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Haruka

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(18) Reviews
US$ 30 Hourly rate
Reviews ( 18 )
Louis Louis United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Six hour in Kyoto with Haruka ”

We only had a little over 6 hours in Kyoto on a rainy day, so I turned to Haruka to help us to see as many places as we could, and he did it perfectly. Haruka arranged a car for us, and took us to all the main attractions in Kyoto. Besides perfect English and his knowledge about Kyoto, Haruka can also tell you anything about Japanese history and culture. We had a really nice tour of Kyoto, thanks to Haruka.

Haruka:

Dear Louis, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a great review for me. It was a pleasure to meet you and host your tour. There was a lot of crowd and traffic than I anticipated, so we couldn’t see as much as we could have seen on a less crowded day but I’m glad that you enjoyed my tour. Hope to see you again. Thank you and with best, Haruka

Chri Chri United Kingdom ( Friends )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ An afternoon introduction to Kyoto ”

Haruka is a charming, friendly and kind young man with and excellent knowledge of the sites and history of Kyoto. He took us to sites which matched our interest, some of which we would not have found on our own and suggested changes to our proposed itinerary, as we went along, to match our interests. He navigated us around Kyoto expertly using local buses which added a flavour of local colour to our experience. His english is excellent and I would recommend him highly.

Haruka:

Dear Chris, Thank you very much for taking your time to write a great review and I am glad to hear that you’ve enjoyed my tour. It was a pleasure to show you and everyone around Kyoto. I myself enjoyed seeing those beautiful gardens at that special time, especially with someone who appreciated the things we’ve seen. Thank you also for the gifts and I’m hoping to see you some time again in your country. Thank you and with best, Haruka

gil Gil Israel ( Couple )
Very Good
1 year ago

“ Vacation in Japan ”

Huraka is good tour guide. He took us to wonderful places

Haruka:

Dear Gil, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a great review. It was a pleasure hosting your tour. Thank you and with best, Haruka

Ashley Ashley United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Perfect Day Kyoto ”

My mom, aunt, and I had a full day tour of Kyoto with Haruka. We customized it and were able to squeeze in everything we wanted to do. He picked us up from the train station and dropped us back off there, making it much easier for us. Haruka spoke perfect English and was very knowledgable about Kyoto and it's culture/history/food/experiences/etc. He easily answered all of our questions. We had a wonderful and fun day. I highly recommend Haruka!

Haruka:

Dear Ashley, Thank you very much for taking your time to write a great review. It was a pleasure showing you and your family around Kyoto. I, myself enjoyed the experience as well and those sakes were really good. I’m glad that you enjoyed as well! Thank you and with best, Haruka

melissa Melissa United States ( Family )
Very Good
1 year ago

“ A wonderful afternoon ”

We spent a wonderful afternoon with Haruka seeing highlights in Kyoto. His English is very good and he was a pleasure to be with. One member of our group was a little less mobile than the rest and he helped us meet everyone's needs. He was knowledgeable about the places we visited and and flexible about our plans, for example stopping for ice cream or wandering down a street that looked interesting. He made navigating the train system so much easier. We recommend Haruka for your day in Kyoto!

Haruka:

Dear Melissa, Thank you very much for writing a great review. It was a pleasure showing you and everyone around Kyoto. I hope you will have a pleasant stay in Japan. Thank you and with best, Haruka

Greg Greg Australia ( Couple )
Poor
1 year ago

“ Expected more! ”

Haruka basically provided little more than transport and getting around guidance. Would have been better if a complete guide service was provided with an in depth explanation of the background and history of each visited site. On that basis we felt that good value was not received for money spent. On the other hand we had a free guide provided in Tokyo who was very helpful.

Haruka:

Dear Greg, Thank you very much for taking your time to write a review. Sorry for not being able to meet your expectations. Will make improvements and your opinion is appreciated. With best, Haruka

Tereza Tereza Australia ( Friends )
Good
1 year ago

“ Guide in Kanazawa and Kyoto ”

We had 2 days with Haruka and prior to the tour he was very quick in replying, accommodating and changing the tour around to suit our requests. We had a lot of requests and changes 2 weeks out. He was knowledgeable in what to see, when to see where to see and was good in giving information on how much roughly things would cost (from food to entrance fees and transportation). We just wished he was able to talk more or provide information on places instead of just taking us there. We always had to ask questions, although he knew the answers to them, he was not very vocal or entertaining. He is a very nice young man, but we did not think he was professional in Tour Guide. But do bear in mind he is not licensed. Still, thank you Haruka for your many information prior to the tour. We saw all th... read more

Haruka:

Dear Tereza, Thank you very much for taking your time to write a review. It was a pleasure hosting the tour for your agency’s guests. Apologies for being unvocal. However, I did have a lot of things to think about when I saw one of the guests on a wheel chair. Unfortunately, Japan is not as developed as it should be in this area and without any upfront notice, there were many things that I had to consider and change. So I do remember when your two colleagues, who came along with the trip, telling me to entertain the guests more after visiting the first site. I do also remember your colleague showing discontent after realising that I wasn’t licensed and needed to pay for the entrance fees. However, I do have this written in the voucher. Lastly, your colleagues didn’t come along to most o... read more

Kelly Kelly United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Wonderful day with Haruka ”

We enjoyed our day with Haruka. He was able to take us to the places we wished to visit with no problems. Haruka was pleasant, knowledgeable and took his time with us as he knew my spouse and I weren’t feeling well. Highly recommend.

Haruka:

Dear Kelly, Thank you very much for taking your time to write a great review. It was a pleasure showing you and your husband around Kyoto. I am glad that you have enjoyed. Have a pleasant stay in Kyoto!

Shree Narayan Shree India ( Family )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Very knowledgable and helpful. ”

I planned a Kyoto/Nara trip for my family with Haruka. He was very knowledgable and kept changing the program as per needs to the group. He was flexible and made sure that my family had an enjoyable visit. Haruka is young and energetic and even helped my father buy a camera for me, acting as interpreter and negotiator at the same time. He even planned the trip to Osaka for the group on the last day with a good English-speaking driver. Would highly recommend visiting Kyoto with him.

Haruka:

Dear Shree, Thank you very much for taking your time to write a great review. It was a great pleasure showing them around Kyoto and Nara. Thank you also for the gifts. I enjoyed them with my family. I am glad that they had an enjoyable time. Thank you and with best, Haruka

Zachary Zachary United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Excellent Guide ”

Haruka guided my clients in Kyoto. They had a wonderful time and said he was a kind, interesting, and expert guide. They even enjoyed a meal together after the tour!

Haruka:

Dear Zach, Thank you very much for taking your time to write a great review. It was a great pleasure to host their tours. They were lovely people and I enjoyed the time with them. Thank you and with best, Haruka

Thomas Thomas Switzerland ( Friends )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ A pleasent day in Kyoto ”

We spent a whole day (8h) with Haruka in Kyoto. He considered our wishes and showed us interesting places. We enjoyed the day with Haruka very much and would book it again.

Haruka:

Dear Thomas, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a great review for me and having the tour with me. It was a pleasure to meet all of you and show you around Kyoto. I’m glad that you have enjoyed as well and please have a safe trip back home. Looking forward to seeing you someday again. Thank you and with best regards, Haruka

Bridgette Bridgette Japan ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Great tiring day in Kyoto ”

We had the pleasure of spending with Haruka in Kyoto, on a very long day trip from Tokyo. Haruka was very patient with our meeting him in the wrong spot and he found us swiftly when he realized our mistake! Haruka was also patient with our endless questions about life in Japan. Haruka took us to many historic sights, the market, and to an adorable place for lunch to have traditional Kyoto sushi lunch. When my daughter was not feeling well, Haruka took me to a pharmacy and translated to the pharmacist for me. We could have never seen so many sights in one day without Haruka's knowledge of the area. The sights in Kyoto are spread out and it would not have been easy to manage without a knowledgeable party, like Haruka. Hiring Haruka is recommended and highly desirable to have a private guide... read more

Haruka:

Dear Bridgette, Thank you very much for taking your time to write a great review and having the tour with me. It was a pleasure to show you and your daughter around Kyoto. I hope the trip was a memorable one. Thank you and with best, Haruka

Lynne Lynne United States ( Family )
Very Good
1 year ago

“ Excellent Day in Kyoto ”

We thoroughly enjoyed our day in Kyoto with Haruka. He is a very nice young man and knows his way around the city and sites. We had a long list of things we wanted to see and Haruka made it happen despite the crowds. He knew how to navigate the crowds and getting us promptly from one site to another - we saw some very interesting back alleys/neighborhoods! Haruka was so helpful and went above and beyond to translate in a pharmacy to help us get needed medicine and at the train station to help us get refunds for members of our group who were ill and unable to join the tour. Thank you Haruka for such a pleasant day!

Haruka:

Dear Lynne, Thank you very much for taking your time to write a great review. I hope you and your son have gotten better. Please have a safe trip back home. Thank you and with best, Haruka

May May United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Great guide! ”

Very formative! We all enjoyed our Nara and Osaka tour. :)

Haruka:

Dear Lynn, Thank you for taking your time to write a great review. It was a pleasure hosting your tour and I had fun showing around Nara and Osaka. Thanks and with best, Haruka

Melody Melody United States ( Family )
Very Good
1 year ago

“ Intriguing Kyoto ”

My husband, 15 year old son, and I spent a very full day with Haruka who accommodated our requests with ease and facilitated a stress free, enjoyable day. Haruka is professional, warm and relaxed. He intuitively read our stamina levels, and masterfully shifted the itinerary as the day flowed. By choice, we focused our trip to sites in northern Kyoto including Ginka-kuji (Silver Pavilion), Jotenkaku Muséum (a bit off the beaten path, and a long walk...in retrospect a taxi to this site would have been better for our compact schedule), Shimogamo Shrine, Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), Ryoan-ji (Stone Garden), and (Ninna-ji) the Emperor’s family’s ancient compound. Haruka accommodated our request for an earlier start to the day to be at the Silver Pavilion at opening which proved to be quiet a... read more

Haruka:

Dear Mrs. Melody, Thank you very much for taking your precious time to write a great and descriptive review. It was a pleasure hosting your tour for you and your family. Please enjoy the rest of your stay in Kyoto and have a safe trip back home. I am looking forward to see you someday again, when I visit your country. Thank you and with best regards, Haruka

Elizaveta Elizaveta United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Saw major temples and attractions of Kyoto ”

Great guide - excellent choice of attractions, courteous, thoughtful. Also recommended us an amazing traditional dinner place to complete the day.

Haruka:

Dear Elizaveta, Thank you very much for your great review. It was a pleasure showing around Kyoto for you and your family. I hope your trip to Kyoto was a memorable one. With best, Haruka

Sarah Sarah Singapore ( Family )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ An amazing experience ”

Haruka is a very kind and extremely considerate young man. My 15 yr old twins immediately bonded with him. He made sure we ticked all of our to do. Without him we could not have seen all that we did without him. He even arranged a kaiseki dinner within our budget which was superb. One of my daughters was not well. Haruka helped us get medicine and kept the pace slow so she could keep up. I can’t recommend him highly enough.

Haruka:

Dear Sarah, Thank you very much for writing a great review. It was a pleasure giving you and your daughters a tour in Kyoto. I myself enjoyed the experience and please enjoy your last day in Japan. I hope Nora (sorry if I spelled it wrong), is getting better and please have a safe trip back home. Hope to see you and your daughters someday in Singapore. Thank you and with best regards, Haruka

Cecilia Cecilia United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Great Guide! ”

Haruka was very helpful in organizing our visit beforehand. He was able to hone in on the activities that we wanted to experience given our short time in Kyoto.

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