Czech Group

This is my 13th year since I became an English-speaking tour guide. Now I escort foreign groups in Japan. I travel all over Japan with them. The longest tour is about 2 weeks now.  I prefer not working longer than that. I used to travel with American retirees for 3 weeks. When each tour was over, the season was changed. I did it for 2 years. It was a good opportunity to study many destinations but I didn't have any private life. So I quit that company. Now I try to keep a balance of public and private life.

Today I'd like to introduce one of my tours, the group of the Czech Republic. It was about one-week tour last August. It was unbelievably hot and humid last summer in Japan.

The lady on the left side is Iva, a tour escort form the Czech. During the tour, I talked to her in English and she translated into Czech.

The guests were all doctors of immunology and they understood some English. For their better understanding, Iva translated. It was something like we had 3 channels like Japanese, English and Czech.  I learnt some Czech!

The lady on the right side is Jirina, an organizer of pharmaceutical company which invited all doctors.

Czechs love alcohol!! They always drink.

Iva told me that the Czech Republic went through lots of political changes. So they don't know the life tomorrow and try to enjoy this moment.  She shares her photos of Japan trip on internet. I link them here. Please enjoy her photos! You may get a glimpse of my country. I add some explanations of the spots.


Osaka Castle

Arrival at Narita, one night in Shinagawa, Bullet Train form Shinagawa to Shin Kobe
Sightseeing in Osaka : Osaka Castle & Umeda sky building

very Japanese-style toilet
I always make a joke to tell how to use it : Squat like a catcher and aim like a pitcher
sightseeing in Kobe : Sake brewery, Japanese Garden, Kobe seaport & Kobe beef dinner

Todaiji Temple
sightseeing in Nara : Deer Park, Todaiji Temple & Great Buddha inside

sightseeing in Uji : Byodoin Temple & Tea ceremony (kind of torture for them..)

Golden Pavilion
 sightseeing in Kyoto : Golden Pavilion, Rock Garden, Kiyomizu Temple &
Geisya District

visit one of tea houses to meet a Maiko (apprentice Geisya)

anotehr bullet train to Odawara
sightseeing in Hakone : Lake Hakone, Black Eggs for long life, Hot Spring,
Mt.Fuji (Japan's highest mountain)

drive back to Tokyo
sightseeing in Tokyo :  Shinto-style wedded couple in Meji Shrine,  Harajyuku,
Imperial Palace Garden,

the statue of royal dog, Hachi in Shibuya ( the model dog of the movie `HACHI')

Tokyo Tower (symbol of Tokyo) : the hight is 333m
The 2nd Tokyo Tower is being constructed now and it'll be 634m.
Asakusa Kannon Temple and Sushi lunch

maids in Akihabara, which used to be the most popular electrical town but now is a mecca of anima and maids' cafe
last dinner at Odaiba
We have the statue of Liberty presented by French Gov., Rainbow Bridge like George Washington Bridge & Tokyo Tower like Eiffle Tower.
You can enjyo USA & France in Odaiba!

They flew back to the Czech Republic!

They were all cheerful and always enjoy the moment. We kept smiling all the time!


  1. Hi, Chiaki! I wasn´t a long time at your blog....
    Two days ago I was at new sushi- bar in Brno
    / this is a second biggest city in the Czech republic./.. I remembered to Japan...and when I had visited your blog, I saw photos with our group! Uncredible..

  2. Hi,Ľubica! They are very nice!!
    Your tour covered major spots and it's a good first step to intorduce our country!
    I bet you miss our food!! Come back!!

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