Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.
Kana Hattori was born in Nagoya, raised in Kobe, and studied in Kyoto and the United States. A student of the traditional Tea Ceremony and the philosophy of Zen, living in the moment has been always a core tenet of her life. Kana loves to sing, regularly giving concerts, and is passionate about Japanese traditional culture. She looks forward to sharing her extensive knowledge with our guests through her guiding.
Nana Hida was born and raised in a small city located between Kyoto and Nara. After studying international relations in Kobe, she spent time backpacking through Asia, Europe, and the United States before becoming a tour guide in Canada, eventually returning home to guide in Japan. When not guiding, you can find Nana enjoying local films, sports, and practicing the art of Shodo-Japanese calligraphy.
Originally from Nagano, Fumiko Koike has a degree in English literature and lived in Australia after being employed in a Japanese stockbrokerage firm. Earning a teaching certificate, Fumiko taught Japanese language and culture to Australian high school students and continues to teach English to Japanese, both young and old. Through her experience in Australia, she came to be interested in introducing Japanese culture to the people of various countries.
Although born and raised in Tokyo, Masayo Uchimoto is intimately familiar with western Japan, especially the Kyoto and Osaka areas, where she currently lives. A valued member of the Sagano guiding group, Uchimoto-san is not just a wonderful guide, she also enjoys meeting new people and providing them with memorable experiences.
Kaoru Tejima was born in Kyoto, moved to Osaka, and, after 10 years living in London acting as a tourist, student, amateur flautist, and Japanese language tutor, she returned to Japan and currently lives in Nara. She has been guiding on a volunteer and professional basis for many years and considers the revered Tea Ceremony a valued hobby. In addition, she continues to teach Japanese and enjoys Latin dance.