Curated Kyoto

Curated Kyoto

About Curated Kyoto

Curated Kyoto is for people like you – creative people who want to go beyond the generic tourist spots to explore the hearts of the cities they visit. Like an art curator selects just the right pieces to create a memorable exhibition, Curated Kyoto sorts through countless possibilities here in Japan’s ancient capital and selects the best of Kyoto to showcase on the web and during in-person tours.

Working in a media team promoting Kyoto tourism taught me that while there was plenty of information out there about Kyoto’s major tourist sites, there was little to nothing available on special neighbourhood restaurants, temples off the beaten path, and stylish Kyoto shops. This version, the one loved by creative locals, is the version of Kyoto I want to introduce you to. Curated Kyoto currently works closely with luxury hotels, global companies, and creative individuals to ensure that our guest’s experience in Kyoto is enhanced in every way possible.

As well as curating bespoke tours and itineraries, Curated Kyoto also curates for media, collaborates with brands, helps clients coordinate events in Kyoto, and organizes corporate tours for company retreats.

About Me

Sara Aiko

Sara Aiko

Creative Director/Certified Tour Guide (Kyoto Visitors Host)

I am a creative director who shares stories of Kyoto with the world and a certified tour guide who is passionate about connecting people with Kyoto.

As a half-Japanese child growing up in New Zealand, one of the greatest gifts my mother gave me was raising me with two languages and cultures. As a result, I have the unique advantage of having both a western and eastern perspective on Kyoto.

For four years I worked in a Kyoto based media team. I have directed shoots for numerous temples and shrines, shared stories of Kyoto via social media, and co-authored the ‘Amazing Kyoto’ guide book.

I have also introduced my favorite Kyoto hot spots on Japanese TV (NHK, Asahi TV, and TBS to name a few).

I am also the co-founder and creative director of Lan Films, a film productions boutique in Kyoto that creates commercial imagery. Lan Films also creates the video content on Curated Kyoto.

I have professional experience touring and working with media people, cooperate clients and celebrities.

I look forward to meeting you and showing you this beautiful and creative city.