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Toshiyo

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(79) Reviews
$ 32 Hourly rate
Reviews ( 79 )
Katrina Katrina Japan ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Excellent - made our trip very easy ”

Such a great day planned by Toshiyo. She made it so easy to see so many attractions in one day and was very kind and gave great information. Thank you!

Toshiyo:

Thank you very much for your warm hearted review. You are such a nice couple. I hope you will come back in sprig and autumn, Toshiyo

Siti Hawa Siti Australia ( Couple )
Very Good
3 weeks ago

“ Good Knowledge and Trip ”

We had a good time with Toshiyo, she was able to fit multiple locations for our quick day trip to Kyoto.

Toshiyo:

Hi Siti Thank you very much for your review. Although it was a very cold day, I was glad we could see beautiful views in Kyoto. Please come back again with Mom.

Susan Susan Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Lovely day ”

Well organised, interesting day with Toshiyo.

Toshiyo:

Dear Susan Thank you very much for the warm hearted review. I hope you had a great time in Japan. I hope to visit Tasmania island someday. Best regards. Toshiyo

Steve Steve United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Kyoto walking tour ”

Great guide

Michelle Michelle Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ If there were 6 stars Toshy would get 6 ”

We had a fabulous day with Toshy. Her English is excellent, her knowledge is also excellent. It was great having someone to negotiate our way around the city, the language and the transportation. Be prepared though - her tiny little legs will have you running so keep up in the crowds. Thanks for a great and informative day Toshy Trevor, Michelle, Olivia and Amelie

Toshiyo:

Dear Michelle You such a beautiful family. Thank you for choosing me as a guide on a precious day in Kyoto. Thank you for warm hearted review. I am happy you enjoyed the day with me. Many happy future das for your beautiful daughters. Toshiyo

Audrey Audrey Japan ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ A good tour! ”

Toshiyo was very professional and took care of us well, and patient with our numerous stops to take photos! She designed an itinerary according to what we wished to see within the time available, and it worked well. Her estimation of the time needed to get from one place to another by public transport was spot-on. We even had time for a nice lunch- she recommended a nice cafe. I would definitely recommend Toshiyo to other travelers!

Toshiyo:

Dear Audrey Thank you very much for warm hearted review. I enjoyed having time with your beautiful family. I will always remember your daughter shared stew with me in a comfortable cafe. I hope you love Kyoto and come back again. I appreciate you choosing me. Best regards. Toshiyo

Robert Robert United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ The Golden Pagoda ”

Toshiyo had great English skills and got us to all the sights in record time. If you can keep up she can get you to alot of Kyoto in one day. We had a great time and got a great feel for the beauty of Kyoto in our limited time there. I would love to go back and would definitely use Toshiyo as a guide again.

Toshiyo:

Dear Robert Thank you very much for warm hearted review. And I appreciate the cute turtle you gave me and your mother is gorgeous. Very entertaining. Thank you very much. I hope to cook nabe for you next time. Toshiyo

Dominique Dominique United States ( Family )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Great first day in Kyoto ”

Our day with Toshiyo was like spending the day with a caring auntie who was eager to proudly show us the best of her city. Although Kyoto feels less-crowded and easier to navigate than Tokyo, there are still around 2000 temples and shrines, so we found it extremely helpful to have a local guide who could help us focus the visit on the more noteworthy sites. We began our day by hopping on the metro with Toshiyo and heading outside the city to a beautiful garden in Arashiyama. Although it was a winter garden, we were able to understand how the garden was designed to best showcase the blossoms and foliage of the season. The best part of visiting this particular garden was that it was adjacent to a mature bamboo forest, which we were delighted to stroll through afterwards. Heading back to ... read more

Toshiyo:

Dear Dominique Thank you very much for warm hearted review. I was much impressed with your beautiful talented family. I am glad you had a good time in Kyoto. I am much worried about visiting Sanjusangendo. I should have decided earlier. But we didn’t get much rain so it was great. Thank you very much for contacting me!Toshiyo

sonali Sonali United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Excellent experience ”

Toshiyo was a very very good guide for our family of 4. She was thoughtful, patient and fantastic. She made our Kyoto day!

Toshiyo:

Thank you for your warm hearted review. I am very glad you had a happy time in Kyoto. Please come back again. Toshiyo

Christopher Christopher United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Wonderful guide! ”

Toshiyo-san went above and beyond for our day tour with her in Kyoto. She allowed us to customize the tour and we ended up doing more than we originally planned. She is thoughtful, kind, and definitely knows her stuff. You won’t be disappointed and I highly recommend her.

Toshiyo:

Hi Christopher Thank you very much for contacting me and writing the warm hearted review. I had a great time with you and I will never forget the best time Tofukuji autumn leaves. Please come back in spring with your Mom. Best regards. Toshiyo

jim Jim United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ The best of Kyoto ”

Toshiyo our guide met us in the lobby of our hotel. She then proceed to discuss what we wanted to see and what she thought we should see. This a well spent 15 minutes, because of that our day with Toshiyo was educational, informative and enjoyable. At the end of the day all three of us (my wife, and our grandson) thought it was the best way to see Kyoto, plus Toshiyo educated us on how to get around Kyoto for the remaining day in the cities. Toshiyo explained about the shrines and temples that we visited and was eager to talk about Kyoto and the surrounding area. I would highly recommend Toshiyo to anyone who would like to see Kyoto and it sites.

Toshiyo:

Dear Jim and your beautiful wife and grandson Thank you very much for the warm hearted review. You’re very fashionable and beautiful family. I was very impressed and hope you enjoyed Nara and other areas. I appreciated you chose me as a Kyoto guide. Thank you very much. Toshiyo

Carla Carla Japan ( Friends )
Good
2 months ago

“ She helped us to pack a lot into one day ”

It was overall a good experience. I thought she would have had more planned up front rather than us deciding upon arrival about where to go. We did desire a little more historical information about the locations we visited.

Toshiyo:

Hi I am sorry to hear what you expected me. Arashiyama is the historic preservred area, which is pretty large to explore in one hour. I would love to take you another quiet places next time you come to Kyoto. Thank you for booking. Toshiyo

Maria Maria United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Highlight of our trip!!! ”

Toshiyo was patient, very knowledgeable, kind, friendly, and considerate. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! We had about 8 main must see places on our list and we saw all, but 1 because of the time constraint (we arrived late from Tokyo). With the complex and multiple modes of transportation between the places we wanted to see, we would’ve never been able to accomplish this without her! It was a particularly hot day...she even graciously took us all the way up to Iwatayama monkey park at the end of our tour and she never complained! She made efficient use of our time and made it her mission for us to see everything we wanted to visit. She even went above and beyond by helping us figure our train schedule back to Tokyo that evening and with unlocking our pasmo cards. Toshiyo, we can’t thank you en... read more

Toshiyo:

Dear Maria Thank you very much for your warm hearted review. I am very glad you enjoyed Kyoto sightseeing. You are a beautiful couple. Please came back again to see more. Thank you very much for contacting me.Best regards. Toshiyo

Norbert Norbert Germany ( Family with kids )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Customized tour in Eastern Kyoto ”

We started our tour at the Silver Pavillon, and then moved south towards Kiyomizu-dera. Toshiyo showed us to many beautiful places we would not have found on our own, explained and pointed things out. It was a nice experience, and for us as non-native speakers her english was clear and easy to understand.

Toshiyo:

Hi Thank you for warm hearted review. I am glad you had a good time in Kyoto. I was a bit worried you could make it to Kiyomizudera temple. If your nephew and you will have a longer time in summer I will give you accommodation at my place I really want to visit Berlin. Please let me know. Best regards.

Lisa Lisa Canada ( Family )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Amazing and Unorthodox Tour of Kyoto ”

We wanted to go to antique and craft stores around Kyoto which caught Toshi off guard but she brought us to the exact kinds of stores we wanted to go to. As we walked around Kyoto, Toshi made sure to teach us about the history and quirks of the city. For lunch she brought us to an amazing old noodle house which itself was an experience. An overall wonderful day with a very knowledgable guide.

Toshiyo:

I am happy to know that you were satisfied with the tour. You are much artistic minded and refined. There are more to explore in this ancient capital. So I really hope you will come back again. Best regards. Toshiyo

Kevin Kevin United Kingdom ( Family with kids )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Great Tour of Kyoto Sights ”

My wife,Daughter (11) and myself had a very nice 1 day tour of Kyoto.It is impossible to see everything that Kyoto has to offer in one day but Toshiyo was able to take us to both beautiful shrines and temples and older parts of Kyoto but also parts of modern downtown.For us a nice mix of everything. Toshiyo is very knowledgeable and patient so our tour with her was a perfect introduction to Kyoto and was a big help in the 2 days that we spent getting to know Kyoto by ourselves. Many thanks for all your help Toshiyo

Toshiyo:

Dear Kevin Thank you very much for your warm hearted review. I am happy to know you and your beautiful wife and daughter had a good time in Kyoto. I appreciate the pretty cloth brought from Indonesia. I hope I can visit Bali with this. Thanks again. Toshiyo has

Aziza Aziza Canada ( Family )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Kyoto visit ”

Toshiyo is very knowledgable, considerate and entertaining. She explains very patiently. I would definitely recommend using Toshiyo as your Kyoto guide.

Toshiyo:

Hi Aziza and your beautiful family Thank you very much for your warm hearted review. I hope you have had a good time in Kyoto. Please come again!

Nikki Nikki United States ( Solo )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Amazing day in Kyoto! ”

Toshi was a great guide for my first day in Kyoto. We went all over the city, which allowed me not only to take in some amazing sights but also to get to know the bus and subway systems so I could use them by myself the rest of the trip. Toshi also gave me tips on additional places to go and the best timing to avoid the crowds. For example, I was planning to go to Kiyomizu-dera on the 2nd day but as she and I ended at Kodak-ji which was pretty close, she suggested that I go that same day as there would be fewer people later in the day. And she was right! I appreciated that Toshi provided lots of facts and insight about the places we visited, without making it feel like a lecture. We had a good time chatting and getting to know each other a bit throughout the day. Toshi also picked a... read more

Toshiyo:

Dear Nikki Thank very much for the warm hearted review. I appreciated it. I was glad to know you enjoyed Kyoto. I hope you will have the successful business and the safe trip home. I had great time chatting with you and learned how global Toyota is. Thank you again. Toshiyo

Joyce Joyce Hong Kong ( Couple )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Half Day Tour to 3 World Heritage Sites ”

Toshiyo is experienced, knows Kyoto very well. Our 4 hours were well spent covering Nijo-jo Castle, Kinkakiju Temple and Arashiyama. The sites were well explained. She gave us pointers to sites we could do on our own.Toshiyo has good English and is courteous. I would highly recommend her.

Toshiyo:

Dear Joyce Thank you very much for warm hearted review. I hope you had good time in Imprerial palace and Kiyomizudera. I appreciate the ice cream you treated me. It was so refreshing with this hot weather. Thank you. Toshiyo

John John United States ( Family )
Very Good
4 months ago

“ Two days custom tour in Kyoto ”

We had a great two days touring with Toshiyo in Kyoto - she is professional, prompt and very friendly. She’s interested in you getting the most out of your visit here. Toshiyo was very helpful in providing us suggestions of sights to visit, getting us around Kyoto to see many more places than we would have ever been able to on our own and is very knowledgeable of the history of the sites we were visiting as well as the greater history of Japan. My suggestion for Kyoto and a successful visit here - spend some time before your visit researching a little on which sites you wish to see - there are so many options and it helps to have worked out what you want to see - Toshiyo wil” then work out a travel itinerary and make recommendations for additional sights al8ng the way.

Toshiyo:

Dear John and Ulysses Thank you very much for warm hearted review. I am very glad I could help your stay in Kyoto very memorable and maybe special. I was very pleased to meet you. Hope you will come you will come back again. Toshiyo

Alba Alba United States ( Couple )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Everything we were looking for. ”

Toshiyo was very kind, knowledgeable, informative and flexible. Truly made our experience in Kyoto wonderful!

Toshiyo:

Thank you for the warm hearted review. You are a very beautiful family. I hope you will come back to see autumn leaves in Kyoto. Thank you, Alba.

Pat Pat United States ( Couple )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Wonderful guide! ”

Toshiyo was terrific! She's knowledgeable and informative, flexible and considerate. She went out of her way several times on our behalf; we thoroughly enjoyed our day with her

Toshiyo:

Thank for your wam hearted review. I really hope you will enjoy your time in Japan. Please find a beautiful Japanese doll. Toshiyo

Cecilia Cecilia United States ( Solo )
Very Good
5 months ago

“ Trip to Nara ”

Friendly, companionable and helpful with directing our walk for an efficient tour

Toshiyo:

Hi Cecilia I hope you had a good time in Nara. Thank you for your taking time and writing the review. I really hope your flight back to your home went smoothly. Best regards. Toshiyo

Alvaro Alvaro Spain ( Couple )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Execllent guide ”

She did the most of our time. We visited everything we wanted to see even with a horrible heat wave. Big tumbs up for Toshiyo! Trully recommend her!

Toshiyo:

Hi Alvaro Thank you for your warm hearted review. I am very glad you had good impressions about me. Please come again and see more about Kyoto. Best wishes. Toshiyo

Tasneem Tasneem Japan ( Couple )
Very Good
6 months ago

“ Travel with a guide as a local ”

Toshiyo was very patient and understood our needs immediately. The experience of using public transport was great too. We enjoyed going to the bamboo forest seeing the area the temples and then visiting the temple with 1000 gates

Toshiyo:

Hi Tasneem I hope your back will be ok and enjoy your traveling. Thank you for the warm hearted review. I am looking forward to your family story. Please keep in touch. Thanks for choosing me as a guide. Best regards. Toshiyo

Steve Steve United States ( Family )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Wonderful day in sweltering heat! ”

Despite the hot temperatures it was a lovely day seeing the sights with Toshiyo! She was prompt, funny, knowledgeable and sweet. Her English is excellent and she adapted the trip as we went along given our needs and desires. I would highly recommend her and look forward to using her again on a return trip to Kyoto.

Toshiyo:

Thank you for the warm hearted review. I am very happy that you had a good pleasant time in Kyoto. Please say hello to your family! Maggi’s disappeared . Please tell her. Thank you . I am looking forward to seeing you again, Toshiyo

Olga Olga United States ( Family )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Excellent tour ”

We had a great time going around Kyoto. It was our first time in Japan really enjoyed the tour although it was very hot.

Toshiyo:

Thank you very much for the review. I was much impressed with your beautiful family. If it were cooler we could have visited more places. Please come back and see more. Best regards. Toshiyo

Jim Jim United States
Good
7 months ago

“ Nara with Toshi..... This girl can walk! ”

We booked four hours in Nara with Toshi. We missed our train so we were a little late getting to our agreed connection point at the train station but Toshi was there waiting for us. I think that Toshi wanted to make sure we got to all the previously identified locations, so off we went at a pretty quick pace which was right in step with my gate but a little too fast for my wife and daughters. Toshi's command of English was good so communication was not an issue. More often we needed to ask for explanations or historical background rather than having it offered. If Toshi didn't know the information we requested she would ask someone; so we always got answers to our questions. Toshi was happy to engage in conversation of any kind.

Toshiyo:

Hi Jim Thank you for the review. I am sorry to know that I had walked too quickly. Please apologize to your wife and daughters. It was a pleasant day and we could see most of Nara’s highlights. Thank you very much for being in my tour. Toshiyo

Belinda Belinda Singapore ( Family with kids )
Very Good
8 months ago

“ A patient guide ”

Toshiyo was punctual. I decided to get a guide as I was travelling with 2 elderly people, one who requires a wheelchair. She was very patient. She bought tickets for places we wanted to visit and suggested lunch places. She works with you to plan the itinerary, Highly recommended.

Toshiyo:

Thank you for the warm hearted review. I was very impressed with your manners. You care much about your each family member. I hope I did enough help for you. Thank you very much for choosing me as your guide.

Roxanne Roxanne United States ( Family )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ Insight to Japan ”

Toshiyo was an excellent guide who took us to Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari-taisha. She provided us with the history of the sites we visited and answered all types of questions that we (4 of us) had. Having Toshiyo gave us a better insight to the people of places of Japan. She was also very helpful in clearing a misunderstanding we had about our JR pass, and saved us money in buying unnecessary tickets. Although Toshiyo is listed as a tour guide, she was just an all around very helpful person.

Toshiyo:

Dear Roxanna Thank you very much for the warm hearted review. I really hope all of you had a wonderful and memorable experiences in Japan. Please come back in colored leaves season! Best regards. Toshiyo

Colleen Colleen United States ( Family )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ Kyoto memories ”

Our party of four (one who broke his foot 2 weeks prior to the trip) were so fortunate to have Toshiyo for 3 days in Kyoto. She is extremely professional, flexible, sensitive, and made outstanding suggestions. Considering there was one day of rain and challenges of a wheelchair/scooter, we were not able to see two areas of our pre-arranged itinerary. I consider that amazing! Her suggestion for reserving seats for the Aoi Festival and a reservation at a fantastic kaiseki lunch was spot-on. She is knowledgeable and very easy to understand. Being a local you can definitely see her passion in letting you get to see her city. When we return to Kyoto, we definitely want her as our guide! Thanks for a very memorable time in Kyoto!

Toshiyo:

Dear Colleen Thank you very much for being in my tour. You are very considerate and kind. I was much impressed with your manner when you were with your family. I appreciate your warm-hearted review. Hope to see your beautiful smiles again. Best regards. Toshiyo

Ellie Ellie Hong Kong ( Family )
Poor
8 months ago

“ Not that great with old folks after all ”

Communication was haphazard prior to the trip and set off some red flags but I thought it could be due to the delayed messenger service by TripleLights but turned out that the guide did not pre-arrange the imperial palace visit application as requested. Despite exchanging phone numbers, she did not reply to my messages either. I also read one of the reviews that Toshiyo was supposedly good with older tourists but not true during my time with her; she basically walked way in front, leaving my parents far behind (as they are older and hence walked slower), leaving me to fill the gap and constantly looking out for her.

Toshiyo:

Hi I didn’t notice you were feeling that way. I would have really wanted you to see as many beautiful places as possible in Kyoto. But you wee thinking differently. As for application for Imperial place I had asked your passport numbers and names in advance . But you did not reply and time passed. I hope you had good impressions about Japan and Japanese. There are Many other good talented kind people in Japan. Thank you. Best regards. Toshiyo

Peter Peter United States ( Family )
Very Good
8 months ago

“ Thoughtful and very helpful with planning our full day ”

We took a day tour of some highlights of Kyoto with Toshiyo. Toshiyo was very helpful and responsive to our email inquiries (on the TripleLights platform) regarding what to see and how to organize our limited time with her. She was also great at suggesting some kaiseki restaurants for us to consider well in advance of our visit. We sometimes had difficulty hearing her soft voice during the tour itself but could compensate by getting closer to her and asking her to repeat anything we missed. She was professional and knew how to get around Kyoto very well.

Toshiyo:

Dear Peter Thank you very much for the review. I hope you and your family enjoyed the beautiful day in Kyoto and had delicious Shojinryori, I will fry to speak more clearly. I appreciate your comments. Hope to see you again in autumn. Toshiyo

Bocian Bocian Germany ( Friends )
Very Good
9 months ago

“ Very good guide and very good interesting explainings ”

Our best wishes for the great job Toshijo did in the six hours of our trip around the interesting places of Kyoto, always taking a view on the different speed-steps one of us could go caused by somme personal medical reasons by a neurological handicap. Explaining and talks were interesting and friendly. We would do the same again when coming another time to this place. All the best for Toshiyo and the team.

Toshiyo:

Dear Mrs. Bocian Thank you very much for the warm hearted review. I really hope you had a good time in Kyoto. We had a lovely weather and saw beautiful flowers and walked a lot. I hope you all are fine after a long flight. I appreciate you visited Japan. Thank you very much. Toshiyo

Donald Donald Australia ( Solo )
Good
9 months ago

“ Seeing Kyoto on public transport ”

For the five days that we spent together, Toshiyo was good company and a pleasant travelling companion. She made my visit to Kyoto an enjoyable one. She guided me well through the challenges of the city's trains and buses to reach the places that I had already told her I wanted to see. In this way, with her help, I made the very best use of my limited time. Toshiyo was very helpful in rearranging parts of my proposed program to make more efficient use of that limited time. She herself suggested additions to my plans which added to my enjoyment. The unforeseen always happens and when it did she was able quickly to make necessary changes. Kyoto guides are required to know a great deal about national and local history. Toshiyo showed that she was well informed, but she didn't al... read more

Toshiyo:

Dear Donald Thank you very much for the warm hearted review. I did my best to take you the right places you had mentioned thinking of th best and fastest way to reach the destination. Yes sometimes your questions were very deep and I could not find the proper answes in English. I will continue studying the Japanese religions and history so that I will be able to explain them on your side. I will become a better guide. Thank you for your advice. Please take care. Best regards. Toshiyo

Penny Penny Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
10 months ago

“ Highly recommend ”

We had a amazing time seeing kyoto with Toshiyo. Nothing compares to a local travel guide and we were not disappointed. Toshiyo accomodated our needs of travelling with two small children. Would highly recommend her.

Toshiyo:

Hi Penny Thank you very much for your warm hearted review. You fave a beautiful family and I was impressed with your kind consideration about everything. And you are energetic. Best regards. Toshiyo

Todd Todd United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
10 months ago

“ Very patient and flexible ”

She was very patient and flexible with my family. We spent the whole day traveling around Tokyo with my wife and three kids. The schedule was very flexible and she was understanding

Toshiyo:

Hi Todd Thank you very much for the warm hearted review. You have very beautiful family! I hope you can come back in autumn. I really want to visit your Mexican restaurant. Best regards. Toshiyo

Lisa Lisa Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
10 months ago

“ 5 star guide ????? ”

Toshiyo was fantastic. We had a great time with her. As I was traveling with my husband and children (ages 13,11,10 & 1) I wanted someone to show us around so that we wouldn't get lost or frustrated. We followed her lead and was very happy with our tour. She was very knowledgable of Kyoto's history and extremely considerate of my family. We moved at our own pace and really took in the sights.

Toshiyo:

Hi Lisa Thank you very much for the warm hearted review. I enjoyed being with your beautiful family. Your children were well disciplined and great. I hope you can come back in the autumn leaves season . Best regards. Toshiyo

Liz Liz Australia ( Friends )
Very Good
10 months ago

“ Kyoto 4 hour tour ”

Toshiyo was very friendly and very knowledgeable on all the sights we visited including the Golden and Silver Temples. I would recommend Toshiyo as a great guide for your Kyoto visit. Her English is very good

Toshiyo:

Hi Liz Thank you for the warm hearted review! You came to Kyoto at the best time. Hope you really enjoyed Japan.

Michael Michael Australia ( Friends )
Excellent
10 months ago

“ Full day guided tour of Kyoto ”

Toshi was great! She chose the best place to visit and we were extremely happy with her choices. Toshi spoke good English and was a pleasure to talk to and to spend the day with. We had a group of six people from 18 to 68 years of age, and from fit to very unfit. Toshi kept us going but at a pace that allowed for everyone in the group. Very understanding and very relaxed. A great day, great sightseeing, and a great tour guide. Highly recommended. Well done Toshi.

Toshiyo:

Dear Michael Thank you for the warm hearted review. I was happy to show you around. I was impressed with empty hand lessons. I do want to start empty hand. Please say hello to Tink Jane, Sam Stephen and Micael. Thank you! Toshiyo

Thy Thy United States ( Family with kids )
Very Good
10 months ago

“ Great Kyoto tour! ”

Toshiyo was very helpful and knowledgeable. She was also accommodating with our plans. We were traveling with a toddler and we appreciated her patience during the tour. She also arranged for lunch at a local restaurant that we would not have experienced without her. The food was delicious. We highly recommend her.

Toshiyo:

Thank you very much for your warm hearted review. You are beautiful talented sisters. I hope Ben liked Kyoto. Please come back again in fall to see maples. Thank you. Toshiyo

Joe Joe United States
Excellent
10 months ago

“ Great day in Kyoto ”

Toshiyo is a fantastic guide! Our family of four (two teenage boys) took an all day private tour with Toshi and had a great time. We visited impressive temples and shrine, beautiful gardens and, of course, monkey mountain. She speaks very fluent English and was very engaging with the boys. She picked a lovely Soba restaurant for lunch. As a life-long resident of Kyoto, Toshi certainly know the city and all it has to offer. Highly recommend her for a visit to Kyoto!

Toshiyo:

Hi Joe, Thank you very much for the warm hearted review. I was happy to meet you and your beautiful family. Perfect weather made the tour more pleasant. I will never forget Willter, Jack, Renne and you.

Nathaniel Nathaniel United States ( Friends )
Excellent
10 months ago

“ 1 day in Kyoto ”

Toshiyo is a fantastic guide! On a recent visit to Japan, we decided to take a single day excursion into Kyoto. Understanding that we only had a short time, we knew we might be limited in what we could see. Despite our outlandish requests to visit numerous places spread out across Kyoto, Toshiyo managed to accommodate in spectacular fashion. This combined with her tremendous knowledge of both Kyoto and its storied past made for an amazing day! I cannot imagine having had a better day trip to Kyoto, and fully owe Toshiyo for our wonderful experience!

Toshiyo:

Thank you very much for warm hearted review. I am vety happy you had a wonderful time in Kyoto. Please come back to see autumn leaves. Toshiyo

Jaime Jaime Philippines
Good
10 months ago

“ Katsura Villa visit ”

Toshiya was on time on the date of our arrival- she was able to organised our visit to Katsura Villa (we are group of six) and she arranged our permission entry into the Villa. She was correct on the suggestions after the Katsura villa.

Toshiyo:

Hi Thank you for the warm hearted review! I hope you enjoyed Kyoto trip.

Dahlia Dahlia United States ( Family )
Very Good
10 months ago

“ Very interesting experience ”

Walking around Kyoto with Toshiyo made our tour more interesting and enjoyable. She was very patient with us and easy to work with. She was very flexible too with our own agenda. Definitely, we appreciate her present.

Toshiyo:

Hi Dahlia. You have a great family. I enjoyed being with you. Thank you for choosing me! Please come back again. Toshiyo

madelyn Madelyn Philippines ( Friends )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Kyoto Tour ”

I love Toshiyo, she has been a great and patient tour guide.:-)

Toshiyo:

Hi Thank for the warm hearted review. I hope you all had a great time in Japan. Please come back again. Thank you for choosing me! Best regards. Toshiyo

Rachel Rachel United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Tour of Historic Kyoto ”

Toshiyo is wonderful!! A very intelligent and considerate person who truly made our trip to Kyoto so special and insightful! She met us at our hotel in the morning and we did an all day tour with her that involved 4 different temples/shrines. She provided fantastic knowledge about each site throughout the tour and helped navigate the city so we could really see as much as possible in the amount of time we had without losing out on quality. We would highly recommend her and the TripleLights company!

Toshiyo:

Thank you for the warm hearted review! I really enjoyed spending with you beautiful couple. Thank you for joining my tour. Best regards. Toshiyo

Ellamae Ellamae United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Excellent guide ”

We love Toshiyo. She is a natural with warm and caring personality. She made us feel at home and worked according to our schedule without rushing us while keeping us in check too. She knows Kyoto so well and shared a lot to us. I will gladly have her back when I return to Kyoto. There is still so much too see but we just had so little time. Thank you Toshiyo for giving us a great time seeing Kyoto in such a short time. You are the best!

Toshiyo:

Hi Ella Thank you very much for the warm hearted review. I had a great time with you. I am so glad you really like Japan,especially Kyoto. You are very friendly and considerate. Please come back again! Thank you. Best regards. Toshiyo

Karen Karen Australia ( Family )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Kyoto highlights! ”

Toshi was wonderful and enabled us to experience key areas of Kyoto- she was very flexible and accommodating- we had a wonderfully full day touring Kyoto- many thanks Toshi!!

Toshiyo:

Thank you very much for the warm hearted review! I hope you really enjoyed the winter of Kyoto. You are a very beautiful couple. Best regards. Toshiyo

Emelie Emelie Philippines ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ A fun and learning Kyoto experience ”

My three kids, mother, and I had a great time going around Kyoto last Dec. 25, 2017, thanks to Toshiyo. She expertly guided us and shared interesting information about the places we asked her to bring us to, such as the Golden Temple, Bamboo Forest, the Nijo Castle, and the Kiyomizudera Temple. Thanks so much, Toshiyo, and we look forward to seeing you again in the future. Domo arigato gozaimashita.

Toshiyo:

Thank you for the warm hearted review. I am very glad to know that you are satisfied with Kyoto tour. I hope you can come back again and see more of Kyoto. Thank you. Best regards. Toshiyo

Joanne Joanne Australia ( Family )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Stress free visit of Kyoto ”

Toshiyo is a great guide. She was very responsive from the moment I booked the tour. Communication with her was easy. Toshiyo is very easy to talk to. We had a great day with Toshiyo. We were able to see all the places that we wanted to visit. If you have limited time in Kyoto and want to visit as many places as possible, a guide is highly recommended as it will save you a lot of time trying to figure out the transport. With Toshiyo as our guide, we were able to just relax and enjoy Kyoto sights. Thank you so much Toshiyo!

Toshiyo:

Thank you for the warm hearted review. I enjoyed spending time with you in beautiful winter Ky. As there are more and more to see in Kyot,please come back. Thank you very much.

Don Don United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Wonderful Night Photo Opportunies ”

Toshiyo did a great job taking us to two beautiful outdoor temples in the evening. We were interested in autumn color that was lit up at night. WOW! She picked two very different places, Toji Temple and 5 Story Pagoda, and then to Shoren-in Temple. The light show at Toji Temple was really spectacular, as was the line outside! She did a great job convincing us that we would get in, and she was right! So glad we didn't ask to leave when we saw the hundreds of people in a line three blocks long! She was very informative about the temple and the carvings, as well as the Imperial history, gorgeous paintings and beautifully lit garden of the Shoren-in Temple. Her English skills were excellent and we really enjoyed the evening with her.

Toshiyo:

Thank for the warm hearted review. I was very glad we could get in Toji in spite of the long line. I was impressed with your beloved cats talk. I will remember and have them some day. You are such a great photographer and I hope to see some of your pictures. Thank you very much. Best regards. Toshiyo

Rosalina Rosalina Philippines ( Family )
Good
1 year ago

“ Good tour; not enough time ”

We had a half day tour with Toshiyo, since we were coming in from Tokyo for the day and didn’t have enough time for a whole day tour. I had really wanted to see a Japanese zen garden, and Toshiyo said we would definitely see one. Unfortunately, one of our party had hurt her back a couple of days before and could only walk slowly. So, since I was unwilling to spend US$31 or so on a cab to go to a far temple, we went to nearer temples. Toshiyo willingly stayed an extra half hour to show us where to go to next and how to get there. However, even though it was only 4:10 p.m. when we got to the temple she recommended, the zen garden was already closed. So while we got to see a castle and a couple of other temples, we never got to see a zen garden.

Toshiyo:

Hi Rosalina Our tour stated later than I expected. And your niece hurt her feet. We couldn’t get to the place easily. That made you a lot of troubles. I was very sorry that you couldn’t see the zen garden although there are many gardens in Kyoto. Tofuku garden has a light up service in the evening until December 3. So you could have seen the garden. I wish I could stayed longer with you. Next time I will definitely take you to Zen gardens. Best regards. Thank you. Toshiyo

Kaye Kaye United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Friendly expert with passion for Kyoto sights ”

Toshiyo shares her love for Kyoto with you through her historical descriptions and cultural stories about different sights. She is responsive to your interests and background in planning her tour.

Toshiyo:

Thank you for the warm hearted review. I always remember your words” determination”. Hope you will come back to visit more Kyoto. Best regards. Thank you.Toshiyo

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

“ Excellent Tour Guide ”

Toshiyo was wonderful. Her English and communication were excellent and she had a lot of patience with our group of 7 which included both children and an older family member with walking difficulties. Highly recommend!

Ephraim Ephraim Philippines ( Family )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ We got our money's worth and then some. ”

From the very start, Toshiyo was very flexible with the meeting time due to certain circumstances we had with the shinkansen. From the get go, she made adjustments to our itinerary for the day, due to the massive volume of other tourists at Kyoto at the time. This goes to show that she really did put a lot of thought into the tour that she gave us. We managed to visit all of the places I really wanted to go to even though our tour was adjusted in some way. At every place we visited she gave interesting trivia and other facts for that certain place. She was pleasent to be around with, and is a prime example of how hospitable the japanese can be.

Toshiyo:

Thank you for your warm-hearted revew You are very considered kind young man. I really hope you had a delicious ramen. I had great time talking with all your family. You have such a beautiful family. Hope to come back to Kyoto. Thank you. Best regards. Toshiyo

Alice Alice Austria ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Experience Japanese Tradition and Personality ”

Toshiyos tea ceremony and calligraphy program allowed us to get to know the Japanese tradition as well as a bit of Japanese everyday life. It was a wonderful experience that we would not have gained without her and her friend. The afternoon was a special highlight of our 2 week stay in Kyoto and surroundings. If we go back to Kyoto, we will certainly book one of her other tours. She has extensive knowledge, good humor and an exceptionally sophisticated and elegant appearance. Japan at its best! We were very pleased!

Toshiyo:

Thank you for the warm hearted review. I am glad you experienced the ordinary Japanese life and enjoy ed it. We had a great time talking with you. Please say hello to th king. Hope to see you again. Thank you.Toshiyo

Ma Ma Philippines ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Fantastic Tour of Kyoto ”

Toshiyo is an excellent tour guide. We learned much from her yesterday at Fushimi inari shrine, Arashiyama Bamboo forest and temple, and Kinkaki-ju. she also brought us to a nice, delicious ramen place for a hearty lunch. But the best part about Toshiyo is her service even before the day of the tour. I booked her from the Philippines, and with only our email correspondence via TripleLights, we were able to plan the day properly. she asked our preference for places, our lunch needs for the kids, and even messaged about the rainy weather. she replies at any time of day, and always pleasantly.

Toshiyo:

Thank you for the review. Too bad we had much rain at Fushimi Inari and Arashiyama. And boys couldn't see the monkeys. But let had a beautiful view of Kinkakuji temple in the evening sunlight. Hope you will come back to Kyoto to see Geisha girls. Thank you. Toshiyo

Anne Anne Australia ( Family )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ A great day in Kyoto with Toshiyo ”

We had a really good day in Kyoto with Toshiyo. She was very flexible when we changed the itinerary and very patient with my slow progress especially on the climb up the mountain to see the monkeys. After seeing the temple and gardens, and the bamboo forest in the Arashiyama area, we had lunch (Toshiyo had precooked a popular restaurant overlooking the Togetso bridge) and then went on the bus to the Gion area where we explored the fascinating streets and the temple. All in all a wonderful although exhausting day. Thank you again Toshiyo.

Toshiyo:

Thank you so much for the heart warmful review,Ann. I enjoyed spending time with you in Kyoto. You are a very kind nice couple. Hope you will come back to Kyoto in cherry blossoms season! Thank you. Toshiyo

Raoul Raoul United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Ggreat day in Kyoto ”

Wonderful guide

Toshiyo:

Thank you for the review. I hope you had a wonderful time in Japan. I won't forget the time we spent together in Toji temple. Thank you. Toshiyo

Karen Karen United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Exceeded our expectations! ”

Toshi was so very informative and relaxing to be with. Trips can be very hectic in large cities but she showed us more places than we expected and it was so much less stressful than when we visited places on our own. She gave us insight and details on the culture which we were really interested in. We had a very fun time, I would highly recommend Toshi!

Toshiyo:

Thank you for the wonderful review. I hope you really enjoyed the trip to Japan. Hope to come back again. Thank you. Toshiyo

Erika Erika Italy ( Solo )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Great day in Kyoto ”

We spent a very nice day in Kyoto with Toshiyo, we wanted to see a few specific places and she brought us there quickly and efficiently. In the evening she booked a very nice restaurant for us, with a gorgeous view over the city. Thank you!

Toshiyo:

💕Hi Erika I am very happy to hear from you. I am also glad you enjoyed the restaurant with a gorgeous view of Kyoto city. I hope you will visit Kyoto again. There are more beautiful places. Thank you. Toshiyo

Stephanie Stephanie United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Amazing, energetic and kind! ”

We loved getting to know Toshiyo. She is very energetic and a fast walker, which I loved. She is a hiker so can keep up with the best of them. She showed us all over Kyoto by bus and provided fast facts along the way. The restaurant we went to for lunch, owned by a tea company, was delicious. She also was a great photographer and got excellent shots of us. I would highly recommend her.

Toshiyo:

Thank you for choosing me as a guide. I enjoyed talking with you during the tour. I will have dinner at Ninja restaurant. Thank you very much for the review. Toshiyo

Nichole Nichole United States ( Couple )
Very Good
1 year ago

“ Fun day in Kyoto ”

We had a very nice day with Toshiyo. She made sure to take us to all of the places we requested and was flexible with our schedule. She is from Kyoto so she is knowledgable about the area. We hope to return one day!

Toshiyo:

Thank you for the review. I hope you like Kyoto. Please come and visit again. Next time to Nara. Thank you. Toshiyo

Elizabeth Elizabeth Australia ( Family )
Very Good
1 year ago

“ Lovely day in Kyoto ”

Toshi was a great help in helping us see a few of the highlights Kyoto had to offer. We enjoyed our day with her very much and would recommend her as a tour guide to others.

Toshiyo:

Dearest Elizabeth Thank you for the review. You have a wonderful and beautiful family. I hope you are having a nice nature hiking on Nakasendo. Thank you for choosing me! Toshiyo

michael Michael Singapore ( Family with kids )
Very Good
1 year ago

“ 2 Days Kyoto tour. ”

Toshiyo is a pleasant and knowledgeable as a private tour guide, and ultimately made our Kyoto stay very memorable. We had a great time visiting the must see places as we only spent 2days there. And also brought us to the nice restaurant at Arashiyama. Thank you.

Toshiyo:

Thank you for choosing me as a guide. You have a beautiful family and was much impressed with your thoughtful love for your family. Thank you .Toshiyo

Peter Peter United States
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Half day tour ”

Fantastic guide!!!!

Toshiyo:

Dear Peter, Thank you for the review.Could you please give some clue to find you in CCTV China ? in that way I could hear you talking. Thank you. Have a safe trip to Switzerland. Toshiyo

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

“ Wonderful Experience ”

Outstanding, she catered to our needs with two small girls. Thank you so much for showing us around the town, a must if you've never been to Kyoto before. We would have given up fighting the crowd if it were not for her.

Toshiyo:

Thank you for the review. I had a great time with you, your beautiful wife and daughters. Thank you. Please come back. Toshiyo

Vina Vina Philippines ( Family with kids )
Very Good
1 year ago

“ The Yappy's in Kyoto ”

Toshiyo our guide is punctual and very friendly. She is very knowledgable with the area and history of Kyoto. She is very accommodating.

Toshiyo:

Thank you for the review,Vina. You have a beautiful family! I hope you all had a good time in Kyoto. Are you wearing a pretty summer kimono? Hope you will come and stay in Gion area. Toshiyo

susan Susan United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Kyoto Kyoto ”

Toshiyo is a terrific guide and an intelligent, lovely woman. Touring several places in Kyoto, she was knowledgeable, flexible and resourceful. We loved spending time with her and hearing about her high school year spent in Ohio. What a brace young woman! On our next trip to Kyoto, we definitely hope to see Toshiyo.

Toshiyo:

Dear Susan Thank you for the review. You were very impressive. I had a great time with you and learned a lot. I am thinking of getting a toy poodle. Thank you. Toshiyo

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

“ Kyoto in one day ”

We are so glad to have Toshiyo to show us what we cannot see on ourprevious 3-days tour with *******: Toshiyo took us to Fushimi inari and the geikkenken sake museum then to Kiomizu dera temple and shopping areas and 2 more famous shrines that we cannot do without her expertise . She is very accommodating and plan everything perfectly to meet our request and time. Thanks Toshiyo.

Toshiyo:

Thank you for choosing me as a guide. I had a great time with you and your lovely daughters. I hope you will come back and visit more places in Japan. Thank you again. Toshiyo

terry Terry Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Thank you Toshi ”

Thanks for organizing the itinerary and pre booked the restaurant for lunch ( the best Soba restaurant )

Toshiyo:

Hi Terry Thank you for choosing my tour. I really enjoyed the time with you. A lot of cherry blossoms and the best weather. Thank you again. Toshiyo

Carolyn Carolyn United States ( Family with kids )
Very Good
1 year ago

“ Wonderful help in experiencing Kyoto! ”

Toshiyo did a wonderful job helping us decide how to best share Kyoto with our family (three boys aged 6-10). Despite some significant rain/cold weather, Toshiyo helped teach us about the great history of Kyoto's temples, shared one of her favorite soba restaurants with us, and adjusted the itinerary as the day progressed to make the best of our time together. She did a wonderful job!

Toshiyo:

Hi Carolyn and your beautiful family I am really happy to hear from you. Cold rain weather prevented the nice view of Kyoto from the monkey park,which was very sad. Hope you will come back to see more Kyoto in fall. Thank you very much. Toshiyo

Elana Elana United States ( Couple )
Very Good
1 year ago

“ Great day with Toshiyo ”

We had a lovely time with Toshiyo. Toshiyo planned our itinerary based on what was the farthest away from our hotel and what would be the hardest to get to as tourists. We were able to see 3 sights and have lunch in a 5 hour day. Toshiyo is eru knowledgeable about the history of Japan and her English is very good. If you book with her make sure to request the Soba restaurant by the river!

Toshiyo:

Dear Elena Thank you for choosing me as a guide. After walking a lot in Kyoto, I really hope you will have a good relaxing time in Onsen. Please come back again and see more in Japan. Toshiyo

mervyn Mervyn Australia ( Couple )
Very Good
1 year ago

“ A day with Toshiyo ”

Had a very enjoyable day with Toshiyo on a rainy Kyoto day. Only the weather stopped us seeing more. if you are looking for a guide in Kyoto i recommend Toshiyo.

Toshiyo:

Dear Mervyn Thank you for choosing me. I hope you enjoyed Kyoto and will come back to see more Kyoto beauty. I hope you will have good time in Takayama! Thank you! Toshiyo

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

“ Wonderful! ”

Toshiyo did a great job of showing us Kyoto. We covered the major sights all over the city, enjoyed a traditional soba noodle meal at one of her favorite spots, and learned to use the public transportation system. She enabled us to easily traverse the city for the rest of our stay, made recommendations for sights and places we would most enjoy, and helped us to better understand Japan and its wonderful peoples. We would definitely use her again.

Toshiyo:

Dear Kit Thank you very much for the review. I hope you had a great impression on Japan and Japanese people. Hope to see you again. Toshiyo

Umberto Umberto Italy ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 years ago

“ An excellent guide ”

I booked the guide for a friend of mine and his family. They told me she was a wonderful guide.

Toshiyo:

Thank you for the review. I hope your friends had a great time in Kyoto. Please come back to visit again. Toshiyo

Paul Paul Singapore ( Family with kids )
Good
2 years ago

“ Nijo Castle and Nishiki market. No castle proved to be a bit of a disappointment because it was quite bare and the paintings have been stripped for restoration. Nishiko market was very interesting. ”

It was a pleasure to have Toshiba as our guide for one morning. She was friendly, obliging and we could communicate well in English. She did a good job of taking us to the places we requested. I would happily have her as my guide again.

Toshiyo:

Hi Paul, Thank you very much for selecting me as your guide. You have a beautiful family and I hope your grandons had a good time in Tokyo Disneyland and USJ in Osaka. There are many places in Shiga, where is less crowded than Kyoto. So next time you stay in Otsu, I will drive you to quieter and prettier places. Please say hello to your lovely wife, pretty daughter, cool son-in-law. Toshiyo

Claudia Claudia Philippines ( Couple )
Excellent
2 years ago

“ Wonderful Experience in Gion ”

Our family had a wonderful time in Gion with the help of Toshiyo. Our pace was just right, especially in that we were with my 75-year old mother, and Toshiyo was flexible enough to adjust the pace. We enjoyed the Kimono experience and the sushi lunch place she had reserved for us. She is able to suggest different activities apart from the usual sight seeing.

Toshiyo:

Dear Cludia, I was really happy to know that all of your family enjoyed the tour. You have a beautiful familyand were very kind to me. You and your sister looked very pretty in kimono and your son and husband looked cool. I hope you also had a delicious time in Nishiki Market. Hope to see you again. Toshiyo

I can guide in Kyoto,Nara Osaka Koyasan and Shiga. I can also take guests to Kouyasan . I can also guide you in the evening.
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