July 2019

Dear Customers and Friends,

I am writing to inform that Community Travel Service will be closing on July 31, 2019 with the retirement of the owner, Mariko Watanabe-Harumi. 

Community Travel Service was founded in 1982 to provide a full range of travel services.  In 1995, we started organizing Japan tours aiming to introduce the non-touristy ‘real’ Japan – the way of life and livelihood of people in Japan.  With a small group of 10 to 12, our tours visited little-known small towns to meet and mingle with the locals to enjoy their food, arts and traditions.

To our surprise, we found there were so many Americans who love this "unconventional" type of travel.  Our tours were soon filled with repeat participants.  We are very grateful to have met and traveled with so many wonderful people.  We would not have come this far without their faithful patronage, warm support and friendship.  We would also like to bow deeply to express our appreciation to the people in Japan who always went out of their way to welcome our tour groups.  Hontoni arigato gozaimashita.

We hope our paths cross again somewhere and sometime.  Maybe in Japan and hopefully soon!

Wishing you all the best,

Mariko Watanabe-Harumi

Community Travel Service, LLC