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!

Guiding service
Mountains Sightseeing Forest Therapy

Sightseeing Guide

Recommended 1 Day Guided Tours in Nagano
April May June July August September October November
Daio Wasabi Farm 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. ... more
Kamikochi 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. ... more
Tsumago 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. ... more
Matsumoto Castle 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 shops. ... more
Togakushi 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. ... more
Snow Monkey Park 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. ... more
Tsumago 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.

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.


  • Rate: 30000 yen / day + expenses


Mountain Guide

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 technical cimbing guide with ropes and belay device.)


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.
  • Rate: 35000 yen / day + expenses

Yatsugatake mountain range The Southern Japanese Alps 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.


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, Austria, Sweden and India.
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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