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Angel Tang

I love exploring and have been traveling in Asian countries for more than fifteen years. As a Japan specialist, I have a deep affection for this country and I will use my knowledge and expertise to make your Japan trip an experience of a lifetime! Japan is a place where you can slow down your pace and heal your soul. It’s time for me to introduce this dream-like country to you.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in crafting immersive cultural tours tailored for culturally-minded travelers who have a passion for exploring Japan. My goal is to help them create an experience that aligns with their interests and desires, allowing them to absorb the rich history and culture of each carefully selected destination. Some highlights include UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Shirakawago Village and Nara 8.

For those seeking adventure, I offer walking excursions along the ancient Nakasendo Trail and the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route nestled in picturesque mountains.

Families looking to introduce their children to the wonders of Japan can anticipate a blend of exciting activities. From engaging with samurai and ninjas to the rhythmic beats of Taiko drumming, and from scenic hikes and bike rides to hands-on sushi classes, there's a diverse range of experiences to cater to every member of the family.
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How did you get involved in travel?

"I graduated from university in the late 90’s, a tourism booming time. Cultural exchanges were very frequent. My sister married a Japanese man who also helped me with a lot of easy visits to Japan, and I made lots of friends there. That was when I started to have true feelings for the nice people there. Then I learned they also needed someone to guide them around, so I started to work as a tour guide and have been in travel since."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"For me, the trip to a remote village in the Vietnamese countryside is the most unforgettable. I visited a local family there and lived with them for several days. By the end of the visit, I was literally a member of that family! Today, the little girl of that family whose tuition I used to finance has already graduated from university. Travel is not only for experiencing the culture and seeing the breathtaking landscape but also for giving back to the local community!"

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Recent trip reviews for Angel

Angel with Kimkim did a fantastic job of maki...
Japan | May 20 - May 30, 2024

Natalie
Natalie L.
Atlanta, GA | Reviewed on Jun 02, 2024
Angel with Kimkim did a fantastic job of making sure we had an amazing vacation we will cherish forever. Our tour guides she set up were amazing and the hotels were great as well. I will definitely use Kimkim again for travel. Angel was great on getting back to us if we had any questions about our trip!
Thank you Angel and Kimkim.
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Angel with Kimkim did a fantastic job of making sure we had an amazing vacation we will cherish forever. Our tour guides she set up were amazing and the hotels were great as well. I will definitely use Kimkim again for travel. Angel was great on getting back to us if we had any questions about our trip!
Thank you Angel and Kimkim.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Groove Shinjuku
Tokyo

Loved how room is set up, and it had great views. It was in a very busy area of Tokyo but you could not hear any noises. I would stay there again if going to Tokyo.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Always were helpful and treated us great.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo

Loved it was more in neighborhood and that it had public baths for use as a guest.

Authenticity & Character
Zen gardens.
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Osaka Excel Hotel Tokyu
Osaka

Loved sitting and having drinks in bar with the water feature.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Near subway
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Tokyo City Exploration ( private group ) & Sumo show with chanko nabe lunch ( join in, small group )
Tokyo City Exploration ( private group ) & Sumo show with chanko nabe lunch ( join in, small group )
Tokyo

It was fun and campy at same time. The food was good and I would recommend it to everyone.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Day Trip to Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi
Day Trip to Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi
Tokyo

Fun day and loved visiting the artist village.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Osaka Cooking Class
Osaka Cooking Class
Osaka

We had fun at this little ramen restaurant. It was delicious

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
No guide and it was difficult to find.
Transport
Osaka Foodie Walking Tour at dark
Osaka Foodie Walking Tour at dark
Osaka

Great food. Took us to eat 3 types of food local to Osaka, it was fun and delicious.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Full Day Kyoto City Tour with  Kiyomizu-Dera Temple and tea ceremony
Full Day Kyoto City Tour with Kiyomizu-Dera Temple and tea ceremony
Kyoto

Very full day I think it would have been better to break this day up into 2 days. Loved the tea ceremony

Quality of Experience
All the amazing places visited
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Could have done with more transportation to sites.
Half Day Bamboo Grove and Monkey Park Tour For Families
Half Day Bamboo Grove and Monkey Park Tour For Families
Kyoto

Fun seeing the monkeys. We also went to Golden temple as well.

Quality of Experience
Golden temple and grounds were beautiful
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Used public transportation
Local specialist: Angel Tang
Angel
Angel Tang
Local specialist in Japan | Replied on Jun 07, 2024
Dear Natalie, Greetings from Angel. Thanks a lot for sharing your journey with us.It's my great pleasure to ensure your vacation unforgettable.The attention to detail with the tour guides and hotels speaks volumes about their dedication to customer satisfaction. It's also wonderful to hear about your positive impressions of Hotel Groove Shinjuku and the Full Day Kyoto City Tour. Your feedback about potentially splitting the Kyoto tour into two days is insightful—it's always valuable to... Read more

Dear Natalie,

Greetings from Angel. Thanks a lot for sharing your journey with us.It's my great pleasure to ensure your vacation unforgettable.The attention to detail with the tour guides and hotels speaks volumes about their dedication to customer satisfaction. It's also wonderful to hear about your positive impressions of Hotel Groove Shinjuku and the Full Day Kyoto City Tour. Your feedback about potentially splitting the Kyoto tour into two days is insightful—it's always valuable to find ways to enhance future travel experiences.You are so kind and considerate to share your further thoughts with us.We are looking forward to assisting you again with more journeys in the future.

Warm regards from Japan,
Angel

Fun Trip
Japan | May 12 - May 15, 2024

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Lani A.
Hendersonville, NC | Reviewed on May 16, 2024
Angel was our local specialist who planned our 3 days in Kiso Valley in Japan. She was always very helpful, fast to respond and provided us lots of details to guide us through the trek. She arranged for Summer to transport us one day and we had a good time talking with her during the drive. We had a very positive experience working with KimKim on our trip. Read more

Angel was our local specialist who planned our 3 days in Kiso Valley in Japan. She was always very helpful, fast to respond and provided us lots of details to guide us through the trek. She arranged for Summer to transport us one day and we had a good time talking with her during the drive. We had a very positive experience working with KimKim on our trip.

Activity Review
Hike to Kiso-Hirasawa From Narai
Hike to Kiso-Hirasawa From Narai
Japan

This was more of a walk along roads, not a trek. It was not a long walk to the train station.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Angel Tang
Angel
Angel Tang
Local specialist in Japan | Replied on May 16, 2024

Dear Lani,

Warm greetings from Angel. Thank you so much for your kind words regarding your Japan tour with us.

It's great to hear that you had such positive interactions with Summer. It's always a pleasure when travel arrangements go smoothly and you get to connect with friendly locals along the way.

Wish you continued happiness and memorable adventures.

Best regards,
Angel

Trekking the Nakasendo Trail with Stops in Kyoto and Tokyo
Japan | Apr 6 - Apr 14, 2024

Weston
Weston L.
AZ | Reviewed on Apr 23, 2024
Angel was super responsive both before and during the trip. She helped us curate the experience we wanted by combining aspects of a couple different trips. The price was worth it and by changing up some hotel accommodations, she was able to get us in the price range that we wanted. During the trip, Angel checked in daily with us to give us information regarding the next day and to make sure everything was going smoothly. This is our third trip with Kimkim and we have enjoyed every single... Read more

Angel was super responsive both before and during the trip. She helped us curate the experience we wanted by combining aspects of a couple different trips. The price was worth it and by changing up some hotel accommodations, she was able to get us in the price range that we wanted. During the trip, Angel checked in daily with us to give us information regarding the next day and to make sure everything was going smoothly. This is our third trip with Kimkim and we have enjoyed every single one, we will definitely continue using their service.

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Fukinomori

Easily the best hotel we stayed at on our trip. The shuttle to get to and from was easy and arrived/departed as expected. The onsen was incredible and the meals (both dinner and breakfast) were personalized, adventurous and delicious.

Authenticity & Character
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
APA Hotel Ningyocho Ekihigashi
Tokyo

Hotel was clean with friendly front desk staff. Rooms were incredibly small but well kept. Location was not ideal but with a close stop to the subway, we were able to get anywhere we wanted to go. Hotel was unable to store our bags for a couple days despite us staying at the same location on our way out of town which made us have to pay for luggage storage elsewhere.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Angel Tang
Angel
Angel Tang
Local specialist in Japan | Replied on Apr 24, 2024
Dear Weston, Hope you are doing fantastic.It's wonderful to hear about your positive experience with us.It is my great pleasure to play a part of tailoring your trip to your preferences and ensuring everything went smoothly.It's also great to hear that you found the price worth it and that my adjustments helped to meet your budget. Your feedback on the hotels is greatly appreciated. It's fantastic that Hotel Fukinomori exceeded your expectations with its convenient shuttle service,... Read more

Dear Weston,

Hope you are doing fantastic.It's wonderful to hear about your positive experience with us.It is my great pleasure to play a part of tailoring your trip to your preferences and ensuring everything went smoothly.It's also great to hear that you found the price worth it and that my adjustments helped to meet your budget. Your feedback on the hotels is greatly appreciated. It's fantastic that Hotel Fukinomori exceeded your expectations with its convenient shuttle service, incredible onsen, and personalized meals. However, we apologize for the inconvenience you experienced with luggage storage at APA Hotel Ningyocho Ekihigashi. Some hotels offer complimentary luggage storage, while others may not provide this service. We'll take note of this when arranging accommodations for our travelers in the future.

Thank you for your continued trust in Kimkim for your travel needs. We look forward to assisting you with your future adventures.

Wishing you all the best.

Warm regards,
Angel

Japa
Japan | Apr 2 - Apr 16, 2024

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Jay B.
San Jose, CA | Reviewed on Apr 21, 2024
Under ordinary circumstances, I would have given the tour four stars, but as Robert Belafksy reported to you the day spent with Michi, driving two and a half hours each way to see the Edo village (not very interesting; boring in fact) was an absolute waste of time. Michi, as a guide was lack luster at best. The unfortunate thing was that there were so many other things we could have seen in Tokyo, for example the Tsukiji Market, that it was a shame we lost the day.
The hotels you booked us...
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Under ordinary circumstances, I would have given the tour four stars, but as Robert Belafksy reported to you the day spent with Michi, driving two and a half hours each way to see the Edo village (not very interesting; boring in fact) was an absolute waste of time. Michi, as a guide was lack luster at best. The unfortunate thing was that there were so many other things we could have seen in Tokyo, for example the Tsukiji Market, that it was a shame we lost the day.
The hotels you booked us in were fine, though personally having been in the Ginza I would have preferred that upscale atmosphere.
Notwithstanding the one day mishap, I believe that the trip was a good value for the money

Local specialist: Angel Tang
Angel
Angel Tang
Local specialist in Japan | Replied on Apr 24, 2024
Dear Jay, Hope you are doing well and thanks a lot for your sharing your feedback with us. We truly appreciate your honesty and we regret that this particular excursion to the Edo village did not meet your expectations. Your comments regarding the alternative sights in Tokyo, such as the Tsukiji Market, are duly noted, and we will take them into consideration for future trips.
We're glad to hear that overall, you found the hotels satisfactory and still believe the trip offered good value...
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Dear Jay,

Hope you are doing well and thanks a lot for your sharing your feedback with us. We truly appreciate your honesty and we regret that this particular excursion to the Edo village did not meet your expectations. Your comments regarding the alternative sights in Tokyo, such as the Tsukiji Market, are duly noted, and we will take them into consideration for future trips.
We're glad to hear that overall, you found the hotels satisfactory and still believe the trip offered good value for the money. We strive to continuously improve our services, and your input helps us do that. Thank you for choosing us, and we hope to have the opportunity to assist your next adventure in the future.

Wish you and your family all the best.

Warm regards,
Angel

Our Japan travel experience
Japan | Apr 2 - Apr 16, 2024

Robert
Robert B.
Haverhill, MA | Reviewed on Apr 18, 2024
Overall we had a wonderful experience visiting Japan. We were 4 senior adults, one with a bad knee problem. We notified Angel well before our arrival and except for one guide our expectations were either met or exceeded. Before the second day of our Tokyo visit I notified both Angel and our guide for the day, Michi, that we had been informed that wheelchair access to the Nikko Toshugo Shrine was not available. Both Angel and Michi had ample time to modify our schedule. However, we ended up... Read more

Overall we had a wonderful experience visiting Japan. We were 4 senior adults, one with a bad knee problem. We notified Angel well before our arrival and except for one guide our expectations were either met or exceeded. Before the second day of our Tokyo visit I notified both Angel and our guide for the day, Michi, that we had been informed that wheelchair access to the Nikko Toshugo Shrine was not available. Both Angel and Michi had ample time to modify our schedule. However, we ended up that day spending over5 hours in our vehicle while visiting a lake and tourist trap for which we paid an additional entrance fee of $40 per person. We were not given any options for that day either by Angel or our appointed guide, Michi, who did not offer us any potentially more enjoyable alternatives.
We found that during our trip planning, that Angel needed to be prodded into appropriate responses to our questions and concerns thus creating some overall doubt in her abilities to create the seamless, quality experience on the ground that we had been used to with Kimkim. Our doubts were justified through the experience described above.
Otherwise our KimKim experience met our expectations and we immensely enjoyed our travel in Japan. Our guides and drivers were professional and enjoyable. The transportation schedule was well planned and booked properly.
We will certainly consider KimKim again when planning travel.

Hotel Reviews
Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel
Tokyo

A bit touristy for our taste but otherwise a decent spot to stay n Tokyo. Great hotel staff. We used concierge services to book restaurant reservations and were very pleased.

Authenticity & Character
Perhaps a hotel that catered lees to large tour groups would have been more to our liking.
Location
The Shibuya location was a good spot from which to experience Tokyo.
Staff
All staff and concierge services were great.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hakone Kowakien TEN-YU
Hakone

Hakone Kowakien Ten-Yu is a quality Japanese Ryokan experience. The Tenyu dinner included in our stay was an excellent dining experience.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Kyoto

Great location at the Kyoto Station complex

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
All staff professional and courteous. We used concierge services for dinner reservations and all were very acceptable and met our requests,
Cleanliness & Comfort
Best hotel bathroom during our visit to Japan.
The Westin Osaka
Osaka

Located in a relatively quiet neighborhood of busy Osaka.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Quiet neighborhood with walking access to good restaurants.
Staff
We again utilized the concierge for dinner reservations and were very satisfied.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Full Day Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi Tour
Full Day Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi Tour
Hakone
Full Day Osaka City Tour
Full Day Osaka City Tour
Osaka
Kobe Sake brewery Visiting and Kobe Beef Sampling
Kobe Sake brewery Visiting and Kobe Beef Sampling
Osaka

Fair sake tasting experience at a touristy factory museum. Something more personal and better researched would have improved the day.

Quality of Experience
More personal sake tasting experience. This was dissappoionting.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Great driver as per usual.
One Day Miyajima Island and Hiroshima Tour (Round Trip From Osaka)
One Day Miyajima Island and Hiroshima Tour (Round Trip From Osaka)
Japan

A great day on our tour. Yuji Abosji was a great guide.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Full Day Tokyo City Tour with Meiji Jingu Shrine
Full Day Tokyo City Tour with Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo

Yuki was a very enjoyable guide and a good introduction to tour Japan travel experience.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Full Day Kyoto City Tour with Fushimi Inari-Taisha
Full Day Kyoto City Tour with Fushimi Inari-Taisha
Kyoto
Full Day Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Kegon Falls & Lake Chuzenji Tour
Full Day Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Kegon Falls & Lake Chuzenji Tour
Tokyo

Already shared in previous review. No options to this handicap inaccessible location.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Driver excellent. Guide poor.
Transport
Full Day Tour to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Full Day Tour to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Kyoto
Local specialist: Angel Tang
Angel
Angel Tang
Local specialist in Japan | Replied on Apr 19, 2024
Dear Robert, Greetings from Heidi, the customer care manager. Thank you very much for sharing your thoughtful feedback. We're glad to hear that overall you had a wonderful experience visiting Japan. It is our great pleasure to play a part in customizing your Japan tour to your preferences. We deeply apologize for any inconvenience caused during your visit to Nikko Toshugo Shrine and for the lack of alternative options. We understand the importance of seamless and quality experiences for... Read more

Dear Robert,

Greetings from Heidi, the customer care manager.

Thank you very much for sharing your thoughtful feedback. We're glad to hear that overall you had a wonderful experience visiting Japan. It is our great pleasure to play a part in customizing your Japan tour to your preferences.

We deeply apologize for any inconvenience caused during your visit to Nikko Toshugo Shrine and for the lack of alternative options.

We understand the importance of seamless and quality experiences for our travelers. It is a pity to know that the performance of Angel didn't meet your expectation during your trip planning. Please allow us some time to review the whole process and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

We are very pleased to know that our KimKim experience met your expectations and you immensely enjoyed your travel in Japan.

Thanks again for your feedback. We appreciate it a lot and look forward to welcoming you come back to Japan again.

Best regards,
Heidi

I can't remember the names of the guides bu...
Japan | Feb 26 - Mar 6, 2024

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Jim C.
Wilmette, IL | Reviewed on Mar 07, 2024
I can't remember the names of the guides but they all were fantastic. If you want to know the high points of the trip just look back at our itinerary. The whole damn thing was exceptional. Read more

I can't remember the names of the guides but they all were fantastic. If you want to know the high points of the trip just look back at our itinerary. The whole damn thing was exceptional.

Hotel Reviews
Shibuya Stream Excel Hotel Tokyu
Tokyo
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Green Plaza Hakone
Hakone
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Kyoto Tokyu Hotel
kyoto
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Osaka Excel Hotel Tokyu
Osaka
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Full Day Meiji Shrine, Senso-ji, Hamarikyu Gardens &Tokyo Tower Tour (Join-in)
Full Day Meiji Shrine, Senso-ji, Hamarikyu Gardens &Tokyo Tower Tour (Join-in)
Tokyo
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
 Osaka Walking Tour (JTB join-in tour)
Osaka Walking Tour (JTB join-in tour)
Osaka
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Full Day Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi Tour(join-in )
Full Day Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi Tour(join-in )
Hakone
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Full Day Kyoto City Tour with Kinkaku-ji Temple and Fushimi Inari Taisha (Join-in)
Full Day Kyoto City Tour with Kinkaku-ji Temple and Fushimi Inari Taisha (Join-in)
Kyoto
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Osaka Foodie Walking Tour at dark
Osaka Foodie Walking Tour at dark
Osaka
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Half Day Sagano Bamboo Grove & Arashiyama Walking Tour (Join-in)
Half Day Sagano Bamboo Grove & Arashiyama Walking Tour (Join-in)
Kyoto
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Sword smith factory visit and knife making class
Sword smith factory visit and knife making class
Kyoto
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Angel Tang
Angel
Angel Tang
Local specialist in Japan | Replied on Mar 08, 2024

Hi Jim,

Hope you are doing fantastic.Thank you for sharing your incredible experience in Japan with us. We truly appreciate your review and are thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic time. It was a pleasure working and planning with you. We hope to welcome you back to Japan again.

Take care and keep exploring.

Warm regards,
Angel

This was out first trip to Japan.
Japan | Jan 22 - Feb 2, 2024

Paran
Paran J.
Australia | Reviewed on Feb 04, 2024

This was out first trip to Japan,Angel took the time to organise the trip taking into consideration our special needs. The guides organised were exceptional. I will highly recommend Odynovo and Angel for your Japan trip.

Local specialist: Angel Tang
Angel
Angel Tang
Local specialist in Japan | Replied on Feb 05, 2024

Hi Paran,

Greetings from Angel.

I appreciate your positive feedback and sharing your experience. I'm thrilled to learn that my team and I made your first trip to Japan special by considering your unique needs. If you plan another adventure, we'd be delighted to assist you again.

Wishing you a happy life now and in the future.

All the best,
Angel

Angel was extremely helpful. She worked with ...
Japan | Oct 7 - Oct 28, 2023

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Matthew M.
Canada | Reviewed on Dec 22, 2023
Angel was extremely helpful. She worked with us to book everything we needed and helped us navigate our arrival to Japan smoothly. She even helped us get tickets to some music shows and wrestling matches once we were in Japan. Everything went so well and we loved our trip to Japan. Can’t wait to come back. Read more

Angel was extremely helpful. She worked with us to book everything we needed and helped us navigate our arrival to Japan smoothly.

She even helped us get tickets to some music shows and wrestling matches once we were in Japan.

Everything went so well and we loved our trip to Japan. Can’t wait to come back.

Hotel Reviews
Shibuya Tokyu REI Hotel
Tokyo
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
HOTEL LEGASTA KYOTO HIGASHIYAMA SANJO
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Koryu
tokyo
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Ryokan Motonago
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Mt. Koya temple stay
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Yaenomidori Tokyo
Chuo City
Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Full Day Kyoto City Tour with Tea Ceremony
Full Day Kyoto City Tour with Tea Ceremony
Kyoto
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Gion geisha show
Gion geisha show
Kyoto
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
 Mt. Koya and Temple Stay Experience (Join-in)
Mt. Koya and Temple Stay Experience (Join-in)
Mount Koya
Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Full Day Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Kegon Falls & Lake Chuzenji Tour
Full Day Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Kegon Falls & Lake Chuzenji Tour
Tokyo
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Angel Tang
Angel
Angel Tang
Local specialist in Japan | Replied on Dec 27, 2023

Hi Matthew,
Hope you are doing fantastic.
Thank you so much for sharing your happy and memorable experience and thoughtful feedback.
It’s my great honor to book the tickets and pleasure to share the special experience with you and your partner. It brings us great joy to know that you have enjoyed your time in Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Osaka and the Mount Koya with the temple stay. It has been an absolute pleasure assisting you throughout your trip, and we look forward to the opportunity to assist you again in the future.

Wish you and your partner happy life all the time.

Best regards,
Angel

wonderful service from Angel at KimKim
Japan | Nov 6 - Nov 20, 2023

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Robin h.
Bozeman, MT | Reviewed on Nov 27, 2023
We were a party of 4 and had KimKim (Angel was the person helping us) arrange for a trip that included visits to Kanazawa, Osaka, Kyoto, with most of our visit walking the Kumado Kodo for 6 days. Angel was wonderful in providing a wonderful assortment of places to stay during our walk, with detailed instructions for the various busses and trains that we took during our visit. She also checked in each day, and was very responsive to various questions as they emerged--which not only helped... Read more

We were a party of 4 and had KimKim (Angel was the person helping us) arrange for a trip that included visits to Kanazawa, Osaka, Kyoto, with most of our visit walking the Kumado Kodo for 6 days. Angel was wonderful in providing a wonderful assortment of places to stay during our walk, with detailed instructions for the various busses and trains that we took during our visit. She also checked in each day, and was very responsive to various questions as they emerged--which not only helped with logistics, but greatly reduced our concerns. In preparation, we were able to look at various options, and thus make the trip better suited to our interests. As our first trip to Japan, we didn't know what to expect, and were really happy with the wide variety of places we stayed, and with the selective guide service (e.g. for a visit to Arashima bamboo garden). This trip was great at introducing us to ryokan, minshuku and onsen experiences, and we also stayed at more urban hotels and one totally wonderful boutique hotel in Kanazawa. We had great service and of course fantastic food throughout the trip, and really credit Angel for this as she worked with us and found overall such great places to visit and stay. We will definitely return to Japan, and look forward to working with Angel again to help with exploring new places.

Hotel Reviews
Sansaro Cafe & Guesthouse
Koguchi

At Sansaro, we had limited interaction with our host, and sadly, the community onsen was closed for that day. We had walked a moderate day, but then rather than wait for a bus (few scheduled) we walked the additional 3 miles so arrived tired. The guest house has a nice central area and a series of small rooms which were small but comfortable. Dinner was modest, and we got very nice lunch bento boxes.

Authenticity & Character
It was nice to stay in this family home and get a feeling for rural life in Japan.
Location
If walking the Kumano Kodo trail, this place is away from the trail, so requires a bus to and from the trail. Since there are few buses, this is awkward. We opted to walk to get there. The bus back to the trail the next day was fine and right across from the hotel.
Staff
Our host was very busy so our interaction was limited, but we enjoyed our visit. She even passed along a beautiful Japanese 'coat' that a friend had given our host to pass along--a very nice gift.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Our room was quite small, and once the futon was down, there wasn't much room for luggage or even sitting. But, there was a common area to use and that was sufficient. The room was comfortable and quiet.
Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu
Tokyo

The hotel was very good, with good food and very clean room. It is more like a business hotel, which is logical in Tokyo, and it was conveniently located. We enjoyed our stay.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Kanazawa Zoushi
Kanazawa

This was perhaps the best hotel we stayed in for a variety of reasons. First, it was lovely--beautiful woodwork, lovely rooms and a pleasant small hotel atmosphere. The staff were absolutely wonderful--and treated us like family. We could have stayed many more days and been delighted. We walked to the temple being renovated, and would have loved to have seen more of the old part of Kanazawa, but didn't have time. We had the hotel's udon noodles which were wonderful, as was the breakfast. It was easy to move about town from the hotel, and easy to get to from the amazing Kanazawa train station (we walked). We would highly recommend this hotel!

Authenticity & Character
One of the most beautiful small hotels I've seen with beautiful woodwork, and wonderful ambiance.
Location
Easy walk from the train station, which itself is amazing. We walked around town easily.
Staff
So helpful and welcoming, wonderful food, and even a small gift at the end of our 2 day stay--which we would have loved to be longer.
Cleanliness & Comfort
The rooms are immaculate and very comfortable and quiet. We loved the attention to detail.
GUEST HOUSE Kumano Yasai
Takahara

We had walked a long day to get here, and initially couldn't find it. A neighbor pointed the way, but still, there was no one there. The outside is unassuming, but...we slid open the door and the interior is absolutely beautiful. It has a large living/sleeping room with futons all ready; a smaller area for eating, a small kitchen and a lovely bath. Shino (who did all this lovely work) brought a delicious dinner, breakfast, and provided a bento box lunch for us for our trail walk the next day. We reconnected with her at her cafe after a few hours walk and had a great coffee. Her place was so welcoming it made you want to stay longer--and think carefully about how to incorporate her lovely design in one's own house!

Authenticity & Character
The building is (I believe) 140 years old, with a beautiful renovation preserving the original glass windows, and classic Japanese style house. We loved the character of the house, which was so comfortable and well crafted.
Location
Just off the Kumono Kodo trail, and took a few minutes to find. We didn't have the time (or energy) to explore the village, but Shino's place was quiet and delightful.
Staff
We hope Shino will come visit us in Montana! (We are worried she works too hard--given the fantastic food she prepared for us)
Cleanliness & Comfort
Such attention to detail, so comfortable--just a space to relax and enjoy. One of our favorite places.
Hitotoki
Chikatsuyu

Hideo san and his wife were wonderful hosts, and the meal she prepared was unbelievable--complete with special saki and plum brandy! It was very special to get to know this family just a bit for our one night stay while walking the Kumono Kodo trail. Our hosts were so kind and gracious--we only wished our Japanese was better so we could have learned more about them. Hideo san does this as his 'hobby' (though he admits his wife shoulders much of the burden). We really enjoyed meeting the family and our stay. We were worried about our next day (a long one, where we needed to catch an early bus)--but we were treated to a delightful early breakfast, and a ride to the bus stop which made our day much easier. We are so grateful to Hideo san and his wife for their hospitality.

Authenticity & Character
It was really nice to stay with a family and get a feeling for Japanese life. Our hosts went way overboard with our dinner--one of our most amazing dinners in Japan.
Location
For walkers, the place is a bit off the trail, which is awkward as the next day is long, and really requires a bus ride to make it more reasonable--but the family helped by driving us to the bus stop so it all worked out well.
Staff
Hideo san was wonderful, and with our paltry Japanese we were able to chat about many things. Such a lovely visit.
Cleanliness & Comfort
We were a party of 4 and each had a room that was clean and comfy. We shared the bath with the family and were very comfortable for the visit.
Ryokan Yunominesou 湯の峯荘
Yunomine Onsen

After a long walking day, we arrived for our first ryokan experience, and it was wonderful. The staff were so welcoming, the onsen lovely, and the dinner very special. We would have been delighted to stay longer at this ryokan.

Authenticity & Character
There are several onsens in this area, and this one was very nice with a lovely outside bath. The rooms were great (quite large, with a great balcony) and our dinner was amazing--many courses and directions for sequence for eating each course.
Location
On the trail, so an easy stay on the Kumano Kodo trail. We had a bus section the next day and the hotel took us a short distance so we would be assured a seat on the bus!
Staff
Very welcoming and helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean and comfortable
Hotel Urashima
Katsuura

We didn't know what to expect of this resort hotel, and stayed 2 nights here after our Kumano Kodo walk. The cave onsens were truly wonderful, and when we used them, the were not crowded at all. You sit in delightful hot water overlooking the coast--and I even saw fish jumping amidst the surf. The buffet style dinner and breakfast was great, and the place has its own 'Lawsons' (convenience store) with wonderful snacks and lunch food. Our rooms were great with balconies overlooking the bay, and largish rooms that were great. We decided to stay at the hotel (after an early look at the tuna auction) and lounge around in our Japanese coats provided by the hotel. It was a perfect way to end our walk.

Authenticity & Character
We didn't fully understand this resort hotel, which wasn't that busy--though we might have been there off-season (November). We explored the upper hotel section, which had few people, but a lovely walk out along the peninsula with great views. On the lower level, one part of the the hotel appeared to be unused--perhaps slated for renovation. The cave onsens were delightful, and we visited them many times during our stay.
Location
Easy bus ride from the end of the Kumano Kodo trail, a delightful seaside town, and lovely hotel overlooking the town, on a peninsula.
Staff
A large hotel, but front desk staff very helpful and welcoming.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Our rooms were large, comfortable, clean, and a perfect way to relax after our walk.
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto ekimae PREMIER
Kyoto

More a business hotel, which is understandable in Kyoto. Very nice staff, great buffet breakfast, good location next to train station. We walked to several of the main Kyoto attractions.

Authenticity & Character
Fine for a business hotel, though we usually prefer smaller more intimate hotels. This one was very convenient and clean and comfortable
Location
5 min. walk to Kyoto train station. Walked to major temples, Nichi market and Gion area. Great food in area (and in train station!)
Staff
Very helpful for logistics, directions etc.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Very clean and comfortable, great breakfast buffet
Activity Reviews
The Kurobe Gorge Railway
The Kurobe Gorge Railway
Toyama

Quite unique to ride this old railway. The gorge is very steep but wooded, so interesting. We walked a few miles up the trail at the end. Cold on the way down (November)

Quality of Experience
Everyone was so nice--
Guides, Drivers and Staff
We drove up from Kanazawa and our driver was quiet but very friendly and helpful.
Transport
Easy for us, on time, convenient
Full Day Tour of Arashiyama Bamboo Grove & Sagano Scenic Railway
Full Day Tour of Arashiyama Bamboo Grove & Sagano Scenic Railway
Kyoto

We had walked the Kumano Kodo trail, so the forest wasn't spectacular--and fall colors were late. But we had a wonderful guide for this day and we learned alot about the place, but also about Japan and current life there.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide Yoshi was wonderful--felt like a friend immediately, and one you could ask any questions of--and we did. Our time with her was just delightful
Transport
Yoshi met us at the hotel, ushered us through the train station (with pre purchased cards) guided us around Arashima and the temple, and back to the hotel--all so easy and relaxing!
Local specialist: Angel Tang
Angel
Angel Tang
Local specialist in Japan | Replied on Nov 29, 2023
Hi Robin, Hope you have a fantastic day. Thank you so much for your wonderful words and thoughtful feedback! Working with you to plan and organize your vacation was truly a pleasure. It's always rewarding to help create memorable experiences for travelers like yourself. Thank you for sharing colorful experience of your trip to us and I could feel you really enjoy your trip. We are so grateful to know this. Wishing you and your family many more incredible adventures ahead! Welcome back to... Read more

Hi Robin,

Hope you have a fantastic day.

Thank you so much for your wonderful words and thoughtful feedback! Working with you to plan and organize your vacation was truly a pleasure. It's always rewarding to help create memorable experiences for travelers like yourself. Thank you for sharing colorful experience of your trip to us and I could feel you really enjoy your trip. We are so grateful to know this.

Wishing you and your family many more incredible adventures ahead! Welcome back to Japan again and we look forward to the opportunity to assist you in the future.

Warmest regards,
Angel

My birthday trip to Japan!
Japan | Nov 6 - Nov 20, 2023

Terri
Terri W.
Seattle, WA | Reviewed on Nov 24, 2023
Angel did a fantastic job! Our trip had just the right amount of discovery on our own while having day to day details taken care of. We were able to successfully negotiate trains, buses, subways and even a ferry. We stayed at wonderful guest houses and onsens along the Kumano Kodo Trail. Our hosts were gracious and the food was terrific. The driver and guide were delightful and interesting people. Angel checked in with us daily which was nice to remind us of travel details for that day.... Read more

Angel did a fantastic job! Our trip had just the right amount of discovery on our own while having day to day details taken care of. We were able to successfully negotiate trains, buses, subways and even a ferry. We stayed at wonderful guest houses and onsens along the Kumano Kodo Trail. Our hosts were gracious and the food was terrific. The driver and guide were delightful and interesting people. Angel checked in with us daily which was nice to remind us of travel details for that day. I would definitely choose kimkim again for a self guided travel experience. And if anyone is considering Japan, I would highly recommend Angel.

Hotel Reviews
Ryokan Yunominesou 湯の峯荘
Yunomine Onsen

Really enjoyed this ryokan with it's outdoor baths and delicious food.

Authenticity & Character
classic tatami rooms
Location
Staff
Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu
Tokyo

I was worried the hotel was to big and impersonal but it turned out to be nicely located for Shibuya, catching trains and walking to the Palace. The views of Tokyo were also amazing.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Kanazawa Zoushi
Kanazawa

We loved this hotel!!! The staff were friendly and welcoming. The rooms were aesthetically beautiful. They had free drinks and made us udon noodles at night.

Authenticity & Character
Aesthetically beautiful
Location
Staff
very welcoming
Cleanliness & Comfort
Osaka Excel Hotel Tokyu
Osaka

We spent only one night. The staff seemed a little harried but was able to answer our questiosns.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
GUEST HOUSE Kumano Yasai
Takahara

What a find! Definitely worth the extra walk down from the trail to experience this delightful guesthouse.

Authenticity & Character
This is an 180 year old Japanese house that was redone beautifully in the inside with the original beams and glass. We had the whole place to ourselves
Location
Staff
Shino did the cooking for our dinner and breakfast. She runs a coffee shop and restaurant. Everything was delicious and the coffee was excellent.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hitotoki
Chikatsuyu

What makes this place exceptional is the two 75 year old hosts who coddled us with home cooking and amusing conversation.

Authenticity & Character
Typical Japanese home.
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
A little cramped with bathroom space but all doable
Sansaro Cafe & Guesthouse
Koguchi

We were grateful this guesthouse was available. However, the owner wasn't aware that the onsen wasn't open so had to clean her own bathroom before we could get showers.

Authenticity & Character
Location
We would have chosen a place closer to the trail but again we were grateful for someplace to stay.
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Urashima
Katsuura

What a quirky resort. The absulte BEST onsen with the hot springs in caves overlooking the ocean. It was a great place to relax after five days of treking.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto ekimae PREMIER
Kyoto

Small rooms. If I were staying longer in Kyoto I would have chosen another place. However very close to the train station.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
The Kurobe Gorge Railway
The Kurobe Gorge Railway
Toyama

Delightful trip. Lovely hike. Beautiful gorge.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our driver turned out to be a music conductor. We had lots to talk about.
Transport
Full Day Tour of Arashiyama Bamboo Grove & Sagano Scenic Railway
Full Day Tour of Arashiyama Bamboo Grove & Sagano Scenic Railway
Kyoto

Yoshi planned a beautiful day experiencing Arashiyama.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Yoshi was a great guide who answered all our questions the area and life as a Japanese woman.
Transport
Yoshi had everything planned so it all happened with little waiting.
Local specialist: Angel Tang
Angel
Angel Tang
Local specialist in Japan | Replied on Nov 27, 2023
Hi Terri,
Hope you have a great day.
Thank you so much for sharing your enjoyable and memorable experience and thoughtful,detailed and overall feedback. We are so grateful for it, which will bring us to understand more about the travelers’ idea and impression on the culture and nature in Japan. You are so kind and considerate, I have learned a lot from you. Thank you for choosing our services, and we are grateful to have played a part in making your vacation enjoyable. It’s so delightful... Read more

Hi Terri,
Hope you have a great day.

Thank you so much for sharing your enjoyable and memorable experience and thoughtful,detailed and overall feedback. We are so grateful for it, which will bring us to understand more about the travelers’ idea and impression on the culture and nature in Japan.

You are so kind and considerate, I have learned a lot from you. Thank you for choosing our services, and we are grateful to have played a part in making your vacation enjoyable. It’s so delightful to know that you enjoyed the local guest house along the Kumano Kodo Trail even though some of them didn’t meet your expectation. The availability of the local lodging along the Kumano Kodo Trail is limited and thanks a lot for your understanding. There are multiple and colorful Asian culture and natural beauty in Japan. Welcome you and your family back again in the future.

Take care and keep traveling!

Wish you and your family happy life now and future.

Yours sincere,
Angel