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Rick

Licensed Guide
  (42) Reviews
Send message only 7 days available in December
US$ 37 Hourly rate Price up to 4 people
Please send me a message in advance if you want to reserve a tour of two or more consecutive days.
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Last updated: 2 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Nara

Languages Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )

Reviews
(42) Reviews
Hourly rate 37 USD Price up to 4 people
( Max : 6 People )
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About

My nick name is Rick and Japanese name is Ryoichi. 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.

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Price

The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

Duration
1 Person
Up to 4 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate US$37.48 US$37.48 US$9.37
4 Hours US$149.92 US$149.92 US$37.50
8 Hours US$299.85 US$299.85 US$75.00

* Duration: 3 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 6 maximum

Private Tours

5 hour Kyoto highlights tour plus optional Maiko dinner

(42) Reviews
by Rick
By joining this tour, you can enjoy main 3 sightseeing spots of Kyoto in 5 hours. After that you have an option to join Maiko dinner which you can enjoy Ja...
5h US$ 187 up to 5 people

Extra Day in Kyoto: Explore Ancient Capital

(42) Reviews
by Rick
This tour visits Kyoto Heian Capital museum to see the elaborate display of Heian Capital replica around 8th to 12th century including relics around the mu...
2:30h US$ 66 up to 5 people

In Depth Analysis of Nijo castle plus Kyoto highlights

(42) Reviews
by Rick
Nijo castle is not just an old castle but it is a great showcase of Japanese art, history and architecture. Kyoto certified tourgude Rick will explain deep...
6h US$ 225 up to 5 people

Fushimi & Uji memorable tour

(42) Reviews
by Rick
This tour takes you to the two areas, Fushimi and Uji. Both are a little away from central Kyoto and have the specific atmosphere that makes you feel comfo...
7h US$ 262 up to 4 people

Summer early bird tour of Kyoto

(42) Reviews
by Rick
This is a 4 hour tour which starts at 7:30 AM (or 8:00) for avoiding the heat in the afternoon. The visiting spots are chosen among the "must see" spots in...
4h US$ 169 up to 5 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

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

Starting and ending points of the tour.

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.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

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.

Can I add more people to my booking?

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.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

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.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

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.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date, there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 42 )
Jenner Jenner United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ The things you can learn in a day....! ”

Rick did a perfect job selecting some highlights while working in our requests and making the most efficient use of our time together. He was very knowledgeable about the historical sights we visited. We're so happy to have chosen a licensed guide so that we could have comfort knowing the level of communication we would be able to have in addition to Rick having his own pass for entry into most of the places we visited.

Rick:

Dear Jenner, Thank you very much for the nice review! It was my pleasure guiding through the sights in Kyoto and we had a nice time as in viewing the autumn leaves in Kyoto Imperial palace with lunch or visiting Sake brewery museum and so on. I also enjoyed a lot talking with all of your families who are so nice! I hope you keep good memories in Kyoto and come back someday in future. Best regards, Rick

Kim Kim Netherlands ( Couple )
Very Good
1 week ago

“ East Kyoto wit Rick + Magic Maiko ”

Rick is a very modest but knowledgeable man. His english may not be as fluent but enough to understand the beautiful stories behind every location we visited. He showed us the gorgeous nanzenji, ginkakuji and gion district, all in 5 hours. The Maiko dinner experience after that was awesome! The girls were a blast and the Maiko was magical! Highly recommend! Thank you!

Rick:

Dear Kim, Thank you very much for the nice review! I am glad you enjoyed the tour and the Maiko dinner. It was so nice timing to see the autumn leaves especially in Nanzenji and I also enjoyed the scenery with talking various things with you. I hope you keep nice memories in Kyoto and come back someday in future. Best regards, Rick

Panisa Panisa United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Rick was an excellent guide! ”

Rick was very informative and attentive to details. We enjoyed our experiences in Kyoto very much, even if it was only for a day. I wish we could spend more time in the city. But for the day we were there, we couldn't ask for a better guide! Thank you, Rick!

Rick:

Dear Panisa, Thank you very much for the nice review! It was my pleasure to have guided you around Kyoto. I remember that the Nanzennji was most beautiful timing with autumn leaves and we had a nice time walking through the area. I hope you will keep good memories in Kyoto and come back someday in future. Best regards, Rick

Cynthia Cynthia United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Two-day tour of Kyoto and Nara ”

Rick was extremely helpful across our two-day tour of Kyoto and Nara! We sent him a long list of specific requests, which he had clearly reviewed carefully to create the plans for our tours. He was very knowledgeable and highlighted lots of interesting information for us along the way in Kyoto especially. He was also very considerate of my bad knee and slow walking speed, and kindly highlighted opportunities for us to choose between walking, taking public transportation, or taking taxis between destinations. Thank you, Rick! We enjoyed our time with you very much!

Rick:

Dear Cyndy and Bill, Thank you very much for the nice and kind review for me! I am glad that you enjoyed the tour. I suppose you took beautiful pictures in Kyoto and Nara which are memorable for you and it was my pleasure to be some help for you. I hope you will come back to Kyoto someday in future. Best regards, Rick

William William United States ( Family )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Very thoughtful and informative day ”

It was a pleasure spending our day in Kyoto with Rick. He was patient, thoughtful and very informative. We would definitely recommend him to anyone visiting Kyoto.

Rick:

Dear William, Thank you very much for your nice review! I am glad that you and your families enjoyed the tour. All of your family members are nice and we had enjoyed in each spot, especially in Nishiki market with eating and talking through the market. I hope you will come back Kyoto sometime in future. Best regards, Rick

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