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Alice Volkmar

Alice came to Japan via traditional art and culture, which led her to study for a degree in East Asian Studies at university. These days, her interest in Japan spans everything from linguistics to pop culture.

When she's not using her boundless Japan expertise to put together exciting itineraries for our customers, Alice's passions are illustration, social media, and travel - or any combination of the three.

How did you get involved in travel?

"Alice recently returned from five years teaching English in Gunma Prefecture, in central Japan - but teaching isn't the only string to her bow. Alice has also served as the president of Otakon, one of the largest Japanese popular culture events in the US, and as Communications Director for Japan Expo USA. Those are some pretty serious Japanophile credentials!

Alice is no one-trick pony, however, and her interest in travel and culture that spans many countries. She loves getting to know a new place, learning the ins and outs of the local culture - and she has had plenty of opportunity to do so while living in Montreal, Vienna, Tokyo, Gunma and San Francisco (in addition to her native Washington DC). She also speaks no fewer than seven languages, which is a first even for our team of multilinguists.
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Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Minakami, Gunma

My favourite place in Japan is Minakami, in Gunma Prefecture. I have many wonderful memories of sitting in the various onsen with my friends as snowflakes drift gently down in the steam."

Recent trip reviews for Alice

50th get away, Japan - Oct 12 - Oct 21, 2018

Traveler: Tanya C. - Local specialist: Alice Volkmar

We had a lovely time in Japan and enjoyed getting to know the culture and the people. We now know the people of Japan are very polite and patient people willing to help us when we needed, even though language was not always possible they were very helpful. Our first guide was Seiichiro Hara which we knew as Hara walked our legs off for 8 hours which we have discovered was not necessary as we could have done a few taxi for some of the walks between some of the places Hara took us. We also... read more

We had a lovely time in Japan and enjoyed getting to know the culture and the people. We now know the people of Japan are very polite and patient people willing to help us when we needed, even though language was not always possible they were very helpful. Our first guide was Seiichiro Hara which we knew as Hara walked our legs off for 8 hours which we have discovered was not necessary as we could have done a few taxi for some of the walks between some of the places Hara took us. We also were a bit shocked that we had to not only pay for our tickets on one tour but we had to pay for Hara's as well maybe that was not the right thing for Hara to do. Our guide for Kyoto was Wakako Nakagawa and she was amazing she listened to us and took us to places we were interested in and even took us shopping to the right places to get the things we were looking for and told us about other places we could go to get other things. Still taking us to see all the places we wanted to see about Kyoto. Our guide for Nara was Reiko Karita who was very knowledgeable on Nara and its history and had great suggestions for us to see and wasn't worried about taking a taxi when needed. Reiko was also very easy to talk to about life in Japan. One highlight for us was speaking to school children who were learning English and wanted to ask us questions they were delightful.