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A unique, authentic and fascinating tour, best experience ever!

From start to finish this excursion was an unforgettable experience. We were late arriving for our tour due to delays in our cruise itinerary but Samurai Joe was extremely accommodating and made sure we had an experience we would never forget. Samurai Joe guided us through the town of Kyoto, stopping off at areas of interest and introducing us to local delicacies, stories and traditions. The respect he commands from the local population is evident and we felt like we were walking with a celebrity. His wise words, in-depth knowledge and brilliant sense of humour ensured we were kept informed and entertained throughout. The highlight was the Samurai demonstration, where my son was coached by Samurai Joe in sword techniques and the art of defence. Watching Samurai Joe perform his precision sword skills was awe-inspiring and we all feel very privelaged to have spent time with this legend. Thank you Samurai Joe for a day we shall never forget.

The booking process was easy and efficient. I wish there was a way to communicate with the guide to prepare the itinerary of our private tour. At pick up location, our guide, Hiro-san, was surprised that we are 3 people (but which we have paid for 3 persons in the booking). He is an elderly gentleman and he knows a lot about the Nijo Castle and Golden Pavillion. However, he is 72 years old so his voice is slightly weak (my parents are also in their 70's) and we cannot hear him too well. He also needs to improve on photo taking skills. Otherwise, we are satisfied with the experience and Hiro-san is very knowledgeable and kind.

Kyoto Half-Day Tour Including the Golden Pavillion Reviewed by Anonymous, 11/08/2019

if you are the sort of person who likes individual characters, then i think you will not be disappointed with this tour. Samurai Joe will introduce you to his friends as you stroll down the streets of kyoto, immersing you in a little japanese culture and tradition. With wit as sharp as his sword, Samurai Joe will convey you on a journey from times when the japanese slept in unheated homes on thin mats, to present times, now the japanese sleep in heated homes, still on thin mats. Then if you put that sword into someone's hand, the facial grin becomes indescribable! Thank you for the memories samurai joe

A quirky and enjoyable tour with ‘Samarai Joe’. He is a 91 year old who would put us to shame with his vitality and enthusiasm. No other guide would give a Samarai sword wielding exhibition as part of their tour, with audience participation! Some great tasty treats throughout the tour and some unique shops visited for food and viewing of exclusive Japanese items. It is clear that Joe is held in high esteem within the Kyoto tour industry through his interactions with staff at the venues. Overall, a very good tour.

Cool Kyoto: 5-Hour Walking Tour with the Last Samurai Reviewed by Anonymous, 01/19/2020

The tour with Samurai Sama was the best way to see Kyoto besides the visits in temples. We visited many small but unique stores wich give impression about Japan's crafts, cuisine and culture. Me met very nice people who were ready to explain. The group (mainly people from Japan) was so friendly and the talks were very interesting. The katana demonstration was amazing. Really unforgettable time. Happy birthday again for Samuraj Sama with our wishes for next 100 years in health and good samurai shape.