Travel Guides by Locals

(Photo: Tim Whiteside)
Portrait of Allison Jeffers
Enjoying a pizza
Michael Jameson
photo of Nick Harrison ambassador for nearbytokyo.com and writer of Local Travel Guide
Venice Aka at Wakayama Bamboo Farm
Phil Roohaa enjoying jagabutter (Utsunomia City Travel Guide)

New 'Arrival' Travel Guides

Here are the newest travel guides by locals living near Tokyo.

Travel Guides by Author

Enjoying a pizza
Melissa B ★

From Boston Massachusetts, USA

 

Melissa moved to Japan in 2014 from Boston Massachusetts in the US. She currently works and resides in Tochigi City. Holding a background in art, Melissa is always looking for a good exhibit to see or music event to attend. On her days off, she frequently goes sightseeing to hot-springs, temples and shrines, and unique restaurants.

Venice Aka - Nearbytokyo.com ambassador
Venice Aka

From the Philippines

Venice is a former flight attendant and now YouTuber who loves exploring and adventure. She has been to 20 countries and has a fascination with Japanese culture and history. She moved to Japan two years ago with her husband and is now making videos about her travel experiences around the country.
Heather Brewer ★
From Columbus, Ohio, USA
Heather Brewer is an Expat wife who, with her husband and two kids, moved from Ohio, US to Utsunomiya City in 2019. Since then, Heather has fallen in love with ramen and sushi and has become addicted to onsen. Being a huge history nerd, she loves diving into Japan’s rich history in every new place she visits.
photo of Nick Harrison ambassador for nearbytokyo.com and writer of Local Travel Guide
Nick Harrison ★

From London, United Kingdom

Originally from London, UK, Nick has been living in Tochigi city since 2008. Nick enjoys watching movies from all genres, checking out new attractions and places with his family and meeting new people. When he is not working he enjoys traveling around Japan looking for the next fun thing to share  with the world.

Allison Jeffers
From Columbus, Ohio USA
Allison moved from the US to Utsunomiya with her husband in 2019. As an avid reader and enthusiastic home cook, her idea of “be prepared” is to never leave home without a book & snack. She is always up for an adventure and likes to explore Japan’s “off the beaten path” destinations and sample local foods.
Angus Miyaji

From Mibu, Japan

Splitting his time between London and Japan, Angus works closely with local travel companies and local tourism organisations in North of Tokyo (Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma & Saitama prefectures). In addition to promoting tourism for these areas near Tokyo, Angus also helps local sake breweries market their SAKE overseas.
Mike Okute ready for another journey
Mike Okute

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Mike likes to share his passion and enthusiasm for Japan at any given opportunity. He has lived in Tochigi city for more than four years. When he is not teaching, Mike and his family like to explore the outdoors and enjoy finding new restaurants. He hopes his guides will offer you insight into visiting Japan.
Michael Jameson

From London, United Kingdom

Michael has lived in Japan for over six years and has lived in several areas. He first came as a traveler and has come to appreciate the wide variety of places to visit in Japan.
William Boehm ready for work
William Boehm
From Houston, Texas, USA
William moved to Japan in 2010. He lived in Tochigi city and worked as a JHS English Teacher for several years. William enjoys competitive weightlifting, brewing beer, and traveling when able. When he is not working, he enjoys gaming with friends, reading, and planting the next season’s crops in his garden.
Phil Roohaa enjoying jagabutter (Utsunomia City Travel Guide)
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 Writers who have written more than two guides.

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