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Tamatha visiting Magome, Japan

Tamatha

Japan & South America 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 including "Tokyo Weekender" and edited a chapter of the 2017 Rough Guides guidebook to Japan.

I've also spent a year living in Chile and Colombia as an English teacher and traveled extensively throughout South America. Some of my favorite spots are Colombia's coffee region, Easter Island, and Fitz Roy in Argentina.

When I'm not thinking about travel, I enjoy running, scuba diving, drinking coffee and spending time with my two kids (note the coffee).

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Drew and Nate on Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Drew and Nate traveled to Argentina for 13 days in March 2022, organized by Tamatha F

I have never worked through a travel company before and now that I’ve worked with Audley, I am not sure if I will ever NOT work with one again. I contacted multiple travel companies but Audley, working with Argentina specialist Tamatha, was the only one who was able to put together the exact itinerary I requested and in the time frame I needed. From the beginning, Tamatha asked all the right questions to tailor our experience exactly to what I wanted and she listened to what I had to say. We were booked in some gorgeous hotels and the recommendations were spot on. I can say, without hesitation, that Tamatha and our trip met, and far exceeded my expectations. We will absolutely be using your services again and we’ve already recommended you and Tamatha to our friends. Thank you for an amazing trip.
Russian Orthodox Church, Hakodate

I recommend visiting - Hakodate, Japan

The port city of Hakodate on Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island is off the beaten track but becoming more popular now that the Shinkansen (bullet train) connects it with Tokyo.

Hakodate was one of the first Japanese ports to open to international trade and it has interesting connections to Russia as well as impressive seafood. You can even catch your own squid at the morning market. After exploring the historical parts of Hakodate I'd recommend seeing the view from Mount Hakodate by night (get there early to beat the crowds), or heading north to Onuma Quasi National Park, renting a bike and cycling your way around the lake.

The Ryokan Kurashiki, Kurashiki

I recommend staying at - The Ryokan Kurashiki, Japan

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Kurashiki reminds me of a quiet neighborhood in Kyoto. Specifically, its historic Bikan Quarter is home to lovely craft shops, traditional buildings and a verdant canal. The Ryokan Kurashiki is adjacent to this canal, the perfect spot for exploring the winding streets of Kurashiki on foot. Compared to other ryokan in Japan, this one is quite special in terms of service and cuisine. There's a reason why so many celebrities have stayed here. I loved escaping to my spacious room after a multi-course dinner and soaking in the private on-site bath.

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 Atacama Desert, Chile Tamatha in the Atacama Desert, Chile
  • Tamatha in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter Tamatha in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
  • Tamatha on Easter Island, Chile Tamatha on Easter Island, Chile
  • Tamatha at the Korakuen Garden in Okayama Tamatha at the Korakuen Garden in Okayama
  • Tamatha in Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina Tamatha in Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
  • 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 at Iguaçu Falls, Brazil Tamatha at Iguaçu Falls, Brazil
  • Tamatha on Miyajima Island, Japan Tamatha on Miyajima Island, Japan