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  • This is official key news from Les Clefs d’Or Japan.

     

    Sumiyoshi-san, a president of Les Clefs d’Or Japan kindly sent me their Key News about Ibaraki Koga FAM trip. We had great feedback from everyone on the tour.

     

    Especially on the 27th of March, chief concierge of The Peninsula Tokyo and I had a meeting about nominating Koga tour on their private program.

     

    How could I guess Koga can be nominated as a program for The Peninsula Tokyo?  As all we know, Ibaraki is a prefecture known as the most unattractive destination to go, but we have been chosen.

     

    Why?

     

    To this question might have answers how we could promote the destination outside “Golden route” and create new inbound tourism.

     

    Personally, I was more than happy to take my lovely guests to my hometown where I was born. It just feels so good to talk about my city and take them around. I never thought that I could have an opportunity being a professional guide as well as a travel agency to organize and operate the tour of Koga, Ibraki. I thank for everyone who created this tour and being involved for planning, organizing and participating together. The suppliers are very good friends of mine who always thought about their hometown and Ibaraki with love and appreciation. We all hope our guests could sense the feeling being part of us.

     

     

    Thank you so much for your special attention and time to read all this.

    Please do take care of yourselves and stay safe at wherever you are now.

     

    With very best wishes,

    Megumi Masuda

    Founder of Musubi Ltd.

     

    1day itinerary -7 to 8 hours- 
    Here are some sample programs. We can plan and arrange your itinerary according to your interests. A full day tour is designed for 7-8 hours. We offer you national licensed tour guides registered in Ibaraki Guides and Interpreters Association (IGIA). All of our members are actually living in Ibaraki and honored to be your guides, telling you more about each area in Ibaraki with our own words from our warmest heart, as we all love Ibaraki, our hometown.

    It is absolutely fine to combine two or three areas in Ibaraki, and of course to other destinations too, such as Nikko and Tohoku where you can visit world cultural heritage sites. Musubi is a licensed travel agent that organizes tours across Japan.

    上記プランから7〜8時間でお楽しみいただけるプランを組合せ、お客様のご興味にそったオリジナル行程をご提案いたします。
    プライベート通訳ガイド付ツアーです。
    Things to bring 持ち物

    Comfortable cloth and shoes, Rain coat, Drinks, Towel
    動きやすい服装、歩きやすい靴、雨具、飲み物、タオル

    Koga - Seasonal festival & events - 季節のお祭り&イベントツアー

    1月/七福神めぐり
    3月/はなももマラソン
    3月〜4月/桃まつり
    8月/花火大会
    12月/提灯もみ祭り、他

    Private guided tour schedule プライベート通訳ガイド付ツアー スケジュール

    Meeting time:10am
    Meeting Place:JR Koga station in Ibaraki prefecture
    Tour:7-8 hours
    Transfer:Taxi, Walking, Cycling

    集合時間:午前10時 *イベント時はその都度ご案内します。
    集合場所:JR古河駅(茨城県)
    ツアー:7~8時間
    交通:タクシー、徒歩、自転車

    Access Map from Tokyo 東京から古河駅までのアクセスマップ

    Train:Tokyo St. 69min / Shinjyuku St. 69min
    Car:Tohoku Expressway Kuki IC 30min

    電車:東京駅 69分 / 新宿駅 69分
    車:東北自動車道 久喜IC から30分

    古河

    Other arrangement その他のお手配

    Private car tour (Hotel in Tokyo – Tour - Hotel in next destination)
    Hotel arrangement

    東京滞在ホテルから次の滞在ホテルまで プライベートカー付ツアー
    ホテルのご提案、手配、予約

  • My dream came true on the happy Valentine’s Day 2020.

     

    I have been a professional licensed tour escort and guide for more than 15 years but never been taking guests to my hometown, called Koga city in Ibaraki.

     

    No one really knows about this city. Even people from the same prefecture sometime wonder Koga is located in Tochigi? or Saitama? Indeed, with the local transportation like train, we never get to our capital city, Mito, without taking route on the local line in other prefectures.

     

    However, this Koga has been chosen as a city of Ibaraki FAM trip in last February by local authority, Ibaraki international tourism office.

     

    Perhaps, people might think, why???

     

    That is a good question to start when it comes to plan a new tour for inbound tourism which supposed to be very interesting, attractive and eye-catching, but always important to have passion and love for their own city from their own people together.

     

    This is what I have learned as being a full time staff of an inbound travel agency as well as a frontline, being a professional guide.

     

    I have been dreaming of welcoming chief concierges from five star luxury hotels from Tokyo. And it became true. The guests for the Koga FAM trip were members of Les Clefs d’Or Japan, including the president herself.

     

    The reason why having the concierge to be the guests is important is because I know that they are the professionals who understand the best hospitality and services. They sense what guests truly want to see, do and experience. They are also frontlines like guides.

     

    If we can make a tour that all the chief concierges would feel very happy, it might mean that we can be very sure that the level and quality of hospitality and services are good, and that tour could offer their guests enjoyable holidays.

     

    I would like to write more about this FAM trip, perhaps on the next blog.

     

    Thank you so much for your special attention and time to read all this.

    Please do take care of yourselves and stay safe at wherever you are now.

     

    With very best wishes,

    Megumi Masuda

    Founder of Musubi Ltd.

     

    1day itinerary -7 to 8 hours- 
    Here are some sample programs. We can plan and arrange your itinerary according to your interests. A full day tour is designed for 7-8 hours. We offer you national licensed tour guides registered in Ibaraki Guides and Interpreters Association (IGIA). All of our members are actually living in Ibaraki and honored to be your guides, telling you more about each area in Ibaraki with our own words from our warmest heart, as we all love Ibaraki, our hometown.

    It is absolutely fine to combine two or three areas in Ibaraki, and of course to other destinations too, such as Nikko and Tohoku where you can visit world cultural heritage sites. Musubi is a licensed travel agent that organizes tours across Japan.

    上記プランから7〜8時間でお楽しみいただけるプランを組合せ、お客様のご興味にそったオリジナル行程をご提案いたします。
    プライベート通訳ガイド付ツアーです。
    Things to bring 持ち物

    Comfortable cloth and shoes, Rain coat, Drinks, Towel
    動きやすい服装、歩きやすい靴、雨具、飲み物、タオル

    Koga - Seasonal festival & events - 季節のお祭り&イベントツアー

    1月/七福神めぐり
    3月/はなももマラソン
    3月〜4月/桃まつり
    8月/花火大会
    12月/提灯もみ祭り、他

    Private guided tour schedule プライベート通訳ガイド付ツアー スケジュール

    Meeting time:10am
    Meeting Place:JR Koga station in Ibaraki prefecture
    Tour:7-8 hours
    Transfer:Taxi, Walking, Cycling

    集合時間:午前10時 *イベント時はその都度ご案内します。
    集合場所:JR古河駅(茨城県)
    ツアー:7~8時間
    交通:タクシー、徒歩、自転車

    Access Map from Tokyo 東京から古河駅までのアクセスマップ

    Train:Tokyo St. 69min / Shinjyuku St. 69min
    Car:Tohoku Expressway Kuki IC 30min

    電車:東京駅 69分 / 新宿駅 69分
    車:東北自動車道 久喜IC から30分

    古河

    Other arrangement その他のお手配

    Private car tour (Hotel in Tokyo – Tour - Hotel in next destination)
    Hotel arrangement

    東京滞在ホテルから次の滞在ホテルまで プライベートカー付ツアー
    ホテルのご提案、手配、予約

  • KOGA – sample program01 –

    Boutique Farm & Gastronomy Tour
    小さい農園の食と食文化ツアー

    • Herb picking & sake tasting
    • Omusubi lecture
    • Boutique farm lunch
    • Herb blend lecture
    • Seasonal vegetable picking & cooking
    • 季節のハーブを収穫&ハーブ地酒テイスティング
    • おむすびについて知ろう!作ろう!
    • 農園レストランで元銀座シェフのオリジナルランチ
    • ハーブブレンドTea講座
    • 季節野菜の収穫とクッキング ほか
    【Recommended group size】1 to 12 guests
    【推奨ツアー人数】1名〜12名程度
    1day itinerary -7 to 8 hours- 
    Here are some sample programs. We can plan and arrange your itinerary according to your interests. A full day tour is designed for 7-8 hours. We offer you national licensed tour guides registered in Ibaraki Guides and Interpreters Association (IGIA). All of our members are actually living in Ibaraki and honored to be your guides, telling you more about each area in Ibaraki with our own words from our warmest heart, as we all love Ibaraki, our hometown.

    It is absolutely fine to combine two or three areas in Ibaraki, and of course to other destinations too, such as Nikko and Tohoku where you can visit world cultural heritage sites. Musubi is a licensed travel agent that organizes tours across Japan.

    上記プランから7〜8時間でお楽しみいただけるプランを組合せ、お客様のご興味にそったオリジナル行程をご提案いたします。
    プライベート通訳ガイド付ツアーです。
    Things to bring 持ち物

    Comfortable cloth and shoes, Rain coat, Drinks, Towel
    動きやすい服装、歩きやすい靴、雨具、飲み物、タオル

    Koga - Seasonal festival & events - 季節のお祭り&イベントツアー

    1月/七福神めぐり
    3月/はなももマラソン
    3月〜4月/桃まつり
    8月/花火大会
    12月/提灯もみ祭り、他

    Private guided tour schedule プライベート通訳ガイド付ツアー スケジュール

    Meeting time:10am
    Meeting Place:JR Koga station in Ibaraki prefecture
    Tour:7-8 hours
    Transfer:Taxi, Walking, Cycling

    集合時間:午前10時 *イベント時はその都度ご案内します。
    集合場所:JR古河駅(茨城県)
    ツアー:7~8時間
    交通:タクシー、徒歩、自転車

    Access Map from Tokyo 東京から古河駅までのアクセスマップ

    Train:Tokyo St. 69min / Shinjyuku St. 69min
    Car:Tohoku Expressway Kuki IC 30min

    電車:東京駅 69分 / 新宿駅 69分
    車:東北自動車道 久喜IC から30分

    古河

    Other arrangement その他のお手配

    Private car tour (Hotel in Tokyo – Tour - Hotel in next destination)
    Hotel arrangement

    東京滞在ホテルから次の滞在ホテルまで プライベートカー付ツアー
    ホテルのご提案、手配、予約

  • KOGA – sample program02 –

    Kura Sakacho round tour
    江戸時代からの酒問屋、蔵の坂長と周辺ツアー

    • Bicycling food tour
    • Ramsar Watarase tour
    • Creator Chino’s hair accessary making with traditional rice paper bag handles
    • Japan’s only museum of calligraphy sealing art and Traditional seal making
    • サイクリング&食と食文化ツアー(酒、味噌、麹、猿島茶、和菓子)
    • ラムサール条約遊水地ツアー
    • クリエイターChinoと米袋の紙ひもヘアアクセサリー作り
    • 日本唯一の篆刻美術館とオリジナル篆刻のハンコ作り
    【Recommended group size】1 to 5 guests
    【推奨ツアー人数】1名〜5名程度
    1day itinerary -7 to 8 hours- 
    Here are some sample programs. We can plan and arrange your itinerary according to your interests. A full day tour is designed for 7-8 hours. We offer you national licensed tour guides registered in Ibaraki Guides and Interpreters Association (IGIA). All of our members are actually living in Ibaraki and honored to be your guides, telling you more about each area in Ibaraki with our own words from our warmest heart, as we all love Ibaraki, our hometown.

    It is absolutely fine to combine two or three areas in Ibaraki, and of course to other destinations too, such as Nikko and Tohoku where you can visit world cultural heritage sites. Musubi is a licensed travel agent that organizes tours across Japan.

    上記プランから7〜8時間でお楽しみいただけるプランを組合せ、お客様のご興味にそったオリジナル行程をご提案いたします。
    プライベート通訳ガイド付ツアーです。
    Things to bring 持ち物

    Comfortable cloth and shoes, Rain coat, Drinks, Towel
    動きやすい服装、歩きやすい靴、雨具、飲み物、タオル

    Koga - Seasonal festival & events - 季節のお祭り&イベントツアー

    1月/七福神めぐり
    3月/はなももマラソン
    3月〜4月/桃まつり
    8月/花火大会
    12月/提灯もみ祭り、他

    Private guided tour schedule プライベート通訳ガイド付ツアー スケジュール

    Meeting time:10am
    Meeting Place:JR Koga station in Ibaraki prefecture
    Tour:7-8 hours
    Transfer:Taxi, Walking, Cycling

    集合時間:午前10時 *イベント時はその都度ご案内します。
    集合場所:JR古河駅(茨城県)
    ツアー:7~8時間
    交通:タクシー、徒歩、自転車

    Access Map from Tokyo 東京から古河駅までのアクセスマップ

    Train:Tokyo St. 69min / Shinjyuku St. 69min
    Car:Tohoku Expressway Kuki IC 30min

    電車:東京駅 69分 / 新宿駅 69分
    車:東北自動車道 久喜IC から30分

    古河

    Other arrangement その他のお手配

    Private car tour (Hotel in Tokyo – Tour - Hotel in next destination)
    Hotel arrangement

    東京滞在ホテルから次の滞在ホテルまで プライベートカー付ツアー
    ホテルのご提案、手配、予約

  • Want to let your interests guide you? Then why not check out our tours arranged by theme? Gastronomy, wellness, history, nature, adventure, or contact us for tailor-made options.

  • Have some spare time, and want to make the most of it? Whether it’s a one-day activity or a multi-day tour through some of the nation’s most fascinating cultural landmarks and offerings, we’ve got you covered. Food, spirituality, history and adventure, it’s all here.

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