I have been engaged in interpretation and interpreter guide services in Kansai (Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, etc.), Tokyo, Nagoya, Shikoku (Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime, Kochi), Chugoku (Okayama, Hiroshima, etc.) areas for 17 years.
Also, I have been a teacher and speech coach at university, college and corporations for more than 10 years.
I graduated from a specialized conference interpreter school (InterSchool) and am certified with advanced simultaneous and consecutive interpretation competencies for international conferences.
With a lot of experience as an interpreter/guide interpreter for VIPs (presidents, prime ministers, ambassadors, ministers, embassy members, governors, CEOs of large companies, etc.) I have been working as a training coordinator of JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) and JICE for 16 years as well for international cooperation.
I am committing myself to improve my skills and obtain more knowledge for better interpretation and guiding services.
*Please refer to the following part for my guiding expertise.
Places to guide (examples)
Major sightseeing spots are listed below.
・Kyoto (Kinkaku-ji, Nijo-jo, Kiyomizu temple, Kennin-ji, Kodai-ji, Gion district, Maruyama park, Yasaka shrine, Manga Museum, Nishiki market, Sanju-Sangen-do, Heian shrine, Chionin, Ginkaku-ji, Zenrin-ji, Nanzen-ji, Philosophers' path, Arashiyama, Tenryu-ji, Ryoan-ji, Daigo-ji, Byodoin, Seiryo-den, etc.)
・Fushimi(Gekkeikan Okura Museum, Inari shrine, etc.)
・Osaka (Osaka castle, River cruise, Floating garden, Mizukake-Fudo-son, Doguya-suji(Namba), Dotombori, Kuromon Market, Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, Kitanotenmangu, Tenjinbashi Street, Tamatsukuri, etc.)
・Nara (Todai-ji, Kofuku-ji, Kasuga shrine, Nara Park, Hakushika sake brewary, Imanishi shoin-style building, Nara-machi strolling, etc.)
・Yoshino (Kinpusen-ji, Yoshimizu shrine, cherry trees, etc.)
・Koya-san (Okuno-in, Kongobu-ji, Danjo-Garan, Shukubo temple inn, etc.)
・Hyogo (Kobe, Himeji (castle), Awaji Island (Izanagi shrine), Whirlpool, etc.)
・Tokushima(88 temple pilgrimage, Otsuka Museum of Arts, Naruto whirlpool, Awa dance, indigo dying, Otani pottery, Oboke gorge, Iya vine bridges, Udatsu (Waki-machi), etc.)
・Kochi (Kochi castle, Hirome Market, Katsurahama, Chikurin-ji, Ryoma Museum, Makino Botanical Garden, Kochi Prefectural Arts Museum, Kiragawa, Hahari,Paper-making, etc.)
・Kagawa (88 temple pilgrimage, etc.)
・Guiding of many other places (some sightseeing spots are under preparation for guiding now) is available, too.
Fields of expertise in advanced simultaneous and consecutive (conference) interpretation:
Simultaneous/consecutive interpretation and whispering in medicine, pharmaceuticals, politics, deplomacy, ecoonomics, education, environment, energy (including power generation, biomass), agriculture, fishery, machinery, electronics, chemistry, radiology, quality/production/manufacturing management, CMC, regulations including ISO, finance, IR, IT, VR (virtual reality)/AR/MR, archaeology, geology. infrastructure, city-planning, the UN-related affairs, SDGs (sustainable development goals), music, history, culture (Buddhism, Shintoism, paper-making, indigo-dying, pottery, ningyo-joruri (Japanese puppet show), etc.), tourism, international cooperation, cosmetics, food, sports, etc. in international conferences, company/business conferences, academic/business presentations, seminars/forums, lectures, business negotiations, ceremonies, parties, etc.
・Master’s degree of English linguistics
・Certificate of proficiency in English (Class: Special A) issued by the United Nations Association of Japan
・TOEIC score 985
・Certified clinical technologist
・Certified Type-I radiation protection supervisor under the Act on Prevention of Radiation Disease Due to Radioisotopes, etc. (Act No. 167 of 1957)
・Certified environmental measurement and chemical analysis specialist
・Certified health supervisor
・Certified Class A hazardous materials supervisor
・Certified Class B frozen machine high-pressure gas production
・Certified tea ceremony teacher
・Certified flower arrangement teacher
The prices below are for a private tour for you and your partner, family or friends.
Up to 20 people
For each extra person
* Duration: 6 hours minimum and 12 hours maximum per day.
* People: 40 maximum
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 used four tour guides during our stay in Japan using TripleLights. They were all good but Emi was truly EXCEPTIONAL. She went way beyond the call of duty to spend considerable time of her own to scope out the places ahead of our visit and then stood in line very early to make sure we will have the transportation that was ideal. She is very thoughtful, incredibly organized, very professional and has a great command of the English language. We could not have asked for anything else! Thank you Emi!
Dear Gautam, Thank you very much for your feedback. Oh, I am so honored to have your words. It was a wonderful day to be able to spend some time with you in a very refreshing spring atmosphere!! It was a very memorable day for me. The talks with you all were very enjoyable and I learned a lot from you. too. I am looking forward to seeing you again! Emi
Emi is very friendly and very helpful guide.
Dear Paul, Thank you very much for your review! It seems that you safely returned home, which releaved me!! Your group was very impressive. I hope you all had an enjoyable time and nice memory in Kochi. I am happy if your group visit Japan again! Emi
Very informative, professional and fun
Dear Frederick, Thank you very much for your kind feedback. Actually, at first, I wondered why you chose Ryoma Museum. But, soon, I understood the reason why. Your knowledge including the history of Japan is just superb. Your way of looking at historical facts, connecting them with the history of other countries, is very deep, The day with you two was very enjoyable. I would like to express my gratitude to you! Emi
Our tour with Emi couldn’t of been better. She met us at the hotel timely. Emi was very knowledgeable on the areas we visited and if she didn’t know the answer to a question quickly looked it up. Her expertise in the temples and shrines we visited gave us a better understanding of the area. She was fluent in English and was very personable. We highly recommend her as a guide. She also had some great ways to avoid the crowds.
Dear Connie, Thank you very much for your comments. Actually, it was me who enjoyed the tour. The conversations with you were very interesting and your questions arose my curiosity. The answers I found became my knowledge now, which I thank you very much.. In many ways, I was lucky to be able to guide you. I am more than happy if we can meet someday near future! I hope the rest of your stay in Japan will be even more enjoyable and I am sure it will! Emi