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Send message only 8 days available in January
$ 36 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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Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Mie , Wakayama

Languages Japanese ( Professional ), English ( Native )

(44) Reviews
Hourly rate 36 USD Price up to 6 people
( Max : 8 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 6 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $36.40 $36.40 $9.10
8 Hours $291.20 $291.20 $72.80
8 Hours $291.20 $291.20 $72.80

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

Private Tours

Kyoto Shrine & Temple Tour

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7h $ 218 up to 6 people

Hidden Osaka Sake Time Tasting

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3h $ 91 per person

Osaka Shrine & Temple Tour & Sake Tasting

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5h $ 218 up to 6 people

Nara & The Secret Shrine of Omiwa & Sake Tasting

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10h $ 273 up to 6 people

Fushimi Inari Red Torii Gate Hike and Sake Tasting

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5h $ 182 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 ( 44 )
john John United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Smart move! ”

I rarely write reviews but I feel I have to today. My wife and I had such a fun day with Richard, and I think we both feel we made a new friend. You'll hear not only the detailed history of the sites he takes you to, but you'll also get some great stories that make the information fun. It's almost impossible to really figure out on web sites who to choose for a guide, but you'll be safe with Richard for sure! Have fun.


Thank you John, you guys were a hoot! I am happy you had a good time and thank you for hanging in there with the area we covered! I will try again upon your return with more sake samples LOL! Please take care and come again! Kind regards, Richard

rebecca Rebecca Australia ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Amazing, entertaining and knowledgeable ”

I can not recommend Richard more, it was a great experience spending the day with him. As it was our first day in Kyoto and Japan he helped us to understand customs and guided us through places we could never had found ourselves.


Thank you Rebecca, you are so kind. It was a pleasure spending time with your family and please come again. We will go more local next time!! :) Kind regards, Richard

Colette Colette United States ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ Wonderful tour of Kyoto ”

Richard provided our family with a fun and very informative tour of Kyoto. He was as accommodating and knowledgeable as a guide could be. He gets a 10.

Jill Jill United States ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ The best 3 1/2 days in Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka ”

I traveled to Japan with my 2 college age sons and had arranged 3 1/2 days with Richard to tour us in Kyoto, Osaka and Nara. The best choice I could have ever made!! We had a blast! Richard was super knowledgeable but most of all he was fun and he made us feel so welcome. It was like touring Japan with a dear friend. We made some terrific memories with Richard and can’t wait to come back to tour with him again!!! Thank you for all the memories Richard. You are the best!!! Fondly, Jill, Jared and Asher


Thank you Jill, you guys were amazing! Both Jared and Asher you can see are going to go far. Can't wait to see Asher on TV someday! LOL Wish your husband would have made it. Next time sedate hime with Sake before the flight. You are pro now! Thank you for everything and let me know if there is anything that I can ever do for you. Enjoy the Umeshu!!!! Kind regards, Richard

Christopher Christopher United States ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ Beautiful introduction to Japanese history and culture ”

Richard's passion for Japan really shines through - you can feel his deep respect for the country and his insight into Japanese history and culture. Our tour took us to truly off-the-beaten paths that even some native Japanese miss out on. Our tour was a very long day (be prepared to walk and travel) but definitely well worth it. And the sake tasting definitely helped. I wholeheartedly recommend Richard for his expertise, friendliness and passion. You won't find a stronger advocate for Japan!


Thank you guys fr coming along on such a long day but to be able to see the oldest Shrine in Japan and the place where the first Emperor walked, is like you said, something most Japanese do not do. Hope you liked the Lunch also! Oh, and Sake ALWAYS helps! Thank you again and I hope to see you again. If you could take the time to write on my TripAdvisor page and let them know you found me on TripleLights, I would deeply appreciate it. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g298566-d13416350-Reviews-Spirits_of_Japan-Osaka_Osaka_Prefecture_Kinki.html