My name is Ahmed Abu Tayeh. I was born in Kuwait in 1982. I came to Kyoto in 2015 and found myself surrounded by many historic ancient temples and shrines and such beautiful scenery all around, I want to share all of this with you.
I am a culture, history and food fan, so I can introduce to you the best about the Japanese culture, a historic background about each place we visit, and can recommend to you the best food options in Kyoto. I am fluent in English and Arabic, flexible, open minded and like having fun. I enjoy my work, like to share my knowledge and experiences and have the ability to communicate and deal with people from different cultures and backgrounds.
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 8 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 28 maximum
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
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.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
We found Ahmed to be very informative and worked the itinerary to fit in with what we wanted. There were no communication problems whatsoever except that we assumed the tour would finish at the starting point but we obviously did not read his itinerary properly and we had to find our own way back to the station when the tour ended.
Dear Rosalie, I was very happy to tour with you and lovely family, and I am glad you enjoyed it. I am deeply sorry for the end up point, I thought you would do it comfortably, If I knew you want me to end it up in the station then I would definitely join you.Anyway thanks a lot again and wishing to see you again in Kyoto. Come in 2020
Our day tour with Ahmed was fantastic! He is a great English guide and very knowledgeable.He was very patient and accommodating with me( because of my knee injury) He recommended a van rental for the day so that we can see more sights with the minimum walking.We learned so much about the city , sights and its people. Ahmed took great care with explanations of their beliefs and practices .He also recommended nice food spots( and what to eat) afterwards. He further more, made a reservation for us at a restaurant that we wanted to visit the next day . We asked him tips for our Osaka day trip afterwards and he let us know where we could go to see sakura trees in bloom before we left. Ahmed really walked the extra mile. We would highly recommend him to anyone who wants a truly special Kyoto ex... read more
Dear Gina, It was a true pleasure for me to tour with you and lovely family. I am very happy I helped you the way you wanted and I wish to see you again in Kyoto. God bless you all
My husband and I had a great day with Ahmed touring Kyoto! It was our first time to Japan, and trip planned last minute so I didn’t have an itinerary in mind; Ahmed made recommendations for sights to see based on our desires, which was very helpful. He also helped us make a list of places to go on our remaining days, and provided restaurant recommendations. Ahmed speaks excellent English, and knows the town like a local (but is also able to provide an outsider perspective since he’s not originally from Japan, which we found interesting as well). We had a great day, and felt very equipped to navigate the city on our own for the rest of our trip.
Dear Kirstin, Thanks a lot for you and husband for the great time we spent together. I got to know a lot about your culture and I am happy you enjoyed your time with me. Thanks again and wishing to see you again in Kyoto.
Ahmed was very helpful in arranging all our itenary for a group of 12. We only had few hours to spend in Kyoto on a day trip from Tokyo on Shinkansen. The car, the driver and the Kyoto sight visits were all excellent.
Thanks a lot for your nice words and wishing to meet you again in Kyoto. It was my pleasure.