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.
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