We were visiting family in Japan but took a brief respite in Kyoto.
Our guide was Nobuaki (Nobu) Nagata. He met my husband and two children (8 and 10yo) at Kyoto Station for the start of our tour.
We told him ahead of time what we were interested in seeing and he made sure we saw it all (Fushimi-Inari, Kiyomizu-dera, Kinkakuji).
We didn't have a lot of time due to our schedule but thankfully, on this day, the traffic and parking wasn't as bad as we thought so we were able to move quickly. Nobu was completely accommodating and guided us through each location and gave us background and interesting information for each place.
My husband doesn't like to stay stagnant for too long and Nobu kept a nice pace and timed everything appropriately so we could visit all of our desired locations.
Nobu was a wonderful, professional and knowledgeable guide. We really enjoyed his pleasant disposition, he's extremely reliable and his English is very good.
Our kids really liked his nice vehicle! I completely recommend him for any Kyoto experience.
My husband and our mothers had a really wonderful full day tour with Mr. Nagata in Kyoto this April.
Mr. Nagata was very responsive over email prior to the tour confirming all the details.
He picked us up punctually at 8am on the day of the tour and made sure we were the first visitors at a few of the sightseeing spots so we could avoid the crowds.
The tour was based on our preferences and some great suggestions from Mr. Nagata who is a very friendly and knowledgeable guide with very good English.
As our mothers were not in a condition to walk too much, Mr. Nagata adjusted the tour to accommodate our needs.
Mr. Nagata also recommended a very good traditional Japanese restaurant for lunch and took us to an amazing kimono store.
He also suggested stores for traditional Japanese goods around the city.
Mr. Nagata's car is very comfortable and we got to see a lot of sights at a leisurely pace.
I would highly recommend a tour of Kyoto with Mr. Nagata!
Dear Mr. Nagata,
In March 2017, I (along with two to four others) had the pleasure of having Mr. Nagata as our guide for Kyoto and nearby areas for two days. He was an excellent guide - very punctual, patient, knowledgeable and friendly. He made our stay in Kyoto most enjoyable as well as quite interesting. He took us to places that tourists would not normally visit. Plus, he was most agreeable if we needed to stop for coffee or a lunch break. Mr. Nagata planned our two days very well and we saw more than we could possibly have seen on our own. Plus, the transportation he provided was terrific - very clean, spacious and comfortable. Mr. Nagata's English is very good and he provides interesting details about the locations that we visited. Our trip to Kyoto was an A+, largely because of Mr. Nagata. (Note that I have been to Kyoto before but having Mr. Nagata as a guide provided a completely new experience. I saw parts of Kyoto that I did not see before and that were "off the beaten path.") I have no hesitation in recommending him to you as a guide.
Professor Carla Hayn,
Senior Associate Dean
Executive MBA & Global Immersion Programs
Mr. Nobu Nagata met us at the train station on the platform and took us straight to sightseeing! We requested a 5 hour tour of Kyoto because we were just day tripping it from Tokyo. We saw all the top sights that I requested. Everything was very efficient and smooth. We got hungry early and we requested to eat lunch. Mr. Nagata found a place where we could eat with good English speaking staff too. We had a wonderful tour. We communicated about the sights and train arrival time way in advance. He will email you back and forth until everything is just right. I appreciated all of his help.
Mr Nagata (Nobu-San). We are very pleased with Nobu-San's excellent service. He drives a sparkling clean black mini van good for 6 pax. He has a very deep knowledge of the Japan culture and history and explains them to us along the way. This is important as it allows us to have a better insight and appreciation of the Japan culture and history.
This will not be possible if you visit these places on your own. Nobu-San is an unconventional Japanese man who surprises us with his jokes and great sense of humour.
He brought us to Arashimaya Bamboo Grove, Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji temple, Ryoan-Ji temple (rock garden temple), Golden Pavilion, Fushimi-Inari Shrine, Kitano ten mangu Shrine, Gion and Miyagawacho district over the 2 days. He even brought us to the handicraft center and tea shop when we wanted to buy some local souvenirs home. If time permits, plse ask him to bring you to see the Geishas in the evening from 1730hrs onwards.
We highly recommend using his service which is so enjoyable and great value for money!!!
From Sock Hia Lim
Our private tour of Kyoto with Mr. Nobuaki Nagata (Nobu) was great. He asked for a list of things we wanted to do and definitely customized the tour to suit our needs. We only did a day trip to Kyoto and we opted for the 6 hour tour. Unfortunately the day we went, it was a holiday so some places we went to it was really packed.
Nobu was full of energy and very knowledgeable about all the sites we went to. We were even able to go off the beaten path and was able to visit one is his favorite temple.
Even though time was short this time, we will definitely come back and request another tour with Nobu again!
Our private tour of Kyoto with Mr. Nobuaki Nagata (Nobu) was a great experience. He was referred to us by Mr. Machi. Nobu designed an excellent itinerary, and also was flexible in adapting it to accommodate additional sites we wanted to explore. His knowledge allowed us to avoid crowds, enabling us to see even more of this spectacularly beautiful city (in his pristine and spacious van). Overall, Nobu created an unforgettable memory
Please post my review to your website. Happy to provide a testimonial!
Showed out Kyoto photos, including one of you and Kate, to friends tonight! My daughter and I had the good fortune to tour Kyoto with a stellar guide -Mr. Nobuaki Nagata (Nobu).
Nobu is friendly and knowledgeable guide which made for an interesting and delightful day.
He was organized, yet flexible and took care of all logistics. Since we had limited time to visit and an insufficient knowledge of Japenese history and culture, we wanted to see sites that would offer us an overview of imperial Kyoto and the Shinto and Buddhist cultures.
We were further constrained by the running of the Kyoto Marathon. Therefore on day one, Nobu designed an a tour that took us to: Fushimi Inari Taisha, Komyoin, Sanjusangendo, Kiyiomizudera and a brief stop Geisha district. When we expressed an interest in painting, Nobu suggested adding Chishakuin Temple which is known for its beautiful wall painting Nobu offered enough information to shape our understanding of the sites and included bits of folks lore and contemporary " fun facts" about Kyoto aswell.
We highly recommend Nobu for anyone who wants a fun and informative journey through time in Kyoto.
Nobu-san was a guide and owner driver we booked the eight hours private taxi tour.
We were travelling with senior friends and felt this would be the most comfortable option for them. The communication leading before our trip was detailed and prompt, Nobu-san was helpful and gave suggestions on pick-up time and route to avoid traffic.
In the morning, we were picked up on time in a very clean and comfortable Alphard type luxury vehicle and Nobu-san greeted us warmly. We wanted to visit many temples and tourist sights, Nobu-San tailored a tour of Kyoto to our requests and accompanied us at every site. Our tour was filled with many interesting facts and extensive knowledge of Kyoto's Shrines and tourist spots. He was also very flexible in his tour, and catered to the needs of the senior friends, Nobu-san treated them with infinite patience, respect and kindness. When he found out we would be attending a tea ceremony near Kyoto station after the tour, he called ahead so that the venue could provide chairs for our senior friends as sitting on the floor might trouble their knees! We were very touched by his thoughtfulness.
We visited Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Dera Temple, Nijo Castle, Ryoanji Temple, and ended the day at Kinkakuji.
I highly recommend his services, and would no doubt book a trip with him in the future.
I made a reservation for the tour a little more than a month in advance and had some mail conversation on what we wanted to see/do during our tour.
Leaving it up to our guide Mr. Nobuaki Nagata to decide on where to go and what to see.
Turned out to be a great day in a snowy Kyoto!
Temples/shrines and some good food where we presented to by Mr. Nobuaki, he speaks very good English and have very good knowledge about the city and knows how to present it in a good way.
The car was in condition as new and umbrellas was offered as protection to the changing weather.
I've been to Kyoto 2 times prior to this trip and had gone to a few places but didn't enjoy it as much as I did this time around. I had the honor of having Nagata-san as our tour guide. I had 5 people in my party, 2 being children 5 and under. His car was very comfortable and convenient.
I gave him a list of places I wanted to visit and Nagata-san gave me his suggestion and I accepted. I am glad he was there to help us navigate the spots and give us history of each location. He was also very kind to help us with the stroller (not recommended if you could avoid it) up and down stairs.
Nagata san is a joy to be with and I am very lucky to have had him as a tour guide. My whole family loved the experience and would come back again in the future.
I highly recommend him as a tour guide. It's the best way to explore Kyoto.
Hope to see you in the future.
From Ms. Annie L.
I visited Kyoto with my fiancé in December.
Mr. Nagata was a friendly, polite, energetic, and extremely knowledgeable tour guide.
He toured with us longer than we arranged and we felt as though we left Kyoto with a thorough understanding of the city's incredible history.
Mr. Nagata tailored our tour specifically to our preferences and spoke English very well.
I would recommend his services to anyone traveling to Kyoto.
From Mr. Jordan Isicoff
This review is for Nobuaki Nagata. My girlfriend and I were touring Japan for the first time in December 2016 and Kyoto was our first stop.
Given the thousands of sites and only being in Kyoto for a few days, we thought a private tour was the optimal choice to be efficient with our time and get the most of our experience.
We did a day tour (6 hours) with Mr. Nagata on our first day. We highly recommend Mr. Nagata.
From the moment we started emailing Mr. Nagata about our trip, we were in good hands.
He was very polite, prompt, and detailed with initial emails.
He proposed a day of sites for the tour and also recommended sites for our second and third day to do on our own.
Mr. Nagata arrived early, was extremely professional, and has a very comfortable car.
He really takes the stress out of trying to figure out where to go, how to get there, what's the most important things to see, etc.
We saw the main attractions but even off the beaten path sites which were some of my favorite.
Above all, Mr. Nagata is such an honorable man. He practices excellence in everything he does and you can sense his passion for the job.
He is a government certified tour guide and while he is constantly booked,
when he does have free time, he spends it visiting new sites and learning more to further perfect his craft. His hard work and passion even gave me motivation for my own life and job.
He also has a great sense of humor and it was fun to converse with him.
While we only spent a day with Mr. Nagata, by the end of the tour, we felt like he was a long time friend and we instantly missed him when we parted ways.
While seeing sites is important, I appreciated the little things and
spontaneous moments a personal tour with Mr. Nagata provided, such as my favorite moment when we were in a small temple and he was sitting
cross-legged in his suit with such flexibility and teaching us a few things about zen meditation.
He also gave us restaurant recommendations and told us the best time and place to see geisha (we saw 10!).
While we only did a day tour, you could easily book additional time/days with him. I have never written a review before, but felt so compelled to as Mr. Nagata's excellence should be recognized and appreciated. I recommend emailing Mr. Nagata as soon as you know your trip details as he books up quickly.
From Mr. Marcos Garcia.
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Dear Mr. Marcos Garcia,
Thank you very much for your great review.
I was surprised your review, it is really beyond my expectations.
Your review is surely helpful for my business.
I really appreciate your kind approval to put your wonderful review on my website as your testimonial.
I hope I will be able to meet you again in the near future.
Please give my best regards to your beautiful girlfriend.
Nobu san was very friendly and patient, and we went on an 8 hour full day tour of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Ginkaku-ji, Kinkaku-ji, Fushimi Inari Shrine and a few more shrines. Nobu san was early and already waiting for us outside our hotel. He knew we wanted to see the red maple leaves even though the season is almost over so he changed the itinerary so that we could see red leaves at a shrine that wasn't on my original list. He was very kind, warm, flexible, knowledgeable, funny, and spoke excellent English. Everything you'd hope for in a tour guide. We travelled as a family of four with my parents and sister and we sat very comfortably in his spotless, spacious van.
On a side note, Nobu san was immensely helpful. After confirming my tour, I emailed him numerous times about where to buy the best souvenirs in Kyoto and asked for restaurant recommendations. He always replied the next day in a very friendly manner and never seemed annoyed. He genuinely enjoys and loves his city and job.
We would definitely book him again when we return to Kyoto. It's worth it as the shrines and sites are very spread out and it would've taken us a few days to cover what we did in one day. At the end of the tour, he knew we wanted to visit a kimono shop so he dropped us off at an authentic vintage local shop. Thanks so much Nobu san!
From Ms. Joy Ngan.
Mr Nagata (Nobu-San). We are very pleased with Nobu-San's excellent service. He drives a sparkling clean black mini van good for 6 pax. He has a very deep knowledge of the Japan culture and history and explains them to us along the way. This is important as it allows us to have a better insight and appreciation of the Japan culture and history. This will not be possible if you visit these places on your own. Nobu-San is an unconventional Japanese man who surprises us with his jokes and great sense of humour. He brought us to Arashimaya Bamboo Grove, Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji temple, Ryoan-Ji temple (rock garden temple), Golden Pavilion, Fushimi-Inari Shrine, Kitano ten mangu Shrine, Gion and Miyagawacho district over the 2 days. He even brought us to the handicraft center and tea shop when we wanted to buy some local souvenirs home. If time permits, plse ask him to bring you to see the Geishas in the evening from 1730hrs onwards. We highly recommend using his service which is so enjoyable and great value for money!!!
Lim Sock Hia
Head, Admin and Ancillary HR
Head, Industrial Relations
Name: Nobuaki Nagata
Government licensed guide/ English-speaking taxi driver
Cert. No. Kyoto EN00383