I was born and brought up in Hiroshima. I lived in Kyoto and Takamatsu for a few years and have been living in Tokyo for over 20 years. I had an opportunity to study at a college in America for a year, and after graduating from university in Japan, I was lucky to work for a company specializing in study-abroad programs where I had many chances to go to America, Canada, and Australia to look after students. It was always fun to get to know different places and meet new people. I like traveling.
From the experience abroad, I came to think that I want to know Japan more, because when I was in Japan, I usually took many Japanese-culture-related things for granted and did not even think about them deeply, but often these things are what people abroad are curious about and interested in. That is why I took the national guide exam and became a tour guide.
I like visiting historic places, gardens, and museums. I also like strolling fashionable and trendy areas. I can always find something new and interesting. I would like to share my experience and knowledge with you. It is a great honor and pleasure to be part of your trip.
Tokyo is such a huge and unique place where you can see a completely different atmosphere within the city. Hustle and bustle of the city and calm and peaceful greenery, and high-rise modern buildings and old traditional areas. With a little bit of knowledge behind it, you will find this metropolis more fascinating. I would like to make your trip very special and memorable.
I am looking forward to meeting you!
A Recent Review of this guide
We really enjoyed our day with Toshiko in Tokyo. She helped us navigate the city efficiently, gave us a little history background (without getting too longwinded - we were traveling with teens, after all), taught us some basic Japanese, and how to properly pay our respects at Shinto and Buddhist temples. Without her, we would have been completely ignorant! I appreciated how Toshiko got in touch in advance of the tour to tailor our day to our family's needs. I highly recommend this guide!
-National Guide Certificate (English) -license#EN04661
-Trained by, and a member of Japan Federation of Certified Guides (JFG)
-Teacher's certificate of English
-Passed the Japanese LanguageTeaching Competency Test
Tour guides are not allowed to give a ride without a taxi driver's license in Japan.