Yumiko was a FABULOUS guide! She is articulate and knowledgable. She is caring and generous with her time and effort. She checked the weather and let us know to bring rain gear. She planned three perfect days for us based on seeing the best of Kyoto and where the cherry blossoms were blooming best. She was able to describe all about what we seeing. I asked to enjoy a Sencha do tea ceremony, which is hard to find, because I had studied it years ago. She not only found us a tea ceremony, but one which let us try our hands at making tea under the guidance of the teacher. So wonderful! She was able to arrange a pottery demonstration with an elder master potter which was amazing and from whom we could buy truly beautiful pottery. Every day Yumiko spent longer than her planned time with us and gave us advise for things we were doing without her. I asked to spend our last time together doing what the Japanese would do as a special farewell. We had high tea at a beautiful old grand dame hotel where Yumiko had celebrated her wedding. You just can't more personal service. I highly recommend Yumiko!