MEET the Local Guide   TABITTO Mate

TABITTO Mate are local guides who are specialized for guiding around in Kagoshima.
We live local & know many hidden gems in the area.
We also connected to the local area's vendors and experience providers and ready to provide your special experience. 

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Yoshie Kakimoto

Managing Director

Grew up in Kagoshima and living in Hong Kong from 2006. Dual located between Hong Kong and Kagoshima since 2016. Loves hiking. Oxfam100 trail finisher. Shochu Meister / Kikisake-shi

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Mikiko Horikiri

State-licensed Guide
Operating Manager

Experienced as a virtual tour guide after the pandemic. Lives with a husband, two sons and a dog in Kagoshima. Qualified Medical Translator (Basic). Loves to explore the local area and to mingle with local people.

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Yoshiko Fukuda

State-licensed Guide 

Born and grew up in Kagoshima. Has a lot of experiences for group tours and individuals. Favorite place is Ibusuki, Kagoshima, has an unique hot spring called “sand-bath”. Loves to eat our local specialty, sweet potatoes.

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Eiko Tatsumoto

State-licensed Guide 

Born in Kanoya, Kagoshima. After living in overseas for more than 10 years, came back to the hometown in 2002. Loves summer and outdoor activities. The big advantage being in Osumi is that the inland sea & the open sea are very close for water activities and many mountains for hiking & camping are also very close.

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Kanako Nakajo

State-licensed Guide 

Born and mostly raised in Kagoshima. A big fan of Kagoshima's nature, Japanese tea, Tea Ceremony, Japanese sweets, hot springs, flowers and plants.
"I can show you tranquility of Japanese culture and Kagoshima, not hustle and bustle of urban areas. When you come to Kagoshima, you might have a different impression about Japan than you expected! Let's explore Kagoshima together."

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Kiyoko Tokunaga

State-licensed Guide

Friendly character, having a great deal of curiosity, a cat & dog lover! Loves Kagoshima and to guide guests from all over the world. "Please come to Kagoshima and enjoy beautiful and rich natural environment, people, foods!"

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Melinda Kawahara

English Native Speaking Guide

Melinda is from Canada and Kagoshima is her second home. Loves outdoor activities and eating delicious food. Official Kagoshima city Tourism Ambassador "Let me share my love of Kagoshima with you!"

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Cameron Stadin

English Native Speaking Guide

Raised in the Pacific Northwest of the USA and has lived in Japan since 2008. Has experience traveling all around Japan. Now focusing on connecting with the Kagoshima locals  to help them to rediscover the greatness of the area. Enjoys traveling around Kagoshima with his wife and two little boys. Loves Nature, Gardening, DIY (woodworking, crafts), Sports

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Maya Aley

English Native Speaking Guide 

An American Shochu Specialist living in Kagoshima since 2011, and is the only native English speaker to complete the Kagoshima Prefecture Shochu Maker’s Guild “Shochu Meister” Program through Kagoshima University, and is certified in shochu by both the SSI in Japan and the SSA in the US. Also works at a shochu bar in downtown Kagoshima.

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