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Masaru Takayama
President, Spirit of Japan Travel
Member for 3 Years
Joined July 2020
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About me

Mr. Masaru Takayama founded Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN) to promote authentic ecotourism in the region by creating a networking platform for ecotourism fraternity. In 2018 Japan Alliance of Responsible Travel Agencies (JARTA) was also created to enhance responsible tourism movement in Japan. Masaru serves a number of key positions in the organizations both home and abroad. GSTC authorized trainer, Green Destinations auditor/trainer, Travelife auditor. Japan Tourism Agency and UNWTO Japan advisor. Owner of Shunyoso, a cultural heritage building in Awaji Island, Japan.

Why did you join the community?

I want to engage with other like-minded people

What is your favorite travel destination?


Where do you dream of traveling to?

Underwater in a submarine

What was your first travel job?

Coastal Engineer

What do you want to learn more about?

Can sustainable tourism become mainstream tourism?

Three words that describe why we should travel?

Experience, Education, and Peace