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Takuya Ugajin


An inveterate traveller, Takuya began travelling at a young age. He was born in San Francisco and first set foot in Japan at the age of one when his family returned to Japan. A graduate of Confucian and Buddhist philosophy from Waseda, one of Japan’s top universities, Takuya also studied at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in China.

Takuya began his career at one of Japan’s large trading companies where his work led him around the globe trading in coking coal. Subsequently, while running a business exporting second-hand machinery, he found himself in Ethiopia renting out agricultural equipment. This sparked an interest in growing crops himself and this is the basis of his now extensive knowledge of flora.

Takuya’s travels also include a road trip by car throughout North America, motorbiking around India, and trekking and cycling solo in Tibet. One of his memorable highlights was cycling over the Gyatsola Pass (5,220m) in Tibet.

Takuya returned to Japan in 2011 and began leading tours for Walk Japan the following year. In 2013, he took on the role of tour operations manager looking after our Tour Leaders and tour logistics.

He lives in an old farmhouse in the mountainous Central Alps region of Japan and, when not leading tours or on other Walk Japan business, can be found tending his fields, making his own miso paste - a staple ingredient of Japanese cooking, and volunteering as a forestry worker to maintain the local trails and woodlands.

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