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

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

 Dale from Australia

I've recently come back home to Australia after a wonderful time in Japan & I must say, That one would have to be Crazy! not to experience a Nagomi visit. What a highlight to my trip, it's one that I will never forget. The hosts were lovely, friendly, welcoming & funny...Oh did I mention the food? What an abundance! it just kept on coming out, there was no end to it & the host definitely went above & beyond to accommodate me, what more could one ask for...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...Domo arigato gozaimasu

Dale from Australia

Livia - from Brazil

Thank you, Nagomi Visit Staff for this wonderful experience. 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. Thanks again. Hugs,

Livia - from Brazil

Floor from Netherlands

When we were leaving the metro our Nagomi host was already waiting and waving to us. A very warm welcome in her house with her family where we had one of the best meals in Japan. 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. It was great to share experiences and find how we live very similar back home, though it might look different since we are simply not used to the way of living 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

Sandy from Australia

We enjoyed two Nagomi visits. First in Tokyo with a delightful hostess and one of her friends and their 4 children. We were collected at the station and taken to visit the supermarket and 100 Yen shop, lots of fun discovering all sorts of different foods with two expert cooks! Back at the hostesses apartment we enjoyed preparing some cartoon character rice balls, a sushi "cake" and doing origami with the kids while the mums finished cooking. Our hostess and her friend prepared a wonderful meal of Japanese specialties and the children made shaved ice desserts. After dinner the children had prepared some traditional Japanese party games for us to play with them. Our second visit, in Matsumoto was different but equally wonderful. Our host family lived in a small town in the mountains. Their son had prepared a menu blackboard for us. We helped to make Takoyaki and then had make it yourself sushi and a wonderful traditional Japanese dessert. Both our host families went to an enormous amount of effort to prepare a delicious dinner and make us feel very welcome. Our two Nagomi visits have been the highlight of our 3 week long Japan trip. I strongly recommend the programme to anyone visiting Japan.

Sandy from Australia

Daniel, Joann, Sarah and Samuel from Singapore

This is our family’s first trip to Japan and I wanted my young kids to experience Japan realtime. So when I read about [Nagomi Visit], I was determined to squeeze it into our schedule…Nothing beats warm food and warm smiles in a foreign and cold [winter] country. We enjoyed ourselves very much and would highly recommend a home visit to anyone who wants to experience Japan realtime. A great program!

Daniel, Joann, Sarah and Samuel from Singapore

I have worked with Japanese people for decades in business and have Japanese-American friends here in the US. When you get to Japan the overall impression of Japanese that I got was extremely polite yet somewhat reserved. Very kind people (strangers helped us out when we were lost for example) but maybe not as boisterous as some cultures. Well, experience a dinner with people in their home and it just blows those impressions out of the water! At least it did for our experience. We found Yoko and her boyfriend to be amazingly warm, FUN, full of laughs!! We didn't want the night to end. It was a fantastic time!

Thyra and David from U.S.A

John and Chris from Australia

My husband and I decided to inquire to have a first hand lunch experience with a local Japanese family, The whole precedure was so easy and exciting. First applying, very easy and Nagomi were so helpful and efficient. All of our questions were answered quickly and we felt very comfortable from the beginning to the end of the precedure. Our lunch on the day was so enjoyable, not only the food but the lovely family we have met. The best part of this experience we now have a extended Japenese family. Meg and her gorgeous, talkative little boy met us at the station with her bike and we walked about 10 mins through a lovely park to their home. A great memory and one of our highlights on our visit to Japan.

John and Chris from Australia

Miriam from Spain

Amazing family and very good company. We had the chance to cook Gyoza with them. It was a pleasure time.

Miriam from Spain

Cameron from USA

At first, I wasn't sure about this experience. It seemed a little odd to me. But once my host met me at the train station, we hit it off right away. She was an absolutely sweetheart and we walked back to her family's house and she had all this cultural and educational stuff laid out for me to learn about the country I was in. It was awesome. While we talked about literally everything, she cooked a very traditional lunch for the both of us. I enjoyed every part of the meal and she was more than gracious. I stayed for quite a while and we just talked and laughed and learned. She walked me back to the train station and was as polite and friendly as she could be the entire time. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Thank you!! I will definitely do this again on my future vacations.

Cameron from USA

Isaac from Mexico

The food was amazing and host's friendly chat was even better. It is, the definitely, one of my best experiences in Japan so far.

Isaac from Mexico

Tiffany and Mike from Australia

We really enjoyed our time with host! Especially enjoyed the opportunity to wear a Kimono.

Tiffany and Mike from Australia

Michaela from Australia

It was really nice to spend time with our host and eat lunch with them. The family was so lovely and friendly. Okonomiyaki is our favorite. We have had this dish a couple of times before but this was the best and we got to choose our own ingredient which was great!

Michaela from Australia

Ken from Australia

Our host looked after us from the time we met at station. They prepared a wonderful meal. Sashimi and soup were our favourite dishes. We also enjoyed the tonkatsu cutlet, beef, nori rolls, salads and other condiments. Our children enjoyed playing video games with their boys. Our host were especially charming by communicating with us in English as we knew no Japanese.

Ken from Australia

Emma from Australia

Our host was lovely. Beautiful food and a lovely home. She was very kind and caring towards my 13 years old nephew. Our favorite dish was Kimpira, Daikon Toriniku dish and miso soup.

Emma from Australia

Felix & Sarha from Australia

Great food + hospitality. I would recommend it.

Felix & Sarha from Australia

Mireia and Lluis from Spain

It was a very good dinner. We enjoyed the company and conversation with Hanako. It's very interesting to have the possibility of knowing people from the country you are visiting.

Mireia and Lluis from Spain

Jarryd from Australia

Everything was enjoyable from the time we met at the station. I enjoyed everything! Karaage, Sashimi, Potato salad & the stew. And ice cream!

Jarryd from Australia

Jenny & Christy from Indonesia

We enjoy every minute's visit to the Lee family. They are very warmhearted & welcoming.

Jenny & Christy from Indonesia

Candy from USA

We enjoyed our visit very much! We learned a lot about Japan and family living. Thank you.

Candy from USA

Matthew from USA

We loved meeting the Usui family and playing with the kids. They are very welcoming hosts. The home made Takoyaki were delicious, and everyone got to help to cook.

Matthew from USA

Mandy from USA

We had a wonderful visit! The Nishimura family was very welcoming. Emi was a fantastic host and we had a lot of fun with her two boys, Kai and Yu. My mother was especially pleased with the visit. For her, it was the only chance to visit a real Japanese home (we keep our home mostly American style here in Japan!) and eat regular home-cooked Japanese food. Emi's dinner was delicious and we went home very full! See more comments about her experience of home visit on Mandy's blog Uncovering Japan (http://uncoveringjapan.com/2012/07/02/experience-nagomi-kitchen-home-visit/).

Mandy from USA

Gaby from Argentina

The food was DELICIOUS, the conversation was super interesting and we felt really welcome by the whole family. Our hosts made their absolute best to make us feel like at home. The whole experience was GREAT! Nothing could have been better! We really liked everything: very impressive plate with sushi, yummy katsu (I think that is the name), broccoli and cucumber salads, natto rolls.

Gaby from Argentina

Super awesome experience. The family is so accommodating and so friendly. This is no doubt the best and most memorable experience I have in my visit to Tokyo :) Ichiban!!

Melissa from Singapore