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Suginami-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Hello everyone, I am Eriko, a mother of two adult sons, a former backpacker, and an open-minded national licensed tour guide.

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

Highly recommended. Eriko was kind enough to act as my guide following an urgent request with only 24 hours notice. Without time to plan ahead, she nonetheless accepted my booking and in the end despite a lot of rain during the afternoon managed to show me several of the places I wished to see. Eriko was also thoughtful, professional and flexible considering the short notice in accommodating my needs and interests on the full day tour, offering genuine insight into nature, history, language especially,
Philip Houtzaager

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*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.

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Private tour guide Eriko

Tokyo 1-Day Personalized Tour

Enjoy traditional and modern Tokyo with a private guide

292 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

7 hours

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Tokyo Half-Day Personalized Tour

Have a quick look at Tokyo with a private guide

182 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

4 hours

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Nakasendo Road & Matsumoto Castle 2 Day,...


walking in a nostalgic town from the 17th century

820 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

2 days

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Kyoto & Nara World Heritage 2-Day Tour


Ancient capital city tour with a private guide

1140 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

2 days

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