ABOUT NEXT JAPAN TRAVEL
Japan is a country which for visitors can be difficult to navigate and comprehend. They tend to accumulate around the typical sightseeing spots, missing out on the many amusing secrets that this country contains. At Next Japan Travel we thought of this as regrettable and decided to take action in order to present the country the way it deserves through guiding, supporting, and taking genuine care of those who choose to visit the ancient islands of Japan.
The way we do this is mirrored in our three core values: First of all we believe that working hard in order to achieve our ambitions is essential. To be able to work hard, it is necessary to have passion towards what is being done. As such, our business is composed of individuals with an honest desire to work with tourism, destination management and the promotion of Japan.
Secondly we put people in center. As the tourism industry simply could not exist without people, we believe that listening and taking care of our customers, business partners and suppliers is critical. In order to do so we also greatly treasure the well-being of our fellow colleagues. If everything functions well internally, surely it will be reflected externally.
Lastly we dare to dream! Though still a young company, we believe that our business will grow and one day inflict a positive and meaningful impact on our society. As long as we are honest to our customers and deliver service beyond their expectations, we dare to say that the dream might one day become reality.
In 2013, surrounded and overwhelmed by sharp classmates from all over the world at INSEAD Business School in Singapore, I, as a former national policy think-tanker, was thinking about how Japan can compete with other countries and what we can offer in the next decades.
After a lot of thoughts within myself and encounters with magnificent friends, I came to the idea that tourism can be a possible solution. Japan has a high safety standard, a clean environment as well as great food and hospitality. Our language skills have become better than the past, and after all the economic stagnation over the last few decades, Japan is no longer an overly expensive country.
This was how I thought, and fortunately, I could find a sponsor to start up a small business in April 2014. The Kyoto-based business focused on providing Japanese cooking lessons to international travellers and took the name ‘Cooking Sun’ after Japan – “The Land of the Rising Sun”.
After meeting lots of brilliant, curious, and fun customers at my cooking studio, I began to think that it might be possible to present even more of my country. As such I established Next Japan Travel. Whether the customers come for business or for leisure, Next Japan Travel aims to deliver the best travel experience possible through leveraging our expertise throughout the country.
I dream that Japan one day becomes a cosmopolitan country where lots of the creative minds of this world gather and where new ideas evolve, and thereby our children, including my two little sons, can feel even more proud of being born in this country.