“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
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
“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
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
“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
We had 2 half day tours (4 hours each) with Mr. Nobuaki Nagata.
- Tenryu-Ji Temple
- Bamboo Forrest
- Golden Pavilion
- Nijo Castle
- 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
“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
“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
“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.
“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
“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
“Really great experience with Nobu-San!”
My parents, my pregnant wife and I, as well as your 21 month old toddler just spent a day with Nobu-San and had a really great time.
Nobu-San was very responsive months out, and as promised, he reached out a couple of days before to confirm pickup.
On the day of, he was early and waiting for us at the Westin Miyako with his very clean, spacious, and nice van.
Japan was setting records with the heat, so he made suggestions for amending our previously discussed itinerary.
We still hit the points that were important to us, and he suggested other points on the fly.
We ended up going to a place that had some yukata for kids that my wife really wanted (and was air conditioned).
He is very price conscious, and also suggested a very tasty authentic Japanese place (full of locals) for lunch.
A must see with kids is Nara Park. It is very congested with tourists, but was our highlight!
I would highly suggest booking with Nobu-San and would wholeheartedly do it again if we are in the area anytime soon.
You will be in good hands.
From Mr. Jed Tsai in USA
Such a wonderful tour of Kyoto
We did a 6 hour tour with Mr. Nobuaki Nagata (Nobu) in Kyoto.
This was our first visit to Japan and of course we based the sites we wanted to visit on what we researched on the internet (Typical tourist spots).
Once we met with Nobu, he went trough the intinerary we had discussed via email, then he asked what type of places we were interested in seeing and then he tweaked our itinerary based on our conversation. (He asked for our permission to do so of course)
Nobu is such a great guide, we were able to cover a lot of places in the short time we had and best of all Nobu’s suggestion were little hidden gems, they were our favorite areas that we visited.
He has vast knowledge of the history behind the places we went to and explained everything in perfect English. He’s very friendly, respectful and polite and all with a great sense of humor.
Even though you can see the sites using public transport (some sites he took us too would be a bit difficult though) I highly recommend getting Mr. Nobu as a tour guide, there is no way we would have been able to see everyplace we went to on our own and appreciated them as much not knowing History behind these places that Nobu explained so well. （Being in an Air Conditioned car in 37 Celsius weather doesn’t hurt either :)
I highly recommend taking his tour, it is worth the reasonable fee that they charge and will make your experience that much better.
From Mr. Armen Pattoukian in CAN
Nobu is the best!!!!
We recently returned from Kyoto with our two teen daughters and had an amazing time -- especially our 2 days touring with Nobuaki Nagata (Nobu).
Nobu was really kind, fun and incredibly knowledgeable about Japanese culture and history.
He added an element of excitement to everything we did.
He was also flexible and extraordinarily patient with our family.
We were in Kyoto during the severe heat wave, so Nobu took extra care to make sure we were comfortable and visited sites that were not overrun with tourists (He kept the car running with AC even when we were not in it!!!).
Nobu took us to magical shrines and temples, including a few of his own "off-the-beaten-path" favorites which turned out to be highlights for us.
He also had amazing restaurant recommendations.
We all appreciated Nobu's humor and personal stories which gave us insight into authentic Japanese life. We highly recommend Nobuaki Nagata as a guide.
from Lauren Strogoff in USA
“Best day of their visit!”
My husband and I currently live in Japan and my parents came to visit us in mid June.
We decided to take a trip to Kyoto, but didn’t know where to start with planning.
I stumbled upon this page about private tours and it sounded perfect for us.
Our guide, Nobu, really made our trip to Kyoto a memorable one; he did everything we could ask for and more.
From the start, he had great communication via email asking questions about our group and our preferences.
His recommendation on what time to get to Fushimi Inari saved us hassle with large crowds, and his knowledge on the different shrines and temples we saw, as well as Kyoto history in general, made everything much more interesting.
It was so nice to say "We want to see X and Y spots" and Nobu filled in the rest of an incredible day.
He even recommended a great restaurant for lunch!
He took us to what I think was my favorite temple I've seen in Japan yet, Otagi Nenbutsu, which was off the "beaten path" of popular spots in Kyoto.
It was so peaceful and the 1200 unique Buddha statues had so much personality!
Nobu always went out of his way to run back to his van ahead of us to get it started so we could enjoy the nice A/C right when we got inside from the hot weather too.
My parents cannot stop raving about Nobu and our tour with him, claiming it was their favorite day of their 10 day visit.
The convenience, personalization and firsthand knowledge that comes with this tour are well worth the price!
Overall, we can't say enough great things about Nobu, book with confidence!
From Ms. Sara Gasser in USA
“Wonderful Tour of Kyoto”
Recently my family of 4 had the wonderful opportunity to take a tour of Kyoto with Mr. Nobu Nagata.
He was both an excellent tour guide as well as a wonderful driver around the city.
Given the hot temperatures and distances between selected destinations, it was great to have a guide with an air-conditioned minivan.
Nobu provided wonderful historical information as well as insights into the Japanese culture.
He worked hard to answer all questions and interact with both my husband and
I as well as our two teenage children.
He made sure we covered all the sights we wanted to see on our tour.
He also suggested a few extra sights which we were very thankful.
We enjoyed being able to see a traditional Japanese home as well as a temple
nearby with a delightful collection of Buddhists rakkan (stone Buddha statues).
Friends have used other guides from the group and everyone has been pleased.
I would recommend Nobu Nagata to family and friends planning to visit Kyoto.
From Ms. Megan Pickettein SGP in USA
“Mission completed within 5 hours”
I contacted Nobu (Mr. Nagata) for a day tour on Jun 2.
I let him know my itinerary and he helped to further customize my itinerary so that we could visit those essential attractions within 5 hours.
He is really friendly, flexible and gives lots of information about the sites (Nijo Castle, Bamboo forest etc.).
My family really enjoy the tour and we will definitely return when we got more time to spend in Kyoto.
Really appreciate the hospitality offered by Mr. Nagata and not forgetting the nice photos taken by him.
We shall meet again soon.
From Mr. Amos Lah,in SGP
“Excellent in every way”
We are a family of 5 (kids aged 10-16) visiting from the US.
We do not know any Japanese.
We wanted to spend just a day or two in Kyoto and had originally looked into booking a tour through a travel agent.
Contacting these guys directly was so much better.
They are honest, easy to do deal with, and very flexible.
A few emails prior to the visit is all you need to arrange a meeting time/place and to let them know if there are any specific places you want to see.
As other reviewers noted, you can also just leave the itinerary to them.
Our guide was Nobu. He was excellent. His English is great, so communication was easy.
His minivan was pristine, well-air conditioned, and comfortable.
He is a good driver and knows a great deal about the various shrines and temples in Kyoto.
He is very flexible, so the pace of the tour can be whatever you want it to be; and he is very helpful taking pictures, so the whole family can be included.
Maybe best of all, he is extremely fair and honest. We had originally planned to hire him over 2 days, including stops in at the monkey park and bamboo grove in Arashiyama. As it turned out, we booked one night at a ryokan, which was just a few steps from those two spots, so he suggested we do those on our own to save us from paying for that time.
He also said that if did not really need him for the second day, we could cancel without a fee.
Of course, we did not cancel day 2 because we were having such a good time with him as our guide.
The details of our trip are as follows:
1. We took a red-eye and arrived in Osaka (Itami). From there we took the shuttle bus to Kyoto, and Nobu was waiting for us at the stop.
2. First stop, Fushimi Inari-taisha.
3. Lunch. It was only 11am in Japan at that point, and he was planning another stop when the kids started to say they were hungry.
So he asked what we liked to eat and on what budget.
We said ramen or sushi (maybe something less than 2000 yen/person), and he took us to a small local ramen shop that was great and under 1000/person.
4. Kyomizudera. Nobu explained a lot to us about the difference between Shinto and Buddhist temples and also about how they coexist.
He also stops at various points to show us where the best views are.
5. Drive through geisha district.
He would have taken us to see the Golden Pavilion to complete all the stops we had requested, but we had decided to defer that until the next day, so he drove us through Gion on the way to our ryokan in Arashiyama, so we could at least see what the area looked like.
6 (day 2). Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji Temple. This was a smaller temple he suggested, and it turned out to be the kids' favorite.
He picked us up from Arashiyama later in the morning after we had gone to monkey park on our own.
7. Golden pavilion.
8. Drop off at hotel in downtown Kyoto.
It was starting to get hot at the pavilion, and the kids were getting tired of the temples, so he took us to our hotel next to Kyoto station, and he suggested we check out the mall next door.
Kids were very happy at the mall. Even though we only spent 3 hours with him on day 2, he did not charge us the usual 4 hour minimum since we had hired him for the previous day.
We would have been happy to pay him the extra hour for his flexibility. We have nothing but good things to say about Nobu.
It's too bad we couldn't bring him with us to Tokyo.
From Mr. Irwin Lee, in USA
Mr. Nobuaki ( Nobu ) was a guide for us.
We discussed through email the places in Kyoto we prefer to visit, given we just have one day for Kyoto, and there are so much places to see there.
The exchange of email was quick, simple and direct.
The day of the tour itself went on smoothly, Mr. Nobu was very courteous, informative and kind.
The tour went on smoothly and it’s like we covered so much in such a limited time.
We will definitely recommend him to our family and friends when they visit Kyoto.
From Marjorie Cu-san , in PHL
“Kyoto - 1 Day Tour”
We were 6 of us and Nobuaki Nagata-San (Nobu-san) picked us up from our hotel in Kyoto in his very clean and comfortable Toyota van. Nobu-san was very professional, knowledgeable with a great sense of humor. We spent nearly 6 hours very effectively in spite of the rain. Nobu-san was well prepared for the rain, had umbrellas for all of us.
He was efficient in his driving and was always able to find parking spots near the sights we were visiting.
We saw the Fushimi-Ku Inari Shrine (memoirs of a Geisha), Kinkaku, the Golden Pavilion, Zen Buddhist temple with rock garden.
He drove us in and around Gion, geisha district; explaining to us about the culture and how to spot Geisha houses.
Also gave us a name of an excellent restaurant for dinner, walking distance from our hotel and a tip about going to Hyatt Regency Hotel to see a free Geisha show in the evening.
They have one everyday at 6:15pm in the lower level of the hotel.
It lasts only 15 minutes and for us that was enough time.
From Pervin Sagar-san, in USA
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）
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