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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, anjusangen-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


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Thank you very much, Nagata-san. 

We enjoyed it very much. 

It was a very special look at Kyoto and your guide information added a lot to our enjoyment. 

I will recommend your service to all my friends coming to Kyoto. 


Sue Nevin in AUS




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Tour course: Fushimi Inari Taisha, Tenryu-ji Temple, Bamboo Forest, Adashino Nembutsu-ji Temple, Gion


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 Nobu is the best!”


Nobu is a very experienced tour guide - he knows EVERYTHING about Kyoto,

well maybe not everything but close! 


We had been to Kyoto two times before so we had seen all of the "must see"

sites. We told Nobu to take us to his favorites. 


He took us to amazing places and the magic was in several of them there was

nobody else there! 


To truly experience the serene and meditative Japanese aesthetic in the

gardens and temples requires quiet and peace. 


We were very fortunate to be able to experience it. 


If that is the experience you are looking for, we couldn't recommend him

more highly.


From Mr. Randoll Wise and Ms. Janet Wise. in California, USA


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Tour course: 

5/19 Matsumoto Myokei Museum, Shoden-ji Temple, Ryugen-in Temple

5/21 Renka-ji Temple, Hosen-in Temple, Sanzen-in Temple, Jyatsuko-in Temple

5/23 Chisyaku-in Temple, Sennyu-ji Temple, Gozasho, Yunryu-in Temple

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“Wonderful tour in Kyoto!”


We recently traveled to Japan as a couple with our grown children and their significant others. 

We booked a full day private tour of Kyoto; 

Nobuaki Nagata was our guide. Nobu was very responsive right from the start. 


After requesting a reservation by email, we heard back immediately, pricing was transparent and an itinerary was suggested. 

Our reservation was confirmed the day before our tour and Nobu arrived promptly at 8am. 


He had a very comfortable van that accommodated all 6 of us very nicely and we were able to visit many more sights in the course of one day than we ever would have been able to do on our own.


Nobu was very knowledgeable, pointing out things to make the shrines and temples even more meaningful. 

He also had a very positive spirit and exhibited a great sense of humor throughout the day. 


At the end of the tour, we asked for a lunch recommendation close to our hotel. 

He called ahead to ensure the restaurant could accommodate us and dropped us off at the door. 


We had a wonderful day and highly recommend Nobu and his services. 


From Ms. Janet Barbiarz in USA


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Tour course: Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine, Tenryu-ji Temple, Path of the bamboo in Arashiyama, Arashiyama, Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple, Ryoan-ji Temple, Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle.   

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Dear Mr. Nagata,

after four more stops in Tokyo, Toba, Okinawa and Ishigaki we are now

heading to Taiwan. 

We would like to thank you very much for the excellent tour in Kyoto and Nara. 

It was a very good mixture of very well-known locations and more private ones which were extremely interesting. 

So thank you very much again and you could always use us as reference. 

With our very best regards and wishes 


Elfi und Dieter Wilhelm in DEU


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Tour course: 

5/4 Kansai Airport, Four Seasons, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Ginkaku-ji Temple, Honen-in Temple, Nanzen-ji Temple.

5/5 Tenryu-ji Temple, Takebayashi, Arashiyama, Ehime Nenbutsu-ji Temple, Ryoan-ji Temple, Kinkakuji Temple.

5/6 Todai-ji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Nara Tobiko Shrine, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine         

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“Great way to see Kyoto”

Nobu was our guide for 6 of us for 3 days in Kyoto. 

His van was immaculately clean. His English was very good and he took us to all the must sees in Kyoto. 

Very knowledgeable and punctual. I would highly recommend this company.


From Ms. Sandi Wahlroth in CAN


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Tour course: 
5/8 Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Sanjusangen-do Temple , Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
5/9 Tenryu-ji Temple, Takebayashi, Arashiyama, Adashino Nembutsu-ji Temple, Ryoan-ji Temple, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Ryugen-in Temple
5/10 Nijo Castle, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Ginkaku-ji Temple

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“Kyoto tour in Golden Week only with Nobu-san”


Together will my family we had a pleasure to see Kyoto with fantastic guide Nagata Nobuaki-san (Nobu). 

I have to admit we were a bit afraid to visit Japan during Golden Week but thanks to the perfect planning, 

knowledge and undisputable expertise of your Guide we had no problems whatsoever. 

In one day me managed to visit all interesting places (+ more). 

We had even time for nice, Japanese style lunch in a small restaurant. 

I guess this place is known only to the local people :) 

If one day you are looking for guide in Kyoto, Nagata Nobuaki-san would be my personal recommendation and perfect choice for you.


 From Tomasz Grzelczyk-san in POL


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Tour course: Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Tenryu-ji Temple, Path of the bamboo in Arashiyama, Adashinonenbutsu-j Buddha temple, Kinkaku-ji the Golden Pavilion.

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“Excellent tour with Nobu!”


We spent two days travelling around Kyoto and Nara with Nobu. 

He was courteous, informative and personable and quickly established that we preferred visiting quieter areas rather than hitting up all of the tourist sites.


Nobu personalized our day to ensure we maximized the time 

and would take us to temples and shrines off the main tourist stretch which were equally as beautiful and with immense historical value. 


Similarly, when we briefly mentioned our desire to see real geishas, he quickly adjusted his route to drive us around Gion (and nearby areas) to be flexible to our needs. 

Nobu's recommendations for places to eat were also top quality with reasonable prices and he always ensured that all aspects of my family's requests were provided for. 


Thank you Nobu for such a great time touring the region!


From Tessa Kong-san


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Tour course: 4/21 Tenryu-ji Temple, Takebayashi, Hozugawa, Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple, Ryoanji Temple, Kinkakuji Temple, 4/22 Fushimi Inari Taisha, Todaiji Temple, Gion-eria.

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Nobu as our tour guide was the best thing for Kyoto


We spent the entire day with Nobu. 

9 hours of touring. 7 am to 4. 


It was enough time to see nearly all the key sites of Kyoto and really the only way to accomplish that with a car and Nobu’s insight into where to go when. 


Nobu was also amazing at explaining the history and keeping my 12 year old twins occupied during the entire time with interesting insights. 


Fantastic guide and someone we would recommend to all future travelers.


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Tour course: Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Tenryu-ji Temple, Takebayashi, Hozugawa, Monkey Park, Adashino Nembutsu-ji Temple, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Gion

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

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