Kumamoto Interpreter & Guide Group consists of nationally-licensed
bilingual guides and interpreters with various career backgrounds.
Our work covers conventional tourist attractions including Kumamoto Castle, Mt. Aso and off the beaten tracks such as rural villages in Aso and Amakusa areas.
We are also knowledgeable about Christian sites in Nagasaki, an official candidate for UNESCO World Heritage status in 2016.
Hi! My name is Reiko Yoshimura. Please call me Reiko.
I have been working as a tour guide since 2005. My customers have so far been not only from English speaking countries such as America, Britain, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Philippines, but also other language spoken countries like France, Germany, Switzerland and Lithuania. But don’t get me wrong that I am a multilingual. I am not, some of my customers are.
I only speak standard Japanese (fluently) Kumamoto dialect (very fluently), English (rather well; I have been to Britain and USA and stayed those places for about a year each) and basic French (Bonjour!). Well, I might be one after all. I started my career with teaching at a municipal elementary school, moving on having students of various age including senior high school students and adults at my private school. Then, at last, after long hard working days came a euphoric revelation. Oh, I can start whatever I like for my life. So here I am! I became a national certified tour guide. Meeting people with different culture background always makes me feel thrilled. I am very curious, especially, to learn how people live. I like reading, travelling and meeting you. I look forward to seeing you in person.
I have lived in a place called Amakusa for 30 years. I am married with three grown children and a cute but selfish dog.
Amakusa is located in a southern part of Japan and consists of about 120 islands. Some people say it is one of the most backward regions in Japan. That is absolutely true! But it has something so called modern societies have lost.
I have worked as a tour guide for tourist of cruise ships. I love my job. As a professional certified tour guide and a tourist who widely travelled within and beyond Japan, It will be my pleasure to show you around Amakusa.
In Amakusa local fishermen take you to a habitat of approximately 200 dolphins with only 20 minute-boat ride. There is 98 percent of chance of encountering the dolphins (Please note that cruise can be cancelled due to weather conditions). You can also enjoy traditional Japanese dishes made from fresh ingredients from sea and mountain. After the meal, open-air (or indoor) bath will wait for you. A huge bath will allow you to relax by extending your arms and legs!
If you are interested in hidden Christians, Sakitsu Church is a must visit place in Japan. Sakitsu Village is a part of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage listed in 2018.
I can guide in Nagasaki City, which is also a candidate for World Heritage, and Kumamoto City, which boasts the majestic Kumamoto Castle.
I am eager to share memorable experience with visitors here in Japan.
I am a licensed tour guide living in the center of Kumamoto City. I am appreciative of your interest in Kumamoto, my home town. With a deep knowledge in history and culture, I would like to show you around this area and help you make the most of your time in Kumamoto.
I worked for Japan branch of Deloitte Haskins & Sells, Bain & Company Japan, Inc. and Bain Capital, Asia LLC, during which period I had chances to attend on overseas guests’ Tokyo sightseeing, and I was qualified as a tour guide in 2007. I am now engaged in a tour guide with passion: I love this career. I graduated from Seisei High School in Kumamoto and acquired B.A from Osaka University.
I am a very flexible person, and I would like to meet your requirements as much as possible and hope to exceed your expectation. As a native and a local tour guide, I will make sure you will have a fabulous time in Kumamoto.