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Ai

Licensed Guide
(16) Reviews
$ 75 Hourly rate
Reviews ( 16 )
Frederick Frederick United States ( Couple )
Excellent
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.

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
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

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

Cindy Cindy United States ( Family )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Terrific afternoon in and around Gion! ”

We’re so happy we booked with AI! My husband and I and our two daughters (ages 5 and 10) are visiting Japan from NY, and had just under 2 days in Kyoto. Ai was enthusiastic, positive, and flexible, showing us all around Yasaka Hill, Kiyomizu temple, and surrounding areas in Gion. She was lovely with the girls and they really enjoyed spending time with her. We made frequent stops for snacks, souvenirs, and photo taking, and AI helped us with all the transactions and took tons of photos of our family. In fact, as an awesome bonus, AI is a photographer and took lots and lots of photos on her camera, and shared them all with us after! She even professionally edited a number of them and they are lovely and so wonderful to have. Ai clearly spent a lot of time on her own doing that, definitely go... read more

Ai:

Dear Cindy and her family, Thanks for writing such a long and nice review. Since I am an only child, it was a great experience for me to travel with cute girls and warm-hearted parents. Please keep in touch and drop me a message the next time you come back to Japan. I will definately let you know when I have a chance to study again at Columbia! Thank you very much once again. your guide & your new friend, Ai

Lyn Lyn Australia ( Family )
Excellent
10 months ago

“ A bit of a difficult day in Kyoto ”

Ai did a wonderful job. She took us to the Aquarium to meet the needs of the children. They loved this, but then one of the grandchildren became ill. Ai just worked it out, getting him to a hospital. As the doctor had no English, she stayed there to help which was much appreciated. The rest of us coped. We found a cab and off to kysiomuru dera. She helped us out with a difficult day. Thank you so much. Lyn Hodgson

Ai:

Thank you so much for having me. Yes, we had an enjoyable moment at Aquarium to see Dolphin Show and salamanders. I was very happy that your granddaughter looked excited and even said hello to dolphins. lol I hope your grandson will brag about his hospitalized experience at his birthday party next month with hilarious pics!(I wish I could follow the rest of your family as well.) Hope to see all of you again the next time you come back to Japan for watching Rugby World Cup, Tokyo Olympics, or studying at Kyoto University. See you later, alligator!(・ω・)ノ your friend & your guide, Ai

Davina Davina United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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

David David United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ 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.

Ai:

Thank you for choosing me. It was very nice to meet you. I uploaded pics on my blog. Please check the entry, “Happy holidays from KYOTO.” Hope to see you again with your family in Japan.( ´∀`)/ your guide & friend, Ai

Eva Eva Spain ( Family with kids )
Very Good
2 years ago

“ 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.

Ai:

They were kind, curious, and well-mannered guests. Even their little child walked to me to shake hands and said “thank you “ at the end of our tour. Therefore, it was a great pleasure to guide such a nice and happy family. Hope to see them again under the clear sky next time! Ai

Anastacio Anastacio United States ( Couple )
Good
2 years ago

“ 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.

Ai:

Thanks for joining my tour. It was a great pleasure to have such a wonderful couple. Again, thank you so much and hope to see your family(+with your dog?) again in Japan. ( ´?`)/Ai

Peaches Peaches Philippines ( Family )
Excellent
3 years ago

She was very knowledgable of Japanese tradition. her company was very pleasant. we didnt feel rushed even if we were late to meet her. she was very accomodating and she answered all our questions. we would use her again when we return to japan

Ai:

She and her family & friend were very well-educated, nice people. They were always curious, which was worth guiding. Thank you so much for choosing me. Hope to see you again! Ai( *???)?

【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: 18 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 )

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