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Send message only 2 days available in September
$ 37 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: 15 hours ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Mie , Wakayama

Languages Japanese ( Professional ), English ( Native )

(99) Reviews
Hourly rate 37 USD Price up to 6 people
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I have been an Interpretive Tour Guide for 20 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!

4.9 (99) Reviews
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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 $36.80 $36.80 $9.20
8 Hours $294.40 $294.40 $73.60
8 Hours $294.40 $294.40 $73.60

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

Private Tours

Kyoto Shrine & Temple Tour

(99) 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 the busiest Shrines in Kyoto, then the mo...
7h $ 221 up to 6 people

Osaka Shrine & Temple Tour & Sake Tasting

(99) Reviews
by Richard
I will meet you at the lobby of the Hilton Hotel Osaka at 2:00pm and we will head to 4 shrines and 1 huge Temple. I will teach you about protocols to enter...
5h $ 221 up to 6 people

Fushimi Inari Red Torii Gate Hike and Sake Tasting

(99) 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 ...
5h $ 184 up to 6 people

Hidden Osaka Sake Time Tasting

(99) Reviews
by Richard
This is a comprehensive tour concerning the National Drink of Japan, Japanese Sake. You will taste various flavors, pair them with food and have great time...
3h $ 92 per person

Nara & The Secret Shrine of Omiwa & Sake Tasting

(99) 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 $ 276 up to 6 people

Himeji Day Trip

(99) Reviews
by Richard
This day trip takes you to one of the 12 remaining Historical Castles of Japan. Though there are over 250 places there were Castles and still over 100 foun...
8h $ 258 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 ( 99 )
Elena Elena United States ( Friends )
4 days ago

“ Absolutely fabulous ”

Richard is engaging, knowledgeable, flexible, and fun. His personality is icing on the cake. If we return to Japan, we will make sure we hire him for several days, not one like this time. He facilitated the best memories we’ll have from this trip.


Thank you Elena. You guys were so much fun. Please let me know what I can do for you. I will plan on seeing you guys again. Kind regards Richard

Amy Amy United States ( Family )
1 week ago

“ Fantastic! ”

Super knowledgeable and fun. We did a 1 day tour around Kyoto and saw such a nice variety of things - castle, temple, shrine, and market. He knows it all and is so good at explaining things and sharing his knowledge. Highly, highly recommended.


Thank you guys so much!!! I am happy you had a good time and thanks for trying things I pushed in front of you. LOL If you need anything, let me know!!! Kind regards Richard

Andrew Andrew United Kingdom ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Memories to last a lifetime ”

Taking my family of 5 to Kyoto for the first time, hiring Richard as our guide for two days was the best decision I could have made. We had a great combination of 'must see top 10 sites' and quieter contemplative experiences at less visited Temples and Shrines. Each member of the family will have their favourite moments, as Richard made sure to connect with each of them individually, but for me eating the best food and drink at Nishiki market and other local bars and eating places was awesome and something we could never have managed either wandering around on our own or being part of a big tour group. Even better to be welcomed into a family home for four course traditional Japanese lunch! If you're in the Kansai region, hiring Richard as your guide will be money very well spent.


Thank you Andrew for your kind words. It was very nice to be able to spend time with your amazing family and I really hope your kids take the time to come back to Japan even for a few months. It seems like all of you connected in some way to Japan and I was happy to be able to be a part of your memories. If you need anything else while you're in Japan you let me know immediately. Have a safe rest of your trip Kind regards Richard

Christopher Christopher United States ( Family with kids )
3 weeks ago

“ Saw the highlights + a behind the scenes view of Kyoto ”

From start to finish, the day was perfectly organized and hit all the highlights. Really felt like we saw all of Kyoto in just one day. Richard was particularly accommodating to my daughter, and included her in everything. He has a great ability to navigate Japanese culture while talking to you like an American!


Hey Christopher, hope you guys enjoyed staying up in Northern Kyoto. You guys were a lot of fun and I hope Sawyer enjoyed her trip with her dad!!! Thank you guys so much and let me know if you ever come again. Kind regards, Richard

Jim Jim China ( Family with kids )
3 weeks ago

“ Kyoto and Osaka ”

Richard was the best. We had a 6 year old and he helped tailor the event to accommodate her. Very knowledgeable about things. He also gave logistic suggestions (e.g. ICE card). He had ideas of what to do, but was able to make on the fly changes rather easily. Make sure he takes you to the food markets. He knows the right places to eat and tries to keep the price down by picking high value food items. Even though he is anglo-American, his knowledge of Japan makes you feel he has lived in Japan all his life


Hey Jim, thank you for your kind words and the two days you booked with me. You and your family were the best. I hope Arielle takes care of those chopsticks! LOL Please tell Amy thank you and if you guys ever need assistance again, please let me know. Hope you learned a lot on my tour, hope to see you again. Kind regards, Richard


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