A day in the life of an awesome Japanese Tour Guide

by Richard - Japan Local Guide
(10) 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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Nara & The Secret Shrine of Omiwa & Sake Tasting

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10h $ 198 up to 6 people

Hidden Osaka Sake Time Tasting

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3h $ 86 per person

Fushimi Inari Red Torii Gate Hike and Sake Tasting

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5h $ 144 up to 6 people

Osaka Shrine & Temple Tour & Sake Tasting

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4h $ 113 up to 6 people

Kyoto Shrine & Temple Tour

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7h $ 195 up to 6 people

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“ 3 Days Touring, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hiroshima ”

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

Richard was fantastic! We originally booked Richard for a full day tour of Osaka and Kyoto, and the tours were so good, we decided to arrange a 3rd day at Hiroshima with Richard, luckily he was available. I was traveling with my husband, and 2 children ages 11, and 12, plus friends of ours and their 2 children, ages 8 and 10. It was important for us that the guide was flexible and child friendly,...
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“ Richard Is the ONE! ”

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

We had a short trip to Kyoto and booked Richard for a short six hours. Richard was beyond exceptional. He made impeccable arrangements and showed us sights that we would have never seen. Our only regret was the trip was too short. Richard is perfect in almost every way. Native English speaker is also a plus for some. Kind soul.
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“ Understanding Japanese culture ”

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

Richard went above and beyond the description provided for this tour! We came to Japan thinking we’d be able to understand the culture once we got here and visited the sites. However, we discovered that informative English plaques were limited and tour guides non-existent. I wasn’t satisfied with just taking pictures and moving on. I wanted to understand the history and significance of all these ...
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“ Best guide we have ever had! ”

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

Richard was hands down the best guide we have ever had when traveling. We had only a day and a half in Osaka and wanted to see everything possible in a day. Richard created a great itinerary that included going to Koyoto and Nara for the entire day to see the main temples and shrines. He was so knowledgeable about the history of Japan and answered any questions we had. We learned so much in a matt...
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“ Fantastic Guide! ”

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

Richard's love of Japan and his knowledge of its culture & history make him an excellent choice as a guide. As Richard can see things from a 'local' perspective and a non-Japanese perspective, he really knows what will be interesting to visitors. Highly recommended!
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“ Entertaining guide. Willing to customise ”

Very Good
1 month ago Traveler: Gene -   Tour Guide: Richard

Richard was very entertaining and also responsive to changes and customisation. His interests are varied and so makes for interesting conversations. A student of Buddhism, he has strong views about the topic. His passion for the preservation of Japanese culture is evident. My sons enjoy learning from him.
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“ Fun, knowledgeable guide ”

Excellent
2 months ago Traveler: Everlyn -   Tour Guide: Richard

Excellent guide who knows yoshino. Friendly and knows the locals. Definitely recommended
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“ Oh what a night... Fabulous Sake Tour in Osaka ”

Excellent
2 months ago Traveler: Amy -   Tour Guide: Richard

Our sake tour through Namba in Osaka was the highlight of our time in Japan. For my son and nephew in particular (both in their late 20's) - it was the first time they felt like they moved from being a "tourist" to truly being enmeshed in the local culture. Richard does a phenomenal job of bridging the divide, bringing you to tiny back alley Namba bars, educating you on sake, but most importantly,...
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“ All around Kyoto ”

Excellent
2 months ago Traveler: Eddie -   Tour Guide: Richard

Richard could not have been a more friendly, knowledgeable, customer oriented guide ,during my time with him. He is very punctual, and adaptable to the needs of his guests. See the real Kyoto with someone who can do the everyday tourist type itinerary to the behind the scenes of what Kyoto us really like. Highly recommend his services.
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“ A our guide person in Japan Mr Richard ”

Excellent
3 months ago Traveler: DILLY -   Tour Guide: Richard

Good morning we had just been on celebrity cruises .I had organised my tour in Japan with triple light .we had American tour guide Richard what a fantastic knowledgeable person.we spend 2 days with him .he took such a good care of us he speaks Japanese . everyone just loved him in his traditional dress .he was so polite and respectful all the time.he listen to us what we want to do and even recomm...
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