Tochigi prefecture (Nikko, Nasu, Mashiko and so on) and me.

by Jack - Japan Licensed Guide
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Hi, everyone.  Thank you for reading my blog which I have decided to write not everyday but at least once a week or so.


My name is Jack

Firstly I think I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Jack.  This is not my real name but nickname. My wife nicknamed this

after a little monster which all Japanese know the name called Amanojaku.  Amanojaku is the person who is perverse or contrary person.

As I am not an obedient husband, she called me Jack Amano.  As you know our name's order is surname first and given name.

When we talk to Westerner, we adjust Western way.  AmanoJaku turns to Jack Amano.  I am not such a perverse person. Don't be

afraid of appoing me as a guide.   I hope you will understand me through this blog.  

Tochigi prefecture (Nikko, Nasu, Mashiko and so on) and me.


I was born in Fukuoka prefecture which is located in Kyushu Island.


 When I was two years old, my father joined Naval Deffence Forces

as a pilot and our family moved to Tateyama, Chiba prefecture.  


Then we moved to Yokosuka, Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture 


due to my father's relocation order.  Then he resigned the Forces and our family moved to Nishinomiya which is located between 

Osaka and Kobe.  


Three years later we moved to Kamakura, Kanagawa prefecture since then Kanagawa prefecture has been 

my hometown until my departure to New Zealand.  I have lived in New Zealand for 22 years. 


to be continued........

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“ Wonderful tour of Nikko sights! ”

9 months ago Traveler: Jessica -   Tour Guide: Jack

Jack was a wonderful tour guide. We spent the day with him in Nikko. It was interesting, fun, and even delicious. He picked a wonderful spot for lunch on top of creating a beautifully-paced itinerary for the day. He was knowledgeable, friendly, and responsive. I recommend very highly!
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“ Best day package for nature lovers ”

10 months ago Traveler: Norashikin -   Tour Guide: Jack

My husband and I had the best day trip at Nikko, thanks to Jack's excellent recommendation of places to visit and his impeccable timing. When we first contacted him, we specified that we wanted to enjoy Nikko's nature, and not so much the shrines as we have been to many in Tokyo and Kyoto. He suggested a route which we agreed upon and off we went. We started our day-tour driving through Cedar Aven...
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“ Mashiko tour ”

11 months ago Traveler: Dominique -   Tour Guide: Jack

My second day in Japon! Jack was very helpfull to make me understand a lot of things, about food, sake, religiion, local history, potters, etc It has been very efficient to make me visit Ceramique museums, shops, temple, historical houses of Hamada, in one day! Thanks to Jack
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“ Pleasant and Professional ”

1 year ago Traveler: Linda -   Tour Guide: Jack

Jack’s knowledge of Japanese history and wonderful Nikko National Park is deep and interesting. He was eager to share his love of the subjects with our foursome on his Greedy Nikko Tour. While the weather was not the best – low visibility hid famous Kegon Falls from sight – we thoroughly enjoyed our drive with its hairpin turns, walks through woods, and views of other waterfalls, the hot spring...
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“ The day in Nikko ”

1 year ago Traveler: Jim -   Tour Guide: Jack

Had a terrific day in Nikko with Jack. Lots to see and learn. Jack was communicative and informative and I enjoyed his company through the day. We met in Nikko since I was already in the area and spent the day walking and climbing all over the area from the World Heritage Sites to the Villa and beyond. It’s was great. Couple things I should note. First wear shoes that you can easily slip on a...
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“ What an incredible day in Nikko! ”

1 year ago Traveler: Maciej -   Tour Guide: Jack

From the very beginning till the end we had a wonderful time. Jack is very knowledgable and he is a great story teller. We love nature and Jack tailored our day towards lakes, waterfalls, mountains, but did not leave out important historical places. Itinerary is packed for one day and we had to be prompt in some places, but we managed to find enough time to have a great lunch in local restaurant -...
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“ Thank you very much! ”

1 year ago Traveler: Zachary -   Tour Guide: Jack

Jack is a great guide!
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“ 1 day in Nikko ”

1 year ago Traveler: NEKTARIOS -   Tour Guide: Jack

An amazing day with an amazing guide. Jack thank you for everything
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“ Nikko Natural Beauty ”

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1 year ago Traveler: Michael -   Tour Guide: Jack

Jack took us to some places in the countryside with stunning views. A great change of pace from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. He shared a lot of very interesting information about the history that shaped Japan and the people who held power through the ages.
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“ One splendid day in Nikko ”

1 year ago Traveler: A -   Tour Guide: Jack

We had the pleasure of spending a day with Jack during our visit to Nikko. He was an excellent guide who can give us a lot of explanation. What is more, we loved his personality. Everyone in the group liked him. Thanks Jack !
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