I'm a senior travel consultant at InsideJapan Tours, and my fascination with Japan is a continuing and lifelong experience. As a fourth-generation Japanese-American, it was a dream come true when I got to live and work in Sendai in northern Honshu for four years, refining my Japanese language abilities (exceedingly poor at the start), eating the delicious food, and falling in love with the people and culture as I traveled all over the country as much as I could (and quite a bit to Tokyo Disney Resort too). I always make sure to bring all of my experiences in planning my own Japan trips, the good as well as the pitfalls, to bear when planning my clients’ trip so you can be assured that your trip will be expertly-planned to make everything as stress-free and smooth as it can be so you can focus on your vacation!
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"My love of travel was born from my love of history, and so I really enjoy helping people experience the historical and cultural nuances of the places they visit with us. As I lived in northern Honshu Island, Japan (Tohoku), I like to encourage clients to visit here to get off the beaten path quite a bit. As a baseball fan, I think anyone should try and experience this in baseball-crazed Japan."
How did you get involved in travel?
"I lived in Japan for four years and spent much of my vacation/free time going around the country and learning about its vast history and meeting such friendly people, so I was inspired upon my return to the USA to specializes in Japan travel so I could introduce people to the country I love as a "second home."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"On my first day in Hoi An in Vietnam, a typhoon was passing just north of the area so it rained on and off all day. Despite this, it was an amazingly fun day - I did a cycling tour to meet local farmers and fishermen, learned about their way of life, and rode a water buffalo named "Four". I even managed to throw the fishing net better than my cycling companions which made up for catching just a tiny fish the size of a half-dollar! That evening the typhoon was in full flood, no pun intended, but I went out to see the Old Town anyway and was rewarded by some really lovely pictures of the lantern-light reflecting off the water in the streets."