My experience and what brought me to this field
Thank you for visiting my page. I’m Sonoko Mori, a national licensed tour guide in English who started this business in 2019.
I’ve guided my guests not only to many major attractions in Tokyo such as Harajuku, Shibuya, Asakusa, Shibuya, Tsukiji, and Ginza areas but also to some minor attractions like a flight simulation center, a tour inside the National Parliament Building, Dragon Quest (Dragon Warrior) cafe mainly based on my guests’ interests and requests. Also, I’ve experienced some big group tours to a Japanese sake brewery and a large-scale motor show.
With close communication before and during tours with my guests, fortunately, I’ve succeeded in satisfying them and obtained some repeaters.
Then, what brought me to this field was my three-months solo trip to Europe and Morocco in 2012. One of my pleasures of travel was communicating with locals and exploring towns. Sometimes it wasn’t easy to do them, especially in non-English-speaking countries.
In Morocco, I hired a licensed local guide who was fluent in Japanese to help me explore the famous night market in Fez, which was like a vast maze. Besides, people sold products without any price tag on the market. Thanks to the guide’s great assistance, I could communicate with shop owners smoothly and visit many interesting local stores, a cafe, and a restaurant effectively.
With the enhancement of the internet environment, collecting information is much easier than before. But most of the latest and seasonal information is still often only available in local languages. So why don’t you hire a private guide like me for your more comfortable and practical journey in Tokyo?
I was born and grew up in Fukuoka, two hours flight from Tokyo, and took a one-year exchange program to the University of Pittsburgh, the U.S.A., in my fourth year at my university in Kyushu Island.
After graduating, I moved to Kanagawa, near Tokyo, to work for an electronic parts manufacturing and sales company headquartered in Chicago, the U.S.A. After leaving this company, I traveled alone in Europe and Morocco for three months. After returning to Japan, I focused on raising two sons, now eight and five years old, for a while and finally started guiding in 2019. So, I’m used to dealing with kids’ guests, too. I’ve lived in the Kanto region(Kanagawa→Chiba→Tokyo) for more than 13 years and mainly explored the Tokyo area.
Also, since I’ve worked for Samurai Museum, a private museum in Shinjuku, which exhibits authentic traditional Japanese armor, weapons, and some other items related to samurai warriors’ history and culture, this is one of the fields that I am good at guiding.
I’m sure I can provide you with one of the best travels full of passion, knowledge, and hospitality!!
Since I know some licensed guide friends in Hokkaido, Fukushima, Aichi, and Osaka, I may be able to introduce you to someone suitable for you if you plan to visit these areas.