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“Kyoto private taxi tour”


We have visited Kyoto several times before and this time wished to see attractions that are not crowded tourist spots. 

Our group of 4 only have about 6-7 hours in Kyoto so we do not want to waste any time waiting for a bus or trying to get a taxi from place to place.

A hired taxi seems to be the best option for us. 

Since we asked for a 6-seater, we used the service of Mr. Nobuaki Nagata. 

We expressed our wish to see Apricot blossoms and Moss garden and were happy with the whole experience. 

Mr.Nobu met us at the train station and took us to see lovely plum trees in full bloom at Kitano Tenmangu shrine, followed by beautiful moss garden at Gioji temple. 

Afterwards we visited the temple with 1200 stone buddha statues and Daitokuji temple which was so serene. 

Lunch was also an enjoyable time because Mr.Nobu took us to a very good tofu specialty restaurant after asking what kind of food we would prefer. 

Mr.Nobu is also a licensed guide with vast knowledge. 

We received a lot of interesting facts and tidbits about the places we visited. 

The 6 hours we spent on this kyoto trip is truly satisfying and our time was very well spent.


From Ms. Kundhalee Kong-aum, 


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Tour course: Kitano Tenman-gu shrine, Gio-ji temple, Adashino nenbutsu-ji temple, Ryugenin temple, Daitoku-ji temple

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From the initial booking, communication for our private day tour ran very


Mr Nagata is a wonderful tour guide. 

He speaks good English and has a great sense of humour. 

He is very knowledgable and able to answer any of our questions. 

Monkey visit was great, don’t forget comfortable shoes for the 15 min walk.

Bamboo forest is stunning. Highly recommend this company.


From Mrs. Ranae Harper in AUS



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Tour course: Tenryu-ji Temple, Bamboo forest in Arashiyama, Mt. Iwata monkey park, Adashino-nenbutsu-ji Temple, Kinkaku-ji Temple

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Mr. Nobu was a fantastic guide who was patient and has a good command of English. 


Explained everything well and was very accommodating as we were traveling with 3 kids under 6. 


We highly recommend him.


Ngoh Chun How in MYS


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Tour course: Tenryu-ji, bamboo grove, Arashiyama, Asadashino Nenbutsuji, Kinkakuji, Gion, Kiyomizudera, Fushimi-Inari Taisha


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“Excellent tour with Nobuaki Nagata-san”


This was a great tour. We saw a lot and learnt a lot. 


English speaking Nobuaki Nagata-san (or Nobu as he asked to be called) took us to sites which were on our list but also quiet spots which he suggested - away from the crowds but beautiful. 


His large van was very comfortable and took us around in style. 


Highly recommended. 


From Mr. Graham Martin in USA


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 “Great Tour, Fantastic Guide and Awesome Trip”


We arranged with Nobu for a one-day private tour. 

Nobu was great......very knowledgeable, spoke great English and very passionate about his tour. 

Nobu‘s van was spotless and very comfortable. 

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and highly recommend him as your guide in Kyoto. 


Thank you, Nobu.

From Ms. Jennifer Kinoshita in Hawaii 

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“Kyoko trip”


We really enjoyed our tour of Kyoko with Nagata. 

His car is a nice SUV to ride in and he is very professional. 

Mr. Nobuaki Nagata was very kind and considerate of walking too much.


From Mr. Roger Hendrix in USA

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“Best Way to See Kyoto!”


We had a wonderful time w/ Mr. Nobu Nagata! 

We were able to see a lot of the highlights of Kyoto within our 6 hour tour. 

I’ve been to Kyoto several times, but Mr. Nagata showed us areas that only the locals would know. 

We were so impressed with the history and knowledge of the historical landmarks and culture. 

We were also looking for a second-hand formal wedding kimono. 

Mr. Nagata went out his way to research and took us to a Kimono Textile store. 

We were able find the perfect kimono for my niece. His hybrid Toyota van was very luxurious and comfortable.

My husband wants one. Unfortunately, they don’t sell them in the US yet. 

Mr. Nagata’s English was very good.

We would definitely want Mr. Nagata to take us on another tour again when we come back to Kyoto in the future! 

He is an excellent tour guide!


From Ms, Grace Hikido in USA

Fushimi Inari Taisha

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Private English Tour in Kyoto


We just finished an 8 hour private tour by car with Mr Nobuaki Nagata (Nobu).

Nobu is an excellent guide with a good sense of humour and very polite and courteous.

His command of English and local knowledge are also very good.

I would have no hesitation in recommending him.


Paresh Shah in GBR

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“Excellent private tour!”

Our family went on a one day private tour in akyoto with Mr. Nobu Nagaka as our guide. 

This was our second visit to Kyoto and we specifically requested Mr. Nagaka, who we had had as a guide previously. 

He is an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and interesting. 

His explanations were full of interesting historical and cultural details.

We asked lots of questions about Japanese history and he answered them all with patience and good humor. 

In addition to the scheduled 6-hour tour, Mr.Nagaka also made recommendations for other places we could visit on our own (for example, the newly-opened Yayoi Kusama museum) and gave us tips on the best places to see geishas and maikos. 

Mr. Nagaka’s car was spotless and very comfortable and stocked with water bottles for us. 

We had a wonderful time. 


I highly recommend Mr. Nagaka as a tour guide.


From Dr. Phyllis Koton Neel

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We had 2 half day tours (4 hours each) with Mr. Nobuaki Nagata.


Day 1

- Tenryu-Ji Temple

- Bamboo Forrest

- Golden Pavilion

- Nijo Castle


Day 2

- Fushimi Mari Shrine

- Silver Temple

- Nanzenji Temple

- Sanjusagendo Temple

- Geisha district

Mr Nagata was an excellent guide with a huge registry of knowledge and information on all the wonderful sights. 


All pre-arrangements were handled in a timely and efficient manner. 


He was punctual, courteous and a safe driver. 


Also, he was flexible/adaptable to amend the program to suit a coming typhoon. We highly recommend him.


Mr. Pat Darrigan in AUS

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 “FANTASTIC Tour of Kyoto”


Nobu-san was one of the best guides we have ever had in any city. 

He picked us up on time; is very friendly; his English is very good; and his knowledge is extraordinary. 

He also made sure all of us were safe in congested areas; 

and extra helpful with person in our group who has some difficulty with long flights of stairs going up.


We had a fantastic day touring Kyoto - seeing the sights and learning of the culture and history.


From Mr. Howard Levin in USA


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 “A great time in Kyoto with Nobu-San ”


It is our first time to Kyoto and we wanted to find a good guide to show us around. 

We searched and found Nobu-San and the fantastic experiences he brought to his customers. 


We booked our private tour with him and he arrived very early with his well-maintained and comfortable van. 


We didn’t have a specific itinerary in mind, Nobu- San was very friendly and patient, he asked us many questions to understand us better and brought us to some of Kyoto’s most fascinating sites. 


Nobu-San is very professional and knowledgeable and he shared a lot about the history of all the sites we visited. 

We learnt so much and were amazed by the history and beauty of Kyoto. 


Nobu-San is also resourceful and accommodating, we wanted to visit a sake brewery which is exclusive to Kyoto, he was able to arrange for a visit to a local yet established sake brewery at a very short notice where we had awesome sake tasting and sharing session with the owner of the brewery. 

We had an enjoyable time and purchased our favorite sake from the brewery. 


We would highly recommend to engage Nobu-San when you come to Kyoto and would definitely have another tour with him when we come back to Kyoto!


From Pearleen Teo-san in SGP

The tasting of the japanese sake in Matsu Shuzo, started  in 1726.
The tasting of the japanese sake in Matsu Shuzo, started in 1726.

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“Great Day in Kyoto”


We only had a couple days in Kyoto and wanted to maximize our time. 


We arranged a tour with Nobuaki Nagata for the day and he helped make the most of it. 


He was quick to respond to the booking request and arrange for details. 


He picked us up right on time and took us to a range of temples and shrines we would not have easily seen on our own. 


Toward the end of the day, he was quick to provide a proposed itinerary for us to pursue on our second day in Kyoto. 


All in all, a great day. Thank you Nobu!


 From Mr. Christopher Rowe.


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“Tour with Nagataxi Kyoto”


We spent a busy day with Nobu touring all of the major sites in Kyoto. 


He is a great guide who, most importantly enjoys what he does, is patient

and flexible on what you want to do. 


We had an early start and spent 6 hours from attraction to attraction (we

only had one day and he helped us make the most of it).


Our family of 4 (myself, wife and two sons, 14 and 16) truly enjoyed it. 


I would absolutely recommend him for a private tour of this wonderful city.


From Mr. Joe Kushi, .in USA

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“Family visit to Kyoto with Nobu-San”


My family and I came for a short visit to Kyoto from Tokyo. 

We only had a day to tour the area and Nobu-San came highly recommended to us from friends in Los Angeles, 

Having him as our guide and driver completely enriched the experience. 

Knowing how much time we had, he helped us plan a meaningful itinerary and was fantastic in his communication with us via email. 

He arrived early to pick us up and his van was extremely comfortable, clean and cool (considering how hot August is here). 

Nobu-San was warm, kind, friendly, and a wonderful sense of humor. 


In addition, he has a deep love and terrific understanding of history and it was a treat to gain a better understanding of all the sights he took us to. 

Not only did he take us to the most important highlights of Kyoto, but, on his recommendation, he also took us to an amazing temple that was off the beaten path, which turned out to be our favorite. 

When he found out that we enjoyed drinking tea, he took us to a special and historic tea leaves shop. 


Our only regret was that we didn't have more time to spend with him.


From Ms. Denise Wingate. in USA


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

Cert. No. Kyoto EN00383

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