Guided Tours

 Are you looking for an English speaking tour guide in Japan?

Whether you are organizing a tour for school groups or planning a family vacation in Japan, you’ll benefit from working with a seasoned local guide who helps you get the most out of your trip. You’ll enjoy discovering the insightful tastes of Japan — its history, food and culture. Besides pre-designed itineraries, I will tailor-make a tour to suit your group’s needs and interests.  Contact me if you are planning a trip to Japan, especially the Kansai region (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Wakayama) or Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Guided tours in Tokyo and other regions in Japan are also available. See PRICE LIST FOR TOUR GUIDING SERVICES.

crane while  Tour itinerary sample 1:  EXPLORE HISTORY & CUSTOMS

1~4 days
Visits to historic sites, Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in Kyoto, Nara and Tokyo.

Kyoto
Asakusa Sensoji Temple (Tokyo)
Fushimi Inari Shrine (Kyoto)
crane while  Tour itinerary sample 2:  HISTORY & PEACE EDUCATION TOUR

2~4 days. Visit to Hiroshima:  The Peace Memorial Museum and Park, meeting atomic bomb survivors and one night in Miyajima Island. (Note: meeting arrangements with atomic bomb survivors are for group visitors only).

HiroshimaadomeMiyajima
Peace Memorial Park               Atomic Bomb Dome                 Miyajima Island

<Highlights of my guided tours to Japan>

crane whileEducators’ Study Tour to Japan (1999-2015), sponsored by Japan Society, NY

Comments from past study tour participants:

— Kazuko was an absolute AMAZING tour guide and interpreter for my 3 ½ week teacher tour to Japan! Her knowledge and expertise along with her warm personality, high motivation and organization allowed us to experience the country at its truest authenticity. My most memorable experience of Japan was when Kazuko interpreted a hibakusha’s (atomic bomb survivor) memory while touring Hiroshima’s Peace Park. Being in Hiroshima and hearing the survivor’s story was one of the most poignant moments of my life.  This profound experience has changed my teaching style as I deem it important to have all my students hear his personal story. This opportunity has changed my view towards humanity in a more positive and peaceful perspective and that we have the power to never repeat such atrocities like nuclear war ever again. I will be forever grateful for having the opportunity to travel to Japan and feel my positive experience was largely because we had Kazuko’s wisdom and guidance as our tour guide. — Sara Lea, High School Social Studies Teacher – Colorado, U.S.A.

— In the summer of 2010 I, along with nine other American teachers, was selected to participate in Japan Society’s Educator’s Tour of Japan. Ms. Kazuko Minamoto, the then Deputy Director of Education, was our our guide. We visited Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Nagoya, and the island of Miyajima as well as home stays in Obu in Aichi and the farming community of Arida, Wakayama. Ms. Minamoto was outstanding. She is professional, friendly, and most of all very caring. She was always willing to go the “extra mile” to insure that our trip would be memorable. Thanks to her this was the most wonderful experience of my teaching career. Frankly, these words do not do her justice. I hope that someday you will have the opportunity to have your horizons broadened by having Ms. Minamoto as your tour guide.  —  Thomas Murphy, High School History Teacher – New Jersey, U.S.A.

crane whileFirst Visit to Hiroshima & Nagasaki by President Truman’s Grandson (2012)
Watch a clip from “Clifton Truman Daniel in Hiroshima” aired on C-SPAN American History Channel.  December 4, 2012
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— My family and I visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 2012. It was a sensitive trip, given that my grandfather, Harry S. Truman, ordered the nuclear attacks on those cities in 1945. Kazuko was not only our guide, but advocate as well, making sure that we and our hosts understood not only each other, but also the cultural and historical nuances of our mission. Her day-to-day guidance was so good that when my son and I returned the following year, we were very comfortable navigating on our own. — Clifton Truman Daniel, Illinois, U.S.A.