My dad and I had only a day in Kyoto (traveling from Tokyo in the morning and back in late afternoon).
Luckily, we had Mr. Nobu as our guide and driver - 2 in 1!! He was very friendly, hospitable and very knowledgable.
We arrived on a very busy day (Japanese local holiday) but Mr. Nobu planned the trip for us so efficiently that we made it to 4 must-see places.
Thank you so much Mr. Nobu for making our experience so memorable!
Our family of 6 had a wonderful time with Nobusan!
We had toured with him for 2 days. He was very knowledgeable and speak good English.
He picked us up at our Airbnb and took us to every place we wanted to see.
He knew all the good photo spots. He is very attentive to details always keep the van neat and clean.
He also tried to go back to the van quicker to turn on the air conditions for us. Which was very appreciated in the hot and humid weather.
He took us to his favorite tonkatsu restaurant. It was very tasty!
Highly recommend him for your trip to Kyoto. Especially if you travel with small children.
Mr. Nobu Nagata picked us up at our hotel & drove us in an air conditioned pristine mini van--which was very much appreciated especially in the hot & humid August weather!
He took us to many more shrines & temples than I thought we could cover in one day.
Plus, he gave us direction to the best photo locations.
Mr. Nagata is very knowledgeable & answered our numerous questions about past & present history & customs.
He gave us helpful hints for visiting other sites (the following day) to avoid crowds.
His warm personality & joyful demeanor made our day very enjoyable & memorable.
Mr. Nagata is the ultimate professional--prompt, reliable, friendly, fun & is an excellent historian.
We highly recommend his expertise for your visit.
My friend and I booked a private tour and had Nagata-san (Nobu) for the day.
He was excellent all around.
On time, thoughtful, and full of great recommendations for the major attractions and off the beaten trail places.
We were able to set our own pace and managed to squeeze in more than any of the group tours were offering, and see some unique places.
I would highly recommend anyone that wants an English speaking tour to book a tour with them.
We originally sent an email with about 5-6 sites to visit. Based on several e-mail back and forth we decided all day adventure would be too much.
We decided that we would try to get 3-4 sites with the minimum requirement of 4 hours. We looked this up before our trip and luckily, we did because they are very busy.
Since we were there for 14 days, we were able to get a tour booked on our last weekend of the trip.
Once we booked the day, it was pretty easy to correspond using email. In fact, we were emailing up until we got off the train which helped us tremendously. I was able to give him my train number and he was able to meet us on the platform of the Shinkansen. Mr.Nobu had a nice van that could accommodate 6 adults.
He spoke English very well and his knowledgeable of Kyoto and provided a deep understanding of the history, architecture and even touched on the zen/Buddhist religion.
The sites we saw Kinkaku-ji, Ryoanji Temple and the bamboo forest. If the crowds were a bit less we may have been able to squeeze in one more sight.
You have to pay for his parking with is nominal 300-500 yen for parking but you get to park really close to the entrances. You pay for your own entrance fees but the tour guide gets in free.
In the 4 hours we got in three sights which was about right for the amount of walking we did at each sight.
It was well worth the money and I would highly recommend booking this private tour.
Mr. Nagata took care of my family during three days (two in Kyoto and one in Nara). His vehicle is impecable (Toyota Van for six passengers).
He is very knowlegeable, knows very well the city and the sights.
Three days may seem like a lot of time in Kyoto. You can be there for a month. There is no way that we would have covered as much as we did without Nobu´s help.
I strongly suggest any traveler to Kyoto to use a private service.
You will waste a LOT of time moving from one place to another. You have already made the expenditure to be there. Do not waste time walking or waiting for the bus.
Spend that time visiting the sights.
We (a family of four) booked Mr. Nobu for a day and had a fantastic experience.
He planned an enjoyable itinerary for us and was extremely knowledgeable about the cultural and historical aspects of various shrines/temples.
He was simultaneously an excellent driver and guide, with a good sense of humor, refined manners, and a very accommodating nature.
He knows Kyoto intimately and brings life to its ancient locations (ask him to bring you to the temple with statues of Buddha's many disciples), and has an impeccable sense of where many very specific shops (woodblock printing, tea, etc.) are located.
We highly recommend taking a tour with him!
Sorry it has taken this long to thank you for a beautiful tour in Kyoto and being such a good driver too!
We enjoyed seeing my neighborhood when I was 5 years old and the cemetery at Shinnyodo and touring the Imperial Palace, where I played as a young child.
The tour you provided was perfect, and always accommodating us, even pushing Jocelyne in the wheelchair at the Palace.
You are the best! We hope to stay in touch with you as we will again visit Kyoto.
Wishing you much success and good health!
Frank and Jocelyne Shiromoto
We spent a day this past January touring Kyoto with Nobu.
This was truly one of the most memorable days we spent in Japan.
Nobu was kind and open, and helped to craft the tour around our areas of interest.
He even adapted throughout the day so we could learn more about things that we found compelling along the way.
It seems that there is no subject that is out of reach for Nobu!
He is deeply knowledgeable about history, art, culture, religion, even gardening and landscaping.
We visited a mix of sites, from very famous locations to tiny, seemingly secret gardens and temples around Kyoto. From a practical side, Nobu was very organized, communicated promptly over email, picked us up at our ryokan, spoke English well, and was enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge.
I wholeheartedly recommend this tour and Nobu – you will not be disappointed!
Thank you very much for referring to Nagata taxi for a private tour of Kyoto.
Mr. Nagata was not only a great English speaking tour guide but a very hospitable person.
My husband was not able to do some walking tours. Mr. Nagata accommodated him a wheel chair to tour Nijo castle and push him an entire tour there.
Our family not only enjoyed a 7-hour sightseeing of Kyoto but also learned a rich history of Kyoto as well.
Ms. Akiko Bontems.
We arranged our 6 hour tour with Nobu-san by email and he was easy to work with.
He picked us up at our hotel and took us to several places we had picked out.
Instead of just acting as our driver, he escorted us to each attraction and gave us a thorough history of each place.
You could tell he knows Kyoto very well and he treated us like we were his personal guests.
We are Americans living and working near Tokyo and are familiar with the trains and subways here but we would have spent a lot of time in transit and would have missed Nobu-san's great information.
I would hire him again and I highly recommend his services.
Tenryuji Temple in Arashiyama
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!
京都観光タクシー運転担当 ＆ 英語通訳案内士（観光庁認定 英語案内ガイド）
永 田 信 明 Nobuaki Nagata