About Ken Tanaka - Licensed English Guide

English tour guide, occasional YouTuber, lifetime traveler


Hi everyone, my name is Ken Tanaka and I am a nationally certified English tour guide based in central Tokyo. I spent some childhood years in Portland, Oregon and after graduating from Waseda University in Tokyo, started out my career in the logistics industry. I entered the tourism field five years ago.


I do not belong to any tour agency and receive all of my bookings solely through websites such as ToursByLocals, Viator Private Guides and this website you are visiting now. Occasionally I also work as an interpreter/MC on a fun program featuring sumo wrestlers to introduce the sport to international visitors.



I started my career as a tour guide back in 2015, when the annual foreign visitors was around 10 million. In 2018, the number exceeded 30 million! I'm happy to take a role in this huge growth in tourism, and look forward to welcoming more guests in the future.


I would recommend my tours to a small group of people (perhaps 4 or 5 being the max) and independent-minded travelers looking for some quick advice on their first day here, before starting to explore this mega-city on their own. 


My tours are based on walking and use of the public transport. The trains and subways are a tourist attraction itself and you are simply missing out on too much moving around in a hired vehicle or being transported on a big tour bus. 


While it is no longer compulsory to carry a license to tour guide, I am proud to say I passed the exam for a national license and my background living in the US means that my language skills are nearly at a native-speaker level.


If you are interested in booking a tour, you can ask for a quote through the contact form.

Ken Tanaka Tokyo tour guide


Ken Tanaka  田中 健太郎


My registration details:

National Guide Cert No: EN03331, Issued 18-Sep-2013 by Governor of Tokyo

I also have a domestic tour conductor permit,#05-14-DT43280 




Customized tour of Tokyo
Architecure tour of Tokyo
Sumo practice tours

You can read reviews from clients who have taken my tours on the following website:




You can make a booking through these websites but remember you ALWAYS get the best rate by booking direct!

Here are the lineup of tours we have on offer!

Tours and Rates