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

Rie – Polyglot from Kyoto

Andrea – Kimono Instructor

Megan Sensei

Kaz – Spontaneous Traveller

Waikiki Joe

Chambliss – Big city cowgirl

Max – the Wanderer

Shino – Mom of 3 boys

Chizuru – Future actor

Taiga – fledgling musician

Izumi – our fav admin

Harumi – Semi chips sales

Chikako – Sake lover

Moe – Kansai Foodie

Mana – Ikebana Sensei

Taishi – Future Billionaire








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Yuma – Founder

As a licensed sake professional  and Japanese food enthusiast, Yuma started Ninja Food Tours in Tokyo after traveling across the US, Europe, and Asia in 2017. He also opened his own restaurant in 2019 to pursue his passion further. He spends a lot of time trying new restaurants and bars across Japan. Yuma is from Gifu, the central part of Japan where the famous mountain farmhouses are located in Takayama. 

Best bite: Sashimi platter at Sake Bar Doron

Favorite spot: Shinbashi (Standing bars there are awesome!)


Rie – Polyglot from Kyoto

I am a sake sommelier from Kyoto. I love travelling and have been to 30+ cities around the world. I love cooking at home and also eating local food when I go travelling. I would like to exchange ideas about your food culture and ours. It is my pleasure to have you and let’s make your trip to Tokyo unforgettable!!

Best bite: Tsukemen at Menya musashi bukotsu

Favorite spot: Kasai Rinkai Park


Andrea – Kimono pro

I am Frenchie from Champagne region living in Tokyo, working as a private tour guide and a holder of a Kimono international license. I decided to stay in japan for the amazing food and fashion culture. I’ll be more than glad to answer all your questions about Japan!

Best bite: Sashimi at Takamaru sengyoten

Favorite spot: Shimokitazawa


Megan Sensei

I am a London girl living in Japan since 2017. I originally came to Japan to study, but fell in love with the food, culture and lifestyle and decided to stay!
I’m currently based in Tokyo, but have also spent time living in Osaka and Fukuoka, as well as travelling around different parts of Japan. I’d love to share some of my tips and hidden gems with you, and help make your trip to Japan truly unforgettable!

Best bite: Anything on the menu at Kagoya 

Favorite spot: Todoroki Valley

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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


Sato – Metal Rock Guitarlist

I was born in Kobe, a well known city for Kobe Beef. I grew up in the big sake brewery neighborhood called Nada. I spent my youth in the music business and toured more than 80 countries as a musician, which gives me great stories and aspects to share with my guests. Now I live in Kagurazaka, the central part of Tokyo. 
Best bite: food platter at Yorozuya Okagesan
Favorite spot: Kagurazaka

Waikiki Joe

Aloha to you all! Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, I initially came to Japan with dreams of being a J-Pop singer. Quickly gave that up but fell in love with everything about Japan.
Moved to Japan about 20 years ago and have been living in Yokohama City ever since. I dream to drive to every prefecture in Japan and eat their local specialties.
I love eating Yokohama-style ramen, red vinegar sushi, and Tonkatsu teishoku. I look forward to showing you the real Japan and assisting you in making your vacation a memorable experience.

Best bite: Red vinegar sushi at Sushi Ramen Tsurukin in Sakuragicho, Yokohama.
Favorite spot:  Sakuragicho, Yokohama

Chambliss – Big city cowgirl

Howdy, y’all! I’m Chambliss, your guide. Originally from Dallas, Texas, I moved to LA for college before working at EPCOT in Disney World, where I invited guests to “eat and drink around the world.” I came to Japan to study abroad and loved it so much that I never left. My culinary motto is “I’ll try anything once,” and the most interesting dish I’ve tried is guinea pig in Peru. As a resident of Tokyo’s Shinjuku district, I can’t wait to share with you the many sides of Tokyo.

Best bite: The white curry udon at Shodai in Ebisu is fun and Insta-worthy. For an appetizer, their duck is also delicious.
Favorite spot: Thermae-Yu (nice and relaxing bathhouse in Kabukicho)

Max – the Wanderer

Hello! My name is Max and I’m from the snowy lands of Colorado, USA! I fell in love with all things Japan when I was a kid and now I’m living out my dream adventuring in Japan! My favorite Japanese food is Oyakodon (Soft egg, chicken, and spring onions on top of rice)! Cannot get enough of the stuff.

Best Bite: Chicken Katsu at Tonkatsu Niimura, Nishishinjuku

Favorite Spot: Ikoma City, Nara.


Shino – Mom of 3 boys

I’m Shino, a proud mom of three wonderful boys, finding joy in the chaos of motherhood. Raising my boys has been an incredible journey that shaped me. I love showing hidden gems, sharing stories, and creating unforgettable experiences. I used to run a talent agency before I moved to the US. I enjoyed exploring national parks and world heritage sites there. Currently, I care for rescued dogs, finding joy in their recovery.

Best bite: Chicken ramen at Torisoba Kagura

Favorite spot: Tokyo National Museum


Chizuru – Future actor

Chizuru (千鶴) means one thousand cranes in Japanese. According to popular belief, if you fold one thousand origami cranes and make a wish, your wish will come true.

I was born and raised in Shiga, known for its peaceful natural landscapes, including Lake Biwa, the biggest Lake in Japan. I spent 7 years studying and working in California. I returned to Japan to follow my dreams and make my own wish come true here in Tokyo.

I can’t wait to have you join me as I embark on this new adventure! Together, let’s explore Tokyo’s incredible sights and enjoy some delicious food  🙂 

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Taiga – fledgling musician

Hello! I’m a double person who’s Australian and Japanese, I’ve lived in Japan for most of my life! I love art music and most importantly FOOD!
Hopefully, I’m a fun guide to be with and I’ll try my best to share my knowledge about food and Japan with all of you! My goal is to make sure everyone has the best experience possible!! I’m excited to see you on the tour!


Harumi – Semi chips sales

Born and raised in Niigata, a northern city famous for its excellent rice, sake, and ramen, I am a dedicated ramen enthusiast who tries new ramen restaurants almost every week. I especially love fish-based ramen and sometimes even cook it myself. While my primary job is in sales at a semiconductor company, I also enjoy working as a tour guide on weekends. As a licensed tour guide, I look forward to sharing both our daily food culture and our traditional culture and history with you.

Best Bite: Niboshi Ramen at Nagi

Favorite place: Gardens at Imperial Palace


Izumi – Our fav admin

I was raised in the vibrant city of Los Angeles and pursued my nursing studies at the University of Hawaii. Now, I cherish the roles of both a mother to a 6-year-old dog and a 2-year-old daughter. My heart belongs to the beach and everything outdoors, as I truly adore spending time in nature.

Best bite: Diavola pizza at PST Higashi Azabu

Favorite spot: Shonan Beach


Chikako – Sake Lover

Born and raised in Osaka, I have a deep passion for food and drink, more so than the average person. Osaka, known as the city of Kuidaore, celebrates the culture of indulging in food (sometimes a bit too much). I love traveling and previously worked as a tour guide for Japanese travelers abroad. The best part of that job was the opportunity to try unique and delicious local foods and drinks around the world. I’m excited to share our local foods, authentic and delicious sake, history, traditions, culture, and more with you!

Best bite: Takoyaki at Umaiya

Favorite spot: Katsura Imperial Villa Garden

*You need to make a reservation and you can visit only by guided tours and English tour is available


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


Mana – Ikebana Sensei

I call myself a Chipanedian (Chinese mom – Japanese dad – born in Canada) living in Kyoto. I am an apprentice at the Kuwahara-senkei Ikebana School training to become a licensed Ikebana (traditional Japanese flower arranging) master. I absolutely love Japanese gardens and traditional Japanese confectionary called Wagashi, and Matcha. Since my father grew up in the city of Uji which is known for Matcha, I think I know a thing or two about it and am eager to share the nuggets of information I’ve gathered about Kyoto from family, local friends and mentors throughout my life. 

Best bite:  Strawberry Daifuku Mochi from Yoraku in Uji

Favorite spot: Ginkakuji Silver Pavillion

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