Mikiko H.

5.00(11) reviews

Available Areas

Kagoshima (Living)



English, Japanese (Native)


Response Time

1 day on average


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Hi! I’m a licensed guide living in Kagoshima. Please call me Miki ! Now I’m working as a guide and an interpreter. And I have a certificate for medical interpreter. I love to meet new people.

In my town Kagoshima, threre are abundant nature and places where you can experience unique local culture. My favorite place is Mt. Sakurajima. It’s one of the best active volcanoes in the world. From observatories, you could feel its energy and, moreover if you are lucky, it will erupt in front of you!

If you are interested in history of Japan, here is the right place to visit because..... oops, I’ll tell you the story when we meet!!

I’m very flexible and cheerful. And I’m very happy to arrange a tour for you and customize it according to your request!! So please leave your message to me and feel free to ask me if you have any questions or specific requests before you come.

I’m looking forward to seeing you here Kagoshima!! Can’t wait!!



Kagoshima Highlight tour (Senganen garden & Mt. Sakurajima)

8 hours

1)Senganen Japanese garden  →  2)Mt. Sakurajima

FROM$323/ per group

Ibusuki Unique Experiences tour

7 hours

First destination is Natural Sand Steam Bath. After taking a very unique bath nowhere else you can experience, we go to Somen Nagashi fine noodle restaurant for lunch. This is also unique to Kagoshima. Then we go to Kamafuta shrine with a panoramic view.

FROM$565/ per group

Chiran Highlights tour

8 hours

The first destination is Chiran Samurai Residences and gardens. Those gardens are nearly 270 years old and open to public now. After having lunch, you have lunch at a local restaurant,we go to Chiran Peace Museum featuring young pilots of Kamikaze Operation in WWⅡ. The last place to visit is a local green tea producer. Let's make your own green tea!

FROM$646/ per group

Kagoshima Satsuma Pottery and Whisky tour

5.5 hours

In this tour, you can enjoy both old and new culture of Kagoshima. First you visit kiln of Satsuma Pottery and see the beauty of the pottery and craftsmanship in tranquil atmosphere of Japanese garden. Then have lunch at a restaurant in the village of the pottery. Next destination is a distillery of genuine Japan whisky. After having a tour of factory, you have a chance to taste it at its bar.

FROM$436/ per group

Kagoshima Mt.Sakurajima Experience tour

4.5 hours

You can enjoy the active volcano, Mt.Sakurajima thoroughly in this tour. You go to Mt.Sakurajima by a ferry. First, you go to Visitor center to learn about the volcano, if you want you can enjoy hot spring foot bath there, too. Then using a sightseeing bus, you go to a pottery shop to make ash art using colored volcanic ash. After that, you go to an observatory to enjoy the view of the volcano very closely.

FROM$264/ per group

Kagoshima Senganen Garden and Izakaya tour

6 hours

First, we go to Senganen Japanese Garden. There are a museum, a residence of local leaders built in the 19th century and its garden created in the 17th century. We can enjoy the view of the garden and history of Kagoshima. Also you can get to know how local leaders aren’t their time there. After visiting Senganen, we explore Tenmonkan downtown area for one hour and see traditional or local shops there. Then, we go to local Izakaya(Japanese style bar restaurant) to enjoy local cuisine and chat.

FROM$352/ per group



Natsuko M.

Mar 17, 2021

I will definitely visit Sakurajima.

She was very well prepared, even for questions. This is a very interesting tour for everyone, people with interest in nature, science, food, photography, or onsen. The tour was enjoyable, well organized, informative and persuasive. Mikiko gave clear explanations in fluent English. She has a good sense of humor. I will definitely visit Sakurajima!

Mikiko H.

Dear Natsuko, Thank you for the wonderful feedback! I really appreciate it!! I’m very happy to know you like it. Please come and stay on Mt.Sakurajima with your friends and enjoy the energy of the volcano ^ ^ Best regards, Mikiko


Janet T.

Mar 4, 2021

Great communicator and tour!

We recently did the “Online experience: Furoshiki Lesson and Stroll Historical Area” with Mikiko. We have a unique connection to Kagoshima in that we have a dear friend who lives there. Ayano was a foreign exchange student who stayed with us in the summer of 1987. Ayano is the person who does the Furoshiki lesson and she is a Kimono master. Mikiko is super easy to communicate with both online (written communication) and on the virtual tour (verbal communication). The Furoshiki lesson was learning how to utilize the ancient custom of using squares of cloth to wrap items and carry items. Mikiko translated as Ayano demonstrated and I now know how to wrap a gifts that will amaze my friends, since I’m not known to be very crafty! Our walk to the Kagoshima Castle was quite nice. I loved learning the history of the castle and seeing the moss covered trees and walls of the castle. If we should ever have the opportunity to visit Kagoshima, we would definitely call Mikiko to give us a tour of the city and see Mt. Sakurajima.

Mikiko H.

Thank you, Janet! I'm very happy to have you this virtual tour and reunion of you and Ayano! When you visit Kagoshima, I would be definitely happy to take you many interesting and cultural places with teacher Ayano!! Let's take a walk in Kimono with a furoshiki bag! I'm very looking forward to meeting you some day in the near future!!


Ian B.

Feb 16, 2020

local research

I had Mikiko undertake some research for me in the Kagoshima area . Her English is excellent and she had valuable local contacts . She kept me well informed . I was really happy with what she did for me . Thanks

Mikiko H.

Dear Ian, Thank you for such wonderful review! I’d like to show my appreciation for giving an opportunity to have such a fascinating job. If you have a chance to come to Kagoshima, please let me know and guide you to places which are related to this research. Best wishes, Mikiko


John W.

Dec 8, 2019

Great Tour

We had a great tour with Mikiko. We saw the garden and the volcano erupted for us. I'm short of internet minutes or I would write a lot more. I highly recommend Mikiko as a guide.

Mikiko H.

Dear John, Thank you for the great review! That was perfect timing to see the eruption of the volcano! I’m so happy to know you enjoyed it. I hope your trip continues safely and you and your friends have fantastic time! Thank you very much for having a tour with me. Best regards, Mikiko