Ai A.

4.80(20) reviews
 

Available Areas

Hyogo, Kyoto, Mie, Nara, Osaka (Living), Shiga, Wakayama, Mount Koya, Kobe, Himeji

 

Languages

English, Japanese (Native)

 

Response Time

Less than an hour

 

Availability updated

3 days ago

 

About

★Je parle francais.

★I studied at Teachers College, Columbia U and obtained an MBA from Kyoto U, major in tourism & hospitality management. I will be back to Columbia from 2022 to 2025.

★free photo taking & sharing digital data by an award-winning + magazine-cover photographer.

My pictures won/introduced in

-"NU7(top 7 national universities)" magazine, which issues 50,000 copies (in 2018)

-Gold Award in CONRAD OSAKA Art Photo Contest among 367 entries

-2nd Prize in Festival Tower West Opening Photo Contest and became a billboard advertisement

(both in 2017)

-Photo Contest at Tourism Expo in Osaka,

hosted by SriLanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (in 2019)

-Nikkei WOMAN, June issue of 2021, a monthly magazine that publishes 150,000 copies nationwide.

★avid fan of musicals, JPOP/American/British rock music♪

(Grabbed arena row 1 of Paul McCartney's show.

Have met+talked many celebrities, such as YOSHIKI of X JAPAN, Jin Akanishi, some members of KANJANI8 & Shonen-Tai, Backstreet Boys, Mr. BIG, Lea Salonga, Keanu Reeves, a former Japanese Prime Minister, Novel Laureate, Kyoto/Osaka City Mayor, congressmen, UN Administrator, CEOs and executives of global companies in person!)

★raised in Kobe, have attended schools in Kyoto for twelve years, reside in Osaka, and will live in NYC every summer from 2022~2025.(Tours in Japan are available in Spring, Autumn, and Winter.)

Feel free to contact me!

Let's have fun together☆★**

Tours

Kaleidoscopic Kyoto w/Award-winning Photographer

Kyoto
6 hours

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.

FROM$707/ per group

Outstanding Osaka w/Award-winning Photographer

Osaka
6 hours

One-day Osaka highlights tour!Since I have lived & worked in Osaka for more than ten years, I know the city very well.Besides, I am an artistic person, I can take fantastic photos for you!! (My picture won the Gold Award of CONRAD Osaka Art Photo Contest among 367 entries, & Second Prize of Festival City Photo Contest, both works are used on their billboard, official websites, and SNSs.)

FROM$288/ per group

Himeji Castle+Kobe Beef Blast! w/Award-winning Photographer

Himeji
6 hours

We will go to Himeji Castle & KOUKOEN Garden in the daytime and stop by Kobe harbour☆★Himeji Castle is also called White Heron/Eagret Castle. As its name signifies, the palace's white plaster walls beautifully mixed with four seasons-Cherry Blossoms in spring,-summer greens, -autumn foliage,-fresh snow in winter.On our way back, let's enjoy Kobe Beef and bayside area.

FROM$336/ per group

Animals in Ancient Capitals w/Award-winning Photographer

Nara
6 hours

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!

FROM$442/ per group

Magical UNIVERSAL STUDIO Surprise☆** w/Former Crew

Osaka
6 hours

Since my father and I was in charge of constructing attractions, I will tell you behind-the-scene stories and the history of USJ....

FROM$288/ per group

Healing Hiroshima fr Kyoto/Osaka w/Photographer

Kyoto
8 hours

A daytrip from KANSAI(Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara) to HIROSHIMA!First, we will eat HIROSHIMA-YAKI, a local pancake for lunch.After the lunch, I will show you around Peace Memorial Park, where former US Present Obama gave a great address. Last but not least, we will visit HIROSHIMA Castle to enjoy the beautiful sunset.

FROM$405/ per group

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