Kaleidoscopic Kyoto w/Award-winning Photographer

Highlights

Ai A.

4.80(20) reviews
Kyoto
English, Japanese (Native)
6 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 3 people

Ancient Artistic Kyoto Highlights Tour!

An award-winning + a magazine-cover photographer & an MBA graduate who majored in tourism & hospitality management at Kyoto U will guide you to iconic places+the off-the-beaten tracks to take fantastic pictures. Knowing the city as a local student for twelve years made me a bonna-fide professional guide in one of the most attractive capitals around the globe.

Itinerary

Check out what we are going to do.
Feel free to personalize this offer.

Meeting Point

At your hotel or Kyoto Station

Kinkakuji Ji Temple(Golden Pavilion)

Kiyomizu Temple

FUSHIMI Inari Shrine

Arashiyama Bamboo Groove

Off-the-beaten tracks

Free+unlimited photo shooting+sharing by an award-winning & magazine-cover photographer

Ending Point

At your Hotel or Kyoto Station

What to Expect

KYOTO is like a kinetic art.

The ancient capital has rich flavours of four seasons:

- cherry blossoms in spring,

-riverside restaurants & traditional Gion festival in summer,

- autumn foliage in fall,

- and snow flakes in winter.

Nature colours world-famous temples and shrines with stunning gradations.

In addition to the scenic beauty, all the streets in the city are well-organized like a chess-board. By strolling around these avenues, you can feel the full of historic, traditional, cultural, and academic atmosphere.

In this tour, we will visit UNESCO World Heritage sights, such as:

・KinkakuJi Temple(Golden Pavilion)

・Kiyomizu Temple

("No nail temple" on Higashiyama Hills side)

・Nijyo Castle

Other possible suggestions are:

・Fushimi Inari Shrine

(The most popular destination of red Torii gates)

・Kimono wearing+photo shooting by an award-winning photographer

・traditional Japanese show in Gion

(-Maiko dance performance

-tea ceremony demonstration

-imperial Gagaku music

-Kyogen sitcom

-Jyoruri puppet show)

・Kyoto Aquarium

(Able to see Kyotoite big salamanders, a dolphin show, cute penguins, and touch large turtles)

・Arashiyama Monkey Park

(feed & take pics w/monkeys)

・Toei Uzumasa Movie Studio

(meet Samurai & wear Kimono)

for a family with children:)

*Please select two to four places/activities per day. If you could book me several days, we could cover all.

★Lunch…local Japanese food and/or vegetarian/vegan menu.

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Since this is my signature tour, I set the highest price in town on purpose.

However, reviews from the distinguished guests and pictures on my profile & tour pages guarantee you once-in-a-lifetime memories in one of the most attractive cities in the world with the professional & local guide photographer.

Why don't you explore my hometown together for honeymoon and/or vacation with your family & friends?

Want to personalize this tour?

  • Our tours can be customized according to your needs and preferences
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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

★Hotel pick-up & drop off

★Guide fee

★free & unlimited photo taking & sharing by an award-winnng photographer

★free portable wifi

★NO overtime charge

What‘s not included

=you & me(guide)=

★Public Transportations

(900 JPY/per if we use subway+bus)

or

★Private taxi(around 24,000~30,000 JPY/day)

★Lunch(around 1,000~5,000 JPY/per)

=only you=

★Entrance fee

(400 JPY/per for each temple)

=optional=

☆KIMONO rental(3,000~6,000JPY/per)

☆snacks, drinks, and souvenirs(if any)

Important Information

【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.

★Itinerary can be quite flexible upon your requests.

★You can use my portable wifi during our tour

★Private taxi, that accomodate up to eight guests, is available around 40,000 JPY/day.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Reviews

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Virginia S.

Jan 12, 2020

Wonderful day in Kyoto with Ai

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. Hiring the van was well worth the extra expense -- we couldn't possibly have done as much using public transportation, and our driver was extremely professional. At the end of the day, Ai even returned to our hotel with me and my kids while we picked up our luggage and walked with us to find our evening train to Tokyo! Ai is kind, friendly, and very knowledgeable. She also sent us a link to all the wonderful pictures she took during our day together. I couldn't have asked for a better guide for our day in Kyoto!

Ai A.

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

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Yousef A.

Jan 5, 2020

Amazing trip

Ai is an amazing guide , I really enjoyed my time seeing places and exploring with her ??

Ai A.

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

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Anish S.

Jan 1, 2020

Kyoto highlights

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!

Ai A.

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

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Jennifer C.

Dec 3, 2019

Ai is the Best !

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 :)

Ai A.

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

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