We had a fantastic day with Mari. First, Mari gave us a calligraphy lesson that taught us a lot in the time we had available. She is a patient teacher and has a wonderful sense of humor. We loved the calligraphy letters we drew. Mari is also knowledgeable and has an excellent ability to communicate in English and to communicate the subtle points of Japanese culture and social interactions. She was also flexible about our changing the schedule and priorities for what we did during the day--she made everything fit into the schedule and time we had. In addition, she was great in navigating the train system and helping us get to the city we were visiting without any trouble. Mari helped us visit some of our Japanese relatives, served as a translator, and helped us in general understanding the... read more
We have just returned from an exceptional couple of days touring Kyoto in large part due to the superb itineraries and guiding support of Mari. As visit-time visitors to Japan and Kyoto, in particular, we greatly valued Mari's insightful suggestions of sites to visit and cultural experiences to enjoy that made our visit so memorable. She is very kind, helpful, knowledgeable and accommodating. We highly recommend Mari as your preferred guide when visiting Kyoto and its region.
We spent 1.5 days with Mari, that is, half day afternoon tour in Osaka and whole day tour in Kyoto. I'd say we hit jackpot in selecting Mari as our tour guide. Her energy is limitless and set the tone of our tour. She is a bundle of joy, always smiling and making us feel at home in a foreign land. Her love for her country is contagious. She is the best tour guide we had in all our previous overseas trips. We walked around not with a tour guide but with a good friend. She looked after us, frequently checking headcount before and after leaving a place or train. She would tell stories, history, culture before we enter a place and this makes us see the place beautifully. And when we are inside, she will continue to tell the stories, pointing out very interesting details of the place. ... read more
Mari, we miss you already! The 2 separate days we had with Mari was really enjoyable. She went above and beyond and she is always so cheerful and all smiles throughout the day. It made our tour pleasant. She is so helpful especially prior to the tours she was so accommodating to our wishes - where we wanted to go, to see, to do. She suggested all the places we should eat within our budget. A lot of suggestions! She is so extremely knowledgeable not just in Osaka but she took us to Himeji and Kobe and she knew it all. Thank you so much Mari, our last few days in Japan with you was the perfect ending to our trip.
Thank you so much for this amazing review. I also miss you all, you were a lovely australian group!! All of you were very nice to me, smiling, talkative and funny. I was in the group as a guide, but I had a lot of good laughs during the tours. I appreciated so much your kindness. If you would discover Japan again, please let me know. I am always here to guide you. ;) I am looking forward to meeting you again in the future!
Our incredible experience with Mari started when we first contacted her a few weeks before our trip. We wanted to book a tour during our very quick one day stay in Kyoto and we wanted to figure out how to hit as many highlights in the area as we could, during that short period of time. Mari was very responsive to all of our inquiries and helped us to develop an amazing itinerary. She created a plan that helped us to get to see all the major site seeing points as well as some of the less known but still very interesting/beautiful sights of Kyoto. On the day of our actual tour, she was very punctual and met us exactly on time at our arranged meetup point. Right away, she was funny, sweet and engaging and we knew we were going to have a good day with her. She is a very interesting person ... read more
Thank you so much for the wonderful review!! I am very touched to receive it from you, Katie and Nik. Your comment always encourages my working life, especially in this busy season. :) I deeply appreciate your comment and would never forget what we did, what we talked, Nik's smile etc.... Definitely I will visit you in the future and I can not wait to see you both again! All the best for your life. Thank you sooo much. :D
Mari speaks English very well and shared her knowledge of Japan, the local area, its sights and culture. She was sensitive to our physical needs (walk slowly and avoid stairs) and put together a day of sights tailored to our interests. She was really considerate, professional, and a pleasure to spend the day with. I would definitely request her again.
Thank you all for the great review, Robin and Jackie! I appreciate your kindness. :) It was very nice time to be with you both. I would like to show Kobe more than the last time when you come back there! If it is not raining and not too cold, we could enjoy more! I always remember our day whenever I visit Kobe. Again, thank you so much!!
Mari met at our hotel with a cheery hello and her brightness never stopped. We had a fun day in Nara visiting several of the notable sites, but were also shown the early modern side of Nara. We were a little tired, but she kept us going until she guided us back to our hotel in Kyoto. Enjoyed the day.
Thank you again for the amazing time, Tom! You both are very easy going, I had truely great time. There are many things to see in Japan, I am sure you will be back in the future. If you come back to Kyoto, Nara etc... let me guide you again in the future. I am looking forward to seeing you both always! Thank you so much! Mari
Mari is Wonderful. We could not have done so many things with out her help in so many ways. She’s so Happy and I can see why. Kyoto is Beautiful, people are Friendly and the Food is Delicious. I highly recommend Mari. She has good Energy. She was apart of our Family for 2 days and we appreciate how she helped us make our travel so special. Thanks Mari!! (:
Stacy and the Family were one of the most amazing groups I ever had. I had 2 days with them and both days were just wonderful. I was so happy with them for 2 days as they are full of positive energy and lovely. Visiting Fushimi Inari shrine, Tasting Kobe beef, Going up to Monkey park, Watching Japanese emperor and queen on the road.... all the time I shared with them was just fantastic!! Thank you again for all! I am looking forward to seeing you all again! :)
Mari was an excellent guide! She's friendly and very energetic! It was so nice of her to fetch us from our hotel and sending us all the way back to Osaka after the tour. She has a lot of knowledge of the places she brought us to. We've requested for a customized tour which focuses on less commercialized places and she delivered! Mari was also sensitive to our dietary needs and we enjoyed such a lovely meal at one of her favorite restaurant. We really had an awesome time in Kyoto and wished we had more time in our hands. We will not hesitate to re-engage her as our guide on our next trip to Japan!! Thank you Mari! ❤️
Thank you for your amazing review! I appreciate your comments. :) Lin and you are a very nice couple! I had a great time with you showing haunted places. I would like to take you to more scary places in the Kansai district, which are not found easily online.❤️ I will be very happy to hear from you again whenever you visit in Japan. Thank you so much again for the amazing day!!
Mari was a delightful tour guide! We are an American family of five (children ages 9,7,4) and we only had one day in Kyoto, so we thought we would maximize our time with a tour guide. Mari and I had a couple of email exchanges before the tour to figure out the details based on what I'd been reading about and what I thought we would like to do. Mari met us in our hotel lobby on time and we talked about the area before heading to the train station to then go to the Arashiyama region. She was very knowledgeable about local culture and able to answer any question we threw at her while traveling to our destination. We saw a couple of temples and visited a small village where there were local restaurants and shops. It was a beautiful walk to the village from the temple and my whole family enjo... read more
Thank you again for joining my tour. I had a very nice time with you! Actually I used to be a teacher for elementary school students, that is why I felt relaxed all day to be with your kids around. I would love to have you and your family again whenever you visit Japan. Next time when you come to Japan, I will also show hidden gems in Nara where your kids can move a lot and enjoy nice views. I am sure you would like it. I am looking forward to seeing you again. Thank you so much!
I asked for something not touristy and Mari did not disappoint. We wandered through a very special,older but vibrant neighbourhood in Osaka, full of interesting activities and people. No tourists. With Mari explaining things and translating for chats *******. We ended at a private museum of storytelling with its curator/storyteller. Mari is a great guide with excellent English.
Thank you so much for your review! It was memorable to explore different sides of Osaka. I am also happy to help your discovery. I am more than welcome to have you again in the future, if you come back to Osaka or even Kyoto. I hope Osaka will not change that much when you come back. Again, thank you so much and have a good time in Japan!
We had an excellent day with Mari who customised our 5 hour tour to suit. Mari has very good communication skills and gave clear instructions for our travel from Kobe port to Kyoto Station. Her organisation of our time in Kyoto was excellent suggesting various modes of travel to navigate the city. We visited Fushimi Inari-taisha and the Golden pavilion. We had lunch at Kyoto CBD and then a walking tour through the market area and the Gion. We highly recommend Mari.
Thank you again for the last trip. I still remember the moment when we encountered Maiko's debut. ;) You and Gerard were both very nice to me. I could conduct my tour without any stress. I am always welcome to help your trip in Kyoto. Next time I will show the different area where we firstly planed to visit at the second day. I am looking forward to seeing you both again in the future. Thank you for joining my tour.
Mari was a super guide with excellent English who had a very rounded knowledge on all the sites we saw and who gave insightful explanations to all of our question. The plan presented to us for the day was thorough and included all of our resqests. Marie was a pleasure to be with and made our day a wonderful experience, we can only highly recommend her. Thank you again Mari. Kim and Ben.
Thank you Kim and Ben for having me. You were very kind and respectful to me and local Japanese. It was very pleasant to re-discover the good points of Japanese culture with you, as well as talking randomly about social issues, history and customs. Your smile was contagious and made everyone around happy. I would never forget what we experienced in Nara. I would be a pleasure to see you again in the future. Thank you so much again for the great day! Mari
Good experience with Mari, the tour was planned well. Just sometimes the communication was a little bit hard. All in all a good time
Thank you for your comment, Robert. I am happy to know you had a good time in Kyoto. Hope you have safely gone back to Germany. I am looking forward to seeing you in the future!
Mari was very caring and friendly. She taught me where to get the one day passes. We saw the tourist areas and non tourist areas. My kids and I did food samples. She was great. My kids and I loved her energy and vibe about her.
Thank you for joing my tour. You and your kids are both very respectful to me and the Japanese manners. I was happy to guide you all in Osaka. I hope we will see you again in the future when your baby grows up and becomes interested in Japanese anime. :)
Our party of four met Mari for a personal tour. While Mari was good at ensuring that we saw the very best of the Cherry Blossoms, we were disappointed with her overall lack of knowledge for our questions about Japanese culture and what we were viewing.