sons are so cute. I was impressed at how you were caring about your sons all the time and trying to make the best memory for your sons. The day with you became one of my best! and the most precious memories as a guide. Thank you for finding me and sending me a mail of inquiry. I do hope that you will come to Kyoto and I can see you again! I miss you so much!! TOMOE
Tomoe was a thoughtful, happy, friendly, experienced guide. We had only 5 hours in Kyoto where she showed us as much as she could in that time. She catered to every one of our wishes . Tomoe was very easy to talk to and we enjoyed comparing family and family photos over Coffee. We highly recommend Tomoe and wish her the very best. Joan and Wally Zolnier. Australia.
Dear Joan and Wally, Thank you very much for your warmhearted review. I had such a precious time with you. There are more wonderful places in Kyoto which I want to show you. I hope that you will come to Kyoto and I can see you again. (Please stay in Kyoto next time.) Please say hello to your wonderful family! Thank you very much again. TOMOE
I spent an enjoyable morning with Tomoe on a 4 hour tour of Higashiyama locations. Tomoe was receptive and flexible to my particular interests ensuring leisurely and informative visits to the places I especially wanted to go as well as including some surprises along the way.
Dear Mark, Thank you very much for your warmhearted review. I enjoyed the half day with you too. I was impressed that you know about Japan well, and want to visit many places in my country. I hope that you will visit Japan and I can see you again. Thank you very much for a wonderful meeting. TOMOE
Tomoe made our first day in Kyoto so memorable and fun, despite the inclement weather. She was able to get us to all the sights on our bucket list and was very informative. She was easy going, friendly and enthusiastic throughout our day together. She clearly enjoys travel and food as much as we do! We met as strangers and ended the day as friends. Please visit us in Australia! Arigato Tonoe!
Dear Eva, Thank you very much for such a warmhearted review!! How precious time I could spend with you! I really thank you for having sent me a mail of inquiry, and having let me meet such a nice family like you! The day I met you became one of my importrant momories. I do hope that you will come to Kyoto again and I can see you some day! Please send me mails whenever you want. I miss all of your wonderful family! TOMOE ('Tonoe' was one of my nicknames when I was a high school student...)
Tomoe is a fantastic guide.We had a wonderful experience.She was very helpful and managed to get us through to different places with in 6 hours.Very pleasant and helpful. She arranged lunch at a Japanese restaurant and the food was excellent. Highly recommend her to anyone wants to visit Kyoto.
Dear Bharathan, Thank you very much for your good review! I spent a wonderful day with you on such a hot day. I like your children so much! There are many other places I want to show you in Kyoto, Nara, Osaka...I hope that you will come to my country and I can see you again. Thank you so much for finding me and booking me. TOMOE
It was such a joy to tour Kyoto with Tomoe as our day was both educational and fun! We learned so much about the history of this beautiful city, and she shared a lot of insight into the Japanese traditions and culture. She is a great representative of Japan exemplifying kindness, thoughtfulness and respect. I plan to contact her on my next visit!
Dear Caren, Thank you so much for such a warmhearted review!! All of your family are really nice people and I felt as if I had been one of your family...How nice and enjoyable day I spent with you! I laughed a lot with your family during the day. Thank you so much for finding me and booking me as your guide. I hope that your aunt has no problem with her knee. Please come back to Kyoto and let me see you again. Thank you very much for such a precious encounter!! TOMOE
Tomoe is a great guide!
Dear Zachary, Thank you very much for giving me 5 stars!! Thanks to you, I enjoyed guiding your clients from the U.S. in Nara so much. They were really nice family, and I talked a lot with them during the day. I hope that they made a wonderful memory in Japan and will visit my country again. Thank you very much! TOMOE
We spent several days in Japan and had Tomoe as our guide on our final day of touring. She was amazing and made it our favorite day. She was kind, patient and an overall joy to spend the day with. She was able to show us the sights, share information about the places visited and hold good conversation throughout the day. We felt like we made a new friend in Kyoto and will be sure to connect with her again when we do return.
Dear Davena, Thank you so much for your warmhearted review! I wish I could have more time to spend with you, because you are such nice people. You have a luck to see the inside of Hokando-temple which is rarely opened to public and also, you had a chance to see and take pictures with Maiko at Takashimaya department store!! The hot day which I spent with you became one of my precious memories as a guide. Please come to Kyoto again and let me see you. I love your daughters and miss you all! TOMOE
Had a truly wonderful day with Tomoe in Kyoto. We had specific places that we wanted to see purely based on time restrictions and Tomoe got us everywhere. Although the weather wasn’t great it didn’t take anything away from our busy day. Tomoe is very friendly and easy going and it was a pleasure to have her guide us for the day. Terry is still talking about the conveyor belt lunch!! Thanks again for taking photos for us and giving us a taste of Kyoto - hopefully we’ll come back one day. Kind Regards
Dear Cindy and Terry, Thank you so much for your warmhearted review. You are such a nice couple, so, even it was a rainy day, I enjoyed the day with you very much. ( I told my husband how nice couple you are.) I do hope that you will come back to Kyoto (there are more wonderful places to visit in Kyoto!!) and I can see you again. I miss you! TOMOE
My friend and I recently visited Kyoto. Engaging Tomoe’s service was the best decision we made for our trip! She tailored an itinerary which suited our needs and also gave us the historical, gastronomical and cultural overview while bringing us around. Tomoe brought us to some really good hidden restaurants for lunch where we enjoyed the best ramen and obanzai meal. To top it off, Tomoe has excellent photography skills and knows the best spots for photographs. Tomoe went above and beyond her role as a tour guide and did all this in a warm and friendly manner. Highly recommended if you’re looking for a reliable trustworthy tour guide.
Dear Ee, Thank you very much for such a warmhearted review! Meeting with such nice people like you makes me really happy and I really enjoyed the two days with you! I enjoyed talking with you so much! I thank you for booking me which gave me such a nice meeting. I hope that you will visit Kyoto again and I can see you in the near future. How about visiting Japanese sake breweries in Nada, Kobe and Suntory next time? I would like you to know the wonderful Onsen (hot spring resorts),too. I miss both of you...Thank you again. TOMOE
We spent a fantastic day with Tomoe in Kyoto. She was responsive, professional and just a wonderful person to be around. She made sure we saw all the sights we requested plus she reserved a wonderful lunch as well! We highly recommend Tomoe as a guide! Please book with her-you will not regret it!!
Dear Charlotte, Thank you very much for your warmhearted review! From the moment I met both of you at Kyoto station for the first time, I was fascinated how nice couple you are! A day spent with you was a lot of fun for me. I do hope that you will visit Kyoto and see you again. Thank you very much for booking me as your guide. Thank you so much for such a nice encounter! TOMOE
I have to say TOMOE is a very nice and patient tour guide that I have ever seen. I went to Osaka by myself, didn't have any idea of how to take train in Japan. TOMOE was so kind to email me the detailed mapping direction of how to meet her up from my hotel. That was really helpful and after that, I found out taking train in Japan was a lot of fun and I got to see the beautiful views of Japan on the road. TOMOE took me to the most place where I wanted to visit was NARA DEER PARK. I was so grateful that I could have the chance to actually feed the deer that close to me. NARA DEER PARK is so beautiful plus the deer are the cutest creature ever. They bowed to me for the rice cookies and chased me around was so funny. TOMOE took me to Todaiji Temple and Kofuku-ji Temple after deer park. She was... read more
Dear Christina, Thank you very much for such a warmhearted and long review!! I'm really glad and happy to hear that you enjoyed the day in Nara and Kyoto. I also enjoyed visiting places with you and had a wonderful day. You are such a nice and warmhearted person, and deer in Nara Park may have noticed that. I do hope that I can see you again with your family in the near future. Thank you so much again for booking me! TOMOE
Two days spent with Tomoe in Kyoto and Nara are amazing from all points of view. Tomoe is a very professional guide ready to share with you a lot of information about her beautiful country and a very nice person ready to help you and advise to make your stay in Japan comfortable and unforgettable. We are happy to choose Tomoe as a guide and really appreciate her knowledge and competences. Tomoe will realize your dream and you will definitely fall in love with Japan! Victoria, David
Dear Victoria and David, Thank you very much for such a warmhearted review! Two days with you gave me such a wonderful time and experience to me. I'm so happy to be able to share the precious memory with you in Kyoto and Nara. You are such a nice couple and I was very glad to be your guide. I do hope that I can see you again. Thank you so much for such a nice meeting! TOMOE
We only had one day in Kyoto and a long list of sights we wanted to see and Tomoe made it happen!! We were a group of 6, we went to the bamboo park, see the monkeys, golden pavilion, tea with a Maiko, conveyor belt sushi, Sake museum tour, orange gates to name a few of the highlights. Tomoe was the best guide, she is extremely knowledgeable, friendly and catered to us to make sure we were on schedule and having the best time. She took care of everything and we had the best time in Kyoto. We never felt rushed and she made sure we completed our itinerary. Thank you Tomoe ! You have the biggest heart and super friendly. You made us fall in love with Kyoto.
Dear Jessica, Thank you sooooo! much for such a warmhearted and kind review. You are the best leader of the wonderful group consists of such nice 6 people! Thanks to you, the day with your group became the great day for me. Thank you very much for paying attention to many things during the day. Thanks to you, we made it happen to make the special tour which is like the tour to the moon, possible in a day....I really want to see you again. (Next time, how about trying the kimono in Kyoto???) Please say hello to your wonderful family. I miss all of you. Thank you again. TOMOE
Our family of four (including two teenage girls) had a fabulous day in Kyoto with Tomoe!! First of all, she was super with prompt communication right from the start (even before booking!), which continued right up to our tour date. She expertly planned an itinerary meeting our interests and covered our requests beginning at the Bamboo forest to the Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) to Kiyomizu Temple and Otowa Waterfall. We also had time for a delicious soba noodle stop and explored the Gion district. We basically covered northwest to southeast Kyoto (which is a big city!) and could not have seen all that we did without her keen navigation of the area including the bus routes during a very busy season. Tomoe also knows all the best photo stops too! She dropped us off per our request at Nishi... read more
Dear Kristina, Thank you very much for such a warmhearted and long review!! I really really enjoyed the day with you. I also talk about you with my family still now. I feel happy and glad whenever I see the picture taken with you... Meeting such nice people like you always makes me happy and inspires me a lot and you really did! That's why I like my job very much. I love your family and do hope that I can see you again. I wish I could have had much longer time with you. Thank you so much for a wonderful meeting! TOMOE
Tomoe was a very pleasant and keen guide who willingly took us around wherever we asked her to. Her overall ability to communicate details of the shrines and locations that we went out to was not fully satisfactory. She tried hard. But her knowledge seemed below par
Dear Suresh, Thank you very much for your review. I'm very sorry that I could not satisfy all of you, 6 people...even though I tried hard. I hope that you enjoyed Japan and Kyoto. Thank you for choosing me as your guide. TOMOE
Tomoe is an amazing guide who gave me the best possible experience I could have ever had in Kyoto. I’m sad our connection couldn’t have lasted longer. She honored every request I had even helping me find Shinkansen souvenir socks for my grandson. She knows the history of each shrine and temple we visited. Tomoe is a talented photographer so the pictures I asked her to take of me were posed skillfully. She is outgoing and treats everyone she meets with respect. I loved that she corresponded with me very often before my trip so she could get a sense of what my interests were. I can only hope our paths will cross again. Ten stars for Tomoe!!!!!
Dear Joanne, Wow!! Thank you so much for such a warmhearted review!! I have enjoyed exchanging mails with you and enjoyed these two days with you so much! Walking with you, talking with you, eating with you, and shopping with you, I enjoyed everything. Thank you very much for such wonderful days. We laughed a lot during these two days! I really hope that I can see you again. TOMOE
Tomoe took 6 of us on a very special day tour of Kyoto. Amongst other sites, we visited the Golden Pavillion, the Silver Pavillion, the gardens of the Imperial Palace and Philosopher's Way. Thank you Tomoe for a brilliant day
Dear Miriam, Thank you very much for your warmhearted review. I'm really glad that we shared the wonderful memorial day and you enjoyed viewing cherry blossoms. I do hope that you and your friends will visit Kyoto and I can see you again. Thank you very much for such a wonderful day! TOMOE
I had a wonderful time visiting Kyoto this year. Tomoe put together a great itinerary which was no easy task given the bus and train schedules that had to be followed. I'm just amazed at everything we were able to see. There is no way I would have seen half of the places had I tried to do this on my own. She is also very knowledgeable about the sites and which helped put things into perspective. I highly recommend her as a guide.
Dear Bill, Thank you so much for such a warmhearted review. I'm really happy to hear that you enjoyed visiting places in Kyoto and Nara. I enjoyed the two days, too, and hope that I can see you again...Thank you for letting me guide you. TOMOE
Tomoe-san is a seasoned tour guide who is fluent in English and knows how to bring the best of what Kyoto has to offer. She was very flexible and accommodating to our needs and suggested ideas that made the trip even better.
Dear Leo, Thank you so much for your warmhearted review. I had such a wonderful half day with you! I wish I could have more time to spend with you and your friends who are really nice people to be with. Please remember me to your friends and I would be so happy if you and your friends choose me as your guide again when you visit Kyoto and Nara. Thank you so much for a wonderful half day. TOMOE
At first I was apprehensive at hiring a tour guide, as we were used to planning our own. But hiring Tomoe was a really good decision for our family. Even before we booked her, she would already make suggestions and sample itineraries for us. She would adjust well to our limited time. It was as if we already booked her - she would give that much information and tips! :) During the trip, she would show you places only locals know. It was quite refreshing to be free of the crowds (and it COULD get crazy around those spots), and just appreciate the place. She also takes great photos! :) It was like travelling with family, except that that family knows more about the place than you do ;) I would highly recommend Tomoe-san!
Dear アンジェラ Thank you very much for such a warmhearted review. I really thank you so much for finding my page on TripleLights and sending me a mail. Thanks to your mail of inquiry, I was able to meet such a nice family. I enjoyed the night in Osaka, the day in Nara and Fushimi, and the another day in Arashiyama with your family. When I saw your family off at Kyoto Station (when I saw your family on the train for Osaka, from the platform) on the last day, I felt as if I had seen my own family off. I do hope that I can see you and your family again!!! Thank you for such a wonderful encounter. TOMOE
Although it was a last minute booking (two days prior to the actual tour day), Tomoe was able to come up with the itinerary that cater to our needs. She was very accommodating to our requests, and always initiate to do the translation for us when we’re interacting with the locals. Will definitely book her for our next trip.
Dear Irene, Thank you very much for your warmhearted review. I enjoyed the day with you, too, even though it was a cold day. I hope that you and your daughter didn't catch a cold and enjoyed the time with deer in Nara Park and monkeys in Arashiyama. I wanted to talk with your daughter, who is shy, more... I hope that you and your daughter will come to Kyoto and I can see you again. TOMOE
First of all, Tomoe was punctual and knew her way around Kyoto without hesitation. Her route was carefully planned which allowed us to see everything we had hoped to in such a short time (1 day). She was able to articulate the history of the sites that we visited and also shed cultural perspective. When we parted, we felt as though we had made a good friend! Thank you, Tomoe!
Dear Susan and Richard, Thank you so much for sending such a warmhearted review!!! Thanks to you, I had a really wonderful day in Kyoto. I'm very glad that you found my page, sent me a message, and chose me as your guide. It was such a warm and nice day even though it was a day in February, and you made it happen. Also, both of you are really cheerful and always made me positive. I told how nice couple you are to my husband at night...I do hope that I can see you again. Thank you very much again, Susan and Richard. TOMOE
Tomoe was a great guiding us during our one day trip in Kyoto. Tomoe was very responsive in response my emails question her about Kyoto. She replied my email within hours or even minutes. Suggestions and changing itinerary with Tomoe is very easy and smooth. She also helped us make reservation for bus to Takayama since we cannot make reservation online and gave suggestions about what to do and what to eat in Takayama. Hope we have a chance to meet her again.
Dear Jenny and family, Thank you so much for such a warmhearted review!! I was really happy to see you and all of your family, and felt sorry because there were so many people wherever we went. New Year's holiday is special for us, Japanese, and especially, we visit shrines for praying during the holiday. I do hope that you will visit Kyoto again and would like you to choose me as your guide again. How about wearing kimono in Kyoto next time? I hope that you had a wonderful time in Takayama and Shirakawago. Please say hello to all of your family. I miss you... Thank you for such a wonderful day for me. TOMOE
Tomoe is an excellent guide that went above and beyond to ensure you get what you asked for and more...we had strict requirements with food and she did researches to make sure we have no worries. She speaks good English and is very knowledgeable about the places we visited. We highly recommend her if you need a patient and friendly guide. Thank you Tomoe..my family and I truly enjoyed your company. Arigato gozaimasu..
Dear Riza, Thank you very much for your warmhearted comment. Because you booked me early, I was able to exchange mails with you and learn what you want to do and collect materials for you. I enjoyed these two days with you and your family. I'm so glad to see all of you, such a nice family. I hope that you will visit Kyoto, and I can see you again. Thank you so much!!! TOMOE
We did a 4-person, 1 day trip with Tomoe. It was a very full day, covering not only Nara, but also the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto. As such, it required a lot of walking and a fair amount of logistics. Tomoe handled all of the logistics excellently. She is also quite knowledgeable. But this was not the best part--- it is that she was a delightful person to spend the day with. Her English is also quite good. If I had to find a negative, it would be that she speaks more softly than I would have liked. I wholeheartedly recommend Tomoe. You can't go wrong with her.
Dear Garry, Thank you very much for such a warmhearted comment! I'm really glad to receive it! I really enjoyed the day with you,too! The pictures taken with you are my treasure.I'm really happy to see all of you, and hope that you will visit Japan and I can see you again! I miss all of you...Tomoe