Offering non-algorithmic happiness in Japan
I am Lionel Dersot, a French national in Tokyo since 1985.
With Nextaroma, I am positioned into artisanship for the service of private visitors. Some travelers are not looking for the ready-made tourists attractions and so called experiences churned out from destinations databases and rooted in fantasies, but yearning instead for something like the “textures of the ordinary, the remarkable and the distinct*” all woven together. Tourism industry delivers expected illusions. I deliver authenticity for grown-ups, no cat cafés with food discovery ar the center of experiences, no sushi classes.
* I quote out of a remarkable article from the London Review of Books dated March 9 2020 named Worldwide by author John Meek.
I offer a different take on private custom travels uniquely designed to your envies, including those you may not be aware of yet when it comes to Japan.
The ultimate experience is the profound feeling to be there. This is not obtained by learning how to make sushi - nobody makes sushi at home in Japan by the way - but rather how to select sushi, know how mackerel rules beyond fatty tuna (yes it does!) in which order to enjoy, with which beverage, under what conditions. This is but an example of how to reach non-algorithmic happiness, without a selfie and a five stars review. Besides, I strongly recommend my customers to refrain from sharing everything. Happiness is a discreet species, not a commodity.
I design custom private only itineraries based on sensible knowledge of Japan, visited destinations I would recommend to family members as well as you, future visitor. Custom design means itineraries discussed together and fine tuned to your preferences and matters of interest, including those interests you are not yet aware of.
I only lead you, together or remotely, to destinations of value for gastronomy, beauty, landscapes that matter and the sheer contentment of unique moments in Japan to help you feel, even for a short while, a part of it, a part of the good life that matters to knowledgeable locals.
Planning starts with dialogue, inviting you to evoke what Japan inspires you, how Japan speaks to you and the style of travel you favor. My task is to build around your wishes. I do the planning and the leading, including remote concierge guiding and support as needed. Implementation is performed through an expert local travel agency when requested. I am confident you will love the experience even for one day.
My expert territories start with Tokyo inner city, but also the wonderful Western green countryside of the capital city that allows to disengage from the urban grind for a day of discovery, or just relaxing. I am very much into gastronomy, food products that matter and the food experience destinations from the humble to the exclusive. Comfort, relaxation and access to beauty are essential ingredients to make your days in Japan unforgetable. I seriously take these into account when designing your days.
With Tokyo as a base for day trips, I recommend the Western green and mountainous part of the city, the ocean side around Kamakura and beyond, the Suruga bay for fish galore, tea, citrus and saké with mount Fuji in the background down to Shizuoka. Sea, mountains, countryside wrapped in enchanting settings and delicious food can all be experienced with the comfort of being back in central Tokyo at a convenient hour.
As a certified Citrus Sommelier in Japan, I am also much into citrus and the darling yuzu to start with. Japan is a citrus paradise with more than hundred varieties. First territories of choice are the Wakayama, Kôchi and Tokushima districts, but also territories next door to, and even inside Tokyo.
Wherever you go, food and the good life are the main axis of itineraries designed for pleasure, comfort and enchantment.
I also plan expert study tours for professionals in citrus, fruits, food and the attached industries, technologies, agriculture know-how and the associated culinary culture.
I am a certified tour manager at the Japan Tourism Agency, license number 13-16-0179.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tokyo: +81 80 2083 1812
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