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Suginami Ward, Tokyo, Japan

Hello! I am Eriko, a lifetime traveler, a mother of two adult sons, and a certified national interpreter guide who has lived in Tokyo for almost 30 years.

One of my childhood dreams was to become an expert who could command the English language like a flight attendant or an English interpreter. History was also intriguing. I, therefore, majored in Japanese history, minored in English language education, and worked as an English teacher at a high school and a preparatory school.

I lived in Hong Kong for six years, enjoying parenting and cultural exchange. These experiences changed my perspective on Japan, also inspired me to learn more about my country and English again. Then, I obtained the national guide certificate so that I could share my comprehensive knowledge about Japan with foreign travelers.

I have delivered many tours in TOKYO, HAKONE, NIKKO, KYOTO, NARA, HIROSHIMA and my hometown area including NAKASENDO. During the tours, my clients often give me various and unexpected questions and share a lot of information about their countries, which has broadened my horizons and trained me to be a better guide. I have been grateful to them and clearly realized this is my favorite and best job blending my childhood dream, interests, and pleasure.

There are a lot of things I enjoy such as traveling, communicating with people, appreciating art, photography, doing general things, etc. Especially, I like art and traveling based on the itineraries I make on my own. I have explored over 20 countries so far, but experienced countless troubles and wasted traveling time. Local people always helped me, which is still heartwarming and priceless. However, from my experiences, having a tour guide and learning about Japan from them would make the most of your traveling time. That makes your travel much more colorful and unforgettable, and I'm here to assist you.

I am flexible about itineraries and arrange your tours to your preferences. I am very much pleased to make your travel special by sharing my experiences, knowledge, and love of all things Japanese with you. Thank you very much for reading. I hope to see you on my tours!

A Recent Review of this guide

Although the weather was foggy and rainy, we still enjoyed the day with Eriko. She was very personable and used very good English.
Jeffrey Heywood

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*National qualified tour guide (Cert. No. EN4801)
*Teacher's certificate of Japanese History and English
*Trained by IJCEE (Institute for Japanese Culture Experience and Education)


I don't drive. My tours are always based on public tranportation, but I use a taxi when needed.

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