English speaking guide (licensed) for mountain amd sightseeing tours in Nagano, JAPAN. Naoko guides 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.
Take 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 :)

Guiding service

Mountains Sightseeing

Sightseeing Guide

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

Rate: 30000 yen / day + expenses

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 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.
coming soon Nature Hike & Historic Walk in "Kisofukushima"
Kisofukushima is one of the post-towns on Nakasendo Road. It had "Sekisho" checkpoint and played an important role during Edo period. A mountain behind the town has beautiful forest. Let's enjoy both historic sites and abundance of nature.

And more...
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Tateyama Kurobe
Alpine Route

  • 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.

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

Recommended Mountain Tours
Daio Wasabi Farm Two-day Mt.Tsubakuro tour (staying at a mountain hut)
June July August September October
Let's hike up to Mt. Tsubakuro (2763m), one of the peaks of Northen part of Japan Alps. Its beautifull look is cold "The Queen of Northern Japan Alps" and worthy enough its praising. You can also enjoy the sunset, stirly sky and the sunrise by staying at a mountain hut. A hike on weekdays (rather less crowded, quiet and confortable) is strongly recommended especially in the summer season.
  • Elevation: approx. 1300m
  • Hours: 4.5 hours for up / 3 hours for down *without break
  • Meeting place: Nakabusa Onsen (JR Hotaka station of Oito Line is the nearest)
  • Rate: 35000 yen / day + expenses (accommodation, transportation and other charges)
  • Expenses you need:
    • Transportation fee from JR Hotaka station to Nakabusa Onsen, the mountain trail starting point
    • Accommodation incl.2meals: 10000 yen / person

Daio Wasabi Farm Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and a hike (a round trip from Ogisawa)
June July August September October
Let's go to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, one of the most famous scenic mountain area in Northern Japan Alps and do some hike. According to your preference, several mountain traisls can be chosen from Murodo, the heighest point (2400m) of the Route. Enjoy the scenic mountain beauty of Japan Alps, alpine flowers and raicho (a kind of ptarmigan). A hike on weekdays (rather less crowded, quiet and confortable) is strongly recommended especially in the summer and autmn color season.
  • Route: Ogisawa - Murodo - (a hike ) - Murodo - Ogisawa
  • Elevation: approx. 600m maximum
  • Hours: 2-7 hours *without break
  • Meeting place: Ogisawa station of Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (JR Shinano Omachi station of Oito Line is the nearest)
  • Rate: 35000 yen / day + expenses (transportation and other charges)
*If you want to go through Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route or spend more than 2 days, please ask as expenses are be changed.

The Southern Japanese Alps

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.

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.

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

Land operation service - "Ask locals!"
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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