Ikumi Matsukura Private tour guide in Tokyo - Japan

Ikumi Matsukura

Guide profile:

Hi, I'm Ikumi, it means "smell good" :)

I'm from Kobe and live in Tokyo now.

After I graduated high school in Japan, went to an Uni in Hawaii and Ohio (go buck eyes!) majoring anthropology. My thesis was "Why Hello Kitty became big boom in the world." How the world has accepted Japanese pop culture.

Spent time as a writer in NY and volunteer to revitalize a small village in Thailand for a month.

I came back to Japan and worked as an editor and marketing for 10 years. Then, I just switched my job simply because I love to travel. Love to meet new people, share different culture and history, and taste different foods. That's my favorite part!

My career as a guide is almost for 4 years. Not only I run the tour for visitors in Japan, but also take Japanese groups to overseas such as Europe, Africa,and Asia. Enjoying both!

Recent reviews of this tour guide:

5 stars Joseph A.

Ikumi was fantastic! From my first email inquiry with details of our trip to giving us tons of information we would have never known, she was awesome. Excellent communicator all around and my kids enjoyed her as well. Very professional yet oersonable... and again, would have no hesitations recommending her to anyone wanting to see as much sights in a limited time in Tokyo. Thanks Ikumi!

Tour guide services/sample itinerary:

This is fully tailor made tour, so I will take you places based on your preferences.

*Please message me to check my availability before booking.

- Full day walking Tokyo 8 hours

- Half day walking Tokyo 4 hours

A. Tokyo’s highlight

Show you "Tokyo's must-see spots" ! You can experience Japan's now and old.

B. Observe locals what they do

Walk through residential area, small markets, small shrine and temples. You will see how local people live.

C. Fashion lovers!

See such a unique fashions in Tokyo from high-end to second hand reasonable kimonos.

Enjoy your shopping too.

D. Nikko (about 2hrs from Tokyo city by train)

Beautiful gorgeous shrine in Nikko, UNESCO world heritage. Also, enjoy feeling the countryside atmosphere.

E. Mt. Fuji area

You can go up to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji. Then, feel spirits of Mt. Fuji at the shrine which enshrines Mt. Fuji god.

F. Kamakura, a little Kyoto, for someone who couldn’t go to Kyoto

Called a little Kyoto. Recommend especially those who missed to go to Kyoto, enjoy beautiful temples and shrines in Kamakura.

Also, if you want to book for interesting activities like baseball game, watching kabuki theater, tea ceremony, Aikido lesson, visiting sumo stables. Just email me helping you to make your own original tour!

Transportation by tour guide:

Use public transportation

*Ask if you want hire-taxi for your tour.

*My transportation, food, entrance fees are not included in the guide fee.

Tour guide interests:

Love to eat, hike mountains, yoga, travel different countries, meet new people!

Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!

5 stars Joseph A. 19 Jul 2019

Ikumi was fantastic! From my first email inquiry with details of our trip to giving us tons of information we would have never known, she was awesome. Excellent communicator all around and my kids enjoyed her as well. Very professional yet oersonable... and again, would have no hesitations recommending her to anyone wanting to see as much sights in a limited time in Tokyo. Thanks Ikumi!

5 stars Chris S. 28 May 2019

My tour with Ikumi exceeded my expectations! She delivered on what I anticipated and more with hidden gems only a local could share. I would highly recommend her tours!

5 stars Cathy M. 08 Jun 2018

Ikumi was amazing!! We saw everything we wanted to see and more. Best guide ever...

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