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  (55) Reviews
Send message fully booked in March
$ 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 )

(55) 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!

4.9 (55) Reviews
Very Good


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

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

Fushimi Inari Red Torii Gate Hike and Sake Tasting

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by Richard
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 ( 55 )
Paul Paul United States ( Family with kids )
5 days ago

“ Short Notice Visit ”

We contacted Richard the evening before our morning arrival. He created a tailored agenda and handled all logistics for a seamless visit to best utilize our limited time available. He was very knowledgeable of local customs and history and brought a lot of enthusiasm to our day. We all hope to come back soon and have Richard arrange an extended visit to the area.


Thank you Paul, you guys were great. Thanks for letting me take you around to get an overall view of this little city. Hope your game and party went well and if there is anything I can ever do for you, please let me know!! If you do have the chance to write on TripAdvisor for me, I would deeply appreciate it. Under Spirits of Japan. Tell them you found me here on TripleLights! YAY! Tell Matt & the girls I said hello and have a safe trip home! Kind regards, Richard

Nicole Nicole United States ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ We'll travel back to Osaka just for Richard! ”

Rich was knowledgeable, entertaining and most of all welcoming. My girlfriend and I both agreed that we didn’t feel like we were with a tour guide, we felt we were visiting a friend! We both learned so much not only about the city we visited but much more regarding Japanese history and culture. The tour started off with something new which was a museum that showed the day in the life of a Japanese citizen during the Edo period. It was a great learning experience and something we both found to be fun and educational, we hope Rich continues to start his tours off this way. The tour ended exactly how we were hoping, with great food, drink and conversation. Rich was very well-informed about all the shrines and temples (shremples) we visited but our favorite part were all the hidden gems ... read more

jean christophe Jean Singapore ( Family )
1 week ago

“ Perfect Family day in Kyoto ”

We had a great day with Richard in Kyoto. A good selection of what you want to know about Japan: History, traditions, religion, but also some anecdotes and some food (and Saké) sampling. He understood what we were expecting and he managed to create a very entertaining day for all of us (and kept our two 12years old captivated for more than 8 hours).... and he is extremely friendly. :-) I highly recommend him as guide.


What are you talking about? Ella and Rose kept me entertained! LOL Thank you guys so much for allowing me to take you around and I am glad you had a good time. Please do not forget about me. TripAdvisor also if you have time and tell them you found me here on TripleLights! PLEASE...... I need reviews!!!! LOL HA HA. Take care and please let me know when you or your friends are headed this way! Kind regards, Richard

Tricia Tricia United States ( Family )
2 weeks ago

“ Awesome Kyoto Tour ”

We decided to do the Triple Lights private tour with Richard instead of a chartered tour. This was the best decision we made. He was very knowledgeable of the places we visited and so entertaining. It was customed to what we wanted to see and we weren’t rushed to move on to the next site. Richard is very passionate about his experiences all over the world and it shows through in his tour. Everyone was so pleased with our Kyoto experience that we want to go back. I will recommend Richard to all my friends and family traveling to Osaka and it’s neighboring areas like Kobe, Kyoto, and Nara. He gets 10 stars from our group


YAY! Woohoo! Thank you guys so much, you were all such fun. Glad you also liked the Homemade Japanese Lunch! It is my pleasure to serve, especially clients like you. Please also take the time to write on TRIPADVISOR if you have time and tell them you found me on this site. I would DEEPLY appreciate it!!! Kind regards and hope to see you again, Richard

Janice Janice United States ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Kyoto tour ”

We loved every minute !


Thank you Janice!!!! Please hit TripAdvisor also when you have time and tell them you found me on TripleLights if you could! Thank you guys so much!!!! Kind regards, Richard