Specifically, I live in Atami, a cute seaside hot spring resort just 45 minutes from Tokyo station by bullet train. Born in Fiji and educated in New Zealand, I have worked in tourism for nearly 3 decades all around Asia/Pacific. I decided to settle in Atami because this region is the most picturesque and interesting place I have experienced. James Clavell must also have been impressed, as he chose Atami as location for his epic historical novel "Shogun".
Atami is conveniently half-way between Yokohama and Shimizu Ports . Atami is the gateway to beautiful Izu Peninsula (recently declared a UNESCO Geopark) and close to famous Hakone and Mt Fuji. I would love to show you around these spots in my region, and other sights in Shizuoka (Shimizu Port) and Kanagawa (Yokohama Port) Prefectures.
As well as guiding tours I consult to the Shizuoka Prefectural Government on local tourism development, which has given me lots of ideas for experiences that enable you to touch grass-roots Japan. Your participation in these programmes will also enrich our local rural communities. Izu and Shizuoka will host the cycling events, and Kanagawa the sailing events for the 2020 Olympics. Shizuoka and Yokohama are 2 of the 12 stadium locations nationally for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Originally a forester by profession, you will see some of my tours involve light trekking. As we go, I like to help you experience our wild flora and fauna. Our region is tectonically active and includes Izu Geopark, Hakone Geopark, and of course Japan's iconic active volcano Mt Fuji. Enjoy learning about this active earth. Japanese history is a personal interest as I find a little appreciation of it helps in understanding today's Japan and its unique people. Experience Shizuoka's pivotal role in Japan's history over the last 4 centuries (starting from Clavell's "Shogun") and local cultural activities.
A Recent Review of this guide
Tony was great! He made sure we got to Hakone with very detailed instructions and also got us on the train to our next location. The day was planned perfectly and Tony is very knowledgeable about the surrounding area. I highly recommend doing the onsen while in Hakone. I definitely want to go back!
Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level 1 (highest) Pass
Japanese Law prohibits guides from driving, so many of my tours use our excellent public transport system, often including Japan's iconic bullet train zooming along the base of Mt Fuji (visible weather permitting). My tours are low carbon.