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.
Up to 6 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 8 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 8 maximum
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
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.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
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
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
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
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
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