Licensed Tour Guides in Yamagata

Welcome to the web-based registry of licensed tour guides in Yamagata.

This website provides a listing of licensed tour guides in Yamagata. The site tells you where you can find licensed guides in Yamagata. Many guides also work as translators or interpreters specialized in various fields. Some of them offer lectures on local history, or hands-on training for volunteer guides. Find guides who meet your needs. If you do not know whom to contact, just contact any of the listed guides in your neighborhood, who will direct you to a right person.

The list is sorted alphabetically by the first names of tour guides in each geographic area within Yamagata Prefecture. The list includes guides who are unable to accept any paid work due to the employment contract with their current employer. If you do not know whom to contact, just contact any of the listed guides in your neighborhood, who will direct you to the right person.

Shonai Area

Aki Takano

Language: Spanish, English

National Cert. #: SP00003, EN00027

Lives in: Tsuruoka

Tel: 090-4633-4570

Mail: fantasticworld@wd6.so-net.ne.jp

Qualifications: Eiken 1. TOEIC-A. Nanzan Univ., Hispania & Complutense Univ. of Madrid.

Expertise: Humanities, Food Culture. Runs Office Alegria.

Teaching: Runs Happy Globe English.

Takashi Suzuki

Language: English

National Cert. #: EN00022

Lives in: Sakata

Tel: 080-6053-4729

Mail: taka.suzuki.jp@gmail.com

Qualifications: Eiken 1. TOEFL CBT 270. Dalhousie scholarship. Details.

Expertise: Physical & Life Science (Academic & Tech). Details.

Teaching: Shonai culture & history lecture in English.

Yuko Kikuma

Language: Russian

National Cert. #: RU00001

Lives in: Tsuruoka

Tel: 0235-24-0201

Mail: QYP10734@nifty.com

Qualifications: Russian PT 1. TORFL (ТРКИ) level 2.

Expertise: Siberian POWs, Forestry, Chernobyl, Skating.

Teaching: Russian conversation, Russian PT prep.

Mogami Area

Kuniaki Shimizu

Language: English

National Cert. #: EN00008

Lives in: Shinjo

Tel: 090-7069-2660

Mail: shemezoo.kuniaki@taupe.plala.or.jp

Qualifications: Eiken 1. Ex-public middle school English teacher & principal.

Expertise: Education, Eng. Teaching, Agriculture.

Teaching: Obunsha & Shogakukan English lecturer.

See also: Profile at Triplelights.

Murayama Area

Kaori Irwin

Language: English

National Cert. #: EN00030

Lives in: Yamagata

Tel: - - -

Mail: irwinkaori@gmail.com

Qualifications: Tour conductor. English instructor for 10+ years.

Expertise: VIPs, Education, Healthcare, Food Culture.

Teaching: University course Japanese food culture in English.

Maki Hanaya

Language: English

National Cert. #: EN00020

Lives in: Tendo

Tel: - - -

Mail: makih0109@gmail.com

Qualifications: Mountain girl.

Unable to accept paid work due to employment cont.

Ryoko Kikuchi

Language: English

National Cert. #: EN00011

Lives in: Yamagata

Tel: - - -

Mail: kikuchiryoko@mail.goo.ne.jp

Qualifications: Yamagata Pref. tourism promotion for 15 years. Yamagata walking tours.

Expertise: Tourism.

Teaching: Tour guiding basics for volunteers.

See also: Profile at Triplelights

Yoshiko Aida

Language: English

National Cert. #: EN00018

Lives in: Tendo

Tel: - - -

Mail: aida.ysk@gmail.com

Qualifications: Eiken 1. Adm. Scrivener. Bookkeeper 1. Tour Guide of Yamagata.

Expertise: Civil & Tax Law, Contract.

Teaching: English conversation.

See also: Profile at Triplelights.

Yoshiko Karube

Language: Spanish

National Cert. #: SP00014

Lives in: Murayama

Tel: - - -

Mail: nicochancol@ybb.ne.jp

Qualifications: Lived in Spanish-speaking countries for 10 years. JICA & Court Interpreter.

Expertise: Agriculture, Medicine, Fishery, Fuel Cell, JICA.

Okitama Area

Naoko Nishitsuji

Language: English

National Cert. #: EN00025

Lives in: Yonezawa

Tel: - - -

Mail: naoko5826@hotmail.com

Qualifications: Eiken 1. French PT Pre-1.

Unable to accept paid work due to employment cont.


Yozan Uesugi

Language: Yonezawan

National Cert. #: YN00001

Lives in: Yonezawa

Tel: - - -

The 9th Feudal Lord of the Yonezawa domain.

Unable to move due to physical constraints.

Abbreviations:Eiken: The EIKEN Test in Practical English ProficiencyFrench PT: The French Proficiency Test in JapanRussian PT: The Russian Proficiency Test in Japan1, Pre-1, ... : Grade (with 1 being the highest rating)TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign LanguageTORFL: Test of Russian as a Foreign Language, Тест по русскому языку как иностранному or ТРКИ
Here is a local newspaper article about the tour guide seminar held in Shonai of Yamagata Pref. on 23-24 November 2012. - Shonai Nippo, 25 Nov. 2012

The photos on this page are courtesy of 山形県・山形県観光物産協会.

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