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A presence of a Tour leader

Tour leader is a director of your trip, here to make your experience more colorful. However, you shouldn't think of them as just a person riding around with you from a place to a place. They are here as a helping hand - a friend to share your joy and pleasure throughout the trip.

Full of knowledge and experience, they aim to resolve any of your problems you might have throughout the trip.

Your Tour leaders – approachable and full of individuality

We as people all have different personalities, no doubt about it. Our tour leaders also come in all shapes as sizes. People with different nationalities, versed in their own special field of knowledge, with their own point of view.

Even if you were to take the same trip twice, the next time you take it, ending up with a different Tour leader might change your experience completely! Regardless of the Tour leader you go with, one thing is for sure: they’re here to provide you with a fun and unique experience.

"Live today! Make today! Risk it today! Do not let yourself die slowly! Do not forget to be happy!" (Pablo Neruda)Lovre Štavun ー Tour leader ー 
What fascinates me about Japan
I originally planned to come to Japan a long time ago, but it took me quite a while to convince myself to actually do it. It wasn't a fear or the unknown, but more of the feeling that I'll like it so much that I wouldn't want to go back home. I wasn't wrong. Japan fascinates me to no end by its resilience to change even in its super-modern form it exhibits today. In this modern age, the scenes of the women in kimonos idly walking into the supermarkets while chattering about the lunch they plan to cook today, the craftsmen boasting their work in the quiet manner by displaying it on the streets, the numerous hot springs in the open where you can feel the tradition just by looking at your surroundings. This has continued for centuries and it wouldn't let modernization change it – it has perhaps morphed into it. The overbearing need for aesthetics in just about everything: the beauty in the language, the beauty in the lettering that the language uses, conduct towards others, conduct towards oneself, work ethics and the never-ending effort towards improvement (Kaizen)... The list goes on and on.

My recommendation
Hot springs! (Onsen) Even if you have no knowledge of the Japanese language, a single soak in the Onsen will win your heart forever. Onsen's value is not only in its long tradition and the fact that its kept pristine clean, it also has some incredible health benefits. Relaxation of all the muscles in the body, boost to the elasticity of the skin, improved blood circulation, release of the stress and many, many more.

Unforgettable experience in Japan
It would have to be the first time I walked into an Izakaya (the traditional style Japanese bar). The lively atmosphere, the closeness of the friends and strangers alike, the music playing in the background… It was a very new, but at the same time very familiar experience. After all, this is a society where people are too shy to approach a stranger, but Izakaya changes all that in just one visit.

About me
I was born in 1986. in the more than 3000 years old historical town of Zadar, Croatia. I attended the college with the major in Croatian language and literature and my love for the languages stems from my early childhood. Parallel with Croatian language, I self-studied English language. Using my proficiency in English language, I've studied Japanese language the last 13 years. I have also studied Italian, Spanish, Latin and Russian language, so I have a good comprehension of the languages in general. Until my arrival to Japan, I've been working as a licensed tour guide for Zadar and Zadar county. My first arrival to Japan was to Okinawa (city of Naha) where I've gone through the training course in the luxurious business hotel „Palm Royal“ for 6 months. After that, I've moved to Tokyo where I am presently working for the travel agency Eurex.
“He who never leaves his country is full of prejudices” (Carlo Goldoni)Romain C. ー Tour leader ー 
What fascinates me about Japan
As a student in Japanese history, literature and civilisation, Romain gives interest to Japanese culture in general. But his speciality is history and especially pre and post-war period. Now, while he is a young working person in Japanese society, he always finds some times to chat with local elderlies about their life during and after the world war two. Clash of generations, the drop of the birth rate, japanese pop-culture etc… japanese modern society does not hold any secrets for him, even he says Japan is still surprising him. According to him, trying to understand Japan’s culture is an endless quest, you have wonderful discoveries at each moment, each meeting.

My recommendation
If we ask to Romain about his favourite places in Japan, he would probably say famous places like Nara and Kanazawa for example. The authenticity of the historic sites of this two cities represent undeniably a priceless historic heritage. The Horyu-ji as an example, represents one of the oldest wooden made structure of the world. But in another hand, nothing is better than the Japanese daily life to experience Japanese culture. A typical Japanese breakfast, public transport, a bento for lunch, and finally an evening in an Izakaya (kind of Japanese gastropub), it’s the best way to feel and experience Japanese culture and life. He enjoys all the impromptu meetings he made and always feels grateful regarding the hearty welcome the locals gave to him. Finally, if you are naturally adventurous he will bring you through all the archipelagos to find unusual typical sites located off the beaten touristic tracks. One of his favourite memories was his trip to Kagawa prefecture when he got the chance to see the magnificence and harmony of Ritsurin-koen garden and Kotohira shrine. According to him, it is the best place to revitalise himself.

Unforgettable experience in Japan
According to his words, it is difficult to determinate his most impressive experience in Japan. Indeed, he keep saying that Japan is an endless quest with unforgettable events, locations and people. But one of his most impressive experience was the amazing scenery he could see from the Kiyomizu temple at night, with the colossal wooden structure highlighted.

About me
After graduating from Strasbourg University in Japanese language, literature and civilization, Romain made his first steps in the working life in Japan. Aiming to share his passion, culture, and everyday life, he’s so glad and excited to escort Japanese people, foreigners and tourists during their trips. With an athletic and adventurous lifestyle, you will experience real adventure with him.

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