About Ken Tanaka - Licensed English Guide

Specialist in half day tours of Tokyo - a pro tour guide since 2015

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 back in 2015.


I do not belong to any tour agency and receive all of my bookings online from platforms such as ToursByLocals and this website you are visiting now. Prior to the pandemic, I also worked as an interpreter/MC on a program featuring former sumo wrestlers to introduce the sport to international visitors.


My focus is on half day tours of Tokyo targeting small groups and independent-minded travelers looking for some quick advice at the beginning of their stay before setting to explore this city on their own. 


The 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. 


The pandemic has proven to be a challenging time for everyone in the tourism industry, and I've decided to diversify my sources of income by seeking jobs in fields outside of tourism. I am no longer tour guiding on a full time basis but I've  continued to set aside time for half day tours on selected dates. They are available on platforms such as ToursByLocals and Viator. Please take a look if you are interested in taking a tour. 


I also keep this website fresh with general topics regarding sightseeing in Tokyo, and especially anything related to my interests- baseball, sumo and architecture.

If you found this website to be of any assistance, please support it through Buy Me A Coffee and I would be very grateful!


Ken Tanaka  田中 健太郎


My registration details:


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

Customized tour of Tokyo
Architecure tour of Tokyo
Sumo practice tours