Richard

Local Guide
(133) Reviews
US$ 43 Hourly rate
Melanie Melanie United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ The Best in the Business ”

We spent just about 2 full days with Richard in Japan, traveling around Kyoto and Osaka. We travel a lot, and we always try to link up with a local to show us around properly. Richard was by far the best and most helpful guide we've ever crossed paths with. Usually these things tend to lean more towards history, or sight-seeing, or just straight food & drinks. We got it all and then some with Richard. He's American, but has lived in Japan 30+ years - so perfect English & fluent in Japanese. Most importantly, he literally knows everyone & all the best places for everything. Every single stop we made, we were greeted with big smiles, hugs, and a round of sake! It was truly the perfect combination of sight-seeing the historic landmarks, eating incredible market food (which would have been nearly impossible to navigate on our own), and drinking at the local spots with the friendliest and most interesting locals we've ever met! The 2 days flew by, and we had an absolute blast every step of the way. Thanks for everything Richard!

Richard:

Hey Melanie!!! Thank you guys sooo much! I am happy you guys had a great time. Most of the pics I took of you two, you guys had food in your presence!!! LOL I hope you got all the pics and I saw Lisa the other day, from one of the bars we went to, and she said you guys were such a sweet couple. Again, congratulations and have a great New Year!!! If you have the time to write something on TripAdvisor also, it would help so much for me, (Spirits of Japan) please let them know you found me here on TripleLights!!!! Take care and hope to see you again next year!!! HA HA You know, 1st anniversary!! LOL Kind regards, Richard

Private Tours

Kyoto Shrine & Temple Tour

(133) 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...
8h US$ 342 up to 6 people

Osaka Street Food Tour

(133) 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...
3:30h US$ 234 up to 6 people

Fushimi Inari Red Torii Gate Hike and Sake Tasting

(133) 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 ...
8h US$ 324 up to 6 people

Osaka Shrine & Temple Tour

(133) 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...
8h US$ 342 up to 6 people

The Secret Shrine of Omiwa & Sake Tasting

(133) 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...
10h US$ 406 up to 6 people

Ise Jingu Day Trip (Most Sacred Shrine in all of Japan)

(133) Reviews
by Richard
I do not care what Shrine you visit, Ise Jingu has over a 2,000 year history and is the most SACRED site of all of the 88000 Shrines in Japan!
10h US$ 406 up to 6 people