Makoto Ando was born in Sapporo in 1964.
Mr. Ando was an explorer from a young age, cycling around the whole of Hokkaido when he was in junior high school. He believes that education makes a person, and spent 12 years as a social studies teacher at juku (schools providing afterschool tutoring) and yobiko (schools for high school graduates who are studying full time to pass university entrance examinations) after graduating university. He then worked in positions such as a carpentry apprenticeship before opening Wilderness Lodge Hickory Wind in 1999. His contributions as a nature guide are extremely valuable, earning him a reputation as a guide who shows tourists just what they want to see.
*2018 Nature’s Best Photography ASIA Movie Winner and Semi Grand Prize Winner
(he has won every year since 2016, as well as in 2014)
Owner and Guide of Wilderness Lodge Hickory Wind
Master Guide Certified by the Governor of Hokkaido
Nikon Professional Service Member
Swarovski Optik Support Professional Guide
Certified by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) as a Business Using Local Resources