About

Our Story

About

our story

AKASHI TRAVEL is a travel agency established in Barcelona by Tina Bagué and Toru Morimoto, professional photographers and specialists of Japan, respectively from Japan and Barcelona. Both have been traveling Japan together since 2002. Their photo project,  The Japan Photo Project, started in 2010 when they decided to leave everything behind in Spain and spend a whole year of their life (365 days) photographing Japan from the northernmost island of Japan (Hokkaido) to the tropical islands of Okinawa, with a motorhome. As a result of this 42.000km-long road trip, they published their first co-authored book “Japan/日本“.

The fact that Toru Morimoto is Japanese and has lived half of his life in Japan and the other half abroad, and that Tina Bagué is Spanish and has traveled countless times to Japan makes them the perfect couple to guide and lead a small group of people who want to travel out of the beaten track in Japan.

Akashi Travel offers handmade private tours and photo tours directly created by Tina Bagué and Toru Morimoto. All tours are accompanied with Tina Bagué and Toru Morimoto. Akashi Travel also offers travel counseling and makes custom-made travel plans to Japan for you.

Tina Bagué

Tour Leader & Photographer

portrait of Tina BaguéBeing interested in photography since her youth, Tina Bagué studied photography in Barcelona and in the States. While in USA she documented the New York’s street life in black and white with her Lubitel. In 1998 she started working as a freelance photographer. At the same time, she started teaching black and white darkroom work. Getting inspired by the Japanese culture on her first trip to Japan in 2002, she decided to specialize in travel photography. She has travelled to more than 20 countries, producing travel reportages that have appeared in many Spanish magazines such as El Dominical del Periodico, Mujer 21, Woman, Viajar, Ronda Iberia, Iberia Excelente, El País Semanal, Rutas del Mundo, Altair, Yo Dona, Conde Nast Traveller, Spanair and in Italian magazines such as Panorama and Panorama Travel or Newsweek Japan among others. From 2002 to 2012 she was the chief editor of a Spanish photo magazine, Digitalfoto, published in Barcelona by MC Ediciones.


Toru Morimoto

Logistic Leader & Photographer

Portrait of Toru MorimotoHe started working as a photographer for The Daily Nation, a Kenyan newspaper in Nairobi, while he was a master student of the photojournalism department in the School of Journalism, University of Missouri. In 1998, he documented the US Embassy bombing in Nairobi. After internships in Magnum Photos and The New York Times both in New York, he moved to Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and started freelancing to cover the West Africa. Later, he moved to Tokyo. Since 2004, when he moved to Barcelona, he has been focusing on various photographic documentary projects all over the world. His works have been published mostly in American and European publications such as Newsweek, the New York Times, Der Spiegel, Time Magazine, Los Angels Times, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Courrier International, and so on. In 2007 he won an award of excellence from POYi and in 2009 he won the 10th Ueno Hikoma Award in Japan.


Featured Testimonials

Words from our clients
  • "When we found out that Tina and Toru offered consulting sessions for people who want to travel to Japan on their own, we did not hesitate to contact them. The service and attention they had with us was incredible. They helped us to define perfectly the trip that we wanted and they proposed us a lot of interesting places to discover. They also helped us with transportation and accommodation, the latter was really useful, since we traveled in April and when we wanted to book a hotel on our own there was almost no availability anywhere. We recommend Akashi Travel 100%! "
    Mónica Salicrú
    Mónica Salicrú
  • "Preparing for a trip to Japan is very exciting, but also overwhelming because of the number of possibilities it offers. In our case, in addition, we barely had time to prepare for it, and it had to be a efficient trip due to our limited trip schedule. Thanks to Tina and Toru, we managed to design a very efficient route. Without their help it would have been much harder to reach the Japanese Alps, spend two nights in a beautiful mountain village, or get even closer to the 21st Century Museum in Kanazawa. It was an unforgettable trip and we owe it to them! Thank you!!"
    Sílvia Galup
    Sílvia Galup