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Kaleidoscopic Kyoto w/Award-winning Photographer


Kyoto
6 Hours
up to 3 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( Business ), French ( Conversational )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Ancient Artistic Kyoto Highlights Tour!
An award-winning + a magazine-cover photographer & an MBA graduate who majored in tourism & hospitality management at Kyoto University will guide you to iconic places+the off-the-beaten tracks to take fantastic pictures. Knowing the city as a local student for twelve years made me a bonna-fide professional guide in one of the most attractive capitals around the globe.

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with Ai.

  • Kinkakuji Ji Temple(Golden Pavilion)

  • Kiyomizu Temple

  • FUSHIMI Inari Shrine

  • Arashiyama Bamboo Groove

  • Off-the-beaten tracks

  • Free+unlimited photo shooting+sharing by an award-winning & magazine-cover photographer

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Departure & Return

Starting time 10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel or Kyoto Station
Ending Point At your Hotel or Kyoto Station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

★Hotel pick-up & drop off
★Guide fee
★free & unlimited photo taking & sharing by an award-winnng photographer
★free portable wifi
★NO overtime charge

What‘s not included

=you & me(guide)=
★Public Transportations
(900 JPY/per if we use subway+bus)
or
★Private taxi(around 24,000~30,000 JPY/day)

★Lunch(around 1,000~5,000 JPY/per)

=only you=
★Entrance fee
(400 JPY/per for each temple)

=optional=
☆KIMONO rental(3,000~6,000JPY/per)

☆snacks, drinks, and souvenirs(if any)

Important

【Familiar towns】
My main areas are Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Kobe, and Himeji.

Since I used to live in Tokyo and travel around Metropolitan area very often, if you could cover my transportations(+ accomodation if necessary), I can travel(+stay) with you.

【Anyone is welcome!】
If you or your family members/friends are:
Vegetarians/vegans,
LGBTQ,
physically challenged people,
senior citizens and/or babies,
don't hesitate to ask me special requests.
I'm willing to help these guests:)

【Insurance】
Please take out travel insurance. My insurance will NOT cover your sickness, injury, and/or accident during the tour.

★Itinerary can be quite flexible upon your requests.

★You can use my portable wifi during our tour

★Private taxi, that accomodate up to eight guests, is available around 40,000 JPY/day.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Reviews ( 20 )
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Virginia Virginia United States ( Family )
Excellent
10 months ago

“ Wonderful day in Kyoto with Ai ”

I contacted Ai in early December about a one-day tour of Kyoto with a list of top choices for a customized trip for my group of five (myself, my two young adult children, and their two young adult friends). She got back to me right away with a proposed itinerary and the suggestion that we hire a private car and driver for the day. Ai responded quickly to all my questions during the planning period and met us at our hotel right on time on the day of the tour. Since it was raining on the morning of our tour day, and one of our proposed destinations was closed for the new year's holiday, she suggested some changes to our itinerary, which worked out perfectly. We had a wonderful day visiting Nishiki Market, the Golden Pavilion, Ryoan-Ji Temple, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, and Kyoto Station. Hiri... read more

Ai:

Dear Virginia, Thanks for having me. It was very fun to enjoy my hometown Kyoto with you, your children, and their friends. Hope to see all of you again next time you come back to Japan. Since Japan will host Tokyo Olympics this summer and World Expo in Osaka in 2025, it would be a good opportunity to come back by a cruise ship so that your husband can join us. Thank you very much once again. your guide, photographer, and new friend, Ai

Yousef Yousef United Arab Emirates ( Solo )
Excellent
10 months ago

“ Amazing trip ”

Ai is an amazing guide , I really enjoyed my time seeing places and exploring with her ??

Ai:

Thanks for having me. I really enjoyed Wagyu lunch and exploring around my hometown with you. I hope I can travel with your flight someday in the future. Please keep in touch until then. Thank you very much once again.? your first Japanese guide, photographer, and new friend, Ai

anish Anish United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
10 months ago

“ Kyoto highlights ”

Ai was enthusiastic and personable, guiding my family through the major sites of western and southern kyoto. The photos she took were amazing! We learned alot about her culture. Her english is perfect. She made lunch reservations and arranged for a private taxi. We just sat back and enjoyed this beautiful city!

Ai:

Thanks for having me on the new year day 2020. It was a great pleasure to have new-year shrine and temple visits with such a nice, well-educated, and well-mannered happy family. Enjoy the rest of your journey in Japan, and I hope I can invite you my wedding in the near future! lol your guide, photographer, and new friend, Ai

jennifer Jennifer United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
11 months ago

“ Ai is the Best ! ”

We had a great day with Ai ! We did not have alot of time and we asked Ai to help us see as much as possible in 1 day. We went all over Kyoto and I'm so glad we had Ai to help us get everywhere . She took amazing photos for us that we will treasure forever. We really enjoyed our time with Ai and getting to know her and Kyoto more. We will miss her ! And we really loved Kyoto :)

Ai:

Dear Jennifer and her family, Thanks for wringing me such a great review. It was very nice to know one of the happiest families in the world like you. Yes, we were lucky enough to encounter with Maiko-san at Four Seasons Hotel, and other wonderful memories in Kyoto, which shall remain in my heart forever, too. Hope to see you again the next time you have a business trip to Japan and/or your son will become an exchange student to Kyoto University! your guide, photographer, and a new friend, Ai

Frederick Frederick United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ a photographer's eye in Kyoto! ”

In her inimitable way, Ai goes beyond the standard “tour guide” role venturing into the realm of a personal travel photographer. Upon our request, Ai escorted us to picturesque locations rarely visited by foreign tourists: even during peak tourist season, in our excursions with Ai we often found ourselves to be the only foreigners traipsing through gorgeous locales! Her command of English is excellent and she is able to tailor a tour to specific requests. Ai spends substantial time and effort photographing her clients in special places, and her prowess and sensibilities are truly appreciated when you receive the beautiful images of these visits - creating lasting memories - which she gifts to you after her tour.

Ai:

Thank you for wringing me a wonderful review with sophisticated words. It was very nice to meet such a smart, artistic, and brilliant couple. I will keep your book for the rest of my life. Hope to see you and your wife again in Japan and/or in the States.

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