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Ai

Licensed Guide
  (16) Reviews
Send message only 9 days available in November
$ 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: 2 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Hyogo , Kobe , Shiga , Mie , Wakayama , Mount Koya , Himeji

Languages Japanese ( Native ), English ( License ), French ( Fluent )

Reviews
(16) 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 now am an MBA candidate 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

won
-Gold Award in CONRAD OSAKA Art Photo Contest among 367 entries
&
-2nd Prize in Festival Tower West Opening Photo Contest and used as a billboard advertisement

★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

Please check my blog page for a detailed profile with many pictures.

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 $74.52 $74.52 $1.88
4 Hours $298.08 $298.08 $7.51
8 Hours $596.16 $596.16 $15.01

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

Private Tours

Kaleidoscopic Kyoto w/Award-winning+magazine-cover Photograp...

(16) Reviews
by Ai
Ancient Artistic Kyoto Highlights Tour! An award-winning+magazine-cover photographer and an MBA candidate who major in tourism & hospitality management ...
6h $ 552 up to 3 people

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

(16) 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...
6h $ 356 up to 3 people

Animals in Ancient Capitals w/Award-winning Photographer

(16) Reviews
by Ai
This tour is focusing on animals in ancient capitals. 1. AM@NARA Nara Park to meet deer. Deer has been regarded as a messenger of god. You can touch, fe...
8h $ 704 up to 3 people

Magical UNIVERSAL STUDIO Surprise☆** w/Former Crew

(16) 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.
6h $ 384 up to 3 people

Tempting Tokyo Trip fr Kyoto/Osaka w/Award-winning Photograp...

(16) Reviews
by Ai
A weekend trip to a modern, sophisticated Metropolitan area! Since I used to live in TOKYO, I know the capital very well.
12h $ 552 up to 3 people

Healing Hiroshima fr Kyoto/Osaka w/Award-winnig Photographer

(16) 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 s...
8h $ 422 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 date, there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 16 )
Frederick Frederick United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week 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.

Nivedita Nivedita India ( Solo )
Excellent
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..

Ai:

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.

Ai:

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 )
Excellent
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!

Ai:

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 )
Excellent
6 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

Ai:

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

Blog

Position Paper

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A Daytrip to “Wolverine” Port Town

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Went to #Tomonoura in #Fukuyama City, #Hiroshima Prefecture, as a member of #JASC(#Japan #America Student Conference) #Japanese delegates. ...

SAKE Breweries' visit in FUSHIMI

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Kyoto daytrip

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Yesterday, I had a wonderful couple from US. At ARASHIYAMA Bamboo Forest and YASAKA Koshindo Temple, we bacame friends with beautif...

hydrangea

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Hydrangea in Kyoto. At my grad school, Kyoto University at my alma mater