Kate Ulberg

Kate Ulberg is a third-generation Californian who began her guiding career as a cook/driver-guide for Stanford Alumni tours to Hopi-Navajo country and as a teacher of nordic skiing in the Sierra Nevada. In the 1980s, Kate led a hiking tour in Japan and quickly fell in love with Japan's aesthetics, the kindness of the people, and the beauty of the mountains, temples, and gardens. She kept returning to Japan as a hiking guide and now some 25 years later, she remains deeply connected to this country, having learned the history, the customs, the cultural do's and don'ts, the language, and having made many friends there. "Every trip to Japan for me is like returning home and bringing new friends. My trips offer an introduction to the culture, the food, the history, the sights, the arts," says Kate, "and at journey's end, I hope that trip members feel that they have experienced Japan, not just visited."

Upcoming Trips:

Temples, Treasures and Teahouses, April 5-18, 2015

Client Testimonials:


It was a pleasure to travel with Kate. Her love of Japan is obvious and her knowledge extensive. Besides all that, she was fun to be with. Phyliss P., San Diego CA Outstanding leader. I’ve been on 17 WT trips and all the leaders have been excellent. Kate is among the very best I’ve experienced. Chris R., Palo Alto CA
Temples, Treasures & Teahouses
Kate took very good care of us. Her established relationships with people in Japan added to our enjoyment of the trip. Ruth & Jim G., Del Mar CA
Temples, Treasures & Teahouses
Kate is knowledgeable, informative, a great trip leader. I have taken many trips and never enjoyed one more. Jean G., Menlo Park CA
Temples, Treasures & Teahouses
Kate is very respectful of Japanese culture and a great pleasure to be with day in and day out. Trains, futons, monasteries, temples, inns, baths, meals, educational meetings—all wonderful. Kate made this a great trip. Cynthia J., Newport OK Kate is very knowledgeable and was a wonderful guide. Her experience in the country as well as her proficiency in Japanese were invaluable and added greatly to our experience. Martha G., Cambridge, MA
Temples, Treasures & Teahouses