My hometown is in Gifu Prefecture, not too far from Takayama. I studied undergraduate in Sophia Univ. in Tokyo, did an exchange program in UMass (Massachusetts Amherst), and Master's degree in Thailand (Rural Development Management).
After working in Africa for 10 years as development aid worker, I moved to this small but lovely town, Takayama in 2015 with my family. I love traveling and mountain trekking, visiting new places and meeting local people. After travelling and visiting many places myself, I decided to try something new in my career, hospitality/tourism business.
We are running Thai restaurant and Guest House "THANYAPORN" near Takayama station. My wife "PUY" is Thai and she cooks great Thai food. Currently we are operating 4 apartments/houses for rent in Takayama, 1 apartment near Centrair Nagoya Airport. One can find our properties in Airbnb, booking. com, expedia, etc.
I do tour guiding mainly near Takayama area. As I learned myself Thai and French as well, I can do guiding in Thai, French, English, on top of my native tongue, Japanese. I am still learning something new about Japanese and local culture. Every time I do tour guiding, I discover something new and interesting about my own culture, thanks to the different perspectives given by our guests. I've been enjoying this part very much.
Shirakawago historical village (World Heritage) is the most popular destination in this area, but there are other attractive places in this Central Japan Region such as Shinhokata, Hirayu, Gujo, Toyama, Kanazawa, Kamikochi, Matsumoto, Gifu, Alpine-Route(Tateyama), Nagoya, etc.
I am ready to share my experiences and knowledge about these towns and Japan overall.
Hope you will enjoy the charm and wonder of these places you will visit during your stay in Japan !
A Recent Review of this guide
We thoroughly enjoyed our two (half) days with Junichi. His organisation and punctuality was spot on and the itineraries he prepared were well researched and interesting. Without doubt we would not have been able to visit all the places we did with Junichi's help and insight. His manner is easy-going and he was always willing to flex the itinerary to ensure that we were able to enjoy the days to the max. His English is excellent and I would thoroughly recommend him to anyone traveling to Takayama
National Certified English Tour Guide (EN00086, Gifu Prefecture)
Masters Degree (Rural Development Management), Khon Kaen University, THAILAND
Project Management Professionals (PMP-PMBOK)