Meet our Guides

Get to know the person behind the tour

Private tour guide Kenji

Kenji K.

Ota, Tokyo, Japan

Hi, I am Kenji and welcome you to Japan! From 11monts- to 3 years old-I grew up in Singapore.

After coming back to Japan, I spent elementary school to high school in Akita, a snowing countryside of northern part in Japan.
When I was 18, I came to Tokyo to enter KEIO university.
I graduated from KEIO and got a job in Tokyo. Since then I've been living in Tokyo for more than 20 years.

My main profession was in accounting. I have once worked for E&Y. I have more than 10 years of experience accounting/tax return especially for dentists with their own clinics.
The reason why I started my career with accounting firm was that I had a dream someday had my own business. After the financial crisis in 2008, the company I was working for, lost many clients in Tokyo from all over the world because they flew to Singapore/Hong Kong to settle their Asian head offices there. It was at that time I started hosting people on SNS so called Couchsurfing. And in 2014, I started hosting people on Airbnb. But I gave up home sharing after the Japanese government had applied new regulations regarding home sharing in 2018.

So I switched my main activity from home sharing to guiding foreign tourist. In these few years of changes, I always enjoyed meeting new people. Actually, I have hosted more than 300 people in total. My dream is to visit my guests/friends all over the world.

You know, I was a country boy since I came to Tokyo. People from the countryside coming to Tokyo generally like to walk around all over Tokyo to feel/know the city vibes. Even 20 years of my life was not long enough to experience all over Tokyo. So I understand, in some way, how strangers feel about this big city. In these 20 years of living in Tokyo, I went to many museums/galleries and other arty sites. I studied the history of architectures in Tokyo. Walking around Tokyo, you will find that is the city of contrasts. There are contrast of new/old, contemporary/traditional, artificial/natural, retro/high-tech, western/eastern. For example, you will find Meiji shrine build 100 years ago for Meiji emperor in a deep forest with calm/holy atmosphere right next to the Takeshita fashion street selling everything related to capitalism attracting people with dance music in loud volume.
Everything is mixed here. That's why Tokyo attract people. I will show you some places you must see.

A Recent Review of this guide

Kenji was very nice and very helpful. We saw the good sights and he did a great job in describing their history and importance. He was flexible in accommodating special needs (I hurt my foot a few days earlier and was a litte limited in walking). He gavie us a good feel of how locals see and live Tokyo (at least the .001% of Tokyo that any tourist can see in a day :).
Bruce Baird

Read Reviews

Credentials

TOEIC score 830

Restrictions

I am not a licensed guide.
I am not familiar with vegan culture.

Guide Requirements for Japan

Private tour guide Kenji

Contact this Guide

Questions about the tour? Not seeing exactly what you’re looking for? Contact this guide with questions, or to create a custom itinerary for you and your travel companions.

Message Kenji K.
Web address (URL) of this page: http://www.toursbylocals.com/Private-guide-Tokyo-Japan

Tours by Kenji K.

See all of the tours offered by this guide.

Private tour guide Kenji

Mastering Ninja Secret in a forest, Tour

 unrated

Train yourself in a forest to master ninja secret

500 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

8 hours

learn more
Private tour guide Kenji

Must see Tokyo for 1 day Tour

Explore the Local culture and history in Tokyo

300 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

8 hours

learn more
Private tour guide Kenji

Food Tour and drink like a local

Explore and enjoy local food in a non-touristy area of Nakano

150 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

4 hours

learn more