NATSUMI / Tour Development Manager
Natsumi spent one year as an exchange student in Australia, experiencing first hand the beauty of friendships that could overcome cultural and language difference. After graduating university, she traveled to many countries and particularly enjoyed her visits to various beaches. Natsumi enjoys travel to onsen ryokans, Japanese gardens, food and the beautiful flowers that bloom each season. She is passionate about seeking out new places to visit and experiences to try, and hopes to share with Tokyo Way’s guests access not only toto traditional representations of Japan, but also some modern, exciting, and perhaps unexpected sites.
YASUNORI / Licensed Travel Agent
Yasunori is master of Japan’s systems for reserving hotels, trains and (domestic) planes. He is also an IT master who keeps Tokyo Way connected to the networks for making those reservations. He applies his IT skills as a volunteer on NPO visits to Southeast Asia, and relaxes by playing the alt sax.
MIKA / Tour Development Manager
While Mika greatly enjoyed living outside Japan (in the UK and USA) for fourteen years, that experience helped her realize how unique and wonderful Japan is. She was inspired to explore her home country more and help share its beauty with visitors, as a tour planner and as an interpreter during tea ceremonies. Even in her home city of Tokyo, she continues to discover the charm of the older neighborhoods on the east side of the city, which she rarely visited growing up on the more modern west side. Mika loves playing tennis, baking cakes and bread, and traveling.
DHWANI / Luxury Travel Consultant
Bridging cultures comes naturally to Dhwani, who grew up in Yokohama and then Mumbai, where she attended college and worked in the travel industry, before returning to Japan to join Tokyo Way. When not working Dhwani loves to-- travel! If you are a vegetarian, you can thank Dhwani for checking out all the good places to eat in Tokyo.
CARL / President
Carl Kay is an American entrepreneur who has lived in Japan for twenty-two years after majoring in Japanese at Harvard in the 1970’s. He ran and sold a previous company that localized major American software products for the Japanese market and serves as an advisor to a Japanese consulting firm specializing in customer experience design. The idea to found Tokyo Way appeared during an alumni meditation retreat at Engakuji temple in Kamakura. Carl’s mission for Tokyo Way is to give visitors in a short time access to some of what is special about Japan, which he gets to experience every day.