Michiko showed us around Kyoto. She is a very nice person. She arranged everything from transport to tickets. She was extremally well organised when it comes to transport. Her english was very good. She took us into a very nice traditional Japanese restaurant. We had a great time and highly recommend her as a guide.
Thank you for coming all the way to Kyoto! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your day trip to Kyoto. I was impressed your family were gentle and honest. Although it was mostly rainy and cloudy, it was enjoyable touring with your family. I wish you would have a fine day during your stay in Japan. By the way, we have four clear-cut seasons, and each season is beautiful. I hope you will come back again and explore Japan. See you again!
My family (wife and two kids 14 and 12) and I had an excellent tour with Michiko in Kyoto. We toured two days and she showed us several iconic temples, shrines, buildings, and neighborhoods. Michiko was very prepared and kept the tour on a reasonable pace given the large number of sites Kyoto has to offer. Michiko was very knowledgeable about cultural and historical aspects of Kyoto. We toured monkey park, the bamboo forest, and Nishiki market. We visited several Shinto shrines and Michiko shared interesting details of the shrines and Shintoism. We highly recommend Michiko as your Kyoto tour guide. Jon Texas
Thank you for your wonderful review. I was impressed to see your family are all open minded and honest, and your insights on Japanese culture or social issues inspired me a lot. I'm glad that your children got interested in animals, flowers, foods, toys etc.. I'm glad if you've found the finest fluffy cheese cake somewhere after the tour. I hope this trip will leave you colorful impression on Japan and some back again. I wish you all the best! Michiko
Michico was great and our tour was very good and very flexible. She is very knowledgeable and personable! We enjoyed our time in Nara and Osaka! At the end of our trip, at JR station, Michiko waited till we moved towards the right track and only then left the station- we really appreciated this!
Dear Irena, Thank you for your wonderful review. I was very glad to see you enjoyed experiencing authentic Japanese culture, not only historical sites in Nara and Osaka, but also foods and products. Your information about Japanese food in your country was fascinating, and I was also encouraged to enjoy home cooking including "rolled sushi"! I can never forget you. Thanks again! Michiko
Hi We have agreat time With michiko Very profesonal and gentel One of the best guide i have. Yochanan
Thank you for your wonderful review. It was my honor to guide you in Nara. I was very impressed by the way you try to value the culture and the way of life here in Japan. I believe you can touch the heart of Japan through those cultural experiences. Besides I appreciate that you kindly shared me the history and the culture in your country. It was very helpful. Arigato-gozaimashita!!
My mother and I were fortunate enough to be able to book 2 days of touring with Michiko during our visit to Japan this month. We spent 1 day touring Kyoto and a second day touring Nara and walked away with incredible photos and memories not soon forgotten. Michiko was a wonderful tour guide who was not only well organized and detail oriented, but she was also very personable and went out of her way to get to know us and tailor our experiences to our interests. She was very attentive and made sure that her pace and modes of transportation were comfortable for my mother which I really appreciated. She was also flexible with the schedule given the rainy weather which was also very helpful and provided suggestions for additional gardens to visit when we had a free day. Michiko's tour of... read more
Thank you for your wonderful review. As a resident in Nara, I was so delighted your mother came back to Nara for the first time in almost 40 years with such a brilliant daughter! I was also happy to see both of you enjoying every moment of the tour with great sense of wonder. I hope you will come back again to see Lantern festival in Kasuga grand shrine, or beautiful gardens in Kyoto, which will show you different phases and attractions. See you again!
Michiko was a very good guide, and we were able to see many interesting things in Nara. We spent 5 hours with her, and we learned a lot about Nara's story. We recommend Michiko to the next visitors! Thank you !
Thank you for your wonderful review. I was very glad that you were interested in Japanese culture, society, art and history. What I was impressed most is that you didn't pass quickly but spent time enough to take a close look at everything that interested you. I hope you will come back to Japan again!
We had a wonderful day with Michiko in Kyoto, visiting places we would never have considered. Michico went out of her way to help us with our transport for the following day also. Her English is very good and her local knowledge is excellent. We would all recommend her services.
Dear Mark, Thank you for your nice review. I was very impressed that you all were so close and enjoyed traveling together. Your kindness and sense of humor energized me a lot throughout the tour. I felt even cherry blossom smiled at your jokes! I hope the rest of your travel will be wonderful one. Sincerely, Michiko
We hired Michiko as our tour guide for two days. One day when we were in Kyoto and another day when we were in Osaka. Since she lived in Nara which was close to both Kyoto and Osaka, so she was our tour guide in both cities. Michiko was very flexible in arranging our itinerary as we kept changing them as we were adjusting the places and activities that we would like to visit and experience. She also worked around the itinerary depending on where we could see the best cherry blossoms at that time. We enjoyed Michiko's company very much on both days. She knew her history very well and explained the background and history of the places we visited. What we most enjoyed about her is her willingness to take our photos, not just a few but many. She keeps volunteering to take our pictures an... read more
Dear Christopher, Thank you for your wonderful comment. I was so lucky that I could tour with such a gentle family. You had told me your request very concretely beforehand, which helped me a lot to prepare the tours. The time for organizing the itinerary is one of the big charms in the tour. And how wonderful it is to imagine the pictures I took are included in your family album! I hope those pictures will remind you of the early spring 2 days in Kyoto & Osaka forever. Sincerely, Michiko
The initial contact with Michiko put me immediately at ease. Her personality is such that anyone would feel comfortable and have full confidence.
Hi, Wayne Thank you for your warm comment. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the tea ceremony. I also enjoyed talking with you and walking around Naramachi town & Isuien garden. I include the drama, "Chushingura" in my list to see. I hope we can talk about it next time you visit Japan. See you then! Michiko
I recently visited Kyoto for 3 days with my Mother and Son and thanks to Michiko, we were able to see and experience so much more then we could have ever achieved by ourselves! Michiko was absolutely wonderful to liaise with throughout the planning of our tour and her guidance was very valuable in terms of getting the most out of our limited time! She helped to tailor an incredible day tour we will never forget! Michiko is very kind and accommodating and nothing was too much trouble, even at the end of the day when we opted to make a minor change to our tour, she was more than happy to work around this. At the end of the day, Michiko ensured that we knew how to get back to our hotel safely (having travelled some distance away from this). She is very knowledgeable and was able to answe... read more
Thank you for giving me such a warm comment. I was so happy to see you enjoy every moment of one autumn day in Kyoto and Nara. I was also impressed that all of you had deep love for nature and animal as well as culture and history. I can't forget your son finding a freshwater crab on the way back from Monkey Park! Monkeys, deer and even crabs must have been glad to see you all.I hope you will come back again and explore more in Japan!
Had an amazing day and learned a lot more than I thought I would. Michiko is an excellent and knowledgeable guide who was very patient as I kept stopping to take photos and videos of deer! Highly recommend Michiko as a guide.
Thank you for sending me a wonderful review. I was so moved by your affection toward animals and sharp insights on cultural difference. I hope you will come back again. The deer are also eagerly waiting for you!
We've never hired a guide before, but thought this would be a good choice since we don't speak a word of Japanese and wanted to experience some local culture. Michiko was the perfect guide for us. Not only was she knowledgable about the area, but Michiko was also able to track down some things that I wanted to do that would not have been available to me, if I had looked for them on my own. First, she connected me with a fabulous old farmhouse stay in Nara Prefecture (with outstanding breakfast and dinner included) before she was even hired. And then she took us for a natural dying experience where we got to make and keep our own scarves. Afterwards, she introduced us to a young farming family where we enjoyed a delicious lunch and walk through terraced rice fields. It was a memorable exper... read more
Thank you for your wonderful review. I'm glad the tour left deep impression on you. Although we didn't visit so called famous tourist spots, we had another great time meeting local people and experiencing the traditional Japanese culture in the countryside. The tour with your family expanded my horizon, too! Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
Excellent service I will be back for her service and knowledge.
Thank you for sending me a wonderful review. I was so lucky to guide such a happy family. I hope to see you and your family someday in the future!
Michiko-san helped our group enjoy an excellent tour and when we fell behind in our schedule and missed the open time for one of our stops she pivoted quickly and we enjoyed the rest of the afternoon even more Thanks
Hi, Chris, Thank you for giving me such a wonderful review. I'm very glad to hear you enjoyed the tour, even though some parts of the schedule were changed. I was really impressed by the way you really taste each moment of the tour. See you tomorrow! Michiko
Michiko guided us in a brief walk through the rich and colorful history of this wonderful old capital. She made very efficient use of the one day to cover a few key locations showcasing both the natural environment as well as the man made temples and shrines. She is very friendly, thoughtful and knowledgeable and we enjoyed the day with her enormously.
Thank you for giving me such a nice review. It was my great honor to be your guide and I was impressed that you two had excellent senses of beauty and insights on Japanese culture. I hope you will come back again to see more !
We had a great time in the beautiful city of Nara in large part due to Michiko. Our time in Nara was limited to 5 hours but we saw a lot and it was enough of a look to know we want to return soon. Michiko was a delightful guide and we enjoyed our time with her. She started the day by giving us cute wooden bus passes that we used several times during our visit. Our first stop was a visit to Kofukuji and the interesting Kofukuji National Treasure Museum which helped get us into the right mindset for the day. Michiko guided us expertly through this wonderful museum. She was full of information and seemed to instinctively know where we wanted to linger and where we could move on. She took us through and around the temple grounds to give us different perspectives of the property and build... read more
Thank you so much for writing on the tour in details. Your review vividly reminded me of the tour and I'll treasure this. Especially I was glad that you all have great insights and rich imagination to feel and understand the places we visited. I hope your pictures in Nara will stay in your mind forever!
Taylored tour as we moved from place to place to accommodate my wifes limited walking endurance. Took us to a very nice teahouse at the end of our tour where we shared small talk and relaxed - very nice.1
Thank you for giving me a chance to tour you in Kyoto. I was so impressed that you appreciated each place. I'll never forget your funny jokes and your wife's beautiful song in the teahouse!
Michiko took us around Nara. We were short on time and she efficiently took us to the places we wanted to see. Her English is excellent. She has a very pleasing personality. We were happy with her tour.
Thank you for sending me your message. I'm glad to hear that you had a wonderful time during the tour. I was really impressed that you all had great insights on Japanese culture and religion. Unfortunately you didn't seem to eat an ice cream in Nara, so I'd like you to come back again to taste one! See you then.
Michiko-san is a very nice and accommodating tour guide. Very friendly and happy to share the Japanese culture with us and learn of our Chinese culture. She patiently waits for us and don't rush us to walk faster or take pictures faster just to be on schedule. Unlike other guides we had before, she didn't get mad and try to stop us when we kept stopping to try the local foods even though we were really behind schedule. She also went with us to another place even though it's not part of the tour anymore. She responds fast to all our questions and do her best to give us the answers we need. Overall, our experience was enjoyable and fun because of her. I definitely recommend her to people who wants to visit kansai area.
Dear Lolita Thank you so much for giving me such a warm comment on my tour. I was very lucky to be given the chance touring with you. Your sense of humor and relaxing atomosphere did me a great favor during the tour. I hope you to come back to Japan again and enjoy other sightseeing spots and local special foods,too, of course. See you again! Michiko