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Tamatha visiting Magome, Japan

Tamatha, Japan Specialist

I first went to Japan from 2006 to 2008 with the JET Program, teaching English to high schoolers. I fell in love with the profession and went back to the States to get an MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) before moving to Tokyo in 2011. I taught English at a university there until 2016, focusing on international studies. In my free time, I wrote about travel in Japan for local publications and edited a chapter of the 2017 Rough Guides guidebook to Japan.

I joined Audley in August 2017, excited to combine my experience of living in Japan with sharing my passion for travel with others. Japan's great blend of culture, excitement and nature makes it my ideal destination.

Besides my time living in Japan, I've lived in Colombia and visited many other countries around the world. When I'm not thinking about travel, I enjoy running, scuba diving and drinking coffee.

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Start planning your trip to Japan with Tamatha by calling 1-844-250-3416

She helped us develop an itinerary that met our goals and included: comfortable accommodations, superb local guides, and suggestions of local highlights and restaurants to visit on our own.

Merena, Don, and Naomi traveled to Japan for 20 days in November 2019, organized by Tamatha F

Tamatha, Senior Travel Specialist with Audley Travel, did a superb job designing our 20 day journey to Japan. She helped us develop an itinerary that met our goals and included: comfortable accommodations, superb local guides, and suggestions of local highlights and restaurants to visit on our own. Tamatha also provided us with carefully thought-out arrangements for connecting travel between cities, taking into account the fact that all three of us are in our eighties. We couldn’t have had such a wonderful journey without her expert guidance.

I'll never forget when…

Cruising down the Sumida River aboard a yakatabune (a traditional Japanese boat) is a quintessential Tokyo experience. Along with a meal and drinks, you get impressive views of the city and an incredibly social experience. On my last night in Tokyo I took a cruise but was disappointed the boat's karaoke system wasn't in use. By the end of the night I persuaded the host to let me have a go and I sang the one Japanese song I knew. I got an enthusiastic reaction from the other passengers and it felt so good to feel part of a community where boundaries are often broken down through music

Photos of Tamatha

Tamatha relaxing next to the 'Yellow Pumpkin' artwork in Naoshima Tamatha relaxing next to the 'Yellow Pumpkin' artwork in Naoshima
Tamatha in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter Tamatha in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
Tamatha at the Korakuen Garden in Okayama Tamatha at the Korakuen Garden in Okayama
Tamatha making an edible zen garden in Osaka Tamatha making an edible zen garden in Osaka
Tamatha in Arashiyama, Japan Tamatha in Arashiyama, Japan
Tamatha in Hamarikyu Gardens, Tokyo, Japan Tamatha in Hamarikyu Gardens, Tokyo, Japan
Tamatha outside Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan Tamatha outside Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan
Tamatha on Miyajima Island, Japan Tamatha on Miyajima Island, Japan

Photos taken by Tamatha

Matsumoto castle and rainbow (Matsumoto) Matsumoto castle and rainbow (Matsumoto)
Miyajima deer and red bridge Miyajima deer and red bridge
Rabbit relaxing on Okunoshima (Rabbit Island, Japan) Rabbit relaxing on Okunoshima (Rabbit Island, Japan)
Woman at parade in costume (Kyoto) Woman at parade in costume (Kyoto)
Sakura in Japan (Tokyo) Sakura in Japan (Tokyo)
Octopus snack at festival (Tokyo) Octopus snack at festival (Tokyo)
Octopus snack at Nishiki Market (Kyoto) Octopus snack at Nishiki Market (Kyoto)
Robot at Miraikan (Odaiba, Tokyo) Robot at Miraikan (Odaiba, Tokyo)
Boating around the cherry blossoms (Imperial Palace, Tokyo) Boating around the cherry blossoms (Imperial Palace, Tokyo)
Geisha house fans (Kanazawa) Geisha house fans (Kanazawa)
Finished sushi meal (WAK class, Kyoto) Finished sushi meal (WAK class, Kyoto)
WAK employee outside of building (Kyoto) WAK employee outside of building (Kyoto)