I will take you to the region associated with your ancestors. I will be an interpreter and a local guide during your stay here, and assist you in locating your relatives and family grave, etc. Before your arrival, I will search the location of the old residence, family grave/temple via internet and local library if information is provided in advance.
I will also show you around Kumamoto at your request.
I will meet you at at Kumamoto Station or your hotel, and take you to your ancestors' hometown, family temple, grave. If we have time, it is possible to include scenery spots or a restaurant where you can try local specialties.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Kumamoto St. When you get off the bullet train, please follow the other people, and go through the exit. I will be waiting you in front of the exit.
End location: Same as meeting location as specified by the traveler
Duration: 6 hours
Tour duration can be longer if necessary.
As previously mentioned, transportation option will be either by cab, mini-bus, or rent-a-car depending on the number of travellers and your preference. I will help you obtain an estimate.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20000 Yen - Hometown of immigrants are usually located in provincial area, and it is required to charter a cab or a van depending on the size of your family. The estimated cost is Yen20,000 for a cab (up to 3 travelers) or Yen30,000 for a van (up to 8 travelers). Once your itinerary is finalized, I will let you know the exact amount. Please expect to pay the cost in yen after the tour.
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My grandfather was from Kumamoto and my father has always dreamt of seeing where his dad grew up. We had minimal information and no idea where to start. With Ikue's guidance and her tireless efforts we were able to obtain our family koseki, visit with a relative, stand where my grandfather's house used to be, see our family grave site, visit the family temple and spend time with our family minister. We cannot thank Ikue enough, she has given us such a wonderful gift and we will never forget her kindness.