Meet our team
Our team members are locals that are inspired by the roaring food scene. Let us take you on a tasty adventure full of food, humor, and history.
Yuma – Founder
As a licensed sake sommelier and Japanese food enthusiast, Yuma started Ninja Food Tours in Tokyo after traveling across the US, Europe, and Asia in 2017. He spends a lot of time trying new restaurants and bars in Tokyo. Yuma is from Gifu, the central part of Japan where the famous mountain farmhouses are located in Takayama.
Best bite: Omakase at Mantenzushi
Favorite spot: Shinbashi (Standing bars there are awesome!)
Team in Tokyo
Rie – Tokyo Tour Guide
I am originally from Kagoshima. I moved to Tokyo 20 years ago and since then I have been working at a history museum as an English volunteer guide. Let’s explore Tokyo to discover something new on our food tour 🙂
Best bite: Pork Shabushabu at 123 Ginza
Favorite spot: Yanaka, Shibamata, and Kamakura
Keiko – Tokyo Tour Guide
Born and raised in Tokyo, I like this city as the food scene is always changing. I claim that I am a chef because I have been feeding my family for 35+ years. Let’s learn Japanese culture and eat great food on my food tours.
Best bite: Cheesecake at Ginza West
Favorite spot: Ebisu
Akiko – Tokyo Tour Guide
I moved to the U.S. from Tokyo when I was 11. I love traveling and trying new restaurants, cafes, and bars in Tokyo. My father is a tour guide and he inspired me to be a tour guide. Looking forward to seeing you all on my tour!!
Best bite: Yakitori at Tokoshima
Favorite spot: Sangenjaya, Daikanyama, and Tsukishima
Tetsuko – Tokyo Tour Guide
Originally from Kanagawa, but have been living in Tokyo for a while. I love eating and drinking. In my free time (if I have any) I go look for new places to eat and drink. I especially like Japanese craft beers (e.g., IPA, white beer).
Best bite: The Meatzza and Devil Craft
Favorite spot: Kanda, Shinjuku 3-chome, Omotesando
Team in Kyoto and Osaka
Sayaka – Kyoto Tour Guide
Born and raised in Ohtsu, Shiga, just 20 minutes outside of Kyoto.I have worked at a shrine in Kyoto for 3 years, I moved to Florida to work as a Japanese Cultural Ambassador. I enjoy snowboarding and traveling around the world.
Best bite: Awamochi at Sawaya
Favorite spot: Lake Biwa
Yuka – Kyoto Tour Guide
I have spent 6 years of my childhood in the UK, one year in Belgium, and also traveled to more than 30 countries. I now live in Osaka and study in Kobe. I love exploring new places, meeting new people, and of course, eating Japanese food.
Best bite: Matcha parfait at Tsujiri
Favorite spot: Kobe Sannomiya
Harumi – Kyoto Tour Guide
I am originally from Niigata prefecture, the northern part of Japan. I have studied in Colorado, USA. I love eating and exploring new places. Also, I enjoy meeting new faces and chatting with new people. Let’s make our tour the unforgettable one!
Best bite: Tempura at Maikohan
Favorite spot: Fushimi
Saori – Kyoto Tour Guide
My family runs a Buddhist temple in Hokkaido and I studied Buddhism for 4 years in Kyoto. I worked abroad in several countries after college and I’m back in Kyoto again! Thrilled to meet you all, let’s discover local food and culture together.
Best bite: Miso dango at Tanbaya
Favorite spot: Higashi honganji-temple