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Kenji

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(62) Reviews
US$ 38 Hourly rate
Reviews ( 62 )
Lisa Lisa Australia ( Friends )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ Lovely guide and very helpful! ”

Thank you so much Kenji for travelling with our group to Kibune and the beautiful temples in northern Kyoto! Thanks for your patience while we took so many photos :)

Kenji:

Dear Lisa, Thank you for your wonderful review of the customized private tour. I'm very glad that you could enjoy the tour while taking so many nice photos. I could not understand your technical terms of photography but enjoyed myself watching your skills and teaching of beautiful photography . Best regards Kenji

Ziad Ziad Lebanon ( Business )
Good
10 months ago

“ Mixed results ”

We used the services of Mr. Kenji for 5 days, and before that I had been in correspondence with him fir many months to plan those days. My experience during the planning phase is that he was very helpful and responsive, and was able to provide a lot of valuable information and options that made the planning experience much easier. On the other hand, during our actual visit there were several mistakes that significantly impacted the quality of our trip during those 5 days and in fact made them the worst in our 2 week trip to Japan: a museum that was scheduled on the day of its weekly closing; our evening with the geishas where we did not get the exact agreement we had; a full day that turned out to be a total disaster due to very bad scheduling (missed the most important shrine; missed t... read more

Kenji:

Dear Ziad, I'm very sorry for some incovenience suffering you during our tours. They are mixed with some causes. Scheduling at weekly closing of the museum was my mistake. As to dinner with gaisha girl performance we booked it correctly through our restaurant but we found it was gaisha agent's fault. We could manage to ask them additional performance through negotiation. Regarding long distance tour to ninja museum and Ise shrine etc traffic jam and inexperienced driver's routing caused delay of our itinerary resulting in missing of ninja show and shorter shrine visit. I might had better to have asked you to start our tour earlier to avoid possible traffic jam. I should have explained the comparison of Matsusaka beef in Osaka and Mie if you don't insist eating it in Mie to avoid mi... read more

Barbara Barbara United States ( Couple )
Excellent
10 months ago

“ 9 hours to see Kyoto ”

Kenji was knowledgeable, efficient, and flexible while showing us his home town of Kyoto. He expertly guided us through the Osaka subway and train stations, saving us valuable time we would have spent trying to read signs and figure out our route. He recommended okonomiyaki for lunch at a small restaurant in or near the Gion district and it was delicious!

Kenji:

Dear Barbara-san, Thank you for your excellent review of my tour. I'm very glad that you liked my home town Kyoto and my recommeded lunch. With the limited day-trip time from Osaka I managed to guide you several major tourists spots but Kyoto has plenty of sites worth visiting and facinating attractions. So I do recommed you to stay at least several days in Kyoto next time to enjoy more. Please contact me anytime if you need me in future. Best regards, Kenji

Lynn Lynn Canada ( Friends )
Excellent
10 months ago

“ A day in Osaka ”

Kenji was knowledgeable and pleasant throughout. He made a great effort to accommodate our needs. One of our group had dietary requirements and he sought out a restaurant that met those needs.

Kenji:

Dear Lynn-san, Thank you for your wonderful review of my tour. I'm very glad that you could enjoyed my guiding in Osaka. I look forward to your next chance to visit Japan in near future. Best regards, Kenji

Robert W Wiarda Robert United States ( Friends )
Excellent
11 months ago

“ Highlights of Kyoto ”

Kenjii was a very knowledgeable guide and amenable to whatever our group wanted to do. His English was good, he was happy to answer questions and we had a lovely day together.

Kenji:

Dear Robert-san, Thank you for your great review of my tour. I enjoyed myself very much to spend a wonderful time with you and your nice party. Japan is a small nation but there many tourist spots worth visiting. If you have any chance to visit Japan in future please contact with me. I can offer any customized private tour for you. Best regards, Kenji

Zachary Zachary United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Thank you very much! ”

Kenji is a great guide!

Kenji:

Dear Zachary, Thank you for your great review of my tour. I'm very happy that your clients could enjoyed my tours so much. Please contact me anytime when you have any tour request. Best regards, Kenji

Philippe Philippe Switzerland ( Family )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Great experience ”

Was a great day with kenji! a lot of information.

Kenji:

Hi Philippe-san, Thank you for your wonderful review of my tour. I could enjoy communicating with you and your nice family very much. Please contact me anytime if you have a chance to visit Japan again. Thank you again. Kenji

MARGARET MARGARET Canada ( Friends )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Excelllent Tour to Himeji Castle ”

Kenji met us at the cruise port and guided us through the JR Rail. He was informative and friendly as he guided us through Himeji Castle and Gardens. I would highly recommend him.

Kenji:

Dear Margaret, Thank you for your nice review. I'm very glad that you could enjoyed my tour of No.1 castle in Japan very much and I also could enjoyed myself spending a wonderful time with you and your party. I look forward to next chance to guide you again in Japan in future. Best regards, Kenji

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

“ Polite. professional and prompt ”

He a great custom day tour with Kenji in Himeji. He met us on time at our agreed meeting spot. We went up the Shoshazan ropeway to the Engyo-ji Temple. got up there first thing in the morning, birds were chirping and there were no other tourist in site. Kenji help show us around so we made the best use of our time up at the temple. From there he arranged for a taxi and we went to Himeji castle and then to Koko-en Gardens. We had a very nice day with him.

Kenji:

Dear Jay, Thank you for your great review of our tour in Himeji. I'm very glad that you liked it and I also enjoyed myself spending a wonderful time with you and your wife. Please contact me again if you have any chance to visit Japan in future. Best regards, Kenji

Rossana Rossana Italy ( Friends )
Very Good
1 year ago

“ beautiful Kyoto ”

Kenjii ci ha guidato alla piacevolissima scoperta di luoghi e templi che la cherry blossom ha reso magici. Abbiamo apprezzato il suo garbo, la sua discreta presenza, la sua disponibilità nell'asssecondare i nostri ritmi.

Kenji:

Dear Rossanna-san, Thank you for your great review of our tour. I'm very glad that you could enjoy the tour with full blooming of cherry blossoms. I look forward to your next visit to Japan. Best regards, Kenji

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

“ Great time in Osaka and Kyoto ”

It was very helpful to have Kenji guide us through Kyoto and Osaka. He listened to our request and made adjustments to our itinerary. We had a great time. Thank you Kenji.

Kenji:

Dear Cindy, Thank you for your great review of our tours. During 5 days in total I could manage to adjust our itinerary according to your requests with your cooperation. It was my pleasure that you enjoyed those tours and I spent a wonderful time with you and your nice family. I look forward to your next chance to visit Japan again. Best regards, Kenji

Ciselle Ciselle Singapore ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ 1 day customised Kyoto tour ”

Kenji wss able to explain to us the history of each place we visited. We started the tour ay 7.30am and had the first place in the itinerary all by ourselves!!! He proposed to take taxi in some instances to save time which is cost-effective since we are 4 in the group anyway. He communicates excellently in English and had no problems at all during the preparation of our tour details.

Kenji:

Dear Ciselle Thank you for your great review of our tour. Also thanks to your good idea to start our tour early in the morning we could appreciate the mysterious zen garden fully only by ourselves. I'm very glad that you enjoyed my tour and I could also enjoyed myself spending wonderful time with you. I look forward to your another visit to Japan in the near future. Best regards, Kenji

Johnson Johnson South Africa ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ A lovely day in Kyoto ”

Kenji-San was a fantastic guide, he met us at our hotel which was in Osaka. We had agreed an itinerary that took in four of Kyoto's key temples: Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Kiyomizudera, Kinkakuji - temple (Golden Pavilion) and Ryōan-ji Kenji-San was very well prepared, he started by confirming the itinerary with us. At every location he took time to explain the background of the shrine or temple. At Fushmina Inari Taisha he explained the significance of the Torii - a remarkable row of 100s of these structures. At Kiyomizudera the significance of the Blue Dragon, and the wish granting power of the 3 springs. Ending with Ryōan-ji was superb, it was remarkable to sit and reflect on the stone gardens, 15 stones but you can never see all 15 at once! Probably the most poignant was h... read more

Kenji:

Dear Johnson-san, What a fantastic review you gave me ! I'm really glad that you liked my guiding so much. Your review must be a strong incentive to my next tour. If you have any chance to visit Japan again please contact me anytime. I look forward to it. Best regards, Kenji

Johan Johan Australia ( Family )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Great 2 days in Kyoto ”

Kenji was an excellent guide and although some sights were closed on New Years eve we still had a great time and ate some great food.

Kenji:

Dear Johan, Thank you for your great review. I could show you off the beaten path sights in addtion to popular tourist spots as you requested. So we could luckily enjoy snow-covered scenes with a welcoming snowman in rural area of Kyoto which are very rare scenes in its central area. I'm very glad that you liked some typical Japanese food for lunch. I look forward to next your visit to Japan. Regards, Kenji

Vash Vash Australia
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Great Insight into Osaka and flexible ”

Kenji was a great tour guide. He explained the history and culture of Osaka to us and was able to amend the tour where and when needed. Kenji also helped us to sort out our JR pass for our travel in Japan and was a great help. Kenji took us to this awesome Sushi train restaurant where no one spoke English so we would not have been able to go if it was not for Kenji. Overall a great experience! Thank You Kenji

Kenji:

Dear Vash-san, Thank you for your wonderful review of my guide tour. I'm really glad to hear that you could enjoy my tour and reasonable and tasty revolving sushi sushi with sophisticated system. As we had to skip to visit a famous shrine due to incredibly long queue of people on new year holiday I will guide and explain you more about Shinto and other Japanese culture in next time. I look forward to your next chance to visit to Japan, especially to Kyoto (my hometown) ! Regards, Kenji

Rosa Rosa United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Trip to see Hemiji Castle (1) Himeji Castle + Engyoji-temple on Mt. Shoshazan ”

We booked trip with Kenji for half a day when our cruise ship arrived in Kobe. I initially asked Kenji for a tour to Nara but at the last minute we decided that we would rather see Himeji Castle. I asked him to change itinerary at the last minute. He was very positive about the change and suggested to go to see additionally Engyoji-temple on Mt. Shoshazan that I did not even know about. Our trip was great! We really enjoyed beautiful temple and fall colors on Mr. Shohazan. Kenji met us exactly on time at the ship terminal. The trip was well planned, so we were able to see both places in very short period. Kenji provided a lot of information about the sites. Answered al our questions. We really enjoyed conversations about history of Japan and learned a lot from him. Thanks Kenji! Highly rec... read more

Kenji:

Dear Rosa, Thank you for your great review of my tour. Within the limited tour time we managed to squeeze your requested spots into the itinerary. I wish we could have more extra time to show you our atractive spots in details. Anyway I'm very glad that you could enjoy the tour. I highly recommend you to stay longer next time so that I will be able to explain you more about our culture and history in addtion to enjoy tasty local delicacy. Best regards, Kenji

Andy Andy United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ An enjoyable day in Kyoto ”

Kenji was very prompt, patient and professional. He explained the history of places that we visited, took us through secret routes for pictures and great local restaurant for dons. I would highly recommend Kenji as your guide.

Kenji:

Dear Andy, Thank you for your great review of my tour and compliment. I'm very glad that you could enjoyed my tour and local delicacy. I also could enjoy spending a wonderful time with you and your nice family. As Japan has various charms in each season I recommend you to visit my country in different season next time. Thanks, Kenji

Shannon Shannon United States
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Zen and learning in Kyoto ”

Kenji was absolutely fantastic! He is knowledgeable, kind, and has a great personality. We were a group of 6 and we all loved spending the day with him. He is truly a plethora of information and everything we could have hoped for. Thank you, Kenji for a wonderful day🙏🏼

Kenji:

Dear Shannon-san, Thank you for your wonderful review of our tour. I'm very glad that I could show you profound zen world through dry landscape gardens and the culture and history of Kyoto and all of you liked them. Of course I could enjoy myself spending great time with all of you. If you will have any plan to visit Japan in future, please contact me so as to customize any tour to meet your needs. Best regards, Kenji

DEB and STAN DEB United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Attentive Careful Guide ”

We hired Triple Lights and Kenji to meet us at the port in Kobe. He was there when we arrived and guided us through the day of visiting Temples and Shrines. He handed us a detailed schedule for the day, and it worked out exactly as he had described, including finding a restaurant to meet my dietary needs. His English is very good and he is very pleasant.

Kenji:

Dear DEB-san, Thank you for your wonderful review of my tour. It was my great pleasure that you could enjoy the tour and my guiding. Of course I also enjoyed very much. As you know Kyoto has a lot of places to see you should spend longer next time. Regards, Kenji

Linda Linda United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Himeji trip ”

Very informative day. We appreciated Kenji showing us some beautiful parts of a beautiful country.

Kenji:

Dear Linda, Thank you for your great review of my Himeji tour. I'm very glad that you liked our historical sites and their scenic beauty. I also enjoyed guiding you and your husband very much. I look forward to your next chance to visit Japan. Regards, Kenji

Christian Christian Switzerland ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ The perfect guide! ”

Kenji was the perfect guide for my wife and me. Kenji is super friendly and knows everything about Kyoto and its sights. He made a great program for the two days with all major sights. Kenji is extremely prepared and even knows nice spots for lunch. Thank you Kenji it was very interesting and always fun to spend time with you.

Kenji:

Dear Chris-san, Thank you for your great review of my tour. I'm so glad that you could enjoy my tour and I also enjoyed spending a wonderful time with you for two days. As Kyoto is my hometown please contact me anytime. I look forward to your next visit to Japan in future. Best regards, Kenji

Claudia Claudia United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 years ago

“ Kyoto tour ”

We spent a wonderful full day with Kenji who showed us everything that we planned to see. It was a customized tour taht we both “designed”. He welcomed us at the Jr station where we got a printed itinerary with exact time at each stop. Kenji was very courteous, helpful, knowledgeable and very well organized. We enjoyed every minute of the tour. He answered all our questions about customs and even thought us a little of Japanese during our lunch! We would recommend him to our friends.

Kenji:

Claudia-san, Thank you for your great review of my tour. I'm very glad to hear that you satisfied my tour and of course I could enjoy spending a wonderful time with you and your family. I'm also glad to have gotten your many questions which proved your curiosity about our culture, religion and society etc. As you know Japan has distinctive four seasons and various regions with their charms attracting visitors. I look forward to your next chance to visit Japan. Thanks, Kenji

Jonathan and Mei Jonathan United Kingdom ( Couple )
Excellent
2 years ago

“ Osaka in A Day ”

Kenji-san was good fun, and we spent a very comprehensive day with him as our guide in Osaka. As Japan was experiencing a heatwave, we had to make extra pit stops for resting and hydrating so that stretched the day a little more than the agreed hours but Kenji-san was relaxed about it and made us feel easy and unpressurised by the slight delay. All in all, a very good overview of Osaka in one day.

Kenji:

Jonathan-san Thank you for your great review of my tour. I'm very glad you could enjoy my tour in spite of record heat in Osaka. I defintely recommend you to visit Japan in more comfortable seasons next time. I'm also very surprised that we were reunited in Fushimi Inari coincidentally by its divine miracle power. I look forward to your next visit to Japan. Thanks, Kenji

David David United States ( Family )
Very Good
2 years ago

“ Navigating Kyoto ”

Kenny is very knowledgeable about Kyoto and Japanese history and culture. He had a notebook that shows the history of the various emperors and shoguns, he also illustrated the high lights of the various sights and venues we visited. He shepherded us from one location to another quickly and efficiently. The weather was brutally hot and humid, but Kenji went along with our suggestion to change the itinerary to move indoors and complete the day earlier than planned.

Kenji:

Dear David, Thank you for your great review. I wish I could have had more comfortable time to explain about our culture and history related to the spots we visited but it was too hot and humid to walk around outside on the tour day. I recommend you to visit Kyoto again in better seasons and stay over nights so as to enjoy the various charms of the city. Please contact me anytime if you have any chance to come to Japan. Regards, Kenji

Leanne Leanne United States ( Family )
Very Good
2 years ago

“ A good overview of Kyoto ”

Kenji was very pleasant and knowledgeable, and we enjoyed our day with him. We did have occasional challenges with his English unlike our other guides in Japan. But overall very pleased with the areas we visited. I would forewarn people who visit Kyoto with TripleLights to be aware of the additional costs involved for the tour. We spent between $90-$100USD for taxi fares, entrance fees and lunch for us and the guide (2 of us total and 1 guide). Low cost subways are not available in Kyoto like in Tokyo, so it adds to the overall cost of the trip. Helps to know in advance so can bring sufficient amount of cash. But overall, a very nice tour and enjoyed our time with Kenji.

Kenji:

Dear Leanne, Thank you for your nice review of my tour. My tours usually use public transportation and need walking to some extent but I also use taxi occasionally by guest's request for saving walking and time. I'm sorry but Kyoto don't have so well-networked and low cost subways as Tokyo I'm relieved to hear that you could enjoy my tour overall. Thank you, Kenji

Marlow Marlow United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 years ago

“ Prepared, organized and thoughtful ”

Kenji was so organized with planning our two days together. He carefully took all of our input and planned perfect days for the three of us (age 14 to 77). My mother has challenging food allergies and he carefully selected restaurants to accommodate her. He is kind and knowledgeable! We highly recommend him for your tour days.

Kenji:

Dear Marlow, Thank you for your great review of my tour. I'm really glad to hear that you and your family could enjoy my guiding tour including selected vegetarian restaurant. I could also spend wonderful time with you. Please contact me anytime if you have next chance to visit Japan again. Best regards, Kenji

Miranda Miranda Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
2 years ago

“ Great day in Kyoto ”

We had a great day with Kenji in Kyoto. We saw all the main sights . We only had one day so we asked him to fit as much as he could into one day. He was very informative but also fun. We had a great lunch at a local noodle restaurant. I would recommend Kenji as a tour guide.

Kenji:

Dear Miranda, Thank you for your great review of my tour. I'm really glad to hear that you satisfied the tour and I also enjoyed myself spending wonderful time with you and your husband. Please contact me anytime when visiting Japan next time. Thanks, Kenji

Volker Volker Germany ( Friends )
Very Good
2 years ago

“ Very sympathic and knowlegable person, speaks good Englusch, recommendable. ”

Anytime again

Kenji:

Dear Volker, Thank you for your nice review of my tour. It was my great pleasure to have guided you for two days. I could spend wonderful time with you including talking over local beer at the end of tour. Please contact me anytime when you have next chance to visit Japan. Thanks, Kenji

ANNA ANNA Greece ( Friends )
Excellent
2 years ago

“ KYOTO WITH A TWIST ”

WE MET KENJI AT OUR HOTEL AS PLANNED ... ONE OF OUR GROUP HAD A MAJOR PROBLEM WITH A TOOTH AND WE HAD TO MAKE AN EMERGENCY APPOITMENT AT A DENTIST ... KENJI DEALT WITH ALL THE ORGANISATION AND SAVED THE DAY !!! WHEN OUR DAY ACTUALLY STARTED KENJI WAS VERY QUICK TO RESCHEDULE EVERYTHING AND THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE WAS EXCELLENT !!! IN THE EVENING WE HAD ASK FOR A TRADITIONAL MEAL IN KYOTO .. THIS EXPERIENCE WAS UNIQUE AND HIS SUGGESTION WAS MORE THAN WE COULD HAVE HOPED FOR .... A LOVELY WAY TO END THE DAY ... A BRILLIANT DAY IN ALL ... MUCH APPRECIATED .. THANK YOU KENJI !!

Kenji:

Dear Anna, Thank you for your great tour review and compliment. I'm very glad that we could manage to deal with your tooth problem by visiting a dentist for emergency treatment. I'm also glad that we could visit most of schduled spots quickly even after the tooth problem with your cooperation. Lastly we could have a tasty "late lunch" at the end of our tour with relaxed and traditional mood. I look forward to another chance to guide you in future. Best regards, Kenji

Lee Lee United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 years ago

“ He really went the extra mile!!!!! ”

Mr. Kanji took us on an unusual experience which we requested We wanted to visit the town where my wife's mother was raised. It is not a typical tourist destination. We were very nervous because of the emotional experience as well as we do not speak Japanese. From the beginning he helped us relax. He was very organized and seemed to have all the answers. So I asked if he had ever taken any other people to the same place. He said no but he had made the trip earlier just to prepare. I was amazed! He continued to impress us with his knowledge of where we were going and every aspect of Japanese culture we asked about. And we asked a lot of random questions. As I have said, we were not in a typical tourist area for Americans, almost nothing was in English. We visited the Toyooka Municipal Museu... read more

Kenji:

Dear Lee, Thank you for your wonderful tour review and compliment. It was my great pleasure that I could help your memorial trip to your wife's mother's town. I'm very glad to hear that my preparation of impressive English video of "Living with the Oriental White Stork" helped deepen your experience. I appreciate you that you gave me a chance to visit such a nice city coexisting with nature for guiding you and your nice family. I look forward to next possible chance in future. Best regards, Kenji

Gene Gene United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 years ago

“ A Great Day in Nara - Thanks to Kenji ”

We had an excellent day with Kenji. He met us at our hotel in Kyoto and traveled with us to Nara. He did a great job of providing us with valuable cultural, historical, and religious information and understanding throughout the day. He is a great person to listen to and to learn from. Thank you for an excellent day!

Kenji:

Dear Gene, Thank you for your wonderful review of my tour and compliment. I'm really glad to hear that you could enjoy my guiding in Nara. If l have any chance I will show you around other cites next time. Best regards, Kenji

Carol Carol United States ( Friends )
Excellent
2 years ago

“ Osaka: best day guide experience on my trip to Japan ”

Kenji showed us all the highlights of this Japanese city by public transportation Each city stop gave me a personal insight into Japanese history, castle architecture, and the local food.

Kenji:

Dear Carol, Thank you for your great review of my tour in Osaka. I'm really glad to hear that you could deepen the knowledge of Japan and enjoy local delicacy. Japan has various spots worth visiting for their scenic beauty and culture in each season. I look forward to your next visit to our country. Regards Kenji

Todd Todd United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 years ago

“ Very satisfied ”

My wife and I spent a wonderful day with Kenji in Kyoto recently. From the moment Kenji and I started communicated, he was very open and very easy to deal with. We reviewed what we were interested in seeing, and then Kenji designed a tour that fit our needs. Unlike other tourguides we have experienced, Kenji then stuck with the itinerary, allowing us to see everything we had discussed. His English was excellent, and he gave us a good balance of history and current information. He kept it interesting, without making it feel like we were in school. In short, I would highly recommend Kenji as a guide.

Kenji:

Dear Todd, Thank you for your great review and compliment. I'm really glad to hear that you enjoyed my tour so much. I could also enjoyed to spend a wonderful time with you and your wife. Please contact me anytime if you have a chance to come back to Japan. Regards, Kenji

Kathie Kathie United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 years ago

“ Kenji was our "Life Saver" as we struggled through purchasing tickets for the bullet train! ”

Kenji was a delightful tour guide - well prepared with graphics and learning materials for us. He made excellent use of our time in Osaka, despite the additional planning challenges of a rainy day. Thanks to Kenji's guidance and interpretation skills, we successfully made our way to Tokyo Airport for our return trip home.

Kenji:

Dear Kathie, Thank you for your great review of my guiding. I'm really glad to hear that you liked the partially modified itinerary due to rainy day and made a successful trip to the airports. I'm also glad that you all loved my recommended ramen and completed Ukiyoe workshop. I look forward to your next chance to visit Japan in the future. Thanks, Kenji

Apple Pia Apple Philippines ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 years ago

“ A tour to remember ”

We had the most memorable tour with Mr.Kenji. Not only everything was perfect, but we felt, in our tour that he truly take cared of us, especially with my 2 kids, he helped me look after them every moment of our tour, He is very polite and very patient to my 2 moody kids and he is very punctual, he arrives 30mins before the time that we said, He did his best to make our trip memorable, the cherry blossom that time is already over but he researched where we can see it, i was very happy that healso brought us to Hankyu where we saw cherry blossoms,there's more, wherever we go, he explains well about the history of the place that is why we learned a lot from this tour, For us, it is something we will remember for the rest of their life, Doumo Arigatou😊

Kenji:

Dear Apple, Thank you for your wonderful review of my tours and compliment. I'm very happy to hear that you could enjoyed my tours. We were so lucky that we could visit the best place in Osaka with full-blooming cherry blossoms and fine weather while the peak of cherry blossom viewing was over at most other places. It was great memory for me to have spent wonderful time with you and your children for 2.5 days. I look forward to your next chance to visit Japan in the future. Thanks, Kenji

jill Jill Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
2 years ago

“ Comprehensive, dignified and a real pleasure. ”

At the Blue dragon statue at the entrance to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kenzi-san showed us a graphic of key areas around the temple and eras of Japan history. We learned so much from him and he guided us to a bit hard to find areas and lanes, winding down to Gion. We started early in the day and we were just so happy to be guided by Kenzi -san and he listened to our requirements. We heard the difference between Buddhism and Zen Buddhism and he indicated various symbols of shintoism outside houses. He showed us good view points to photograph. After a superb noodle lunch we concluded our tour, with terrific memories of this area of Kyoto. We cannot recommend this wonderful gentleman more highly. Thank you very much Kenzi-san.

Kenji:

Dear Jill, Thank you for your compliment. It was my great pleasure to guide you in Kyoto though it was only half-day tour. I'm very glad that you could enjoy my tour very much and I also enjoyed myself with you very much. I look forward to your next visit to Japan. I will show you another charms of the city and delicious local delicacies. Please contact me anytime so that I will be able to customize any tour for you. Regards, Kenji

Anna Anna United States ( Couple )
Very Good
2 years ago

“ A wonderful day in Kyoto ”

Had an excellent walking tour around the Arashiyama area, , wonderful guide, good English, fun day

Kenji:

Dear Anna, Thank you for your wonderful review of my private tour. I could enjoy guiding you around Arashiyama area at the peak of cherry blossom viewing season. Please contact me anytime if you have a next chance to visit Japan. Regards, Kenji

Caroline Caroline Indonesia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 years ago

“ Highly recommended ”

There were 11 of us travelling in Osaka and Kenji made sure no one were left behind. He is very nice, polite, friendly but not too chatty and we were very happy with him.

Kenji:

Dear Caroline, Thank you for your nice review. I'm very glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour. I'm sorry that Kaiyukan was too crowded to enjoy and explain enough due to year end holiday. I look forward to your next visit to Japan in future. Thanks, Kenji

DOROTHY DOROTHY United States ( Friends )
Excellent
2 years ago

“ Kenji in Kyoto ”

We had a very nice time with Kenji. He guided our group of 9 with ease and care. Not having a flag, but we were able to keep up. Could not have done it on our own with the maze of trains and buses. Thank you Kenji!

Kenji:

Dear Dorothy, Thank you for your great review. I appreciated your group cooperation despite of no flag with me. We managed to complete our tour even in a tight schedule. I enjoyed guiding your nice party. I expect your next tour with my new flag for a large group. Thanks, Kenji

Elisabeth Elisabeth United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 years ago

“ Kenji is a pleasant guide! ”

Kenji is well organized and helped us plan the sites to visit before hand. He also suggested several (lunch)restaurants before hand for us to select from. He was flexible and accommodating, and included an extra site that we were interested in visiting. He is pleasant company. We would never have seen as much of the city without him.

Kenji:

Dear Elisabeth, Thank you for your wonderful review of our tours in Kyoto. Despite of rainy weather due to typhoon, I'm very glad you could enjoy the tours with satisfaction. I also enjoyed very much to guide such a nice couple like you and your husband. I will make any tour to meet your interest and needs if you have a chance to visit Japan again. Regards, Kenji

PETER PETER United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 years ago

“ Tour of Kyoto ”

Kenji is an excellent guide. We enjoyed spending time together.

Kenji:

Dear Peter, Thank you for your great review of my tour. I enjoyed spending a wonderful time with you and Vita too. I was also very surprised at your skillfull magic shows. I'm expecting your next visit to Japan in future. Thanks, Kenji

Janet Janet United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 years ago

“ Great day in Kyoto ”

Kanji is the perfect tour guide. He promptly met us at the ship and proceeded to guide us through the trains to Kyoto. He had the days activities well planned and made sure that we flowed the plan and got us back to the ship on time. I would highly recommend Kenji.

Kenji:

Dear Janet, Thank you for your great review of my tour. I appreciate the cooperation of your party to go forward on time in spite of tight schedule. I recommend you to stay for several days in Kyoto next time so as to visit many popular spots and enjoy various attractions and local delicacy. Please make a contact with me anytime. Best regards Kenji

Igor Igor United States ( Couple )
Horrible
2 years ago

“ Kyoto Japan guide ”

I’m very disappointed with our Kenji guide. 1. Very limited English speaking and understanding. 2. Very limited history city and country knowledge 3. He was taking advantage of us to use ours expense on lot of things: like restaurant, he recommended very extensive 2,5 hours lunch, taxi instant train or bus. 4. He was paid for 9 hr and we visited one place and only 7hr. 5. Most of the time I was doing the talking asking questions and received very limited explanation. 6. I’m expecting to get a full refund.

Kenji:

Dear Igor, I'm sorry for your disappointment. I'm afraid that there are some misunderstandings. I thought you agreed basically with my initial itinerary of Kyoto tour because of your formal booking. I wish I could have had any modification from you if you don't like any part of my proposed itinerary in advance so that I could get ready more properly. I can of course modify the itinerary according to changes of guest's request on the spot but I felt some difficulty after your refusing all alternative options available which are popular among foreign tourists. I think we used some taxi with your agreement. I booked my recommended tempura restaurant with good reputation after your agreement of price. I misunderstood your feeling because you looked enjoying your meal while watching che... read more

KEVIN KEVIN United States
Excellent
2 years ago

“ Osaka Shopping Tour ”

Kenji was an excellent guide that customized our tour to take us to both shopping areas and supermarkets. He did a great job researching and finding the stores that we wanted to go to.

Kenji:

Dear Kevin, Thank you for your great review of my tour. As it was a rare tour without visiting any main temple,shrine or castle, I'm very glad to hear that you liked and enjoyed the tour. Please contact me any time if you have a next chance to visit Japan with your family. I will customize any tour enjoyable for your family. Thanks, Kenji

Billy Billy United States
Excellent
3 years ago

“ Energetic and fun ”

Knowledgeable, energetic and fun. Highly recommend!

Kenji:

Dear Billy, Thank you for your wonderful review. Your review must charge new energy to me towards next tour ! Thanks, Kenji

Sandra Sandra Canada ( Family with kids )
Excellent
3 years ago

“ What a sweet man! ”

Kenji is all smiles when he's working, makes you feel very relaxed. We really enjoyed spending time with him, would absolutely recommend!

Kenji:

Dear Sandra Thank you for your compliment. It was my great pleasure to have guide such a nice family as you and your daughters. I'm also glad that you liked the pug café and festive mood of Gion Festival. I expect your next chance to visit Japan , especially Kyoto again. Thanks,Kenji

Bernard Bernard United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 years ago

“ Great Day with Excellent Guide ”

Dear Kenji. Marta and I had a memorable day with you going from one end to the other if Kyoto and learning the history and seeing the sites. You were well organized and thorough in explanations and a pleasure to be with. Thank you.

Kenji:

Dear Marta and Bernard, Thank you for your great review of my tour. I'm very glad to hear that you could enjoy my tour and I also enjoyed to guide you very much. I expect your next chance to return to Japan for another enjoyable tour. Thanks, Kenji

Kevin Kevin United States ( Couple )
Very Good
3 years ago

“ Good time with Kenji ”

Kenji was fun to experience the site of Kyoto with. He was very nice and accommodating our needs and tourist shopping breaks. He had some difficulty answering some of our questions, but he was very nice and a joy to spend the day with.

Kenji:

Dear Kevin Thank you for your nice reveiw of my tour. I also enjoyed to spend wonderful time with you. As Kyoto has various popular sightseeing spots and attractions I expect your next visit in future. Thanks, Kenji

Peggy Peggy United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
3 years ago

“ Awesome Time in Osaka! ”

We had a wonderful time in Osaka. Kenji was very friendly, personable, accommodating, and patient with us. We had made some last minute changes to the itinerary and Kenji was very flexible and adaptive to switching things around. He spoke English very well and is very knowledgeable about the history and culture. We did not feel rushed and most importantly my kids loved him. He also helped us pick out some great spots for lunch and dinner - as we wanted to try restaurants and cuisine that more of the locals would do. We would highly recommend anyone looking to use Kenji as a tour guide in Japan! When we are back in Japan to visit again we would definitely use Kenji as a tour guide again! Thank you Kenji for showing us Osaka!! All the best, Jimmy and Peggy

Kenji:

Dear Jimmy and Peggy, Thank you for your long and wonderful review of my tour. It was my great pleasure to have guided your nice family in Osaka and I also enjoyed myself very much. I expect next chance to guide you in near future. I can customize any private tour to meet your needs. Best regards, Kenji

Grace Grace Singapore ( Family )
Very Good
3 years ago

“ Patient and Knowledage guide ”

We had Kenji for our day tour in Osaka on 12 April 2017. Despite a rainy day, we enjoyed ourselves with Kenji's planned itinerary and also his services. He was patient with our questions and shared with us the history of the Osaka Castle and the Sho-guns - making the Castle visit interesting. We liked the Cherry blossom mint - there are so many types of cherry blossoms. Because of the rain, it was difficult to take picture as it was too cold and wet. Also, we had to keep moving so that the place will not jam up. As we were making our way to Kyoto after the tour and had requested Kenji to bring us to the Osaka station and showed us the Kyoto train platform. Kenji gladly agreed and he personally led us to the Kyoto train platform. He also made sure we were aware of the timing of the next... read more

Kenji:

Dear Grace Thank you for your polite and wonderful review of the private tour. Regarding to cherry blossom viewing it was the best timing and place in Osaka especially at Osaka Mint. It was shame for us that the better weather could have made it much more enjoyable. I hope you could spend good time in Kyoto as well. I expect your next visit to Japan again in future. thanks, Kenji

Tessa Marie Tessa Philippines ( Family with kids )
Excellent
3 years ago

“ Kenji is a patient and knowledgeable guide ”

Kenji arrived an hour early from our departure time and patiently waited for us at the lobby of our apartment. He showed us shrine, temples, observatory deck and Hep Ferris Wheel. He's very thoughtful - he made sure we ride an elevator instead of stairs so that my Dad will not tire easily. He also gave us a gift -a pad origami papers for each of us. In return, my children made fortune teller and crane (out of the origami paper he gave us) as a remembrance from them. We hope that you will keep the photo we gave you to remember us. Hope to get your service again when we go to Japan.

Kenji:

Dear Tessa, Thank you for your great review. I'm very glad that you and your family could enjoy the private tour. I was so surprised to find that your children were already good at folding origami paper when I gave it to them. The paper crafts they gave to me became my nice remembrance. I'll also keep the nice photo with your family as a treasure and look forward to seeing you again. I hope your wishes with "five big power" will come true by your next visit to Japan. Thanks again, Kenji

Paola Paola Monaco ( Friends )
Very Good
3 years ago

“ Wowww, lovely trip! ”

Kenji has been a very useful guide, we couldn't have travelled without his suggestions and precious support: train and bus timetable, common life tips and zen or religious information, just 3 fields he perfectly share with us. Thanks, Kenji!

Kenji:

Dear Paola, Thank you for your wonderful review of our trip. I'm very glad to have completed 7 days tour safely and enjoyably. I also could enjoy guiding your party and having friendly communication I hope you will be able to visit Japan again in future to enjoy more . Thanks, Kenji

Lynn Lynn Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
3 years ago

“ Informative and enjoyable ”

Kenji did an excellent job of compiling a tour for my family taking into consideration what we particularly wished to see in the time available. We visited major cultural sites such as Fushimi Inari shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple as well as walking through interesting areas such as Gion, Niseki markets and Arashiyama Bamboo Forest. His choice of restaurant for our lunch was appreciated as it was housed in a traditional building, in an area we would never have found by ourselves and served delicious Japanese food. Kenji was very organised. He purchased our rail tickets before meeting us and provided us with a timeline to explain the historical periods of Kyoto. I would highly recommend Kenji if you are considering a tour of Kyoto.

Kenji:

Dear Lynn Thank you for your excellent review. I'm very glad that you and your family enjoyed my private tour in Kyoto. I could also enjoyed guiding you and your nice family. As you know Japan is a small nation but there are so many spots to visit and things to experience for each season especially in Kyoto. I hope you will be able to visit Japan again and enjoy more in near future. Thanks, Kenji

Genevieve Genevieve Philippines ( Family )
Excellent
3 years ago

“ Osaka Day tour with Kenji ”

Kenji was very patient with me from the planning stage to the day of the tour. He was flexible and easy to talk to. I highly recommend him for your future tours. Thank you Kenji :-)

Kenji:

Dear Genevieve Thank you for your compliment. I really enjoyed guiding you and your nice family. I'm also still enjoying tasty sweets given to me. I hope you will be able to revisit Japan some day. Thanks, Kenji

Rebecca Rebecca ( Family with kids )
Very Good
4 years ago

Very nice and responsible.

Kenji:

Hi Rebecca Thank you for your great review. I really enjoyed guiding you and your nice family for three days. I was glad to see that you liked our culture and food. I hope you will be able to revisit Japan in future. thanks, Kenji

Mary Nathalie Rose Mary Philippines ( Family with kids )
Excellent
4 years ago

Kenji was very helpful and he came really prepared. He listened to all our requests for our customized tour and gave us quite a memorable day! :) He also assisted us in procuring Japanese souvenirs/collectibles that we really want to bring home. He even went beyond and gave us helpful information about some other places we want to see but cannot fit into our day anymore. We highly recommend Kenji to anyone who needs a guide in this area. :)

Kenji:

Dear Jingle Thank you for your wonderful review. I'm very happy to have been able to help you and your nice family enjoy at each destination. It was one of the most memorable thing for me that your two daughters both could be surprisingly selected from audience and experience sword fighting lesson at Kyoto Studio Park. As you know Japan has lots of sightseeing spots and attractions Please contact me any time if you have any other chance to visit Japan. Thanks, Kenji

Very Good
4 years ago

Very good schedule. We covered several sites within one day. Traveling via bus and trains wad an interesting experience.

Kenji:

Dear Leopoldo, Thank you for your nice review. I'm very glad that you could enjoy my highlight tour. As Kyoto is so picturesque and fascinating city that I strongly recommend you to revisit if you have any chance. Best regards, Kenji

Rod Rod United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
4 years ago

We very much enjoyed our time with Kenji. We especially appeciated his written summary of Japanese history which helped put our visits into perspective. And his understanding of history, which was greater than other guides we have used, made each site more meaningful. He was very flexible and focused on sites most meaningful to us. He also took us to lunch at a wonderful traditional Japanese restaurant. I would strongly recommend Kenji if you want to see and understand Kyoto.

Kenji:

Rod, Thank you for your compliment. It was my great pleasure to have guided you and your family. Your comments encourage me to guide next guests with confidence. As Kyoto has various spots to visit and attractions to enjoy in each season, I expect your next visit in future. Best regards, Kenji

Ingrid Ingrid Italy
Excellent
4 years ago

Our tour with Kenji has been great! He was very well organized with the program of the day and the transports. He booked for us a very special restaurant for lunch in which we spent a very good time eating and watching cooking tempura. In one day we have been able to see 5 of the most known places in Kyoto with very good explanations. We are really happy of the service!

Kenji:

Dear Ingrid, Thank you for your wonderful comments. I'm very glad to hear that you enjoyed my tour so much. Kyoto has various attractions, local delicacy and sightseeing spots to enjoy. I hope your next visit in future. Thanks, Kenji

Sahar Sahar ( Family with kids )
Excellent
4 years ago

Kenji was absolutely great. We had 2 small kids with us and he was patient and genuinely a kind person. Also his tour was great and he managed to fit in and explain to us the important highlights of each place we visited. Highly recommend him. You won't be disappointed greats you with an open smile and is great at his job!

Kenji:

Dear Sahar Thank you for giving me great review. I'm very glad to hear that you enjoyed the private tour. I could also enjoy spending wonderful time with you and your family. I expect your next visit to Japan in future. Thanks, Kenji

Michael Michael United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
4 years ago

My teenage daughter and I recently spent a day with Kenji touring the major sites of Kyoto. I found him to be extremely well-prepared, knowledgeable, friendly and flexible. His English was excellent and he was a terrific ambassador for a fascinating city and country. I heartily recommend taking a tour with him. But be prepared for a lot of walking! We were exhausted by the end of the day!

Kenji:

Dear Michael Thank you for your wonderful comments. I'm very glad to hear that you enjoyed my tour very much. And your comment reminds me that my tour would be good for guest's health because of enough walk. As you know Kyoto is a fascinating city having lots of things to see and experience. I'm expecting your next visit in future.

Chris Chris Australia
Excellent
5 years ago

Kenji was an informative and charming guide who went to great lengths to show us Osaka. Our itinerary was full of interesting sights and our tour actually lasted for more than ten hours which was great value. We would recommend Kenji to anyone.

Kenji:

Chris Thank you for your wonderful message. I'm very glad to hear that you liked my private tour through many interest sightseeing spots and beautiful Ukiyoe experience course ( you all did really good job ! ) I also enjoyed myself very much to spend with all of you. Please have a safe and enjoyable remaining trip and come back to Japan again some day.

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