A new way of seeing the city

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A new way of seeing the city

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Tomio Koyama Gallery

Landmark gallery of big-name artists, also dappling in ceramics

Welcome to People Make Places

We introduce special, soulful destinations in Japan and help you visit them.

People Make Places is a beautiful, collectable, hardcover book to inspire you at home and a sleekly handy iPhone and iPad app to carry while exploring Tokyo.

And we have a person-to-person Concierge service to support your adventures in Japan. Our members can contact us for advice, reservations, recommendations and other travel arrangements, or to design their perfect holiday.

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Book

We’re thrilled to show you the beautiful hardcover People Make Places book. We designed it – along with our handy iOS app and Concierge service – to help you discover both the places that make Tokyo such a unique city, and the people that make those places so special.

And it’s designed as a book to treasure. Written by journalists who have an intimate knowledge of the city, the images have been commissioned and taken to no other brief than to bring our subjects to life – all 48 of them. The book is printed in Japan on the finest paper we could find, by a storied company that cherishes books as much as we do.

Each one ordered online is hand-wrapped in washi paper at our studio in Tokyo, before being sent by express airmail. Most are delivered within about a week, depending on the destination. The price is 6,500 yen and includes postage to anywhere in the world.

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Eiichi Kunitomo
Barista

Koffee Mameya

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App

People Make Places is also a sleekly handy mobile app, currently available on iOS devices. Like a digital magazine, it’s updated regularly and is a gorgeous, informative, intuitive way to browse Tokyo, whether you’re planning a trip to the city or deciding what to do over the weekend.

The app has all the content of the book, plus added functions like maps linked to Google or Apple, and tips from local residents on when and how to visit. Each location also has a taxi card with the address and directions for cab drivers in Japanese.

Priced at 1,800 yen, the app is updated regularly as we discover new people to know about and places to share. And as you browse through the entries, you can easily bookmark the ones you want to visit. You can download it now from iTunes.

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Noriko Konuma
Director

Kumu

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Concierge

People Make Places is a full-service travel agency that ​designs custom trips in Tokyo and across Japan.

Our specialty is really unique itineraries – for a day, a week, or longer – that bring you into contact with amazing people along the way​, including many of the people you'll read about in our book and app​.

We work with individuals, families, or small, fun groups. ​And we're also here ​for people living in ​Japan who want to explore more. Ask us for details of local tours and events.

We believe things should be as transparent as possible. We charge a daily fee for making all the arrangements. And then all the expenses are on top.

The travel agency is called PMP Japan Co. Ltd.
(For the record, here's our license: 東京都知事登録旅行業第3種7368号)

For more information, please email travel@peoplemakeplaces.com or click the button below to send us a message.

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Taka Ishii
Owner

Taka Ishii Gallery