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Tuck Sermkhun

I first developed a crush on Japan because of an amazing J-Rock (Japanese Rock Band). My love for J-Rock inspired me to learn more about Japan and to learn Japanese. That was 20 years ago, and my love for Japan is stronger than ever. I moved to Japan in 2005 to study Japanese language, culture, and history. Of course, I spent most of my free time exploring Japan as much as possible and I realized that each part of Japan has its own unique charms - I can never get enough of this amazing country!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"If you are planning to travel to Japan, I can help you to make a tailor-made itinerary for any parts of Japan. Let me know you interests places to visit/ activities you wish to do / experience you wish to have and I will be more than happy to customize an itinerary to match with what you are looking for. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I love to travel because it opens many doors in terms of meeting new people with different cultures, having different experiences that you cannot find in daily life and allows you to develop new (and sometimes surprising) points of view just by being in different places. I enjoy taking the time to plan each trip - I began working in travel 6 years ago, and knowing that I help my travelers have amazing adventures is what I enjoy the most. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I am more of a nature person, so the most memorable trip for me is the beautiful scenery of the Japanese countryside during Autumn. Therefore, my trip to Kyushu in Japan was quite special and memorable. People in Kyushu are super helpful especially in Nagasaki and beautiful Koyo scenery (Autumn Foliage) in Kurokawa Onsen in Kumamoto province is so far the best highlights for me. "

Featured trips & expertise

The torii gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto
Classic Highlights of Japan - 14 Days

On this two-week journey to the four corners of Japan's main island, Honshu, you'll have plenty of time to enjoy its unmissable attractions. You'll visit sacred temples and shrines, go bike riding through the countryside, and roam around the capital's most famous neighborhoods. From the modern cities of Tokyo and Hiroshima to the island of Miyajima, the wonders of ancient Kyoto and beyond, there is so much to see, taste, and discover.

Coral reefs of Okinawa
3 Days on Okinawa - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Over 900 miles southwest of Tokyo, Okinawa-hontō—Okinawa's main island—anchors the lesser-known string of islands straddling Japan's two southernmost prefectures. For those who fancy a beach holiday on their grand tour of Japan, its tropical climate and unique Ryūkyūan culture are just a two-hour flight from Tokyo.

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
How Many Days Should You Spend in Japan?

Japan is made up of hundreds of islands that extend for nearly 2,000 miles. How many days should you spend exploring, and where should you focus your time? From an action-packed four days in Japan to a leisurely three week itinerary, here are some suggestions for making the most of your time in the Land of the Rising Sun.

The original paved stones of the old Nakasendo trail in central mountainous Japan
Self-Guided Walking Tour on the Nakasendo Trail - 10 Days

Take a walk through time on this 10-day self-guided tour of the Nakasendo Trail, part of feudal Japan's original network of highways. Travelers on the mountain path between Kyoto and Tokyo took several days to travel the distance, staying overnight in Juku post towns. You'll retrace their footsteps as you travel through serene forests, stay in historically preserved local inns by night, and explore the vibrant cities of Kyoto and Tokyo.

The wonderful Nakahechi route
Kumano Kodo Self-Guided Tour - 6 Days

Get ready for an unforgettable village-to-village trek on the Kii Peninsula along sections of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail. Perfect for avid hikers, this self-guided tour will take you past thermal hot springs, grand shrines, and waterfalls as you walk in the footsteps of emperors.

Recent trip reviews for Tuck

Japan tour · Japan - Apr 14 - Apr 27, 2019

Traveler: Brittany N. - Local specialist: Tuck Sermkhun

Awesome suggestions and super friendly guides throughout our trip - we really had the vacation of a lifetime.

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Tuck Sermkhun, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for your feedback! 😊
It is my pleasure to assist you with the trip and I am very glad to hear that you are having a lovely time with us.
I look forward to be at your service again in the near future!
Best Wishes, Tuck

Hike Japan's Kumano Kodo Trail - 4 Days · Japan - Apr 10 - Apr 13, 2019

Traveler: Kalina J. - Local specialist: Tuck Sermkhun

We had an amazing time hiking the Kumano Kodo! The scenery is beautiful and the trip was very memorable. We really enjoyed taking breaks at all of the shrines on the path, as well as collecting all of the stamps along the way (and are now looking forward to hiking the Camino de Santiago as well)! The Kumano Hongu Taisha and Kumano Nachi Taisha areas were excellent places to explore and spend a decent amount of time in.

The places that we stayed along the way were all very nice. We... read more

We had an amazing time hiking the Kumano Kodo! The scenery is beautiful and the trip was very memorable. We really enjoyed taking breaks at all of the shrines on the path, as well as collecting all of the stamps along the way (and are now looking forward to hiking the Camino de Santiago as well)! The Kumano Hongu Taisha and Kumano Nachi Taisha areas were excellent places to explore and spend a decent amount of time in.

The places that we stayed along the way were all very nice. We particularly loved our night at the Hibiki rental house. The women that ran the place were incredibly accommodating, engaged, sincere, and hospitable! We had a few wonderful conversations with them using Google Translate. The property itself is beautiful, and we were awed by how large and comfortable our suite was! Highly recommended.

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Tuck Sermkhun, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for your great feedback! 😊
It is my pleasure to assist you with the trip and I am very glad to hear that you are having a lovely time with us.

I look forward to be being at your service again for your future trip!

All the best, Tuck