Meet local foodies and families during your trip in Japan

Looking for a non-touristy thing to do in Japan? Signing up for a Nagomi Visit is a great way to experience the real Japan. Learn about Japanese food and culture by visiting homes from Hokkaido to Okinawa.

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What happens on a Nagomi Visit?

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Meet your host

Either at 12pm for lunch or 6pm for dinner at a designated station near your host

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Walk home

Your host will guide you to their home from the station

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Chat and eat at your host's home for about 2 hours

Why go on a Nagomi Visit?


We build friendships not business transactions

Nagomi Visit is a non-profit organization and not an online marketplace. Our goal is for you to meet that friend or family you haven't met.


Meet interesting locals all over Japan

1000+ volunteer hosts are located all over Japan from cities to rural areas. See map below for specific locations.


Casual yet meaningful interaction

Eat or cook at your host's home for about 2 or 3 hours. However, the hope is that there will be a next time where you meet again.


All hosts are prepared to speak English

Many hosts have acquired much of their language skill from travel, study, or work. Each host may speak at different levels and speak other languages.


More than 5,000 have Nagomi Visited

Since 2011 more than 5,000 families, couples, solo travelers of all ages from around the world have gone on Nagomi Visits.


Participation fee intentionally fixed

We know the host and guest dynamic changes to a commercial one once money changes hands so the price is fixed to 3,500 yen just to cover operation costs.

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What people are saying about Nagomi Visit


Everything was perfectly prepared by my host, Yuko-san. I felt so welcomed at her home! Besides the delicious meal, I had the pleasure to be taught about Japanese history by Toshiaki-san, and play with Koushin-kun. It's been, for sure, one of the highlights of my trip to Japan.

Livia - from Brazil


When we were leaving the metro our Nagomi host was already waiting and waving to us. After 3 weeks in Japan it was very nice to speak with locals, to have the questions answered about the daily life in Japan which arose during our travelling here. I can truly recommend every one in Japan to do a Nagomi visit! Not only you make new friends in Japan, you also taste new things and learn a lot about the culture. More than books, guides or your own experience will learn you.

Floor - from Netherlands


What a highlight to my trip, it's one that I will never forget. The hosts were lovely, friendly, welcoming & funny. I would have loved to stay longer but just like everything, it must come to an end, as we departed we exchanged details & now I have lovely friends in Japan...Looking forward to seeing them again & of course! doing another Nagomi visit when I make my way back to Japan.

Dale - from Australia

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The many ways to enjoy a Nagomi Visit

Participate with family and friends or go solo

Experience both urban and rural Japan

Trying new foods is just the beginning

Join a Nagomi Visit to get off the beaten path and see the real Japan with us!

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Visit good people all over Japan

1000+ volunteer hosts are located all over Japan from cities to rural areas. Join Nagomi Visit and meet your host at various areas.


Asahikawa, Kitami, Kushiro, New Chitose Airport, Sapporo


Aizu Wakamatsu, Fukushima, Sendai, Shin-Aomori, Soma, Yamagata, Yonezawa


Central Japan International Airport, Fukui, Gotemba, Gujo-Hachiman, Hamamatsu, Iida, Iiyama, Izukogen, Jyoetsu Myoko, Kanazawa, Kobuchizawa, Kofu, Lake Yamanakako, Matsumoto, Mikawa Anjo, Mishima, Nagano, Nagaoka, Nagiso, Nagoya, Niigata, Shizuoka, Tokamachi, Toyama


Bitchu-Takahashi, Fukuyama, Hiroshima, Kurashiki, Matsue, Obatake, Okayama, Onomichi, Tokuyama, Tottori


Imabari, Kochi, Matsuyama, Nakamura, Naruto, Oboke, Takamatsu, Tokushima


Aso, Beppu, Hakata, Huis Ten Bosch, Kagoshima Airport, Kagoshimachuo, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Saga, Tokunoshima Airport


Naha Airport, New Ishigaki Airport

Kanto (Greater Tokyo)

Chichibu, Hamakanaya, Ikebukuro, Kaihin Makuhari, Kamakura, Kawagoe, Kumagaya, Mito, Narita Airport, Nasu-Shiobara, Odawara, Omiya, Oshima Airport, Sagamihara, Shibukawa, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Takao, Takasaki, Tokyo, Tsukuba, Ueno, Utsunomiya, Yokohama

Kansai (Greater Osaka-Kyoto)

Himeji, Iga Ueno, Ise-shi, Kansai International Airport, Kobe, Kyoto, Namba, Nara, Osaka, Shin-Osaka, Wakayama, Yoshinoguchi

Send your request now and receive a list of potential hosts in 3 days

1. Fill Out the Form

Where do you want to Nagomi Visit? When? Who’s coming? Take your time to connect with our hosts. The more details about everyone, the better the response from hosts.

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2. Contact hosts

The next 3 days you will receive responses from our hosts. Reach out and contact hosts you might want to meet using our message function.

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3. Choose Hosts and Pay

Don’t miss out! Choose your hosts within the 6 day because the host selection period ends in exactly 144 hours with no extensions.

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4. Plan With Your Hosts

Communicate and get comfortable with your host before meeting in person. Email to confirm details. Chat with them via messaging app to share more about yourself so by the time you meet you will feel like friends.

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Meeting people for the first time may seem a bit awkward but the Nagomi Visit Team will give you the information you need to make the process not just easy but worthwhile so you can truly connect with your host.


Megumi Kusunoki, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Megumi worked in many areas of tourism before founding Nagomi Visit in 2011. She is a former scuba diving instructor, tour operations manager, and marketing sales manager for online Japan resource She has also worked as a cooking instructor at a well known nationwide cooking school.


Alisa Sanada, Chief Operating Officer

Alisa’s passion for cultural understanding comes from her unique background as a Japanese-American from Texas. She launched an internationally recognized website on Japanese culture in high school called Real Japan, worked in the web industry promoting Japanese products and tourism, and traveled to more than 70 countries.


Akiko Yamagami, Operations Coordinator

In all her professional life, Akiko has been connecting people through food. From handling imports at a trading company, to setting up international buyers with producers of traditional Japanese foods, she has extensive experience promoting Japanese cuisine and its products to people from all over the world.