Ishikawa (Living), Kanazawa, Takayama, Shirakawago
Born and having spent most of my life in Kanazawa, I went into the export business for a major high-speed and automatic loom maker, where I worked for 38 years.
When I was a university student in Kyoto, I occasionally worked part time as an English speaking guide. I have guided foreign tourists in Japan especially in my hometown for over 13 years starting soon after my retirement.
I joined Kanazawa Good-will Guide Network in 2000 and had been its coordinator for six years from 2002, currently being its senior adviser.
Furthermore, I organized Kanazawa Home-visit Association in 2003 that has received over 8,000 visitors from overseas, among whom 1,900 enjoyed experiencing Japanese culture in my own home.
In 2012, I established the group for the interpreter guide with my friends and currently I am its coordinator.
I am therefore very familiar with historical, cultural and industrial backgrounds of Kanazawa and its surrounding regions.
My hobby is golf and my current official golf handicap is 15.
Tour Guide Services:
Sightseeing tours with explanations of historical and cultural backgrounds of Ishikawa prefecture including Kanazawa city and Noto peninsula, and the surrounding prefectures such as Gifu (with Takayama city and Shirakawa village), Toyama (with Gokayama village) and Fukui (with Eiheiji Zen Temple)
Model Plans in Kanazawa:
Full-day tour (7~8h)
Higashi Chaya (Geisha) District including gold-leaf shops → Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castle Park → 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art → Nagamachi Samurai District → Omicho Market
Half -day tour (4~5h)
Higashi Chaya (Geisha) District including a gold-leaf shop → Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castle Park → Nagamachi Samurai District
Other popular optional spots are also available: Myoryuji (Ninja) Temple, D. T. Suzuki Museum, Oyama Shrine, Kaga Yuzen Traditional Industrial (silk kimono) Center, Nishida Family Garden (Gyokusen-en), Kazuemachi Chaya (Geisha) District, Ohi Pottery Museum, Kutani Porcelain Kiln, etc.
Home-visit (2 hours)
Visit a local home to enjoy talking with the host family over tea and to learn the distinctive Japanese lifestyle firsthand, where you might experience traditional culture such as a tea ceremony, flower arrangement, kimono dressing, calligraphy and paper- folding.
Model Plans of one-day round trips by highway bus from Kanazawa
1. Noto peninsula (world agricultural heritage site with Wajima Morning Market, Wajima Lacquerware Center, Wajima Kiriko (gigantic festival lantern) Art Museum, Senmaida Terraced Rice Fields, Sojiji Zen Temple, Ganmon and Chirihama Beach Driveway), etc.
2. Takayama city (old merchant town), Shirakawa-go and Gokayama villages (world cultural heritage site with thatched-roof farm houses)
Fujio-San was very helpful with our group of 7 during our trip to Kanazawa. He brought us around must-visit areas and was very knowledgeable about their history. We were also very appreciative that he helped us communicate with our ryokan and restaurant reservations.
Dear Alya, It was truly my great pleasue to guide your family and friends in and around Kanazawa including Shirakawago and Gokayama villages, world heritage sites. You will be heartily welcome whenever you come back. Thank you. Fujio
He was amazing, I can't write highly enough about him. He made the day so enjoyable. I would certainly hire him again
Hi Natalie, Many thanks for your review of the enjoyable tour in Kanazawa the other day. May our pathes cross again in future. Best regards, Fujio
Fujio was terrific; full of energy and knowledge. I would highly recommend a day with him.
Dear Carl, Many thanks for the nice review. It was a great pleasure to guide you in Kanazawa when cherry blossums were in bloom. Best regards, Fujio
Fujio planned a great 2 days for us in Kanazawa. I really felt like we saw and experienced all the essential tourist spots (as well as some hidden gems ) in Kanazawa. Fujio has spent his life in Kanazawa and we really benefitted from his knowledge of the city and his longstanding relationships with many of the vendors in the community. He did absolutely everything to ensure we were happy and Was very willing to accommodate our needs and preferences. He is a lovely man and a wonderful guide!!
Hello Susan and James, It was my great pleasure to guide both of you to not only all the famous must-see spots but unknown attracting spots not croweded with tourists in the cultural city of Kanazawa. Enjoy Japan and bon voyage. Best regards, Fujio