Nishiki Market, Gion, Fushimi Inari and Arashiyama private family tour
We were recommended Chris through our travel agent. We met up with Chris an hour after arriving in Kyoto and we were immediately off exploring the city, the food and the culture. We also met up with Chris the next day for a full day of walking and we covered a lot of ground. We were a group of 10, with 6 children under the age of 9, and Chris could not have been a better investment! We saw so much more than we would have, if on our own, and learnt about cultural nuisances that we could not have found out by ourselves.
Great walking tour of the old city in Kyoto
Kyoto by Night & Backstreets of Arashiyama with Hanatoro festival of lights private tour
My family (two adults, two teens) did two walking tours with Chris Hall while we were in Kyoto. A personal tour with Chris is the best way to see Kyoto. It is such a relaxed, fun and informative way to see the sights of this wonderful city. We did two tours – Nishiki Market and Gion Evening Walking Tour and the full day Fushimi Inari and Arashiyama Tour. We loved every second of both tours and they were some of the best things we did while in Japan.
Chris is warm and friendly and gave great insight to the Japanese culture which made our whole experience of Japan so much richer. He taught us some basic vocab and helped us navigate the train system. But the best thing about a walking tour with Chris, is that you get to do exactly what you want to do at your own pace. We never felt rushed and had such good time. Chris is great with the kids and made sure he engaged with each one of us during the day.
Our trip to Niskiki Market and Gion was great. Chris met us at our machiya and we set off. He taught us how to buy tickets for the local subway. We absolutely loved Nishiki Market – so many amazing and different foods and smells and great little shops along the way. Chris acted as our interpreter and helped us order some engraved chopsticks. Gion is such a contrast to the newer parts of Kyoto and you felt like you have stepped back in time.
Day two saw us doing a full day tour of Fushimi Inari and Arashiyama. The street food was fantastic and Chris made sure we tried all of the local delicacies. Chris had planned the day really well and had checked out the local cafes to find the best ones to stop at when we were tired. These thoughtful touches just made it such a pleasant and relaxing experience. We then travelled through to Arashiyama and wandered through the bamboo forest and also explored Okochi Sanso villa.
The amazing gardens were so lovely, and we probably wouldn’t have gone there if we were on our own but was so glad that Chris suggested it. It was such a serene place with amazing views. We were lucky enough to be in Arashiyama during the festival of lights and wandered up to an old temple that was transformed with the most amazing light display and we turned up just in time to see an amazing performance and watched it while sipping hot apple tea. Such an unexpected but special experience.
We couldn’t recommend Chris highly enough. He bought Kyoto alive in a way that doesn’t happen when you are wandering on your own. Learning about the local people and culture made our experience so much better. Our walking tours with Chris were simply some of the best things we did in Japan.