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
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
Ai is an amazing guide , I really enjoyed my time seeing places and exploring with her 👏🏻
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
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!
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
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 :)
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
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.
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(^-^)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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!
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
Ai was an awesome guide and made sure we covered everything we wanted to see. She also has great photographer tips!
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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( *???)?