Experience the Soul of Japan


TABIKYO is a meeting of two Japanese kanji: 旅 (TABI) meaning journey and 境 (KYO) meaning boundary. TABIKYO expresses our desire to offer our guests unique and memorable experiences. Our philosophy is about creating journeys that tread new ground and take one step beyond the common boundaries one may experience when immersed in a different culture.

Due to our exclusive connections we offer in-depth experiences that are usually inaccessible to even Japanese locals. In particular our approach focuses on ancient history and the essence of Japanese spiritual tradition that has shaped this country’s unique culture.

Our thematic journeys to an authentic Japan go one step further.

Experience the Soul of Japan


Our itineraries have been crafted and researched with care, to provide the guests a privileged and immersive insight into Japan’s ancient landscapes and culture, allowing travelers to glimpse the country’s true heart and charm.


We offer in-depth private experiences with artisans, monks, farmers... as we believe that one of the best ways to appreciate and understand a culture is to immerse yourself in it, if only for a few hours or a couple of days.


As we know from a customers’ perspective the little details that can turn a good trip into an everlasting memory, we also provide assistance and guide services to make your travel as serene as possible.


Based in Kyoto, Tabikyo’s team is composed of internationally minded travelers, eager to share the country’s uncharted sides with guests from all over the world. All of our members are experimented guides.

  • Léopold Dahan - Service Manager -

    After a decade of swinging back and forth between France and Japan, Léopold settled in Kyoto 5 years ago to live in the city he first discovered as a high school student. He joined Tabikyo eager to share his knowledge of the country and its people with the eye of an insider. He is always looking for new experiences and encounters to make in the course of his work or during his daily aikido practice. Léopold is also a translator and a notorious local food aficionado, whose favorite spots even surprise the locals.

  • Akifumi Haneda - Service Manager -

    Born in Hokkaido, Akifumi has guided over 13,000 people as a Mount Fuji official climbing guide and a Aurora Borealis guide in Yellowknife, Canada. He has also traveled to over fifty countries, seeking out and exploring the wonders of nature and authentic local life. Based on these experiences he endeavours to integrate local culture with Japan’s breathtaking nature in order to share unforgettable experiences with guests from all over the world.

  • Megumi Makino - Travel Designer -

    Megumi strong point is the Japanese culinary art about which she has a thorough knowledge thanks to her experience in various restaurants, with a long history in Kyoto. Her bright personality is the embodiment of the renown Japanese hospitality, always very keen on connecting cultures together, sharing and learning. For all those reasons and for the special attention she gives to details, her outlook fits perfectly with the Tabikyo spirit.

  • Harumi Yagi - Travel Advisor -

    Through 35 years of experience in the travel industry, Harumi has gained numerous connections, has endless detailed information on Japan’s regional cities and a strong ability in human resource management. Although now based in her hometown Kyoto, she previously spent 10 years living in San Jose, California. Her dynamism as well as her cheerful yet calm presence makes her Tabikyo’s creative centre.

  • Nicolas Pouzet - Travel Advisor -

    A Paris native, Nicolas has been living in Tokyo and Kyoto for over 15 years. His professional background includes business consultancy within the Business Department of the French Embassy, as well as the tourism, fashion and kimono industries. A great lover of Kyoto and also a shakuhachi player, Nicolas is eager to share his passion and knowledge of Japanese culture and provide “off the beaten track” travel experiences that are sure to exceed any traveler’s expectations.

  • Natsumi Akai - Tour Coordinator -

    Natsumi is our land travel arrangement specialist, and an indispensable member of the TABIKYO JAPAN team. With over 20 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry, and expert knowledge of all of Japan’s complex transport systems, together with her keen attention on details, Natsumi will liaise, book and design transport routes and accommodations tailored to your needs, to make your journey in Japan more pleasant and unforgettable. In her spare time, she is an avid traveller and rugby lover.

  • Takeshi Kawabe - Tour Coordinator -

    Born and raised in Latin America, of Japanese descent, Takeshi has lived in Perú, California, Tokyo and Australia. His passion for Japanese artisany and culture lead him to move back to Japan to travel the country and to explore and re-discover for himself the land of his ancestors. He wishes to share with the world all the amazing places and experiences he encounters in Japan.

  • Kei Tamura - Director -

    After graduating university, Kei travelled to over seventy countries and spent a total of seven years living in Latin America. During his time here he worked for a fishery trading company and was also engaged in local corporate management. After returning to Japan he has promoted activities which aim to preserve traditional culture and revitalise various regions within the country. With a global perspective and passion cultivated through his own life experience, Kei endeavours to lead TABIKYO by spreading Japan’s true heart all over the world.

  • Yukiko Inoue - CEO -

    Yukiko has worked in the travel industry for over twenty years and has a wide range of experience, from coordinating honeymoons and corporate business travel, to working for travel agencies overseas. Utilising this experience and building upon her achievements, she established Cerca Travel in December of 2006. Yukiko’s ability to prepare and finalise arrangements swiftly and accurately as well as her expert know-how makes her the powerful mother of the TABIKYO team.

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