I specialize in tours of Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. But I can take you to different cities, as well.
I have been professionally licensed since 2006 and since then I have guided many people from many countries - individuals, couples and groups.
My favorite way to guide you is with walking tours. That way, you can feel the real charms of the places in a relaxed mood.
You will feel as if you are with a close friend who is both knowledgeable and kind.
I am totally passionate about my country and its culture One of the things I love most is to see people smile and
hear them say "wow" when they learn or see something new. There is an intimacy on my private tours.
And when I am planning the tour with you, I can arrange everything in advance.
Best of all, when you work with me on your plans, it helps to create a relationship even before you get here.
About me? I am an easy going and cheerful person. I have received many "thank you" letters from my clients…
and many have referred to me as knowledgeable, friendly, warm and interesting.
(Sometimes - even funny!)
As I, myself, love to travel and have been to many countries, I appreciate how important it is to enjoy an inside perspective of a city or country. Here in Japan, I will make you feel like a "visitor", not a "tourist".
And. . . I'm also a jazz singer. I sometimes have jazz gigs in jazz bars.
I'd love to sing for you in my tour, if you'd like.
I will be very happy if you will allow me to be your guide
and I promise, you won't regret touring with me.
A Recent Review of this guide
We hired Tomoko for 2 days while in Japan. Not one moment of disappointment. One day was spent in her hometown of Kyoto and the other in Osaka. Everything we asked for during our 2 days of touring was accomplished and it was so very enjoyable! She brought us to interesting shrines, sites, rock gardens, temples and she found us amazing food to try (the Kyoto sushi restaurant was amazing and our crab lunch in Osaka equally so)! (she's also an incredible jazz singer - such a renaissance woman!).
I'm a national licensed English speaking tour guide.
My National Gide Certificate is #EN00259.
I graduated from Doshisha University, English Literature Department.
I'm not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.