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 Castle so we can see how a Shogun ran a Castle. We head to the famous Nishiki Market and I show you what are the foods you should try (with sake) and then off to eat a little Okonomiyaki and hit two Geisha (Geiko) Districts.
Check out what we are going to do.
Feel free to personalize this offer.
Your Hotel or Kyoto Station
I can leave you in the Gion District (where you probably want to hang out anyway)
You will see a quiet Zen Temple, its grounds and learn about Buddhism and its History, then a walk to a Shinto Shrine, where we talk about Shinto and its History, walk its Garden and then hit a famous Castle built by the first Tokugawa himself. Then to Nishiki Market, where we try different Kyoto food and sake and finish the day with some Okonomiyaki and hitting two Geiko Districts
GUIDE FEE ONLY paid through this site
EST. COSTS YOU WILL INCUR DIRECTLY TO VENDORS ON THE DAY OF THE TOUR
¥2100 per person for Entrance Fees for everyone for the day (pls inc Guide)
¥1500 approx per person for Transportation Fees for everyone for the day (pls inc Guide)
¥10000 approx per person for food at Nishiki and Okonomiyaki place for the day (pls inc Guide, though GUIDE will have sake only at Nishiki)
ONCE YOU GIVE ME THE NUMBER OF PERSONS, I WILL GIVE YOU A MORE ACCURATE COST ESTIMATE
IMPORTANT NOTE: All reservations are FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. I cannot guarantee or hold the day unless you secure the day accordingly. Thank you for your understanding and let's make you some awesome memories!
Tours are not covered by insurance, so please make sure you are under your own insurance.
My recommendation would be for you to purchase IC/SUICA/PASMO cards for your subway/train/bus passes. They are ¥2000 each and once purchased, you can use ¥1500 of that and refill it as you need it at any station. (¥500 is kept as a hold on the card) You can also use at most convenience stores and some vending machines. Once you are done with them, you turn them back in and get the ¥500 hold and any monies left on them minus a ¥220 processing fee per card. It is a great deal! This way you only have to pay the Guides transportation.
Tours are no more than 8 hours. Over 8 hours will be charged at ¥4500 per hour unless due to circumstances beyond our control or unless agreed upon in writing in advance.
NOTE: WE CAN RESERVE A PRIVATE CAR FOR YOU AT ¥55000 PER DAY
Be ready with comfortable walking shoes.
One of the best guides that I have ever worked with! Great with people, great with service and most eager to provide information to his client! Thank you once again for working together! :)
Thank you Steven. You are kind and very easy to work with. I hope everyone enjoyed their tea and gained a little bit of knowledge about the Samurai Tea Ceremony. If there's anything I can do for you in the future, please let me know. Kind regards, Richard
Since pandemic, our team is unable to travel for our yearly company retreat. Hence my management decided to plan for online zoom team activities instead. I was recommended to search on 'Go With Guide' for a LIVE virtual tour that our team can still 'travel'. It really sounds a great idea and interesting to me. I searched a few on Japan but Richard really caught my attention for his tour service in Kyoto. Firstly, he is from the States hence there is no language barrier with us. He has spent many years in Japan and he can speak fluent Japanese as we are hoping he can interact with the locals during the live zoom. He was on time and got the zoom connection ready before the stipulated time. He was wearing a kimono under such hot weather and we really admire his dedication to his job. He first brought us to 'walk' around Fushimi Inari Shrine and later to Kiyomizudera Temple. During the journey from Fushimi Inari to Kiyomizudera, he explained to us about some history. It was a pleasant car ride together with his family. We ended the 2 hours trip at Kiyomizudera Temple. We really enjoyed the whole virtual tour by RIchard and will definitely recommend his virtual tour service to our networks. My CEO is so pleased with the tour that he tipped double for his service! Well done Richard! Hope to see you soon for other Kyoto trip!
Wow! Just wow! Thank you so much! I am so happy that you guys had fun with me in the two hours we were together. Loved your questions during the tour, also, everyone seemed excited and hopefully, we can do it again. I do apologize for so many places being closed because of the Emergency Declaration.... but as you see, I find a way to ensure us to have fun. Yes, yes, thank you for the over-the-top tip!!! Totally unexpected and my wife and daughter have already used a portion since they were my driver and chauffeur..... lol. I take care of Nara and Osaka also and in the future can set up Tea Ceremonies and other interactions for you and your team. Please be safe and let me know how I can help you guys in the future. No need for such HUGE tip in the future since I know you love me now...... LOL!!!!! Kind regards, Richard
Richard was a fantastic guide. He gave the perfect blend of history, culture, past, modern, food, and drink. Richard is very knowledgeable about the local history and culture. He knows everybody everywhere we went and made sure we were well taken care of. We saw everything from castles to museums to temples and had lots of local food and drinks. Richard was much more than I could have hoped for. When I’m back in town I will definitely use his services again. I can’t recommend him high enough!
Marcos. I want to thank both you and Larry for coming on the tour even though we were in the middle of this Covid stuff. I hope you always remember shooting the air guns and feeling like a kid again ha ha ha ha I'm glad you got to meet some local folks and made some great memories. I will be waiting for you guys in the future. Kind regards Richard
For our recent corporate team activity we did Richards virtual traditional Japanese tea ceremony experience. Our team is split across Australia, Japan and Singapore.. Richard did a phenomenal job of making our virtual experience unique that for the 1 hour we were with him it felt like we were all together in the heart of Osaka in this beautiful tea shop! Richard went the extra mile and had all the tea ceremony items shipped to us in advance and we were able to learn how to pour our own tea the traditional Japanese way and all from the comfort of our homes. 100% would recommend, Richard is a great communicator and a pleasure to work with.
Melissa, I cannot express how happy that makes me feel. In the times that we are in right now, to be able to take any aspect of Japanese culture and be able to communicate it and share it like we did, and make it not only enjoyable, but memorable, it's something that I strive for. Thank you for all of your questions and interests in Japanese culture and if there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to put me to the test. Kind regards, Richard