Yumi was born and grew up in east Tokyo where people took care of each other warmly. Her father worked for JNR, Japan National Railways, for more than 50 years, which took Yumi all across Japan thanks to the family discount. This background was an ideal training for her future career as a tour guide! She majored in Chinese ancient literature and Chinese language in Waseda University & Qinhua University in Beijing. Yumi stayed in west coast of the US, and then returned to Japan to start guiding in both English & Chinese, and teaching English. Yumi set up her travel agency Kingfisher JAPAN KK in 2017 to introduce the essence of Japan through her sharp eyes. She specializes in Japanese art and literature, and is also an expert leader of walking & trekking tours. As a distinctive storyteller, Yumi will ensure that you have a wonderful time travelling during your stay in Japan.
Born and raised in rural Japan, Toshi grew up enjoying slow-paced country living and abundant activities in the mountains. However, his interests were always drawn to foreign things beyond the boundary of his known world.
In 1975 Toshi took a two-year sabbatical leave from Chuo University and travelled to Israel, Spain and Canada, throughout which he encountered life-altering events. In 1978, after graduating from university, he emigrated to Canada where he built a successful career in the jewellery industry over a thirty-year period while residing in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, until his retirement in 2013.
In 2014, Toshi embarked on a second career as a seasonal guide in Japan, traveling between Japan and his current residence in Washington, DC, USA. He spends most of his downtime contemplating and planning for his next adventures!
I was born in Osaka and now live in the suburbs of Kyoto. Before becoming a tour guide, I was an English tutor at home and helped high school students pass university entrance examinations. I was also an English instructor at universities, teaching TOEIC to college students. In my free time, I enjoy Yoga lessons, traveling, skiing and visiting historical sites in Kyoto. I am also enthusiastic about Japanese history, culture and art. I do exciting tours not only throughout the Kansai area to places such as Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe, Himeji and Koyasan, but also around Hiroshima, Miyajima, Takayama and Shirakawa-go. I like meeting people and sharing my knowledge and experience, and exchanging conversations with the guests. I am looking forward to seeing you soon!
Since my childhood, I like temples, stones of graves, and shrines. They made me comfortable, specifically Japanese green moss gardens are one of my favorite things. They are connecting me with my pastime, tea ceremony. I am an instructor of tea ceremony and enjoy together with oversea guests. On the other hand, I like nature. Walking at countryside like Kumano Kodo of pilgrimage, Asuka, Philosopher’s Path, etc. are pleasant time with guests and always your witty, unique, and gentle conversations impress me and often remember your voice and lovely expression.
I was born in Kyoto and moved to Osaka. After staying in U.K. for ten years I live in ancient capital, Nara. Through experience of living in Europe, I have recognized our beauty of Japanese scenery and inspired me to become an English-speaking guide. Would you like to find your favorite places or things in Japan? I am glad to help you!!
Born and bred in a small suburban town northeast of Kobe, Satoshi wasn't particularly interested in the history, culture and tradition of his own country. But after spending some time in the UK in his early 20s and meeting people from all over the world, his eyes were opened and he became inspired to study more about his homeland. This eventually led him to get his license as an English-speaking guide in 2011. Ever since getting to work professionally as a guide a few years ago, he's been full of passion and enthusiasm for guiding as his dream job!
Now he's been living in the ancient capital city of Kyoto for more than 10 years. He loves to collect and share interesting stories behind the scenes and take you to places off the beaten track. His friendly smile and sense of hospitality and humor will surely make you feel at home, and leave you as much in love with the history, culture, tradition and scenery of Japan as he is!
I am Eiko Kurokawa. I was born and grew up in Kumamoto in Kyushu (the third largest island of Japan), and I spent four years of my university life in Tokyo.
I have been living in Yokohama for more than 43 years. Yokohama is located next to Tokyo and also is an attractive port city.
I’m in my 60’s and I work for a public organization as a member of counseling staff for foreign residents in Yokohama, as well as being a tour guide.
I’ m interested in foreign languages and I study French once a week.
I like to watch 'kabuki', traditional Japanese drama performed by male actors and 'kyogen', which is also a traditional Japanese comic drama.
Let me help you savor your stay in Japan!
Izumi was born and grew up in Kyoto City, except for one year staying in the United States as an exchange student at a public high school. She worked as a travel agent for four years after graduating a junior college in Kyoto. Besides making reservations and planning itineraries, she enjoyed leading tours as a tour conductor.
She has been working as an English-speaking tour guide since 2006. She loves to introduce famous and beautiful places, and traditional culture such as tea ceremony in Kyoto. Moreover, she would like to invite you to her ‘secret’ less crowded paths in Kyoto. She also enjoys meeting local cats and dogs with her clients during her tours.
She loves practicing yoga, flower arrangement, and traveling to the world heritage sites around Japan.
She is getting her MA from the English Department in the spring of 2019, and will continue her research in academia, focusing on the ‘English for tour guides’, and ‘Interpreting Japanese Culture in English’.