Actually, my hobby is working as a guide and teaching English and my job is my hobby.
I always feel living to the full, enjoying my life and I want people around me feel the same. I am a very positive and cheerful woman and I want to cater the best possible tour for visitors and have them experience a joy of traveling.
Before guiding, I ask new visitors first what their special interests are. What they want to do in Hakodate is the biggest concern to me, and so I can arrange the best plan for them to be satisfied. Whether eating or shopping or sightseeing or exploring in nature, I'd like to guarantee they can enjoy staying in Hakodate to their heart content
Hakodate, which is located at the southernmost of Hokkaido, Japan is the first Japanese city opened to Westerners after two hundred fifty years of isolation policy under the Tokugawa Shogunate Government. After the treaty of Amity and Commerce was concluded in 1859, many foreigners flocked Hakodate. Therefore, we have a unique cityscapes mixed with Japanese and Western cultures. Also, Hakodate is the place where the last civil war was fought and Japan's modernization was initiated.
Believe it or not, we had 5, 000, 000 visitors to Hakodate last year, out of which 346, 000 came from abroad. Those people seem to be attracted not only by cultural history of Hakodate but also natural beauty, especially night view seen from the top of Mt. Hakodate, which is said to be one of the three most beautiful views in the world along with Naples and Hong Kong, fresh sea food and hot spa.
Why don't you come and visit to check it out with your own eyes? I'll be only too happy to show you around Hakodate as well as other cities in Hokkaido.
A Recent Review of this guide
Keiko speaks & writes excellent English, & was very patient with my 73 year old mother. At the morning market, she was able to guide us to the shops we want & even commented where some items would be cheaper in a supermarket. Enjoyed Keiko's sharing of Hakodate's history. Lunch was at a katsu (pork cutlet) place at my mother's request, which was delicious. Despite the last minute booking, Keiko took the time to create our itinerary with colored printouts. Enjoyed the local supermarket trip!
Diploma in English Literature. Master's degree in Education in Heidelberg College in the States. After working for Mitsubishi Bank for 2 years, I became an English teacher at a high school and worked more than 25 years. While working there, I was fortunate to be given a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Illinois University and also to have chances to take students to England, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand etc.
I got a national certificate as a tour guide through an examination in 1991, perhaps the first person in Hakodate. However, there were few work as a guide. The news that I got a license as a guide brought me offers to be an interpreter as well as a guide. Since then, I have guided FITs, incentive tours, group tours, cruiser ship passengers, VIPs invited by the city government.
I'm not a driver, but I can arrange for a separate car/ driver.