TCS & Starquest Expeditions founder and chairman T.C. Swartz will join you-along with experienced, English-speaking Japanese guides-on this unique journey full of enriching experiences in Tokyo, Kyushu Island, and Kyoto.
They will introduce you to friends, experts, and master artisans who are considered Japan's "living treasures.
Meet Japanese people in their homes, their workplaces, favorite restaurants, and entertainment places.
Enjoy both simple home-style foods as well as kaiseki meals that are so beautiful you will want to photograph them.
In Tokyo, T.C.
will take you to one of his
favorite Italian restaurants.
Each day, you'll have opportunities to choose from many excursions and activities-each of which T.C.
has personally experienced and highly recommends.
T.C. Swartz, host of Secrets of Japan, and founder and chairman of
TCS & Starquest Expeditions
(In Japan ringing a bell to call the spirits at a small shrine)
T.C. has been a pioneer in the travel business for more than three decades, developing unique expeditions involving innovative means of travel to remote and legendary destinations around the world.
founded and developed Society Expeditions, with which he
pioneered travel to many remote destinations during the 1970s and 1980s, eventually creating the first West-to-East cruise through the Northwest Passage and flying the first commercial travelers to the South Pole.
In 1989, T.C. founded Private Jet Expeditions, becoming the first in the world to operate expeditions to remote destinations with specially outfitted aircraft-a concept he further developed with two additional private jet companies he founded, TCS Expeditions and Starquest Expeditions, which are now one company, TCS & Starquest Expeditions.
In recent years, T.C.
has set his
sights on growing the business and developing ways that philanthropy can play a larger role in it.
has personally pledged $100,000 per year to building schools, alleviating poverty, and establishing sustainable agriculture in rural Cambodia; and has overseen the development of the TCS & Starquest Expeditions
philanthropy program, dramatically increasing the scope and scale of how each expedition gives back to the peoples and places we visit.
of Japan journey is his
latest travel concept, inspired by his
personal experiences living in Japan and his
commitment to directly support those who are rebuilding their communities in the area struck by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
T.C. received a B.A. in Economics from Iowa State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois.