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Send message only 4 days available in September
$ 29 Hourly rate Price up to 8 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 )

(15) Reviews
Hourly rate 29 USD Price up to 8 people
( Max : 12 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!

4.8 (15) Reviews
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The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.

1 Person
Up to 8 people
For each extra person
Hourly rate $29.37 $29.37 $22.25
4 Hours $117.48 $117.48 $89.00
8 Hours $234.96 $234.96 $178.00

* Duration: 4 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 12 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 $ 142 up to 6 people

Nara & The Secret Shrine of Omiwa & Sake Tasting

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10h $ 196 up to 6 people

Osaka Shrine & Temple Tour & Sake Tasting

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4h $ 111 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 ( 15 )
Francescomaria Francescomaria Canada ( Couple )
1 day ago

“ Expert tour guide. ”

From the morning until the end Richard was amazing. Super knowledgeable about Japan. I really enjoyed my time with him and my partner as well. I loved all the fun facts that he told us. In Kyoto he was on fire,he brought us to eat and drink everywhere. I had the best Otoro ever,it was melting in my mouth.we visited the 10.000 tori gates and Nara as well. Omg incredible. Everything was perfect. Thanks again Richard.


Thank you guys so much for choosing me. If you could take the time to go to my Trip Advisor page: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g298566-d**********Osaka_Osaka_Prefecture_Kinki.html and write a review and tell them you found me on TRIPLELIGHTS I would appreciate it sooooooooo much! The TripAdvispr page does not state my company so they can book through this site! THANK THANK YOU!!! Please bring Costco Staff to me!!!!!! Kind regards, Richard

Craig Craig Australia ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Incredible day in Kyoto ”

Sensational day from Richards warm happy personality and knowledge of the history of Japan to the experiences of places and areas around Kyoto.stunning,very personalised tour and tea ceremony that was a wonderful experience a place that tourist would never know about that gave the ceremony a personal touch just sensational .Richard it was an incredible day that we will remember foundly..highly recommend a day with Richard .

Colin Colin Australia ( Couple )
Very Good
3 weeks ago

“ Great day in Kyoto ”

Really enjoyed our Kyoto experience with Richard. A wonderful city and a very experienced and knowledgeable guide. Thanks again

James James Australia ( Friends )
4 weeks ago

“ Excellent guide ”

Richard is a committed participant in the spirit and customs of Japanese living and society. This allows him to provide a comprehensive and insightful description of Japan. He is fluent in Japanese and moves around easily. We can thoroughly recommend Richard. thankyou Richard

Pasquale Pasquale Italy ( Family )
1 month ago

“ A memorable Osaka tour ”

My family and I spent one day with Richard, who showed us a lot of interesting things, taught us a lot about Osaka, Japan and Japanese history and culture, and introduced us to the awesome world of the Japanese food, I recommend Richard and his tours, I wish I could have had more time for another go!