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$ 37 Hourly rate Price up to 4 people
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Last updated: 8 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Nara

Languages Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )

(31) Reviews
Hourly rate 37 USD Price up to 4 people
( Max : 6 People )
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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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The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

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

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

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Extra Day in Kyoto: Explore Ancient Capital

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Comprehensive Nijo castle & Kyoto highlights

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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 $ 225 up to 5 people

Fushimi & Uji memorable tour

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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 $ 262 up to 4 people

Summer early bird tour of Kyoto

(31) Reviews
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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...
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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 ( 31 )
Kara Kara United States ( Family with kids )
Very Good
3 days ago

“ Kind and Thoughtful Guide ”

We had a wonderful time with Rick. He was patient and lead us quickly from one location to the next on our itinerary. He also shared a wonderful sashimi restaurant with us. We would definitely recommend him to others.


Dear Kara, Thank you very much for your nice review! I am so glad that you have enjoyed the tour with me. All of your families are so nice and I also enjoyed talking with your three kids, hasband and mother. I hope you keep the memories in Kyoto and will come back someday in future. Best regards, Rick

Diego Diego United States ( Couple )
4 days ago

“ Knowledgeable and pleasant ”

We had a wonderful day with Rick: explored all that we had agreed to do and ended up with a Maiko dinner, as he had suggested, which gave us an otherwise unexplored view of Japanese lifestyles and traditions. Strongly recommend his services.


Dear Diego, Thank you very much for your nice review! I am so glad that you had enjoyed the tour and unexplored view of Japan. I had also enjoyed talking with you and your wife on various things with walking through beautiful Gion area just before the sunset. I hope you will come back to Kyoto in future. Best regards, Rick

Sharon Sharon Australia ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ 5 hour Kyoto highlight tour and optional Maiko dinner (2 hours) ”

Rick was an excellent guide, taking us to on his South course, visiting Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu temple, Gion Walk and Maiko dinner. Rick is very knowledge and offered to take photos for us which was fantastic. Being a local he was familar with some of the quieter streets in the Gion Walk which were less crowded and pleasant to walk through and observe at a slower pace. The Maiko dinner was fantastic and well worth experiencing as taste of Japanese heritage and traditions. If you are spending a couple of days in Kyoto, we highly recommend using Rick as your tour guide - you will not be disappointed. Thanks for a great day Rick ;o)


Dear Sharon, Thank you very much for your nicest review! I am so glad to hear that you had enjoyed the tour very much. I also enjoyed the tour with you talking various things especially through the backstreet of Gion. I hope you keep the nice memories in Kyoto and will come back sometime in future. Best regards, Rick

Ian Ian United Kingdom ( Friends )
Very Good
3 weeks ago

“ Very nice chap to spend a day around Kyoto with ”

He did a good job of showing us some of the best sights of Kyoto he was knowledgable and very polite. Thanks Rick


Dear Ian, Thank you very much for your heartful review. All of your members were so nice and I also had enjoyed the tour with having conversations with all of you. I hope you keep good memories in Kyoto and come back sometime in future. Best regards Rick

Elliott Elliott Australia ( Couple )
2 months ago


We met Rick at the Fushimi Inari shrine. During our tour of Kyoto, we changed our minds often on what we wanted to do next. Rick was easy to work with, and adapted and attended to all our needs. His knowledge of Kyoto is deep as he was born here and has lived his whole life here. The day we met Rick, the heat in Kyoto was 38 C.... but Rick kept us cool, listening and attending to all our needs...


Dear Elliot, Thank you very much for your nice review! It was my pleasure to have guided you one day in Kyoto. I appreciate your deep interest in Kyoto where is my hometown and I am glad our conversation helped your understanding it. As it continues hot days in Japan, please take care yourself and enjoy the rest your days in Japan. I hope I can help you again in future. Best Regards, Rick


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