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Takatoshi

Licensed Guide
(29) Reviews
US$ 33 Hourly rate
Reviews ( 29 )
Grace Grace United States
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Nara and Ikaruga ”

Takatoshi made our trip very memorable! He was kind, patient and knowledgeable. His itinerary was great and we ended the tour trying Japanese tapas style dishes pairing with Sake. I highly recommend him! Thank you very much Takatoshi! :-)

Takatoshi:

Thank you very much for your kind review. I have also enjoyed the tour with both of you visiting places and having sake at that time. As mentioned, Nara has several cities and places to where you have to visit like Asuka etc. as for the foundation area of Japan. You are always welcome and looking forward to visiting again in Nara.

Debra Debra United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Fabulous Kyoto Tour ”

Takatoshi is a wonderful guide! He is knowledgeable, thoughtful, and so ready to share his love for his country and culture. We spent the day touring many sites in Kyoto and learned so much. We toured beautiful gardens and mastered the subway system. He’s totally fluent in English and our day was an enjoyable learning experience. We highly recommend him!

Takatoshi:

Dear Debra san, Thank you for your nice comment to my tour yesterday. I really appreciate it and have also enjoyed tour time with your member. Hopefully, we will see you again anywhere in this small world. I wish your safely back to your home as well as your and your family's good health and prosperity in future.

Nathalie Nathalie Singapore ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Very great guide for discovering a bit of Japan ”

We spent one day of visit in Kyoto with Takatoshi. He knows a lot about history and the different tips along the road. We had a great English discussion about any topics. We do recommend Takatoshi who also walked with us to a really nice Sake local place. Hope to see you again in Japan

Takatoshi:

Thank you for your positive review to my tour in Kyoto. It was also nice time for me during the tour. I convince that you have spent great days in Japan , how was in Fukuoka ? Hope you had a nice time at Yakitori restaurant . I wish you and your family's prosperity in future and see you again anyplace in this small globe.

David David United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Awesome day in Nara! ”

This was such a great day in Nara. Takatoshi took us all over, showing us the highlights and adding a lot of history and depth at each location. He was able to answer every question we had about the different places with great detail which I really liked. He also knows the city since he lives in the area and was able to take us to cool places that I would never have even known existed. His English proficiency is also one of the best we had in Japan which makes a huge difference. If you are thinking of doing a half day/day in Nara, hire Takatoshi. Seriously, you will not regret it.

Takatoshi:

Thank you for your positive and kind comment to my Nara tour. I really appreciate having a time with you and your wife on that day, though the temperature was more than 32 degree and high humid . If we could have more time, I would be glad to show you other places, but I will expect your next opportunity among any city in the west Japan. I wish your nice further journey in Japan and your safely back to your home. I have already sent pictures taken by me to you address. Hope you have well received it.

CHETAN CHETAN India ( Family with kids )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Enthralling Experience Of Nara with Takatoshi san.. ”

Takatoshi san, the licensed Guide at Nara took us around Nara. His experience and knowledge about this ancient capital of Japan elevates our understanding of this land that was the center of administration during the Asuka period. The Land of the Rising Sun unfolds several wonders at once. The Deer Park, famous Todaiji Temple dedicated to Lord Buddha, Shinto shrines that primarily believe in nature worship and rugged stone lanterns radiate history, faith and Takatoshi san gently shared with us the story about when and how the shrines were built. The strength of architecture of the past can be seen even though renovation through centuries has kept the structures stand as they do today. Takatoshi san enlightened us on the difference between Shintoism and Buddhism, how devotees bow and pray ... read more

Takatoshi:

Dear Chrtan san,Thank you for your nice review to my tour in Nara. I had also spent a nice time with you and your family on that day. I hope you could have a beautiful journey this visit to Japan. I wish you come to again even more ancient time place of Asuka area where is foundation place of Japan. As I told you , we have a close relation ship with India in terms of religious and culture things. Hopefully, we look forward seeing you again in near future. You or your family are expected to come here . Thank you again for your choosing my tour and sharing your time with me !

Vai Vai United States ( Family )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Memorable visit to Kyoto ”

Takatoshi-San was wonderful and took to all the places according to our interests - he came earlier to the train station and received us right outside the train- he answered all our questions and even helped me find a good bottle of sake. I would highly recommend him.

Takatoshi:

Thank you for your kind and review. I say also thank you for your short visit to Kyoto early morning from Tokyo and sharing your time with my tour. I look forward to seeing you next time maybe in Nara. Have a nice further journey and safely back to your home.

Theresa Theresa United States ( Family )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Afternoon in Kyoto ”

Spent an afternoon seeing temples and shrines. Takatoshi was very organized and pleasant with a vast knowledge of all Kyoto had to offer. We really enjoyed our time with him and would book again!

Takatoshi:

Thank you for your nice and positive review to my tour. It was also pleasant time with you and your family. I really await you and your family's next visit again in Nara, Asuka and Kyoto. As I sent photos with comment, I will anytime help with your son in Tokyo and please ask him to contact me if he needs.

Lawrence Lawrence United States ( Couple )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Knowledgeable guide for Kyoto sights. ”

Takatoshi met us at our hotel and led us to see several Kyoto highlights, such as Nijo Castle, Golden Pavilion, Ryoanji Temple, and the bamboo pathway. Takatoshi was a wealth of information about Kyoto and suggested some close-by tours of Uji and Nara as well. We really enjoyed learning the history of Kyoto with such an experienced guide!

Takatoshi:

Thank you for your glowing review which is and will be reffered to my future guiding. Hopefully , you had visited either Uji or Nara, if it was not , I expect you to come again in Japan . It was nice and wonderful time with you . Thank you again sharing your time with my guide tour in Kyoto.

stephen shefler Stephen United States ( Couple )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Kind and knowledgeable ”

Takatoshi was an excellent guide. He let us see things at a pace that we could fully appreciate them. His first rate knowledge of the history and religious import of the temples we visited added a great deal to our visit. His English is excellent. On top of all this, he is a very nice man.

Takatoshi:

Dear Sephen-san, I really appreciate your kind review and am happy you liked places with our history visited, though the time would shorten for our tour on that day. I hope your health condition will recover soon so to continue your further nice journey in Japan. I will await your next visit for any place in the west Japan ,ie,Kyoto,Nara & Osaka. Hopefully, we will see you again soon. Takatoshi

Peter Peter Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Kyoto Highlights 1 Day Tour ”

Takatoshi in our opinion, based on expetience, is an excellent guide. Prior to our visit to Japan, he provided very informative information regarding our program for the visit taking into account a physical condition I have which needs to be managed. Yesterday we spent 8 wonderful hours exploring the sights of Kyoto with Tagatoshi who has a very good command of English & therefore was able to explain the culture & history of the amazing sites we visited. He also organised our movement between sites extremely well to ensure that I did not have any problems with my health issue. Takatoshi is a gentleman with a very engaging personality, it was a pleasure to spend the day with him. Also, he provided to us a number of lovely photos of us taken in the best locations at the places we visited... read more

Takatoshi:

Dear Peter-san & Meredith-san, Thank you very much for your very positive review to my tour. I am so glad to understand my broken English ie,Germanglish and Japanglish during my tour as I have tried utmost to explain as much as possible about Japanese history,culture etc. I really appreciate it if you could come again in near future to visit this Kansan area,especially to explore some details in the ancient area of Nara,including Asuka, as for the foundation place of Japan. I hope you will have a nice further trip in Japan and safely back to your home. Sincerely yours, Takatoshi

Sarah Sarah United Kingdom ( Couple )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Great tour ”

Takatoshi was a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide. We had a great 2 days exploring Kyoto. Thank you.

Takatoshi:

Dear Sarah-san, Thank you for your nice review to my Kyoto tour on 15th & 16th Apr. I really appreciate spending your time with me during two days. I look forward to seeing you again when you come to Japan in near future. Sincerely yours, Takatoshi

Michael Michael United States ( Couple )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Excellent Kyoto highlights tour ”

We spent 8 hrs with Takatoshi and stopped at five Kyoto sites including a stop for lunch. We greatly appreciated his teaching us about Japanese history and culture, how to navigate the Kyoto transit system, and restaurant etiquette! He was very patient with us and a willing photographer in the busiest sites in Kyoto. He also provided invaluable help when we found ourselves observing a ceremony at Chion-in. After a day with Takatoshi, we felt well prepared for the remainder of our vacation. Thank you!

Takatoshi:

Dear Michael-san, Thank you for your very positive review to my Kyoto tour in 8 hours. I also spent a nice time with you both in all places visited. It was a good occasion in Chion-in having a ritual ceremony which was first time for me. I am anytime ready for both of you to make a tour in the Kasai area.Looking forward to seeing you again in near future. Sincerely yours, Takatoshi

Elsie Elsie Australia ( Solo )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Temples, food and sake ”

If you are looking for a fun knowledgeable guide this is guy for you! I was finding it hard to do a food tour and he custom made one up for me for Osaka. He took me to a brilliant Sake tasting place and to some great food places! I never would have been able to do this on my own without Takatoshi. As a solo traveler it can be difficult and also language barrier trying to eat out. He was fantastic the whole time. I learnt so much about the temple, and also about eating and drinking habits when out. Like vodka with hot water. I have never heard of this! It was great for someone to explain these things! Please do not hesitate in contacting him. If I ever come back I will definitely hire him for a guide for Nara. Highly recommend. You will have a great time whatever it is you d... read more

Takatoshi:

Dear Elsie-san, Thank you very much for your very positive review on my Osaka tour. I hope you could have a nice stay in Nara as well. As we have talked, tasting for drinking and eating of any country would be best understanding of culture,history and people in the country. I really appreciate it if you could come again in near future to see among cities in the west Japan. Awaiting your next visit to Japan !

Paul Paul United Kingdom ( Family )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Our day with takatoshi ”

The day was excellent , wonderful sights made far more interesting by the knowledge provided by a wonderful guide

Takatoshi:

Thank you very much for your very positive review. I also had a nice time with you in Kyoto. Have a wonderful time in the rest time in Japan! Hope we may see you again in anywhere !

Mark Mark United States ( Couple )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Great day with Takatoshi ”

Takatoshi was an exceptional tour guide. He exceeded our expectations and took great care of us. We went everywhere we had wanted to and more. He was so knowledgeable of Japan and it’s rich history and we learned so much from him . His enthusiasm for his country was very apparent.. He made our day exceptional and we can’t thank him enough. We will always remember our time in Kyoto with great fondness. Anybody that has Takatoshi as their guide will be in for a memorable time.

Takatoshi:

Dear Mark san & Julie san, Thank you very much for your review with best score.I really appreciate spending time with you in Kyoto. I wish soonest recovery from Julie san's uncle problem and hope you have a nice day too in Nara next day and a further wonderful trip in Japan. May have you and your family's good health as well as prosperity in future. Looking forward to seeing you again anywhere in this globe . Sincerely yours, Takatoshi

Sarah Sarah United States ( Friends )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ Great day in Nara! ”

The tour was great and so was Takatoshi! He met us at the train station and we walked around Nara for the day! It was so nice to not have to worry about figuring out where to go by ourselves. The place we went for lunch was one of my favorite meals in Japan. Takatoshi was very nice and a great guide!

Takatoshi:

Dear Sarah san, Thank you very much for your very positive review and for sharing your time with my tour. It was also nice time for me having strolling in Nara . I guess you already start new semester after your return. I wish your good health and prosperity in future. Looking forward to seeing you again anywhere in this globe . Takatoshi

Helen Helen United Kingdom ( Couple )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ Amazing Kyoto ”

Takatoshi was an amazing guide, he managed to squeeze in as much of Kyoto as he could on our one day together. His photo skills are also excellent we loved the pictures he took for us. We were very well informed on all the places we visited and would recommend him to anyone.

Takatoshi:

Dear Helen san, Thank you very much for your best review to my Kyoto tour. I say also thank you for your sharing time with me on that day which was so nice time visiting together to places in Kyoto. I am any time ready for you and hope we will see you again anywhere as the world is so limited. Sincerely yours, Takatoshi

Dietmar Dietmar United States ( Family )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ Two days of highlights in Kyoto and Nara ”

We are a family of three, and we enjoyed two great days with Takatoshi in Nara and Kyoto. In Nara, we were impressed by the Horyuji temple complex, Todaiji temple and the Great Buddha, as well as the Kasuga grand shrine - and we finished the day with a walk through the old town area and a Sake tasting experience. The next day in Kyoto, we visited Nijo castle, the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji temple), Ryoanji temple, as well as Arashiyama with the Tenryuji temple and the bamboo forest. Takatoshi has deep knowledge of Japanese culture, history, religion, and everyday life, and his English is excellent. He is friendly and patient, and he planned the tours according to our interests. Despite the crowds (during cherry blossom season), he found tranquil spots and readily adjusted to our pace. For ... read more

Takatoshi:

Dear Dietmar san, Thank you very much for your best positive review for my two days tour. I really appreciate your kind understanding to my broken English such Germanglish and Japanglish. Though the climate was not so nice and cherry trees are not in full blossom, we have spent a wonderful time with you and your family. There is a sentence of tea ceremony related to Zen Buddhism that Each moment is always once-in-a- lifetime, therefore treasure every encounter with others. This is also my concept when I guide someone. Hopefully, I will see you all or even one of you, Dietmar san, Josi san, and Sarah san, on anyplace on this earth again. Sincerely yours, Takatoshi

Susan Susan Switzerland ( Couple )
Very Good
8 months ago

“ Kyoto with Mr. Takatoshi ”

Mr. Takatoshi a very interesting men, who made our stay in Kyoto unforgettable. We fell in love of Kyoto because with what passion he guided us. Thank you Mr. Takatoshi, for your service and taking care of us during our stay. Best regards Jacky and René, México 🇲🇽

Takatoshi:

Dear Susan san,Rene san, Jacky san, Thank you for your positive review of my tour on 25th,26th Mar in Nara & Kyoto ,respectively. I also spend a nice time together with Mr.&Mrs.Wolf. Looking forward to seeing you in near future again in Japan. Takatoshi

Palitha Palitha United Kingdom ( Couple )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ Very well organised tour within the limited time available for us. Afternoon tour half day ”

Excellent arrangement for our requests.

Takatoshi:

Dear Palitha san, Thank you for your very positive review on my tour guide. Unfortunately, we had not enough time to stay in your requested places, but I guess you may have any image to come next visit to Nara as well as ancient area of Asuka. Thank you for your choosing my guide tour this time and hope we will have a next chance to spend a time in any places. Please send my best regards to your wife and your family. Sincerely yours, Takatoshi

Donald Donald United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Personalized tour of Kyoto ”

Takatoshi worked very diligently to plan a perfect day for my husband and me on our first visit to Kyoto. We exchanged several emails prior to our arrival and found the perfect balance of temples, everyday life, transportation methods and historical sights. His pace allowed for understanding and appreciation of the many facets of Kyoto. Seeing the beautiful colors of the Fall maples was an additional bonus. Not only did he take lovely photos of us at memorable places but he also prepared a trip summary and forwarded all the other photos that he took. He is a good conversationalist and made us feel very comfortable. Booking with him was an excellent decision.

Takatoshi:

Dear Jane-san, Donald-san, Thank you very much again for sharing your time with me and I really appreciate your kind review to my tour. I have concerned legs of Don-san due to a long walking journey during a whole day, because I tried to show you nice places within a limited time as much as possible. Not only places in Kyoto, but also many fantastic places in Nara, Aska are welcoming your visit in near future. I wish your both healthy condition so to meet again any places in Japan. May soonest recovery of Don-san's legs and safely return to your home. Thank you very much again and looking forward to seeing you again! Sincerely yours, Takatoshi

Guia Guia Philippines ( Family )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Very interesting! ”

Takatoshi-san is a very well-informed guide during our one-day tour in Kyoto. I would highly recommend this for people who want to learn more about Japanese culture.

Takatoshi:

Dear Guia-san, Thank you very much for your positive review on my tour yesterday. I really appreciate you and your son of cooperation to do my tour on time. I look forward to seeing you possibly in Nara again to show you in my home town. You are always welcome to Japan and looking forward to seeing you again in near future. Sincerely yours, Takatoshi

Andy Andy United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Osaka- 6 century to now ”

Takatoshi was very professional, courteous and patient. He shared with us the history of places we visited, took pictures for us and arranged the best routes for our tour. I highly recommend Takatoshi as your guide.

Takatoshi:

Andy-san, Thank you for your quick comment to my tour. But your comment was cut, because you had used ‘at mark’ on this message. It is not allowed to use ‘at mark’ not telephone number as I had once informed when I introduced some restaurant near from your hotel. If you send comment message, please try to send it without ‘ at mark ‘. Thank you for your understanding. Takatoshi

James James United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Kyoto was a delight, and so was Takatoshi!! ”

I had a great tour of the several temples and shrines of Kyoto. Takatoshi mostly customized the itinerary so the days were very well organized. He was energetic and knowledgable, with a very warm personality. He was so disarming that when taking my photo, he even got me to openly smile (with my teeth) which I don't usually do! Definitely recommended! Thanks, Takatoshi!

Takatoshi:

Dear James-san, Thank you very much again your booking to my tour in Kyoto this time and I highly appreciate your positive comment of today. It was great time with you for two days in Kyoto and I have learned many things especially how to take a photo with having a customers satisfaction. In near future, I really look forward to having tour again with you, and also together with your partner, anywhere in the west Japan,ie. Nara, Osaka, Kyoto You are always welcome to Japan and please let me know when you have a chance to visit Japan again. Hope we will see you soon ! Thank you very much again and I remain, Takatoshi

Wendy Wendy United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Fascinating day in Kyoto ”

Takatoshi-san was very personable, polite, and knowledgeable. He had a full agenda with handouts and a history lesson to help us appreciate what we were seeing. He had suggestions for best place for photos, zipped us to the head of ticket lines and taught us how to use the subway and buses so we had no problem getting around the next day on our own. He also helped us with information on places we wanted to see the next day. We could never have seen so much in one day without his help.

Takatoshi:

Dear Wendy-san, Thank you for sharing your time yesterday and your soonest review on my tour. I appreciate your positive comments with five stars score, although you may be very busy on preparation for next travel place. I hope we will meet again in near future and preferably in Nara or Aska area as for the place of establishment of Japan. I wish your all four member nice further journey and safely back to homes. Sincerely yours, Takatoshi P/s)Photos are sent separately this week end when I finish my this week tour.

Kedar Kedar India ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ It was so splendid !!! ”

Thank you so much Takatoshi. It's really unforgetable for me and so splendid !! He was so nice, so sympathetic. He has very wide and deep knowledges. Sure I will visit Kyoto and ask him again.

Takatoshi:

Dear Mr.Sardesai, Thank you very much for your kind comments and I appreciate your positive review. Fortunately, we had a nice day though rainy days were continued in this week. Thanks to your kind cooperation we had passed through whole schedule on time though JR line had a trouble on its schedule. I will see you again anywhere either in Japan or other countries. I also wish you and your family good health and happiness in future. Thank you again and with kind regards, T.Tokuyasu

Ilya Ilya Russian Federation ( Friends )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Excellent experience in Kyoto Arashiyama area ”

We had a very good time in Kyoto Arashiyama area with Takatoshi. It was a great experience for us. We visited Tenryuji Temple, Banboo Forest and Monkey Park. The total tour was well organized in a limited time. Takatoshi has a detailed knowledge of Japanese history, culture and philosophy, and his explanation was very clear and understandable for us all time. I really recommend him for private tour guide.

Takatoshi:

Dear Ilya, Thank you very much for your kind comment and I appreciate your positive review on this tour. Though it was so limited time on our tour, I say thank you for your best cooperation to keep our schedule on time and we have kept whole visiting points. Hopefully, we will see you in a future anywhere either in Japan or in other places. I wish your success and prosperity in future. With kind regards, Takatoshi

Masaki Masaki Japan
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Kyoto Highlight Tour ”

It was really a great experience. Highly recommended. We went around Kyoto for half a day. Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle and Fushimi Inari Shrine. The tour was well organized. Takatoshi was very nice and explained everything to us. We wanted to take photos. He gave us a lot of suggestions where to take photos. It was helpful for us. His explanation is easy to understand. He has a profound knowledge about Japanese culture and history. We really spent a wonderful day with him. Thank you Takatoshi.

Takatoshi:

Thank you very much for your kind comment and I appreciate your positive review. Though the weather was not so good during whole our tour time, I am so glad to hear that you could have spent a nice time with me. I had also great experiences through our tour where should be a best place of photogenic points and how to explain specific back grounds of Japanese histories. I wish your nice further journey in Japan and safely back to your home. Hopefully, we will see you near future again anywhere in the world. Takatoshi

Anne Anne Japan
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Fantastic Guide ”

We had a private tour with Takatoshi. It was an amazing experience. Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari Shrine were really impressive for us, more than we had expected. Takatoshi is helpful and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed our half a day with him. His is a great communicator. We enjoyed Kyoto all through the day. We highly recommend him.

Takatoshi:

Dear Anne, Thank you very much for participating in my Kyoto tour. I hope you had a great time with me in Kyoto, though we had a high temperature with high humid. I also say thank you very much for your review and appreciate your really positive comment. Thank you again, and enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan. I look forward to serving you again next chance in other cities,like Nara or Osaka . With kind regards, Takatoshi

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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Hyogo

Languages Japanese ( Native ), English ( License ), German ( Intermediate )

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