Meet the Team

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    Tae

    Hello et Bonjour!

    My name is Tae. I am licensed English and French speaking guide. Since I became a guide in 2008, I’ve met a lot of visitors from all over the world and loved my job!!

    Tokyo is one of the world’s most exciting dining destinations. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the city as well as our food tour!!

    I myself lived in Europe and the USA for many years and therefore I have a great deal of experiences in communicating with people from different countries and cultures.

    I love travelling, seeing performing arts, visiting museums and shopping cute Kawaii items with my 2 daughters in my spare time.

    Hope to see you soon, À bientôt!!

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    Hiro

    Hello! My name is Hiro.

    I’ve been living in Tokyo for more than 25 years. Living in Tokyo is very exciting, and I am enjoying very much. I have 12 years old son, and 8 years old daughter. With my family, I am enjoying to visit museums, parks, theaters, new restaurants, Karaoke, and so on.

    I like eating and cooking, and drinking beer! I love meeting new people. That’s why I became an English speaking licensed tour guide. Before becoming the guide, I had worked as a writer and an editor for information magazines. So, collecting information is one of my specialties. I really think that Tokyo is fascinating and attractive town for foreign tourists. There are so many enjoyable spots to go. Let’s enjoy your trip with me! I am looking forward to seeing you soon!

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    Yoshika

    Hello!! My name is Yoshika Kumagai. I’m very happy that I am a tour guide. Why? Because I really like travelling, walking around and enjoy delicious food.

    In particular, before going out, it is a pleasant time for me to plan, look for restaurants and spots worth visiting.

    I’m interested in Japanese history, culture and tradition. How about you? What would you like to see in Japan?

    I’d like you to know that there are many valuable and precious things about Japan, and enjoy yourself and experience wonderful moments in Japan.

    Please let me show you Japan’s beauty and essence!!.

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    Yumi

    I have lived in Tokyo for a long time, and I like Tokyo and really enjoy the life of Tokyo.

    I love eating, shopping and cooking, so Tsukiji is one of most exciting places in Tokyo for me!! I think, not only for me and Japanese people, but also foreign tourists.

    I’d like to introduce you to the quality and delicacy of Japanese cuisine, by seeing, tasting and smelling by yourself. Such gourmet experience with your five senses will give you unforgettable memories in Japan. My top priority is to help you discover, enjoy, experience and feel Japanese culture, gourmet and life with the heart of Japanese hospitality.

    I’m interested in cross-cultural exchange. Let’s talk a lot about anything you want to know and try to do in Japan.

    I’m looking forward to seeing you the tour.

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    Michiko

    Hello, I’m Michiko Muranaka, a cheerful and friendly English tour guide. I was born and raised in the central Tokyo, Shinjuku. I have witnessed how Tokyo has changed from the 1960’s. Although Tokyo still has many historical sightseeing spots, such as Asakusa, Ueno, Yanaka, Nezu, Sendagi and the like. You can find both modern and historical sites in Tokyo. After I got married, I moved to a beautiful port city, Yokohama. My house is located between Yokohama and Kamakura. Kamakura is famous as an ancient samurai capital and has many Zen- Buddhist temples. I also have a condominium in kagurazaka, Tokyo. Kagurazaka is a kind of unique town which combines both an old and international atmosphere. You may have a chance to hear traditional songs accompanied by a Shamisen, a traditional Japanese instrument, when you stroll the back alleys of Kagurazaka. I know those three cities more than anyone else. Moreover, I have had a seven- year-experience as a volunteer guide before I became a licensed English tour guide. I really enjoy being with foreign tourists and showing them cities that I am proud of. There is an old proverb, “curiosity killed the cat.” In my opinion, it has changed to this, “curiosity widens your world and wisdom.” Let’s explore unfamiliar towns and try various kinds of Japanese food together.

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    Eriko

    Hello from Japan! I am Eriko.

    We have many good places to visit. Especially in Tokyo, you have many choices. At urban Shinjuku and Akihabara, you can feel the energy of people. In old areas as Asakusa and Ueno, you can enjoy exotic atmosphere of Edo. I want you to find your favorite place in Tokyo.

    And please try FOOD here. Japanese food is delicious and has so much local varieties. Some may be unique or even weird. “Adventurous eaters” are wanted!

    To become a tour guide has been my dream since I was a high school student. So I am very happy to introduce our country as a guide. I believe Japan is enjoyable for anyone, through the year.

    Let us help you enjoy staying in Japan.

    Looking forward to seeing you soon.o.

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    Noriko

    What is Japan all about ?

    I have been obsessed with the subject since I became a national tour guide.

    I’m Noriko, an active woman loving to run a full marathon ,and at the same time, a ladylike housewife arranging flowers I grow.

    I fully enjoy four seasons in Japan like this :

    KIMONO  I have been captivated by kimono that is a sublime expression of Japanese beauty. Not only wearing them myself , I would love to help any tourists wear ones. UKIYOE I’m an art museum-goer and a collector of Japanese arts including some masterpieces by HOKUSAI, UTAMARO etc ; in reprinted edition .( They’re not expensive at all but absolutely beautiful ! )

    ZEN & TEA CEREMONY Tea ceremony is an attainment method of Zen. I really get into the philosophy of Zen. My ultimate goal is “to live in Zen”

    On top of everything, it’s always a great pleasure to accompany our guests and tour around. Now ,would you join us and explore Tokyo to know more about Japan !

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    Naoko

    Hello, I am Naoko Higo. I am an English speaking licensed tour guide. I like cooking, eating, traveling abroad and strolling through towns I have never been to before. Whenever I go abroad, markets are “must-see” places for me to visit. Discovering local products, eating local foods and talking to local people are some of my favorite things to do. I feel that doing these things deepens the experiences of my trips and make my trips even more memorable.

    In Japan, I love Tsukiji. Tsukiji is filled with various kinds of foods. It is an energetic place to stroll around and to purchase a variety of fresh foods.

    I am also a Kabuki fan and I love to visit art museums. I also enjoy hiking, the Japanese tea ceremony and writing Japanese “Kana” calligraphy.

    Through these experiences, I would like to help you to make your trip to Japan an exciting and memorable one.

    I hope to see you in Japan soon!

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    Sayoko

    Hello! I am very happy to guide visitors from abroad to interesting places in Japan and to help them to enjoy seeing and experiencing Japan as much as possible.

    I had lived in Tokyo more than 20 years. Now I live in Yokohama with my husband and two children. I like cooking, gardening and reading books at cafes. I make sushi at home.

    The Yokohama full day tour includes Sea Bass (cruising), historical architectures, China town, Sankei-en Garden (traditional Japanese garden), and Landmark tower. Half day tour includes some of them.

    The Kamakura half day tour includes Kotokuin Temple (Giant statue of Buddha), Tsurugaoka-Hachiman shrine, and Komachi street (shops and restaurants)

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    Yuki

    Hello happy travelers! Hajime Mashite (nice to meet you).

    My name is Yuki Deleon. I was born and brought up in Tokyo, the capital of beautiful Japan.

    Traveling always gives us enrichment, joy and adventures to our lives.

    I myself traveled several times to Europe, and also lived in the U.S. for almost ten years.

    Every country has its unique culture and the most important thing, food!

    Japan is known for the Washoku (Japanese cuisine) which has so many varieties of dishes. I am always curious and eager for trying diverse food throughout the country, and love to share the foodies’ delight with my guests.

    My other hobbies (besides eating) are, folk art painting, quilting, crafts, cycling and camping with my husband.

    Looking forward to digging into yummy Japan with you!!!

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    KUMI

    My name is Kumi Nagai, a licensed tour guide of English.

    Having stayed in Italy for 6 months, I speak a little bit of Italian, too.

    Since I moved to Tokyo about 20 years ago, I have been fascinated by the city of Tokyo, which has both traditional and modern sides and also rich in nature.

    There are lots of things that your guidebook does not say, and places that are not tourist spots but popular among local people. I‘d like to share those with you.

    I love meeting people from all around the world and learning different cultures. I’m looking forward to seeing you in Tokyo!!

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    Miyuki

    Hello, I’m Miyuki. Nice to meet you! I am an English speaking tour guide.

    My hobby is eating delicious food, swimming, driving and reading. Also I like traveling and speaking various people. I’ve visited a lot of spots and taken the opportunities to get to know the local lovely people. Thanks to that, I’ve come to be proud of Japanese culture and people. I’m sure they are quite fascinating. I’d like tourists from other countries to know how nice they are. That’s why I became an international tour guide.

    I’ve lived in Tokyo for many years. Tokyo has a variety of enjoyable places to visit. I’ve had a large number of interesting experiences in Tokyo. I believe one of the many attractions in Tokyo is a combination of traditional and modern cultures. It looks like a kind of magical world!

    Now, if you’re interested in this wonder city, let’s enjoy walking around Tokyo together!

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    Wakana

    Hi, my name is Wakana, and I am your tour guide to see Tokyo inside and out.

    I am an English and occasionally French speaking licensed tour guide that has spent 18 years abroad in the US and Europe raising two amazing girls, and have touched down in Japan to share my love of my hometown. In my hometown –Tokyo-the kaleidoscope of culture you can find in different pockets of this city never ceases to impress me. I am an avid lover of all things food and Japan, which translate into my exciting explorations with guests, whether it be at the Tsukiji fish market, or a quaint cat town like Yanaka.

    I can say that my specialities lie in tailor-made tours catering to each guests’ individual interests and my experience communicating with people abroad make for a warm and captivating tour around Tokyo.

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    Mike

    Hello, I am Mike Nagaoka.

    I was born and raised in Tokyo.

    When I was a university student, I enjoyed hitch-hiking in Europe and came back to Japan through Middle East countries.

    I spent about 26 years in overseas countries (20 years in USA, 5 years in Hong Kong and 1 year in Taiwan) on business, and I really enjoyed myself there.

    I will do my best to provide you with opportunities to interact with locals and real Japanese life and to send you home happy.

    I will see you soon !

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    Sumiko

    Hello, I am Sumiko Tashiro.

    I’m an English speaking guide since 2016. I was born and brought up in Yamanashi –next to Tokyo, having viewed Mt. Fuji every day until the age of 18 and move to Tokyo for the study in college. After that I’ve lived in Tokyo for way more than 20 years except spending 2 years in the USA. (Oops, don’t calculate my age!)

    Before being a licensed guide, I’d been a volunteer guide for foreign tourists for several years. The interesting thing is, by accepting their requests, those tourists from overseas made me realize how Japan is modern and traditional, complicated and simplified, friendly and modest. I hope to help you in understanding this interesting country with utmost “OMOTENASHI” or Japanese way of hospitality. Let’s hit the road together!

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    Toshi

    Hello! I am Toshi, an English speaking guide.

    "It's my turn!"

    I had a lot of opportunities to visit foreign countries on business. Meanwhile, I was supported by local people so much. Without their help, I could not carry out my work. One day I realized "It's my turn! It's my turn to support foreign people in Japan." Then I decided to be a guide.

    "I love Sushi."

    I love Sushi, not only eating but making. And I often teach how to make sushi to foreign people. I think national food is a good tool to understand the culture. Understanding the culture can bring people closer. I want to introduce Japanese culture through Japanese food.

    I hope to see you soon!

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    HIRO

    Hello, I’m Hiro. I was born in Hakone and raised in greater Tokyo.

    My family spent every summer vacation in Hakone in my childhood. Hakone is still my favorite place to relax.

    Whenever I travel abroad, I like exploring local supermarkets and eating places which are full of local foods, some of which I’ve never seen before. Although it would be difficult to bring them all back to Japan, I can bring home lots of memories of foods I enjoyed and people I interacted with.

    I would be very happy to help you have such a wonderful experience here in Japan.

    Food is culture. Let’s have fun with me!

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    Junko

    Hello, I am Junko, a professional licensed guide in English.

    I am an active person, I like dancing salsa, scuba diving and hiking.

    Thank you for having interest in Japan.

    We have a long history and many unique habits, so there are a lot of places to visit.

    For example old shrines , temples, castles, and you can enjoy OMATSURI, Japanese festivals or HANABI big fire works display or so.

    Also we have four seasons and rich in nature.

    I would like to show you various sides of Japan and help you enjoy staying in Japan.

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    Mari

    Hello! My name is Mari. I am more than happy to guide you and want you to feel how excited and wonderful the city of Tokyo is.

    Beside guiding tours, I work sometime as an instructor how to make Sushi for foreigners. As my hobby, I enjoy stained glass crafting and viewing works of Japanese arts. In the past, I worked as a marketing coordinator in a multinational company. I also enjoy a cross-culture communication by belonging to one of Toastmasters clubs in Tokyo.

    One of places I recommend is Tsukiji where you can feel the essence of Japanese cuisine depicted in “Tsukiji Wonderland”.

    In order to make your stay more enjoyable and memorable, I am here. Let’s enjoy Tokyo together.

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    Michi

    Hello! My name is Michi. I’m English speaking guide.

    I love watching movies,traveling,eating,and wearing Kimono.

    And since I moved to near Kyoto city about four years ago,visiting shrines and temples has been my new hobbies.

    I grew up with parents who often taught me the tradition or folk stories of Japan.

    And they really cared about each traditional events. That’s why I’m curious to know the history or culture of different places all around the world and not just in Japan.

    Therefore I really enjoy guiding my guests and talking our cultural behind.

    I believe a tour guide is my true calling.

    Kyoto attracts many tourists including Japanese because of its plentiful historical attractions. And our Kyoto Food Drink Tour offers you the experience that you can enjoy both the historical and the present local atmosphere.

    It’s definitely worth joining.

    I would like to help you to explore the new world. I hope to see you soon!

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    Connie

    Hello. I was born and raised in Kyoto. I’ve lived in Fushimi area for 20 years, very close to Fushimi Inari Shrine, one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Kyoto.

    I love traveling, watching movies, listening to music, eating and especially interacting new people.

    There are lots of traditional and modern places in Kyoto. And also there are lot of things that your guidebook does not mention, and places that are not for tourist spots but very popular among local people, such as local Sake breweries, local shopping arcade and so on. I would like to support guests from all over the world in many ways.

    I’m very happy to guide you. Looking forward to seeing you in Kyoto soon.

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    Fumito

    Hi there! I’m Fumito. I’m a foodie & traveler.

    Prior founding Japan Wonder Travel.com, I made a journey around the world for a 1 year with my wife, have been to 36 countries/areas.

    I met many great food, beautiful scenery, and gracious people in the world. At the same time, I recognized the potential of Japan.

    I live in/around Tokyo for 30 years. In Tokyo, we have lots of delicious food ,beautiful scenery, cultural diversity and hospitable people. I’d like you to enjoy not just only touristic travel but also deep & real & interesting Tokyo.

    I hope all of you enjoy Japan! Arigatou gozaimasu.

    What is my favorite food/meal: Udon, Sushi/Sashimi, Yakiniku

    What is my favorite spot around Tokyo: Kamakura, Nihonbashi, Tsukiji, Sunamachi, Shinbashi

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    Yu

    Hi my name is Yu.

    I think Japan has so many to see! I want to introduce “local” and “unknown” Japan for foreign travelers.

    I love seeing travelers and Japanese get to know each other and laugh together, so I want make those scenes!

    I’ve lived in Tokyo for 20 years.

    After working at an advertising company for 8 years, I took a 1-year trip around the world in 2013. I’ve been to 26 countries, 7 months in South and Central America, and 3 months in Africa and Europe and India.

    In the beginning of 2014, I came back and started working for foreign tourists.

    My hobby is running, playing football, and boxing.

    If you’re interested in, please feel free to contact me, I hope to meet you. Let’s walk and laugh together!!

    What is my favorite food/meal: Curry, Yakiniku, Yakisoba

    What is my favorite spot around Tokyo: Tsukiji, Yokohama, Shibuya, Sunamachi

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    Junko

    Hi, I’m Junko. I love travel and eating.

    When I was 29 years old, I have traveled for a year around the world. At that time I was very impressed by experience (of course including food experience) in those country.

    I hope all tourist enjoy Japan by joining our tour and feeling Japan more deep.

    Thanks.

    What is my favorite food/meal: Sushi, Ramen, Yakiniku

    What is my favorite spot around Tokyo: Kamakura, Enoshima, Kappabashi

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    Yukiko

    Hi, I'm Yukiko, 大家好!

    I am very happy to be here, I have lived in Taiwan for 4 years and moved back to Japan,

    Tokyo in August 2016.

    During my life in Taiwan, I had many chances to know that foreign freiends were interested in Japan, so I decided to try to introduce my own country to tourists.

    I love traveling and also love to know new people and culture. Now I am trying to know my own country including history and old traditional cultures, foods and more with my girls.

    There are many awesome places to visit in Japan, of course still many where I have never visited, so I hope to continue exploring Japan.

    Let's go discovering Japan with us!

    Hope to see you soon!!!

    希望我們一起去好好玩的日本探險!

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    Tatsuya

    Hi travel lovers!! My name is Tatsuya.

    I was born in Kobe, but I live in Kyoto now.

    When I was 25 years old, I've been traveling around the world visiting 55 countries.

    First destination is Hong Kong, and last is San Francisco. Along the way I traveled in Europe by Bicycle.

    Now you understand, I’m a crazy traveler!!

    I’ve got many great experience from generous local people in that time.

    That’s why I’m very happy to introduce my country. It’s my turn !!

    I’m looking forward to seeing you with big smile !!

    Let’s go to “local” and “deep” Kyoto area with me !!

    My favorite food is Ramen. (Kyoto’s Ramen is so delicious)

    My favorite movie is “Paris,Texas” and “It's a Wonderful Life” and “new cinema paradise”.

    Thank you for reading. O-KI-NI !! (Kyoto’s dialect)

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    Nori

    Hello! My name is Nori.

    I have travelled abroad for one year and a half after I served for Japanese army for two years. On the journey, I went across Eurasia continent on a motorbike from Malaysia to

    United Kingdom. I couldn’t go through my journey without so many helps from generous local people in each country. Now I want to repay for it by serving visitors in Japan.

    My hobbies are Karate and reading. If you have any question about Japan, just ask me (including the life in Japanese army) 😉

    What is my favorite food/meal: Noodles of any kind.

    What is my favorite spot around Tokyo: Ueno, Yokosuka, Akiruno