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!

Mountain Guide Sightseeing Guide Forest therapy guide

December January February March
snowflake Recommended Winter 1 Day Guided Tours (in Nagano pref.) snowflake
Let's enjoy beautiful mountains and nature even in winter!!
snowflake : required physical strength
Utsukushigahara
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
Togakushi
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
Kamikochi
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
Norikura-highland
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
Tsumago
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.
Tsumago
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.

  • Rate: 30000 yen / day + expenses


Guiding service

Mountain guide

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.
(No rock-climbing guide with ropes and belay device.)
  • Rate: 35000 yen / day + expenses

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

Sightseeing guide
Flexible private tour is available. One day tour and around tour upon request. Nice places not in guide books.
Mainly in Nagano prefecture. Neighboring prefectures such as Gifu, Toyama and so on are also available.
  • Rate: 30000 yen / day + expenses
Recommended One Day Tours
Daio Wasabi Farm Scenic "Azumino" Bike & Hike (All year)
Let's go leisurely biking 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.
Matsumoto Castle Cultural Walk in a castle town "Matsumoto" (All year)
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.
Tsumago Time Travel in "Kisoji" (All year)
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. *In winter, the trail is basically covered in snow.
Tsumago Historic city Walk in "Okaya" and "Suwa" (All year)
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.
Togakushi Ascetic Hike in "Togakushi" (All year)
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.
Snow Monkey Park Snow Monkey & Onsen & Sake (All year)
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.
Kamikochi Nature Hike in "Kamikochi" (All year)
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.

And more...
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Tateyama Kurobe
Alpine Route
Zenkoji
Zenkoji
temple
Shirakawago
Shirakawago

  • Obuse town, Hakuba, Norikura highland, Shirahone onsen, Iiyama and kijimadaira (Nagano prefecture)
  • Takayama, Magomejuku, Hidafurukawa, Hirayu and Shinhotaka onsen (Gifu prefecture)
  • Gokayama, Sankyoson, Kurobe kyokoku (Toyama prefecture)
  • Ancient roads such as Yamanobenomichi (Nara prefecture), Shionomichi trail (Nagano prefecture), etc.
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.


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
My clients are from:
Germany, France, the U.S., Canada, Hawaii, England, Greece, Spain, Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Russia, Singapore, Australia and Austria.
Naoko
Photographed in 2011.
So, take that into consideration :)

Qualified:
  • National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter [English]
  • Mountain guide
    (by Japan Mountain Guides Association and Nagano Prefecure)
  • Forest therapist
    (by Forest Therapy Society)

Resident in:
Azumino city, Nagano prefecture


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
The Southern Japanese Alps The Northern Japanese Alps Beech forest in Tohoku region
Mt.Azumaya and Mt.Neko Mt.Kashimayari Atera Valley
Mt.Cho Fresh Green Yatsugatake mountain range
Mt.Gassan Fresh green of beech trees Mt.Chokai in Tohoku region
Mt.Yakushi Mt.Kanayama naobe.com

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