Hello, my name is Mana. I am a National Licensed Tour Guide in English. I was born and raised in Kyoto. I worked for Kyoto Prefectural Police Headquarters.I know a lots about Kyoto's cultures and festivals . I am good at walking. After I got married, I have been in Shiga for over 30 years.I work for at high school as a part time teacher. I am flexible in Kyoto and Shiga. See you soon!
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Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Thank you Mana for an incredible two days. What we covered in that time would have taken us at least a week to see if we were by ourselves, time we didn't have since we were only in Kyoto for four days. Your command of the public transport system in all forms was amazing. (I had no idea Randen existed). Thank you for walking up Mt Inari with us, the kimonos, the tea ceremony and textiles and for also including the suprise stop at the station near the sake brewery. I could keep going with the highlights but this review would end up being very, very long so I'd like to finish by saying, Mana, you are a friendly and informative guide with a great sense of humour and we thank you for the time and thought you put in to the tours. You are a lovely lady and I wish you all the best for the future. Okini arigato.
Mana arranged a tour to meet my particular interests, although this was difficult as many places are closed in January. Mana adapted the itinerary and we had an interesting tour, Mana did lots of preparation to cover background information. I agree with some of the comments made by other reviewers, but Mana herself told me she is not an interpreter; however her English is sufficient for general guiding and conversation. Mana was very friendly and went out of her way to help me enjoy the trip and was not fazed even when I felt unwell.
If you short on time and want to understand Kyoto book a tour with Mana. She lives in the area, was born here and you feel with her as if history of the town is personal. I would never believe that you can succeed in seeing so much with public transport but Mana does it. I provided my preferences and priorities and she packed it all in a tremendous plan, but in spite of the density we never felt rushed or lack of time. Her English may be not from Oxford, but that gives it even more flavor and you can understand more about the culture. We got explanations on life of Geisha's, how people married in the past and today. Mana carries supportive material with her to visualize many things around the sites you visit. In the overpriced Japan she charges a very modest price and provides great value,
Mana-san was kind and generous. She even gave me a small gift of Kanji cards and a hand towel. However, much as I think she is a nice lady who is genuinely concerned about her guests, I found her lacking in experience. Things did not start well at first. I was early and waited till past the designated meeting time. It was only after some time that I noticed a lady who looked like she was dressed to go walking that I decided to approach her and found her to be Mana-san. I later learnt that she assumed I would not "look like Japanese" because she had previously guided Indians from Singapore and assumed I would be the same. She should have carried a board with my name on it, but she did not. Her level of spoken English could also be improved, even if by a little. I would very much like to give her a higher rating but I'm afraid I can't do so for now. Perhaps given a little time and experience, she will become a better guide than what I experienced.
Mana Is a lovely lady and put a lot of effort into providing us with an interesting and enjoyable few days. She was always prompt and knew her way round the transport system very well. My huaband has a problem with his feet which means he has to walk very slowly and she was very patient and considerate in this regard. We have given her 5 stars because of the enormous amount of effort she put in and her adaptability with David's foot problem. However, the one drawback was that, whilst the breadth of her English vocabulary is good, her pronunciation is not always as good and she is sometimes quite difficult to understand. This made conversation quite difficult on some occasions and therefore quite hard work. Despite the slight language issue, we would definitely recommend Mana, she was kind, considerable and very knowledgeable about her country. Thank you Mana