Emiko Kai Private tour guide in Kyoto, Nara, Osaka - Japan

Emiko Kai

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★★★Please ask me my availablity first before making booking★★★

Hello. I am Emi! I am a 9years experienced tour guide.I offer various private tours in Kyoto, Osaka and Nara. For example, Kyoto best half day tour (Gion Geisha town,Fushimi inari and so on)from $100 including Lunch(Sushi or Ninja restaurant or ramen,you can choose!), transportation fee, one day kyoto bus ticket and admission fee.

★★★Please ask me my availablity first before booking★★★

■Kyoto best half day private tour including lunch and transportation fee■ 

USD $100 per person(minimum from 2persons)

□Start: Kyoto station 10:00am or pick up at your hotel(within Kyoto city/pick up at Osaka is available)

-Fushimi Inari Shrine (No1.popular tour attraction in Kyoto)

-Lunch (Sushi or Ninja restaurant or ramen noodle, you can choose)

-Gion geisha district

-1.5 hour free time as you like.Please pick one from below

1) Nishiki food market and experience PrintClub(photo machine which is popular among young Japanese),

2) explore historic small alley off-the beaten track, photogenic places including Yasaka pagoda, Ninenzaka, Ishibei alley, enjoy Kyoto's best green match ice cream

3) Visiting hidden-gem temple which hold elegant gardens including bamboo forest

(option:You can drink authentic matcha green tea with sweets while viweing garden.Casual tea ceremony. additional 500yen is needed)

4) Visiting Sanju sangendo hall which holds 1001 golden statues of buddha.

5) if you have any specific place you would like to visit, please ask me!! (golden temple, Nijo castle etc)

Finish: Kyoto station or Shijo central area around 16:00

During the tours, I will consult your travel plan in Kyoto

I will give you free map of Kyoto and recommended eating place map.

This is just a tour plan,so if you have specific places you would like to visit or if you want to experience something, please ask me!

zen meditation at temple, rent kimono one day, visit local's bars,visit animate(popular anime and comic goods shop) or Ghibli totoro shop(Hayao Miyazaki goods)as well. If you want to join the local pub which locals use from the evening, I can take you. If you love shopping small nicknocks,I can take you to 100yen shops which is popular among the Japanese.

I will make the tour just for you!! What briings you Japan?

Tour guide area:Kyoto,Osaka,Nara from Kobe port

Kagawa,Naoshima and Takamatsu is also available.

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■Custom-made 8hours tour for 2-5people in Kyoto or Nara or Osaka■

-USD250 per group(exclude transportation fee, lunch,entrance fee)

You can make your tour as you like.

Please choose the 3 to 4 tourist attractions and I will make the tour for you.

You can combine Nara and Kyoto as well.

Tour sample:(Kyoto one day tour)

-Golden temple(alternative plan:quiet hidden zen garden temple with tea ceremony)

-lunch (sushi or ramen,tonkatsu,deep fried pork cutlet(tonkatsu) and zen buddhist vegetalian meal so on! )

-Arashiyama area bamboo forest (altarnative plan:quiet hidden gem temple)

-Fushimi Inari shrine(worth to visit!!!)

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For lunch, Since I am foodie and my hobby is eating out, I can arrange the restaurants according to your interest. Please ask me anything!

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★Kyoto reccomendation places★

Fushimi Inari( selected No1 site by trip adviser two years in low)

Nijo castle( Shougun(Samurai) Palace. very important place)

Sanju sangendo (splendid 1001 golden buddist statues. just amazing)

Nanzenji temple/Shoren-in(quiet zen garden where you can enjoy casuau tea ceremony)

other quiet temple and hidden jam which you can enjoy authentic tea ceremony, green carpet temple which steve job love, monkey park, philosopher path,Fushimi sake brewery, rent kimono, otaku shops and so on!!!

spring: hidden cherry blossom places where Kyoto locals go

summer: gion festival

autumn: autums leaves change color with temple

winter:new years event

★Osaka plan sample★

-Doutonbori downtown area. Eating Takoyaki and rent Kimono,fun!

-Kuromon food market, you can try various Osaka local food like Sushi,Kushikatsu,Okonomiyaki,Blow fish,Greentea dugunut!foodie tour

-Osaka castle you can transform to samurai warrior as well

-Samurai sword fighting class or Ninja class(reservation needed)

-Denden anime town and maid cafe

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★Nara tour plan

Koufukuji temple pagoda

Toudaiji Great Buddha

Nara deer park

explore old Nara town (sake tasting or try traditional sweets and so on) or combine with Fushimi inari(if you stay in KYOTO)

Do as the Japanese do! I will offer what you want to do in Japan at local price.

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I am national licensed tour guide. I have guided for all over world touirsts. Some of them are friends for long time and keep in touch. Many clients introduced me to their friends.

I worked at a tourist information center, a travel company, a trading company.

I am married and the mother of four year old kid. I used to work as a tour guide for Japanese tourists in Australia.

The reason I started this private tour because big travel companies offer too expensive tours. Many tourists misunderstand that Japan is very expensive but the truth is different.Normal daily lunch price we spent is about 800yen. This is REAL!!

I also make you feel relax and not rush like big tour. Please take your time.

Please tell me where you would like to drop in if you find some shop during the tour, if you want to go in a shop! Stroll Kyoto like local!

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Zvi H.

We just came back from our day with Emi, and what a day it was. In six hours we accomplished so much, and in such a pleasant way. Emi was both knowledgeable and friendly, very flexible to accommodate all our requests and went out of her way to make our day a memorable one. Time flew and when we had to say goodbye we felt sorry we couldn’t ask Emi to join us for the next two yin Japan. , The places Emi took us to are the top attractions, but with Emi it felt we are with a friend, not a guide.

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

■Kyoto best half day private tour including lunch,entrance fee and transportation fee and one day bus ticket!(SAMPLE)■ (minimum from 2person)

□Start: Kyoto station 10:00am or pick up at your hotel(within Kyoto city/pick up at Osaka is available)

-Fushimi Inari Shrine (No1.popular tour attraction in Kyoto)

-Lunch (Sushi or Ninja restaurant or ramen noodle, you can choose)

-Gion geisha district

-1.5 hour free time as you like

(choose one option from the examples 1 to 5)

1) Nishiki food market and experience PrintClub(photo machine which is popular among young Japanese),

2) explore historic small alley off-the beaten track, photogenic places including Yasaka pagoda, Ninenzaka, Ishibei alley, enjoying Kyoto's best matcha green tea ice cream

3) Visiting hidden gem temple which hold elegant gardens including bamboo forest

(option:You can drink authentic matcha green tea with sweets while viweing garden. Casual tea ceremony. additional 500yen is needed)

4) Visiting Sanju sangendo hall which holds 1001 golden statues of buddha.

5) if you have any specific place you would like to visit, please ask me!!

Finish: Kyoto station or Shijo central area around 16:00

Tour includes: Transportation fee and one day kyoto bus ticket(after tour you can explore Kyoto), admission fee, guide fee, lunch fee

Transportation by tour guide:

I usually use public transport but you need taxi then I will catch a taxi

Private sightseeing & group tours offered by this guide:

Kyoto afternoon tour from3pm-7pm(or 2pm6pm) Price Per Group 150.00 USD
Kyoto best full day includes lunch&transportation Price Per Person 160.00 USD
Kyoto custom tour up to 4persons for 6hours Price Per Group 220.00 USD
kyoto custom tour up to 4persons for 8hours Price Per Group 250.00 USD
Kyoto half day tour including lunch&transportation Price Per Person 100.00 USD

Tour guide interests:

visiting beautiful gardens at zen temple. zen meditation.

eating out, drinking sake and beer

reading books,comics, anime(big fan of Hayao Miyazaki(Ghibli), Ghost in the Shell)

visiting museums

belly dance

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Zvi H. 05 Apr 2018

We just came back from our day with Emi, and what a day it was. In six hours we accomplished so much, and in such a pleasant way. Emi was both knowledgeable and friendly, very flexible to accommodate all our requests and went out of her way to make our day a memorable one. Time flew and when we had to say goodbye we felt sorry we couldn’t ask Emi to join us for the next two yin Japan. , The places Emi took us to are the top attractions, but with Emi it felt we are with a friend, not a guide.

5 stars Kevin D. 17 Aug 2017

Emi was the perfect guide fo us on our visit to Kyoto. She is personable, knowledgeable with a very good command of English.

We had a lovely time in her company as she showed us the best thet Kyoto had to offer. A leisurly stroll around the temples and their gardens, the busseling shopping areas and markets, ( coffee break included the best fresh fruit cream cake in town :) ) and the evening / best dining venues. we really enjoyed our visit thanks to Emi

Kevin & Ann

5 stars Rami S. 02 Apr 2017

Emi is an excellent guide. She created an interesting and flexible schedule and showed is interesting spots in Kyoto while sharing with us a glimpse of day to day life of Japanese people sharing old and new traditions.

We highly recommend Emi

Tour Guide Comment: Rami san!Thank you so much for your wonderful review.I had great time with you and your wife!! Your view point of Japan was very interesting for me! Arigato! Okini!

5 stars Christine I. 25 Mar 2016

My daughter (6.5) and I went on our tour with Emi. Emi showed up early to our hotel and so we got a head start on the day. She was very knowledgable of the sites. We ended up at a temple and a shrine as well as walking through the Gion district. She accommodated our pace since my daughter was part of the tour. I would highly recommend Emi if you would like a tour of Kyoto. She's knowledgeable and friendly!

Tour Guide Comment: Christine, Thank you so much for your warm review and I am sorry for the late reply. I still have the lovely letter and gift from you!! Thank you so much!

5 stars vinay S. 17 Mar 2016

EmiEmi was excellent

Great communicator. Came 30 minutes early. Went out of her way to help us before, during and after the tour. She even helped me for the days we were not touring with her by giving us detailed information on what and how to do things on these other days. She came with us to the super market to help us buy things for the kids. A++++. Highly recommend her. She is awesome.

Tour Guide Comment: Vinay!! Thank you so much for your wonderful review!! Your family was just amazing and I had a great time with you.Thank you sooo much!!

5 stars Susan E. 16 Mar 2016

Emi was a great tour guide. Before the trip. Emi respond quickly to our questions. She also adjusted the half day your to out needs. It was our first visit to Japan so she explained many things for us. She was easy to talk to, very informative, and made us laugh too.

We went on Wednesday in mid-March, the weather was a little cool but the were few crowds.

We would recommend Emi as a tour guide.

Tour Guide Comment: Susan! Thank you very much for your kind comment.Your daughters are so beautiful and nice! I had a good time with them.Thank you so much!

5 stars Janet I. 11 Mar 2016

You will be truly fortunate if you are able to book Emiko! She was perfect in every respect. She was knowledgeable, well prepared, punctual, charming and responsive to any requests. Arriving in Kobe by ship, she was there to meet us even though the port had changed overnight. She planned and sent us her tour ideas but able to switch when we changed plans. She guided us to Kyoto, pre bought tickets for the bus, found a fab vegan restaurant for us and showed us beautiful Kyoto. Thank you Emi!

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you!! Janet. I am sorry for the late reply.I had a wonderful day with you and your friends!! Please come back to Japan again!

5 stars Rachel F. 05 Mar 2016

Emi was the most amazing tour guide. We went on three tours while holidaying in Japan and Emi's was by far the best. Don't hesitate, just book her! Nothing was too much to ask her and we laughed all day long. She went above and beyond for us even booking us in for our dinner reservation. She speaks very good English and let us know we could ask her anything we wanted about life in Japan. Our holiday experience wouldn't have been the same without her!

Tour Guide Comment: Rachel!!! Thank you soooo much for amazing review. Your comment gave me a lot of energy. I will try my best to make clients feel fun!! I had a really good time with you two. Thank you so much!

5 stars Stephen S. 21 Feb 2016

We had the best time with Emi. She was ready for us right on time and had lots of information about our itinerary for the day so we could see where we were going and even contemplate side trips depending on time. We were able to see everything we wanted to see as well as learn many local customs and do things only Japanese tourists would normally know about. We were tired at the end of the day, but it was our best day in Kyoto. Thank you Emi!

Tour Guide Comment: Stephen,Thank you so much for your good review.!!

5 stars vladimir T. 27 Sep 2015

Tour Guide Comment: Vladimir, Thank you for your nice review. I had a good time with you. Moss temple was beautiful on that day!

5 stars alena C. 26 Sep 2015

Emi is knowledgeable , extremely patient and friendly person . She is also very genuine and makes you feel more like a friend than just a guide . She speaks very good English and prepare her homework well ( with all maps and suggestions marked according to your individual interests so you could travel on our own on other days ) She is perfect for those first timer in Kyoto like us . Prices are economical , definitely will recommend her to other travellers . Well Done , Emi . Alena

Tour Guide Comment: Thank you for your warmful review! I am sorry to respond you late. Your son was so lovely and you are great mother!! I had a great time with you. Thank you so much!!

5 stars Gene K. 10 Aug 2015

Arriving at Kyoto station we didn't know what to expect but after a day spent with Emi we were the farthest thing from disappointed. Her ability to plan an amazing day, tailored to our interests and filled to the brim with activities that could make even the most serious of people giggle and grin, while always staying on schedule are just SOME of the qualities that make her a stellar guide. She was so engaging, conscientious, kind and fun that by the end of the day it was hard to say goodbye!

Tour Guide Comment: Gene! Thank you very much for your great comment. I am so glad that you enjoyed one day Kyoto tour. I had a good time with you and your beautiful family!!

5 stars elizabeth F. 18 Jul 2015

Emiko was great!!!! We´ve loved being with her, she knew a lot about everything , she was kind, patient, we highly recommend her!!!!

Tour Guide Comment: Elizabeth! Thank you so much for the comment. I had a good time with you.I still rememaber your daughter's great voice!!Thank you.

5 stars Ruth O. 17 Jun 2015

Emiko Kai our Kyoto guide on June 17 did a fantastic job. She knew her way around and took us where we requested within the time frame. Knowledgeable, good command of English.

Tour Guide Comment: Ruth!! Thank you so much for your warmful comment. I had a very good time with your lovely family. Thank you for your kindness!!

5 stars Aimee C. 23 May 2015

Emiko is a fantastic tour guide! She is energetic and enthusiastic, and has a great sense of humor. She created a wonderful and well organized itinerary that was perfect for us and provided input about local restaurants which was very helpful. We spent two fun filled days touring Kyoto with Emiko. Her knowledge of the area is superb. She was easy to understand and a pleasure to hang out with. The end result was a great tour of Kyoto, with lots of interesting places to see.

Tour Guide Comment: Aimee!!Thank you very much for the heartful comments. I had a very good time with you and your family because everyone is so nice and funny. Thank you very much!!!

5 stars janice K. 25 Apr 2015

Perfect day in Kyoto!

Emiko was the ideal guide who tailors an itinerary to exactly what you want. Everything was very organized and planned well (excellent lunch, transport, admission fees, timing, meetup). She knows all the hidden spots, was very informative, and speaks perfect English. There is absolutely no way we would have gotten the experience we had without her. Highly recommend! Very professional and easy to communicate with.

Tour Guide Comment: Janice!!! Thank you very much for your lovely comments!! I really appreciate that you already introduced me to your friend! You are so kind and I had a very good time with you two. I hope we can meet in Florida someday:))

5 stars Sonja W. 13 Mar 2015

Great English

Very informative

Open for all kind of questions

Organizes tea ceremonies, lunch, metro tickets - we did not have to worry about anything

Tour Guide Comment: Sonja!! Thank you very much for your warmful comment!! I was really happy to have you and enjoyed the conversations including German lesson. It was my great pleasure to have you as the first client from viator!! Thank you so much.

4 stars Andrew D. 14 Oct 2015

Emiko was an excellent guide. She spoke English very well and was very good at tailoring her tour to both children and adults. I highly recommend her.

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