I was born and brought up in Aichi Prefecture in central Japan, and have lived in Tokyo with my family for almost 30 years.
My childhood dream was to become a flight attendant, an English interpreter, or an expert who can command the English language. I like Japanese history as well, therefore, I majored in Japanese history and minored in English-language education. Then I worked as an English teacher at a high school and a preparatory school. After enjoying parenting and my hobbies in Hong Kong and Tokyo, I had worked as a Tokyo Metropolitan volunteer tour guide for two years.
Since I obtained the national license of English tour guide, I have delivered many tours in TOKYO, NIKKO, HAKONE, KYOTO, NARA, and my hometown areas such as AICHI and GIFU including NAKASENDO ROAD. During my tours, my clients give me various questions, which has inspired me to learn more about the world and broadened my horizons. I have been grateful to the clients 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, meeting with people from the world, photography, appreciating art, doing general things, learning what I have not known yet, and so on. Especially, I like traveling at home and abroad based on the itineraries I make on my own. I have explored more than 20 countries so far, and was always helped by local people when I got troubles. Even though those troubles have turned priceless, from my experiences, having local guides and learning Japan from them would make your travel more colorful and unforgettable.
Now I think this is my turn to assist you so you can explore Japan at your own pace and in a relaxed manner. I am flexible about itineraries and arrange your tours to your preferences. I'd like to make your travel to Japan special by sharing my experiences, knowledge, and love of all things Japanese with you.
Let's explore Japan together! I'm here to help you!
A Recent Review of this guide
Eriko was very knowledgeable. She explained every details of the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE Toshogu Shrine. We enjoyed the Kegon Falls and Lake Chuzenji. She followed the schedule as stated. The best part about Eriko was she went beyond her duty. When our JR train was canceled, she assisted us and we did not have to worry about anything. She made us feel very comfortable. She was a great host. We highly recommend anyone to join Eriko's private tour.
*National licensed tour guide (Cert. #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.