OUR STORY

It has all started when Rika’s Australian friends called in a favour to create an itinerary for their first trip to Japan.  Being a travel enthusiast herself, she took this mission very seriously and couldn't hide her passion. Being a Japanese who loves and is proud of her home country, she wanted to show the real side of Japan, not a tourist traps.  She have enjoyed the whole process so much. When her friends came back awed by Japan and loved how easy their custom itinerary made their trip, she decided to officially start Kuroko Boutique Tours and dedicate herself in crafting unparalleled boutique trips to Japan.

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WHAT WE DO

We plan, package and conduct authentic experience focused boutique Japan tours.  We work with small local businesses as much as possible for you to experience Japan like local. We are travel enthusiasts ourselves — constantly wondering, exploring, seeking authentic experiences. We understand you and how precious your time is.   We focus on your interests and preferences to craft the most valuable travel experience for you. We carefully hand-pick all the facilities with you in mind. It is our sheer pleasure to share our beloved utmost unique home-country with you. 

WHO WE ARE

Rika Nishimura 

Founder/Travel Planner/Tour Leader

Rika was born and raised in Japan. She spent her 20's in Kyoto before moving to Australia where she started Kuroko Boutique Tours. She designs and leads bespoke ‘one of a kind’ tours. Her dedication to authenticity transforms each tour into an incredibly deep exploration of the Japanese culture, tradition, landscape, and people. Rika’s passion for sharing her beloved home country shines through in every step she takes. Rika, a former professional interpreter, also holds a bachelor's degree in International Law from Ritsumeikan University.

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Alexandra Ramitan

Admin/Travel Assistant 

 

When Alex first visited Japan in 2015, she fell in love with the beauty, cuisine, and culture that surrounded her. In 2017, she relocated to Kyoto for two years and immersed herself in the tranquility of everyday life in Japan’s cultural capital. From temple tea houses to walking through the winding alleyways in the heart of the city, Alex loves travelling and experiencing new places. She holds a bachelor degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Bandung Institute of Technology.

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Claire Heginbotham
Digital Content 

Like many others, Claire first discovered Japan through the stories told by Studio Ghibli movies. In 2017, she took the leap and moved to Japan. After a brief time in the bright neon lights of Tokyo, she settled down in Japan’s foodie capital, Osaka. There, she enjoyed practicing Japanese at the local Izakaya, sailing in Kobe Bay area during weekends, and learning to eat the infamous fermented soybean dish, “Natto”. Her favourite weekend getaway is the idyllic town of Kamakura where sunset views of Mt. Fuji are an everyday delight.

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