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We travelled as a family of 5 in mid Dec 2019.

Because of timing and schedule, I decided to do a private tour to maximize the experience for the family.

I contacted Taka San who referred me to Nobu san because the latter's vehicle would better accommodate us.

The initial communication with Nobu san was pleasant - he was very clear about his charges which made it easy for me to think through what I hoped to achieve within the given time.

He was also forthcoming with suggestions, which again helped to concretize my itinerary.

On the day of the tour, Nobu san was very punctual.

His car was clean, spacious and comfortable.

Nobu san himself was knowledgeable, articulate and funny (he had a really infectious laugh).

We managed to cover Fushimi Inari, Nara (Todaiji), Kinkakuji and Gingakuji within 8 hours.

We made it to Gingakuji just before it closed (it closed at 4.30pm because of winter) and he persuaded the staff to let us explore the place a bit.

He squeezed in lunch for us at Coto Coto, a restaurant in Nara that specialized in using local produce.

The food is farm-to-table, all sourced locally, from the organic vegetables to the Yamato beef and pork, local sake and microbrews.

They offer a choice of two simple plate lunches, with vegetarian option (which was important because we had a vegetarian in our midst).

The restaurant was cozy and quite minimalist, but the food was so so good!

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal; we would not have been able to find the place unless we were familiar like Nobu san or were locals.

Back in Kyoto, Nobu san also helped us spot a Geisha on her way to work.

He got us to Kyoto station in good time for our Shinkansen ride to Tokyo. My kids, ranging from 12 to 21, found Nobu san's tour to be informative and interesting.

While the tour was not cheap (actually I found his prices to be reasonable, having compared several similar sites, especially since he was a licensed guide as well), we agree it was worth every yen we spent. Two thumbs up!


From Debbie in Singapore


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Tour course: Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Todai-ji Temple, Kinkaku-ji Temple and Ginkaku-ji Temple.

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“Excellent Kyoto Tour with Nobu”


My family (my parents, brother, husband and 4-year-old son) wanted to maximise our time in Kyoto.

As this would be my 2nd time, I knew using the public transport will not help us with that given the distances we'd have to go through to get to the places we'd like to visit.

Nobu was recommended to me by Taka given our group size.

From the very beginning, he was transparent and easy to communicate with via email.

He helped us with our questions prior to the trip, and took our preferences into consideration when planning the itinerary.

During the trip, he was on time, very professional, and had good command of English, but he's funny and had just the right amount of information for us to think about as we about our day.

His van was also very clean. I will definitely book with him if I visit again - highly recommended!


From Ms. Joan-So Ayusa  in PHL


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Tour course: Fushimi Inari Taisha, Tenryu-ji Temple, Takebayashi, Hozugawa, Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple, Ryoanji Temple, Kinkakuji Temple, Gion-eria.

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Dear Nobuaki Nagata-san.


We had a great time touring Kyoto with you and Mr. Oshima, especially with your excellent English!
We will definitely let you know if we come back to Kyoto again. Thank you very much.

From Geanine Ching-san in PHL


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Tour course: Fushimi Inari Shrine,Tenryuji Temple, Bamboo Forest, Togetsuky, Kinkaku-ji Temple Golden Pavilion

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“A very capable guide in Kyoto”


Mr. Nagata arrived promptly at the agreed time and took our group of four on a really wonderful tour of several of the ‘must-see’ sights of this amazing city. 


His modern Toyota Aliphard is spotless and very comfortable. 


We enjoyed a comprehensive commentary reflecting Mr. Nagata’s lovely sense of humor and extensive knowledge of his city and of Japan. 


I recommend Mr. Nagata without hesitation.


Mr. John Beck, from New Zealand 


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Tour course: Tenryuji Temple, Bamboo Forest, Adashino Nembutsu-ji Temple, Ryoanji-Temple, Kinkaku-ji Temple  Golden Pavilion

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“Kyoto Tour”


Our tour guide was Mr. Nobu and he was so wonderful and had so many facts to share with us about the temples and shrines that we visited. 


We learned so much from him about the Japanese culture and history. 


We were there the day before the biggest typhoon since the 50s hit Tokyo and Mr. Nobu saved us by convincing us to extend our stay in Kyoto to avoid the storm that was about to arrive in Tokyo. 


He cared about our safety so much that even the next day after our tour with him he messaged me to make sure we were ok and gave us his cell number in case we needed any help. 


We will be forever thankful to Mr. Nobu and we will definitely be back for his service again when we return to Kyoto! 


From Ms. Gigi Maniago in USA


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Tour course: Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, Tenryuji Temple, Bamboo Forest, Adashino Nembutsu-ji Temple

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“Excellent tour and guide”


We had a wonderful tour by Nobu of four of the major sights in Kyoto. 


We appreciated Nobu’s knowledge, insight and thoughtfulness on an extremely hot day. 


Having an air conditioned car to return to and travel between locations was a blessing. 


The tour was the highlight of our stay in Kyoto. 


Highly recommended.


From Ms. Pauline Moon in GBR 


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Tour course::Tenryu-ji Temple,  Takebayashi Bamboo Forest, Adashino Nembutsu-ji Temple, Ryoan-ji Temple、Kinkaku-ji Temple Golden Pavilion

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“Kyoto tour with Nobu”


Great experience - wonderful way to see a couple major sites (Golden Temple and Bamboo Forest) and a couple hidden gems in four hours. 


Nobu’s tour was very informative and we loved each temple he took us to. 


We would not have seen all that we did without hiring Nobu. Very worthwhile, I highly recommend Nobu and this company for your guided tour!


From Ms. Debbie Gordon, in  USA


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Tour course::Tenryu-ji Temple,  Takebayashi Bamboo Forest, Adashino Nembutsu-ji Temple, Kinkaku-ji Temple Golden Pavilion

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“Spectacular tour of Kyoto with Nobu”


My family (ages ranging from 86 years old to 9 years old) experienced an

amazing tour of Kyoto with Mr. Nobuaki (Nobu) Nagata. 


Our 6 hour tour included visits to Fushimi Inari shrine, Arashiyama Bamboo

Grove and area, delicious lunch at a local restaurant, and Golden Pavilion. 


We were honored and privileged to have a very knowledgeable guide who knows

great amount of history, speaks good English, safe driver, and very

considerate of the various needs of the different ages. 


We had a spectacular, memorable time in Kyoto thanks to Nobu!


Ms. Rebecca Chinn, in USA


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Tour course::Fushimi Inari Taisha  Shrine, Tenryu-ji Temple,  Takebayashi Bamboo Forest, Kinkaku-ji Temple Golden Pavilion

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“First class”



My teenage daughter and I had a fantastic tour with Nobu ! 


He was on time, open to going wherever we wanted, had a smile on his face throughout the day (even though we got soaked in the rain), 


and taught us a lot about the history and culture of the many places we saw. 


His car was pristine and he is an excellent driver. 


Would highly recommend his tour guide services !


From Ms. Susan Kellner in USA


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Tour course:Tenryu-ji Temple, Ginkaku-ji Temple, Takebayashi Bamboo Forest, Ryouann-ji Temple , Kinkaku-ji Temple Golden Pavilion

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“Fantastic experience”


Today we took a 7-hour tour with Mr. Nobu Nagata. 


I cannot say enough about what a great experience it was for my family (me, wife, daughters (17, 18) and mother. Worth every penny. 


Mr. Nagata was very professional, yet down-to-earth. He was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. 


We had been to Kyoto before, but the kids had not. 


While we had full control of the itinerary and wanted the kids to see some of the well-known sights (Golden Pavilion, Sanjusangendo, Fushimi Inari), the best spots were the ones we allowed Mr. Nagata to choice. For example, he steered us away (no pun intended) from Ryoan-ji, to another temple with better Zen gardens and almost no people. 


He also knew the best times to bit the popular sights to minimize the crowd. 


Will definitely hire him again, if I come back, and let him do all the selections!


From Mr. Richard.in USA


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Tour course:Fushimi Inari Taisha  Shrine, Sanjusangen-do Temple, Ginkaku-ji Temple, Kinkakuji Temple  Golden Pavilion, Ryugen-in

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“Wonderful tour with Nobu Nagata!”


Nobu kindly accommodated our family of 6 (2 adults and 4 young kids) on a private tour. 


Before our tour he was in frequent contact with us via email and answered all our questions, and our our tour he was very knowledgeable about all the sites we wanted to see. 


Tour with Nobu and you’ll have a great day!


From Ms. Erin Casey in USA


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Tour course: Fushimi Inari Taisha  Shrine, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Gion, Ginkaku-ji Temple, Kinkakuji Temple  Golden Pavilion

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“Hospitable and caring driver / guide”


My group of 3 senior citizens and 2 adults engaged Mr. Nobu as our driver and guide for a one-day tour in Kyoto. 


He arrived early at our hotel and we started our tour without much hassle.


Mr. Nobu is knowledgeable and took great care of us throughout the trip. 


He even helped us to make lunch and dinner reservations. 


Whenever we reached a destination, he would bring us to the best photo-taking spot and even made way for us to take great pictures. 


He also took photos for us and he is quite good at it. 


When we ended our trip and was too early for our dinner appointment, he offered to drive us around and city while waiting for the restaurant to open. 


He also allowed us to wait in his car till so that we did not have to stand around and wait for till our dinner appointment. 


In short, Mr. Nobu is a very knowledgeable, caring and hospitable guide. Thank you Mr. Nobu for taking great care of my family members and I.


 From Charine Chai-san in SGP


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Tour course: Tenryu-ji Temple, Bamboo Forest, Hozugawa, Kinkaku-ji Temple  Golden Pavilion, Sannen-zaka, Ninen-zaka, Gion

Tatsumi Bridge of Gion Shimbashi
Tatsumi Bridge of Gion Shimbashi

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“Nice, flexible, and funny tour guide”


My teenagers and I really enjoyed having Nobu as our guide. 


He provided explanations of the history and dos and don'ts of visiting temples and shrines, which greatly enhanced our experiences. 


As a plus, he tailored our trip in real time and provided a good bit of comic enjoyment during our walks and drives. 


Prompt, courteous, and professional -- highly recommend!


From Mr. Timothy Burch


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Tour course: Fushimi Inari Taisha,, Adashino Nembutsu-ji Temple, Ryoan-ji Temple, Kinkaku-ji Temple Golden Pavilion, Ryugen-in Temple

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“Excellent Tour”


Nobu, our guide, gave us a 6 hour tour of Kyoto. 


We worked with him on the sights we wanted to see and he was able to get us to all of them in the time we had. 


He also took us to an interesting temple that we had not requested. 


We enjoyed the unscheduled temple a lot. 


His English was good, understandable, and it was nice to be in a comfortable private vehicle. 


We learned a lot from him about the sights we saw and other interesting information on Japan and Kyoto. 


I highly recommend this tour service and would not hesitate to hire Nobu again.


From Mr. Eric in USA



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Tour course: Fushimi Inari Taisha, Tenryu-ji Temple, Bamboo Forest, Adashino Nembutsu-ji Temple, Kinkaku-ji Temple Golden Pavilion

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“Kyoto Tour with Nobu was our Japan Highlight”


Mr. Nobu Nagata with his email. Set up a six hour tour where Nobu met us at the Kyoto Train Station platform with our name on a sign outside our train door.


He showed us where to obtain the famous train station Ekiben Bento lunch boxes for our return trip back to Tokyo. 


We had given him a list of sites we would like to see and he worked with us for finalizing what would be realistic for the busy day's traffic. 


We visited first Tenryu-ji Temple complex which lead to the Arishiyama Bamboo Forest. He provided a folding wheel chair for our 83 year old mother in law. We next saw the Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion complex, Chiskaku-in Temple complex - Kodo Hall painted gold panels and garden, and lastly, Tofuku-ji Temple complex and South Zen Garden. 


His mini-van fit our group of 5 really well, and he helped with information as we drove throughout Kyoto. 


He is very good at providing places to see or making your list of places to visit a reality. 


Mr. Nobu Nagata made Kyoto one of our favorite places to visit while in Japan. 


We paid less than half for a much better experience, had we arranged the online tour groups with busses who take you where they have chosen. 


We had nominal fees of 400 - 500 yen per person to enter each Temple complex location. 


We also paid for Nobu's parking fee only a couple times. 


He dropped us off back at the Kyoto Train Station with time to spare for our Green Car trip back to Tokyo. 


Very little stress all day. Thank you Nobu.


From Mr. Chris Herbert in USA


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Tour course: Tenryu-ji Temple, Takebayashi, Kinkaku-ji, Tofuku-ji, Chisyakuin-Temple


Name:  Nobuaki  Nagata
Government licensed guide/ English-speaking taxi driver

Cert. No. Kyoto EN00383

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