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Local Style Kyoto Day Trip with an a Native English Speaker in Japan 36 years! provided by Spirits of Japan

Local Style Kyoto Day Trip with an a Native English Speaker in Japan 36 years!

Local Style Kyoto Day Trip with an a Native English Speaker in Japan 36 years!
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
8h
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    8h
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Clients will learn about the legendary history of old Japan dating back 2,679 years. They will visit old but historical Temples and Shrines and learn of the protocols of the Temples and Shrines and their history. We will make offerings at these Shrines and clients will have the chance to purchase protective amulets at each Shrine. Clients will learn the history of each area as well as how to cleanse before entering a Shrine and how to offer a prayer. We will visit and eat local appetizers of the area and clients will have the opportunity to expereince and amazing district full of shops and entertainment and SAKE!!!! (Of course)
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 66027P14
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup
  • Private tour
Exclusions
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • For you and Guide
  • For you and Guide
  • Temple Fees
  • Transportation
  • Entry/Admission - Nanzen-ji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Nijo Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Kyoto Station Building
Duration
8h
Departure details
  • Location Name: Kyoto Station or any nearby Hotel in Kyoto Return Location: To your hotel or the station unless you want to stay at the last stop to enjoy the evening
  • Kyoto, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup
  • Private tour
Exclusions
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • For you and Guide
  • For you and Guide
  • Temple Fees
  • Transportation
  • Entry/Admission - Nanzen-ji Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Nijo Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Kyoto Station Building
Departure details
  • Location Name: Kyoto Station or any nearby Hotel in Kyoto Return Location: To your hotel or the station unless you want to stay at the last stop to enjoy the evening
  • Kyoto, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki
Duration
8h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • Start
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Nanzen-ji Temple
    Stop: 40 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 2
    Nijo Castle
    Stop: 40 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 3
    Nishiki Market Shopping District
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Pontocho District
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Gion
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    Kyoto Station Building
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 7
    Higashi Honganji Temple
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Sofya P
Barcelona, Spain3 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
The day spent in Kyoto with Richard was a highlight of our Japan trip. Culture, history and food! Richard’s knowledge and love of Japan are tremendous. He made us want to come back to Japan as soon as we can. Richard was recommended to us by our friends, and will gladly recommend his tour to the future visitors.
Written 26 January 2020
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spiritsofjapan
Thank you guys so much for coming! I'm happy that you want to come back to Japan and I hope you could do it soon. I did forget to give you a test at the end of the tour but we will save that for the next time you're here! Please feel free to contact me anytime and let me know if there's ever anything I can do for you!
Written 27 January 2020
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Kristy H
Appin, Australia12 contributions
Thank you Richard for a one of a kind experience, your knowledge on Japanese history, culture and everything else was fascinating and engaging.
Very rarely is there a perfect combination of happy engaged parents and kids... but you did this every day.
This was very much appreciated, all 4 of us look forward to meeting you again.
Written 20 January 2020
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spiritsofjapan
I think my perfect combinations are a result of having amazing guest that are fascinating and engaging also. You guys were so intent on learning the culture and about the food that it is hard not to have a good time. Thank you so much and I hope to see you again.
Written 27 January 2020
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amyloohoo
Boulder, CO7 contributions
Sep 2019
Richard really brings the history and culture of Japan alive. He is very knowledgeable and most importantly FUN! Having lived in Japan for years, he knows the ears he covers inside and out and is so willing to share that knowledge. Highly, highly recommended.
Written 12 September 2019
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spiritsofjapan
Ookini. Thank you. I am happy that you guys had a good time. I hope I can be of service to you or your friends in the future. Kind regards and awaiting your return Richard
Written 13 September 2019
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Rick
3 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
You know he's done this so many times but still makes everything exciting and interesting - just for your group. We often wandered way off the subject at hand but this gave us deeper insights into Japanese life and culture. Want to do something a little different? He can change up on the fly; incredibly responsive to our group needs. Just look at the other positive reviews. I amen those as true.
Written 16 June 2019
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spiritsofjapan
Well I sure wish I knew who you were but I definitely appreciate your very kind comments. I do try. I want to make it the best experience available. Please come again.
Written 17 June 2019
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Graham T
Isle of Man, UK2 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
I made a rather late booking with Richard to give us a guided tour of Kyoto. As first time visitors to this great city with only one day there I left it to Richard to set the route and we weren’t disappointed. Richard gave us a fantastic overview, visiting some of the quieter more beautiful temples as well as the popular ones you would expect. All this was given with a very in-depth explanation of the history and culture of the city.

Richard is excellent company and I cannot commend him too highly.
Written 29 May 2019
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You have to be kidding me. I was only following you around!!! What are you talking about??!! Thank you sooooo much for allowing me to be your guide. I hope you took some great memories home with you and I hope you come back someday to let me take you a little deeper!!! Kind regards Richard
Written 30 May 2019
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hholman2016
Vidalia, GA12 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
Richard was perfect in every way. His knowledge of the history of the shrines and temples was excellent. Richard moves at a good pace so it is possible to cover some ground each day. However, when someone in our party needed a rest, Richard was flexible enough to stop yet keep us entertained with a torrent of information about where we were standing. I typically don't use guides but I would have missed out had I not used Richard to give us the Kyoto tour.
Written 30 April 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you sir! You guys moved at a pretty damn good pace! I hope the Admiral is doing well! Please come again when you have the time and we will go a little deeper. You guys were a blast! Thank you, Thank you!
Written 9 May 2019
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Hima
2 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
We had a great time with Richard. He truly lives up to all the other reviews. He has a deep respect for the Japanese culture and that reflects in everything he does. If you want an authentic and rich cultural experience, Richard is your guy! Our 12 year old and 7 year old feel like they have a new friend in Japan. He is insightful, funny and warm! My elder son is into trains and Richard, kindly, accommodated it so my son could enjoy them. It has been a few days since our tour with him, but my children still recall his parting words with them. We can not wait for another tour with Richard. A few people enter our lives, albeit briefly, and make an impact and leave us with food for thought, Richard is one of them. Thank you Richard. This was a unique cultural experience!
Written 26 April 2019
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Well thank you sooooo much for not only your kind words but for enjoying the culture of Japan. I did not tell you but I am secretly 12 also and I love trains also!!!! Please don't let that get out! They will stop me from sipping sake! Please do come again and lets go to the train museum in Kyoto then I know a secret little place that has some cool locomotives! Kind regards, Richard
Written 6 June 2019
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JC_Jubin_11
Singapore, Singapore44 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
We had a great day with Richard in Kyoto. A good selection of what you want to know about Japan: historical background, 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 12 years old captivated for more than 8 hours). I highly recommend him as guide.
Written 12 March 2019
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Hey guys! 12? I thought you said they were 20...... lol Keeping two 12 year old captivated? As long as there is food right? They were awesome, and you guys were more than kind enough to endure my walking tour. Thank you so much and please think of me again if you ever head this way! I got a great pic with the kids there at the end, check it out on Instagram! Kind regards, Richard
Written 19 March 2019
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IvanShindev
Tampa, FL12 contributions
We had a Kyoto day tour with Richard and it was a blast! He took us to multiple places and without him it would have taken us days to find all of these amazing places, temples and shrines. He also took us to a 300+ year old samurai house for a wonderful traditional tea ceremony. He is extremely knowledgeable about the culture, the food and the sake! We finished the tour with great food and drinks, highly recommended.
Written 3 July 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you so much. I am glad you enjoyed the trip and I forgot to give you a test at the end of the tour. People who do not pass the test have to work at the Samurai House tasting sake for two days. LOL Again, thank you for choosing me.
Written 30 July 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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Amazing ZOOM Virtual tour of Kyoto's temples/shrines!
We had Richard took us through a virtual tour of Kyoto's landmarks in our Company Virtual Outing with global office
CandyTan123
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Awesome Virtual Tour with Richard!
Since pandemic, our team is unable to travel for our yearly company retreat. Hence my management decided to plan fo
RhodeIslandRose
RhodeIslandRose
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A day in Kyoto an evening is Osaka
We had such a fun time with Richard. We spent one day in Kyoto with him where we explored the city. Richard devised
homebeach
homebeach
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Fantastic day in Kyoto and Osaka
I was traveling by myself at the end of a trip to Japan and wanted to see as much as possible in the area of Kyoto
507damian
507damian
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“ Informative, fun and overall incredible experience! ”
My 28 year old daughter and I came to Japan From the US for a 6 day holiday and had many guides to choose from. Ric
Andrew-Jenis
Andrew-Jenis
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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
DM5164
DM5164
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Back a Year and reflecting
Unbelievably it's been a year since we went around Japan with Richard as our guide over 11 days. Just reflecting a
HaiT10
HaiT10
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Excellent tour
We went on a tour with Richard and had a fantastic time. We really enjoyed seeing Osaka and learning many new thing
Robbo67a
Robbo67a
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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 exploring Kyoto and Osaka
StoneMountain
StoneMountain
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A day with Richard is a great day of Japanese history, culture, food and drink
I booked a private half-day tour of Osaka with Richard knowing we would have limited time in Osaka before heading h
toddc989
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Incredible Two Days with Richard in Kyoto!
5 stars seems wholly inadequate given our last two days with a Richard. I have been on tours with private guides in
Sue W
Sue W
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Great night out sampling the street food and bars of Osaka
Richard was a great guide - lots of information about the history of the area and the history of the food we were e
tmg123Melbourne
tmg123Melbourne
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We couldn’t have had a better guide than Richard
Thanks, Richard, for a great day - lots of laughs, lots of information, lots of insights, lots of food and lots of
ozzicol
ozzicol
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When in Kyoto take his tour
Richard is an expatriate From the US so he speaks good ( US) English and Japanese. His goody biased tours are reall
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Excellent Private Tour
We spent a fascinating day with Richard touring the sacred and foodie sights of Osaka. Richard’s knowledge of Japan
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