A Day in the Life of a Japanese Tour Guide PTII

by Richard - Japan Local Guide
(83) Reviews

Forgot to tell you about my day.......

The tour begins well before I see you. I try to find out your likes and dislikes so I can adjust my tour to you. Cannot always be done, especially when there are crazy requests. I had a lady asking me if she could see Japanese Goats..... what the hell? What does that even mean? (Hope she does not see this, they were really nice).

Japan is amazing so I try to help with things you are looking for. I AM NOT AND NEVER WILL BE a generic guide sounding like a broken record telling you FACT AFTER FACT. I will though, give you awesome stories of places we go, things you probably would have never found out unless you were with me, and we make diversions. If you are trying to pack in a lot in a day, well then damnit, I am going to help you pack a lot in a day. We will get it done! AND HAVE FUN DOING IT!

Finding spices for people, trying to help with allergies or certain dietary requirements (which is really tough in Japan). I even had a guy that wanted POKEMAN! I took him to the POKEMAN WORLD STORE and he cried the entire time he was in there. LOL Good for him.

I want you to experience JAPAN, its Culture, its History, its Nuances, its Food and Drink. Its People! I will force you to interact with them during drinking time! LOL

My average walking day is around 13 kilometers. (That means you will walk that also).

My day begins two hours before I see you. I make sure I am there waiting for you. My mother taught me that it is better to be somewhere an hour beforehand than five minutes late. Actually had a group the other day saying they would arrive from Tokyo at NOON! I got their at 11:00am and was having coffee when he texted me at 11:15 that they had arrived!!!! WOAH!

I'm there. Let's have fun. I will walk that extra mile, do that extra experience, help you find crazy things and most of help create awesome memories. ......Richard

A Day in the Life of a Japanese Tour Guide PTII

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25 Apr 2018

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“ Kyoto without the usual crowds ”

Very Good
3 days ago Traveler: Lindy -   Tour Guide: Richard

We left it to Richard to devise a slightly off the beaten track itinerary for us in Kyoto and we enjoyed several temples and shrines that were not at all crowded. He was quite a character and entertained us with some history of shinto and buddhism and the shogun era. He hosted a sake tasting which was interesting but ultimately a bit pricey.
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“ Great Time ”

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4 days ago Traveler: Richard -   Tour Guide: Richard

Richard was fantastic. He’s knowledgeable... lots of local, prefect and national history, philosophy and religion. Got along great with my 3 teenage boys. We connected and he ensured we had a good time. Certainly the best guide of our tours. Highly recommended.
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“ Kyoto at its best ”

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

We thoroughly enjoyed our day in Kyoto with Richard. We visited fabulous sites including the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, the bamboo forest and Zen temple and the Fushimi-Inari Shrine. A highlight of our visit was a traditional Japanese lunch at a private home. Richard was very engaging, knowledgeable, entertaining and genuine. His sense of humor was contagious. We recommend him without reserva...
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1 week ago Traveler: Vandana -   Tour Guide: Richard

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2 weeks ago Traveler: Todd -   Tour Guide: Richard

5 Stars seems wholly inadequate to rate our experience with Richard these past two days. We had an absolutely unbelievable experience. Our first day included several shrines, feeding monkeys at a monkey park up a mountain, a delicious authentic Japanese lunch at a private home and the greatest walk through a food market of my life (stopping to taste the best roasted duck, fatty tuna, sake, wagyu b...
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“ Amazing experience and no FAFF! ”

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

Richard is knowledgeable, passionate and above all fun to be with. He guided us over two days with attention to detail and provided us some with memorable experiences. The food and sake we sampled with Richard was incredible, without him we would never have tried such things. He is a natural storyteller who brings history and culture to life. He is very funny and enjoys a joke. His tours are well ...
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“ Kyoto and Nara with Richard ”

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

Our group of two middle aged, active couples, recently returned from Japan and three days with Richard. Unique and uniquely qualified are the words best describing our three days. Even though he is not Japanese by heritage, Richard has enough years of varied experience to fill many lifetimes. He is proficient in ALL aspects of Kyoto/Nara/Osaka life from food and beverage (saki expert), temples and...
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3 weeks ago Traveler: Eileen -   Tour Guide: Richard

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“ Great Day in Kyoto ”

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1 month ago Traveler: Joe -   Tour Guide: Richard

We had a full day with Richard, walking through Kyoto, as was our preference. Very informative and friendly person - Richard, who is an American with fluent Japanese, is passionate about the country and its history. Highly recommend Richard and hope to have him guide us again in Kyoto or Osaka. Joe Oxley
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“ Very informative guide ”

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

Enjoyed our day with Richard. He was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Kyōto. Nishiki Market was a highlight where we did the food tasting. Having said that enjoyed the aqueduct, gardens and temples equally. The sake tasting was also very good! Thank you Richard for your time and expertise.
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