Keep smiling, Stay calm

National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter
Likes and interests
Music, History, Sake, Traditional Culture, Nature・Scenery, Outdoor・Sports, Gourmet, Cooking
Top 3 favorite foods
Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake), Kaisen Yakisoba (Seafood Fried Noodle), Sushi
Area of residence
Countries where I have lived
Japan, USA
KANSAI Tourism Bureau
About Mediator
Hello, My name is Etsuko Sakai (just call me Eko). I live in Nara and have worked as an official licensed guide (in English) for over 20 years. I like this job so much feeling it’s my calling. I’d like to take you to deeper Japan (especially in Nara and Kansai region) and let you know the history, culture, religion and spirits of Japan. I like hiking, running (such as marathons), travelling and singing♪ I will show you around basically on foot using very efficient public transportations. Depending on your interests, walking capability and time you have, I’m willing to arrange and customize my tour to your requests. Let’s explore deeper Japan and make wonderful memories together.

Experience/Personal History

  • Working as a guide interpreter

    1998 - 06

    I passed the national exam to become a government licensed English guide in 1997 and started working as a guide interpreter in 1998.
    I got contract with JTB and some other companies for many years and experienced almost all kinds of tours such as walking tour, big group tour by bus, incentive tour, VIP tour, FAM trip, school trip, FIT and so on.

  • Working as an English teacher

    2004 - 04

    I taught English at high schools and universities for students to improve their TOEIC and TOEFL scores.
    Also at vocational school, I taught "Guide Interpreters course" to teach how to explain unique Japanese cultures to foreign visitors in English.


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