Would you like to tour around Tokyo with a friendly, caring local? Wouldn’t it be better if that “local” is a licensed tour guide and a Japanese language teacher? I’m a professional Japanese teacher who has newly obtained a national tour guide license.
I love meeting new people, so I’ve been actively guiding foreign visitors in and around Tokyo as a volunteer for the past couple of years. The more I do so, the more I fall deeply in love with my little country full of wonders.
I love Kabuki and other Japanese traditional performing arts. I myself have been learning Japanese classical dance for over 15 years and Sencha tea ceremony for 5 years. I also love Japanese pop-culture and anime.
I’m a food lover, and as a homemaker/mother, I’ve been doing Japanese home cooking for about 25 years. I make everything from scratch (which means I never use factory made dashi-broth or instant seasonings) and even make Osechi ― Japanese traditional new year dishes ― every year.
I love children of all ages as I am a mother myself.
If you would like, I can teach you some useful Japanese phrases while guiding you.
See you in Japan!
Recent reviews of this tour guide:
Excellent command of English, good choices of spots to visit, and Rumi made travel by public transportation very easy. I would use Rumi again.
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Tour guide services/sample itinerary:
I provide fully customized tours tailored just for you. Let me know your interests/requests via email (click "Email tour guide with questions" under my photo). Here are sample itineraries.
Tokyo Full Day
— Visit Asakusa, The Imperial Palace Ground, Tokyo Station, Ginza, Harajuku and Shibuya
Tokyo Half Day #1
— Visit Tokyo Station, Ueno and Asakusa
Tokyo Half Day #2
— Visit Meiji Shrine, Harajuku and Shibuya
Private 3-hour Asakusa Tour
— Visit Tokyo's oldest temple and enjoy the atmosphere of Edo — olden Tokyo. Stroll through local streets lined with many little shops and try Japanese traditional sweets.
Tsukiji Food Tour
— Visit the outer market of Tsukiji — the world's largest fish market — and enjoy some unique Japanese foods and sushi.
Kabuki and Ginza Tour
— Visit Kabuki-za theater and watch the single act show. Stroll through Ginza street — which hosts many high-end fashion brands and long-established small shops.
Tokyo "Kawaii" Fashion Tour
— Visit Harajuku and Shibuya to see/shop Japan's latest "kawaii" fashion.
Anime Lover's Tokyo
— Visit Akihabara and/or Ikebukuro to see anime related shops. I can take you to Ghibli shops or maid cafes, too!
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Transportation by tour guide:
Tour like locals! I provide walking tours using public transportations such as local trains, subways and buses. Private taxi can be arranged upon request.
Tour guide interests:
Kabuki and other Japanese Traditional Performing Arts
Japanese Classical Dance
Sencha Tea Ceremony
Arts and Crafts
Temples and Shrines
Architecture — traditional and modern
Japanese Cuisine and Japanese Home Cooking
Reviews of this tour – by clients who booked!