Our trip with Zumi was great. Our trip started and ended in Osaka where our family of 6 were staying. We wanted to see as much as possible for our 1-day Nara and Kyoto trip and Zumi san was so accomodating, flexible and patient that we were able to cover all the sites we wanted to see in spite of the long drive he had to do. We even had time for a side trip he recommended, to a mochi store where you can see how the mochi was made and to buy some yummy mochi. Thank you, Zumi san!
We were in Osaka on April 11 for 1 day from a cruise ship. Zumi (Takehiko said to call him Zumi) was waiting for us at 0815 when we got out of the cruise terminal after doing immigration. I had arranged a day tour for 4 people, 1 of whom was 90 years old and who was unable to walk long distances. Our minivan was great and set up with a wheelchair. This had not been requested by me but was just wonderful. I did not realise that this tour involved a lot of walking and without the wheelchair we would have not all been able to “see the sights”. Zumi insisted on being the wheelchair “pusher” the entire day even though the distances were quite long and involved a couple of very steep hills that had to be climbed. He was fantastic. We visited Nara and saw lots of Sika deer, the most beautiful Buddhist temple and had morning tea in the museum. We then returned to Osaka and visited Osaka Castle. It is magnificent and in beautiful grounds. We all had a great day and agreed it was one of the best tours we have ever done.
We had a great day with Takehiko (Zumi-san). We left the itinerary up to him as we had previously seen some of the more easily accessible Kyoto sights. He took us out to Senzen-in, a temple in Ohara and also at our request, to a private garden that had the most spectacular display of blooming Sakura trees. He’s a great guide, highly recommend
Zumi-San was very helpful. We had a little confusion as to the area of the meeting place but once we had it sorted out, Zumi-san was the perfect aide. He helped us with our luggage cart and even guided us when we got our rail pass. We also hired Zuni-San for our shuttle to back to the airport and everything went smoothly. It helped that Zumi-San could speak English and was able to understand our needs. He also had great recommendations on places to go for sightseeing and places to eat. A perfect driver and guide.
thanks to Mr Takehiko He is so kind, helpfull and make us comfortable with his speciality in wheel chair.. my father really enjoy along the tour.. he recommend delicious food for lunch and we are really satisfied.. he push wheelchair when we visit the osaka castle.. I really recommend him for people who want to enjoy japan with wheelchair..We are amazed and greatly helped .. thanks again to Mr Takehiko.. Great...
Mr. Zumi, very patience to wait for us, when we arrived late cause our delay flight, and he drive us to all place that we want to visit on schedule, And when we want him to drop us at dotonburi, he cares about how we went back to our hotel than he write a note for us what train that we must take. Thx Mr.Zumi. We hope we will c u again at our next trip at Japan
When we arrive at Kansai Airport on the 8th of April, Zumi was waiting for us with a placard of my name. He gave us some information on where to go, etc. He's also on time when we are departing on the 16th. He arrived at our apartment at exactly 6am and drove us to Kansai Airport. Thank You, Zumi!
Mr Takehiko aka Zumi-San is an excellent guide. We had arrived in Kyoto to spend our first night at an Airbnb place that was freezing and my whole family was miserable. When Zumi-san arrived to take us on our tour and we lugged all our bags pleading him to take us to another place to check in, he was so very kind and said we could just bring all the luggage throughout the tour as there was ample space in his van. He was patient with my son who was sulking, patient with us when we stopped for photos, offered to take our photo for us at the top sights and explained about the history and culture of Kyoto. He also rushed us to Kiyomizu dera to try and catch an important annual event where the high priest would announce the Kanji character for the year that was. At the end of the tour, he dropped us off at the New Hankyu hotel where he assured us would be positively different from our first lodging. All in all, he made us feel a lot better by the end of the day and we are considering seeing him again for a tour of Osaka next week. Domo arigato gozaimasu, Zumi-san!
Our family usually has a very busy schedule when we travel. Also, we have 4 children including a toddler. Takehiko, or Zumi which he wants to be called, was very helpful and pleasant. Our family had a great and comfortable time.
Our Travel with Takehiko was so enjoyable. From pick up at our hotel to the sacred mountain of Koyasan to our departure at Shin Osaka station our expert travel guide was pleasant, flexible and accommodating. We even enjoyed a rice cake throwing ceremony as Monks and Koyasan residents thanked their local Gods & Goddess who protect the land and bring a good harvest. You won't regret spending a terrific day with this expert guide.