A day in the life of an awesome Japanese Tour Guide

by Richard - Japan Local Guide
(54) Reviews

Well, hell. I first came to Japan in 1983. Lived here for sixteen years, went back home to the Grand Canyon and starting guiding. I have taken 20,000 people to the edge of the Grand Canyon, I have taken 20,000 people tot he top of Hawaii's Mauna Kea for stargazing tours. Yes, I know, I rock.

I started guiding in Japan in February of this year. Since I have studied and practiced Buddhism for 35 years and know more than most Japanese (and I mean nearly all) about their own History and mythology and Shinto Beliefs, and definitely know Kansai, I decided to kick some Shiitake here in this beautiful area we call Kansai.

I love people, I love showing people fun things, I love Japan and I love Japanese Sake. Seemed like the perfect fit and so here we are. I will start this blog with this little excerpt and we will go from here...... yes, that is a Japanese Craft Beer located right below the most sacred Shinto Shrine in all of Japan in Ise. Lets go!

A day in the life of an awesome Japanese Tour Guide

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25 Apr 2018

Richard

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Kyoto Shrine & Temple Tour

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Osaka Shrine & Temple Tour & Sake Tasting

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Hidden Osaka Sake Time Tasting

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Nara & The Secret Shrine of Omiwa & Sake Tasting

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Fushimi Inari Red Torii Gate Hike and Sake Tasting

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Himeji Day Trip

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Recent Tour Reviews in Osaka

“ We'll travel back to Osaka just for Richard! ”

Excellent
3 days ago Traveler: Nicole -   Tour Guide: Richard

Rich was knowledgeable, entertaining and most of all welcoming. My girlfriend and I both agreed that we didn’t feel like we were with a tour guide, we felt we were visiting a friend! We both learned so much not only about the city we visited but much more regarding Japanese history and culture. The tour started off with something new which was a museum that showed the day in the life of a Japan...
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“ Perfect Family day in Kyoto ”

Excellent
6 days ago Traveler: Jean -   Tour Guide: Richard

We had a great day with Richard in Kyoto. A good selection of what you want to know about Japan: History, traditions, religion, but also some anecdotes and some food (and Saké) sampling. He understood what we were expecting and he managed to create a very entertaining day for all of us (and kept our two 12years old captivated for more than 8 hours).... and he is extremely friendly. :-) I highly...
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“ Awesome Kyoto Tour ”

Excellent
1 week ago Traveler: Tricia -   Tour Guide: Richard

We decided to do the Triple Lights private tour with Richard instead of a chartered tour. This was the best decision we made. He was very knowledgeable of the places we visited and so entertaining. It was customed to what we wanted to see and we weren’t rushed to move on to the next site. Richard is very passionate about his experiences all over the world and it shows through in his tour. Everyone...
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“ Kyoto tour ”

Excellent
1 week ago Traveler: Janice -   Tour Guide: Richard

We loved every minute !
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“ Soooo much fun! ”

Excellent
1 week ago Traveler: Catherine -   Tour Guide: Richard

Could not have asked for a better guide! Knowledgable, great sense of humour, & fantastic way of imparting knowledge in an entertaining way. Loved some of your stories Richard :-). You created memories for us that will always be treasured. Long days that were in no way boring. Richard is the consummate tour guide/ story teller. Richard we lost your email for our photos. Ours is **********. ...
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“ Perfect Japan Guide ”

Excellent
2 weeks ago Traveler: Janet -   Tour Guide: Richard

We spent 3 days with Richard on a wonderful adventure. Starting with a sake/foodie tour of Osaka, we found places, tasted foods, met people we would have never experienced if not for our guide. Followed by two unique days touring Osaka and Kyoto, which were hand picked for us. Richard has a great knowledge and passion for Japanese history and lifestyle. He took care of us as if we were lifelong fr...
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“ day in Kyoto ”

Excellent
2 weeks ago Traveler: Mervyn -   Tour Guide: Richard

One of the best tour guides we’ve ever had. Very knowledgeable and interesting Took us to great site and was also considerate We really had a fun day
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“ A Day to Remember ”

Excellent
1 month ago Traveler: Susan -   Tour Guide: Richard

What can we say, Richard is truly unique and not to be forgotten! We chose Richard as we were most intrigued by a non-Japanese living in Japan for a number of years who has fully embraced the Japanese way of life with passion and respect. We chose Richard for a day trip from Kyoto to Osaka and he did not disappoint! We wanted to experience Osaka not only for its usual exciting sites that all vi...
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“ Fluent English + Knowledge of Japanese History ”

Excellent
1 month ago Traveler: Rodrigo -   Tour Guide: Richard

We had a great time with Richard seeing temples, bamboo forest, shopping areas and restaurants. He was very flexible to help us in many ways. Had a very clear English and good knowledge about Japanese history and culture (is married to Japanese woman, only uses Japanese clothes). We hired him with only 2 days-notice, so some of our intentions could not be included in the tour because of lack of in...
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“ Sake to me, baby! ”

Excellent
1 month ago Traveler: Jane -   Tour Guide: Richard

My Fiancé and I were in Osaka on a house hunting trip. We will be moving there shortly. We decided a personal Sake tour would be a great way to get to know some of the local spots and some of the culture around Sake. What a FUN experience. Richard was a great guy, with a in-depth knowledge about Sake and took us to some smaller out of the way establishments to do some tastings. The owners...
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