I pick you [email protected] Hotel (or) Kyoto Station, we hit my favorite Zen Temple with an amazing history, then one of most prominent Shrines in Kyoto, then the Castle so we can see how a Shogun ran a Castle. We head to the famous Nishiki Market and I show you what are the foods you should try (with sake) and then off to eat a little Okonomiyaki and hit two Geisha (Geiko) Districts.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Richard.
GUIDE FEE ONLY paid through this site
EST. COSTS YOU WILL INCUR DIRECTLY TO VENDORS ON THE DAY OF THE TOUR
¥2100 per person for Entrance Fees for everyone for the day (pls inc Guide)
¥1500 approx per person for Transportation Fees for everyone for the day (pls inc Guide)
¥10000 approx per person for food at Nishiki and Okonomiyaki place for the day (pls inc Guide, though GUIDE will have sake only at Nishiki)
ONCE YOU GIVE ME THE NUMBER OF PERSONS, I WILL GIVE YOU A MORE ACCURATE COST ESTIMATE
IMPORTANT NOTE: All reservations are FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. I cannot guarantee or hold the day unless you secure the day accordingly. Thank you for your understanding and let's make you some awesome memories!
Tours are not covered by insurance, so please make sure you are under your own insurance.
My recommendation would be for you to purchase IC/SUICA/PASMO cards for your subway/train/bus passes. They are ¥2000 each and once purchased, you can use ¥1500 of that and refill it as you need it at any station. (¥500 is kept as a hold on the card) You can also use at most convenience stores and some vending machines. Once you are done with them, you turn them back in and get the ¥500 hold and any monies left on them minus a ¥220 processing fee per card. It is a great deal! This way you only have to pay the Guides transportation.
Tours are no more than 8 hours. Over 8 hours will be charged at ¥4500 per hour unless due to circumstances beyond our control or unless agreed upon in writing in advance.
NOTE: WE CAN RESERVE A PRIVATE CAR FOR YOU AT ¥55000 PER DAY
Not available on Tuesdays
If you do not see the tour you are looking for or want to add or subtract something, let me know what you want to do and where you want to go and I will ensure I put together an itinerary that fits your needs and blows your mind. Welcome!!!
Be ready with comfortable walking shoes.
Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email
After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.
Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.
No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.
Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Richard took us on a 3 hour virtual tour as we “walked with him” through places or worship, spiritual sites, the historical district and more. He was engaging, thoughtful, knowledgeable, and fun. His ability to enable us to experience Kyoto like we were there was wonderful. The cultural insights fabulous. He surpassed our expectations of a virtual tour by a huge margin.
Ambika You're very kind and it was enjoyable for me too, to be able to show you parts of the beautiful city of Kyoto. It was kind of weird for me because usually the places that we went are packed with visitors. It was very nice to see open streets but not to see the closed businesses. Please shoot me any questions you may have and if there's ever anything else I can do for you, please let me know. Kind regards Richard
Our day with Richard was so outstanding that we are already planning a return trip to Japan, but only if he tags along for the whole trip. His knowledge of history is very impressive, his musings about Budhism are enlightening and his easy conversation with the locals makes anyone feel welcome in the hidden spots that no ordinary tourist would be able to reach; his disposition for a full day of local cuisine and sakê makes your time with him worth every minute. We cannot emphasize how fun and friendly he is, and hope everyone has as good a time with his as we did. Thank you Richard, we hope to see you again soon!
Catarina Thank you very much for your kind words. As I have not had a tour in weeks it is nice to remember that I actually do a good job when I am out there. I hope you guys are safe in this time of craziness and I really hope that you guys get the chance to come back to Japan and allow me to take you deeper into the local realm!! LOL Kind regards Richard
We had a very fun experience touring around Osaka with Richard. It was really cool to go and see where the locals eat and drink. Richard was every knowledge about food, culture and history of the area. Before you know it your knee deep in the local vibe. We took our kids and Richard was very fun and engaging with our boys. Before the night was over we were all laughing with the locals about our boys light colored hair and Richard’s astonishment at my 10 pounds of lose change in yen I was carrying around in a bag. Very fun and would recommend if your in Osaka or Kyoto to book Richard.
Thanks guys! I am so happy you had a good time. I hope the boys were full and to too traumatized by the crazy locals! Hope you have a safe trip home. Make sure you bring a bigger money bag for those coins next time. If you have time to write on TripAdvisor also and let folks know you found me on TripleLights I would sure appreciate it also! Take care and tell Jackson and Max I said hello! Kind regards, Richard
Richard was knowledgeable and shared a good variety of history and story. But we loved that he mixed in humor and was easy to spend the day with. Tons of fun walking the market and sampling the best foods and drink Kyoto has to offer. All around great day!
Hey Joe!!!! Thank you so much for your time and allowing me to drag you around Kyoto!!!! If you could search my company on Trip Advisor and let folks know you found me on TRIPLELIGHTS I would deeply appreciate it. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you! Please let Nate know I said hello! Kind regards, Richard
Unfortunately, our cruise to Japan was canceled due to Coronavirus and we had to cancel with Richard. He was absolutely terrific during the booking process and very understanding when we had to cancel. When we get back to Japan,. will definitely schedule with him again!
Ron, Ron, Ron! OMG! You are soooooooo fortunate! Even though things may look bad at one moment, you never know! They have still not allowed the cruise ship to go anywhere and if you would have gotten on board, you would still be on it! It is all about timing and even though we could not get something scheduled this time around, I will work hard to make sure things are extra special when you return. So do not fret! You could still be on the ship! Crazy things I tell ya! Glad you had a safe trip back and I look forward to seeing you guys in the future!!!! Kind regards, Richard