I moved to Kyoto almost three years ago after a long stint in Osaka. Before coming to Japan I lived for several years in the UK where I graduated in East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield.
After moving to Japan I have mostly been employed in the education industry, teaching Italian at universities and language schools, and English in public schools. Since moving to Kyoto I have started collaborating with the local tourism industry taking care of small group tours in Kyoto, Osaka and Nara.
I am a keen cyclist and in the past 10 years I have cycled extensively around Japan. I also like hiking and Kyoto's surroundings are the perfect destination for both cycling and hiking lovers, great for a refreshing dip in a river or lake in summer or for a relaxing outdoor hot spring in winter. I'm a very active person but when I'm not outside the city I like exploring its backstreets and find delicious restaurants or traditional cafes for a chat with friends or to simply chill out reading a book.
My tours tend to be active and off-the-beaten-track, so walking, hiking and cycling are my main focus but I am very flexible and always willing to customise tours to meet travellers' requests.
So, don't feel very active? We can work on a more light-paced and relaxing itinerary. Feel like sushi? Or sukiyaki? Or a traditional "izakaya"? I can point you to some great and cozy eatery that won't break the bank. Japanese food is great but you feel like something different? How about the best Indian curry in town? A vegetarian restaurant? Or maybe a great Vietnamese? Italian coffee anyone?
The overall idea is to spend a great time, have fun and a more authentic experience than the average visitor, the final goal is to make you feel you want to come back again to Japan.
Hope to see you soon in Kyoto then!
A Recent Review of this guide
We ha a wonderful day with Luca. We got to see residential and agricultural areas, while at the same time being able to see incredible smaller temples without the crowds. This was my favourite part. Also, cycling around the city does give you a different perspective in terms of its lifestyle and dimension. Luca is very knowledgeable of Japanese culture and history and speaks perfect English. Highly recommended if you like active travel!
- BA in East Asian Studies
- English teacher qualification
- Italian teacher qualification
I do not have a commercial driver's licence so I can only drive during tours if the car is rented and costs shared.