My name is Ahmed. 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.
The tour is excellent. Ahmed was awesome, He showed us everything and explained very well the history behind it. Great guide for my family with two kids. He is very knowledgeable of the Japanese culture and history. Speak English very well. I will definitely recommend this tour. Thank you , Roxana
Dear Roxana, Thanks a lot for your lovely words. I am really proud and happy you were satisfied and enjoyed your tour. Wishing to meet you again here in Kyoto.
Ahmed was Wonderful! We only had a very short time in Kyoto but wanted to see as much as possible. My husband had a leg injury and has been difficult for him to walk. Ahmed arranged for us to have a taxi all day which picked us up at the hotel. We were able to see the golden temple(only takes cash) Nijojocho-jo castle and Fushimi-Ku Imari Trisha. . Plus a really good lunch. Ahmed is very knowledgeable about Kyoto as he has lived here 5 years. He made the entire trip great! We would highly recommend using him as a guide! -note- have cash for the taxi driver also to credit cards. Japan is a big cash using country.
Dear Debbie , Thanks a lot for the nice words and review.It was a great pleasure meeting you and lovely family and had that great tour together. I wish you all the best and I hope to meet you again here on in USA. Best wishes
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.