Hello, My name is Richard ‘Hawk’ Hawkins Holomua.
I first lived in Japan from 1983 ~ 1999. I have recently returned after 5 years at the Grand Canyon and 12 years in Hawaii as a professional Interpretive Tour Guide. I have been studying Buddhism for almost 35 years.
There are over 77,000 temples and over 81,000 shrines in Japan that are registered with the Agency for Cultural Affairs. Temples stem from Buddhism being brought to Japan around 500CE and Shrines stem from the over 2,000 year-old history of Japan itself and each Shrine houses a different God or Goddess.
I have extensive knowledge of both. I have complied a few tours here that I am sure you will find both noteworthy and fascinating. I cover Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Osaka, Wakayama and Shikoku, more or less the Kansai region. To give you an idea, Kyoto has over 1,600 Temples and over 650 Shrines alone… whew!
As time will not allow you to visit them all, choose from my list or tell me what you are interested in and I will put together an itinerary for you.
I never take more than eight (08) people a time on any given tour. If you have a group of four (04) or more, I will make it a PRIVATE tour for you.
Call or email me with any questions you may have.