English speaking guide (licensed) for mountain amd sightseeing tours in Nagano, JAPAN. Naoko Ito will guide you around the Japanese Alps and more.

English speaking guide
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!

  • National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter [English]
  • Mountain guide (by Japan Mountain Guides Association and Nagano Prefecure)
  • Forest therapist (by Forest Therapy Society)
Place of residence: Azumino city, Nagano prefecture
Photographed in 2011.
So, take that into consideration :)

Recommended Winter 1 day Tours Guiding service Land operation service

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snowflake Recommended Winter 1 Day Guided Tours (in Nagano pref.) snowflake
Let's enjoy beautiful mountains and nature even in winter!!
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Winter Hike in "Utsukushigahara" snowflake snowflake snowflake
Let's hike up 500m elevation and enjoy wonderful mountain views at the 2000m-high Utsukushigahara plateau. *The trail is covered in snow in the winter. ... more
Winter Ascetic Hike in "Togakushi" snowflake snowflake snowflake
Togakushi is a place of mountain worship. Let's visit Togakushi shrines in the snow like ascetic trainers and pilgrim once did. *The trail is covered in snow in the winter. ... more
Winter Nature Hike in "Kamikochi" snowflake snowflake snowflake
Kamikochi is a place of natural scenic beauty. The valley is a part of National Park and encircled by 2-3000m Japanese Alps. *The trail is covered in snow in the winter. ... more
Winter Highland Hike in "Norikura" snowflake snowflake snowflake
Let's explore Norikura highland. Watching a frozen fall, lying down on frozen ponds, walking through snowy forest and finding animal foot prints. *The trail is covered in snow in the winter. ... more
Winter Time Travel in "Kisoji" snowflake snowflake snowflake
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. *The trail is covered in snow in the winter. ... more
Snow Monkey Park
Snow Monkey & Onsen & Sake snowflake snowflake
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. *The trail is covered in snow in the winter.
Daio Wasabi Farm
Scenic "Azumino" Winter Bike & Hike snowflake snowflake snowflake
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. ... more
Matsumoto Castle
Winter Cultural Walk in a castle town "Matsumoto" snowflake snowflake
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.
WInter Historic city Walk in "Okaya" and "Suwa" snowflake snowflake
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.

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Guiding service

Sightseeing Guide

A sightseeing guide provides you various wonderful tours with true sense of Japan!

Kisoji (Narai, Tsumago, Magome, trail walking), Kamikochi, Matsumoto castle, Daio wasabi farm, Hakuba, Togakushi shrines, Snow Monkey Park, Oubse, Zenkoji temple, Obuse, Takayama old town, Shin-hotaka ropeway, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Ski areas and more...

Rate: 30000 yen / day + expenses

Mountain Guide

A hiking and trekking guide for the Japanese Alps and more (not for a technical climbing).
One-day hike and Multi-day hike (staying at mountain huts) are availbable.

Rate: 35000 yen / day + expenses

Winter season : December January February March
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.

Spring / Summer / Autumn seasons: April May June July August September October November
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.

The Southern Japanese Alps Yatsugatake mountain range Mt.Yakushi Mt.Gassan The Southern Japanese Alps Tokugo-touge mountain pass Mt.Kanayama

Forest Therapy Guide
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.
Rate: 15000 yen / day + expenses

Land operation service
Land operation service for travel agencies is available. For further information see "Ask locals!"

Client review

Zenkoji "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.)
Zenkoji Snow Monkey Park Snow Monkey Park
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"Fortunately I had the same guide as the day before, Naoko, she was amazing. I learned a lot from her about the two main religions in Japan, a bit of their history and also many traditions and customs."--- Carlos (from Germany)
The client's blog entries: Nagano - Temple, Shrines and giant trees - Part 1, Part 2
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My clients are from:
Germany, France, the U.S., Canada, Hawaii, England, Greece, Spain, Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Russia, Singapore, Australia, Austria, Sweden and India.

Enjoy the beauty of natures in Japan!
The Central Japanese Alps Amo Prefectural Park The Southern Japanese Alps Mt.Manaita Mt. Kinpu Tokugo-touge mountain pass Mt.Yakushi
The Southern Japanese Alps The Northern Japanese Alps Beech forest in Tohoku region Mt.Azumaya and Mt.Neko Mt.Kashimayari Atera Valley Mt.Kanayama
Mt.Cho Fresh Green Yatsugatake mountain range Mt.Gassan Fresh green of beech trees Mt.Chokai in Tohoku region naobe.com
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