Satoko Kuroda Private tour guide in Kyoto, Nara, Osaka - Japan

Satoko Kuroda

Guide profile:

Welcome to Japan and Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Kobe!!

'Featured Guide' - Tourists from Poland as Two Day Kyoto and One Day Osaka Highlight Tour ---- Enjoying taking amazing memorable pictures at opening ceremony of Maiko and Geiko in Gion, Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion), Arashiyama area including Tenryuji Zen temple, Bamboo forest, Kinkakuji and Kiyomizu temple/Gion area---.



Please ask my availability in advance before your booking process.



Sakoto is one of the friendliest guides we have ever met. All of travelling was very enjoyable, but I must say the best day of all was the one we spent with Satoko! We really appreciated the way Satoko planned the tour and gave the friendly helpful information. She quickly worked out the best highlight tours to suit our needs, allowing us to use our rail cards. She is very knowledgeable and has a good command of English. We would have no hesitation in recommending her services.


'Guide Profile'

I'm an experienced Tour guide in Kyoto, Osaka and Nara, In Japan there are various 'Must to See and Experience' in each season by different appeal. Enjoy visiting both awesome World Heritage sites and Off-the Beaten Local Paths with the expert guide! I can offer any advise or suggestion to help you arrange your accommodations or itineraries in Japan along with seasonal events or attractions you can join. Please feel free to ask me.

My guides are already for over 300 tourists, like from many countries as Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Germany, Argentina, UK, USA, Canada, Russia, Australia, NZ, Korea, Phillipine,etc... Various type of tours are available like for honey moon travelling, family travelling, graduation trips, etc... please feel free to your inquiry or request, so I can help to make your travelling more memorable.


'How to Ask a Guide'

1) Please ask the availability for guiding date before booking process.

2) Please include your Japan travelling schedule roughly before/after Kyoto or Osaka, so I can make your model itinerary more effective in detail.

3) Right after your actual booking, we can talk more in detail through our original email address containing any recommendation link or address to help your Japan travelling.

4) Other than physical guiding, I can give you any helpful advice or recommendations for accommodations, transportations, train time tables, directions or any other travel tips.

5) Please be noted : The fee for visitors by Cruising are only per person.



■ I happily made onto "Top 10 Private Guides" at Viator Travel Awards



Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Elsie K.

Satoko was on time to meet us disembarking from the ship and she was was a great travel guide. Very friendly and helpful. Thank you Satoko 😊

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:





● Arashiyama Area (Tenryuji Zen temple/Bamboo Forest/Togetsu Bridge etc...)

● Ryoanji, or Kinkakuji, or Nijo Castle (Please choose either one)

● Kiyomizu temple, Gion Area

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● Nishiki market / Shijo-Kawaramachi / Teramachi / Pontocho

● downtown area strolling, help you to enjoy shopping & souvenirs.





● Offering very authentic activities such as Tea Ceremony , Meeting with Maiko, Kyoto Sweets Making, Maiko Make-up Experience etc...





● Other than physical guiding, I can give you any helpful advice or recommendations for accommodations, transportations, train time tables, directions or any other travel tips.


For Osaka / Nara / Koyasan / Kobe / tours, please ask me for model plans along with your requested places if you have.

Transportation by tour guide:

■□■□■ In Kyoto >>> 500yen of one day bus pass, 250yen of subway, 200yen of street car to visit everywhere in Kyoto.

■□■□■ In Osaka >>> 800yen of one day subway pass (600yen on weekends) to move to everywhere in Osaka. Or 2000yen of "Osaka Unlimited Pass", allowing to ride freely on trains/buses in Osaka, with free/discount admission to popular facilities.

■□■□■ In Nara >>> You can use JR pass for train from Kyoto to Nara and 200yen of city bus to get to Todaiji temple / Nara Park of Deer.

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

From KOBE PORT - Kyoto Highlight Tour Price Per Person 50.00 USD
Kyoto Highlights - Arashiyama, Kiyomizu and Gion Price Per Group 250.00 USD

Tour guide interests:

I'm working for a toy company as main job, exporting Japanese toys which is related to the animation to the world. I'm interested in history, cultures, ancient architectures, languages, etc... and really love to introduce those things about Japan to the world. So doing a guide to help and have a chance to share the many things with overseas tourists is my perfect happiness. :) My another hobby is photography. So I also can introduce those beautiful and spectacular scenes for your pictures in Kyoto if you like a photography, too.

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Elsie K. 07 Nov 2018

Satoko was on time to meet us disembarking from the ship and she was was a great travel guide. Very friendly and helpful. Thank you Satoko 😊

5 stars Bennett L. 29 Sep 2018

Satoko is hip, fun and full of great info. My wife and I were exhausted after four days in Tokyo(so much so that we cut our time with Satoko short only because of our own exhaustion) but she showed great patience with us and still packed a ton of fun places and great insights into our time together. Her English is superb and she is a lot of fun to be around. If we return to the area we would book with her in a second. Can't recommend her highly enough---you will glad you chose her to guide you.

5 stars Dawn A. 01 Apr 2018

We had a great day with Satoko. We were able to see so much more with her guidance. Her English is great and she really seemed to know the area. We would have been totally lost trying to navigate Japan without her. She took us all over Kyoto. Helped us buy some saki to take home and even took us back to the train station platform to make sure we got back to Tokyo ok. I would definitely recommend hiring her for your trip to Kyoto.

5 stars Galina R. 27 Jul 2017

5 stars Ana T. T. 25 Jun 2017

Our family of ten had a great time with Satoko. She was very knowledgeable and efficient and made good use of our limited time. She was very patient with our group when some of us got tired and was flexible in managing our itinerary. Over all, we were happy that we decided to book Satoko at the last minute. She made our visit to Kyoto so much more worthwhile.

5 stars Janet G. 19 Apr 2017

Satoko was a fantastic guide for our day in Kyoto! She was responsive and helpful with planning. Our ship had a rare but extremely long disembarkation process in Kobe, delaying our start by 2.5 hrs. But Satoko was kind, patient and understanding while waiting for us. My group of 6 had 4 seniors – 1 with a back injury – and Satoko took great care of all. We saw everything on our list and more!

I would definitely recommend Satoko and would not hesitate reconnecting with her in any future visits!

5 stars Olga P. 15 Apr 2017

Satoko was amazing. She is very professional, knowledgeable and very friendly. Satoko planned our two days in Kyoto very well. She managed to show us all highlights of Kyoto using public transport and it was very smooth and time efficient.

5 stars Jerry H. 20 Mar 2017

Satoko is a terrific guide. We saw so many wonderful things including the gold pavilion, the oldest temple in Japan, the cherry blossom temple, a beautiful rickshaw ride through a swaying bamboo forest. Satoko's skill allowed us to see many more things than the ship's tour which actually was more expensive. Thank You Satoko!


5 stars Michele R. 15 Mar 2017

Satoko was very knowledgeable about Kyoto! She pointed out the highlights of each of the places visited on our tour. It was also fun to explore the city with her via the back streets and alleys, avoiding congested streets when possible, and using public transportation - city subway, buses and trains.

5 stars David P. 25 Feb 2017

Satoko is fantastic. She is prompt, patient, very knowledgeable, a good planner, has excellent English skills and has an amazing grasp of the public transport system in Kyoto. She planned 2 days for us in Kyoto during which we visited everything on our wish list with informative explanations. She also recommended great places to eat. Highly recommended!!!

5 stars Victoria B. 09 Feb 2017

Satoko gave us a wonderful tour of Kyoto. She was endlessly positive even while it snowed on our heads as we walked. She had so much cultural knowledge to share at every stop. Our whole day interesting and fun.

5 stars Jose M. 04 Jan 2017

Satoko is a great tour guide. She knows Kyoto and she is very fun, easy going and efficient. She helped us have a wonderful day trip to Kyoto visiting all the good things. We also requested her to take us for lunch to a Ramen place and she chose a very good one of reasonable price. Overall, excellent guide. We definitely recommend her

5 stars JOSEPH K. 30 Dec 2016

There are so many things to do in Kyoto it is often hard to choose. Satoko was very helpful directing us to Ginkakuji Temple, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and a walk through the Nishiki market area. We traveled by subway and bus with Satoko. She was knowledgeable and helpful, showing us things we had missed on our last trip. We highly recommend her.

5 stars Samantha A. 17 Oct 2016

Satoko was absolutely amazing for starters, she was able to add the 3 of us to a group of 8, that had already booked - such a star.

We started our day on the Bullet Train, which made our 9 years old trip to Japan, on our amazing day in Kyoto, we seemed to go on every mode of transport for our tour of 'The Golden Pavillion', 'Bamboo Forest' and where the Geisha girls are.

Can't wait to go back to Japan in 2018 and we would love for you to be our guide again, thank you for a great experienc

5 stars Cindy T. 29 May 2016

Satoko was very prompt and managed to fit in everything we wanted to see on our 1 day tour of Kyoto! She gave us wonderful local suggestions and even went out of her way to help us buy our bullet train tickets to Tokyo. I would highly recommend her!! Thank you for making our trip so memorable.

5 stars Stefan S. 12 Mar 2016

What a great guide, she understood perfectly the things we wanted to do or see and even more. I can certenly recomment her , she will give you a trouble free journey (we did everything by public transport, fast and comfortable but with no notice of the Japanese language a good guide is a must. Thank you again for having us

5 stars Zachary G. 23 Dec 2015

Satoko did a wonderful job showing us a lot of Kyoto in one day. She was personable, friendly, and helpful in explaining details about the city and its sites. We were very pleased with our experience and recommend her strongly!

5 stars cara M. 17 Oct 2015

Satoko is great - very friendly and helpful. She even came to Kyoto station to help us buy our train tickets for Hiroshima. She goes out of her way to make sure you are happy.

5 stars Douglas G. 28 Mar 2015

Satoko did a superb job guiding us in Kyoto. She was personable, very informative, interesting and educational. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. She made it very special and memorable. We would highly recommend Satoko. Douglas and Diana Gray, Vancouver, B.C. Canada

5 stars Ailin C. 28 Dec 2014

Satoko was wonderful! We have 4 kids ranging from 10 to 16. It's not easy entertaining and making everyone happy, but somehow Satoko was able to do that! We had Satoko for 2 days in Osaka & Kyoto. She stayed with our family during all our activites and even climbed up "monkey mountain" (which was quite challenging!) Satoko was patient, kind, and knowledgeable. Most of all, she went out of her way to make sure everyone's interests were satisfied. We highly recommend Satoko!

5 stars Amy N. 16 Nov 2014

we thoroughly enjoyed Satoko - she is knowledgable, organized and very fun to be with. she was patient and super helpful when we asked for her assistance in obtaining a complicated set of train tickets. we had a great day in kyoto and would highly recommend our friends to use her as a guide.

5 stars Scott C. 03 Nov 2014

we would highly recommend Sakoto. She was very knowledgeable both on historical sites as well as current affairs, spoke excellent English and was fun to be with. She was able to adjust the schedule to meet our needs and was wonderful at handling some physical challenges due to health issues. She made the visit a truly memorable experience

5 stars Frances F. 23 Oct 2014

Satoko was a truly lovely lady who looked after us 100% - we absolutely loved our tour with her and enjoyed the fact that the pace of the tour suited our needs of 4 people over 70 years of age. Would highly recommend her for her flexibility and willingness to work on an itinerary that suited us.

5 stars Schmid M. 19 Oct 2014

We have been meet by Satoko in time in our hotel lobby. After a short introduction in very good english we took off to a journey through old Kyoto were we have been informed about life, kulture and habits of japanes people and eaven saw a "Maiko". We enjoyed very much the charming and nice way of Satoko. She was very easy going and interested in in our culture as well. We spent a lovely time together and after a very good dinner, we finished our tour in a bar with wine and a talk amongst friends

5 stars HAMAD M. 14 Oct 2014

She was perfect, so informative & knew where to go; her plan was nicely done, there were a lot of memorable moments leading us to have a great time in the city of kyoto.

I highly recommend her! She is one of the best.

5 stars David B. 02 Sep 2014

Unbelievable. So efficient, friendly and accommodating. Every detail, including a hand written note in Japanese to make sure our taxi driver got us back to our ship. Best guide that I and five others have ever had. If you ever need a guide in Kyoto don't chose anyone else. Did I say she was great! The tour and Satoko will never be forgotten. I could go on and on but only a few characters remain. Oh, and the shopping. She was so patient and helpful with the ladies.....thanks Satoko.

5 stars Glaucia K. J. 03 May 2014

Satoko was extremely friendly and helpful. Her English is very good and her knowledge of the city and hystory is amazing. She saved no efforts in making our tour unforgetable.

5 stars Nemsie R. 29 Apr 2014

Satoko was an excellent guide, making us feel welcome, knowing the most interesting area to visit in Osaka. She used our time excellently well, making our experience in Osaka memorable. She speaks excellent English got us to the airport on time.

5 stars Rick W. 13 Apr 2014

We greatly enjoyed our time with Satoko, she was very knowledgablle and pleasant to be with. She pre-booked all the train and subway tickets which saved us a great amount of time and gave us more time to see the sites instead of standing in lines. Thanks Satoko for a great day.

5 stars Jennifer B. 29 Mar 2014

Satoko was very pleasant and accommodating. She gave lots of extra help in purchasing tickets and finding my round the subways and train stations. I was very appreciative and thankful. Thank you so much Satako!!

5 stars Kanani M. 22 Mar 2014

Satoko was very accommodating and nice. She was flexible and knew her way around Kyoto very well.

5 stars Chan Y. 15 Mar 2014

My family and I were very happy to have Satoko san as our personal tour guide at Osaka and Kyoto. She is really nice, informative and looked after us. She also recommended us very good food for lunch and souvenirs. We really enjoyed the trip she planned for us, especially in Kyoto. Thank you Satoko-san! I highly recommend her for your travels through Osaka and Kyoto.

5 stars Jesus G. 08 Mar 2014

I found myself with travel plans changed last minute and needed someone to help me and my two sons in Kyoto and Osaka. Satoko was great and accommodating; she was great at helping us get from the train station to our hotel as well as with the most fitting tailored tours. Satoko was a great reason why we were able to make the best from our first visit to Japan. We highly recommend her.

5 stars Jeremy B. 01 Mar 2014

Satoko made our one day visit to Koyoto one not to forgot. She was amazing and looked after us and gave us a great tour. I would recommend her highly.

5 stars Ricci P. 17 Jan 2014

I booked Satoko for my parents during their visit to Japan. When they returned from their tour, they had nothing but positive things to say about their time with her. They said she was one of the best tour guides they'd ever had. Her passion and knowledge for Kyoto and her kindness towards her guests are unparalleled. I highly recommend Satoko for your travels through Kyoto.

5 stars Thien P. W. 21 Dec 2013

My family and I were very happy to have Miss Satoko as our guide for two days just before Christmas 2013. She speaks very good English and was very prompt to meet us at our hotel. She was very patience with us and showed us many interesting and beautiful places in Osaka and Kyoto. She also recommend us very good food which we enjoyed very much. She knew her way very well and took us around the two cities by bus, subway and rapid train. We really enjoyed our time with her as our guide.

5 stars concepcion Z. 09 Nov 2013

Satoko was just wonderful!! She was on time (like all japenese people are) meeting us at our ryokan to begin our super fun filled...sights filled day. She went over and above the "call of duty". She did not mind that we were "zig-zagging" from place to place (north, south, east, west of kyoto) not even following a decent itinerary. She brought us to beautiful places. Satoko speaks good english and is very accommodating. She is the best!

5 stars Bettina L. 03 Nov 2013

We enjoyed our tour in Kyoto very much. Satoko was very prompt and patient with us (2 families with 3 kids) with all our stops, photo op and eating. She also helped us get our room reservation at Fraser Residence which was full each time we attempt to do it online.

Very patient and prompt with our email exchanges. All our questions were answered before the trip and she exceeded our expectations :) It would be difficult to do Kyoto in 1 day if we were to do it ourselves. Sayonara! Till next time

5 stars Alexander S. 13 Oct 2013

Excellent experience! Satoko is knowledgeable, fluent, punctual, efficient and friendly - All that is required of a tour guide. We shall definitely recommend her to our friends and certainly use her services when (and if) we come again to Japan.

5 stars Felix G. 15 Sep 2013

Satoko was great. Wheather in Japan is often unpredictable. No matter, rain or shine - Satoko always delivered. We were delighted by her knowledge and her company. She made our time in Kyoto an unforgettable experience. Way to go, Satoko-san!

5 stars Tore S. 14 Sep 2013

We had a great day with Satoko! She was very friendly and knowledgeable.

5 stars Lely U. 31 Aug 2013

Satoko is an excellent tour guide. We had a great time with our tour in Kyoto. Thanks for all your help, Satoko-san.

5 stars Hue F. 03 Aug 2013

Ms. Kuroda is a friendly and professional tour guide. She is very flexible and accommodated our family diverse interests. She had wonderful recommendations for us in Osaka and Hakone Park. Our time with Ms. Kuroda was very efficient given the short time we had in Kyoto. Ms. Kuroda follow up with us via email with pictures of our tours. It was a very thoughtful gesture and we very much appreciated. Book with Ms. Kuroda , you won't be disappointed

5 stars YONG P. 22 Jun 2013

Satoko is an excellent guide! She is extremely friendly and helpful, and was very accommodating of our tour group which had a wheelchair-bound elderly. She even went the extra mile to explore and plan in advance wheelchair-friendly routes for our tour, and made excellent food recommendations. Her explanations about the places we visited were clear, and she clearly knew a lot about the places we visited. She was our best guide during our trip, and we definitely recommend her! :)

5 stars Ted M. 15 Jun 2013

Satoko is friendly and funny - although she has difficulty understanding humor if it involves a play on words. Her command of English in providing information as a guide is excellent. Provides historical as well as cultural information about what you are seeing. She knows where to shop - we loved the "Happiness" store in the Higashiyama area of Kyoto. Her daily rate is a BARGAIN - we spent the weekend with her.

5 stars Dave S. 08 May 2013

We had a most enjoyable day with Satoko. She was a delightful and helpful host. We saw a great deal of Kyoto in a short time, while feeling we had a relaxing day. Travelling about on public transport was a great way to see the local people - it would have been impossible without a knowledgeable local guide. We were also able to enjoy an excellent but simple lunch in a small restaurant with no other westerner's present. Satoko was more of a friend showing her city than a professional tour guide.

5 stars Melissa T. 04 May 2013

Satoko is an amazing guide! We were a group of 21 and she helped us so much not only on the day she was guiding us, but other days too. For example, she helped us get tickets for a Hanshin Tigers game as well as the Kamogawa Odori. The seats were great for both events. Also, she helped us organize our entire visit to Arashiyama, reserving both lunch and dinner, and providing such clear instructions on everything. On the day she was with us, everything was beautifully thought out and done!

5 stars Andre O. 14 Apr 2013

We would have never enjoyed Osaka if we didn't have Kuroda-San to guide us. Ifcthis is your 1st time in the Kansai region, I recommend you book her to guide you. She knows the places and the routes to take to ensure you have a great experience.

5 stars Lloyd B. 31 Mar 2013

Satoko was an excellent guide. Very personable and knowledgeable. She showed us all of the sights we were interested in seeing and had a great lunch together as well. Cherry blossoms in Kyoto were spectacular . I would definitely recommend Satoko as a guide who is easily understood and fun to be with.

5 stars JIM P. 27 Mar 2013

Satoko is a wonderful guide and a pleasure to be with. I found her knowledge excellent and explanations easy to follow.Her english is very good and her attention to detail amazing. I would recommend her services to anybody wanting a full tour guide experience.

5 stars marcia H. 28 Feb 2013

this was the most "local" experience we had on our trip. Satoko was terrific. And she really showed us a Japanese experience-buses, trains, a Japanese Style hotel, as well as all the sites. She is organized and a great guide.

5 stars Yuet K. 17 Feb 2013

I enjoyed the tour provided by Satoko. she is very knowledgable in history and interesting stories about the castles and shrines. Also what I leike is she is flexible to tailor the tour to your personal interests and very patiently helped me with some specific shopping interests.

5 stars KIM Y. 30 Dec 2012

We had a lovely visit with Satoko-san. She is very helpful and proactive in assisting us to plan the trip. I appreciate her thoughtfulness and forward planning to ensure we have a very enjoyable and memorable tour. I look forward to visiting Japan again soon. Thank you .. Arigato Gozaimasu Satoko-San! =D

5 stars Pamela H. 29 Dec 2012

Satoko was very patient with us given we were a big group. She also gave us a snapshot of Kyoto which we loved specially the food. Definitely a guide we would recommend to all...She also has a very good rate for the amount of service that she gives.

5 stars José E. C. S. 31 Oct 2012

Satoko was a very good guide and we had a good time with her.

5 stars Chee S. H. 05 Sep 2012

5 stars Jamie Z. 23 Aug 2012

We had a wonderful time in Kyoto, thanks largely to Satoko. She took us to many places that we never would have found on our own (or at least we would not have made it to nearly as many places in one day without her knowledge of public transportation in Kyoto.) Satoko is very knowledgeable regarding the places we she took us and we learned alot. She is a very nice person who was alot of fun to spend our day with in Kyoto. Thank you Satoko from all of us from August 23, 2012!

5 stars Oscar C. 28 Jul 2012

Satoko was an outstanding guide. We arrived late because we took the wrong train and she waited for us for a long time. She is very patience and her English is pretty good. We had a blast enjoyning the wonderful Japanese culture, beautiful places, gardens, temples, shrines and many others. I totally recommend her!!!

5 stars Dan O. 12 Apr 2012

Satoko is a wonderful tour guide! We booked Satoko tours of the Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka area while visiting Japan for six days. Touring with Satoko was the highlight of our trip! Before the trip, Satoko answered all of our questions promptly. She helped us to plan our itinerary for our free days. We found that Satoko has a delightful, very friendly personality and was very knowledgeable about the sites we visited and about Japanese culture in general. She was great in helping us to get around on the various modes of transportation. We could not have managed this without her! We are very pleased to have become acquainted with Satoko and highly recommend her as a tour guide.

5 stars Gordon C. 04 Apr 2012

5 stars Leanne M. 19 Mar 2012

Satoko was wonderful!She answered a zillion emails and went far and above the call of duty.She was extremely careful of our well being and made sure that we were able to see and learn all about the attractions.Her English is excellent and her knowledge admirable.She made our day in Kyoto a wonderful and memorable time.She is extremely thoughtful,helpful, and honest and I cannot put into words how grateful and pleased we were to have met her. She is a delight!!!

5 stars Avelyn L. 26 Jan 2012

She was very helpful & went out of her way to assist us on our transport and our subsequent leg of tour to Osaka. We are very grateful for the advice she gave us in order for us to cover as much as possible for our short stay in Osaka & Kyoto.

5 stars Eila C. 31 Dec 2011

Satoko's tour was wonderful value. Her English was fluent and her knowledge of Japanese culture and history deep. She is a kind, enthusiastic and friendly person.

Eila and John Curtis

5 stars Sybil E. 29 Dec 2011

Satoko is an excellent guide and not only took us on a wonderful tour of the main sights but gave us great advice about what to do for our remaining days in Kyoto. She is friendly, knowlegeable and takes lovely photos. We travelled with our 2 daughters aged 7 and 10 and they loved the trip too. I would recommend Satoko to anyone.

5 stars Enrique D. 08 Dec 2011

- December 2011

Satoko guided my mate & I around Kyoto for a few hours. In those few hours, she took us to the Golden Palace, which as epic in its beauty. Then to the Silver Palace, which had beautiful grounds & gardens around, a quick stop at the Philosophers Path then the highlight at Arashiyama. Such a pleasure to be with, her knowledge of history of each building/site/temple etc and her patience with my photos is second to none! I highly reccommend her!

5 stars Karen C. 11 Sep 2011

Satoko is a truly awesome guide! I toured around kyoto with her for 2 days and she showed me various interesting sights including the popular ones and also off the beaten track ones. She is friendly with good sense of humor and speaks fluent English. She is also knowledgeable and explained the history of the temples/historcal sites and Japanese culture very well. My trip to Kyoto was truly memorable and I would highly recommend her service.

5 stars Rouchelle C. 29 Jun 2011

Every step of the way through our guided journey, Satoko had pointed out the historical and religious significance of things we would not have noticed if she had not been our guide.

Satoko was flexible with last minute changes and very helpful with extra information and recommendations on our planned next legs of our journey through Japan.

Satoko answered all our questions and made our first trip to Japan memorable. She is a treasure!

Rouchelle and James (Sydney, Australia)

5 stars Paul L. 11 Mar 2011

Satoko San is a very professional tour guide and will introduce the place to us about the history and places of interesting. I enjoy her companionship and she has done a good job show us around in Kyoto ! And she can speak english very well, i was worried that like most japanese that could not speak english very well, but her command of english is good, therefore we had a fruitful trip and a wonderful conversation along the trip !

5 stars Terry E. 10 Mar 2011

we chose Satoko to be our guide for a day in Kyoto. We had a great time, she met us at the ship terminal and we then made our way on the public train system to Kyoto. Satoko was most knowledgeable, friendly and went out of her way to ensure that our experience was memorable. Her english was excellent and we would highly recommend her services. Terry & Dianne, Australia.

5 stars Tiffany 05 Mar 2011

Satoko was amazing. She kindly prepared our itinerary for the day before we met and made sure that we saw everything on our list the day of our tour. Satoko was friendly, extremely knowledgeable and speaks great English! She went above and beyond what we expected. We were glad to make a new friend. Do not hesitate to book her as a tour guide. You will not regret it. :)

5 stars Joretta (. J. 09 Feb 2011

My husband and I are so happy with the outcome of our 2 days tour with Satoko, even before we met her we are already excited of the trip, she's very responsive to our inquiries thru email, and have been guiding us on what mode of transporation to get from Kansai Airport to our Hotel in Osaka, Satoko customised our itinerary to our liking, we are interested in Culture and Arts and she brought us to Museum and great places in Kyoto and Osaka, Satoko and my husband share a common interest which is

5 stars Kazuaki N. 03 Feb 2011

I asked Satoko-san a guide for me and two American friends of mine, first-timers to Kyoto, in early February. She organized one-day tour fully upon request base at reasonable fee. She was knowlegeable and dependable. We enjoyed her English guide and would definitely ask her a guide again for the next time. Thanks for the great photos, Satoko-san!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you, too. It's nice to hear you've enjoyed the tour. I'm so impressed with your friends' 'brave happy spirit' to encourage themselves to try any different cultures like first foreign cuisine, foreign night on futon, foreign bath time in the japanese wooden bathtub etc... I hope all are now beautiful memories in their mind album. Welcome back!

5 stars Jia W. C. 01 Feb 2011

Satoko was great! She guided me and my family (10 people) for a day at Kyoto. She is very organize and very knowledgable. Satoko speaks good english and she was very helpful throughout the trip. I would want her to guide me again the next time I visit Kyoto (hopefully during fall) Thank you so much Satoko, me and my family really enjoy your company. See you soon!!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you, too for a great time in Kyoto. Your families are all nice, friendly and curious to explore any new experience. I was quite happy to have shown you the culture, history and everyday life in Japan. We have some in common as Asian countries but quite different for many things. Welcome back to explore different colors of Japan next time!

5 stars Rene R. 29 Jan 2011

Satoko has a wide knowledge about Kyoto and all other interesting places and was offering any help or information needed already prior to the trip. She was a great help to visit the city. Satoko is very obliging and also flexible regarding schedule (indluding requested changes on a short notice) of the places to visit.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you for having chosen my guide. You've already visited Kyoto, Japan several times, an expert tourist, it was my great pleasure to help you explore another Kyoto. Winter is kind of between Maple and Sakura, but the best season to enjoy exploring more secrets of the city, not crowded but in a quiet mood. Welcome back for another color of Japan!

5 stars Pratul C. 13 Jan 2011

She was really good and tailored the tour well to our requirements. If I came to Kyoto again, I would request her services.

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you for your warm feedback about my guide. I was quite happy to hear that you and all your families have enjoyed my suggested plan in the following days! I'm really looking forward to sharing many pictures with you some day when you have time! And yes, welcome back! :)

5 stars TAN C. C. 02 Jan 2011

We would like to say thank so much to Ms.Satoko. She is really nice, and very helpfull, especially when we got α little trouble during tour. We're suggest to choose Ms.Satoko be α guide when you're in Kyoto. We're satisfaction to Ms.Satoko as our guide. Thank you very much,maybe next Ï travel to Japan again, Ï will contact her. TQ

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you for your kind testimonial. My top priority as guide is always to make the guest's travelling more impressive and unforgettable. It was just an accident when your families has got a little sick or got lost shortly during the tour, but it was my great pleasure now to hear that you're all satisfied and felt my advise was helpful. Thank you.

4 stars Paulo A. 13 Aug 2017

We did a one day private tour with Satoko in Osaka. Satoko is a very organised guide and capable to adapt the tour to our wills. She also took us eating a delicious Ramen in a typical Japanese restaurant.

4 stars Hangwah M. 23 Jun 2015

4 stars vincent C. 20 Apr 2014

we had an excellent day with Sakoto. She saw the sites we wanted to visit and her comments added a lot of value to the experience. Besides her professionalism, her friendliness and flexibility were very much appreciated and made the day all the more enjoyable. No hesitation to recommend her !

4 stars Michael H. 08 Apr 2012

We had a very good tour weekend with Satoko. She met us at our hotel on both mornings and we spent the entire day each day going to temples, shrines and many other points of interest. She picked out very interesting local restaurants and even stopped at a store where chopsticks can be engraved with one's name. We enjoyed the tour very much.

Tour Guide Comment: Happy to hear you enjoyed the tour very much for two days, and very sorry the busy traffic was not a five star situation due to the busiest Sakura week through the year. But great to hear that you liked the restaurants at off the beaten track along with my unique souvenir tips.

4 stars Corinne L. 03 Apr 2012

Our April 2-3,2012 tour of Kyoto with Satoko was very enjoyable. Satoko was a very accommodating guide and provided lots of information about the sites we visited. Although it rained on April 3 during our visit to Kiyumizu Temple, we still felt lucky since they were celebrating a water festival and we were able to witness a temple ceremony with a dragon dance! Thank you Satokosan for a wonderful tour! Corinne L.

Tour Guide Comment: Happy to hear you enjoyed the tour, but very sorry the weather was not a five star fine day, unfortunately. Right after a powerful deity dragon dancing at the temple, we've had a heavy rain, it seems he brought a big Spring Storm to welcome us... in rather wild way, though...

4 stars Matthew T. 07 Apr 2011

Unable to take tour due to Tsunami. Guide was responsive to all e-mails

Tour Guide Comment: I'm very sorry for the situation that your Japan travelling couldn't be possible last Spring. But I really hope you have any chance to visit Kyoto some day, so I can show you beautiful Sakura... Happy to keep in touch. :)

3 stars Beverly W. 03 Oct 2012

We enjoyed meeting Satoko but the tour she provided was a little too disorganized. We probably spent half our time on mass transit. Kyoto has tons of temples and shrines which are in similiar but the settings and gardens set them apart. We enjoyed the gardens the most and would have liked more strolling .

Tour Guide Comment: sorry, but I'm afraid misunderstanding, cuz we enjoyed strolling three famous/secret sites as you requested and said really awesome. Transportations, no other way for temples, 18km away for each, and you asked ATM, coin laundry, Shinkansen ticket, unexpectedly, so needed to drop in station on the way instead of more strol. felt happy to help though

3 stars Aylin W. 21 Jan 2012

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