A day in the life of an awesome Japanese Tour Guide

by Richard - Japan Local Guide
(26) 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

Local Guide
(26) Reviews

Tours by Guide

Kyoto Shrine & Temple Tour

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by Richard
7h $ 211 up to 6 people

Fushimi Inari Red Torii Gate Hike and Sake Tasting

(26) Reviews
by Richard
5h $ 176 up to 6 people

Osaka Shrine & Temple Tour & Sake Tasting

(26) Reviews
by Richard
5h $ 211 up to 6 people

Nara & The Secret Shrine of Omiwa & Sake Tasting

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by Richard
10h $ 264 up to 6 people

Hidden Osaka Sake Time Tasting

(26) Reviews
by Richard
3h $ 88 per person

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Recent Tour Reviews in Osaka

“ Welcome to Osaka ”

Excellent
17 hours ago Traveler: Carlina -   Tour Guide: Richard

Richard made us see a few of the many faces of Osaka. It was fantastic and to all of you who would skip Osaka on their trip to Japan, I would want to say; dont do that! Call Richard!
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“ Incredible! ”

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

RIchard and I had seven hours in Kyoto and he really helped me hit all the spots. He’a Knowledgeable and knows his way around the food scene which was a huge plus for me! Couldn’t recommend more.
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“ The best guide of our entire Japan trip ”

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

Richard is amazing No need to keep hunting for another guide. He was incredible on our day in Kyoto and Osaka. He brought us around, told us what foods to purchase in the markets, brought us to great out of the way restaurants, showed us the best sites for the time we had and brought us to some off the tourist trap temples that we breathtaking. So much fun, so knowledgeable and he is perfectl...
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“ Osaka for 1 night ”

Excellent
3 weeks ago Traveler: Tom -   Tour Guide: Richard

Visiting Osaka for a couple of days. I wanted to cram in as much as possible and Richard certainly helped me do that. Great communication beforehand to customise my tour and then really made every effort to add that personal touch. His knowledge of Japanese culture was excellent. I had a really good time and would recommend anyone to using Richard as your local guide.
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“ Excellent tour with Richard ”

Excellent
3 weeks ago Traveler: Kimberly -   Tour Guide: Richard

We had a terrific jam packed day touring Kyoto with Richard! He is an excellent storyteller. He gives great insight, a sprinkle of spirituality and interesting history to his tours. We truly enjoyed his company. He was by far the best educator of history and facts of all our tour guides in Japan. You can’t go wrong picking Richard, he was wonderful!
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“ Excellent knowledge of the real local scene ”

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

Richard is very knowledgeable on Japanese history, mythology and eastern religions and the temple and shrine visits were great. But more important for me was his knowledge of food & sake and many great places where the locals go to eat and drink. We hit quite a few of them in one night. Highly recommended.
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“ The most amazing day in Kyoto ”

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

Our day in Kyoto with Richard Hawkins was the absolute highlight of our whole trip. On our own we started our Japanese adventure with three days in Tokyo followed by a 16 day cruise around the three large islands. We caught the bullet train to Hiroshima for two days. We returned to Kyoto to meet up with Richard Hawkins as our guide around the Kyoto area. We had Richard hire a car to tak...
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“ Snow monkeys and sake! ”

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

I highly recommend using Richard as your tour guide for the Kyoto/Osaka area. He speaks fluent Japanese, and has a deep knowledge and appreciation of the Japanese people and customs. We fed snow monkeys, visited temples and shrines, ate at fish markets, learned about sake, and had a truly memorable bar crawl in Osaka. Richard seeks out unique experiences for his clients and was able to customiz...
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“ Great tasting sake and in-depth knowledge! ”

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

We booked the night sake tasting tour in Osaka with Richard and so glad we did. Beyond the bars (hidden gems where the locals prefer to go), he shared his knowledge about the customs, history of Japan, and even recommendations for maximizing our upcoming trip to Kyoto. It felt like getting the value of several tours at once! If you're thinking about it, just do yourself a favor and book the tour w...
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“ Odaigahara ”

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

Richard is a great guide
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