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Who We Are

Oku Japan operates guided, self-guided and custom tours around Japan. Our main office is in Kyoto, and some of our sales staff are based in the UK. In spring 2015, Oku Japan opened a branch office in the village of Chikatsuyu, where we are proud to be part of the local community. In 2019, we also opened a Our Nakasendo Branch in the famed Juku town of Tsumago along the Nakasendo trail. 

Our guides are professional, trained guides who are bilingual Japanese and English (as well as some who speak German or French) and have a deep knowledge of and passion for Japan's people, culture and history.

Our service begins the minute you book, with the personal service and the full support of our team who will do their best to answer any question or fulfil any request. If you choose one of our small-group, guided tours, our guides travel with you throughout the trip, always on hand to help and make your trip truly memorable.

Our Kumano Kodo branch is a lovely traditional wooden building right on the route of the Kumano Kodo trail as it passes through Chikatsuyu. Our colleagues in the branch office are all local residents and are always happy to say hello to clients and to answer their questions.

The building has already hosted the whole Oku Japan team on their annual company retreats in 2015 and 2016; it is an ideal location for cultural and community events, too.
We hope visitors and villagers will find our branch a congenial space to meet and share their experiences.

Explore our Kumano Kodo branch here.

In 2019, we were also welcomed into the community of the Juku village of Tsumago, one of the key post-towns along the Nakasendo trail, which retains the authentic traditional buildings of its Edo-period history. The village has a long culture of inheritance over selling, and the local community have put a great deal of trust in Oku to ensure the community atmosphere is preserved. Explore our Nakasendo branch here.