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Ai

Licensed Guide
  (20) Reviews
Send message only 2 days available in September
US$ 75 Hourly rate Price up to 3 people
【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.
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Last updated: 9 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Himeji , Hyogo , Kobe , Kyoto , Mie , Mount Koya , Nara , Osaka , Shiga , Wakayama

Languages Japanese ( Native ), English ( Business ), French ( Conversational )

Reviews
(20) Reviews
Hourly rate 75 USD Price up to 3 people
( Max : 23 People )
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About

★Je parle francais.

★I studied at Teachers College, Columbia University and obtained an MBA at Kyoto University, major in tourism & hospitality management(Class of 2020).

★free photo taking & sharing by an award-winning + magazine-cover photographer Σp[【◎】]ω・´)

My pictures
-covered "NU7(top 7 national universities)" magazine, which issues 50,000 copies (in 2018)

won
-Gold Award in CONRAD OSAKA Art Photo Contest among 367 entries
-2nd Prize in Festival Tower West Opening Photo Contest and became a billboard advertisement
(both in 2017)

-Photo Contest at Tourism Expo in Osaka,
hosted by SriLanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (in 2019)

★avid fan of musicals, JPOP/American/British rock music♪
(Grabbed arena row 1 of Paul McCartney's show.
Have met+talked many celebrities, such as YOSHIKI of X JAPAN, Jin Akanishi, some members of KANJANI8 & Shonen-Tai, Backstreet Boys, Mr. BIG, Lea Salonga, Keanu Reeves, a former Japanese Prime Minister, Novel Laureate, Kyoto/Osaka City Mayor, congressmen, UN Administrator, CEOs and executives of global companies in person!)

★raised in Kobe, have attended schools in Kyoto for twelve years, live in Osaka

Feel free to contact me!
Let's have fun together☆★**ヽ(^o^)丿

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Price

The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

Duration
1 Person
Up to 3 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate US$75.41 US$75.41 US$1.90
4 Hours US$301.62 US$301.62 US$7.59
8 Hours US$603.25 US$603.25 US$15.19

* Duration: 1 hours minimum and 20 hours maximum per day.
* People: 23 maximum

Private Tours

Kaleidoscopic Kyoto w/Award-winning Photographer

(20) Reviews
by Ai
Ancient Artistic Kyoto Highlights Tour! An award-winning + a magazine-cover photographer & an MBA graduate who majored in tourism & hospitality managemen...
6 Hours US$ 759 up to 3 people

Himeji Castle+Kobe Beef Blast! w/Award-winning Photographer

(20) Reviews
by Ai
We will go to Himeji Castle & KOUKOEN Garden in the daytime and stop by Kobe harbour☆★Himeji Castle is also called White Heron/Eagret Castle. As its name ...
6 Hours US$ 361 up to 3 people

Magical UNIVERSAL STUDIO Surprise☆** w/Former Crew

(20) Reviews
by Ai
Since my father and I was in charge of constructing attractions, I will tell you behind-the-scene stories and the history of USJ.
6 Hours US$ 309 up to 3 people

Animals in Ancient Capitals w/Award-winning Photographer

(20) Reviews
by Ai
This tour is focusing on animals in ancient capitals. 1. [email protected] Park to meet deer. Deer has been regarded as a messenger of god. You can touch, feed, ...
6 Hours US$ 475 up to 3 people

Tempting Tokyo Trip fr Kyoto/Osaka w/Photographer

(20) Reviews
by Ai
A trip to a modern, sophisticated Metropolitan area! Since I used to live in TOKYO and travel often, I know the capital very well. We will travel via SHINK...
12 Hours US$ 285 up to 3 people

Healing Hiroshima fr Kyoto/Osaka w/Photographer

(20) Reviews
by Ai
A daytrip from KANSAI(Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara) to HIROSHIMA!First, we will eat HIROSHIMA-YAKI, a local pancake for lunch.After the lunch, I will show you ...
8 Hours US$ 435 up to 3 people

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 in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting time, there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting time, there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting time, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 20 )
Virginia Virginia United States ( Family )
Excellent
8 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
8 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
8 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
9 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
10 months 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.