As a university student, I spent three months studying in Kobe, and based on the incredible time I had, I decided that I'd move here after graduating. I only planned to stay in Japan for a year, but the country quickly enraptured me, and it's since become my adopted home.
I chose to live in the urban area of Kansai because of its warm, friendly atmosphere. All three major cities have their own personalities, from casual and bright Osaka to calm and beautiful Kobe to traditional and enchanting Kyoto. (They sometimes remind me of siblings, with Kyoto the poised oldest child, Kobe the quiet middle child, and Osaka the loud youngest child. )
I'm a bit of an adventure-seeker. I love to cycle and explore the countryside, and I've had the absolute pleasure of visiting thirty-three of Japan's forty-seven prefectures (so far!), so I can answer most questions you have if you're thinking of expanding your travels. I also have a deep love of Japanese history, so I can guarantee you a wealth of stories from Japan's past even if your trip doesn't allow for time in a museum.
I love showing visitors why this country captivates me so. Allow me to share the nooks and secrets that took me nine years to uncover, and I promise to craft a tour for you that you'll treasure long after you leave.
A Recent Review of this guide
Our day with Ciara was delightful. It was a miserable day weather wise, but we got to spend most of the day learning more about Kobe and experiencing its, history life, food and shopping first hand. Ciara's ability to connect with us immediately and her stories as we walked and explored Kobe made the day special. The highlight had to be the Kobe beef lunch, and it's a tour we won't forget. If you want a special experience in Kobe, Ciara is highly recommended.
I have four years' tour guiding experience. I've also been studying Japanese for over ten years, so I can assist you with most of your translation and/or interpreting needs.
• I'm not a driver. If traveling by car is desirable, I can accompany you in your vehicle or we can use taxis. Please let me know in advance what you'd prefer.
• I'm not a licensed guide, so I won't be able to bring you to certain limited access areas.