Community Travel Service was founded in 1982 by Mariko Watanabe-Harumi as a full-service travel agency. The office has been in Albany since 1999. Mariko specializes in unique Japan tours and travel only, which she organizes and leads several times a year. She also provides consultations and itineraries for independent travelers. Community Travel's Japan tours was featured three times in 2004 in San Francisco Chronicle's Thursday travel section as unique tours of Japan, often visiting out the way towns and villages.