We had been given the recommendation to use this company by a friend who visited Kyoto several years ago.
We were a party of five adults so needed a bigger vehicle to tour the city and see some of the sites that are difficult to reach by train, bus or subway.
Nobu picked us up at our hotel promptly and ready to make the best recommendations so our time was not wasted.
His car is a beautiful new model minivan that was very comfortable and impressive.
Nobu was a complete delight. It is a wonderful way to learn about the historical and picturesque city of Kyoto, in addition to spending the day with a lovely, intelligent man who knew so many important facts about the sites we visited and added his humor and personal knowledge to everything.
We hired Nobu for six hours and we visited Tenru-ji Temple, the Bamboo Forest, Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple (our favorite), Gio-ji Temple, Ninnaji Temple, Ryoanji Temple and lastly the Golden Pavilion.
He knows this city and its back streets and alleys like the retired taxi driver he is and you certainly get your money's worth with him.
Wear comfortable shoes that are easy to slip on and off, bring bottled water and perhaps a light snack.
Have ample cash for parking and entrance to each Temple and prepare money for his guidance before departing.
We had wanted to stop for lunch, but he knew we could continue and not waste time and money eating, so we pushed on.
He allowed time at the Golden Pavilion to buy ice cream and we finished our tour by him dropping us at the Nishiki Market with a lunch recommendation and bus directions to return to our hotel.
It was a perfect day and the highlight of our trip to Japan.
The people of Japan are what make this country a wonderful place to visit and the customer service everywhere you go is beyond your expectations- Nobu-san lived up to all of what his country represents.
From Mary Spencer.