Richard

Local Guide
(136) Reviews
US$ 46 Hourly rate
Jon Jon United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 years ago

“ The most amazing day in Kyoto ”

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 take us to more attractions in our limited time. He hit all the highlights we wanted to see in the morning and Richard arranged a lunch in a private home of a samurai ancestor. It was a four course meal of Japanese dishes with barley tea and home made plum sake. We visited Nijojo Castle and Fushimi Inari Shrine in the afternoon. Later he arranged a private Japanese tea ceremony in a 350 year old samurai home. We were able to rent kimonos for the ceremony. To finish the day he provided a Japanese meal and sake tasting. Richard is very knowledgeable about the Japanese history of everywhere we went. He has a great sense of humor and was fun to be around. We would very highly recommend Richard Hawkins as a tour guide for an unforgettable day in Kyoto. Jon and Sue S

Richard:

I deeply appreciate your review and you entrusting me to take care of you on your trip to Kyoto. I am so happy you got to have a more 'local' experience and that your appreciation of it is high. Anything that I can ever do for you in the future, please do not hesitate to let me know and we can go more extreme local style next time you come. You said I was fun to be around but you guys were the jokesters! Loved every minute of it!!!

Private Tours

VIRTUAL JAPANESE TEA Ceremony - Inc kit & utensils

VIRTUAL JAPANESE TEA Ceremony - Inc kit & utensils

(136) Reviews
by Richard
You will be SENT a bowl, a tea spoon, a tea whisk and Macha Tea for each person booked. On the tour day, you log on to ZOOM, the Guide will provide a 1...
50 Minutes US$ 392 up to 4 people

Kyoto Shrine & Temple Tour

(136) Reviews
by Richard
I pick you up @ your Hotel (or) Kyoto Station, we hit my favorite Zen Temple with an amazing history, then one of most prominent Shrines in Kyoto, then the...
8 Hours US$ 363 up to 6 people

The Secret Shrine of Omiwa & Sake Tasting

(136) Reviews
by Richard
This is in NARA PREFECTURE. The oldest SHRINE in ALL OF NARA, OUTSIDE OF NARA CITY. This amazing tour gives you over 2,600 years of history, 4 Shrines, a l...
10 Hours US$ 430 up to 6 people

Fushimi Inari Red Torii Gate Hike and Sake Tasting

(136) Reviews
by Richard
The Fushimi Shrine is one amazing Shrine, it has over 10,000 Red (Vermillion) Torii Gates that takes 2 hours to walk through. The history and culture, the ...
8 Hours US$ 344 up to 6 people

Osaka Street Food Tour

(136) Reviews
by Richard
This is a comprehensive tour concerning the National Drink of Japan, Japanese Sake and food from Japan's Kitchen (Osaka). Soul Food and good sake. I will d...
3.5 Hours US$ 249 up to 6 people

Osaka Shrine & Temple Tour

(136) Reviews
by Richard
I will meet you at YOUR HOTEL IN OSAKA and we will head a Living Museum to see how Japanese lived 150~400 years ago, Osaka Castle Grounds, an Ancient Shrin...
8 Hours US$ 363 up to 6 people