Travel into Deep Japan 

Through the eyes of a local.

Complete Immersion in Japan 
​Tours to Japan - people, culture and heritage


An experienced traveller can visit Japan once a year and barely begin to understand its elaborate culture.

Kuroko Boutique Tours are small and personal.

We enhance the fun, unexpected things that happen when you are in a strange, new land.

Use our custom itinerary service to go on a stress-free self-guided tour or join one of our themed in-depth guided tours led by the founder.


"Imagine having a friend who seamlessly moves between two languages and who is able to help you interpret the traditional and contemporary customs of the Japanese way of life."

- Judith Packington


Guided Tours to Japan
exclusive to 2019


Japan is about as close as you can get to another world. Each island, each prefecture, and each town is famous for excelling at something. Aomori grows apples, Tokyo has Sumo, Kyuushu makes maple leaf tempura...

There's so much to discover. 

Discover a unique Japan

Travel planned through the eyes of a local

Kuroko is here to help you enjoy your time in Japan, ticking off your 'must do' activities without rushing from place to place. Using our native knowledge of Japan, we'll take you off the beaten path to places you won't find online. With 24/hr support on your trip, you can relax and enjoy Japan to the fullest.

​Testimonials
what our clients say


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Her organizational skills, attention to detail, knowledge of and passion for Japanese culture and her sense of humour made our tour a great success! 

I was very impressed by the diversity of locations, accommodations and experiences we shared on this trip. The food was outstanding throughout the trip and I liked that Rika took us to unique and fun places for lunches and dinners. Leading a photo tour for a group of very seasoned travel photographers requires a confident, knowledgeable leader who can manage and meet the unique expectations of each photographer. Her organizational skills, attention to detail, knowledge of and passion for Japanese culture and her sense of humour made our tour a great success! Many thanks to Rika for creating a memorable experience for us.

Barbara Colbert - Customised Photo Tour

Culture, food,sightseeing and lots of fun

Definitely 5 star service. Rika fine-tuned and honed a tour that offers a unique opportunity to experience Japan on so many levels. Culture, food, sightseeing and lots of fun being part of a special group of people. Well done Rika and Kuroko Boutique Tours.

Ann Alexander

She listened to our needs and desires, thought about the best solutions, formulated plans and then executed them flawlessly.

Rika excelled in every aspect of planning and running our trip. She listened to our needs and desires, thought about the best solutions, formulated plans and then executed them flawlessly.

During the trip itself, Rika was a joy to work with. She is smart, knowledgeable, efficient, responsive, thinks on her feet extremely well, is willing to make adjustments based on opportunities that present themselves and never loses her equilibrium and good cheer.

The highest compliment I can give Rika is that by the end of the trip she was another of our group of good friends and intrepid travellers, exploring together and having a great time.

I can without hesitation powerfully recommended her to any individual or group who wants to have an experience that goes deeper into what Japan is all about.

Bruce Janklow​ - Customised Photo Tour

Considers the ‘you’ in every aspect of planning your adventure

Rika offers a tailored tours that considers the ‘you’ in every aspect of planning your adventure. Nothing was too much trouble. I would highly recommend Rika and her boutique tour agenda.

Jodi Linto - Customised Yoga Tour

I would recommend Kuroko tours to anyone wishing to experience the true essence of Japan

Rika takes you on a journey to the Heart and soul of Japanese Culture and Tradition, from Historical to Modern. She gave me an opportunity on my holiday to live and breathe Japan.

I would recommend Kuroko tours to anyone wishing to experience the true essence of Japan, with the focus on your own personal interests at the core.

Jacky Shuster

Special moments.

A definitely specialised tour. Very well organised to perfection and lots of fun. I would gladly recommend Rika. Special moments.

Christina Buri - Customised Yoga Tour

Rika had a sixth sense as to where to bring us to capture iconic as well as unique images of the country and its people

I just returned from a two week customized photography-centred tour of Japan with Rika and a small group of photography friends. Although not a photographer herself, Rika had a sixth sense as to where to bring us to capture iconic as well as unique images of the country and its people. She also ensured that we experienced the culture through stays at such places as a boathouse in a remote fishing village and in a World Heritage site monastery in Koyasan. She is a warm, funny and lovely person filled with enthusiasm for her work and a passion to make sure her clients are always satisfied. I recommend her highly.

David Altschul

Barbara Colbert

Custom Photography Tour

I was very impressed by the diversity of locations, accommodations and experiences we shared on this trip. The food was outstanding and Rika took us to unique and fun places for lunches and dinners.

Leading a photo tour for a group of very seasoned travel photographers requires a confident, knowledgeable leader who can manage and meet the unique expectations of each photographer. 

Bruce Janklow

2017 Guided Tour

The highest compliment I can give Rika is that by the end of the trip she was another of our group of good friends and intrepid travellers, exploring together and having a great time.


She is smart, knowledgeable, efficient, responsive, thinks on her feet extremely well, is willing to make adjustments based on opportunities that present themselves and never loses her equilibrium and good cheer.


I can without hesitation powerfully recommended her to any individual or group who wants to have an experience that goes deeper into what Japan is all about.

Who's Behind Kuroko?

Kuroko is the Japanese word for 'stagehand' in Kabuki Theater. Dressed in black, the Kuroko quickly work behind the scenes to keep the production moving smoothly. 

Rika Nishimura was born and raised in Shikoku before immigrating to Perth, Australia. She founded Kuroko Boutique Tours out of a love for her home country and a desire to help others experience authentic Japanese culture. 

Buddhist temples, tea ceremonies and summer fireworks all hold unknown traditions she wants to share. 

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