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Animals in Ancient Capitals w/Award-winning Photographer

Highlights

Ai A.

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

This tour is focusing on animals in ancient capitals. 1. AM@NARANara Park to meet deer. Deer has been regarded as a messenger of god. You can touch, feed, & take a picture w/them. Visit Todaiji Temple to see the largest Budda statue. 2. PM@KYOTOFushimi Inari Shrine, Monkey Park, or Kyoto Aquarium to enjoy many cute & unique animals, such as penguins, dolphins, & salamanders!

Itinerary

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

Meeting Point

At your hotel or Kyoto Station

Nara Park

Kyoto Aquarium(optional)

Arashiyama Monkey Park(optional)

Fushimi Inari Shrine

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

Ending Point

At your Hotel or Kyoto Station

What to Expect

Able to meet cute animals!!!

Instead of Fushimi Inari Shrine, we can go to Kyoto Aquarium or Arashiyama Monkey Park to play with monkeys. Arashiyama is famous for its scenic Togetsu-kyo Bridge, Bamboo forest, and temples.

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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

★NO overtime charge

What‘s not included

【You & the guide】

★transportation fee…around 2000 JPY/per for a whole tour

★lunch…1000~1500 JPY/per

★Kyoto aquariumentrance fee…2500 JPY/per

【Guests only】

★TODAIJI Temple entrance fee…500 JPY/per

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.

★Since Monkey Park is on the top of the steep mountain, this tour is suitable for young family & friends.

(If we skip Monkey Park, anybody can join this tour.)

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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