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!)
Giulia – Amante del Giappone
I was born and raised in Turin, Italy but I’ve always been interested in the Japanese culture since I was a kid. The first time I came to Japan I fell in love with this country (and a Japanese man later) and decided I wanted to live here. I moved to Tokyo 3 years ago and one of the things I enjoy the most is to try the local food and learn about it. I hope I can share Japanese delicacies with everyone!
Best bite: Sweet potato sticks at Nihonbashi Imoya Kinjiro
Favorite spot: Asakusa and Nihonbashi
Rie – Teacher
I am originally from Kagoshima. I am a mom, ex-teacher, and professional tour guide. I moved to Tokyo 20 years ago and since then I have worked at one of the biggest history museums as an English guide in Tokyo. I will introduce you another side of Tokyo that you would not find on my tour 🙂
Best bite: Pork Shabushabu at 123 Ginza
Favorite spot: Yanaka, Shibamata, and Kamakura
Keiko – Home Chef
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
Aki – TV Anchor
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 – Beeroisseur
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
Kaz – Spontaneous Traveller
Born in Fukuoka, Kyusyu Island and I have lived in Tokyo for more than 35 years. I enjoy traveling (especially spontaneous trips), walking, visiting museums, and cooking. I also like to share my knowledge of Japanese history and local’s favorite foods with many visitors.
Best bite: Hiroshima style pancakes
Favorite spot: Kichijyoji, Shinbashi
Yuka – Beer Enthusiast
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, famous for Kobe Beef. I love exploring new places, meeting new people, and of course, eating Japanese food.
Best bite: Matcha parfait at Tsujiri
Favorite spot: Kobe Sannomiya
Moe – Kansai Foodie
Born in Kyoto and raised in Osaka. I studied in Australia to be a professional interpreter. I love traveling, exploring new places and meeting new people. Whenever I travel, I always like to try local food and learn the culture there. Looking forward to seeing you on my tour.
Best bite: Arashiyama-gozen at Ine
Favorite spot: Fushimi Inari
Mayu – The Ramen Girl
I was born and raised in Yamaguchi, which is in the west part of Japan, and moved to Kyoto three years ago. I studied in California for a year. I love warm places, beaches, and ramen! I look forward to seeing you on my tour, let’s explore Kyoto and have a wonderful time together.
Best bite: Tuna rice bowl at Shokudo Endo
Favorite spot: Kiyamachi