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Far richer than an ordinary tour

I found aspects of our tour of some of the main temples in Kyoto difficult to enjoy due to the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
John B
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Genoa, Italy
Traditional/Modern Tokyo

Junko was a very professional guide, sharing her knowledge from the perspective of a lifelong... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sue A
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Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I found aspects of our tour of some of the main temples in Kyoto difficult to enjoy due to the crowds, but the minor temples and the discussions with our guide (Koko) made the tour a highlight of our holiday in Japan. She is articulate...More

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your extremely generous review of your Kyoto tour with Koko. I am delighted that you enjoyed your tour with Koko and she will be very happy to read your kind words. I appreciate you mentioning how Koko could explain Japan in an...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Junko was a very professional guide, sharing her knowledge from the perspective of a lifelong resident of Japan. She is very knowledgeable in both the history and architecture of the area. We really appreciated hearing about the culture of the country too. We even enjoyed...More

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your extremely generous review of your tour of Tokyo with Junko. I am delighted that you enjoyed your tour with her and I know that she'll be very happy to read your kind words. I appreciate you mentioning Junko's knowledge of the...More

Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Despite the horrible heat wave we had a wonderful experience with Ms Maeda. She was a great guide through interesting areas of Kyoto and clearly explained both the history and interrelationships of Shintoism and Bhuddism and their every day roles even for non-observant Japanese. Because...More

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2018

Thank you very much for your kind review of your tour with Maki! I'm delighted that you enjoyed the tour despite the heat in Kyoto. This summer has been much hotter than usual and we've done our best to adapt the routes, the pace and...More

Reviewed 13 July 2018

Our tour with Kazue was a great experience. We visited Arashiyama and had a great time seeing picturesque sites while avoiding the crowds. Kazue kept a great pace, adapted to our needs, and provided information on everything we saw to give us some context and...More

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2018

Thank you for your generous review of your tour of Arashiyama in Kyoto with Kazue! I'm delighted that you enjoyed the tour and I know that Kazue will be very happy to read your kind words. I appreciate you mentioning the fact that Kazue kept...More

Reviewed 29 June 2018

We went on two tours, one in Tokyo and one in Kyoto, with Chris Rowthorn tours and would definitively recommend them if you are interested in learning about the history of Japan and seeing some sights off the normal tourist track. Our guide, Kazue, was...More

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2018

Thank you for your kind review of our tours! I am delighted that you enjoyed the tours. I particularly appreciate you mentioning how the guides took you to some off-the-beaten-track spots and also gave you some insights into Japan's history. I am sure you are...More

Reviewed 17 June 2018

We spent a week in Kyoto and did almost all of the tours offered, including the day trip to Nara. We saw so much more than we could possibly have managed on our own, and gained a real appreciation for the rich cultural and religious...More

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2018

Thank you very much for your extremely kind review of our tours! I'm delighted that you enjoyed your tours with Kazue. She will be very happy to hear this. I appreciate you mentioning the fact that Kazue helped you avoid the crowds and figured out...More

Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

What an excellent tour- and Kazue was such knowledgeable and flexible guide- she was just wonderful! A great tour-the five of us starting off the tourist track- to temples we hadn’t actually heard about before-which was great and then on down through picturesque streets and...More

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2018

Thank you for your extremely kind review of your tour of Arashiyama (Kyoto) with Kazue! I'm delighted that you enjoyed your tour with Kazue. I know that she will be very happy to read your kind words. I appreciate you mentioning the fact that the...More

Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

It was our first visit to Tokyo. Being a little apprehensive - it was such a relief to have a warm and friendly host to guide us through the ‘old and the new’ of Tokyo (Tour 1) - off the normal tourist track. We had...More

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2018

Thank you very much for your extremely kind review of your tour with Tomoko! I'm delighted that you enjoyed your tour with Tomoko. I know that Tomoko will be very happy to read your words. I appreciate you mentioning how Tomoko took you to places...More

Reviewed 29 April 2018

We recently returned from a trip to the Kyoto area. It was a bucket list trip for me and I planned it for over a year. I originally planned to use Chris' consulting service to plan the details but there was an issue between our...More

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Thank you very much for your extremely generous review of our tours and the other information service we provided! I'm delighted that you enjoyed your tours with Maki and the places I recommended to you, in particular, Uzuki Cooking School. Emi will be happy to...More

Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

We took Tour 1 in Tokyo and a mixture of Walk 1 and 3 in Kyoto. Both were done the day after we arrived in each place and I found it a great way to climatize ourselves to an unfamiliar place. In Tokyo we visited...More

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2018

Thank you for your incredibly generous review of your tours with Maki and Tomoko! I'm delighted that you enjoyed your tours of Tokyo and Kyoto with them. They will also be very happy to read your kind words. I particularly appreciate you mentioning how they...More

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islandlife876
1 November 2017|
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Response from Chris R | Property representative |
Dear Nicola, Thank you very much for your inquiry. Our email address is indicated on our website. We would appreciate it if you could kindly check our website because we are unable to list an email address and a website... More
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Hi I would like to ask if you can accommodate me and and my husband with the tour below. We'll bday in Shinjuku and this will be this December. Appreciate if you could reply with your email so we could talk about the rates 😊 09 HOURS GRAND FULL DAY TOUR ON SEAT-IN-COACH WITH LUNCH (starts at 7:00am) You will first visit the Tokyo Tower, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Tokyo from the observation platform. Next is the Meiji Shrine, the finest example of Japanese shrine architecture. Then driving through the Akasaka Guest House. The Akasaka Guest House is a magnificent western-style palace built in the baroque style. Next drive by the Japanese Capitol, dominated by a massive tower and visit the Imperial Palace East Garden. Here you can enjoy a pleasant walk through the garden as a place of historical interest and scenic beauty. We drive through the shopping district of Ginza. You will enjoy Japanese style lunch (only included in the tour if lunch option is selected at time of booking). We continue to Hamarikyu garden which is a typical Daimyo (Japanese feudal lord) garden in the Edo period with a tidal pond. Next enjoy a 30 minutes boat ride on the Sumida River. After the cruise, you have a chance to see Ninja and Samurai performances at the pier. At the end of tour, visiting the Asakusa Kannon Temple and walking down the brightly lit Nakamise shopping street, then we drive through Kappabashi area where restaurant supplies and wax food samples are sold, and Ueno and Akihabara. *with hotel pick-up and drop-off for the above hotels. 11 HOURS MT. FUJI AND HAKONE BY MOTORCOACH THROUGHOUT ON SEAT-IN-COACH WITH LUNCH (starts at 8:00am) Enjoy the scenery of rural Japan during the drive to Mount Fuji. You will have a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and grand mountains from an altitude of 8000 feet. Then you will take the double-wired sky gondola for a breath-taking view of the volcanic Hakone Mountains, arriving at Owakudani Valley (the Valley of Hell). Admire the view of steam escaping from the rugged mountains of Owakudani. You will also have the chance to try an Onsen Tamago (an egg boiled in hot spring water). Next, a boat ride on peaceful Lake Ashi, you can sit back and relax amidst the picturesque and serene natural beauty of the crater lake. We then return to Tokyo by motorcoach. *with hotel pick-up and drop-off for
20 November 2016|
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Response from Chris R | Property representative |
Dear cambiari, Thank you very much for your inquiry. We are terribly sorry to inform you that unfortunately we do not offer a type of tour you requested. Please visit our website if you are kindly interested in the... More
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Amanda3228
26 September 2016|
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Thank you very much for your inquiry. We are very sorry to inform you that unfortunately we are already fully booked on the date in question. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.
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