My name is Rick and I was born and grew up in Kyoto.
Kyoto has so many sightseeing spots based on its 1000 year history. I will propose you the "must see" spots from local eyes not only temples & shrines but also alternative side of Kyoto. As Kyoto certified English guide, I will guide you with high hospitality for your satisfactory stay in Kyoto.
1. For the first visitors
I will prepare the tour with selection out of the spots as Nijo-castle, Imperial Palace, Nishiki-market, Gion amusement quarter, Arashiyama area and some temples and shrines of World Cultural Heritage Sites based on your request and taste.
2. For the visitors who want to see more spots than regular tours
I will prepare the tours visiting traditional handycrafts ateliers or the walking tour through philosopfer's path or Fushimi area tour for visiting Sake brewery or riding classical boat, etc.
3. For the repeaters or history & relics lovers
I can make tours visiting some hidden relics to find out the Kyoto's historical footprint from anciet captal to 150 years ago when Shinsen-gumi or Sakamoto Ryoma was walking around, etc.
Please make any inquiry for your preferrd type of Kyoto guiding without hesitation. I would be happy to propose you with the type of tour that makes your visit in Kyoto unforgettable one.
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 5 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 2 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 6 maximum
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.
We spent 2 days in Kyoto with Rick and are fully satisfied with the tours. Rick added his ideas on our proposals, in that way we got to see even more than expected. His command of English is excellent and it is a pleasure to have him as a guide.
Dear Rick Thank you very much for your nice review! It was my pleasure and I am glad that you are fully satisfied. I enjoyed so much with talking with you and your family and I learned a lot about Germany. I appreciate your understanding and cooperation for the Sunday tour which had to be shortened because of the typhoon. I hope I will see you again in Kyoto in future. Best regards, Rick
We hired Rick for one day around the sights of Kyoto and were very pleased with how the day went. Rick's English is very good and is easy to understand. We say everything that was promised even though it was quite a few places we fitted them in at a nice easy, un-hurried pace. He was easy to communicate with before we arrived and was eager to keep us informed during the tour. He took us to a very nice restaurant for some local food which was a nice touch.
Thank you very much for your nice review. I am glad you enjoyed the tour and lunch. I enjoyed nice conversations with you and learned a lot about your country. I hope you will come back to Kyoto sometime in future. Best Regards, Rick
Rick helped us see and learn about several exciting sites during our trip.
Dear Chris, Thank you very much for your nice comment and rating. I enjoyed the tour with 7 people who are so nice and friendly. I appreciate your cooperation and hope your trip to Japan becomes a memorable one. Best regards, Rick
Spent the day with Rick at Fushimi-Shirne and Boyoedin Area, he’s a good wealth of knowledge on both attractions. Throughly enjoyed the day with a visit to sake brewery too. I had my elderly parents with me and Rick was always mindful of their slower pace, which was great. English may not be as fluent but no major dramas in understanding each other.
Dear Ellie, Thank you very much for your nice comment. I am glad that you and your parents enjoyed the tour and I also enjoyed talking with all of you. I suppose your entire tour in Japan was memorable one and hope I can see you again in future. Best regards, Rick
We had Rick be our tour guide for one day for our visit to Kyoto, throughout the day we found Rick to be very excellent. Using public transportation, Rick expertly guided us through the highlights of Kyoto, giving us peace of mind and deeper insight into the locations we visited. Most notably was his knowledge and preparedness of the places we went to, for instance having a graphic presentation for every detail in Nijo-jo castle. After the bulk of the tour, Rick found us a great spot for dinner, and even as it was late he offered to guide us back to our hotel. We wholeheartedly enjoyed our time with Rick as our tour guide in Kyoto and definitely recommend his services.
Dear Tim, Thank you very much for your nice comments. I was glad to be with you and your family members on that day. All your members were so nice and I enjoyed the touring and the dinner, too. I suppose your tours in Hakone and Tokyo were also nice and successful. Please come back to Kyoto in future and I hope I can guide you again. Best regards, Rick