“Wonderful introduction to Kyoto”
We only had 6 hours one day to spend with our guide Nobu, but he was able to maximize our time and create the best experience we could have asked for!
We hit everything on our list and Nobu was exceptionally knowledgeable about everything.
At one point, we mentioned to him that we liked gardens and he took us to an unscheduled stop at Okochi Sanso, which had the most beautiful views and landscaping.
When back in Kyoto, I would definitely hire Nobu to show us more of the city.
From Ms. Emma Carron, in USA
Hi Nobuaki, that is fine. Once again, Thank you for your service.
Our tour guide was Nobuaki Nagata (Nobu) and we are so happy to have him.
Nobu was most pleasant, respectful, humorous, and knowledgable; loved his lunch recommendation.
Nobu provided us with great insight of Kyoto's culture and history.
He was able to plan and optimized our time in Kyoto so that we are able to see the most & best of Kyoto in 2 days.
He made special efforts to point out all the Geisha & Maiko walking in Gion.
The Silver Pavilion is definitely one of my favorites; amazingly designed and beautifully landscaped.
All in all, Kyoto is simply breathtaking.
The price for the private tour was reasonable and the tour was most enjoyable; would definitely recommend Nobu for your private tour in Kyoto.
From Ms. Monica Lam in USA
We did a full day tour with Nobuaki Nagata in Kyoto in March, 2018 and we couldn’t have been more pleased.
He picked us up at the port in Kobe, drove to Kyoto for the day and returned us to the ship that evening.
We had been to Kyoto several times before, so we asked to go to places that he would recommend that were not the usual tourist spots (all of which are wonderful as well) and we were not disappointed.
Everything we saw and did was wonderful, his English is very good, his vehicle is very clean and well cared for and his driving is very safe.
We could not have asked for a better day and we will certainly contact him again if we are back in Kyoto.
He is also very good at confirming everything by email in a very timely manner.
We would absolutely recommend Mr. Nagata as your tour guide in Kyoto.
Diane Peets in USA
Beyond our wildest expectations! Perfect, private tour of Kyoto with Nobu.”
I contacted Nagata (Nobu). For months prior to our arrival I worked with Nobu to set an itinerary that would ensure we'd see everything my husband and I wanted in the amazingly beautiful city of Kyoto.
We were on a tour (that started three days later) so it was important to NOT duplicate any of the things we'd see on the tour.
Nobu put together a perfect itinerary ensuring we'd see everything we wanted, but also finding surprises that aligned with our preferences and interests.
I didn't want to deal with other forms of transportation (after a long trip from California) so we arranged for Nobu to pick us up at the airport and tour us for three days.
Even on our way into Kyoto the first night he showed us the Gion (Geisha) district and we saw a beautiful geisha (a rare treat!).
We met for the next tow days -- and they were unbelievable.
Nobu could answer all of our questions, brought sites to life with history and contemporary information.
And when he found out we loved the quiet of temples he took us to two that had NO people in them.
They were favorites of his and ended up being our favorites, too.
He knew when to arrive to beat the crowds and guided us to places within each sight where we could take the best pictures, have the best views and avoid the larger tour groups.
Seeing the cherry blossoms was at the top of my list, but by the time we arrived many had dropped their petals.
Nobu worked hard to find the places where there were late-blooming trees (including taking us to a landscape garden where there were some of the most beautiful cherry blossom trees).
Nobu was kind, thoughtful, gracious and truly one of the best guides we have had in all of our years of travel.
He takes amazing pride in his work and care in meeting (and exceeding) his client's expectations.
He even found reasonably priced restaurants near our hotel, took the initiative to book us reservations and the food was spectacular (for a fraction of what the hotel recommendations charges -- and so much more authentic).
He has a very spacious and comfortable touring van (brand new) and drives with great caution and care.
We HIGHLY recommend Nobu if you are going to Kyoto and want to see both the top sights and some off the beaten path.
Your memories will be imprinted by his kind, generous, warm care and guidance.
Be sure to book him early!
From Ms. Stacey Paynter in USA
“Best way to see Kyoto”
We had a fantastic trip in Kyoto using this service.
As there were 5 adults we booked with Nagata-san in his Toyota Alphard.
Spacious and clean!
As we only had a day trip we mostly went with his recommended route plus a
couple of our own requests.
Best way to maximize the 6 hours we had in Kyoto.
Nagata-san also speaks very good English so it was great to have a guide and
not just a driver.
From Alex Lee-san in CAN
“Fabulous tour of Kyoto”
My husband and I toured Kyoto for 2 days with Nobu.
He was a wonderful tour guide --knowledgeable, smart and very charming.
The tour is worth every penny - we would never have seen so many sights had it not been for touring with Nobu.
Besides the main attractions, he also took us to off the beaten track places where there were fewer tourists.
As an added bonus, he's a very nice and funny man.
We can't recommend his tour highly enough!
Ms. Liz Weinstein in USA
“Perfect day in Kyoto”
We had such a wonderful time with Nobu-san.
He was very professional, responsive and accommodating to our requests.
He did an amazing job arranging a perfect day based on our interests.
We wanted to see some of the "quieter" sites in addition to the popular tourist sites and he balanced the day perfectly between the two.
He was very knowledgeable and was able answer all our questions (even the silly ones).
His sense of humor is refreshing and his laugh is contagious.
If I am ever in Kyoto again, I would definitely book another tour with Nobu-san.
I highly recommend a tour with him.
Anita-san in USA
Excellent tour with Nobu
Our family of four plus and my mother took a Kyoto tour with Nobu in his alphard for the day and it was great.
Nobu listened to us and showed us what we wanted.
Gion, bamboo forest, UNESCO site and monkeys. He stayed with us the whole time and always very cheerful.
He gave insights into the sites and cared for everyone in the tour. His van was very nice and drove very safely as well.
From Mr.Ken Chang in HKG
“Kyoto Tour with Nobu on New Year's Eve”
Such a good tour! We had limited time in Kyoto and wanted to be able to utilize our time.
This tour was the perfect way to do that.
Nobu made sure we saw everything that was on our list and some areas that we would have never seen on our own.
Nobu is a very knowledgeable tour guide, as well as a great conversationalist. Highly recommend this tour!
From Ms. Jaime Harden in USA
“fantastic private Kyoto tour with Nobu”
We arranged a private day tour around Kyoto.
It was wonderful.
Our guide,Nobu had a lovely clean big car and was keen to make sure we saw everything on our list and also included some personal suggestions.
English was excellent and the tempura lunch stop delicious.
We went in 1 day from Tokyo and would never have seen as much as we did with this tour on our own.
I highly recommend this professional, friendly and informative tour.
From Mr. Scott Thomas in AUS
Kyoto Tour in December with Nobu
Nobu was the guide for a tour of Kyoto in December with my wife and our friends, it was phenomenal!
Nobu’s English is superb and he took us on a fantastic tour of Kyoto’s temples.
Our favorite part was the off the beaten path temples he showed us.
I highly recommended Nobu for anyone who is seeking a great tour of Kyoto.
From Mr. Steven Zimmerman in USA
Superb Kyoto Tour!
I would rate Mr. Nobuaki Nagata, quite simply, as the best tour guide I have
He was remarkably courteous, engaging, charming, attentive and very
sensitive to what my family and I required on our first visit to Kyoto.
Everything was made easy for us - Nobu took the stress out of travelling,
allowing us to concentrate on sight-seeing and enjoying our time around the
beautiful Temples and Shrines.
If you are looking for the perfect tour guide in English for Kyoto, look no
further than Nobu!
From Professor Anthony Elliott in AUS
We had an amazing day with Mr Nobuaki visiting Nijo-jo Castle, Golden Pavillion, Ryoanji Temple, Kiyomizu Temple and a secret gem away from the tourists recommended by our guide.
Nobuaki was knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor keeping all of my family entertained throughout the day.
He organised our itinerary with great detail ensuring we had plenty of time had each location.
I thoroughly recommend this Tour.
From Mr. and Ms. Thomas in AUS
Great way to see Kyoto!”
Nobu was amazing! What a great way to see Kyoto!
We visited 4 sites over 6 hours and were so impressed with Nobu’s knowledge of each location and interesting facts...
And his lunch spot, a nice local Ramen restaurant which I could not tell you where it was or what it’s called but WOW !
Great value for money and highly recommend this tour!!
From Ms. Kellie Ghattas in AUS
Local Insight Makes The Trip”
Our family had a wonderful day with Mr. Nagata.
In addition to leading us through the major sights in Kyoto,
Nobu gave us great insights into the local culture and history from the Shogun and Emperor roles to the history and practice of the Geisha.
His insights made the sightseeing so much more interesting.
From Mr. Tim Crosson in USA
Great day with Nobuaki Nagata”
We had a really really good christmas day in Kyoto and had lots of fun with Nobuaki Nagata.
Nobu was in the train station platform the minute we stepped out of the shinkansen from Osaka; and without a minute to spare, we started going around Kyoto, based on the list we agreed on.
Nobu knows a lot of the history of Kyoto, and also shared wonderful and interesting tidbits to us, about each place we visited.
No questions were left unanswered. Kids had fun, and found everything interesting.
Nobu is also very polite with his suggestions, and it was all good.
Lunch was superb, and the order of the sights visited allowed us maximum tour time, as traffic was minimal.
He drives an Alphard and is a very comfortable ride.
Prior to meeting him, and during our email correspondence, Nobu was very professional and very helpful. His English is also impeccable.
I will definitely tour with NObu again when Im back in the area, as he also does Kyoto environs, like Nara. Highly recommend Nobu!
From Shanie Kawpeng san in PHL
Nobu - Wonderful driver and English speaking tour guide around Kyoto!”
We spent two days with Nobu as our driver and tour guide around Kyoto and he was terrific!
We were traveling with our one year old son and two grandparents and he was very patient and helpful.
We were able to see lots of sites in a short amount of time, but with in-depth descriptions and explanations.
He was flexible and had great suggestions about off-the-path temples and shrines to visit that were beautiful.
We would highly recommend Nobu for anyone looking for an English speaking tour guide for Kyoto!
He was GREAT!
From Mr. and Ms. Gittleman in USA
Fantastic tour.... highly reckmmended”
Nobusan was very knowledgeable and conducted our tour according to our requests.
He was very patient with our young children, and they loved him!
Communication prior to the tour was very efficient.
Nobusan was waiting for us with his luxury car at requested time.
I would definitely use this service again and will be recommending to my friends.
From Ms. Karla Hynes
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