VolcanoHub was born in spring 2015 thanks to the work of a group of already established professionals in the tourist reception and cultural-linguistic mediation sectors, after a period of meetings and reflections to understand what was missing from the incoming world.
The volcano is an important natural element that Italy and Japan share, as their people share the respect mixed with fear and admiration that they harbor towards it.
On one hand we mention the Etna, “Europe’s giant”, and the Vesuvius “the nice mountain”, on the other the ultimate symbol of Japan, Mount Fuji.
In transportation, a hub is the largest airport, the main junction and thus a true center of connectivity for goods and passengers; in IT it is the main body that forwards information and data to all other devices.
Similarly, VolcanoHub tries to be a means of connecting ideas and people, dreams and realities, of interfacing with a world that is authentic, and devoid of tricks and forgeries.
We want to foster an alternative, experiential, responsible, slow tourism, as well as reception and mediation for those who wish to come to our Countries or who need services such as business travel, consultancy, translation, etc.…, in order to allow a better interaction between our guests and the receiving territory.
Our offices are located in Italy (Turin) and in Japan (Kyoto).
Currently we have operations centers in numerous cities, Turin, Milan, Rome, Naples, Palermo, Cagliari, Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima…, in which you will be greeted by our associates. International and multilingual, they are professional figures with various specializations: tour guides and escorts, drivers, outdoor sports enthusiasts, wine and food, Made in Italy and Made in Japan consultants, etc.…
Numerous partners are also spread across Italy and Japan, to take care locally of your every need.
Stefano Longo (Steo), graduated in Foreign Languages and Literature (Japanese, Spanish) in 2007 at the University of Turin, presenting his historical-anthropological research thesis on the Ainu, the indigenous inhabitants of Japan, following in the footsteps of Fosco Maraini, whom he greatly admires.
From 2008 to 2011 he lived in Kyoto, where he taught Italian and Spanish at international institutions and collaborated with the photography for local magazines.
Previously, he assisted the Japanese TV channel NHK on a number of occasions and performed interpretation and cultural mediation roles.
More recently, he worked as a freelance tourist guide for travel agencies: at present he’s already accompanied more than 400 clients in Japan.
At the same time, he dedicated himself to activities of reception and wine consultancy.
An avid traveler, Cultural enthusiast and Nature lover, he visited and lived in various European, Asian and South American Countries.
He’s also cultivated an interest in wine and food, deepening his knowledge in the sector and becoming a Sommelier.
He cooperated with renowned winemaking organizations, where he acquired experience in enotourism and participated in events organized by Slow Food, where he performed various roles.
Finally, he’s been a lover of photography since an early age, with a preference for news reporting and landscapes: most of the pictures on the website come directly from his personal archive.
Today he lives in Turin, due to his urban background, but he never stays away too long from his natural roots, the island of Ustica, first Marine Reserve in Italy where, in his family’s farm, traditional wines and biological products are produced.
In Spring 2015 he created VolcanoHub, a project that had been thought up long ago was finally realized.
Kei Tamura is dedicated to promoting regional development from a global standpoint and is focused on improving the way of life for various communities throughout Japan, especially the Kinki region.While nurturing ties with the local community, Tombo Project aims to resolve local issues by encouraging Ecotourism and Agritourism.In partnership with VolcanoHub, we’re working together to promote and rejuvenate regional communities.