Rick was an amazing guide to Kyoto for my son and I for 2 days. He was very efficient and thoughtful in planning our itinerary and what we would do. He took us to many sites and had we not went with him we would never have seen half of what we did. His knowledge of the shrines and markets was so thorough. It was such a pleasure to have a guide not only to understand the history of the sites we were touring but also to give us insight into the culture and history of the city. Rick KNOWS Kyoto. He was very friendly and personable. His food choices were excellent. He was very easy to spend time with. Of our entire month travels in Asia, Kyoto and our time with Rick specifically was such a significant highlight. Without hesitation, I can recommend Rick as a guide for you. We could not ha... read more
Dear Amley, Thank you very much for so nice review! I am very glad that you were happy and satisfied the tour. Yes, we enjoyed some gardens, market streets, temples, a castle and so on. Since you love garden, architecture and art, Kyoto was the ideal city for you to enjoy, I believe. Your son was so nice boy and I enjoyed very much talking with him and knowing his interests. Please come back to Kyoto in near future and I hope I can guide you again! Best regards, Rick
RIck was wonderful, patient, kind, soft-spoken, yet definitive in his plans for our days spent together. I must say that he handled a mom and her men child(s) extremely well, especially my special angel man child who kept up with us but made it a little tricky at times. Rick did not judge, he jumped in and assisted when needed, he took his time with us and made sure we were all happy, enjoying the areas, and best of all educating us! We learned a great deal about Kyoto and other Japanese areas and their traditions. Rick, we would find you again for the parts of Kyoto we did not see, but for 2.5 days...you did pretty darn well san. Thank you for the pictures of the tea ceremony, treasures thy are.
Dear Angela, Thank you very much for the nice review! I am so glad that you enjoyed Kyoto for 2.5 days with me and want to come back. I also had a nice time with your and your nice sons going to tea ceremony, cooking class and some sites and so on. I hope I can guide you again when you come back and I am sure to take you to the sites you did not see! Best regards, Rick
We really enjoyed our time with Rick. He was very friendly, knowledgeable and easy to talk to. We not only appreciated learning about the sites but we also loved just learning about his life in Japan. We spent a full 8 hours with Rick and even our 14 and 12 year olds were engaged the whole time. He planned a great day and made sure me maximized by planning efficiently. I would definitely recommend Rick!
Dear Meredith, Thank you very much for the nice review! I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour and had a nice time. All of your families are so nice and I enjoyed talking various things with all the members. Also I am glad you had a lot of interests in Japan and its cultures, so it was my pleasure explaining about it. Please enjoy some more days in Japan and have a safe trip back home. I hope you will come back to Kyoto some day in future. Best regards, Rick
We enjoyed our day sightseeing around Kyoto with Rick
Dear Kate and families, Thank you very much for your nice review! I am glad that you enjoyed the tour. Your families are so nice and I enjoyed talking with all of you especially in the monkey mountain park. Please enjoy more in Japan and I hope you will come back Kyoto someday in future. Best regards, Rick
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.
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
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!
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
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!
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
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!
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
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.
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
An early morning tour in Kyoto is definitely worth doing. Our first stop was the Fushimi Inari Shrine, so stunning to see, especially with few people around, at 7:30 am. Rick speaks excellent English, and his knowledge of the shrines and temples we visited is also excellent. We were very well taken care of.
Dear Pru, Thank you so much for nice review! It was my pleasure to have guided you in the early morning. Yes, it was so nice atmosphere with few people around in Fushimi Inari shrine. I have enjoyed the tour talking with you, too. I hope you will come back Kyoto someday in future. Best Regards, Rick
If without Rick, this tour will just be "tour". Mr. Rick, is like an angel. My husband who have difficulty of walking really appreciate Rick help and assistance in pushing his wheelchair especially in places were hard to get it. He helped , he is very thorough and knowledgeable about the topic.patient and knowledge is Mr. Rick forte .I won't hesitate to booked him anytime . If money is not the object I will booked him on this entire trip. Rick is 5stars tour guide. Rick is just simply the best tour guide . His smart, knows his stuff. Thank you Mr Rick a million times Sir.
Dear Mariafe, Thank you very much for so nice review! I am glad to have had the tour with you and your husband going through the city. During the tour, I enjoyed talking with your husband so much and learned various things. It was my pleasure helping his wheelchair and everything went well thanks for your cooperation. I hope you will come back to Kyoto someday in future. Best regards, Rick
Rick was flexible and accomodating , providing a tour that met our needs very well, adjusting the pace as we went along. Great communication beforehand. The only hiccup was due to my own confusing lack of clarity, which resulted in a nutty destination being included in the planned tour. My wife recognised this midway through and Rick very adeptly made changes and substituted a fantastically explained visit to Koji-ji Castle. Great spoken and written English. Highly recommended.
Dear Leo, Thank you very much for your nice review! It was my pleasure and I had a nice time talking with you walking through the Philosopfer's path, Gion area and so on. There was no problem to change the plan and I am glad that you all enjoyed the castle at the end of the tour. I hope you will come back to Kyoto someday in future. Best regards, Rick
Thanks to Rick we had chance to have look and get to know history behind Kyoto main attractions. He was very caring and with very good level of Englosh, taking in consideration all our wishes. Besides attractions, Rick told us a lot about Japanese people, culture, traditions and habits. Strongly suggest Rick as tour guide!
Dear Marina, Thank you very much for your nice review for me. It was my pleasure and I am so glad that you enjoyed the tour. During the tour, I also enjoyed talking with you various things and I learned a lot about your country, too. I hope you will come back Kyoto maybe with your kids someday in future. Best regards, Rick
Rick was an excellent manager of our 1 1/2 day tour of Kyoto and Nara. Starting with the Imperial palace and then shopping for porcelain in the rain he was they key to finding our vase finishing with a lovely walk through a traditional neighborhood.Nara was also fascinating with Rick providing many good suggestions and travel short cuts we would have never figured out. Thanks for the garden tour as well. A positive upbeat personality.
Dear Jim, Thank you very much for your nice review! I am so glad that you enjoyed the tour for two days and it was my pleasure to help your wife finding the nice porcelain in Kiyomizu area. In Nara, I am glad you enjoyed the deer, lanterns, museum, garden and so on though it was a rainy day. I hope you will enjoy Kanazawa and Nagano, too. Please keep nice memories and I hope you will come back to Japan in future. Best regards, Rick
I was in Kyoto for really only 1 day with a very specific sites to see. I wanted to see all the major Jodo Shu temples and Bukkyo University. Rick arranged everything with great expertise. He was very astute and knowledgeable about each place. Unfortunately, Bukkyo University was closed because of a once in a lifetime National Holiday called for the enthronement of the new emperor of Japan. Rick arranged to take me to another historical temple that is associated with Jodo Shu but not a part of the denomination now that has a historical antiquities museum. Also, on the walk back to the hotel, he took me on the historical walk through Gion with all the shops and traditional houses. It was AWESOME. I love ume (preserved plum) but in the US only small ume are available and it is difficult to f... read more
Dear Kyle, Thank you very much for your heartwarming review! I really appreciate your comments and I am so glad you enjoyed the tour with me feeling that you are a real traveler. Your selection of the temples were so nice and we were able to look around with our pace. Also I am glad you loved the Ume and got a nice package of them. During the tour, I enjoyed talking with you and learned a lot from you. I really look forward to seeing you next year with some more days in Kyoto. Best regards, Rick
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
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
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
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
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
We had a fab day with Rick, starting really early to avoid the crowd and the heat. We enjoyed Rick’s knowledge about the city history and traditions, and understood much more about religion and temples thanks to him. It was great to discover Kyoto with Rick’s help. He also took good care of us and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience that we would definitely recommend.
Dear Laurent, Thank you very much for your nice review! It was my pleasure to have guided you around Kyoto. All of your families are so nice and I enjoyed a lot with talking with all of you. Though it was so hot day, I am glad that everyone was OK and I appreciate your cooperation. I suppose your wife found a nice thing at the Japanese paper shop after the tour. Please take care and have a nice holidays in Japan. Best Regards, Rick
Rick was kind, patient, and very knowledgable. He came up with a custom itinerary to see everything we wanted, as well as a some other things, and a great lunch restaurant that he suggested. We had a great day with Rick, highly recommended!
Dear David, Thank you very much for your nice review! I am glad that you enjoyed the tour and the lunch. All of your members were so friendly and cooperative with the tour that I really appreciate. It was a nice timing when you come to Kyoto where the Gion festival were held. I hope I will see you and your members again in Kyoto someday. Best Regards, Rick
We spent the day of the Gion festival with Rick, who was a knowledgeable, well-informed guide to some well-chosen spots around the city. We started off wanting to see the famous parade of "floats," actually rolling carriages with drummers, musicians, and community members. Rick figured out a strategy of going to several spots along the route where we would have the best viewing opportunities, which worked out quite well. He was also flexible in adjusting the path when we decided to change the route once. Along the way, he led us through a historic district between the river and the canal which included part of the entertainment district; we saw the theatre where geiko and maiko perform, quaint little streets, and numerous young people hurrying through the streets in traditional clothing. ... read more
Dear Peter, Thank you very much for your nice and warm review! I am so glad that you memorized every detail of the tour. It was lucky that we were able to follow the floats of Gion festival with nice timing and also we saw a Maiko walking in Ponto-cho alley. I am also glad that you liked the restaurant and I suppose you enjoyed the buffet of Kyoto vegetables with the main dish. Everything went well thanks for you and your families' cooperation and I really appreciate it. I look forward to seeing you again in Kyoto in near future. Best Regards, Rick
Rick met us at hotel and we were off for Monkey Mountain, temple and bamboo grove followed by lunch. Rick was very kind, generous and patient with our family of five (two adults and three younger kids). Would highly recommend!
Dear Brent, Thank you very much for your nice review! I am so glad to be with you as a guide and have helped you touring Arashiyama area. You and your families are so nice and I enjoyed a lot especially at the Monkey park. During the tour, I remembered the days when my daughter was the same age of your children and that made me feel more familiar with all of you. I wish your touring Japan be memorable and safe trip back home. Best regards, Rick
Rick is a very nice and polite guide. He took care of us, and our preferences. He made sure we had enough time in whatever we wanted to do. He also answered our questions, and was eager to share his knowledge of Kyoto with us. He has a great attitude. Thank you!
Dear Elsa, Thank you very much for your nice review! It was my pleasure and I am very glad you liked the tour. You and your families are so nice that I also enjoyed the tour with you talking various things. Please enjoy the rest of your stay and have safe trip back home. Best regards, Rick
Rick was a great guide! He was very thorough and extremely knowledgeable of Kyoto. Would highly recommend him to anyone.
Dear Caitlin, Thank you very much for your nice review! It was my pleasure and I am glad you enjoyed the tour. It was nice to have had conversation with you during the tour and I enjoyed it, too. I hope you will come back to this nice city Kyoto sometime in future. Best regards, Rick
I highly recommend Rick. He made our visit to Kyoto the highlight of our Japan visit. Since we were first time visitors to Japan and a diversified group of senior ladies, I let Rick plan our itinerary. He did a wonderful job making accommodations for our group; picking wonderful sights, shrines, temples, gardens, etc.; very informative, punctual, friendly, etc. Each day was a new and wonderful experience. Everyone in our group enjoyed Rick as our tour guide. Rick, thank you very much for a great time.
Dear Marsha, Thank you very much for your nice review! I suppose you are back home safely. It was my pleasure to have showed you the best spots in Kyoto and you liked them. I also enjoyed talking with all of you very much during the tour and it will be my nice memory. I hope I can see you again in future. Best regards, Rick
Rick gave us an excellent 5-hr tour of several sites in Kyoto in March 2019. We thoroughly appreciated his engaging descriptions of the fine details of the buildings we visited, as well as his knowledgeable explanations of relevant historical events. Rick is very personable and provided thoughtful answers to our many questions about what we were seeing. Thank you, Rick!
Dear Michael, Thank you very much for your nice review! I was glad to have had the tour with talking various things with you two and had a nice time. I think you loved this nice city Kyoto and please come back in future. I hope I can see you again. Best regards, Rick
We spent two days with Rick seeing wonderful things in Kyoto. Our tour spanned the things that I expressly asked Rick to see and do, such as visiting the most important historical and cultural sights, visiting out of the way gems, shopping for artisanal chocolates, seeing life as a native would and experiencing the many crafts that the area is known for. We truly enjoyed our two days with Rick- the time flew by, and we are very thankful for all of his knowledge and guidance in learning about this most special place.
Dear Debra and Steve, Thank you very much for your nice review ! I am very glad that you enjoyed the tour and had a nice time. It was also nice time for me especially visiting Kyoto museum of traditional crafts where you found the nice thing by the artisan. I am glad that you enjoyed other spots and I understood that you really love the Japanese culture. I hope that the tour will be a nice memory for you and I can see you again in future. Best regards, Rick
Rick came prepared with a plan and information that made the day more enjoyable and informative than we expected. Having lived in Kyoto most of his life, but also having worked in the US, Rick was knowledgeable and was someone you could relate to. We had an enjoyable day.
Dear Thomas and Carole, Thank you very much for your nice review ! It was also enjoyable time for me to have had the tour with you two. I had a nice time talking with you and I am glad that you liked Kyoto. I hope you will come back in near future. Best regards, Rick
We (four of us) spent a full day with Rick in Hakone. The day was a little rainy but the sights were fabulous. What a wonderful city. Rick was very helpful in terms of getting places quickly and efficiently as well as informing us of things we would not have otherwise been able to find out. I would recommend using Rick to anyone visiting Kyoto or Osaka.
Dear Greg, Thank you very much for your nice review. I 'm very glad that you found Kyoto a wonderful city. I also had a very nice time talking and walking with you all. All of you are so nice people and that helped me a lot in touring Kyoto. I hope you will have nice time during the rest of your stay in Japan and hope I can see you again in future. Best regards, Rick
Rick is a very knowledgeable guide who showed a great deal of flexibility during the full day we had with him. We thoroughly enjoyed the time with him who put together a very intersting "mixed bag" for us. If we came to Kyoto again we would definitely ask for his services again. In the meantime we can only recommend friends to book him in case they travel to Kyoto. Thank you very much Rick for a wonderful day !! Britta & Carsten from Germany
Dear Britta & Carsten, Thank you very much for your nice comment ! I am so glad that you enjoyed the tour with me. I also enjoyed the conversation with both of you and it is my good memory to have had the Maccha tea, lunch, walking Nishiki market and so on. Also I was glad to know that Carsten is a marathon runner! I really hope Carsten will run successfully in Tokyo marathon on Sunday. I hope I will be able to see you again in near future. Best regards, Rick
We had a very informative and wonderful day with Rick in Kyoto. He showed us great sites, which were "off the beaten track" and we absolutely loved it. He is very well informed and has great historical knowledge about his city. His English is fantastic and we can greatly recommend him as a tour guide.
Dear Ferdinand, Thank you very much for your nice review! I am very glad that you loved the "off the beaten track" sites. I also enjoyed the nice conversation with both of you and had a great day. I hope you had successfully saw Maiko or Geiko on the next day. Please enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan and bring many nice memories back to your home. I hope I can guide you when you come back to Kyoto in near future. Best regards, Rick
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
We spent a wonderful day with Rick. First he went out of his way to help us reserve our train tickets for our time in Japan! Then we continued on our way to see Ugi and Nara! He was a terrific guide, easy to be with and very flexible. We highly recommend Rick.
Dear Patricia, Thank you very much for your nice comment. I am glad that you enjoyed the tour to Uji and Nara. I also enjoyed being with you and having nice conversations, lunch and so on. It was my pleasure to have assisted you to purchase the tickets for the rest of the tour at Kyoto station. I suppose everything went well after you left Kyoto. Please take care yourself after the long trip and I hope I can guide you again in Kyoto in future. Best regards, Rick
We had a wonderful full day with Rick. He understood our needs and we had a fun time touring the various highlights in Kyoto. Rick speaks good English and is pleasant to be with. He was very kind and knowledgeable and made our first day in Kyoto most memorable. Thank you.
Dear Frank, Thank you very much for your comment. I was glad that I had assisted you on your first day in Japan ! We had a very good time in Kyoto with nice conversation and the tour went nicely thanks to your cooperation. I suppose your whole trip in Japan was successful and I hope I will be able to help you again in Kyoto in future. Best regards, Rick
Rick was very helpfull and gave us a very good presentation of Kyoto. He was very attentive and was very accomodative to all of our needs
Dear Boris, Thank you very much for your nice review. I am glad to have assisted you for 2 days in Kyoto and Nara. It was my pleasure to go through the spots with the nice conversation about various things. I suppose you liked Kyoto and Nara this time and hope I can see you again sometime in future. Best Regards, Rick
Rick picked us up at our hotel in Osaka and we took public transportation to and from and around Kyoto. We toured the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine and then the entire area around the Bamboo Gardens, including the monkeys! We would have never been able to navigate on our own. Rick gave us background, history, understanding of ceremonies we saw and symbolism. He was a great guide with excellent English.
Dear Roberta, Thank you very much for your nice comment. I am glad you liked the shrine, bamboo and especially monkeys! The day was very hot day, but I enjoyed the tour talking with you and your friend. Please take care yourself and enjoy the rest of the stay in Japan. I hope I can see you again in Kyoto. Best regards, Rick
Our tour started with me forgetting something in the room. Next came the zipper on our daypack breaking and having to find an alternative to carry our things. I lost my hat later to cap it all off (pun intended). As someone who is follicallly challenged, hats are a necessity on sunny days. Rick was very patient and helped offer solutions to each problem that arose. Rick never seemed to get flustered when things did not go according to schedule. He was very knowledgeable in the history and details of the places that we visited, especially Nijo-jo castle. We doubt that we could have found our way around the subway by ourselves. There are just a few signs in English. Fewer signs in English than the train system has and you wind around several times to get down to the two subway lines. We are... read more
Dear Don, Thank you very much for your nice comment. It is natural that some unexpected things happen during a travel abroad and I understand it. So it was my pleasure to help you finding the solution as much as possible. I am glad that you enjoyed the tour and I also enjoyed talking with you two. Please take care yourself and I hope you come back to Kyoto sometime again. Best regards, Rick
When we visited Kyoto it was my husband's birthday. I wanted to do something special and Rick pre-arranged to have a very delicious beautiful birthday cake made and delivered to the restaurant where we were going for lunch. My husband was quite surprised! He also suggested we take a boat ride on the canal and booked the tickets for us in advance. My understanding is these boat trips sell out very quickly. It was a lovely ride amidst the cherry blossoms. Rick was very flexible and worked with me as I changed my mind several times as to our itinerary and the day of the tour we ended up changing things again based on how we felt that day. In all, it was a lovely day in Kyoto.
Dear Carolyn, Thank you very much for your nice comment for me. It was my pleasure that I assisted you going around Kyoto on the birthday of your husband. I am glad that you all enjoyed the tour and hope it will become a nice memory for you. I apologize that I had some trouble with my voice at the latter half of the day and really appreciate your cooperation. Best Regards, Rick
I would definitely endorse Rick to make your tour an enjoyable and well planned tour. Even before our tour began, I know my family will enjoy the 3 hr kyoto tour. Rick was fast in responding to all my queries and was most helpful in suggesting to store our luggage in coin lockers in train station. We went to Fushimi Inari shrine, Nijo Castle and Nishiki market. We went beyond the 3 hr time,and he did not charge us extra. In the train station, he made sure we used the escalator because he saw we were tired of walking. I would definitely contact Rick again when I go back to Kyoto.
Dear Jocelyn, Thank you very much for your nice comment. I am glad that I guided you and your families. All of your families are very nice and kind, so I enjoyed talking with all of you so much during the tour. I suppose you enjoyed the rest of the stay in Osaka and Tokyo. I hope I can guide you again when you come back to Kyoto in future. Best regards, Rick
Rick is beyond excellent! My friend and I both agreed - he is the best tour guide we have ever had! He went above and beyond for us!! We loved having him as our guide and appreciated the insight he offered at each site along the way. He helped us tremendously with navigating around Kyoto. He is beyond kind and such a gentleman - carrying my suitcase throughout the station for me - and that's just a small fragment of the kindness he showed!! Rick's English was very good and he understood everything we said which can't be said of the other tour guides we worked with. Rick was truly the best in every way!!! If you need a tour guide definitely book Rick!!
Dear Dorie Thank you very much for your nice comment and it encourages me a lot for my future guiding activities. It was my pleasure that I assisted you and your friend touring Kyoto. The spots you had selected were really "Must see" ones and I tried my best covering them in time. I am glad the tour was successful with your cooperation and I also enjoyed a lot talking with you during the tour. Please take care yourself for recovering from a long trip. Best Regards, Rick