Hello everyone, Thank you for visiting my page. I am Eriko, a former student traveler, a mother of two adult sons, and an open-minded national licensed tour guide who has lived in Tokyo for almost 30 years.
I became interested in English language when I greeted a foreign teacher in English at my primary school for the first time. Then I longed for an expert who could command English like a flight attendant or an English interpreter. History was also intriguing. I therefore majored in Japanese history, minored in English language education, and worked as an English teacher at a high school and a preparatory school.
I had lived in Hong Kong for six years, enjoying parenting and cultural exchange. These experiences changed my perspective on Japan and inspired me to learn more about my country and English again so that I could share my knowledge about Japan with my friends. After coming back to Japan, I had served as a Tokyo Metropolitan volunteer tour guide for three years.
Since I obtained the national tour guide license, I have delivered many tours in TOKYO, NIKKO, HAKONE, KYOTO, NARA, HIROSHIMA and my hometown area including NAKASENDO. During tours, my clients often give me various and unexpected questions and share a lot of information about their countries, which has broadened my horizons and trained me to be a better guide. I have been grateful to them, 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, appreciating art, photography, doing general things etc. Especially, I like art and traveling based on the itineraries I make on my own. I have explored over 20 countries so far, but experienced countless troubles and wasted traveling time. Local people always helped me, which is still heartwarming and priceless. However, from my experiences, having a tour guide and learning about Japan from them would be fine to make the most of your traveling time, which makes your travel much more colorful and unforgettable. And I'm here to assist you.
I am flexible about itineraries and arrange your tour to your preferences. I am very much pleased to make your travel special by sharing my experiences, knowledge, and love of all things Japanese with you.
Thank you very much for reading. I hope to see you in my tours!
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
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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.
Eriko was a great guide at Hakone, we were luck by the beautiful day and got to enjoy a lot Eriko’s tour. She was kind and took us to special places. Thanks Eriko!
Thank you so much, Daniel, for a great review. Yes, we did enjoy everything on a perfect day. That's one of my best tour days in Hakone. I hope my tour becomes a good memory of your stay in Japan. Eriko
Our group of four were treated to a wonderful day in Tokyo with Eriko. Eriko has great English skills and her genuine interest in the city really made our day. We will be back next year with a bigger group and we will definitely book Erico. Thank you so much Erico you were awesome.
Thank you very much for a great review! You are a group of humorous people, so I myself enjoyed the tour and being with you. It’s a nice memory and I really hope to see you again next autumn. Please enjoy the rest of your stay in Japan! Hurrah! All Black!!!
ERIKO made our 1 day Tokyo tour THE highlight of our Japan trip. She planned out the day efficiently with the sites we wanted to see, using different modes of transportation, as well as added her own touches to make it a special day. We were meeting 2 Japanese friends, that we haven't seen for 40 years.... She communicated well with all of us, and was an active part of the conversation and activities of the day. She had great visual aids. And selected a perfect lunch venue to eat Japanese pancake. The only way to describe our day was WONDERFUL!! We would definitely recommend ERIKO. AND we would definitely hire her again if we get back to Tokyo. The Morton's from Nebraska, USA
We had a perfect day in Tokyo thanks to Eriko who planned a wonderful itinerary for us. She was punctual, knowledgable, and very helpful in making sure we enjoyed this great city. We appreciate her taking the time to explain details and history of various landmarks we visited. Thank you very much Eriko.
Hi Raymond & Margaret, Thank you very much for a great review. You are very intersted in Japan’s history, so I was happy I shared my knowledges about Japan. Hope you totally enjoyed your trip to Japan, and hope to see you again some day! Take care !
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.
Hi Gary and Leith, Thank you so much for a great review. We enjoyed some off the beaten tracks in Tokyo and Hakone, I really enjoyed the tours with you, which are unforgettable memories and valuable guiding experiences. I hope to see you and have Katsudon again some day! Please take a good care!! Eriko