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  (114) Reviews
Send message only 8 days available in November
$ 44 Hourly rate Price up to 6 people
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!!!
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Last updated: 1 day ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Hyogo , Mie , Wakayama , Himeji

Languages Japanese ( Professional ), English ( Native )

(114) Reviews
Hourly rate 44 USD Price up to 6 people
( Max : 8 People )
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I have been an Interpretive Tour Guide for over 20 years. I have lived in Japan for nearly that amount of time broken up by a 12 years stint in Hawaii for 12 years. Still came over every month bringing tours though. I provide private, interpretive guiding services for English-speaking visitors in the Kansai region of Japan. I am a Shrine and Temple professional.

As an ex-Executive Assistant Food and Beverage Manager/Director, I know food and I know Japanese Sake and I want to show you how fun and interesting Japanese food and sake can be! My minimum is eight hours and I do not do half day tours. I promise your time with me in-depth and informative, but we will make some amazing memories while we are at it.

I also do KYOTO, NARA, ISE, as well as OSAKA.

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

1 Person
Up to 6 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $44.16 $44.16 $13.80
8 Hours $353.28 $353.28 $110.40
8 Hours $353.28 $353.28 $110.40

* Duration: 8 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 8 maximum

Private Tours

Kyoto Shrine & Temple Tour

(114) Reviews
by Richard
I pick you up @ your Hotel (or) Kyoto Station, we hit my favorite Zen Temple with an amazing history, then one of most prominent Shrines in Kyoto, then the...
8h $ 331 up to 6 people

Fushimi Inari Red Torii Gate Hike and Sake Tasting

(114) Reviews
by Richard
The Fushimi Shrine is one amazing Shrine, it has over 10,000 Red (Vermillion) Torii Gates that takes 2 hours to walk through. The history and culture, the ...
8h $ 331 up to 6 people

Osaka Street Food Tour

(114) Reviews
by Richard
This is a comprehensive tour concerning the National Drink of Japan, Japanese Sake and food from Japan's Kitchen (Osaka). Soul Food and good sake. I will d...
3:30h $ 239 up to 6 people

Osaka Shrine & Temple Tour

(114) Reviews
by Richard
I will meet you at YOUR HOTEL IN OSAKA and we will head a Living Museum to see how Japanese lived 150~400 years ago, Osaka Castle Grounds, an Ancient Shrin...
8h $ 331 up to 6 people

The Secret Shrine of Omiwa & Sake Tasting

(114) Reviews
by Richard
This is in NARA PREFECTURE. The oldest SHRINE in ALL OF NARA, OUTSIDE OF NARA CITY. This amazing tour gives you over 2,600 years of history, 4 Shrines, a l...
10h $ 414 up to 6 people

Ise Jingu Day Trip (Most Sacred Shrine in all of Japan)

(114) Reviews
by Richard
I do not care what Shrine you visit, Ise Jingu has over a 2,000 year history and is the most SACRED site of all of the 88000 Shrines in Japan!
10h $ 414 up to 6 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 ( 114 )
Joseph Joseph United States
2 days ago

“ My New Go-To Personal Guide ”

Richard was awesome! Richard showed us all around Kyoto and after being on a guided tour with him, my kids and myself wished we planned more time in Kyoto to explore more. From visiting the Monkey Park, Bamboo forest, having lunch, visiting the market and even getting lucky to see (3) Geisha's walking around the Gian district, we sure packed a lot of things into one day. Richards knew the in's and out's of the city and train routes. He met us at our hotel on time (actually early) and in a few moments we were on the train heading to the opposite side of the city. Richard was able to answer every question my kids and I had from the city places and landmarks to the Japanese culture. It was awesome to watch him in actions when it came to interacting ******* and bumping into people ... read more


Yay!!! We were tearing up the town were we not? LOL. Thank you for booking me and entrusting me with torturing your kids! I am not sure Zach trusts me yet though... ha ha.... Please, anytime, come back and let me take you guys a little deeper. Bring the wifey next time too and take care of those babies at home! Kind regards, Richard

ken Ken United Kingdom ( Family )
4 days ago

“ If you want an interesting guide around Kyoto then book Richard ”

Richard had organised a really interesting schedule for our day. Rather than take us to the very busy main tourist sites Richard took us to some wonderful places that gave us a real feel for the old 'Imperial Japan'. We also spent an hour having a walking lunch at the Nishiki Market, what was amazing about this is he managed to get my very fussy eater brother to try most of the delicacies on offer! Richard's knowledge of both the city and history really made for a great day.


Hey Ken!!! Thank you so much for everything and I'm so happy you had a great day. I will never forget the picture I took of you guys eating Wagyu Beef at Nishiki Market!!! I hope we made some awesome memories for you guys!!!! Kind regards Richard

Rose Rose United States ( Friends )
4 days ago

“ Imperial Kyoto ”

Charming Kyoto experienced with and thru the eyes of a guide who truly appreciates his city. We enjoyed the people, the history, and the food. Our experience included a Shogun castle, culture of the samurai, Western Kyoto, imperial Kyoto, and two geisha sightings in Gion, lunch in the market, tapas style. Transportation by subway, bullet train, and the power of walking. Truly memorable!! Aregato!!


Yay!!! You did not mention the sake, which in all reality, made this day possible. LOL I'm so happy that you remembered so many things. Thank you for understanding the long trip from the port in Osaka and I hope you guys took back some awesome memories of this part of Japan!!! Kind regards Richard

julia Julia United States ( Friends )
5 days ago

“ Fun, interesting info and a local food with sake ”

If you like a fun , food, sake during your tour Richard is for you.


Yay! Thank you Julia. I am happy you guys had a great time and thanks for getting the car on both days! We saw more than we would have! Please tell Ron, Mike & Patty they were a blast and take 'sips' when drinking sake! Ron never got me beck either!! LOL Take care and let me know if there is anything I can ever do for you. Kind regards, Richard

Nancy Nancy United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Great food tour. Looking forward to two days in Kyoto. ”

A great sampling of Dotonbori’s little kitchens. Friendly and inviting. Strongly recommend to all.


Nancy You guys were so much fun and if you think you had a good time last night, wait till I get you in Kyoto next week. I promise you you are going to have some great memories to take home with you


A Day in the Life of a Japanese Tour Guide PTII

by Richard
Forgot to tell you about my day....... The tour begins well before I see you. I try to find out your likes and dislikes so I can adjust my ...

A day in the life of an awesome Japanese Tour Guide

by Richard
Well, hell. I first came to Japan in 1983. Lived here for sixteen years, went back home to the Grand Canyon and starting guiding. I have tak...