Aichi, Gifu (Living), Nagoya, Takayama, Shirakawago
Japanese (Native), English
4 hours on average
1 day ago
Hello everyone. I am Tetsuji. I worked as a public servant in the local government for 35 years. I belonged to the department of Redevelopment, Town-Landscaping, Preserving historical areas and Architectural Guidance. (I have a national 1st-class architect license.) I devoted myself to revitalizing the city by making plans and improving infrastructure for citizens.
Gifu is located in central Japan near Nagoya. As just being the crossroads of the West and the East, there are many unique attractions that are hard to discover in hectic big cities like Tokyo or Kyoto. I had a hand in restoring and preserving some of them throughout my career and want to introduce them to tourists from abroad. That’s why I became a guide-interpreter in Gifu.
I also enjoyed traveling around the world. My favorite part of each trip was walking around the city and talking with local residents. Traveling has taught me lots of things during my lifetime. Now, I would like to help others have similar experience in Japan. Shall we enjoy fantastic journey in Gifu?
I can guide in Kyoto in case you support transportation fee.
Away from the tourist shops and restaurants, Tetsuji showed us parts of Takayama we never would have found. I'll admit we did little very little research and just wanted someone to show us Takayama and its history. In the afternoon we went to the Hida Folk Village. Tetsuji did recommend going to Shirakawago, but we did not want to spend too much time traveling. We appreciate his professionalism and giving us a very good tour.
I also appreciate your last comment for my 'professionalism' which stimulates my motivation for better guiding. I hope to accept the next guide-request from you.
Tetsuji is a knowledgeable and gentle man. He organised bus reservations form Kanazawa for us and provided a detailed itinerary. We had a wonderful day and learnt so much about Japanese culture. We highly recommend Tetsuji as a private guide . Our family couldn’t be happier. Thank you so much Tetsuji. It was a pleasure to meet you. Debbie, Chris, Jessie and Matt
I am really glad that you seem to be satisfied with my tour against having a little shower and feel honored to help you enjoying journey with your family members. I actually had a happy time with you all day. I hope you will visit central Japan and share some time with me again. Please give my best regards to others.
I hired Tetsuji for our Nakasendo trip, specifically at the post town of Magome, Tsumago and Narai. At the beginning of the trip, he explained to us the history of Nakasendo using maps that he printed out in advance. He helped to interpret when the local staff at the museum could only explain in Japanese. He also warned me a few days in advance of the impending heavy rain at Magome so that I could modify my itinerary in advance and avoid the rain when we hike between Magome and Tsumago. This advice was really helpful because otherwise we wouldn't have been able to enjoy the hike in bad weather.
Thank you for a nice review for my job. It was the first time for me to help clients enjoy traveling for three days in a row. I appreciate that you gave me a good chance to perform a variety of roles that satisfied participants. I learned a lot from this tour which was a really good lesson for me. I will make more efforts to improve guiding skills. I look forward to helping again you.
We had an excellent day with Tetsuji from start to finish. He was very knowledgeable about history and customs ofShirakawa-go and it was very interesting. He planned lunch and coffee breaks which added local touch to the visit. We found many interesting things to discuss we would sincerely recommend him for this area or for Gifu Prefecture.
Thank you for an excellent review. Now, I am remembering that all of you are so interested in Japanese culture from the top-level items to the detailed things in daily lives. I have unconsciously been involved into your world. I hope you will visit Japan again to enjoy some attractions with me like viewing cormorant fishing or Nakasendo-hiking.