Visual artist, Senbero lover/FreelancerYumikio SameshimaThere are 3 things that I am really into i.e art, traveling and drinking. I am a Tokyo-based artist, doing sculptures and installation art. To see my artworks, please visit my website(https://sameshimayumikio.com/). I love traveling too. I like to stay in a country for a while and see or experience the culture quite deeply. For example:Thailand which one of my favorite countries, I stayed there for 8 months and visited 50 towns(or I would rather say the villages). I could even speak Thai well then. There are some photos of my trip on my facebook(https://www.facebook.com/yumikio.sameshima). I also love to drink in small local Japanese style bars and am interested in fetish culture. I would say that I can take the fellow travellers to places they could never be able to find or get in by themselves, such as artist’s home, studios, reception parties, very tiny hidden bars and some crazy events in Tokyo. In the online plan, let's talk about anything related to art, such as the artworks, the exhibitions participated before, the studio, art circumstances in Japan, economic situation of young artists, etc. I will introduce you the life of an artist living in Tokyo.
Smiling Princess MononokeSaika MatsuzakiI am an illustrator / designer based in Tamba, a beautiful town in the countryside of Hyogo. I live in a shared house, in a traditional folk house and enjoy my life surrounded by rice fields, beautiful creeks and mountains. I’m looking forward to showing you my inspiring life here in a very local area!
Good Vibes NaturalistTKY KawaguchiHello World ! I'm a pro skier, licensed by Mountain Guide Association , and a travel surfer in Japan. I usually like to spend my time around nature and travelling all around the world . I am well aware of the identity and originality of Japan’s nature . You will find the traditional constructions and classical culture surrounded by nature ! I would like to show you how much beautiful that is ! Can't wait to catch up with you !! Let’s go explore the mesmerising nature!! In the online plan, I will show you the beautiful nature in Japan through the movies that I had filmed before. Let me show you around the mesmerising nature that only locals know of. Virtually experience the fun of outdoor activities in Japan !
Super Chilled-out Professional Tour GuideYo NemotoHi, my name is Yo !! I have a strong Aussie accent since I have lived in Sydney, Australia for a while. “Hey mate!” lol Isn’t it hard to travel here in Japan!? I know, right! Crazy trains, many rules, taboos, etc OMG! Then, call me out! I can show and teach you some basics of Japan which probably won’t get taught but if you know them, it’s gonna make the rest of your trip much easier. My profession is a tour guide, and I take a group of overseas travellers to many places in Japan. I know well aware with Japan’s culture, traditions, customs,etc. Let’s hangout together and have a chilled-out and memorable the trip! I would like to share one of my recommended local spots in Japan i.e. Izu Peninsula where I used to live. Izu Peninsula is surrounded by the beautiful nature and its atmosphere is quite different from the metro cities.
Funky Koto PlayerSachiko AhunwanI was born and brought up in Japan, married to a foreigner. I have been living for over 30 years in Yanaka.Yanaka is the coolest place, where traditional and modern Tokyo co-exist. It is a home to many artisans. The neighborhood area, Nishi Nippori is not yet a tourist attraction but a very nice place to visit. Music is my life and I enjoy playing trumpet in a Latin band.I used to play Koto (Japanese stringed musical instrument) when I was young and I will soon start playing it again as a Master of Koto. I love going to Jazz clubs for Jazz sessions. Let’s go together if you wanna play along with the Japanese musicians! I have a thing for Ukiyo-e (Japanese art) and I know Ukiyo-e master workshop in Nishi Nippori.It is not yet a tourist attraction but a very nice place to visit. You can visit the workshop and buy some art. In the online plan, I will introduce you to Japanese home cooking! I will prepare a Japanese dish and will wait :) Apart from that I will share the details of the recipe etc. Also, you might have a chance to enjoy my Koto performance. Let's enjoy chatting in a relaxed atmosphere together!
Sommelier & GoshuinStamp LoverReiko TogashiI am Sommelier and Tokyoite, who loves wine and strolling around the back alleys of Tokyo. Few of my favourite areas are around my workplace i.e. Ginza and Ueno Park where I used to stroll with my family when I was a kid. On my days off, I usually go to temples and shrines to collect the Goshuin Stamps, to wineries, Sake breweries or bar hopping around Kanto-Koshinetsu area. I would like to you to introduce you to a little different side of Tokyo’s touristy place. These can be seen through collecting Goshuin following the unusual route. Moreover, I would like to take you to the winery in Yamanashi Prefecture where I usually go for work related study. Let’s walk through the path looking for hot springs and wine. You can also have a valuable experience of wine tasting in the Japanese vineyard and unique wine culture that is different from Western grape crafting. In the online plan, I will explain through photos about the production areas where sake, wine, whiskey, and beer are made in Japan. The locations would be the ones where I had been to such as Tokyo, Yamanashi, Nagano, Kyoto, Shimane, and Kumamoto. I hope it would be a good chance to get to know the liquor-producing regions around Japan that locals know!
Lover of Regular Japanese LifeKaori NikeI was born in Kyoto and grew up around Tokyo. I studied in Victoria, Canada for about a year when I was a university student. I’ve been working in Shinjuku Skyscraper area for 9 years, and enjoy strolling around the neighborhood on weekends. My tour is located in Kichijoji, which is not really a sightseeing spot, but definitely one of the most popular towns among Japanese people for its laid-back and relaxing atmosphere. Fashionable areas like Ginza and Omotesando, or culturally unique places such as Asakusa are easily tourists’ favorites. And these areas are special and somewhat bizarre even for Japanese people. My tour highlights the regular life in Japan such as supermarkets, shopping malls, 100 Yen shops or food stalls that local people enjoy. Through walking around the town, I’d like you to explore the different kinds of charms of sightseeing spots. My tour is open to any type of travelers, including solos, couples, families or friends. You don't need to have any special interests or knowledge to join in. Of course, if you have any, don’t hesitate to ask! I'll try my best to satisfy what you want to experience.
Free-SpiritedFoodie & DrinkerYukino MikamiI am interested in a lot of things so I can suggest a wide range plans depending on guest's likes and wishes. I love eating and drinking. I enjoy cheap & tasty local bar-hopping at least 2 to 3 times a week, rarely it continues to the next day. I choose my drinks depending on the dish.The people around me say that my stomach is a ‘black hole’, so do not worry if you are a big eater! I often go to traditional and provincial restaurants. In addition to the above mentioned, I also have a keen interest in music, art, history, movies, comics, etc… Feel free to contact me for your wonderful stay!
Le Japon en français !Toshi WatanabeGrand passionné de musique et de salsa, je peux vous emmener écouter ou jouer de la musique et aller danser ou prendre des cours de salsa On2 ou Bachata. Étant également guide professionnel, je saurai vous guider dans tout le Japon et vous faire découvrir la gastronomie, la culture, la tradition japonaises. I'm a French-Japanese guy who loves music, salsa, traveling and meeting people. I'll be glad if I can make you love Japan and make you come again for a deeper experience. Also, life is full of discovery so I'll be happy to discover your world and share our knowledge.
A Taiwanese girl who loves Japan and modern art.YuTing LinI am from Taipei, Taiwan, currently residing in Tokyo, Japan.I working in a travel agency in Japan that assists tourists from all over the world. I have many hobbies and interests such as traveling, art and chilling out in some fancy cafe and so on. If I’m asked to recommend a good spot in Japan,I would always suggest "Omohara". Omo stands for Omotesando and Hara for Harajuku areas. This area is known as a hub for new fashion trends and contemporary Japanese culture among the youngsters. We call it, “Japanese kawaii culture”. Moreover, there are so many famous architectures and galleries around this area. If you would like to explore the traditional activities, there are few temples and museums.In this area, one can have various kinds of experiences. I can assure you that once you visit “Omohara”, you’re gonna fall in love with it.
Exciting, Friendly & Valuable ToursMizuho SatoI'm keen on Japanese culture and history. Especially,the Buddhist temples and Buddha statues. Our history is deeply connected to Buddhism.Buddhism is quite different here than in other countries like Thailand. Japan is proud of making a new culture that allows Japanese to mix up well with one another. So our ancestors have produced unique culture, habits and customs by themselves.I will be happy to share all my knowledge about it in details by showing you around the places related to it. Anyway, my other job is to make guide books and some media services for foreign travellers. I am well aware of travelling spots of Japan. In the online plan, I will introduce you to the different types of Buddhism in Japan its history and difference of the sect. At last, we will try "Zazen" which means Sitting-Meditation in Japanese.
Tokyo Urban AlpinistTomaki MaedaWhile working in advertising and digital marketing, I am engaged in creative activities as my hobbies. After studying fine arts at the University of Nevada-Reno, I got my first job as a photographer in advertising at some jewelry shop in Los Angeles. Currently, I am working as a project manager at an advertising agency in Tokyo. Since I am into blogging as well, I travelled to Canada, New Zealand, Czech Republic and South Korea as a travel blogger. In the online plan, you will learn about "Nakagin Capusule Tower" the most popular example of Japanese Metabolism along with other various architectures of Ginza. Looking forward to showing you around Tokyo as a GuruGuru Guide.
Traveller & Cat LoverKaori SuzukiI have been a director of television programs for 13 years and I have produced a variety of programs such as information, news, documentaries and travel. I love interacting with local people and shops rather than visiting the tourist attractions. So. I think experiencing the local life is worth it all. On my journey, I get a glimpse of the life of the town before I reach my destination. I want to enjoy the detour. I would recommend visiting “Neko (Cat) Cafe” and I will also show you the spots where one may meet cute Japanese cats. In the online tour, I will introduce you the surprising spots in Japan where one may find a clowder of cats and “Neko Cafe”. Let's virtually travel together to the unique spots where you can meet Japanese cats!
Anime Dance/Shoyu Factory GEEKAyaka MinamiI'll introduce the world of Japanese Shoyu (soy sauce) and the legendary ANIME DANCE! I am an OTAKU from NARA and a marketer of Japanese games. My second job is promoting products made by Japanese traditional craftsmen. You can choose your experience from the following: Guide about Katakami Shoyu, a traditional Shoyu factory online. If you are lucky, Shoyu-craftsmen will join us and introduce their factory and history. They have not slept for two nights to control delicate taste of shoyu by brewing KOUJI.( I planned a night tour to stay the night together in the factory. ) I will show you the videos and the pictures of the factory and introduce its history and their unique way to brew Shoyu. Additionally, I will introduce various kinds of Shoyu and tell the best one that matches with your favorite food. If you like Japanese ANIME or OTAKU culture, you can experience legendary ANIME DANCE! Also, I’ll recommend you ANIME which suits your favor. I will teach a dance of “HARE HARE YUKAI” from “Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya”, a legendary ANIME. When the first series was broadcasted, almost all people in Akihabara had danced together at the same time and at the same place. There was a voluntary project to dance “HARE HARE YUKAI” all together at Comic Market in 2020. So, you can experience the OTAKU culture and your Japanese friends will take their hats off to you.
IKEBUKURO GEEKKeiko AkaishiWhile traveling and running my travel blog about Japan, I realized that my hometown：IKEBUKURO is awesome(￣▽+￣*) 【Blog】https://i-love-japan.info 【Facebook】https://www.facebook.com/Japansightseeingspot/ ...Ikebukuro has the power to create a new culture. It was once the site of “atelier mura” (atelier villages), also known as “Ikebukuro Montparnasse,” where artists gathered. The manga artist, Osamu Tezuka of Astro Boy once resided in the wooden apartment called Tokiwa-so. There are shrines, temples, and battlefields. So Ikebukuro is recommended for those who are interested in history. I look forward to showing you the charms of Ikebukuro. 【Instagram】https://www.instagram.com/ikebukuro_geek/?hl=ja
Active Outdoor Nature-loving CoupleNick and Aya ColaccinoHey! We are a young and active, easy-going couple, living in Shiga, Japan. While we may lack the bars, clubs, crowded streets, and smog of its neighbor, Kyoto, we make up for it with abundant nature, rich history, and Japan's biggest lake, Lake Biwa! A little about us... Aya, is a Japanese native, born and raised in Shiga. Nick is originally from Michigan (of similar lake fame) who has a degree in Japanese history. We met on the beach of Lake Biwa, went snowboarding a couple of times, climbed some boulders and mountains, went diving throughout the Pacific, safari-ed in South Africa, and the rest is history! We can't wait to show you this wonderful prefecture! Having grown up in Shiga, Aya can show you how the locals do! She has been around the world and lived in France. She loves to laugh with and learn from new friends! Nick has climbed most of the mountains in the prefecture and has a deep knowledge of the region's history. He loves nothing more than to discuss history and philosophy while on the trail and continue the conversation over a good brew! Whether you like hiking, camping, drinking, art, music, history, or dining, we are will show you a good time!
Timid Gamer in Hiratsuka-cityMasahiko TakeharaHello!! I'm Masahiko Takehara. My first name is the same as Masahiko Kondou, a famous singer in Japan. His nickname is Match. So please call me Match too. I was born and raised in Osaka. That’s why I can teach you some Kansai dialect words. I love Japanese games. I love visiting and enjoying an amusement arcade but I feel embarrassed going alone there. How about visiting it with me? By the way, I’m a chemical engineer and my major was developing NOx reduction catalysts. If you want, let’s talk about it! In the online plan, I will introduce you the Star Festival known as "Tanabata" in Hiratsuka-city along with some popular street food that you can find during the festival. Also, I will show you how to make Tanabata decorations by Origami. If you can prepare some Origami or square papers, let's make it together!
Food Master in HOKKAIDOHaruka TakashimaI love cooking and I’m working at a food manufacturing company in Hokkaido! I also love nature and travel! So I can show you around the beautiful scenery and make you try the delicious local cuisine of Hokkaido. My English is not that good but I would like to converse in English with you!
HOKKAIDO Landscape Hunter with DroneYasuhiro & ShinobuWe are founders of Share No.1 in Hokkaido. It is a travel magazine and we are also its editor and photographer. It almost covers all the areas of Hokkaido for around 70,000 km. There is hardly any place in Hokkaido taht we don’t know of. We will take you around picturesque scenery spots (based on the direction of sun and seasons) only known to the photographers. Honeymooners and travellers should feel safe since we are “The Guide Couple”!! :) Upto people can ride in our car. As we are used to the snowy roads, you may sit in the back, relax and enjoy your time with us. Check out our youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqVpkCVUMwSNW2XQZbSrAhQ?view_as=subscriber
Delighted Anime & History GeekHIRODo you like Anime? Are you interested in Japanese culture? Choose me! I was born and brought up in Tokyo. I have lived in Tokyo for here for over 20 years, and also lived in Wales for about 7 years. I believe, Tokyo, is a very unique place with the good combination of new culture and old traditions, and I love both of them, of course! I’m a big fan of Anime, few of my favorites are: Kimetsuno Yaiba, My Hero Academia, ONEPIECE, Sailor moon, Uta no Prince Sama, Love Live! … and more. Some anime stories are based in Tokyo, so shall we dive into the Anime scene in the real world. Besides anime, I love our history and old traditions. Japanese history is very different from European’s so, foreigners might find it a bit complex. However, it’s very interesting. I have visited over 300 shrines and temples. So how about we visit those places together to experience a bit of Japanese history and culture? Let’s make your stay fascinating one!
Music, Movie and Travel LoverErika MurakamiFriendly greetings! I find myself as a traveller too, that's why I want to be your guide. Sometimes I get stuck in the middle of the road on my trip due to lack of information, so I hope you’ll get a good guide=informant when you visit Japan. I’m sure that this web site should be the best place to find one. As a retired musician or Sunday DJ, I got chances to meet different people from abroad as well as a bit of DJing in Latin music. I also listen to other kinds of music, too. So I’m waiting for the day to launch a record or musical gear store shop hopping tour someday. My other hobbies are: watching movies, checking out digital devices etc... Let me know if you need information on places from your favourite movies or dramas. In my online plan, you will experience how people live in a town called Shiki, the ordinary Bedroom Suburb of Tokyo. I will show you some pics and videos referring to the town festivities and the proud local mascot (yuru-chara) named “Kapal” or the unique miniature Mt Fuji and its worshipping.
A Happy Hidden Bar HopperEiichi KikuchiI was born and raised in Kyoto. I have lived in Akita, Tokyo, U.K., Luxembourg, Singapore, Hong Kong and China.. I have learnta lot during my stay in overseas. I realised that Japan has a unique culture and has a lot of good points. I would like to introduce these good points to the inbound tourists. I like Japanese food and Sake(rice wine). It’s healthy, delicious with a beautiful representation. I would like to take you to a Japanese standing bar restaurant (Tachinomi Bar) in order to communicate with the common Japanese people and to understand Japanese culture and history through Japanese cuisine,foods and Japanese sake and Japanese Life.
BBQ Photographer telling about his dreamsNaoki MizokuchiHello guys!! I am a photographer who loves barbecue. I live in a small house in Kyoto with my wife and daughter. During the holidays, I go to places surrounded by nature with my family to enjoy camping and have a barbecue. The ingredients we use to barbecue are carefully made by Japanese farmers. It is a luxurious time to eat while enjoying the feel of the earth, wind and the sound of the flowing river. I like setting up the bonfire when it gets chilly. People are said to speak more honestly when surrounded by a bonfire. Let us sit around the bonfire and share our experiences. I usually take the photos as a reminder of that irreplaceable time. In addition, I have worked as a location photographer at a kimono shop for three years. Please contact me if you are interested as I can arrange a photoshoot for you in a few of my favourite shooting spots in Kyoto.. Let's enjoy our time together!
“Difference” Seeker Wander for Pictures & FoodsAlinaI grew up in Hong Kong, Japan, and the US, and currently working in Tokyo as a project manager. While working at an IT company, I also study for entering graduate school to become a psychiatrist. From the experience of living in diverse countries, I totally fell in love with cultural difference. I often go on trip to feel that “difference” and try to behave like the locals. And now on every trip, authentic food is my must-try, and camera has always been my travel buddy. Because I’m a foodie person and a chilled photographer, I’d love to take you to some hidden and nice spots for delicious foods and great pictures. I used to be a tourist just like you, so I’m sure we can find something that you are interested in. All travelers and adventurers are welcome to join! No worries, it won’t be dangerous ;)
Tsukiji local takes you around Tokyo downtownMiku InakazuHi! I am Japanese woman and I love nice food, cafe, arts and books. I live in central Tokyo, which is very close to Tsukiji and Ginza, and I can offer you really local experience such as tasty and affordable food tour and take you to pretty cool themed cafes.
Active, heart warming, foodie & photography loverKazuyo HiranoI’m an ambitious Japanese who was born in Fukuoka which is famous for its utterly delicious good seafood. In return for my guide, you will learn about Japanese traditions and culture, which seems to be quite different from other countries. If you visit Fukuoka, you won’t get time to sleep as I would be taking you on local food tours, Dazaifu Temple and introduce you to the most famous local speciality rice cake with azuki (red bean) filling. I’m currently living in central Tokyo near Shibuya, I would love to take you on local food tour, the best spots for photos.Tour Plans around Tokyo: ・Shibuya→Meiji Shrine→Ginza for shopping and tea→Shinjuku for drink→Come back to Shibuya for more drink Or, ・If you like nature and traditions we may go to Kamakura and visit temples and enjoy the beaches and have Soba noodles. Since I am flexible, I can also prepare the tour as per your wishes.
Local of Nara and a huge fan of Nara’s deer.Ran KasaiI'm a local of Nara. I had over 1,000 guests from all over the world before. Nara is a historical and amazing old city and has a lot of stories to tell about. I’ll help you discover new things, places and experiences. About 1300 wild deer live in Nara Park. Deer are said to be the messengers of God and roam freely. I’m also a member of Nara deer preservation foundation. Walk through Nara Park, we have a lot of chances to meet wild deer. Once you buy a deer some crackers, you will be surrounded by a lot of deer and deer will start following you. You will lose all the cracker in no time. I will teach the proper way of feeding deer which usually, the tourists don’t know. When you follow my advice, deer bows its head and then eat crackers from your hand. It would be a fantastic experience.
Finding Finland in TokyoHanako KitamuraMy name is Hanako. I am Japanese living in Tokyo. I am a body therapist. I love dancing, swimming, eating, watching baseball animes and reading manga. I am a very peaceful and active woman. Do you think I am contradictory? Maybe yes, but everyone tells me that I look very peaceful and quiet, but actually very active! Anyway you will understand what they meant when you will meet me!! I can give you three types of fun experiences in Tokyo. 1) I would like to take you to Tokyo Dome for a baseball match. You can enjoy the game and the exciting atmosphere. 2) You can watch Japanese dancing festival which is called "Yosakoi". I once belonged to Yosakoi club, so I can take you to this fun and moving dancing festival. If the situation permits, you can see dancers' practice. 3) Are you Finnish? And are you interested in how your country is featured in Japan? If "Yes", then just follow me! I know a lot of places which are related to Finland. I "was" an anime-otaku. Actually, now I am too busy to watch anime and read manga, so please tell me your favorites! I’m curious to find out the common favourites among anime or manga!
Love talking and active convention directorNatsumi SuzukiHi all travelers! I’m Natsumi who is working as a freelance convention Director. Organizing medical conferences, Iinternational conferences. I often travel to other cities for business trips. I love to talk with people from all over the world, so sometimes, I work as a cycling tour guide in Tokyo. Fortunately, I got all 5 stars review so far! I can share tips about the best drinks, drinking places, night spots, sightseeing spots, cultural activities and so on. It would be great if you want to customize your own plan and would love to help and customize it for you:) If you want to try on the Japanese traditional dress “Kimono”, I can help you with that. I like to go see musical and theater, like “Lion”, “A star is born”, and “Burlesque”. If you want to see traditional Japanese theater, I will take you to the KABUKI-za Theater! I have spent a year and a half in Australia gaining experiences and exchanging cultures with the people. There I worked on a cruise ship and a local cafe. Please feel free to ask anything! Let’s spend happy and crazy time together!
Shibuya-based student and Art & Culture loverMinori KuboHi! I am Minori. I am 20 years old and currently studying art, western painting, at a university in Tokyo.One of my favourite hobbies is to visit art museums around Tokyo. Also, I like eating delicious food, singing in karaoke, sketching. I work part time at a cafe and meet foreign customers almost every day. Whenever I used to see tourists from other countries, I wanted them to know more about Japan and have fun. So I decided to become a guide. I'm thinking of using the train to go around many fun spots with you. (Because I like using trains) I wish you would have a great experience! :D
Tottori Wanderer with my backpack and cameraAyako Tadahira SheppardHi, I’m Aya Sheppard. I had lived in the U.S. and Canada for 13 years and currently living in Tottori, where is the least populated prefecture in Japan. It is in the countryside of western Japan but filled with beautiful nature (Tottori Sand Dunes, the biggest dune in Japan), warm people, and unique experiences due to the recent revitalization movement. It is a part of Chugoku area in western Japan. Chugoku area is known for and filled with Japanese myths and legends. Also, there are A LOT of shrines, temples, and onsen/hot springs here. If you want to have a unique Japanese experience, get in touch with me! I am passionate about traveling, hiking, photography, and Otaku culture. There are many great hiking courses in western Japan but maps and directions are usually in Japanese only. So let me help you with hiking and I can be your translator too.I, literally carry the camera everywhere. Join me on a photo-shooting spree! I am also in love with Otaku culture. Let’s talk about games, animation, comics and visit all those places those are related to them. See you in Japan!
Photographer, Fashionista, animal lover and Travel Freak in JAPAN!Yurika NakaiHi! I am Yurika. I will show you around five wonderful cities namely, Yokohama, Enoshima, Kamakura, Yokosuka and Minatomirai. The theme of my guide plan is mostly about enjoying while learning about Japan. My goal is to make the fellow travellers my friends! My guide is a little bit different from the other conventional guides. My guide plans are full of entertainment and the key element is related to one’s hobbies. Few of my interests are: Disney, Perfume, J-POP band, ONE PIECE (Japanese famous comic) and Photography. I have put the above in my guide plans. Please check out my guide plans at least once! My plans are rich in variety, so you may find your favorite one,maybe! Let's have fun and playful time in Japan with me!
Spanish speaking guide takes you around West Kobe.Aya TakeuchiI'm a Japanese and the certified Spanish speaking guide. I can guide you in Spanish, English, a little bit of portuguese and of course, in Japanese! I live in Kobe, west of Japan. I love traveling, singing and eating. I can take you to the unknown and instagrammable Kobe like Akashi Kaikyo Bridge or Akashi Castle etc. You can also eat local food and sing Karaoke, if you’d like to try! If you're in the west of Japan, love of singing ( doesn’t matter if you're a good singer or not!) and want to go somewhere different, don't look any further! Come and join me on this tour and have an unforgettable journey.
Lazy Dancer who loves Art and FoodMariko KakizakiI’m a dancer who works abroad.Everytime I visit my home country, Japan, it feels like a new country altogether.It’s quite fascinating that it never ceases to amaze me.Both “traditional countryside slow life of Japan” and “fast speed avangard madness in japan” are BEAUTY to me. My friends call me as easy going,laid back,chilled person.I love laziness in me.I love doing nothing or taking time to do something. Because it creates space to absorb the world. Are you one of those “lazy” traveller who wants to discover the world on your own speed?Let’s absorb this moment together.
Nature, Sports Activities and Hokkaido Lover!Daichi KatoMy favorite place is Hokkaido. There is a lot of nature, delicious food and great encounters with many people. Since the population is quite less in Hokkaido, you can go to places as it’s usually less crowded, it will be more than a regular tour and it’ll be quite flexible. I am a traveler who continues to travel now. I have travelled most of Japan by now, so I have quite deep knowledge about it as a traveller and can guide you through my travel experiences. I can speak a little English, but I can get along with anyone right away！
Weather-Wise & Well Acquainted with Hidden Nature & Local LifeTakuro KonoI live in Nagano which is surrounded by mountains, rich in nature and where traditional rural culture is still alive.I love Japanese culture and rural life! I enjoy being around nature, for example, fishing in clear rivers, climbing mountains, camping, bathing in hot springs and so on. There are so many traditional architectures where one can feel the harmony with nature. Naraijuku on Nakasendo is the best example of it. I'm a backpacker and in love to explore the food around the world, so I can assist you in new Japanese foods. For example, you can try the local gibier like deer’s meat or experience the insect eating culture in Ina valley. I’m weather wise because I used to work as a weather forecaster and, as a mountaineering instructor. So, I can assist you as a professional to have the insight on fascinating nature of Japan.
Reasonable Cyclist & Alcohol LoverHayato YamauraI’m a Japanese who loves communicating with people from different backgrounds. I also love traveling international and domestic areas. In Tokyo, I like to go around by bicycle. I even rode till Haneda Airport by bicycle.I can recommend the areas around Odaiba for cycling. I also like to travel by using train pass around Tokyo. I can recommend all the interesting spots for sightseeing at many stations. I can plan low cost, high performance tour plan. One more important point about me, I love drinking. I become funnier when I drink.
Happy & Music-Art ManiacMisa NishimuraI am also good at travel plans in Kansai. Let's go see a lot of old Japanese traditional beautiful Japanese things in Kyoto. It is also recommended that you eat a lot of cheap and delicious food in nearby Nara or Osaka, and sit on a lucky chair in Kitano's Ijinkan in Kobe. I love to eat delicious things. From clean and stylish cafes to traditional, historic luxury stores, we will help create a truly enjoyable trip to Japan in response to various requests.
Adventurer “Noritetsu”（railway OTAKU）Saori OkaI am very flexible and friendly person. I think I have 10 faces as I can be your best friend, tour guide, a teacher of Japanese culture and language, etc. I think it’s my talent to fit into all these roles. All I can dream about is to spread the charms of Japan, doing interpretation, guiding, taking photos, traveling with my husband and share all this with the world the SNS. I really love traveling, People always support me during my adventure. To repay their kindness, I want to create a platform for international communication for travelers and local people, something like a guesthouse. Since working holiday visa has changed my life, I would like the fellow young Japanese people to go abroad and explore to their best. I would do anything to achieve this goal of mine.
Cityboy/Food Instagrammer who loves drinkingMukyoku ChoHey My name is CHO, Chinese born and raised in Tokyo. Studied in Seattle/Honolulu for 4 years. I love communicating with people and learn the culture from different backgrounds. I am food instagrammer, and love eating and drinking(not too heavily though, lol!!). I know a lot of restaurants, especially in Shibuya area. I've spent years in foreign countries that helped me discover different cultures. Whenever I visit a country, what I expect is , THEIR LOCAL TASTE. There are so many restaurants for foreigners which is good but not enough. Since I'm based in Tokyo, I want all the travelers to experience the real Japanese tastes, and drinks that will allow you to take a piece of the real experience back to your country. Let’s have fun in Tokyo and be good friends. I might visit your country one day too!
IZAKAYA Lover / Japanese Teacher in OsakaYuko SakaguchiHello I'm Yuko! I was born and raised in Osaka, 100% native Osakan;-) And, I love my hometown so this is why I started being a local guide in Osaka. Osaka is such a perfect city to enjoy sightseeing, shopping, food and drinking! I've been the local guide for almost 2 years now, and I've interacted with amazing people from all over the world. I'm happy to share Osaka’s soul food and hidden spots with my lovely guests and happy to teach them 'survival Japanese'! I really enjoy watching my guests having a fun conversation with local shop staff in Japanese during my tour. I've got this walking tour & language lesson mixed idea after my solo trip to Mexico. I didn’t know any Spanish words except for ’baño’ (it means bathroom, and this word helped me a lot during the whole trip!), and I felt like that if I knew a few more Spanish words and sentences I could have enjoyed my trip in Mexico more. I wanted to communicate with locals more. That is where the thought came to my mind, “it must be the same for tourists in Japan.”. If they know a little bit of Japanese, they can enjoy more local places and they can feel real Japanese culture even more. So, my mission is to make overseas tourists more confident speaking in Japanese and assist them in discovering more local things and real Japan. In online tour, I’ll introduce you to Japanese drinking culture first and then we’ll go to a virtual IZAKAYA together! You can practice basic Japanese at the same time. It will be very useful for your trip to Japan in near future.
Japanese Wabi-Sabi and Shibui EngineerTakaomi MurasakiI'm a freelance engineer who loves traditional Japanese "Wabi-Sabi"". My job as an engineer is to create services such as smartphone apps like GuruGuru Guide.I’m in love with Japan and the Japanese way of life. I love Japanese gardens, and the beauty of "Kenrokuen in Kanazawa," "Korakuen in Okayama," and "Kairakuen in Mito," also known as the Three National Gardens of Japan, is astonishing. Even in the big city, Tokyo, there are many Japanese gardens where you can enjoy Wabi*Sabi such as "Rikugien in Bunkyo-ku", "Hamarikyu Garden in Chuo-ku" and "Kiyozumi Garden in Koto-ku". I also love the old streets of Japan, and enjoy interacting with people in old town shopping districts, public baths, eating and drinking Japanese gourmet food. In my guide, I’ll introduce you to Wabi-Sabi (Japanese philosophy for a perfectly imperfect world), Japanese gardens, sightseeing of downtown areas, public paths and Japanese traditions. So, let’s tour together!
A Happy Writer & Bartender!Misa YamashitaI am a freelancer and “one day bartender” of a social bar in Tokyo. I love meeting people at the bar. I studied in Brazil for a year when I was a university student. I love exchanging cultures and knowing the world that I never saw.I work in Nagano and Tokyo. I can take you to both the places. You can see many aspects of Japan. Let’s explore Japan with me!
Work Hard & Travel Harder : A NomadNatsumi KogureHi, I’m a freelance nomad writer, currently based in Chiba, just next to Tokyo! Since I’ve travelled to 32 countries and lived in Paris for a year, my motto became WORK HARD & TRAVEL HARDER. I’m passionate about adventurous trips such as backpacking and hitchhiking. In Japan, I hitchhiked from Hokkaido in the north to Kyushu in the south. What I value in my trips is the encounters with the locals and other travellers from all over the world. In my tour, I will connect you and the locals, and make your travel even more special! I also like to walk around the town and chill at some of my favorite cozy cafes around Tokyo. Now you know that I could be a flexible guide for various types of tours :) If you need a travel concierge, I’m the right choice for you! I have worked as a concierge in a train company for foreign tourists so I can help you to organize your trip especially with Japan Rail Pass. Let’s explore some hidden spots in Japan together and enjoy new encounters with the locals!
Local Nagano community fun guide & photographerKazuki TatsumiIn my early 20s, I started with my life in the countryside. I gathered people around while running the "guesthouses" and "share houses" in the old houses over 100 years old !!! I bet you haven’t met someone like me before! I am a general creator who struggles in both the countryside and the city. Beauty is present everywhere in Japan. You’ll find the scenery beautiful from all the angles.
Art Lover&FoodieYoko NegamiI'm Japanese,love art,nature and communicating with people from different backgrounds! My favorite place in Japan is Kanazawa and I totally recommend you the local food there and "KOGEI" Japanese crafts by the local artisans. I'm running a private "creator-in-residence" program myself for the creative professionals from all over thw workd with no ristriction of genres. So I'm glad to take you to some nice&hideen art spots according to your liking. ALL CREATIVES from any fields are welcomed to join my travel plans!
Lazy, Nature Lover with her Shiba DogSaika SekineHow do you have images about Japan?You wii be able to go to shopping in Harajuku,Shibuya but I recommend Japanese nature.For example,waterfalls.Because it’s soooo beautiful air,water and sound.And you can feel seasons. Dai is a Japanese dog.He is a moody dog.He likes moving insects and doesn’t like hug. We are looking forward to meet you:) What is your image of Japan? You might enjoy the shopping in Harajuku and Shibuya but my recommendation would be to enjoy the nature while you’re here. For example: Waterfalls!! Surrounded by nature, it’s so beautiful, the air is cleaner, the water is clearer and the soothing sound of the falling water. You can enjoy all four seasons at one place. I have a dog named Dai. He is very moody, likes to play with the insects and hates hugs. We both are looking forward to see you!!
Eat, Tokyo Culture Full Blast!Yukiko TakiguchiI’m an ‘ideal’ Japanese in every sense. I know Budo (Aikido), Kado and Sado. Also, I have up-to-date Japanese backgrounds, love anime & manga, like DIY stuff such as cooking, etc.I am a tech-geek, have knowledge about subculture stuff like art, music and the spots for both day and night. I just love Tokyo. Tokyo is pretty huge city and has everything. People here are polite with good manners. The more you explore it, the more you’ll discover! I'll be more than happy to help you with your expeditions. On the other hand, I also like hiking, trekking, sailing, horseback riding. You’re gonna enjoy it a lot with me.
Shrines/Temples connector＆photographerTakashi MurataThere are many shrines and temples in Japan. So by praying you will be able to deliver your wishes. I will tell you about the formal worship methods and history. And, I will capture your wonderful moments with my camera! I am not good at speaking English. I love to travel and have been to in different countries. By local people’s guidance,I was introduced to the wonderful places.This time, as a local I will introduce you to the incredible Japan. I hope we’ll be able to enjoy the communication using translation machines etc. You can also learn simple Japanese ^ ^ Let's have a fun trip!!
Travel Writer & Photography Lover!!Yuka KakamiI am a freelancer from Gifu. I love food, taking photos, making friends with foreigners and chatting with them. I have worked as a travel writer and photographer for more than 10 years and later, as an editor at a travel publishing company. I am well aware of the best scenic spots of Japan and the best places to eat. I’ll take insta worthy photos of you at the best spots using my professional camera. Since I am a local of Gifu, I’ll show you around the uniqueness of Gifu.
Musician & Dancer (Rhythm Tap)Jun YokotaI'm a Japanese, currently residing in Chiba, is located east of Tokyo. I Love various kinds of world Music and Rhythm Tap. My husband is a jazz piano player, and my sons play guitar and drums. I love traveling around the world, visiting local jazz club to join jam sessions on tap.I would love to introduce you to some old towns, local street food and local restaurants in Chiba. Also, to communicate over music together! Let’s go to the local club (Jazz,blues,funk・・), join jam sessions together (sometimes with my family without extra charge, of course!). If you are interested in Japanese instruments such as Japanese drum, Shamisen,etc,.. I can make arrangements to meet the musician,listen to the Japanese music, have an experience of playing Japanese instrument, etc. Join a jam session with Japanese instrument player if you bring your instrument!!
Alcohol & Photography Lover!!Yuta MukoI’m crazy about drinking alcohol after work and on day off. I recommend Asakusa and Shinjuku inTokyo. There are famous bars for drinking where you can drink even from early morning. I’m a professional photographer in Japan, Korea and America (Hawaii). You can check out my work on my instagram:)
Bike lover and step deeper writerTell-Kaz, DAMBALAHello!! I am a non-fiction author and published four books of mine. At the same time, I’m also working as an Uber Eats driver by bike since Nov 2017. Since, I got to know about lots of good points via Uber work, I will guide you through the unseen Tokyo. As Tokyo is huge, one can't complete their trip in just a week. I recommend this tour as one of the ways to watch around the uniqueness of this amazing city. South part of Tokyo has some canals and rivers which run through historic points and modern areas. Mainly I'll take you there. You will explore the two sides of Tokyo. I would love to see your pleased smile after participating. Thank you!!
Adventurous Travel Buff with a Happy face:)Kanako UrakawaI’m a Japanese woman who loves traveling! I love experiencing new things! One of my favourite memories is hitchhiking alone in Hawaii. I always wondered why many tourists just go to the famous places, take pictures and go back to their countries without talking to the local people or seeing their real life. So I decided to interact with the locals whenever I travel.In Japan, I take the travelers to the places that I usually like to go, so they can truly understand about this country. I can offer you a tour that you’ve never read about in the guidebooks.
Explorer of the funny things!Miyuki ChibaI'm a mother of two.My friends often say that I’m optimistic and I relax them. I love strolling around the residential and backstreet areas while observing the locals around me. Looking for the strange things around the neighbourhood fascinates me a lot. Sometimes I come across a house that looks like someone’s face. Sometimes I find a funny looking vending machine. I find these strange looking things quite fascinating. It is a way that brings up a smile on my face and cheers me up. My favorite places are Tokyo and Chiba. Chiba is a neighbouring city of Tokyo where the Tokyo Disneyland and Disneysea are situated at.. Tokyo is really an interesting place to visit which is not only modern but also has a taste of Edo culture in it. My guided tour is not a nerdy historical tour but is a fun one. I will show you around the unexplored and the best places around. While in Chiba, which is quite close to the capital city, Tokyo,we may go around the local lines,enjoy nature and interact with the locals. So?! How about discovering the old Edo culture, the life of a localite and the strange funny things with me?
Storyteller & History Buff!Mari IsonoSince you have finally made it to Japan, I wouldn’t let you get the wrong impression of it! I am not that good at English but I know quite a lot about Japanese History & Culture. Especially “Kamakura Period" which is also known as “Kamakura Shogunate” (the kingdom of Samurai). I am the best person to come to if you have an interest in the origin of Samurai. I open heartedly welcome those who are learning Japanese. I would love to learn about your country and language too. To satisfy your desire for knowledge and curiosity, I will prepare a brochure for you. You may also hold and take pictures with the Kimono-clad Duffy the Disney Bear.
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