English speaking guide (licensed) for mountain amd sightseeing tours in Nagano, JAPAN. Naoko Ito will guide you around the Japanese Alps and more.
Need an English speaking guide (licenced) for private tours? Naoko, who loves nature, guides you around.
Tkae advantage of hiring a local guide. Get specific information you need bofore starting a travel to Japan and feel safe with me on the spot.
Japan is full of fascinating natures and places. I hope you come and see for yourself!
Scenic "Azumino" Bike & Hike
Let's go leisurely bike riding and hiking in the area of rustic charm called Azumino. Enjoying a superb view of Japanese Alps, tasting wasabi and finding pure streams and Dososhin deities of the roadsides.
Nature Hike in "Kamikochi" Kamikochi is a place of natural scenic beauty. The valley is a part of National Park and encircled by 2-3000m Japanese Alps. You can enjoy magnificent scenery, abundant clear waters and wild life by visiting ponds through the forest of highland.
Time Travel in "Kisoji" Kisoji is a part of Nakasendo trail. Let's visit postal towns still look as it used to and hike between them as people in the old days did. Fine Japanese lacquer and wood woks are also worthy to check.
Cultural Walk in a castle town "Matsumoto" Let's walk around a castle town Matsumoto. Reaching the summit of Matsumoto castle tower, tasting sake and miso, looking for some nice souvenirs at dotted small old shops.
Ascetic Hike in "Togakushi" Togakushi is a place of mountain worship. Let's visit Togakushi shrines one by one like ascetic trainers and pilgrim once did by following the old road called Kodo.
Historic city Walk in "Okaya" and "Suwa" Let's walk through the cities once flourishing center of sericulture and silk production. You can feel long history by visiting working silk mill on-site, historical shrines and a sake brewery of 350 year history.
Snow Monkey & Onsen & Sake Let's have heart-warming experience by watching snow monkeys bathing. Body-warming experience will be achieved by soaking in an Onsen hot spring and tasting sake at a local brewery.
If your destination is the Japanese Alps, my guiding period is late May (remaining snow disappers) through late October (before mountain trails are covered in snow).
Hiking and trecking in the Japanese Alps and mountains of all areas in Japan upon request. a 1 day hike or a 2-3 day ridge traverse by staying at mountain huts is available.
June and July are recoomended for the season of fresh green. It sometimes rainy but you can enjoy quiet mountain trips before the busy season starts.
September is also recommended for long ways.
(No rock-climbing guide with ropes and belay device.)
Winter season :
Let's go winter hiking! It is cold but fun!! Having a cup of coffee and viewing snow-covered high mountains is a very happy moment. I hope you enjoy Japanese mountains even in the winter.
Destinations are Utsukushigahara, Kamikochi, Norikura highland and other nice mountain view spots, for example. Depending on weather and your preference, the best place at that time will be chosen.
Visiting a beautiful pond surrounded by beech forest located in Otari village (Nagano pref.). We walk around the forest and lie down on the fallen leaves of beech trees. Let's feel the nature more familier to you by using the five senses.
See "Forest Therapy in Otari" for details.
"Naoko is a wonderful guide. We found her informative, very friendly but also calm and competent. She had researched all aspects of our enjoyable tour including transportation, a tour of the temple in Nagano, a fabulous excursion to the Snow Monkey Park and a lovely ending to our day in an onsen. We highly recommend her services and enjoyed her company very much."
--- Maureen (from the U.S.)
My clients are from:
Germany, France, the U.S., Canada, Hawaii, England, Greece, Spain, Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Russia, Singapore, Australia and Austria.
Photographed in 2011. So, take that into consideration :)
National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter [English]
Mountain guide (by Japan Mountain Guides Association and Nagano Prefecure)