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Send message only 3 days available in November
$ 32 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: 3 days ago
Cities where I can guide: Kyoto , Osaka , Nara , Mie , Wakayama

Languages Japanese ( Professional ), English ( Native )

(25) Reviews
Hourly rate 32 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 $31.68 $31.68 $31.68
7 Hours $221.76 $221.76 $221.76
8 Hours $253.44 $253.44 $253.44

* Duration: 7 hours minimum and 10 hours maximum per day.
* People: 8 maximum

Private Tours

Kyoto Shrine & Temple Tour

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Fushimi Inari Red Torii Gate Hike and Sake Tasting

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5h $ 176 up to 6 people

Osaka Shrine & Temple Tour & Sake Tasting

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5h $ 211 up to 6 people

Nara & The Secret Shrine of Omiwa & Sake Tasting

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10h $ 264 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 ( 25 )
Brian Brian United States ( Solo )
2 weeks ago

“ Incredible! ”

RIchard and I had seven hours in Kyoto and he really helped me hit all the spots. He’a Knowledgeable and knows his way around the food scene which was a huge plus for me! Couldn’t recommend more.

Deborah Deborah Canada ( Friends )
2 weeks ago

“ The best guide of our entire Japan trip ”

Richard is amazing No need to keep hunting for another guide. He was incredible on our day in Kyoto and Osaka. He brought us around, told us what foods to purchase in the markets, brought us to great out of the way restaurants, showed us the best sites for the time we had and brought us to some off the tourist trap temples that we breathtaking. So much fun, so knowledgeable and he is perfectly bilingual so we had no problems getting around with our driver. We will definitely use him again when we come back into town. Best guide ever. Thank you Richard.


Thank you thank you. Ill be here until Friday..... listen, when you are with me your family. I am so happy you had a great time and I'll do it again if you ever come back ! LOL. Seriously thank you very much and I'm so happy you had a great time !

Tom Tom Australia ( Solo )
3 weeks ago

“ Osaka for 1 night ”

Visiting Osaka for a couple of days. I wanted to cram in as much as possible and Richard certainly helped me do that. Great communication beforehand to customise my tour and then really made every effort to add that personal touch. His knowledge of Japanese culture was excellent. I had a really good time and would recommend anyone to using Richard as your local guide.

Kimberly Kimberly United States ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ Excellent tour with Richard ”

We had a terrific jam packed day touring Kyoto with Richard! He is an excellent storyteller. He gives great insight, a sprinkle of spirituality and interesting history to his tours. We truly enjoyed his company. He was by far the best educator of history and facts of all our tour guides in Japan. You can’t go wrong picking Richard, he was wonderful!


Are you sure that you guys were with me? There must have been alcohol involved somewhere along the line. I'm guessing it was sake! Something has deluded you're thinking and you have mixed me up with some other crazy guy. LOL. I deeply appreciate your kind words and if you could take the time to write on TripAdvisor and let them know you found me on TripleLights, I would deeply appreciate it. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g298566-d13416350-Reviews-Japanese_Cultural_Tours-Osaka_Osaka_Prefecture_Kinki.html Please come again and send your friends. Let me make him part of my family Kind regards Richard

Rick Rick United States ( Solo )
1 month ago

“ Excellent knowledge of the real local scene ”

Richard is very knowledgeable on Japanese history, mythology and eastern religions and the temple and shrine visits were great. But more important for me was his knowledge of food & sake and many great places where the locals go to eat and drink. We hit quite a few of them in one night. Highly recommended.


We did hit a few didn't we Rick? Damn good singer too! I an glad the typhoon didn't stop us from having fun!