Nobu Nagata was our guide for two days while in Kyoto, because his van could hold my group of six.
Nobu-san had some pretty big shoes to fill. And fill them he did!
He was just as professional, warm, charming, etc.
His van was immaculate and he was a great driver.
He took us to all of the places we asked and some extra places that he knew about.
Put simply, the tour is worth every penny in my opinion.
He gets you close to all of the temples, knows plenty of the history, doesn't waste any of your time, etc.
He was great with all of the kids in my group and enjoyed teaching my son some of the nuances of the Japanese language. You can't go wrong with him.
He is top notch, but then what do you expect...he is Japanese after all.
We booked this private tour because we are first timers in Kyoto.
My husband and I and his parents (70 years old ) and 7 months old baby.
Nobu has a luxury spacious car that fit all of us easily and has comfortable soft leather seats that made the commuting very enjoyable.
He was an amazing guide and we all had a lot of fun.
He is super friendly, has a great sense of humor, knowledgeable, and loves his job.
He even carried 3 umbrellas for us in case it rains.
His hospitality was above and beyond anything we have ever experienced from a guide!
We even ran a little over time just so he could show us a part of Kyoto we hadn't seen yet, at no extra cost.
Nobu speaks English very well and the cost was great value for the service we received.
We highly recommend Nobu to all of you who are thinking to book a private taxi tour in Kyoto! You won't be disappointed!
From Ms. Mariko Sakakibara
My wife and I had a wonderful and very informative 7 hours tour of lovely Kyoto with our excellent private driver Nobu Nagata.
Nobu is a pleasant and quietly efficient gent with vast knowledge of Kyoto and we had a fabulous private tour led by Nobu Nagata.
It started with Nobu picking us up from outside carriage 7 of our Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto and ended with him seeing us off at Kyoto station.
We would certainly recommend him.
Dr. Jai Kulkarni
We were visiting family in Japan but took a brief respite in Kyoto.
Our guide was Nobuaki (Nobu) Nagata. He met my husband and two children (8 and 10yo) at Kyoto Station for the start of our tour.
We told him ahead of time what we were interested in seeing and he made sure we saw it all (Fushimi-Inari, Kiyomizu-dera, Kinkakuji).
We didn't have a lot of time due to our schedule but thankfully, on this day, the traffic and parking wasn't as bad as we thought so we were able to move quickly. Nobu was completely accommodating and guided us through each location and gave us background and interesting information for each place.
My husband doesn't like to stay stagnant for too long and Nobu kept a nice pace and timed everything appropriately so we could visit all of our desired locations.
Nobu was a wonderful, professional and knowledgeable guide. We really enjoyed his pleasant disposition, he's extremely reliable and his English is very good.
Our kids really liked his nice vehicle! I completely recommend him for any Kyoto experience.
My husband and our mothers had a really wonderful full day tour with Mr. Nagata in Kyoto this April.
Mr. Nagata was very responsive over email prior to the tour confirming all the details.
He picked us up punctually at 8am on the day of the tour and made sure we were the first visitors at a few of the sightseeing spots so we could avoid the crowds.
The tour was based on our preferences and some great suggestions from Mr. Nagata who is a very friendly and knowledgeable guide with very good English.
As our mothers were not in a condition to walk too much, Mr. Nagata adjusted the tour to accommodate our needs.
Mr. Nagata also recommended a very good traditional Japanese restaurant for lunch and took us to an amazing kimono store.
He also suggested stores for traditional Japanese goods around the city.
Mr. Nagata's car is very comfortable and we got to see a lot of sights at a leisurely pace.
I would highly recommend a tour of Kyoto with Mr. Nagata!
Dear Mr. Nagata,
In March 2017, I (along with two to four others) had the pleasure of having Mr. Nagata as our guide for Kyoto and nearby areas for two days. He was an excellent guide - very punctual, patient, knowledgeable and friendly. He made our stay in Kyoto most enjoyable as well as quite interesting. He took us to places that tourists would not normally visit. Plus, he was most agreeable if we needed to stop for coffee or a lunch break. Mr. Nagata planned our two days very well and we saw more than we could possibly have seen on our own. Plus, the transportation he provided was terrific - very clean, spacious and comfortable. Mr. Nagata's English is very good and he provides interesting details about the locations that we visited. Our trip to Kyoto was an A+, largely because of Mr. Nagata. (Note that I have been to Kyoto before but having Mr. Nagata as a guide provided a completely new experience. I saw parts of Kyoto that I did not see before and that were "off the beaten path.") I have no hesitation in recommending him to you as a guide.
Professor Carla Hayn,
Senior Associate Dean
Executive MBA & Global Immersion Programs
Mr. Nobu Nagata met us at the train station on the platform and took us straight to sightseeing! We requested a 5 hour tour of Kyoto because we were just day tripping it from Tokyo. We saw all the top sights that I requested. Everything was very efficient and smooth. We got hungry early and we requested to eat lunch. Mr. Nagata found a place where we could eat with good English speaking staff too. We had a wonderful tour. We communicated about the sights and train arrival time way in advance. He will email you back and forth until everything is just right. I appreciated all of his help.
Mr Nagata (Nobu-San). We are very pleased with Nobu-San's excellent service. He drives a sparkling clean black mini van good for 6 pax. He has a very deep knowledge of the Japan culture and history and explains them to us along the way. This is important as it allows us to have a better insight and appreciation of the Japan culture and history.
This will not be possible if you visit these places on your own. Nobu-San is an unconventional Japanese man who surprises us with his jokes and great sense of humour.
He brought us to Arashimaya Bamboo Grove, Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji temple, Ryoan-Ji temple (rock garden temple), Golden Pavilion, Fushimi-Inari Shrine, Kitano ten mangu Shrine, Gion and Miyagawacho district over the 2 days. He even brought us to the handicraft center and tea shop when we wanted to buy some local souvenirs home. If time permits, plse ask him to bring you to see the Geishas in the evening from 1730hrs onwards.
We highly recommend using his service which is so enjoyable and great value for money!!!
From Sock Hia Lim
Our private tour of Kyoto with Mr. Nobuaki Nagata (Nobu) was great. He asked for a list of things we wanted to do and definitely customized the tour to suit our needs. We only did a day trip to Kyoto and we opted for the 6 hour tour. Unfortunately the day we went, it was a holiday so some places we went to it was really packed.
Nobu was full of energy and very knowledgeable about all the sites we went to. We were even able to go off the beaten path and was able to visit one is his favorite temple.
Even though time was short this time, we will definitely come back and request another tour with Nobu again!
Our private tour of Kyoto with Mr. Nobuaki Nagata (Nobu) was a great experience. He was referred to us by Mr. Machi. Nobu designed an excellent itinerary, and also was flexible in adapting it to accommodate additional sites we wanted to explore. His knowledge allowed us to avoid crowds, enabling us to see even more of this spectacularly beautiful city (in his pristine and spacious van). Overall, Nobu created an unforgettable memory
Please post my review to your website. Happy to provide a testimonial!
Showed out Kyoto photos, including one of you and Kate, to friends tonight! My daughter and I had the good fortune to tour Kyoto with a stellar guide -Mr. Nobuaki Nagata (Nobu).
Nobu is friendly and knowledgeable guide which made for an interesting and delightful day.
He was organized, yet flexible and took care of all logistics. Since we had limited time to visit and an insufficient knowledge of Japenese history and culture, we wanted to see sites that would offer us an overview of imperial Kyoto and the Shinto and Buddhist cultures.
We were further constrained by the running of the Kyoto Marathon. Therefore on day one, Nobu designed an a tour that took us to: Fushimi Inari Taisha, Komyoin, Sanjusangendo, Kiyiomizudera and a brief stop Geisha district. When we expressed an interest in painting, Nobu suggested adding Chishakuin Temple which is known for its beautiful wall painting Nobu offered enough information to shape our understanding of the sites and included bits of folks lore and contemporary " fun facts" about Kyoto aswell.
We highly recommend Nobu for anyone who wants a fun and informative journey through time in Kyoto.
Nobu-san was a guide and owner driver we booked the eight hours private taxi tour.
We were travelling with senior friends and felt this would be the most comfortable option for them. The communication leading before our trip was detailed and prompt, Nobu-san was helpful and gave suggestions on pick-up time and route to avoid traffic.
In the morning, we were picked up on time in a very clean and comfortable Alphard type luxury vehicle and Nobu-san greeted us warmly. We wanted to visit many temples and tourist sights, Nobu-San tailored a tour of Kyoto to our requests and accompanied us at every site. Our tour was filled with many interesting facts and extensive knowledge of Kyoto's Shrines and tourist spots. He was also very flexible in his tour, and catered to the needs of the senior friends, Nobu-san treated them with infinite patience, respect and kindness. When he found out we would be attending a tea ceremony near Kyoto station after the tour, he called ahead so that the venue could provide chairs for our senior friends as sitting on the floor might trouble their knees! We were very touched by his thoughtfulness.
We visited Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Dera Temple, Nijo Castle, Ryoanji Temple, and ended the day at Kinkakuji.
I highly recommend his services, and would no doubt book a trip with him in the future.
I made a reservation for the tour a little more than a month in advance and had some mail conversation on what we wanted to see/do during our tour.
Leaving it up to our guide Mr. Nobuaki Nagata to decide on where to go and what to see.
Turned out to be a great day in a snowy Kyoto!
Temples/shrines and some good food where we presented to by Mr. Nobuaki, he speaks very good English and have very good knowledge about the city and knows how to present it in a good way.
The car was in condition as new and umbrellas was offered as protection to the changing weather.
I've been to Kyoto 2 times prior to this trip and had gone to a few places but didn't enjoy it as much as I did this time around. I had the honor of having Nagata-san as our tour guide. I had 5 people in my party, 2 being children 5 and under. His car was very comfortable and convenient.
I gave him a list of places I wanted to visit and Nagata-san gave me his suggestion and I accepted. I am glad he was there to help us navigate the spots and give us history of each location. He was also very kind to help us with the stroller (not recommended if you could avoid it) up and down stairs.
Nagata san is a joy to be with and I am very lucky to have had him as a tour guide. My whole family loved the experience and would come back again in the future.
I highly recommend him as a tour guide. It's the best way to explore Kyoto.
Hope to see you in the future.
From Ms. Annie L.
I visited Kyoto with my fiancé in December.
Mr. Nagata was a friendly, polite, energetic, and extremely knowledgeable tour guide.
He toured with us longer than we arranged and we felt as though we left Kyoto with a thorough understanding of the city's incredible history.
Mr. Nagata tailored our tour specifically to our preferences and spoke English very well.
I would recommend his services to anyone traveling to Kyoto.
From Mr. Jordan Isicoff
Name: Nobuaki Nagata
Government licensed guide/ English-speaking taxi driver
Cert. No. Kyoto EN00383