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Kaleidoscopic Kyoto w/Award-winning+magazine-cover Photographer

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

Ancient Artistic Kyoto Highlights Tour!

An award-winning+magazine-cover photographer and an MBA candidate who major 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.


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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What to Expect

KYOTO is like a kinetic art.

The ancient capital has rich flavours of four seasons:
- cherry blossoms in spring,
-riverside restaurants & traditional Gion festival 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)

・Kiyomizu Temple
("No nail temple" on Higashiyama Hills side)

・Nijyo Castle

Other possible suggestions are:

・Fushimi Inari Shrine
(The most popular destination of red Torii gates)

・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
(Able to see Kyotoite big salamanders, a dolphin show, cute penguins, and touch large turtles)

・Arashiyama Monkey Park
(feed & take pics w/monkeys)

・Toei Uzumasa Movie Studio
(meet Samurai & wear Kimono)
for a family with children:)

*Please select two to four places/activities per day. If you could book me several days, we could cover all.

★Lunch…local Japanese food and/or vegetarian/vegan menu.
Since this is my signature tour, I set the highest price in town on purpose.

However, reviews from the VIP guests and pictures on my profile & tour pages guarantee you once-in-a-lifetime memories in one of the most attractive cities in the world with the professional & local guide photographer.

Why don't you explore my hometown together for homemoon and/or vacation with your family & friends?

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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)=
★Transportation(900 JPY/per if we use subway+bus)

★Lunch(around 1,000 JPY/per)

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

☆KIMONO rental(3,000~6,000JPY/per)

☆snacks, drinks, and ouvenirs(if any)


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

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 date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

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 ( 16 )
4.7 (16) Reviews
Very Good
Frederick Frederick United States ( Couple )
2 weeks 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.


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.

Nivedita Nivedita India ( Solo )
1 month ago

“ Excellent tour with best guide and photographer ”

It was amazing. She was very quick in adjusting to all my requests . We covered almost everything i could think of in osaka, kyoto in 2and half days. She helped me with shopping . Took such wonderful pics!!! Yes she is a professional photographer.. she would try to utilise the time in the most efficient way..


Thanks for having me for three days. The weather. itinerary. shopping. desserts. KIMONO. sunset. moon…everything was perfect! I will send pictures in few days. Happy birthday to your son!(^-^)人(^-^)

Irene Irene Philippines
Very Good
2 months ago

“ Osaka City Tour ”

This is my 2nd time with Tour Guide Ai San. Very accommodating! Thank you Ai San.


Dear Irene, Thanks for writing me a review. Since my MBA thesis is about customer satisfaction of my tours, feedback is really helpful, not only for my job, but also for my graduate study. I will try to improve my service and photography skills. Hope to see you and your guests again in the near future. Your guide, photographer, and friend, Ai

David David Japan ( Couple )
6 months ago

“ Excellent tour guide for Kyoto, enjoyed our trip very much! ”

Ai is a very knowledgeable and experienced tour guide in Japan, we choose a day trip to Kyoto, she picked us up from our Osaka hotel and traveled to Kyoto with us. During the day, she managed to take us to all of the must see sites. We also had an amazing meal for lunch, and Ai took very professional photos for us throughout the day. Her English is excellent and personality very bubbly and fun. Ai didn't feel like a tour guide but rather a trusted friend showing us her beloved city, we didn't feel rushed or time constrained, but rather took detours and lengthened our tour in Kyoto by ending up in a very special shrine festival. Highly recommend Ai as your next guide in Japan!


Dear David, Thanks for writing me a great review. Since I have been studying hard during the Golden Week Holidays, our adventure to fresh green Kyoto with an annual festival bonus really made my day.🌿 Since Japan will host your favorite sport events, please come back again in the future. I will welcome you two as real friends next time. Thank you very much once again. your guide, photographer, and new friend in Japan, Ai

Pramod Pramod United Kingdom ( Family )
7 months ago

“ Two wonderful days in Kyoto ”

As a party of 6 with 2 young boys and two octogenarians it’s hard to know how best to curate a trip in one of the worlds prettiest cities with more UNESCO world heritage sites than most! Step in Ai. From the moment we met her we felt comfortable that she was able to judge and meet our needs. Her English is first class, her knowledge of Kyoto (operational and historical) excellent but of most significance is her sensitivity to our needs both in terms of sightseeing and of shopping/ eating etc. She was patient and able to adapt as the day went on based on the children’s concentration span and the fatigue of the more mature. If you needed a bonus..... she comes equipped with her camera and is an award winning photographer. She is unobtrusively constantly on the go getting an amazing mix of... read more


Thanks for writing such a long, detailed, and excellent review! It was a great pleasure to have a warm, kind, elegant, well-mannered, and well-educated family. Hope your super-smart and curious children will study in Japan as exchange students, and become great parents like you and your grand parents. Please keep in touch, and do let me know the next time you come back to Japan! your guide, photographer, and new friend, Ai

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