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Ai

Licensed Guide
  (9) Reviews
Send message only 1 day available in September
$ 62 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,
LGBT,
physically challenged people,
senior citizens and/or babies,
don't hesitate to ask 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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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Hyogo , Kobe , Shiga , Mie , Wakayama , Mount Koya

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

Reviews
(9) Reviews
Hourly rate 62 USD Price up to 3 people
( Max : 23 People )
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About

★A Columbia dropout became an MBA candidate at Kyoto University, major in tourism management

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

★free photo taking & sharing by an award-winning photographerΣp[【◎】]ω・´)
(I won
-Gold Award in CONRAD OSAKA Art Photo Contest among 367 entries
-2nd Prize in Festival Tower West Opening Photo Contest.)

★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 City Mayor, congressmen, UN Administrator, CEOs and executives of global companies in person!)

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 $62.30 $62.30 $8.90
4 Hours $249.20 $249.20 $35.60
8 Hours $498.40 $498.40 $71.20

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

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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 ( 9 )
Davina Davina United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Superb tour of Kyoto highlights ”

Thanks to Ai, we had an unforgettable day at the Bamboo Forest, Kiyomizu-dera and other sites of interest along the way. Ai is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about showing visitors around Kyoto. We had fun chatting with her as we made our way from place to place. She also took and shared with us many photos and made sure we took breaks whenever we needed them. Terrific guide!

Ai:

Thanks! Davina and her husband not only came on time, but also they were smart, kind, energetic, and curious. Therefore, it was my pleasure to exploring my hometown, Kyoto, with such a nice couple. It was a hot day, for both in temperature and our passion! I will never forget about a "bodybag lady" talk! lol Hope to see you again in the States and/or in Japan! Thank you very much once again.( ´∀`)/ Your guide & your friend, Ai

Nanette Nanette United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Fushimi Inari Shrine, Bamboo Forest and the Shosei-En Garden ”

We had a wonderful day with Ai as we toured beautiful Kyoto. Climbing the steps of the impressive Inari Shrine, walking through the quiet of the Bamboo Forest and basking in the beauty of the Shosei-En Garden in the rain, Ai was a fun and interesting guide. Ai negotiated prices, got us into the Shosei-en Garden just before closing, and interpreted for our party. Thank you Ai for a wonderful day!

Ai:

Thanks for having me. It was my pleasure to guide such a wonderful parents with a nice daughter around my age. Although it was raining, you kindly allowed me to use a taxi, which was a prime reason for arriving Shoseien Garden on time. I appreciate your cooperation. (Please see my blog for the garden's pictures.) I hope you will come back to Japan with everybody, including an elder brother, who couldn't make it this time. Thank you very much once again. your guide & your friend, Ai

Martin Martin United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Great guide, excellent visit to Kyoto ”

Ai was an awesome guide and made sure we covered everything we wanted to see. She also has great photographer tips!

Ai:

Thanks for having me. It was my pleasure to guide such a wonderful gentlemen. Your kindness and happy atmosphere brought a perfect weather in Japanese rainy season! ♪California GUYS We're undeniable Fine, fresh, fierce We got it on lock West coast represent Now put your hands up♪ (`・з・)ノU☆Uヽ(・ω・´) Hope the mixture of traditional and modern Kyoto will be your inspiration for your job and life at large. Enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan and have a safe trip home.( ´∀`)/ your guide & your friend, Ai

Tony Tony Australia ( Family )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ 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.

Ai:

Dear Tony Family, Thanks for coming today! It was my pleasure to guide such a wonderful guests. Although meeting time was early in the morning, both of you came on time. Thank you. I had a very good time with you, too. See you later, alligator! lol your guide & your friend, Ai

Todd Todd United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ 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

Ai:

Dear Todd Family, Thanks for having me. It was my pleasure to have a such happy and wonderful family. Although I had a class in the morning, you didn't complain at all. Your generous and warm atmosphere made me feel betteer and I was able to concentrate on taking good pictures. Thank you! Hope to see you again☆★( ´∀`)/ your guide & your friend, Ai