What's "SENPAI"

A foreigner's viewpoint & the deep knowledge of a local make travel in Japan more interesting!

SENPAI in Japanese refers to the more senior people or higher-ranked people in school or company in Japan. In "SENPAI JAPAN®", the multinational writers who have both view points of foreigner and Japan-expert, are called SENPAI. Based on their own experience as the local residents, the multinational foreigners who have lived in Japan for long provide useful informations such as transportation, history and culture of Japan, and other deep information of Japan to the foreign travelers. SENPAI's information is supported by each institution to publish accurate information, as well as comments unique to SENPAI.

Who SENPAI are

"Ms. Florentyna Leow

3 years in Japan

I live in Kyoto and think incessantly about food, both making and eating it. You can find my occasional musings about food at furochan.wordpress.com. Or more often showing you the places I've been to and what I've eaten on Instagram @furochan_eats. Y"

Ms. Cho Soung Hee

25 years in Japan

" Starting with a period of study abroad and then university, I have lived in Osaka, Japan for more than 25 years, and at the moment I am teaching Korean. Japan has many beautiful views and there are lots of areas famous for food, but I think the most famous thing is onsen hot springs. Onsen are definitely one of the things I want to recommend to make your trip more enjoyable and give you space to breathe."

Mr. Benjamin John McCracken

5 years in Japan

I arrived in Japan almost 19 years ago as a student and fell in love with the culture and beauty of the country. Over the next 18 years I found myself coming back to Japan frequently and finally decided to move to Japan. I enjoy cycling around Japan, especially around Lake Biwa.

Ms. Mercedes Dobler

17 years in Japan

I’m from Toronto, Canada and have lived in Japan for 17 years, first in Kobe and now in Ashiya. I am passionate about food, wine, sake, art, books, movies and travel. I enjoy studying Japanese and French, and in my free time, I practice and teach Shotokan karate.

Mr. Pan Zili

8 years in Japan

Although I used to live in Tokyo for many years, I am now living in Osaka. When I have the time, I spend it primarily in Kyoto. I have a keen interest in things such as temples, Japanese-style courtyards, and natural scenery. Although I have lived here for several years and often visit Kyoto, it still has a certain freshness that impresses me every time, and I am now searching for a new Kyoto.


2 years in Japan

I was born in Hong Kong and went to school in Australia. At university, I majored in Japanese language and culture, and I also studied abroad for one year in Japan. After graduating from university, I returned to Hong Kong and got a job in a life insurance company. Thereafter, I got the opportunity to continue my studies, so I quit my job at the life insurance company and came back to Japan in April 2016. I am currently studying for my master's degree at Osaka University, and the focus of my research is Chinese literature.

Ms. Li Mi Linh

8 years in Japan

Originally I was an ad developer, but eight years ago I got married to a Japanese person and moved to Nara. Since then, I’ve worked at the Taiwanese trade office (consulate) in Osaka, published a novel under the pen name Tomiya Nara, and covered over 100 businesses, including restaurants, hotels, traditional inns, department stores, museums, railroad companies and more. Currently I deal with tourism promotion, working together with Nara City. We’d like to welcome foreign visitors to the ancient capital of Nara to directly experience Nara’s unique appeal for themselves.