I'm Sumiko who would like to your Private Guide in Japan!
I was born and brought up in Yamanashi -next to Tokyo, having viewed Mt. Fuji every day until the age of 18 and moved to Tokyo for the study in college.
After I worked at the central bank of Japan for about ten years, I moved to Pittsburgh, USA from 1998 to 2000 because of my husband's work. During that period, I attended the English classes for English learners at the University of Pittsburgh or a community college, also had a son (he used to tell the difference between "L" and "R" sound when in the USA, not anymore. ) I have also a daughter who was born in Japan!
Currently, I also tutor English for kids at a private school twice a week which starts after regular schools. So children are also welcome!
I have guided many foreign tourists for the past several years. I had been a volunteer guide since 2011 and got the national license of the certified guide in 2016. So I am quite familiar with touristy places as well as some areas only locals know.
Through my study or experiences as a tour guide, I rediscovered how Japan is traditional and new, complicated and simplified, friendly and modest. I hope to help you in understanding this interesting country with utmost "OMOTENASHI" or Japanese way of hospitality.
To take your own tour with me, please contact me first. We will correspond and work out the very best tour for you!
A Recent Review of this guide
We had a most enjoyable tour with Sumiko 10/5/2019. Our family of 5 adults and 2 kids (5 and 7 years old) was jet lagged and appreciated her ability to read our needs and improvise the plans we made over 4 months prior to the tour date. We saw sumo practice at a stable, walked through the world rugby exhibit, dressed in kimono and took pictures, toured Ryogoku district including inside the stadium and eating chankonabe at an authentic restaurant! We could not have had a better guide. Highly recommend!
- National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter (English)
- Certified Domestic Itinerary Control Manager
- A member of the Institute for Japanese Culture Experience and Education (IJCEE)
- Trained by and a member of the Japan Federation of Certified Guides (JFG)
- Japanese Calligraphy grade 3 (dan)
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.