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Send message only 7 days available in July
$ 29 Hourly rate Price up to 8 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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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Wakayama , Mie

Languages Japanese ( Professional ), English ( Native )

(7) Reviews
Hourly rate 29 USD Price up to 8 people
( Max : 12 People )
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I have been an Interpretive Tour Guide for 17 years. I have lived in Japan for 17 years. I provide private and semi-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!


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

1 Person
Up to 8 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $29.37 $29.37 $22.25
4 Hours $117.48 $117.48 $89.00
8 Hours $234.96 $234.96 $178.00

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 12 maximum

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Kyoto Shrine & Temple Tour

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Hidden Osaka Sake Time Tasting

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Nara & The Secret Shrine of Omiwa & Sake Tasting

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10h $ 196 up to 6 people

Osaka Shrine & Temple Tour & Sake Tasting

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4h $ 111 up to 6 people

Fushimi Inari Red Torii Gate Hike and Sake Tasting

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5h $ 142 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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.
Reviews ( 7 )
2 weeks ago |   by Assen

“ Best guide we have ever had! ”

Richard was hands down the best guide we have ever had when traveling. We had only a day and a half in Osaka and wanted to see everything possible in a day. Richard created a great itinerary that included going to Koyoto and Nara for the entire day to see the main temples and shrines. He was so knowledgeable about the history of Japan and answered any questions we had. We learned so much in a matter of 13 hours that it was truly a great tour. Not only did he take us to temples and shrines, he took us to a really neat Tea ceremony. Overall, this was a great day with an incredible guide and now friend.

3 weeks ago |   by Sandra

“ Fantastic Guide! ”

Richard's love of Japan and his knowledge of its culture & history make him an excellent choice as a guide. As Richard can see things from a 'local' perspective and a non-Japanese perspective, he really knows what will be interesting to visitors. Highly recommended!

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4 weeks ago |   by Gene

“ Entertaining guide. Willing to customise ”

Richard was very entertaining and also responsive to changes and customisation. His interests are varied and so makes for interesting conversations. A student of Buddhism, he has strong views about the topic. His passion for the preservation of Japanese culture is evident. My sons enjoy learning from him.

1 month ago |   by Everlyn

“ Fun, knowledgeable guide ”

Excellent guide who knows yoshino. Friendly and knows the locals. Definitely recommended

1 month ago |   by Amy

“ Oh what a night... Fabulous Sake Tour in Osaka ”

Our sake tour through Namba in Osaka was the highlight of our time in Japan. For my son and nephew in particular (both in their late 20's) - it was the first time they felt like they moved from being a "tourist" to truly being enmeshed in the local culture. Richard does a phenomenal job of bridging the divide, bringing you to tiny back alley Namba bars, educating you on sake, but most importantly, allowing you to gain access to the people (from the bar owners to the patrons) in a way that you wouldn't ever experience on your own - unless of course you were both fluent in Japanese and had lived in this area for many years. (Note, I've done plenty of local private tours in Japan over the years, and this is a unique experience to gain such access!) Given that this was a Saturday night in busy Dotonbori, to say the night was lively doesn't quite do it justice:) We ended the evening in a small karaoke bar where the night moved from simply magical to riotous. Thank you Richard for an unforgettable evening.