We're developing an app,
operating walking tours,
and running a hostel.



We’re running tours featuring Kyoto's hidden sights and stories.

Tour App

We're developing Tabby Walker, a walking tour app.


We're operating Friends Kyo, a backpacker hostel in Gion.

Market research

We’re doing market research and consulting for Uber Japan.


The Craft Tabbies

Yasuhiro Shiwaku

Yasuhiro Shiwaku


Yasu lived in Mexico and the UK as a boy, and has been to 87 countries and counting. An anthropology graduate of the International Christian University of Japan, he is also active in the All Japan Archery Federation as a judge for international competitions. Loves ramen, onsen, and his dog, Punto. His storied ancestors have an island in the Seto Inland Sea named after them.

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Lee Xian Jie

Chief Developer

Born in Singapore, XJ came to Japan 7 years ago to read Political Science at Waseda University in Tokyo. Previously a documentary producer working on films for Al Jazeera English, he is now researching the Inari faith, learning to make tea, and filming a documentary about a kaiseki chef in Gion. He shares a love of ramen and onsen, but cannot survive a day without tea.

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A tabby cat

Why "Craft Tabby"

Craft Tabby is Kurafuto Tabi in Japanese. Which means “Crafting Journeys”. And that’s what do – we take curious travelers on trips in and around Kyoto. Since we love tabby cats and tabi also sounds like tabby, we thought, “Why not?”