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Richard

Local Guide
(99) Reviews
$ 37 Hourly rate
Reviews ( 99 )
Elena Elena United States ( Friends )
Excellent
22 hours ago

“ Absolutely fabulous ”

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.

Richard:

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

Amy Amy United States ( Family )
Excellent
3 days ago

“ Fantastic! ”

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.

Richard:

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

Andrew Andrew United Kingdom ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Memories to last a lifetime ”

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.

Richard:

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

Christopher Christopher United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Saw the highlights + a behind the scenes view of Kyoto ”

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!

Richard:

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

Jim Jim China ( Family with kids )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Kyoto and Osaka ”

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

Richard:

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

Holly Holly Australia ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Rockin Richard ”

The best one day tour, Richard your communication and organisation was impeccable from the start. Thank you for showing us just how amazing Japan can be. We look forward to seeing you again in the future, thank you!

Richard:

You had better come back! I want more time with you guys. Thank you for letting me drag you around and I do hope to see you guys again! If you have the time to write this on TripAdvisor and tell folks you found me here on TripleLights, I would deeply appreciate it. Kind regards Richard

Troy Troy United States
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Amazing 2 days in Kyoto ”

What an amazing experience to have someone who could explain Japan and Kyoto from a western and eastern perspective. His knowledge from food, to history, and mysticism were a highlight of our trip to Japan. Every place and experience was better than the last. Place yourself in his hands and enjoy. We look forward to returning to explore more of Japan and Richard would have to be a part of that! Highly recommend.

Richard:

You want 'more of Japan' with me??? Oh no, you will be in trouble! LOL Thank you so much for everything and I am so happy you enjoyed yourselves. I hope you guys come again and let me take care of you on your next Japan trip! Kind regards, Richard

siam Siam United States ( Couple )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Tour of Kyoto and Osaka ”

My wife and I were visitng Japan in the very hot summer months of July/August. We had the pleasure of doing a single day tour of Kyoto and the next day a tour of Osaka with Richard. He was very knowledgeable about the history and culture of each city. Touring with Richard is like touring with a friend that you have known for years and can causually speak with. He is also someone that can show you all the local ******* that you would never venture into on your own. With Richard having lived in Japan for several decades he is familiar with the locals in each city making the tour seemless. Thank you Richard for proving us with a wonderful experience.

Richard:

Thank you guys for coming and sorry for the heat. I appreciate your kindness and for allowing me to drag you around Osaka!!!! Kind regards, Richard

Hai Hai United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Awesome day with Richard ”

The tour with Richard was wonderful. We learned many new things about Japan and the culture. Our boys especially enjoyed it and bonded with Richard. He was great with kids. Thank you for a great tour.

Richard:

I really do not understand why you did not leave the children with me??? I thought we had agreed I could care for them and teach them the ways of the Samurai.........LOL. Okay... maybe next time. Thank you so so much for allowing me to drag you around and show you the amazing history and culture of this amazing country. Oooooookini!! Kind regards Richard

Brannon Brannon United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Great tours of Osaka And Kyoto ”

We did multiple temples and learned deep insights into the Buddhist teaches. We had amazing food and beverages at all meals that allowed westerners to enjoy the real tastes of Kyoto and Osaka. He knows the Saki well and provided a great introduction. We learned a lot about the farmhouses, the castles, and about some of the wonderful food and shopping locations in the two cities. He was lots of fun and allowed us an opportunity to learn to cook local foods as well. We also saw the new Mitsubishi regional jet factory. Excellent guide!

Richard:

Thank you so much for everything. I'm glad James found his footing in Japanese food and he was a real trooper to try everything. I hope you make it around town to all the places I showed you, let me know if we have forgotten something. I do apologize for the heat. Hope we all lost a little bit aw thank you so much for everything. I'm glad James found his footing in Japanese food and he was a real trooper to try everything. I hope you make it around town to all the places I showed you, let me know if we have forgotten something. I do apologize for the heat. Hope we all lost a little bit of weight!!! LOL

Derek Derek United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Fantastic Guide ”

Richard is a fantastic guide. He took our family on a full-day memorable Northern Kyoto tour. His knowledge of the area, Japanese culture and most everything else is impressive. We liked him so much we added an equally memorable Osaka food tour. We highly recommend Richard!

Richard:

I have no idea what you are talking about. I just followed you guys around for two days!! LOL I am happy you had a good time and thank you for letting me drag you guys around. If you do find the time to write me up on TripAdvisor as well and say you found me here on TripleLights I would be most appreciative. Anything you need, let me know and tell your friends. If they mention you Ill charge extra!!!! LOL Just kidding. Take care and again, thank you. Kind regards, Richard

LISA LISA United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Wish we could have Richard with us in every vacation ”

My husband who was first skeptical about traveling to Japan now wants to come back. Thanks to Richard! Richard was professional, knowledgeable, but more important- FUN!!! We visited all my wish list excursions but Richard manages to include off the beaten path experiences which ended up being our favorite. We can’t thank him enough for making our trip so memorable. He’s so knowledgeable with the Japan culture- book him early because he books up fast!

Richard:

Thank you Lisa, you and Steve were a hoot. Thank you for the two days and please remember that sake is always officially allowed to be drunk at 10:17am (LOL). I am glad you guys had a good time and hope to see you and any of your friends in the future. If you have time to write me up on TripAdvisor, under Spirits of Japan, I would appreciate it and let them know you found me on TripleLights. Again, thank you and if you need anything else while in Japan, please let me know. Kind regards, Richard

Rachel Rachel Australia ( Family )
Very Good
2 months ago

“ A day to remember ”

Thanks Richard for a really enjoyable day in Kyoto. We tried a whole lot of foods that we otherwise wouldn’t have and a real highlight was the tea ceremony. Thanks for pulling it all together at such short notice. Loved your stories.

Richard:

Thank you Rachel. I really enjoyed you and your family. A lot of walking but I appreciate your perseverance and fight to pull through a semi-rainy day. Please let me know if there is every anything I can do for you in the future. Kind regards, Richard

Robert Robert United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Richard is the most awesome guide! ”

My family (me, my wife and our 18 and 21 year old sons) spent two full days with Richard expiring Kyoto and Osaka, which was the highlight of our Japan trip. He is one of the most passionate and knowledgeable guides we have ever hired (in Japan or anywhere else). He took us to temples, shrines, forests, martial arts training centers, markets, tea ceremonies and a private lunch throughout Kyoto. Our Osaka street food/sake tour in Dotonbori is one of the most fun (and delicious) experiences we have ever had. Richard (and his wife) helped us track down and recover a lost wallet on Shinkansen, that could have really put a damper on our vacation, for which we are truly grateful. If you are looking for a guide in the Kansai region, Richard is the man!

Richard:

You guys were absolutely amazing. We did do a lot didn't we? It all worked out on the wallet because we got to see Osaka at night. There's a reason for everything! I thought it was great that we got to see you again when I was with another group on a different day. You loved those Wagyu skewers didn't you guys!!! LOL Thank you for coming with me and I'm so glad you guys had a great time. Please send your friends my way! Kind regards Richard

Nikki Nikki United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Like traveling with your Freind who is a tour guide! ”

Best -2 days ever Home made lunch at a traditional home Lots of off the beaten trail stuff and Richard has so much knowledge of Kyoto / Nara and Osaka From museums to Yakitori and karaoke Would recommend him to anyone wanting a great tour in anyone of these city’s we are big fans now of Richerd!

Richard:

Thank both of you for such kind words but you guys are so appreciative of everything! You are like kids in a candy store here in Japan and I love being able to tell things that get people excited. (Sorry for walking in the mugginess, hard to concentrate when you are sweating.....LOL). Please let me know if there is ever anything I can do for you!!! Kind regards, Richard

Michael Michael United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ He is fantastic! ”

Wow! Where to start? Richard doesn't deserve five stars...or six stars...he should get seven! We booked 2 days with him for our family group of seven people. He not only knows all of the sites in Kyoto and Osaka, but knows more Japanese history than anyone I've ever met in Japan! He was able to banter with my two teenage boys, while also keeping tabs on my mother-in-law (who is in her seventies). We visited seven cities on our recent trip and hired a guide in each city. Richard was the best of the seven guides that we hired. Everyone in my family indicated Kyoto as the highlight of our trip once we got home, with all noting that Richard made it great.

Richard:

Wow! Thank you! I think I had tabs kept on me the entire time. Nothing gets past her!!! LOL Thank you so much for your review and I am glad you made it home safe. Hope the boys liked the 'culture' and it will be something they will cherish and not forget soon! Please do come again, we still have to determine who got that last piece of Wagyu!!!! LOL Kind regards, Richard

Lindy Lindy New Zealand ( Family )
Very Good
2 months ago

“ Kyoto without the usual crowds ”

We left it to Richard to devise a slightly off the beaten track itinerary for us in Kyoto and we enjoyed several temples and shrines that were not at all crowded. He was quite a character and entertained us with some history of shinto and buddhism and the shogun era. He hosted a sake tasting which was interesting but ultimately a bit pricey.

Richard:

Thank you so much for your kind words. I did try to take you to places that were off the beaten path and teach you things that you would've not learned with any other guide. I am not sure why ¥3000 per person for a premium sake tasting of sakes you will probably never get to experience again was high for you in an authentic 300 year old former Samurai residence with homemade Japanese appetizers was expensive to you but....... Six years first complaint. I do apologize. If you ever get a chance to come again we will not book that. Kind regards Richard

Richard Richard United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Great Time ”

Richard was fantastic. He’s knowledgeable... lots of local, prefect and national history, philosophy and religion. Got along great with my 3 teenage boys. We connected and he ensured we had a good time. Certainly the best guide of our tours. Highly recommended.

Richard:

Thank you guys so much!!!! Your kids are awesome and Jake still has me flustered over the countries he knows!!!! LOL I hope you enjoyed the game and got there and back easily. Please let me know if I can ever help you in the future. If you have the time to also write on TripAdvisor and tell them you found me here on TripleLights, I would deeply appreciate it. Please check out Bottle Logic Brewing and let me know how it goes. Ha Ha Ha... I know you love your beer! Kind regards, Richard

Bernardo Bernardo United States ( Family )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Kyoto at its best ”

We thoroughly enjoyed our day in Kyoto with Richard. We visited fabulous sites including the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, the bamboo forest and Zen temple and the Fushimi-Inari Shrine. A highlight of our visit was a traditional Japanese lunch at a private home. Richard was very engaging, knowledgeable, entertaining and genuine. His sense of humor was contagious. We recommend him without reservations.

Vandana Vandana United States ( Friends )
Very Good
3 months ago

“ Cultural Kyoto ”

Richard spent a day and a half with four of us in Kyoto. We had a marvelous overview interspersed liberally with sake and tasty tidbits at the market stalls. He is knowledgeable and engaging with ready wit and an endless store of tales, more or less credible! We experienced sake tasting, a tea ceremony, evening with an apprentice geisha, a day trip to Arashiyama temple and bamboo forest. Our time there was packed with all manner of sensory stimulation not least because Richard knew where to take us and what to do in our limited time. It was also nice to be able to communicate in a language in which all of us were fluent. Great guide! Fun trip! Thanks Richard. We enjoyed ourseives.

Richard:

Well I'm very happy you guys had a good time Only 4 stars? Wow. You guys laughed the entire time. Whats up with that? LOL. I will have to be on my toes when you return then so I can top that! Thanks for allowing me to pack your trip in and I hope you took home some great memories of Japan. :)

Todd Todd United States ( Family )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Incredible 2 Days in Kyoto with Richard! ”

5 Stars seems wholly inadequate to rate our experience with Richard these past two days. We had an absolutely unbelievable experience. Our first day included several shrines, feeding monkeys at a monkey park up a mountain, a delicious authentic Japanese lunch at a private home and the greatest walk through a food market of my life (stopping to taste the best roasted duck, fatty tuna, sake, wagyu beef and more) and much more! Our second day was highlighted by a castle tour and a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. I have been on private tours around the world and Richard ranks among the absolute best guides I have ever had. He kept my family of five engaged and having fun the entire time. He is a consummate storyteller as well as a food and drink connoisseur which was so appreciated by a... read more

Richard:

Thank you so much Todd, for the kind words. I am sorry I had to drag you everywhere and I hope my pace was not too bad. But strategically placed sake spots assisted us along the way and we were even able to avoid your 4 o'clock slump!!!! LOL You have an amazing family and I was honored to be able to take them around. If you ever need me for anything, never hesitate and let me know. Have fun in the country! I'm a little jealous. Kind regards Richard

Rachel Rachel United Kingdom ( Couple )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Amazing experience and no FAFF! ”

Richard is knowledgeable, passionate and above all fun to be with. He guided us over two days with attention to detail and provided us some with memorable experiences. The food and sake we sampled with Richard was incredible, without him we would never have tried such things. He is a natural storyteller who brings history and culture to life. He is very funny and enjoys a joke. His tours are well planned without any faffing! Keep up the hard work Richard and thank you for letting us into your home. A truly unforgettable experience. See you next year, we will return for more tours and fun.

Richard:

As long as we keep the Faff out, I'm good!!! LOL You guys were so much fun and I am honored to have been your guide! Awaiting your return for our next anti-Faff Tour!!

Miles Miles United States ( Friends )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Kyoto and Nara with Richard ”

Our group of two middle aged, active couples, recently returned from Japan and three days with Richard. Unique and uniquely qualified are the words best describing our three days. Even though he is not Japanese by heritage, Richard has enough years of varied experience to fill many lifetimes. He is proficient in ALL aspects of Kyoto/Nara/Osaka life from food and beverage (saki expert), temples and shrines (he is approaching the qualifications for becoming a Buddhist monk) and just about anything else you can hope for. Almost everybody on the street knows him and his fun and convivial personality carry the day. I promise that by hiring Richard in any capacity you will get experiences of a lifetime.

Richard:

You guys are not only kind but you were so fun to be with. I am glad our chance meeting turned into a few days. Thank you so much and I hope you have the chance to come back someday (and go to Osaka! LOL). Take care and see you soon! Kind regards, Richard

Eileen Eileen United States ( Couple )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ our favorite guide ”

To walk and share time with Richard, as he shared a wealth of knowledge of the many phases of Japanese history, the Sameri culture, and religious institutions; with a pleasant sense of humor and appreciation of fine food and drink, was a memorable and delightful experience.

Richard:

You are so kind Eileen. Thank you for taking the time to understand and take part in Japanese culture. Please come again someday and let me know if there is ever anything I can do for you. Kind regards, Richard

Joe Joe Ireland ( Couple )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Great Day in Kyoto ”

We had a full day with Richard, walking through Kyoto, as was our preference. Very informative and friendly person - Richard, who is an American with fluent Japanese, is passionate about the country and its history. Highly recommend Richard and hope to have him guide us again in Kyoto or Osaka. Joe Oxley

Richard:

Thank you Joe, you and Annette were a treat. I hope you enjoyed your Samurai House visit, your time at the market and our almost out-of-the-way places, LOL. Look forward to seeing you again and if you have time to write on trip advisor and tell them you found me here on triple lights I would appreciate it

Christine Christine United Kingdom ( Couple )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ Very informative guide ”

Enjoyed our day with Richard. He was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Kyōto. Nishiki Market was a highlight where we did the food tasting. Having said that enjoyed the aqueduct, gardens and temples equally. The sake tasting was also very good! Thank you Richard for your time and expertise.

Toni Toni Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Lots of fun and very infirmative ”

Whether he is talking about Japanese history/mythology or sake or food, Richard is a guy who really knows his stuff. And all this is interlaced with a keen sense of humour. We had a fabulous day with him and are happy to recommend him very highly.

Richard:

Thank you Toni and John for a wonderful day. From the shrine to the breweries and then to the market, I hope your day was filled with liquid happiness! If you do a trip advisor for me, please let them know you found me here. If you need anything let me know!

Denise Denise Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Cultural knowledge and professionalism ”

OMG we had the best day with Richard. His knowledge of the culture and history was astonishing. His sense of humour resonated with us too. He was very professional and I cannot recommend him more highly.

Alvin Alvin United States ( Family )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Educational tour of Kyoto ”

Richard provided a great overview of Kyoto and shared his deep knowledge of Buddhism and history. I learned so much about how religion influenced the culture of Japan.

Richard:

Hey Alvin, thanks so much for inviting me to be your Guide. I am happy you had a good time and thank you for the review! Kind regards, Richard

Christian Christian Croatia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ True Japan ”

Thank you Richard for the wonderful time we spent together. I told you on a number of occasions that you went above my expectations and your professional duties. Most probably I wouldn't venture into some dishes on the market and sake time if I was alone so thank your your guidance. Thank you also for accommodating the needs of my 4 year old son. For all others reading this, I can just strongly recommend Richard's services as being flexible, professional, entertaining and engaging.

Meredith Meredith Canada ( Couple )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ 2 Days: Kyoto and Osaka: Both Wonderful With Richard ”

Entertaining and full of knowledge, my husband and I really enjoyed our touring with Richard. We left the itinerary up to him and we covered a variety of locations and experiences including a Tea Ceremony at a previous Samurai Residence, Temples, Shrines, Markets and tastings. Perfect!

Richard:

Thank you Meredith. I am happy that you and Richard had a good time. It is always a delight to take people around who enjoy seeing various things. I think we had a full menu. Please do not hesitate to come again. There is much to see! Kind regards Richard

Lawrence Lawrence Canada ( Friends )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ An Amazing Day in Kyoto from our ship docked in Osaka ”

We had a wonderful day with Richard in Kyoto. We did the must see Shinto shrine. Then the day started with an exciting trip to the market. He knew all the food outlets. We ate and ate great food. Then to his Samurai House for some food and a tasting of 9 Sakes A day to remember Lawrence. Montreal

Richard:

Thank you sir. Your wife and friends were a hoot! A lot of fun! I am happy you enjoyed the day. We were even able of holding off the rain for the most part! Have a safe cruise and let me know if you need anything! Kind regards, Richard

Judy Judy United States ( Couple )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Excellent Guide ”

We thoroughly enjoyed our day visiting Koyasan with Richard! Knowledgable, personable, entertaining and passionate about Japan and Japanese culture, Richard is a wonderful guide. Book him soon! You will be very happy pleased!

Richard:

Thank you Judy. It was a long ride, wasn't it? But we missed the rain and it turned out to be a nice day. It is always a pleasure for me to go there since my grandfather (in-law) is buried there. What an amazing cemetery and the trees!!! Thank you for letting me take you to the little Izakaya on the way home. The sake was yummy wasn't it? Again, thank you and take care. Hope to see you again! Kind regards, Richard

Cassie Cassie Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Kyoto & Nara ”

We did a tour with Richard to Kyoto & Richard, He was very good ,picked us on time and we as very informative on everything that we visited. We saw deer walking the street, He explained to us about Buddha religion. We had a nice lunch of noodles and also tasted sake. We finished the day with a traditional Japanese tea ceremony

Richard:

Thank you Cassie. I am so happy you had a great day and I loved playing with your kids at the park while you had your Tea Ceremony. I really hope you enjoyed our 300-year-old Samurai Residence. Sorry for the low ceilings! LOL Hope to see you guys again!

Kris Kris United States ( Friends )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Highlight of our trip ”

Richard was amazing! All our friends enjoyed this tour and we unanimously decided it’s the highlight of our trip - and we went everywhere from Hong Kong to Taipei, shanghai, Osaka and Tokyo. Thank you Richard for not only very accommodating to changes and for giving us a great time! We saw a lot, ate well and enjoyed a lot of sake!

Richard:

Way too kind! I am so happy that you got to see the Okami, Serena, at our Samurai House. I hope her dance and Japanese harp will always stay in your heart. Please let others know and let Brian know that he is much appreciated !!!

Judy Judy United States ( Friends )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Kyoto and Nara ”

Richard was everything we could have hoped for. We were a group of 8 who were on a cruise and spent two days at Kobe Port. Richard arranged for us to see places that were significant in Japanese history and also enjoyable for us. A highlight of our day in Kyoto was the Tea Ceremony in the Samurai House hosted by the proprietors, a newly married couple. They not only did a memorable tea ceremony but because of Richard shared their special wedding sake with us. Nara was also enjoyable especially the shrine of 10000 lanterns and the deer running wild. We were also provided with information about Jaoanese culture and Buddhism throughout the trip. Richard is very knowledgeable about Japanese culture and history and we highly recommend him.

Richard:

Judy, you and your group were a delight to have. You guys had a genuine interest and I was honored to have you as my guests. I am so happy you enjoyed our 300 year-old Samurai House and I am happy you enjoyed their sake. I didn't;t get any.... LOL Just kidding. Please come again and tell your friends you know a crazy American guy in Japan! Kind regards, Richard

Samhita Samhita India ( Family with kids )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Memorable Kyoto Tour ”

We spent two days in Kyoto, visiting Himeji Castle and a number of shrines and temples in Kyoto. Mr. Richard is an excellent guide. His animated discussions about Buddhism, Shintoism, the political powers of Japan ensured there was never a dull moment in places which were otherwise steeped in history. My son too had a lovely time with him. His objective view of Japan and its culture were interesting.

Richard:

Thank you Samhita for your kind words. I am happy you guys had a good time and I hope we did not wear mom out. I hope she had a good time as well. Please come again and tell your smart son to keep up the good work. He is amazing!

Adrienne Adrienne Sweden ( Family )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Day tour highlights of Kyoto ”

Our family of 5 with teens 16, 14 and 11 years had a great day with Richard. He was flexible, warm, knowledgeable and aimed the day correctly for teens and parents to enjoy. We highly recommend him as a guide in Kyoto.

Richard:

Thank you guys! So much! Sorry for the rain, it puts a damper on things. Hope you enjoyed the Samurai House. Special day indeed. If you could take the time to write something on TripAdvisor and tell them you found me here on Triple lights, I would appreciate it deeply. Thank you again for a fun day!!!!! Kind regards Richard

John John Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Temples, shrines & food. ”

Richard was well prepared, energetic and easy going. Extremely knowledgeable on local culture, particularly regarding Osaka’s Shogan past and religious events. A vast amount of information to absorb in one morning and we were greatfull that there was no exam to follow up! The food and sake destinations were just what we hoped for and his regular contacts among the small food vendors made for a great culinary experience. His recent discovery of the historical Living Village and tour of the market were highlights.

Richard:

Thank you John and Sandy. I am so glad you had a good time. Thought I asked the Cruise Ship staff to leave the tests in the room...... odd..... Have a great trip and hope to see you again Kind regards, Richard

Nola Nola Australia ( Friends )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ a day with the oldies ”

Richard met us at our hotel on time. good start. We had a marvellous day. He is so informative about all things japanese. He was very patient and caring as sometimes we were a bit slow moving. In addition we had a new guide learning, Sirena is a gorgeous person couldn't speak highly enough of her as well. We would highly recommend Richard for a tour of Kyoto. Memorable day. Thank you Richard

Sandra Sandra United Arab Emirates ( Couple )
Very Good
5 months ago

“ Fun day in Kyoto ”

Richard was great. He has lots of stories, history and fun facts to share as we went on our tour...and his passion for Japan is very evident....great & fun guy , we had a really nice time and certainly recommend him to show you around Kyoto .

Richard:

Thank you guys so much for coming with me on the tour and letting me drag you around Kyoto. I think you guys took my train cards, and if possible could you throw them in an envelope and send them back to me? Please come again, but next time let's make a little more time as you were pressed for time this time. Kind regards Richard

STEPHEN STEPHEN United States ( Family )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ 3 days with Richard ”

Quite a character! Full of energy, knowledge and perspective. Growing up in the states yet 20 years in Japan makes the experience even more connected and meaningful. We would recommend him highly.

Richard:

Thank you sir, you and your wife were both gracious and fun to be with. Sorry to drag you around like I did but you said you liked walking! LOL. I hope you guys have a great cruise and if you need anything, please let me know! Kind regards, Richard

Cindy Cindy United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ If you need a guide in Kyoto Richard is the best! ”

If I could give him 6 stars I would. From the very first correspondence with Richard via email his ideas for our 2 days in Kyoto were great and had our whole family excited for our first trip to Japan. Our first day started at noon since we had a tight 7 days schedule and were arriving from Hakone. Richard immediately took us to experience an authentic homemade Japanese lunch at a historical home in Kyoto. We visited several temples and shrines and Richard always had great knowledge of all the places we went to. A highlight of the tour for us was visiting the monkey park. The kids loved feeding them. We visited Nishki market where we enjoyed alot of wonderful foods. Richard is a wealth of information about Kyoto and the surrounding areas of Japan. He was great with 11yo boy girl t... read more

Richard:

Well, Hensley and Wesley are awesome kids.... smart too. They stumped me a couple of times! Thank you for the kind review and please do come again. Much to explore! I am soooo happy you guys had a good time and I hope you savor the memories! Kind regards, Richard

Jerryl Jerryl United States ( Family )
Excellent
5 months ago

“ Monkey park and bamboo forest ”

He gave suggestions of places kids would like to see. He talked to them not down to them. He also gave good suggestions for foods to eat.

Paul Paul United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
5 months 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.

Richard:

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 )
Excellent
6 months 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 )
Excellent
6 months 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.

Richard:

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 )
Excellent
6 months 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

Richard:

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 )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Kyoto tour ”

We loved every minute !

Richard:

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

Catherine Catherine Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Soooo much fun! ”

Could not have asked for a better guide! Knowledgable, great sense of humour, & fantastic way of imparting knowledge in an entertaining way. Loved some of your stories Richard :-). You created memories for us that will always be treasured. Long days that were in no way boring. Richard is the consummate tour guide/ story teller. Richard we lost your email for our photos. Ours is **********. Thankyou again for bringing Japan to life for us! Ian & Cathy

Janet Janet Canada ( Family )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Perfect Japan Guide ”

We spent 3 days with Richard on a wonderful adventure. Starting with a sake/foodie tour of Osaka, we found places, tasted foods, met people we would have never experienced if not for our guide. Followed by two unique days touring Osaka and Kyoto, which were hand picked for us. Richard has a great knowledge and passion for Japanese history and lifestyle. He took care of us as if we were lifelong friends. I would not hesitate to recommend Richard to anyone visiting Japan. Thank you Richard, we will always treasure our three days with you. Jan

Richard:

Jan I'm sorry if you ever thought that we were going to be lifelong friends... because if you thought that, you are grossly mistaken. We are family now!!! My only desire is to take you and show you places that I would show my close friends and family. Thank you so much for entrusting me with that. And thank you dearly for trusting me with three days of your time! I will never forget you and I hope you take the time to come back and spend a little more time with me so I can show you a little more of what Japan is about Sincerely Richard

Mervyn Mervyn Canada ( Couple )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ day in Kyoto ”

One of the best tour guides we’ve ever had. Very knowledgeable and interesting Took us to great site and was also considerate We really had a fun day

Richard:

Hey Mervyn. Thank you guys so much. I'm glad you had a great time and I hope it doesn't rain too much in Tokyo. Please let me know you get my mail today and have a great rest of your trip. Richard

Susan Susan Canada ( Couple )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ A Day to Remember ”

What can we say, Richard is truly unique and not to be forgotten! We chose Richard as we were most intrigued by a non-Japanese living in Japan for a number of years who has fully embraced the Japanese way of life with passion and respect. We chose Richard for a day trip from Kyoto to Osaka and he did not disappoint! We wanted to experience Osaka not only for its usual exciting sites that all visitors want to see, but for its wide variation of foods and local cultures that foreign visitors would not think to experience. Richard treated us to all of these things (and then some) and left us with the feeling that we truly “stepped into Osaka” if only for a brief period of time. We loved our time with him and would highly recommend Richard for any type of experience you might be seeking in ... read more

Rodrigo Rodrigo Brazil ( Family with kids )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Fluent English + Knowledge of Japanese History ”

We had a great time with Richard seeing temples, bamboo forest, shopping areas and restaurants. He was very flexible to help us in many ways. Had a very clear English and good knowledge about Japanese history and culture (is married to Japanese woman, only uses Japanese clothes). We hired him with only 2 days-notice, so some of our intentions could not be included in the tour because of lack of interactions. We are referring him to other friends from Brazil. I think the TripleLights app has a lot to improve, conversation could be more friendly (requires many clicks to allow chatting), new messages are harder to be noticed (vs in ******* with a dedicated communication group), some of my messages were lost before I could send them. ******* is way better.

Jane Jane United States ( Couple )
Excellent
7 months ago

“ Sake to me, baby! ”

My Fiancé and I were in Osaka on a house hunting trip. We will be moving there shortly. We decided a personal Sake tour would be a great way to get to know some of the local spots and some of the culture around Sake. What a FUN experience. Richard was a great guy, with a in-depth knowledge about Sake and took us to some smaller out of the way establishments to do some tastings. The owners and patrons were so much fun. They made us feel welcomed and shared some of their personal stories, which we would never have experienced on our own. I would highly recommend calling Richard. We will be using him again as we have friends and family come to visit. Thank you Richard.

Richard:

I'm glad you guys had a great time and I look forward to helping your friends have a great time too. If there's anything you need you let me know immediately, do not hesitate!

john John United States ( Couple )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ Smart move! ”

I rarely write reviews but I feel I have to today. My wife and I had such a fun day with Richard, and I think we both feel we made a new friend. You'll hear not only the detailed history of the sites he takes you to, but you'll also get some great stories that make the information fun. It's almost impossible to really figure out on web sites who to choose for a guide, but you'll be safe with Richard for sure! Have fun.

Richard:

Thank you John, you guys were a hoot! I am happy you had a good time and thank you for hanging in there with the area we covered! I will try again upon your return with more sake samples LOL! Please take care and come again! Kind regards, Richard

rebecca Rebecca Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ Amazing, entertaining and knowledgeable ”

I can not recommend Richard more, it was a great experience spending the day with him. As it was our first day in Kyoto and Japan he helped us to understand customs and guided us through places we could never had found ourselves.

Richard:

Thank you Rebecca, you are so kind. It was a pleasure spending time with your family and please come again. We will go more local next time!! :) Kind regards, Richard

Colette Colette United States ( Family )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ Wonderful tour of Kyoto ”

Richard provided our family with a fun and very informative tour of Kyoto. He was as accommodating and knowledgeable as a guide could be. He gets a 10.

Jill Jill United States ( Family )
Excellent
8 months ago

“ The best 3 1/2 days in Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka ”

I traveled to Japan with my 2 college age sons and had arranged 3 1/2 days with Richard to tour us in Kyoto, Osaka and Nara. The best choice I could have ever made!! We had a blast! Richard was super knowledgeable but most of all he was fun and he made us feel so welcome. It was like touring Japan with a dear friend. We made some terrific memories with Richard and can’t wait to come back to tour with him again!!! Thank you for all the memories Richard. You are the best!!! Fondly, Jill, Jared and Asher

Richard:

Thank you Jill, you guys were amazing! Both Jared and Asher you can see are going to go far. Can't wait to see Asher on TV someday! LOL Wish your husband would have made it. Next time sedate hime with Sake before the flight. You are pro now! Thank you for everything and let me know if there is anything that I can ever do for you. Enjoy the Umeshu!!!! Kind regards, Richard

Christopher Christopher United States ( Couple )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ Beautiful introduction to Japanese history and culture ”

Richard's passion for Japan really shines through - you can feel his deep respect for the country and his insight into Japanese history and culture. Our tour took us to truly off-the-beaten paths that even some native Japanese miss out on. Our tour was a very long day (be prepared to walk and travel) but definitely well worth it. And the sake tasting definitely helped. I wholeheartedly recommend Richard for his expertise, friendliness and passion. You won't find a stronger advocate for Japan!

Richard:

Thank you guys fr coming along on such a long day but to be able to see the oldest Shrine in Japan and the place where the first Emperor walked, is like you said, something most Japanese do not do. Hope you liked the Lunch also! Oh, and Sake ALWAYS helps! Thank you again and I hope to see you again. If you could take the time to write on my TripAdvisor page and let them know you found me on TripleLights, I would deeply appreciate it. https://*******/Attraction_Review-g298566-d13416350-Reviews-Spirits_of_Japan-Osaka_Osaka_Prefecture_Kinki.html

heather Heather United States ( Family )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ Best of Osaka and Kyoto ”

Booked a tour with Richard for our family of 4 with 2 teenage boys. He was great right off the bat engaging them and getting to know our family. We had limited time and I worked With him in advance to schedule and cram in as much history/fun/ food/culture/sake as possible. It was PERFECT!!! He really knows his stuff - from the best places to eat and drink to side streets to avoid crowds and hustle aroun the trains/subways. He really helped us to make the most of the time we had here! Just wish we had more time for him to show us more cool things! Richard was great with story telling the history in a way which engaged the boys and wasn’t boring but instead exciting and cool! Richard was great and I would Highlyyyyy recommend!! He was a highlight of our trip!

Richard:

Well you know, I am still a teenager at heart! Thank you so much for your kind words and I am glad we could get most of everything in you wanted to see! Please come again and send your friends!!!! Kind regards, Richard.

Gabriela Gabriela United States ( Couple )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ Great food and sake connoisseur ”

Richard has great energy, apreciation for food and sake! It was a great and fun day!

Lana Lana United States ( Family )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ Unforgetible experience ”

We spent 4 amazing dates with Richard last month and he took us to some out-of-the-way places and had auténtic food we did not expect to have. He took us way out in the country and we discovered the oldest Shrine in all of Japan, ate Swimming Somen noodles (which we would love to bring back to New York) and just had an amazing time listening to his stories and his understanding of Japanese History, Shinto and Buddhism. We will return back hopefully next year

Margaret Margaret United States ( Family )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ How much fun can you pack in a day? ”

Richard met us at our hotel and proceeded to fill our day with fascinating stories, fabulous experiences and boundless friendship. He's knowledgeable and also well known so as you travel, you get a plethora of history, culture and good fun. He also knows the folks he speaks of and to, so there is an intimacy to the day you couldn't get on your own. Don't miss the Samurai house. What a remarkable treat.

Richard:

Yay! I am so happy you had a good time! No mention of the delicious sake we had? LOL Thank you sooo much and please do come again! I wish you much good fortune for the both of you and please tell Hart it was fun talking to him. What a nice son you have! Take care.

Jenelle Jasmine Jenelle Singapore ( Family )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ Kyoto one day tour ”

richard is awesome!! his knowledge of kyoto is v good. we enjoy his tour throughly esp the girls. and he is good wif the gals wif his jokes and all. totally enjoyed our day wif him. will engage him again when we return

Richard:

Please, please let me show you more. There is so much and your kind words and the time you let me spend with your family. THANK YOU!!!!

Riitta Riitta Finland ( Solo )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ What a day?!!! ”

I had an exellent tour to Ise and Oharaemachi with Richard. We visited both the Inner and Outer Shrines and he told me a lot about Shinto and Japanese culture. His stories of Japanese mythology were really interesting. He is an energetic and knowledge guide, easy to be with. In the end of the day we had a lot of oysters, sake and fun. Thank you very much Richard.

George George United States ( Couple )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ Tokyo with a Friend ”

Me and my wife travel to Kyoto for two days. Richard was a great guide. He show us the city as we were part of his most closest friend. Good things about his tour: You will know great places. He knows the best spots for food. He knows a lot!! about sake. (If you dont like Sake, he will find one you liked). You will understand some chapters about the history of the city and cultural curiosities. You will walk a lot. And finally: At the end of the tour you will have a new friend in Japan and you would like to book another tour with him. Note: if you want to live the tea ceremony experience, he can take you to a great place.

Richard:

Thank you my friend. Inam so happy you chose ne as your guide and I am so happy that you loved the tour. Pkease take the time to come again. Ooookini!!!

Kieren Kieren Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ Sake, Temples, Food & Shrines ”

I booked Richard based on his excellent reviews and I am pleased to say all my expectations were well and truly exceeded. Richard developed a custom itinerary for a tour of Osaka that gave my partner and I the chance to soak up a little bit of the culture while also eating and drinking like locals. It is noteworthy that locals remarked that we’d managed to visit a number of key areas of Osaka in a relatively short time. Richard is a knowledgeable, likable guide who is able to anticipate your needs and adapt the tour to give you the best experience. As someone from a western culture, he’s uniquely positioned to highlight local customs and points of difference that are particularly interesting to visitors. Richard has a wicked sense of humour and is generous with his advice about places... read more

Richard:

Thank you Kieren. You are seriously going to brave another tour with me? You are indeed the one with the wicked sense of humor! Your mastery of sake tasting knows no bounds!!!! LOL I am so happy you had a good time and I look forward to our next meeting!!

Joe Lum Joe United States ( Couple )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ Fantastic Tour of Kyoto ”

My wife and I had an excellent tour of Kyoto with Richard. He was an insightful tour guide providing the history of many of the shrines and temples that Kyoto has to offer. We had a fantastic time walking through the Nishiki market trying all of the food and sake that the market had to offer and finished our tour with a tea ceremony at an old Samurai house. Would highly recommend Richard as a tour guide.

Richard:

Arigatougozaimasu! Thank you so much for the review and for coming with me and allowing me to be your Guide! I am soooo glad you had a great time and hope to see you guys again someday! Thanks for hanging there on the sake!

BoonKiat BoonKiat Malaysia ( Couple )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ Absolutely SUPERB !! ”

My group got a top class 6 out 5 star guided tour from Richard!!. He is informative and he knows the in's and out's of OSAKA. I will recommend him anytime to my friends and family for the tour in Kyoto and Osaka.

Richard:

Thank you Boonkiat, you guys were awesome as well! Was a lot of fun and I hope Desmond made it to bed safely! LOL Take care and come again!!!!

James James Australia ( Family )
Very Good
9 months ago

“ Great day ”

Richard is friendly, helpful to our needs. Know the places inside out. Give good ideas to us where to go and do . Thank you.

Richard:

Thank you James. Hope you had a great time.

Andrew Andrew United Kingdom ( Couple )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ Kyoto Highlights ”

As it was the first day of our first visit to Japan it was important that we had a guide who could set the scene for the rest of our short time in the country and Richard really fitted the bill. Our first experience was to negotiate the Shinkansen network as we had arranged to stay overnight in Kyoto, without Richards help we would have wasted precious time. As one of our goals was to understand the culture of Japan Richard's knowledge and experience of living in Japan was invaluable, we visited both an amazing Shinto shrine and Buddhist temple where Richard explained their differences, similarities and their relevance to modern Japanese living. Lunch was an experience where Richard took us to Kyoto's Nishiki (?) market where we were delighted to try a wide range of traditional Kyoto foo... read more

mario Mario Italy ( Friends )
Excellent
9 months ago

“ Japanese delight ”

Richard is a highly skilled and experienced guide, with a deep knowledge of Japan and Japanese culture. He has a bright personality and we really enjoyed spending two days with him. As a guide he can really make a difference

Richard:

Awesome guests make a difference also! Thank you guys so much for letting me drag you around! I am glad you had a good time. Remember, sake is for sipping! Grazie!!!

Carlina Carlina Netherlands ( Friends )
Excellent
10 months ago

“ Welcome to Osaka ”

Richard made us see a few of the many faces of Osaka. It was fantastic and to all of you who would skip Osaka on their trip to Japan, I would want to say; dont do that! Call Richard!

Richard:

Thank you Carlina to you and Esther for coming on my tour. I still remember your face eating that fatty Tuna! Awesome, wasn't it! I am happy you enjoyed our city and hope you come again someday! Kind regards and Ookini

Brian Brian United States ( Solo )
Excellent
10 months 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 )
Excellent
10 months 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.

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 )
Excellent
10 months 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 )
Excellent
10 months 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!

Richard:

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://*******/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 )
Excellent
11 months 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.

Richard:

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!

Jon Jon United States ( Family )
Excellent
11 months ago

“ The most amazing day in Kyoto ”

Our day in Kyoto with Richard Hawkins was the absolute highlight of our whole trip. On our own we started our Japanese adventure with three days in Tokyo followed by a 16 day cruise around the three large islands. We caught the bullet train to Hiroshima for two days. We returned to Kyoto to meet up with Richard Hawkins as our guide around the Kyoto area. We had Richard hire a car to take us to more attractions in our limited time. He hit all the highlights we wanted to see in the morning and Richard arranged a lunch in a private home of a samurai ancestor. It was a four course meal of Japanese dishes with barley tea and home made plum sake. We visited Nijojo Castle and Fushimi Inari Shrine in the afternoon. Later he arranged a private Japanese tea ceremony in a 350 year ol... read more

Richard:

I deeply appreciate your review and you entrusting me to take care of you on your trip to Kyoto. I am so happy you got to have a more 'local' experience and that your appreciation of it is high. Anything that I can ever do for you in the future, please do not hesitate to let me know and we can go more extreme local style next time you come. You said I was fun to be around but you guys were the jokesters! Loved every minute of it!!!

Wes Wes United States ( Friends )
Excellent
11 months ago

“ Snow monkeys and sake! ”

I highly recommend using Richard as your tour guide for the Kyoto/Osaka area. He speaks fluent Japanese, and has a deep knowledge and appreciation of the Japanese people and customs. We fed snow monkeys, visited temples and shrines, ate at fish markets, learned about sake, and had a truly memorable bar crawl in Osaka. Richard seeks out unique experiences for his clients and was able to customize an itinerary for us. Communication was great. Richard has clearly done his homework on the sights, and was even able to reschedule things when it started raining. We had a wonderful time with Richard for three days. We never would have seen most of the places he took us to, and the days we were with him were the highlight of our trip to Japan!

Richard:

Thank you so much Wes for the days you let me guide you. It was a lot of fun and I just want to say I am amazed at how much you guys can drink!!! LOL I hope to visit your neck of the woods one day and have one of your beers!! Say hi to the gang for me! Kind regards, Richard

Greg Greg United States
Excellent
11 months ago

“ Great tasting sake and in-depth knowledge! ”

We booked the night sake tasting tour in Osaka with Richard and so glad we did. Beyond the bars (hidden gems where the locals prefer to go), he shared his knowledge about the customs, history of Japan, and even recommendations for maximizing our upcoming trip to Kyoto. It felt like getting the value of several tours at once! If you're thinking about it, just do yourself a favor and book the tour with Richard!

Richard:

Thank you Greg, it was fun hanging out with you guys and thank you so much for going with me! Please come back again, there are still so many bars to go to! LOL

Stephan Stephan Mexico ( Solo )
Excellent
11 months ago

“ Odaigahara ”

Richard is a great guide

Richard:

Thanks Stephan, sorry about the rain closing the National Park but it was a beautiful Road Trip wasn't it! Hope the rest of your vacation goes well!

Eston Eston United States ( Solo )
Excellent
11 months ago

“ Outstanding Tour Guide ”

Richard is an outstanding Tour Guide. He has a passion for showing and explaining Japanese culture and history. He does a great job with custom tours for solo travelers that works with your budget. My tours ranged from historical locations to hole in the walk sake houses where I met locals and tried to speak a little Japanese. I learned a ton and had fun every minute on the tours. Note: His team was overly helpful in changing my accommodations, so I could continue additional tours with Richard. Overall, book Richard for you trip to Japan. I will book again. Cheers, Eston

Richard:

You were an awesome customer. You could see that you really appreciated Japanese culture and I don’t know it was because of your luck but to be able to be three Maiko and see 2 weddings!!! Awesome!! Thank you for enjoying the samurai residence and not to mention the pretty girls for the Kyoto Finals. Have a great rest of your trip and let me know if you ever need anything

Francescomaria Francescomaria Canada ( Couple )
Excellent
11 months 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.

Richard:

Thank you guys so much for choosing me. If you could take the time to go to my Trip Advisor page: https://*******/Attraction_Review-g298566-d13416350-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 )
Excellent
1 year 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
1 year 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 )
Excellent
1 year 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 )
Excellent
1 year 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!

Jennifer Jennifer United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ 3 Days Touring, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hiroshima ”

Richard was fantastic! We originally booked Richard for a full day tour of Osaka and Kyoto, and the tours were so good, we decided to arrange a 3rd day at Hiroshima with Richard, luckily he was available. I was traveling with my husband, and 2 children ages 11, and 12, plus friends of ours and their 2 children, ages 8 and 10. It was important for us that the guide was flexible and child friendly, Richard was both, he made sure that we were doing things that the children would enjoy, while also making sure the adults were happy. The temperature was so hot during our tours, Richard made sure to make frequent stops for water, and also bathroom breaks for the kids!!! We never felt pressured to keep to the schedule, and he never rushed us at any point. Richard was very knowledgeable of the h... read more

Richard:

You guys were awesome. I am so happy you had a great time and I usually do not rush people because I can't even rush myself most of the time! LOL I am happy the kids had a great time also. Please let me know whatever I can do for you in the future! Kind Regards, Richard

Wesley Wesley United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Richard Is the ONE! ”

We had a short trip to Kyoto and booked Richard for a short six hours. Richard was beyond exceptional. He made impeccable arrangements and showed us sights that we would have never seen. Our only regret was the trip was too short. Richard is perfect in almost every way. Native English speaker is also a plus for some. Kind soul.

Barbara Barbara Japan ( Family )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Understanding Japanese culture ”

Richard went above and beyond the description provided for this tour! We came to Japan thinking we’d be able to understand the culture once we got here and visited the sites. However, we discovered that informative English plaques were limited and tour guides non-existent. I wasn’t satisfied with just taking pictures and moving on. I wanted to understand the history and significance of all these monstrous size gates, temples, shrines and paragoda’s throughout the city and how they related with each other. Richard not only explained that, but showed us why people rang the large bells, bowed, and how to use the fountains near them properly. He has lived most of his life in Japan, but was born in the USA and understands western culture so can relate the things of Japan in terms that made sen... read more

Assen Assen United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Best guide we have ever had! ”

Richard was hands down the best guide we have ever had when traveling. We had only a day and a half in Osaka and wanted to see everything possible in a day. Richard created a great itinerary that included going to Koyoto and Nara for the entire day to see the main temples and shrines. He was so knowledgeable about the history of Japan and answered any questions we had. We learned so much in a matter of 13 hours that it was truly a great tour. Not only did he take us to temples and shrines, he took us to a really neat Tea ceremony. Overall, this was a great day with an incredible guide and now friend.

Richard:

Thank you so much for all of your kind words. I was only jealous that you were giving more time to Thailand and you were to Japan Ha ha ha LOL please come back to Japan soon and spend more time so I can take you and your beautiful family to some precious places that you wouldn’t forget

Sandra Sandra United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Fantastic Guide! ”

Richard's love of Japan and his knowledge of its culture & history make him an excellent choice as a guide. As Richard can see things from a 'local' perspective and a non-Japanese perspective, he really knows what will be interesting to visitors. Highly recommended!

Richard:

Well Sandra thank you very very much and I hope to hear from you again in the future.Can’t wait to see your finished house!

Gene En Gene Singapore ( Family with kids )
Very Good
1 year ago

“ Entertaining guide. Willing to customise ”

Richard was very entertaining and also responsive to changes and customisation. His interests are varied and so makes for interesting conversations. A student of Buddhism, he has strong views about the topic. His passion for the preservation of Japanese culture is evident. My sons enjoy learning from him.

Richard:

Thank you Gene, I hope the family is having fun! Please visit us again int he future!

Everlyn Everlyn Singapore ( Solo )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Fun, knowledgeable guide ”

Excellent guide who knows yoshino. Friendly and knows the locals. Definitely recommended

Richard:

Thank you Everlyn! If you could take the time to review me on Tripadvisor also, please let them know you booked me on TripleLights also!!! Thank you for enduring the rain!!!! Good times! Hope you went back to the Yakitori place by the station and had a good evening!!! Hope to see you again!!!!!!!!

Amy Amy United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Oh what a night... Fabulous Sake Tour in Osaka ”

Our sake tour through Namba in Osaka was the highlight of our time in Japan. For my son and nephew in particular (both in their late 20's) - it was the first time they felt like they moved from being a "tourist" to truly being enmeshed in the local culture. Richard does a phenomenal job of bridging the divide, bringing you to tiny back alley Namba bars, educating you on sake, but most importantly, allowing you to gain access to the people (from the bar owners to the patrons) in a way that you wouldn't ever experience on your own - unless of course you were both fluent in Japanese and had lived in this area for many years. (Note, I've done plenty of local private tours in Japan over the years, and this is a unique experience to gain such access!) Given that this was a Saturday night in busy... read more

Eddie (Ed) Eddie United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ All around Kyoto ”

Richard could not have been a more friendly, knowledgeable, customer oriented guide ,during my time with him. He is very punctual, and adaptable to the needs of his guests. See the real Kyoto with someone who can do the everyday tourist type itinerary to the behind the scenes of what Kyoto us really like. Highly recommend his services.

DILLY DILLY New Zealand ( Family )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ A our guide person in Japan Mr Richard ”

Good morning we had just been on celebrity cruises .I had organised my tour in Japan with triple light .we had American tour guide Richard what a fantastic knowledgeable person.we spend 2 days with him .he took such a good care of us he speaks Japanese . everyone just loved him in his traditional dress .he was so polite and respectful all the time.he listen to us what we want to do and even recommended the things which important to see.i tell you if we did not had Richard we would not HV seen Kyoto and cherry blossom so well.i feel if anyone visiting Japan should really do there tours with him .I would recommend Richard anytime to anyone.thank you Richard for making our trip so wonderful and memorable.you are such caring person .thank you Kershaw family

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 )

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