Rich was knowledgeable, entertaining and most of all welcoming. My girlfriend and I both agreed that we didn’t feel like we were with a tour guide, we felt we were visiting a friend! We both learned so much not only about the city we visited but much more regarding Japanese history and culture. The tour started off with something new which was a museum that showed the day in the life of a Japanese citizen during the Edo period. It was a great learning experience and something we both found to be fun and educational, we hope Rich continues to start his tours off this way. The tour ended exactly how we were hoping, with great food, drink and conversation. Rich was very well-informed about all the shrines and temples (shremples) we visited but our favorite part were all the hidden gems that Rich took us to. We visited bars (Izakaya’s) that we would have missed if not for Rich, everyone was extremely open and welcoming so much so that we felt like we in the Japanese version of Cheers. If you want to learn about Japan the right way and you don’t mind eating great food (yummy!) and laughing a lot (Yay!) than hire Rich, you will NOT be disappointed!