Miles Peterson

Ski and trekking guide, kids’ outdoor leader in the Lake Nojiri area, fisheries biologist and passionate hunter of wild vegetables in spring and summer and mushrooms in the fall. An American citizen born in Gumma Prefecture, he lives year-round on the lake in his cottage with his wife, ukuleles and hamster.

“I basically grew up here on Lake Nojiri, although I went to school in Tokyo, and did my undergraduate degree in Colorado in the US. It was always the place to come back to, though, the place that felt like home.”

“In fact, I went to the US a few year ago to pursue my graduate degree in fish sciences—but I suddenly realized that I was much more interested in getting back to Japan and being out in the fantastic wild world all around the lake. So I had an early change of life, and came back home!”

“For me, this is just about the perfect place to live. I might get up and kayak or canoe around the lake early in the morning. In the winter, friends (or clients) and I often enjoy a day out fishing for wakasagi, tasty smelt—if we have a day when I can’t get out skiing. The autumn colors are almost perfect from the windows of my cabin, with the tiny island of Benten-jima glowing with color and surrounded my morning fog.”

“In short, I’m just getting going on my new life in guiding, but I still do fisheries research work too, and just enjoy the traditions and the natural beauty of the area. I’m really glad I came back home!”

The Guidance of your safety to enjoy activities in nature.

There is a lot of danger that you have to pay attention during enjoying activities in the mountains, rivers, lakes and ponds etc.
Have the knowledge and experience, and be ready for any situation.
We would reccomend you to have guides who are specialized in the feild or paticipate tours.
It is necessary to keep to its field regulations, rules and manners.

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