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.
Since I obtained the national license of tour guide, I have delivered tours 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. Now I realize 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.
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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 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
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!
Hi Glenn, Thank you very much for a great review. Before your Tokyo tour, you experienced a lot of adventures in other areas, but you seemed to enjoy other aspects of Japan. I was glad to help you to explore Tokyo. Hope this tour became a good memory of your trip. Thank you again. Eriko
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.
Hi Jeannie, Thank you very much for a great review. I clearly remember what we enjoyed. You are very interested in Japanese history, which made me more excited to guide you around the places you wanted to visit. I hope my Tokyo tour helps you to learn about Japan. Please enjoy your life! Eriko