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Junichi Aida




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I am a JMGA certified hiking guide and a National Certified Tour Guide, living locally in Yakushima since 1998. I have always been passionate about the nature and the outdoors, and have also attended a park ranger school in Canada, where I rediscovered the beauty of the Japanese nature. Upon my return to Japan, I learnt about eco tourism in Yakushima, which is when I packed all my belongings on a van and moved there. Since then, I have been guiding in Yakushima and have attended thousands of visitors up to this day.

Many guests have told me that travelling with a guide is much more secure, informative and fun. The chance to communicate with the true locals is the real charm of the trip. I’ll do my best to make your time in Yakushima memorable and unforgettable!

I look forward to welcoming you and sharing the natural beauty of Yakushima with you, and the Japanese culture itself that is deeply related to its nature.

If I cannot guide the tour then my friend guide Akihiro (http://www.explore-share.com/mountain-guide/akihiro-wada/) will guide you.

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Pey Chi Siau


April, 2024

Junichi has been fantastic! Patient and helpful, he took time to answer all my questions. His passion and appreciation for Yakushima and its natural wonders shines through when he shares his knowledge about the island and its inhabitants. Super grateful to have had such an experienced guide who provided useful tips to make the most out of my hikes.

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Chloe Yeung


December, 2023

Having traveled to yakushima and Jun as a tour guide was one of the best decisions we made for this trip to Japan. Jun provided us with a lot of fun facts and in depth knowledge of the ecosystem on the island. Stuff that you would not find out travelling by yourself! Also, we felt very safe with an expert by our side because the weather could change rapid on the island. It was an unforgettable experience. I highly recommend Jun as your tour guide.

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June, 2023

The tour was owsome and I'm really thankfull to Junichi for his guidance, his ability to spot frogs, insect's pouches etc., his recommendations for the next day and his willingness to answer my questions ,even after the tour. Thanks, Haya

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Gunnar Olsen


August, 2019

We had a fantastic guided tour and the guide was very accommodating to our needs, the overall service of the Explore-Share was also very good but i did have problems making the upgrade from one person trip to two person by myself but that was fixed fast via e-mail.

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