My great-grandfather was a kimono maker in the early 1900's, and I am honored to wear the kimonos that he created. Growing up in a tiny wooden house which used to be great grandfather's atelier in an old town of Tokyo, I lived close to the people in the area and came to appreciate Japanese craftsmanship.
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 really opened me up in many ways. After I came back to Japan, I realized that I got a different perspective while I was away and started viewing Japan through new lens. Japanese culture can be hard to understand time to time but there is a philosophy behind it. I remember thinking that I wanted foreign visitors to see and experience real Japan. That feeling leads 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 as we learn about each other, we embrace the differences and actually find more things in common. I'm so grateful for that I have memories I will cherish forever and friendships that transcend borders and time. I'm really looking forward to meeting you in person and becoming your first Japanese friend!
A Recent Review of this guide
What a fantastic tour!! Eriko was so lovely and informative. We were a family of three teenagers and she was very patient and kind and has a great sense of humour. We felt very honoured that she was dressed in traditional kimono. There was something for everyone, Harajuku explorés via shopping, Cat cafes, a beautiful visit to Meji Shrine and a delicious ramen lunch. It was very special day for us all. Thank you Eriko!
・6-year of experience as a private tour guide.
・Professional Kimono dresser and stylist.
I am not a driver. I can arrange a private car with a driver.