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Send message only 1 day available in May
$ 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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Last updated: 2 days ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Mie , Wakayama

Languages Japanese ( Professional ), English ( Native )

(75) 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 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!


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

Osaka Shrine & Temple Tour & Sake Tasting

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5h $ 218 up to 6 people

Fushimi Inari Red Torii Gate Hike and Sake Tasting

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5h $ 182 up to 6 people

Hidden Osaka Sake Time Tasting

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3h $ 91 per person

Nara & The Secret Shrine of Omiwa & Sake Tasting

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10h $ 273 up to 6 people

Himeji Day Trip

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by Richard
8h $ 255 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 ( 75 )
Joe Joe Ireland ( Couple )
5 days ago

“ Great Day in Kyoto ”

We had a full day with Richard, walking through Kyoto, as was our preference. Very informative and friendly person - Richard, who is an American with fluent Japanese, is passionate about the country and its history. Highly recommend Richard and hope to have him guide us again in Kyoto or Osaka. Joe Oxley


Thank you Joe, you and Annette were a treat. I hope you enjoyed your Samurai House visit, your time at the market and our almost out-of-the-way places, LOL. Look forward to seeing you again and if you have time to write on trip advisor and tell them you found me here on triple lights I would appreciate it

Christine Christine United Kingdom ( Couple )
6 days ago

“ Very informative guide ”

Enjoyed our day with Richard. He was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Kyōto. Nishiki Market was a highlight where we did the food tasting. Having said that enjoyed the aqueduct, gardens and temples equally. The sake tasting was also very good! Thank you Richard for your time and expertise.

Toni Toni Australia ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Lots of fun and very infirmative ”

Whether he is talking about Japanese history/mythology or sake or food, Richard is a guy who really knows his stuff. And all this is interlaced with a keen sense of humour. We had a fabulous day with him and are happy to recommend him very highly.


Thank you Toni and John for a wonderful day. From the shrine to the breweries and then to the market, I hope your day was filled with liquid happiness! If you do a trip advisor for me, please let them know you found me here. If you need anything let me know!

Denise Denise Australia ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Cultural knowledge and professionalism ”

OMG we had the best day with Richard. His knowledge of the culture and history was astonishing. His sense of humour resonated with us too. He was very professional and I cannot recommend him more highly.

Alvin Alvin United States ( Family )
1 week ago

“ Educational tour of Kyoto ”

Richard provided a great overview of Kyoto and shared his deep knowledge of Buddhism and history. I learned so much about how religion influenced the culture of Japan.


Hey Alvin, thanks so much for inviting me to be your Guide. I am happy you had a good time and thank you for the review! Kind regards, Richard