Connecting curious travelers with authentic Japanese traditions.
Japan. It’s one of the most beautiful and unique countries on Earth.
Historical seclusion, prolific arts, and profound spirituality have formed a fascinating culture that has long captured the imagination of foreigners. And with tourism reaching record numbers in recent years, there’s no shortage of travelers eager to uncover the nation’s secrets.
If you’re anything like us though, you’d know that there’s much more to Japan than the crowded megacities, dazzling billboards, and energetic nightlife. But without speaking Japanese, how can travelers be expected to move past these touristic stereotypes?
That’s why we started Deeper Japan in 2018 with one simple goal – to bridge cultural gaps and create real connections between travelers and authentic Japan.
What we do
We’ve searched far and wide for Japan’s best artisans and hospitable locals, and together, we’ve crafted authentic experiences sure to leave you with lifelong memories.
From sake sipping to samurai swords, ancient archery to inspiring ikebana, we’ve got Japan’s diverse range of cultural artforms covered. Our workshops are intimate and run by dedicated masters eager to share their craft.
For those keen to sit back and relax, we’ve got you covered too. Be entertained by gorgeous Geisha, watch ringside at a Sumo training session, or feel the power of a Noh performance.
Every region of Japan has its own rich culture, so knowing where to start your countryside escape can be tough. We make it easy for you to connect with locals through cultural tours and homestays that let you appreciate the real Japan, and make some new friends along the way.
In your language
We know Japan’s language barrier is a real roadblock to authentic travel. That’s why our team of friendly interpreter guides accompany you to ensure not a single detail of your experience is lost in translation.
CEO, Product Design
Hikaru Ishikawa is the CEO and Head of Product Design of Deeper Japan. Born in Japan and raised in Austria, he is passionate about bridging cultural gaps and promoting diversity. He leads the company’s vision, strategy, and design. Prior to Deeper Japan, he has worked for Japanese MP Shigeru Ishiba, Morgan Stanley, and Inpex Corporation. He holds a BA in Political Science from Waseda University.
Director, Content Creation
Jeweliann Picardal is Director of Content Creation at Deeper Japan. She joined Deeper Japan after working at an all-women social enterprise in Northeastern Japan. She holds an A.B in English and a minor in East Asian Studies from Harvard University and is committed to precise and effective cross-cultural communication.
Director, Community Engagement
Before joining Deeper Japan in 2018, Satoshi Eguchi served as manager and sommelier at a fine dining restaurant, wine bar, and specialty coffee store in Tokyo. He has detailed knowledge and interest in the regional cuisines of Japan, as well as of the world and is a certified sommelier (Japan Sommelier Association). At Deeper Japan he utilizes his background in hospitality in partnering with local artisans to develop high-quality experiences.
Director, Creative & Marketing
A creative all-rounder from down under, Sean joined in 2018 and recently managed the rebrand from Detouur to Deeper Japan (with a few new grey hairs). Despite being passionate about all things Japanese culture, he still hasn’t acquired a taste for natto.
Favourite artform: Ikebana. Western floristry can often be based on a ‘more is more’ approach. In Ikebana, I like that you can create a beautiful, powerful sculpture with just a few branches.
Born and raised in Singapore to a Swedish-speaking Finn father and a Spanish-speaking Japanese mother, Marina currently studies at Brown University in the United States. If you are confused, she is too, and is spending the summer at Deeper Japan trying to bridge cultural gaps and create real connections (mainly between foreigners and authentic 日本, of course).
Company: STEIN Corporation (合同会社シュタイン)
Call: +81 (90) 4533 3732
1-12-38-903 Taishido, Setagaya-ku,
Tokyo 154-0004 Japan