I am Eriko, a mother of two adult sons, a former backpacker, and a national licensed tour guide with open mind. I was born and grew up in Aichi Prefecture in central Japan, and have lived in Tokyo with my family for almost 30 years.
My childhood dream was to become a flight attendant, an English interpreter, or an expert who can command the English language. Also I like Japanese history. I therefore majored in Japanese history and minored in English-language education, and worked as an English teacher at a high school and a preparatory school. After enjoying parenting and my hobbies in Hong Kong and Tokyo, I worked as a Tokyo Metropolitan volunteer tour guide for two years.
With a hard study, I finally obtained the national license of tour guide in 2017. Since then, I have taken special guiding training in various places such as TOKYO, NIKKO, HAKONE, KYOTO, NARA and more. Also, I'm very familiar with my hometown areas such as AICHI and GIFU including NAKASENDO ROAD, TAKAYAMA, SHIRAKAWAGO etc. I have delivered around 60 tours in those areas now, and clearly realized this is my favorite and best job blending my childhood dream, interests and pleasure.
There are a lot of things I enjoy such as traveling, meeting with people from the world, photography, appreciating art, doing gardening, learning what I have not known yet. Especially, I like traveling at home and abroad based on the itineraries I make on my own. I have explored more than 20 countries so far, and was always helped by local people when I got troubles. Even though those troubles have turned priceless, from my experiences, having local guides and learning Japan from them would make your travel more colorful and unforgettable.
Now I think this is my turn to assist you so you can explore Japan at your own pace and in a relaxing way. I am flexible about destinations and can arrange the tours according to your preference. I'd like to make your travel to Japan special by sharing my experiences, knowledge, and love of all things Japanese with you.
Let's explore Japan together! I'm here to help you!
Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email
After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.
Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.
No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.
Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
We booked Eriko for a couple of tours whilst in Tokyo and found it to be one of the best decisions we made. Not only very knowledgeable providing interesting information on the places visited but also a very friendly lady who listens to what the client wishes out of the chosen tour. We highly recommend Eriko to anyone looking for a competent guide who speaks good English. Book ahead to ensure you can acquire Eriko's Tour Guide Services. Thank you Eriko for our time together in Tokyo.
My son and I enjoyed a great day with Eriko. We had already spent guided day previously in Tokyo so we had seen some of the sights already. Eriko responded beautifully and developed a schedule on the spot that lead to a very interesting and enjoyable day. Thank you Eriko for your expert guiding from Glenn and Oscar!
My husband and I enjoyed the time we spent with Eriko. She is very knowledgeable in all the places she took us - the temple, shrine, parks. She even managed to get us to a free Geisha show. Amazing. Wonderful trip. Jim and I are very grateful to have her as a guide.
We had a wonderful day exploring Tokyo with Eriko. She was very knowledgeable and took the time to teach us about the sights we visited. Her English is excellent and she is very friendly and personable. Highly recommended!
Eriko was very organized, efficient, patient and kind. She picked us up at our hotel, helped us get our Suica cards and navigate the subways, then took us on a whirlwind tour through Tokyo to the sites we had picked ( Meiji shrine, imperial palace gardens, Ueno Park and Sensoji temple ) after 25,000 step she took us back to our hotel. We had a wonderf sushi lunch at the fish market where Eriko showed us the proper way to eat sushi. She also showed us how to wash our hands before entering a shrine and how to pray at the shrine. After the tour she sent us a list of additional places we should go to ( as she knew we would be exploring on our own for the next few days) and how to get there based on my children’s interests (Pokemon Center, video games, the best place to see cherry blossoms and go row boating, museums as well as other cultural sites). Overall worth every penny. It was like having a friend in Tokyo show you around and make sure you were comfortable. THANK YOU ERIKO!!!