Take a Walk Off The Beaten Tracks
Broadening the Scope of
Tourism in Japan
Do you feel like doing more than merely visiting the touristic attractions/restaurants listed in guidebooks, and want to discover places only known to local people? The solution? TOMODACHI GUIDE, a network of “Companion Guides” keen on showing you their Japan, its wonderful locations and activities, while developing their global awareness by interacting with visitors such as yourself. Once you’ve become friendly, they will gladly go the extra mile to give you a hand with troublesome matters. So why not start by getting in touch with a like-minded TOMODACHI GUIDE? Then all you need to do is plan out your customized trip together, and you’re off to Another Japan!
Hidden Treasures
With TOMODACHI GUIDE, no need to know an area to discover its best kept secrets. You can, for example, try kimono-wearing and taking a water-bus ride around Asakusa; you might even make a first-hand experience of seasonal events. We also highly recommend catching an up-close glimpse of a sumo stable’s morning training.
Breathtaking Sceneries
Japan abounds with green landscapes and breathtaking nature, but these are often rendered inaccessible by the language barrier once you leave the urban centers. A local TOMODACHI GUIDE can give you safe and easy access to a great time in the countryside, remote mountains, rivers, etc. You can make the most of hiking expeditions with Japanese-style bentō lunchboxes, and also go on a bicycle escapade or savor fishing by the lake without having to go through irksome steps like booking.
Cultural Workshops
Classes designed for foreign tourists can be fun, but wouldn’t you prefer learning from true Japanese artists? Unfortunately,many of the country’s most skilled and renowned artisans of traditional pottery and cuisine are unable to communicate in English. That’s where TOMODACHI GUIDE comes in: assisting you in these lessons to learn not only about the craft, but also the customs and philosophy behind it.
Culinary Arts
Explaining the taste of food is always a difficult thing. Chances are that “boiled potatoes and meat” will taste entirely different from what you expected. So in addition to introducing you to new tastes, a TOMODACHI GUIDE will tell you about the culinary culture, seasonal specialties and ceremonial dishes. To top it all, many regions and sake cellars offer tasting sessions, a fantastic opportunity to delight your taste buds with new fragrances.
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