Kenji M.

4.71(62) reviews
 

Available Areas

Hyogo (Living), Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe, Himeji

 

Languages

English

 

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About

Hi I'm Kenji

I have a government license of tour guide interpreter in English.

I was born and raised in Kyoto, an old capital of Japan over one thousand years

So I'm very familiar with many sightseeing spots and attractions of the city

Kyoto is a fascinating and picturesque city drawing lots of foreign tourists every year

I can show you around not only popular historical sites and relics

but also its various attractions such us Zen silent meditation, traditional sweets cooking,

kimono-clad walking and so on.

I can also provide tailored tours fitting to your liking.

I like a famous Zen phrase "Ichigo Ichie" meaning "Treasure every encounter

for it will never recur"

So I always try to enjoy guiding every tourist with my best hospitality.

Zen concepts have greatly influenced many aspects of Japanese culture

I will explain some of them and allow you to explore Zen world through some of my tours

Please contact me any time.

I'm looking forward to seeing you and spending wonderful time with you.

See you soon !

Tours

Customized Private Tour in Kyoto

Kyoto
8 hours

This is customized private tour in Kyoto which guests can create easily by selecting any spots from a list of popular tourist destinations. The list consists of 16 tourist destinations (S01-16) that are very popular especially among foreign tourists. After the guest's selection the guide will arrange best itinerary with tour cost and feedback proper offer to the guest for formal booking.

FROM$349/ per group

Highlight Tour of Kyoto

Kyoto
8 hours

The tour includes five typical tourist destinations in Kyoto city. We will start with visiting Kiyomizudera Temple literally meaning "Pure water temp...

FROM$327/ per group

Amazing Osaka tour packed with fun

Osaka
8 hours

A special pass called "Osaka Amazing Pass " costing 2500 yen allow you to use local transportation freely and enter 30 tourist attractions for free al...

FROM$327/ per group

Customized Private Tour in Osaka

Osaka
8 hours

This is customized private tour in Osaka which guest can make easily by selecting any spots from a list of recommended tourist spots. The list consists of 17 tourist destinations divided by 3 area,North, South and Bay area that are popular among foreign tourists. After the guest's selection guide will arrange best itinerary with cost and feedback the guest proper offer for formal booking.

FROM$349/ per group

Exploring Magnificent Himeji Castle with Unspoiled Sanctuary and the World's Longest Bridge

Himeji
8 hours

Guests can combine any of the following tourist destinations depending on their needs and tour time. 1) Himeji Castlea (magnificent fortress ) 2) Engyo-ji temple (a unspoiled Buddhist sanctuary) 3) Akashi Kaikyo Bridge (the world's longest suspension bridge) 4) Japanese garden Kokoen (various type of Japanese gardens)

FROM$349/ per group

Customized Private Tour in Nara

Nara
8 hours

This is customized private tour in Nara which guests can create easily by selecting any spots from a list of popular tourist destinations. The list consists of 8 tourist destinations (S01-S08) that are very popular especially among foreign tourists. After the guest's selection the guide will arrange best itinerary with tour cost and feedback proper offer to the guest for formal booking.

FROM$349/ per group

Reviews

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Lisa B.

Dec 1, 2019

Lovely guide and very helpful!

Thank you so much Kenji for travelling with our group to Kibune and the beautiful temples in northern Kyoto! Thanks for your patience while we took so many photos :)

Kenji M.

Dear Lisa, Thank you for your wonderful review of the customized private tour. I'm very glad that you could enjoy the tour while taking so many nice photos. I could not understand your technical terms of photography but enjoyed myself watching your skills and teaching of beautiful photography . Best regards Kenji

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Ziad H.

Nov 27, 2019

Mixed results

We used the services of Mr. Kenji for 5 days, and before that I had been in correspondence with him fir many months to plan those days. My experience during the planning phase is that he was very helpful and responsive, and was able to provide a lot of valuable information and options that made the planning experience much easier. On the other hand, during our actual visit there were several mistakes that significantly impacted the quality of our trip during those 5 days and in fact made them the worst in our 2 week trip to Japan: a museum that was scheduled on the day of its weekly closing; our evening with the geishas where we did not get the exact agreement we had; a full day that turned out to be a total disaster due to very bad scheduling (missed the most important shrine; missed the ninja performance; had lunch at an incredibly expensive restaurant while we had a much better meal of better quality and cheaper in Osaka in addition to not being warned beforehand that we can only pay in cash which we had to scramble to get; etc etc..) This definitely gave me the impression that some attention to details and proper planning would have radically improved our experience. So in summary, it was an mixed outcome that could have been much better.

Kenji M.

Dear Ziad, I'm very sorry for some incovenience suffering you during our tours. They are mixed with some causes. Scheduling at weekly closing of the museum was my mistake. As to dinner with gaisha girl performance we booked it correctly through our restaurant but we found it was gaisha agent's fault. We could manage to ask them additional performance through negotiation. Regarding long distance tour to ninja museum and Ise shrine etc traffic jam and inexperienced driver's routing caused delay of our itinerary resulting in missing of ninja show and shorter shrine visit. I might had better to have asked you to start our tour earlier to avoid possible traffic jam. I should have explained the comparison of Matsusaka beef in Osaka and Mie if you don't insist eating it in Mie to avoid misconception. I will improve my guiding with detailed confirmation about key items,adding more extra time for long distance tour and preparation for alternative options in case of prospective trouble to minimize its risk. Best regards, Kenji

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Barbara D.

Nov 7, 2019

9 hours to see Kyoto

Kenji was knowledgeable, efficient, and flexible while showing us his home town of Kyoto. He expertly guided us through the Osaka subway and train stations, saving us valuable time we would have spent trying to read signs and figure out our route. He recommended okonomiyaki for lunch at a small restaurant in or near the Gion district and it was delicious!

Kenji M.

Dear Barbara-san, Thank you for your excellent review of my tour. I'm very glad that you liked my home town Kyoto and my recommeded lunch. With the limited day-trip time from Osaka I managed to guide you several major tourists spots but Kyoto has plenty of sites worth visiting and facinating attractions. So I do recommed you to stay at least several days in Kyoto next time to enjoy more. Please contact me anytime if you need me in future. Best regards, Kenji

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Lynn K.

Nov 3, 2019

A day in Osaka

Kenji was knowledgeable and pleasant throughout. He made a great effort to accommodate our needs. One of our group had dietary requirements and he sought out a restaurant that met those needs.

Kenji M.

Dear Lynn-san, Thank you for your wonderful review of my tour. I'm very glad that you could enjoyed my guiding in Osaka. I look forward to your next chance to visit Japan in near future. Best regards, Kenji