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Chisato M.

Seika, Kyoto, Japan

Hello. I am Chisato, originally from Kyoto. After I completed master degree of organic agriculture in the Netherlands in 2011, I extensively traveled around rural villages in japan to investigate traditional knowledge, ethnobotany and local cuisine, "kyodo ryori", which had been inherited generations to generations.

When I travelled through old communities all over Japan, I realized the importance on what they are doing in rural area, and the knowledge on living with nature, which is gradually disappearing in modern society, unfortunately, and I decided to be an interpreter and a community-based tour coordinator.

My style of guiding is interpreting village cultures, and bridging over local communities to communities; visiting the ingredients where it grows, listening to the stories of local life, where generations have lived.

I try my best to organize a trip with unique experience for you in the off-the-beaten rural villages, especially in Kyoto and Nara, such as cooking with locals, visit farmers, or stay at a farmhouse. These experiences behind the scene are generally difficult to access without a guide.

Example Theme:
- tea tour (harvesting and processing tea, tea house, matcha poder making, tea museum in Kyoto)
- traditional handicrafts (visit workshops, pottery making experience, kiln in hidden valley)
- culinary experience (food processing workshop such as tofu, soba, yuba, somen noodle, traditional knowledge of food preservation)
- fermented food products (learning how to make sake, shoyu, miso, amazake, pickle, nattou, umeboshi by yourself)
- plant and ethno-ecology (sansai wild plant harvesting and cooking)
- learning rural livelihood (charcoal making, weaving trees, paper making from mulberry plant, silk worm, visit to temple of plant medicine)
- temple stay (meditation, shojin ryori at mount koya)

Long Tour Guide Experience (for Agent group tour):
- 8 days educational trip for a group of 20 passengers from US (cooking, temple stay, local exchange, etc. )
- 5 days fermentation workshop and field work tour for Singapole (Kyoto and Nara)
- 4 days inspection trip focusing on medicinal herb in Japan for US customers (Kyoto and Nara)
- 11 days educational trip for a group of 35 passengers from US (Hiroshima, Kyoto, Hakone, Fuji, Kamakura, Tokyo)

Please inquire at least 1 month before the tour departure date, when it is totally customized tour.
Please note that spring (March-April) and autumn (Septenmer-October) are peak travelling season in Japan, and it may not possible to offer special interest tours.
I recommend to reserve accommodations at least 2 months before your travel (half year before during peak travelling season).


National English Guide Interpreter: (Government License No. EN00295)
Domestic Travel Service Supervisor (Government License)
Itinerary control manager (License required to lead group tours in Japan)
Master of Science Organic Agriculture (Specialisation: Agroecology)


I do not have a license to drive my own car. If you rent a car by yourself at Kyoto station or JR Nara station, then I can drive the car, or I can also arrange for a taxi with a driver.

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