Richard Reay founded the company in 2008. My Tokyo Guide Inc. was the first "non-Japanese travel firm" in Japan to be granted a "type 2" Japanese travel agency license. We are able to provide entire travel services anywhere in Japan, including transportation, lodging, and excursions. My Tokyo Guide Inc. is based in Tokyo, Japan, and is a member of the All Nippon Travel Agents Association (ANTA).
Annual Mt. Fuji Pilgrimage "Fujiko Monks"
Our Passion With our domestic travel license we can arrange tours and travel packages anywhere in Japan, from the Northern Island of Hokkaido to the Southern islands of Okinawa, however our passion is Mt. Fuji. We love and specialize in the Mt. Fuji area. Mt. Fuji is more than just a hiking experience, there is so much to see and do in the area. The forest, the shrines, the waterfalls, the natural hot springs, the local cuisine and the hundreds of unique hiking trails added with the indigenous history and myths makes Mt. Fuji National Park an exceptional destination.
Mt. Fuji 2-Day Group Climbs
Trailblazer Richard (our head guide and company founder) first came to Japan as an exchange student in 1997, while studying at the University of Lethbridge in Canada. He was so amazed by the friendly people and unique culture that he immediately returned after graduation. Since then Richard has lived in Hokkaido, Miyagi-ken and Niigata-ken before landing in Tokyo. Richard holds a B.A. in Economics and a Masters Degree in Business obtained in Japan.
In 2013, Richard published the very first edition of "Climbing Mt. Fuji "A Complete Guidebook". The guidebook was dedicated to help our guests and Mt. Fuji climbers in planning and preparing for a successful Mt. Fuji climb and provides climbers with useful and possibly lifesaving information. Another goal of the guidebook was not only to provide practical information about climbing Mt. Fuji but also to introduce some of the cultural rituals associated with climbing historic Mt. Fuji.
Since the original guidebook was published back in 2013, since there has been four editions published, and it has become the best selling Guidebook on Climbing Mt. Fuji available on the market. Richard also appeared on a television segment called, Japan's 100 Most Famous Mountains as a professional English-speaking Guide on Japan's national Broadcasting Channel (NHK). The latest edition of “Climbing Mt. Fuji A Complete Guidebook”can be found on Amazon.com.
Richard holding a copy of "Climbing Mt. Fuji Guidebook" at the Mt.Fuji Visitor Center
Working with Local Partners is key Climbing Mt. Fuji is a unique cultural experience with its own set of unspoken customs that can be easily missed or stomped on unknowingly if not careful. The people working on Mt. Fuji during the climbing season are a tight community who respect these historical traditions. As one of the few non-Japanese Mt. Fuji guides creating and maintaining wholesome relationships with locals is key to being accepted into this close-knit society.
Our goal as a Mt. Fuji climbing specialist is not only to provide safe climbing adventures but also to introduce clients to authentic Japanese experiences. We focus on creating and maintaining wholesome relationships with local partners such as mountain hut owners/workers, local hot springs, traditional hotels etc. With such ties, any tour run by My Tokyo Guide Inc., will give you a truly authentic Japanese experience. Our commitment to surpassing our customer’s expectations have defined what a Mt. Fuji climbing tour should be.
Mt. Fuji Guide Association
My Tokyo Guide Mission Statement To create one-of-a-kind experiences that visitors and guides will remember for the rest of their lives.