My great-grandfather was a kimono maker in Tokyo, and today I am honored to wear the kimonos that he created. Growing up in a traditional wooden house which used to be great grandfather's atelier, I came to appreciate Japanese craftsmanship and would love to keep the tradition.
I've been lucky to have traveled to dozens of amazing countries and I got a chance to live overseas, Australia and Canada, for a couple of years. Being exposed to other cultures opened me up in many ways. When I came home to Japan, I realized that I got a different perspective and started viewing my hometown through a new lens. Japanese culture seems hard to understand but there is a reason behind it and I'd love to share that with you. I believe how you see is more important than what you see! I remember thinking that I wanted foreign visitors to experience real Japan and get to know the art of Japanese philosophy. That feeling led me to become a tour guide 6 years ago.
It's rewarding to be a small part of someone's journey broadening their horizons. The best part is that as we learn about each other, we embrace the differences and find more things in common. I'm so grateful that I have memories I will cherish forever and friendships that transcend borders and time. I'm looking forward to meeting you in person and becoming your first Japanese friend!
Eriko's Tailor-Made Tours
A Recent Review of this guide
What an amazing day. Eriko was the perfect guide. We wanted to leave our options open and make it as flexible as possible. We were on the last day of a 3 week holiday and were concerned that we would be too tired for too much, but Eriko read the situation perfectly and monitored us & adjusted the day for us as she went along no matter what we threw at her. She knew everything everywhere. Her english was amazing as was her local knowledge (and her ability to find an elevator anywhere was second to none lol
・6-year of experience as a private tour guide.
・Professional Kimono dresser and stylist.
・I specialize in private tours (up to 5 people). Please note that I don't lead large groups.
・I am not a driver. I can arrange a private car with a driver upon request.