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Richard

Local Guide
  (135) Reviews
US$ 43 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: 4 days ago
Cities where I can guide: Himeji , Hyogo , Kobe , Kyoto , Mie , Nara , Osaka , Wakayama

Languages Japanese ( Business ), English ( Native )

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(135) Reviews
Hourly rate 43 USD Price up to 6 people
( Max : 8 People )
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About

I have been an Interpretive Tour Guide for over 20 years. I have lived in Japan for nearly that amount of time broken up by a 12 years stint in Hawaii for 12 years. Still came over every month bringing tours though. I provide 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! My minimum is eight hours and I do not do half day tours. I promise your time with me in-depth and informative, but we will make some amazing memories while we are at it.

I also do KYOTO, NARA, ISE, as well as OSAKA.

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Price

The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

Duration
1 Person
Up to 6 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate US$43.26 US$43.26 US$13.52
8 Hours US$346.05 US$346.05 US$108.14
8 Hours US$346.05 US$346.05 US$108.14

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

Private Tours

Kyoto Shrine & Temple Tour

(135) Reviews
by Richard
I pick you up @ your Hotel (or) Kyoto Station, we hit my favorite Zen Temple with an amazing history, then one of most prominent Shrines in Kyoto, then the...
8 Hours US$ 342 up to 6 people

The Secret Shrine of Omiwa & Sake Tasting

(135) Reviews
by Richard
This is in NARA PREFECTURE. The oldest SHRINE in ALL OF NARA, OUTSIDE OF NARA CITY. This amazing tour gives you over 2,600 years of history, 4 Shrines, a l...
10 Hours US$ 406 up to 6 people

Fushimi Inari Red Torii Gate Hike and Sake Tasting

(135) Reviews
by Richard
The Fushimi Shrine is one amazing Shrine, it has over 10,000 Red (Vermillion) Torii Gates that takes 2 hours to walk through. The history and culture, the ...
8 Hours US$ 324 up to 6 people

Osaka Street Food Tour

(135) Reviews
by Richard
This is a comprehensive tour concerning the National Drink of Japan, Japanese Sake and food from Japan's Kitchen (Osaka). Soul Food and good sake. I will d...
3.5 Hours US$ 234 up to 6 people

Osaka Shrine & Temple Tour

(135) Reviews
by Richard
I will meet you at YOUR HOTEL IN OSAKA and we will head a Living Museum to see how Japanese lived 150~400 years ago, Osaka Castle Grounds, an Ancient Shrin...
8 Hours US$ 342 up to 6 people

Ise Jingu Day Trip (Most Sacred Shrine in all of Japan)

(135) Reviews
by Richard
I do not care what Shrine you visit, Ise Jingu has over a 2,000 year history and is the most SACRED site of all of the 88000 Shrines in Japan!
10 Hours US$ 406 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 time, there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting time, there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting time, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 135 )
Ambika Ambika United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Great virtual trip to Kyoto ”

Richard took us on a 3 hour virtual tour as we “walked with him” through places or worship, spiritual sites, the historical district and more. He was engaging, thoughtful, knowledgeable, and fun. His ability to enable us to experience Kyoto like we were there was wonderful. The cultural insights fabulous. He surpassed our expectations of a virtual tour by a huge margin.

Richard:

Ambika You're very kind and it was enjoyable for me too, to be able to show you parts of the beautiful city of Kyoto. It was kind of weird for me because usually the places that we went are packed with visitors. It was very nice to see open streets but not to see the closed businesses. Please shoot me any questions you may have and if there's ever anything else I can do for you, please let me know. Kind regards Richard

Catarina Catarina Brazil ( Couple )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ A trully unique view of Japan ”

Our day with Richard was so outstanding that we are already planning a return trip to Japan, but only if he tags along for the whole trip. His knowledge of history is very impressive, his musings about Budhism are enlightening and his easy conversation with the locals makes anyone feel welcome in the hidden spots that no ordinary tourist would be able to reach; his disposition for a full day of local cuisine and sakê makes your time with him worth every minute. We cannot emphasize how fun and friendly he is, and hope everyone has as good a time with his as we did. Thank you Richard, we hope to see you again soon!

Richard:

Catarina Thank you very much for your kind words. As I have not had a tour in weeks it is nice to remember that I actually do a good job when I am out there. I hope you guys are safe in this time of craziness and I really hope that you guys get the chance to come back to Japan and allow me to take you deeper into the local realm!! LOL Kind regards Richard

richard Richard United States ( Family )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ A fun night touring Osaka ”

We had a very fun experience touring around Osaka with Richard. It was really cool to go and see where the locals eat and drink. Richard was every knowledge about food, culture and history of the area. Before you know it your knee deep in the local vibe. We took our kids and Richard was very fun and engaging with our boys. Before the night was over we were all laughing with the locals about our boys light colored hair and Richard’s astonishment at my 10 pounds of lose change in yen I was carrying around in a bag. Very fun and would recommend if your in Osaka or Kyoto to book Richard.

Richard:

Thanks guys! I am so happy you had a good time. I hope the boys were full and to too traumatized by the crazy locals! Hope you have a safe trip home. Make sure you bring a bigger money bag for those coins next time. If you have time to write on TripAdvisor also and let folks know you found me on TripleLights I would sure appreciate it also! Take care and tell Jackson and Max I said hello! Kind regards, Richard

Joe Joe United States ( Friends )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Kyoto Day trip ”

Richard was knowledgeable and shared a good variety of history and story. But we loved that he mixed in humor and was easy to spend the day with. Tons of fun walking the market and sampling the best foods and drink Kyoto has to offer. All around great day!

Richard:

Hey Joe!!!! Thank you so much for your time and allowing me to drag you around Kyoto!!!! If you could search my company on Trip Advisor and let folks know you found me on TRIPLELIGHTS I would deeply appreciate it. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you! Please let Nate know I said hello! Kind regards, Richard

Ron Ron United States ( Couple )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ We had to cancel with Richard ”

Unfortunately, our cruise to Japan was canceled due to Coronavirus and we had to cancel with Richard. He was absolutely terrific during the booking process and very understanding when we had to cancel. When we get back to Japan,. will definitely schedule with him again!

Richard:

Ron, Ron, Ron! OMG! You are soooooooo fortunate! Even though things may look bad at one moment, you never know! They have still not allowed the cruise ship to go anywhere and if you would have gotten on board, you would still be on it! It is all about timing and even though we could not get something scheduled this time around, I will work hard to make sure things are extra special when you return. So do not fret! You could still be on the ship! Crazy things I tell ya! Glad you had a safe trip back and I look forward to seeing you guys in the future!!!! Kind regards, Richard

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