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Kaleidoscopic Kyoto w/Award-winning Photographer

by Ai
(6) Reviews
6h $ 455 Price up to 3 people


  • KINKAKUJI(Golden Pavilion)
  • KIYOMIZU Temple
  • FUSHIMI Inari Shrine
  • Free+unlimited photo shooting+sharing by an award-winning photographer

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455.00 USD

Price up to 3 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra people(up to around+20).
$ 9.10


Ancient Artistic Kyoto Highlights Tour!

Since I've been a student in Kyoto for twelve years, I know the city very well.

Besides, I am an artistic person, I can take fantastic photos for you!
(My picture won the Gold Award of CONRAD Osaka Art Photo Contest among 367 entries, & Second Prize of Festival City Photo Contest; both works are used on their billboard, official websites, and SNSs.)

What to Expect

KYOTO is like a kinetic art.

The ancient capital has a rich flavour of four seasons:
- cherry blossoms in spring,
-riverside restaurants & festivals in summer,
- autumn foliage in fall,
- and snow flakes in winter.

Nature colors world-famous temples and shrines with stunning gradations.

In addition to the scenic beauty, all the streets in the city are well-organized like a chess-board.
By strolling around these avenues, you can feel the full of historic, traditional, cultural and academic atmosphere.

In this tour, we will visit UNESCO World Heritage sights, such as:
・KINKAKUJI Temple(Golden Pavilion)


・Nijyo Castle etc.

★Other options are:
・Fushimi Inari Shrine

・KIMONO wearing+photo shooting by an award-winning photographer

・traditional Japanese show in GION
(-MAIKO dance performance
-tea ceremony demonstration
-imperial GAGAKU music
-KYOGEN sitcom
-JYORURI puppet show)

・Kyoto Aquarium
(dolphin show & cute penguins)

(feed & take pics w/monkeys)

・TOEI UZUMASA Movie Studio visit
(meet SAMURAI & wear KIMONO)
for a family with children:)

*Please select TWO or THREE places/activities per day.
If you could book me two to three days, we could cover all destinations.

★Lunch…local Japanese food and/or vegetarian menu.

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  • KINKAKUJI(Golden Pavilion)
  • KIYOMIZU Temple
  • FUSHIMI Inari Shrine
  • Free+unlimited photo shooting+sharing by an award-winning photographer


【Experienced city】
My main areas are Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Kobe.

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:
physically challenged people,
senior citizens and/or babies,
don't hesitate to ask special requests.
I'm willing to help these guests:)

★Itinerary can be quite flexible upon your requests.

What‘s included
★Hotel pick-up & drop off
★Guide fee
★free & unlimited photo taking & sharing by an award-winnng photographer
★NO overtime charge
What‘s not included
=you & me(guide)=
★Transportation(around 2000 JPY/per)

★Lunch(around 1000 JPY/per)

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

☆KIMONO rental(2000~5000JPY/per)

☆snacks, drinks, and ouvenirs(if any)
Meeting Point
At your hotel or Kyoto Station
Ending Point
At your Hotel or Kyoto Station
6 hours
Starting time
11:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 3 people   Flexible

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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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Reviews ( 6 )

1 month ago |   by Tony

“ Fabulous so helpful ”

My 83 year old mother and I booked Ai, she was more expensive that the other guides, but I understand why., She looks after her clients, and ,makes sure they are comfortable My mother was so happy with her, likewise me.

1 month ago |   by Todd

“ Expert photography and patience ”

My family had a very particular schedule that needed to be taken care and Ai delivered. We planned on dressing in traditional Japanese dress and taking pictures and Nijo Castle. Ai delivered with a great rental facility and escorted us to the Castle. She took high quality pictures and sent all of them to my wife quickly and efficiently. We could not have been happier

5 months ago |   by David

“ Wonderful introduction to Kyoto ”

Ai is a funny and charming tour guide and I had so much fun exploring Kyoto with her. She helped me navigate the subway, locate a temple I wanted to see, and even helped me find a gift I was looking for. All of which would have been quite a challenge for me alone. If you are in Osaka or Kyoto and you need a guide for either city, you cannot do better than Ai.

Very Good
7 months ago |   by Eva

“ Kyoto tour including tea ceremony and Maiko dance ”

We had a great experience with Ai. She was very flexible and accommodated to our needs. She perfectly knew how to move throughout the city knowing the buses schedules and distances. She also helped us to get tickets and reservations ahead, which was very useful. Ai gave us a lot of interesting details and explanations about the Japanese culture. When we told her what we wanted to have for lunch (since it was our last day in Japan), she knew exactly where to take us without extra walking. We would highly recommend her.

8 months ago |   by Anastacio

“ Nice Trip to Kobe and Rokko Mountain. ”

Ai is a great tour guide that will give you insight knowledge to go where the action is. She possesses the natural ability to share the interest points where you want to visit and to make the most of your stay.

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