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Richard 'hawk' H.

4.90(140) reviews
 

Available Areas

Hyogo, Kyoto, Mie, Nara, Osaka (Living), Wakayama, Kobe, Himeji

 

Languages

English (Native), Japanese

 

Response Time

1 day on average

 

Availability Updated

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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, most of all Japanese food and I want to show you how fun and incredible it is! I promise your time with me will be fruitful, making some amazing memories of the Osaka and Kyoto that I know


Important

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!!!

Tours

KYOTO GEISHA, SHRINE & TEMPLE TOUR

Kyoto
6 hours

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...one very hidden & unknown. Charming atmosphere throughout.

FROM$387/ per group

FUSHIMI INARI, NISHIKI MARKETS & SURROUNDINGS TOUR

Kyoto
6 hours

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 energy, it is hard to put into words. Come let me take you on Spiritual Journey that you will not soon forget! We will have some tasty food & drinks at the end.

FROM$387/ per group

OSAKA ULTIMATE FOOD TOUR

Osaka
3 hours 30 min

This is a comprehensive tour concerning food from Japan's Kitchen (Osaka). Soul Food and great drinks. I will delve into how the food is made and the stories behind how food dished evolved in Japan. Lot's of fun! Money back guaranteed offer:)

FROM$253/ per group

OSAKA HIDDEN GEMS & HOTSPOTS

Osaka
6 hours

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, a hidden neighbourhood Ancient Shrine, the oldest registered Buddhist Temple in Japan and two awesome food and sake Districts where only the locals hang out and have awesome Osaka 'Soul' food. We'll finish it off in America town & Dotonbori where we'll see all the quirks and charms alongside the river

FROM$349/ per group

Reviews

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Frank W.

Nov 3, 2022

Most accommodating guide!

Richard was fantastic from step zero to the end of the trip. He clearly loves to make sure the customer is happy and really gave us a good time. His knowledge of what would work with our group was fantastic and making sure we see any hidden spots and answer any questions about Japanese culture as well. We had a group of three and I had done extensive research on my own on what we should see and asked him how he would put it together. He adjusted a few things but made sure that we got as much as we could in the short time we had! Even until the day before the tour was supposed to happen, he was able to answer a few last minute questions which really put us all at ease! If you are looking for an English speaking man of culture, Richard is the right man for you! Thanks again for everything, Richard!

Richard 'hawk' H.

Frank, you are an absolute gentleman and your group was brilliant. It's always my goal to make sure every single guest has a fantastic time and are left with great memories to last a long long time. Enjoy the rest of your Japan experience!

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Steven P.

Dec 27, 2021

Great to work with!

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! :)

Richard 'hawk' H.

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

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Candy T.

Aug 30, 2021

Awesome Virtual Tour with 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!

Richard 'hawk' H.

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

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Marcos D.

Aug 6, 2021

Great time, great food.

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!

Richard 'hawk' H.

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