About Us

Discover Shikoku, Shikoku's premier DMC, is the bespoke experiential inbound division of Anabuki Travel, one of Shikoku’s oldest and most trusted companies.  As the name implies, Discover Shikoku focuses on Shikoku Island, the surrounding islands of the Seto Inland Sea and neighboring coastal regions.  

Our Services

We offer bespoke experiential travel to Shikoku and the surrounding islands and coastal plains of the Seto Inland Sea.  From locally guided tours along Shikoku's famed 88 temple pilgrimage to instructional photography tours, we don't hold back. From one-of-a-kind chartered trains to private luxury cars, catamarans, and even chartered sea planes, we'll provide you the experience of a lifetime.   Come join us on Shikoku and find YOUR journey within.

The Team

Keiko Tada - Director of Operations

The most recent addition to the DS team, Keiko completed her university studies in Boston and spent nearly a decade working for multi-national advertising firms in Tokyo before returning home to the Setouchi area and establishing YUI, two amazing rental properties on the art island of Teshima.  Queen of Teshima or just plane Keiko, call her what you will... if it's happening in the Art Islands she is either directly involved or closely connected to those who are!  Her cross cultural skillset and keen business savvy are a highly valued addition to our team.  

Sean Brecht - Managing Director

A Tokyo based professional photographer with more than 30 years experience in Japan, Sean relocated to Takamatsu in December 2016 to assume the helm at Discover Shikoku. An avid traveler and lifelong skateboarder(not advisable at his age), he can most often be found in the company of his cameras in his free time.

Cara Encabo - Travel Advisor

After graduating university in her native Philippines, Cara spent several years in intensive Japanese language studies here in Takamatsu.  Her multilingual multi-cultural background, calm demeanor, and can-do anything attitude have proven indispensable for Discover Shikoku.  When not out sourcing fantastic new restaurants, Cara is likely to be found hitting the high notes at our local karaoke establishment.  Cara's not actually a Kakashi(scarecrow) but does bear some resemblance to the one above.

Yuka Abe - Anabuki Travel

President of our parent company, Anabuki Travel, Yuka-san was the driving force behind the vision to bring luxury inbound travel to the island of Shikoku and the Setouchi region.  Despite her propensity for scheduling 30 hours of activities into any 24 hour day, we think she's a pretty good president.

Lauren Scharf - Nippon Discovery Consulting

Lauren Scharf works as our in-house luxury travel consultant. She has lived in Japan on and off since 1993. In late 2010, she co-founded a Japanese-American DMC (destination management company) to introduce international travelers to the authentic arts and culture of Japan. In early 2016, she became an independent consultant, developing and promoting destinations and experiences around Japan to the media, international travelers, and travel agents.  Lauren can at times be found strolling the backstreets of the Noto peninsula balancing cats on her head.

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