What people are saying about Nagomi Visit

Our past participants will do a better job of letting you know how they felt about their Nagomi Visit so make sure to look around for reviews scattered all over the internet, whether it is on Trip Advisor, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, blogs, books, television, about their Nagomi Visit so take a look. But remember, as a past participant put eloquently "[a Nagomi Visit is] an interaction between friends...partially dependent on how you make it" so get creative with these tips because there are many ways to enjoy a Nagomi Visit. Our Facebook page will also give you a feel of what our program is all about.

Testimonials

Taryana from the US

Our host family was simply amazing. The mother, Miyuki, was fun and very organized. She had menus and lessons planned for us and went above and beyond to make the experience one we would never forget. She arrived with a sign of all of our names and made us feel immediately comfortable with her and her family. We couldn't have imagined a better host family. Her husband was hilarious! He made jokes the whole time and documented the entire experience. She had 2 sons who were kind, energetic and just fun to be around. She also had a friend who brought her son who was so intelligent! Shy but such a great spirit. What didn't we talk about! We talked a lot about family and what we wanted to do while in Japan. We talked about the education system in Japan v. the U.S.A. We talked about basketball, music and other interests that us and her kids had in common. Yes - the food! I hadn't had most of the food before and I had never even heard of it. I am a PICKY eater but she made sure we tried all the food and I was so happy I did. We learned new cooking techniques and learned new Japanese songs! Sushi, Takoyaki, omelet, potato salad, miso soup, and many desserts. I came with 2 friends who thought the experience was amazing. We still talk about it today! [The most memorable moment was] when the son taught us how to make a paper crane and the youngest son start dancing to Michael Jackson Thriller. We shared so many laughs. I didn't want to leave. She text me after and invited me back to Japan to watch sumo :)

Taryana from the US

Dawnn from Singapore

Nagomi Visit is quite a life-altering experience for me actually. We were very nervous meeting her & her friend because we were afraid there wouldn't be any topics to talk about, being awkward and stuff. Instead we shared a lot our travel stories & our different cultures! She did a very pretty board with our names on it, welcoming us at the station. It was so prettily done we had to bring it back home. It was also very interesting hearing the life experiences her & her friend had and they seemed very interested in coming to Singapore too after describing to her our lifestyle. She brought us to a nearby supermarket and it was really an eye-opener! Her friend bought a strawberry daifuku each for us at a local snacks/sweets store before heading to her place. She has a clean & cosy apartment and cooks really well! She also surprised my husband with a homemade chirashi birthday cake, gave us gifts with heartfelt handwritten messages folded into pretty shapes! She did mention she will be doing a "birthday cake" but all I expected was just the home cooked lunch being a celebratory meal (I didn't tell my husband), we were totally surprised when we saw it. I totally didn't expect she would really make a cake out of rice and sashimi! She is too sweet! We also ate boiled french beans with sesame seeds, miso soup with sweet & fresh clams & pan-fried marinated chicken with grated daikon. Before leaving the house, she gave us 2 handmade gifts and another 2 more daifuku since we love it so much! We still keep in touch. Well done Nagomi Visit! The program is fantastic! We will be joining Nagomi Visit again when we venture out to more rural areas of Japan the next time.

Dawnn from Singapore

Erwin from Belgium

A warm family, enjoyable evening and a lifetime experience. If one goes to Japan and doesn't take a Nagomi Visit you spoiled an opportunity that lasts for the rest of your life. Misa and Kazumi and their kids in Hiroshima are wonderful people. Very open and entertaining. The time to talk with them was too short. Lovely people we will stay in contact. [We talked about] family, food, habits in our country and Japan, work, traffic, a very diverse conversation. Of course only to have the possibility to enter in the daily live of our host is already a beautiful experience. It is like visiting friends you know for many years. [We ate] okonomiyaki, rice sushi and some sweets. Some people react: Completely strange people you never met? But when we explain what Nagomi really is you know that these people who participate to the program have about the same ideas and are as curious as yourself to meet new friends. [Our most memorable moment was] waiting for our host in a small station outside Hiroshima. The two responsible of the railway thought we were lost. Suddenly one of the kids of Misa showed up from the dark with a paper with our name written on it. This was really cute. Yes we will [keep in touch with our host]. Last year in 2015 we had our first Nagomi experience in Tokyo and we are still in contact with Mutsuko.

Erwin from Belgium

Lim Lai from Singapore

Hiroki and Tomoko brought us around a nearby supermarket and shared with us common Japanese food and ingredients, before heading to their home. We talk for hours about our mutual interests - especially our love of Japanese food and culture - especially our fanship of all the Japanese mystery dramas. Also shared some interesting facts about our home Singapore. The kids had a common interest in Japanese anime and we spent some time hunting down the latest anime episodes and news. We ended up being friends on Facebook, so that we can continue to keep in touch in future. We found out how easy it is to cook tonkatsu (one of our son's favourite Japanese food), as well as some of the cultural nuances of Japanese live (like why they don't sing karaoke at home ;p). Tomoko showed us how to prepare and cook cheese tonkatsu - very delicious and definitely something we will prepare back home. We also made our own onigiri - and had lots of fun with them. Tomoko also brought out miso soup and potato salad. We brought along some dessert snacks and we had them after the dinner. We most enjoyed the part where we all participated in making the onigiri - Hiroki was very humorous and we had lots of laughs in the process, which really helped to break the ice.

Lim Lai from Singapore

Corentin from France

Our two hosts were lovely teachers who went all the trouble to pick us up at the station. They were talkative, and very interesting people. We were only stopped in our conversation by the last train. We wore kimonos for the first time. The experience was all the more memorable since they were the first the mother and late father of our host wore after their wedding. We ate very good and abundant food. As a bonus, our hosts even prepared osechi ryouri for us, that is to say "New Year eve's food". It was delicious and we had more than our fill. I was not alone : my mother and sister were touring Japan with me. And I think they really understood that day what the word hospitality meant for most Japanese people. They were pleased and named it one of their most memorable event of their two-weeks trip. It was a very pleasant surprise to see our hosts' daughter and grandchildren come up and say hi. I forgot my sweatshirt there, which made for a convenient excuse to promise to meet with each other again. So we do keep in touch and, besides, we will meet again

Corentin from France

Albert and Ingrid from Germany

Our host are a fantastic couple. They are really GREAT!! We talked about our life in Germany and our family as well as the life of our host in Japan and work in Japan. Yes, we made a lot of new discoveries. The first course included vegetables, tofu, pickles, seaweed, salad - all served in lovely small Japanese bowls. The second course was a soup with a lot of ingredients (like Kenchinjiru). It was cooked from hostess Izumi. The third course was cooked from Tomio, Izumi’s husband: steak with salad and rice, served in wonderful Japanese bowls. Also we had a dessert, nice decorated with fresh fruits. Additional we had Japanese beer and tea. The dinner was excellent!! The meeting with our host was one of the most impressive events we ever had in Japan. The friendly welcome, shopping in a supermarket, the nightly trip through Shin Osaka and the fantastical dinner in their flat we won't forget it for ever. The most memorable moment was, when Izumi picked us at Shin Osaka station (her smile, the pretty sign with our names). Nearly every day we exchange E-Mails. The gained friendship with Izumi and Tomio is a great motivation for us to learn more of the Japanese language.

Albert and Ingrid from Germany

Benjamin from USA

At first we did not know what to expect from Nagomi Visit. But after we went through with the process and chose a host family, it was smooth sailing. Yuki-san contacted us through email and we exchanged salutations with some small talk. We were anxious up until seeing them at the train station were Yuki-san was waiting with a welcome sign. Immediately we felt relief the more we talked and got to know Yuki. She introduced us to her family and then began prepare for mochi pounding. It was the first time we ever seen this and we were even able to participate in it. We had fun using the mallet to compress the rice and make mochi. It was very tasty. After that we spent time talking to each other while they prepared Japanese New Year foods such as osechi ryori, ozuni, and other foods. I liked it how they explained each dish and its significance to Japanese culture. We laughed and had a great time over dinner and some drinks. Unfortunately, we had to catch the train back to our hotel; so they walked us to the station and said our farewells. Our second trip to Japan was enhanced by Nagomi Visit. We really appreciated the time Yuki-san and her family took to meet us and show their traditional values and customs in Japan. There is nothing that can replace the experiences we had with Yuki-san and her family. If we had a choice, we would meet Yuki-san and her family again next time we come to Japan!!

Benjamin from USA

Marvin from USA

Misa was my host in Hiroshima. Both her and her husband Kazumi are elementary school teachers. They have two sons, who are very talkative and active. Misa was very friendly and the whole family made me feel at home. Both Misa and Kazumi are around my age and that made for easy conversation. We talked about each others school and work experiences. Misa and I swapped travel stories, while Kazumi told me how to make okonomiyaki. They were also curious about how my trip in Japan was going and where I had visited. We ate homemade okonomiyaki. Kazumi was a very good teacher and went through the process step by step. I wasn't sure if I could do it but his coaching helped a lot. After the meal, they served homemade mochi and fruits, which were very good. My most memorable moment was helping to cook dinner. I really appreciate that they allowed me to help and to learn something interesting in the process.

Marvin from USA

Rod from Australia

We had an amazing home visit in Hashima (near Gifu/Nagoya) with Michiko and her family (parents, husband, daughters, sister and partner, cousin and husband). From the moment we met at the station we felt like we were old friends.They took us for a tasting at the dessert shop so we could taste and then select dessert for our dinner. We had a lovely meal in their home (so much to choose from), Michiko's father showed us how to do calligraphy and her mother dressed my wife in a Yukata. It felt like a family dinner , They welcomed us warmly in to their home. This was the highlight of our trip and we would recommend a home visit to anyone.

Rod from Australia

We had an amazing experience meeting and dining with Azusa, Yoshi and their little boy at their place. We couldn’t believe that they took their time to wait for us at the subway station. Together, we walked to their home and happen to have a casual talk while getting to know the neighborhood. Azusa and Yoshi served us an authentic and delicious Japanese dinner. The food and the drinks were wonderful. We can’t emphasize more on this, prior to the visit they asked us about what we would like to have for dinner and if we had any food restrictions. Our only request was to have a meal that they have on a regular basis rather than fancy. Azusa managed to turn around so many dishes in such a small period of time and being impeccably delicious at the same time. The individual care to each dish was evident and our deepest thanks for receiving this two Canucks in their home was more than what we expected. We chatted about the everyday life in Japan, work, hobby, sightseeing, culture, sake and wines. We learned a lot about the Japanese singularities. We shared our North America way of living, culture and overall interests as a western society. Learning about the culture and the daily lives is what we were aiming for and after this meeting we will certainly keep in contact and hope to be able to provide the same outstanding experience when our hosts are in this side of the woods. The Nagomi experience was priceless and we truly recommend to anyone interested on getting a different approach to the culture as a whole

Ricardo from Canada

Rohan from Australia

My Nagomi Visit was such a unique experience, and it truly was a highlight on our entire trip. Katsue was the most welcoming host and so extremely friendly that she made us feel at home the moment we arrived. We shared stories and chatted/laughed for hours as if we had known each other for years. Tempura + local beer and good conversation was had by all of us and it was truly a special night. We still keep in touch and when back in Japan, I will visit our new friend once again. I recommend everyone try Nagomi Visit, you will have an amazing time!

Rohan from Australia

Marcos from Brazil

We were fortunate to meet such a lovely family. Akira, Kumiko,Kaho and Nana were the best Nagomi hosts we could ever have, and we felt very welcomed. Food was delicious, and beautifully presented. They even took care about my wife's food allergies and made a menu accordingly. We really enjoyed the conversation, all the experencies exchanging,and of course, the Kaho's singing! Time has passed to us on a breeze. All in all, we can say that we had a very pleasant and delightful time with them. It was a honour to be with this beautiful Japanese family. Arigato Akira, Kumiko,Kaho and Nana and Nagomi visit for this amazing time!

Marcos from Brazil

Alex from Australia

My Nagomi visit was great! My host met near the local station with their daughter also and gave me a small tour of Hiroshima. I then met the family; 2 daughters and grandparents. Everyone was very helpful and hospitable and we had a great feast with lots of various Japanese foods. Highly recommended.

Alex from Australia

Paul from UK

This my 2nd Nagomi visit during my trip. My hosts put a lot of effort into the visit from origami cranes to playing my national anthem on the piano! The food again was great and totally different from my other Nagomi visit. My hosts this time lived in a more rural area and it was great seeing this different side to life in Japan. We all chatted and laughed the entire time and the conversation was very varied, they recommended a few places for me to visit and they even taught me some origami. I recommend anyone coming to Japan to do at least one Nagomi visit as it shows a side of Japan no tourist spot can.

Paul from UK

Hagai from Israel

We enjoyed the meeting with Morita family very much. It was a great opportunity for us to share mutual experiences of our life in two different societies. We also experienced the home made Japanese food which was delicious. Thanks for the attention and thanks to Morita family for the hospitality.

Hagai from Israel

Michelle from Singapore

Nagomi Visit was certainly one of the most memorable activities during my trip to Japan. I've always loved meeting locals as I feel that it's the most authentic way to experience Japanese culture. I had a great time being hosted by Saki-san and Yuta-san in Osaka. Saki-san had rushed down from work to meet me at the train station. We had an extremely delectable meal of chanko-nabe (hotpot), buri-daikon (simmered yellowtail with radish) and shiraae (white salad). They had modified their menu to suit the winter season, which was a sweet gesture! I especially enjoyed the specialty dessert takoyaki, cooked with different fillings. Not only did I experience making takoyaki for the very first time, we played a little game whereby we had to avoid choosing the one with the sour plum. We talked about everything - the best places to go in Japan, introducing my own country and so on. As all of us had interest in martial arts, they also introduced me enthusiastically to Shorinji Kempo. We had such a fun time that Saki-san and Yuta-san met me again a week later, where they invited me to lunch and brought me around Osaka. Their hospitality knows no bounds, and I cannot wait to do the same for them should they ever come over to Singapore!

Michelle from Singapore

Claus from Germany

Our visit at Mari's house was just perfect! She send us all the information we needed in advance and we didn't have any problems to get to her hometown. She picked us up at the station and brought us to her house. Since this has been our first visit to a Japanese home she explained everything to us. She had asked us in advance if we would like to have traditional Japanese dishes - and of course, we loved to! Mari prepared some very tasty dishes and presented them beautifully. She even wrote down the menu in a lovely Japanese calligraphy for us. After dinner she showed us how to prepare and drink Japanese Matcha. She is a perfect host and an interesting person, we had a lot to talk about and also a lot of fun! We will recommend Nagomi Visit to all our friends!

Claus from Germany

Helinton from Brazil

This was definitely an unforgettable experience! Everyone should try it! Food has always brought people together and Nagomi Visit did just that. We could share each other's cultures and had a great time. Our hosts were superbly welcoming and we have no words to describe how much we enjoyed the visit. Thank you so much!

Helinton from Brazil

Alessandro from Hong Kong

It was perfect, 1 of my best moment in Japan! My host (Yukari and her husband) was a family with 3 kids, living in suburb of Tokyo. The mother dated me for an earlier time to visit them before dinner so she could bring me to see the marvelous Christmas Lighting in the theme park just near her home. It's been a long time since I visit a theme park and I enjoyed it with her and the kids. It was a very warm and lovely evening since I really experienced the life of Japanese people. I knew how they enjoy their Xmas holiday, enjoy the lighting. It made me feel young and back to my younger age! The short trip to theme park is absolutely nothing can be found in my home town. Yukari also prepared very delicious Japanese home dishes for me. She and her husband cook with heart. My dinner came with many good stuffs, but I specially love the sashimi she prepared. Her son also taught me how make the roll with rice, sashimi and a special leaf, which is a tasty leaf and match the seafood superbly. We spent a very long time to enjoy the dinner together. We talked about everything, about Japan, about Tokyo, about my trip, about the living of each other. Yukari and her husband were very interested in my home town (HK) too. I deeply thanks for Yukari's hospitality as her warm welcome and treat me an excellent dinner was the brightest spot for my trip in Tokyo. Meanwhile, her 3 kids are all lovely and the elder son gave me a show of kendama, he was just fantastic!

Alessandro from Hong Kong

Diyana from Malaysia

Mie family is so much fun! Especially Leo-kun!! Too bad Rico is sick~ We love love love spending time at their home~ And also with Rie~! It was a great night and the food is delicious~! I specially like the dango. And as a Muslims, they have tried their best to provide us a dinner accordingly~ We're so thankful!

Diyana from Malaysia

Konstantin & Alexandra from Russia

We enjoyed every minute of the visit! We learned a lot about Japan and living here. Our hosts were friendly, hospitable, welcoming and understanding, and the food was immaculately prepared. Our Nagomi visit was one of the most memorable part of our trip to Japan and an experience that we would definitely recommend to anyone traveling to this beautiful country. A special thanks to our hosts (Kazuya and Hiromi) for the wonderful evening! Looking forward to seeing them again & of course doing another Nagomi visit when we will come back to Japan.

Konstantin & Alexandra from Russia

Diego from the US

The number one highlight of our trip to Osaka (November 28, 2014) was the family dinner we shared with the Yoshioka family! It was a first experience for both of our families which remains memorable both for the charm of the family and for the splendid food. Kokoro graciously picked us up in her car from the subway stop and we immediately felt at ease by her delightful personality. As we entered her home, we were welcomed by her husband Keita and their two sons, Rikuta (age 7) and Rikita (age 4). We were impressed by their English fluency and their enthusiasm. As we sat for dinner, we noticed that Kokoro had written a description of the 8 course meal and her son Rikuta introduced each course in impeccable English. Kokoro explained that this was a common meal for their family and we appreciated the opportunity to share a Japanese meal with such variety of tastes. I must mention that each course was served on beautiful individual portion sized d ishes which allowed us to savor each scrumptious bite! We enjoyed Japanese beer and Chosu cocktails as well as tea. Our conversation over the 3 hour meal was instructive as well as entertaining as we each talked about our travels, interests and family members. At one point, as we discussed films and TV, we were surprised to identify common favorites like the TV series "24" with the characters Jack Bauer and Chloe and the animated films from Ghibli Studios! Toward the end of our time, I appreciated watching the boys and Dad play the English vocabulary card games I had selected as a thank you gift. Four year old Rikita won several games as he demonstrated his quick wit! As we bade farewell, Rikuta said, "When I am 15 years old, I will visit you in Tucson, Arizona". We look forward to that reunion!

Diego from the US

David from Australia

Our Nagomi visit was amazing beyond words. Our hosts were friendly, hospitable, welcoming and understanding, and the food prepared was both new to us, and immaculately prepared. We had a marvellous time sharing food and experiences with our hosts. I will be recommending Nagomi Visit to anyone I know or meet who is travelling Japan.

David from Australia

Didier from France

Exceptional on all aspects: our hosts were very welcoming, kind and sweet; the cooking was exceptionally good; and the apartment just had a stunning view on Tokyo! We talked about many different things starting with rock music we shared the same passion for, continuing with respective culinary traditions between France and Japan, japanese calligraphy, etc... It was altogether a very delightful moment. We eventually traded addresses and telephone numbers and hopefully will stay in touch. We invited them over to our place should they ever come to France.

Didier from France

Frances from Australia

Our Nagomi visit was one of the most memorable part of our trip to Japan and an experience that we would definitely recommend to anyone traveling to this beautiful country. Hiro and Nanako welcomed us in their home and prepared us a variety of dishes for us to sample so that we could experience a broad range of traditional Japanese foods. The menu was composed by appetizers like Chikuwa Kyuri, Gomame, Gobo and Ninjin Yawatamaki, followed then by Yudofu (warmed tofu),Miso soup, Rice and Pork, tomato, cheese fries. Of course sake wasn't missing and our host always kept us entertained teaching and explaining us different aspects of the Japanese culture and tradition. We hope that other people will be able to have the same opportunity we had and experience local Japanese foodies and families. A special thanks to our amazing hosts (Hiro and Nanako) for the wonderful evening and even for driving us back to the train station closer to our hostel.

Frances from Australia