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Chris Rowthorn Tours

Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Best Way to See Japan!

We had a marvelous experience in hiring guides from Chris Rowthorn Tours. The website was easy and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
DougCalifornia
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San Francisco, California
Perfect tour, perfect docent

We did two tours with Chris Rowthorn while we were in Kyoto and couldn't fault either of them... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2017
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a marvelous experience in hiring guides from Chris Rowthorn Tours. The website was easy and the company response was immediate. We hired a guide, Aya, for a day and a half in Tokyo. We hired Hiroko for a day in Kanazawa, Kazue for...More

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

Thank you very much for the extremely kind review of your tours with Aya, Maki, Hiroko and Kazue! I'm delighted that you enjoyed your tours with them. They will be very happy to read your comments. I appreciate you mentioning our response speed, the guides'...More

Reviewed 22 May 2017

We did two tours with Chris Rowthorn while we were in Kyoto and couldn't fault either of them. Pre-trip communications were good. Our guide Kana, who picked us up at our hotel, was quite perfect in every way, charming, knowledgeable, kind, adjusting the itinerary as...More

1  Thank aussietraveller47
Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your generous review of your tour with Kana! I'm delighted that you enjoyed your tour and I know that Kana will be very happy to read your kind words. I appreciate you mentioning our efficient communications. I also appreciate you...More

Reviewed 24 April 2017

We booked these 3 walking tours 6 months in advance, knowing that it's peak season in Kyoto during the cherry blossom season. We did tour 2 & 3 in one day and on a separate evening did tour 4. We traveled in a group of...More

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Thank you very much for your generous review of our Kyoto walking tours! I am delighted that you enjoyed your three walking tours with Maki. I know that she will be very happy to read your kind words. I appreciate you mentioning Maki's passion about...More

Reviewed 22 April 2017

The four of us took a night tour with this company and we were all extremely disappointed with the tour as a whole. We had to ask many questions to gain information about what we were seeing. Our guide, Ayako Furuya, whilst polite seemed reluctant...More

2  Thank Mark F
Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Thank you for your review of the Tokyo evening tour. I take all such feedback extremely seriously. First of all, I take all responsibility for this. I spend a lot of time searching for the best and most personable guides and then I spend a...More

Reviewed 17 April 2017

Since we were staying at a VRBO in Gion, I booked an evening Gion Walk to learn the history and about our "neighbourhood". Chris Rowthorn's staff were immediately responsive and it was easy to book online with them. No deposit was needed and we paid...More

2  Thank Lady_World_Traveller
Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2017

Thank you very much for your kind review of our tours! I'm delighted that you enjoyed your tour with Kazue. I know that she will be very happy to read your generous words. I appreciate you mentioning how Kazue was able to respond in a...More

Reviewed 9 April 2017

We did three tours with Chris's company whilst in Japan . one round fish market in Tokyo and two in Kyoto. Not the cheapest tour as ony two of us but the guides were probably the best we have ever had of ay tour throughout...More

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2017

Thank you very much for your kind review of our tours! I am delighted that you enjoyed your tour of Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo and your two tours in Kyoto. I really appreciate your kind comments about your guides in each of those cities....More

Reviewed 25 February 2017

We booked a full day tour as well as a tour of Nara with the wonderful kana. We had a great time and learned so much about Japanese culture as well as seeing some beautiful sights. What made the tours really special was Kana, she's...More

1  Thank cm28
Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2017

Thank you very much for your kind review of your tour with Kana. I am delighted that you enjoyed your tour with her. I know that she feels the same way. I really appreciate you mentioning how enthusiastic Kana is about her own culture, as...More

Reviewed 24 February 2017

My family and I booked two tours with Chris Rowthorn’s company during an eight-night stay in Kyoto. We came to Kyoto to see the fall colors, observe the architecture, and to simply experience Japan as much as one can in eight short nights. I read...More

2  Thank Lea A
Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Thank you for your review of your tours with Kazue. I appreciate you mentioning the ease of booking the tours online. I also appreciate you mentioning Kazue's flexibility with your toddler. We feel that this is the virtue of a fully private tour. I also...More

Reviewed 25 January 2017

Second time visiting Japan and second time touring with Chris' team in Kyoto, Hiroshima and Tokyo. I've written a review previously (August 2015) and can only reiterate that these experiences are about learning, having fun and meeting some really nice friends. It's far better than...More

2  Thank Wayne R
Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2017

Thank you so much for your extremely kind review! I know that I speak for Ayako, Kana, Kenzo and Kaori when I say that we are delighted that you enjoyed your tours. We really love to get repeat guests, because we really like to establish...More

Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We have just returned from our night tour of the Gion district with Kana Hattori. We were so impressed by her professionalism, knowledge, helpfulness and cheerful disposition we wanted to write a glowing review to thank her personally. She was happy to answer all of...More

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2017

Thank you very much for your generous review of your Gion Evening Tour with Kana. I am delighted that you enjoyed the tour and I know that Kana will be, too. I appreciate you noting Kana's fluency in English and the care that she took...More

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cambiari
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
We are in Hiroshima tomorrow and would like an educative tour of the A bomb site and associated history. We are staying at the Villa Villa in Thank you miyajima
26 September 2016|
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Response from Chris R | Property representative |
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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Russell B
Hi Chris We are a party of 5 and arrive in Kyoto 22nd April 2017, we would like to do a walking 1 day tour. We are in Kyoto for 3 days with one day traveling to Hiroshima. When would we have to book a tour most likely the 23rd. Do you pick us up at our hotel, we are staying at Matsubaya Ryokan. If you could let me know some details I will get in touch with my friends and get an ok and book the tour. Thank you Russell Barnes Melbourne Australia
1 August 2016|
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Response from MrsKanga | Reviewed this property |
Hi Russell - for faster response, suggest you contact him at their website which was how I was able to contact him.
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