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Chris Rowthorn Tours

Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Tokyo and kyoto

We took Tour 1 in Tokyo and a mixture of Walk 1 and 3 in Kyoto. Both were done the day after we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
mez_mama
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London
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Raves for Maki

We spent two rainy, chilly days in Kyoto with Maki, who made them a pleasure. Not only was she... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jane A
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent two rainy, chilly days in Kyoto with Maki, who made them a pleasure. Not only was she personable and knowledgeable but also she was sensitive to the needs of two older travelers. We know she wanted to show us many more lovely sites...More

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your very generous review of your tours with Maki! I'm delighted that you enjoyed your tours with her. I know that she will be very happy to read your kind words. I appreciate you mentioning how Maki tailored the tours to your...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We booked a Tokyo day tour through Chris but also utilized the trip planning consulting service Chris offers. This review covers both. First, the tour. Our guide spoke fluent English, as she had lived in the States for 21 years. She was very knowledgeable, friendly...More

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much for the extremely generous review! I'm delighted that you enjoyed your tour. I really appreciate you mentioning the guide's fluent English. But, more importantly, I appreciate you mentioning how she helped you reserve all your seats on all your train trips...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked a tour for Tokyo historical and modern for 6 hours. Our guide, Hiroku, was wonderful! She took us places we would never find otherwise and was incredibly knowledgeable. She helped us learn the train system and gave us much needed advice to make...More

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your thoughtful review of your tour with Hiroko! She is going to be very happy to read your kind words. I appreciate you mentioning how Hiroko took you to places that you could not find on your own. I also...More

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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

Our day started at 8 from our hotel in Hiroshima and we took the street car down to the A-Bomb site where Keiko talked about the tragic history of Hiroshima during WW2 and graciously shared stories from her own family. We traveled through the Peace...More

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your extremely generous review! I'm delighted that you enjoyed your tour of Hiroshima and Miyajima with Keiko. She will be very happy to read your words. I really appreciate your description of how Keiko guided you in Hiroshima, both allowing...More

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Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

My husband and teenaged daughter and I booked a 6 hour tour on our very first day in Japan and it was a great idea--our guide, Ms Maki Maeda, was absolutely excellent. She gave us fascinating information of all kinds and it helped enormously in...More

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2018

Thank you very much for your generous review! I'm delighted that you enjoyed your tour with Maki. She will be very happy to read your kind words. I appreciate you mentioning the fact that Maki gave you a lot of information that was useful during...More

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Reviewed 12 February 2018

I had a wonderful 6 hour walking tour with Kazue Takagi. Kazue was highly engaged, genuinely interested, personable, very knowledgeable and flexible in seamlessly adapting the tour as necessary. I could not have asked for more and would highly recommend her. The experience in receiving...More

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

Thank you very much for the lovely review of your tour with Kazue. I'm delighted that you enjoyed your tour with Kazue. She'll be very happy to read your kind words. I appreciate that you mentioned how Kazue adapted to the tour to your preferences...More

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Reviewed 5 February 2018

Took a 4-hour private tour to Arashiyama. My tour guide was Ms. Kazue Takagi, a lovely and very knowledgable woman. Very easy to get there, not far from the city center.More

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2018

Thank you for the generous review of your tour with Kazue! I'm delighted that you enjoyed your tour of Arashiyama with Kazue. She will be very happy to read your kind words. I'm glad that you pointed out how close Arashiyama is to the city...More

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Reviewed 9 January 2018

What a wonderful tour. You will be very lucky if your guide is Kana Hattori. She is gracious, friendly and very knowledgeable. By the end of the morning she felt like an old friend and mentor. The tour itself had a great mix: starting with...More

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2018

Thank you very much for your generous review of your tour with Kana! I'm delighted that you enjoyed the tour. Kana will be very happy to read your kind words. I appreciate you mentioning how the tour balanced off-the-beaten-track spots with more famous spots. I...More

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Reviewed 16 December 2017

We used the Chris Hawthorn website and experience to book a Traditional Tokyo tour package that we customized for the needs of our trip. We were given Hiroko as our tour guide on this trip. To say this was an overall amazing experience would be...More

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Chris R, Owner at Chris Rowthorn Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2017

Thank you very much for the extremely generous review of your tour of Tokyo with Hiroko! She will be very happy to read your kind words. I'm delighted that you enjoyed the tour. I really appreciate you providing so much detail on how the booking...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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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
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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