Tokyo, Japan

Eat Up Tokyo

with Emmy N.

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9 reviews

Emmy N.

Hi! If you are considering to come to Tokyo and want to find out where locals go eat, drink and hangout besides typical touristy sites in Tokyo, this is for you! I will make sure that you won't be Lost in Translation.

We will go to hip cafes, popular restaurants, bars etc you would not be able to go without locals' insight because not all places are English-friendly in Tokyo and some places are difficult to find: it could be a little sign in a residential area where you would never guess, another place has a little door without sign. I would like to show you the real Tokyo that is beyond guidebooks can offer.

If you have specific areas you would like to visit, I will give you suggestions where/what we should do.
If you do not have anything in mind, we can talk about your budget and preference and I will come up with a surprise tour. My specialty is Tokyo's west end: Shibuya, Harajuku, Aoyama and Omotesando area.
Because I would like to make it a personal tour and get to know you, I take up to 4 people at the most.
My goal is to make the most of your trip and make Tokyo your favorite city and brag your experience to your friends.

Price not included food, transportation and entrance fees for museums etc. we will discuss your budget, preferences, mood etc and I will make suggestions.

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Emmy N.

Hi. My name is Emmy. I am originally from Tokyo area. I went to a high school in US and spent some time in Holland in college. I am currently working as a foreign news correspondent for one of the Japanese TV networks. From my experience in abroad, I learned that it is always more fun to meet local people than just being a stranger. And by nature, it always fascinates me to listen to people who are coming from different countries and think about where is the best place to show. I will try my best for you to have a great time in Tokyo. I hope to meet you and get to know you in near future! My schedule is pretty flexible so please feel free to contact me if you are interested! Full profile

9 Reviews

Kevin B.

Emmy is awesome! She met us on a Sunday night at our hotel and took us for an authentic Japanese meal at a small, out-of-the-way restaurant near Shibuya/Rappongi. It was a place that we would have never found in 1,000 years! Service was fantastic and Emmy felt like an old friend after only a short subway ride. She then proceeded to take us to a couple small izakaya behind the crazy intersection of Shibuya Crossing which also blew our minds! So much fun to sit and chat about daily life in Tokyo. We would not hesitate to recommend Emmy to other visitors.


I am so happy I chose Eat Up Tokyo. Meeting and sharing time with Emmy was definitely a highlight of my trip. Emmy was truly a gem!! I felt like I was in the company of an old friend. The evening was very insightful and lots of fun. I think it's important to note that Emmy met us directly after school/work and was scheduled to work the next morning. She met my husband and I in the heart of Shinjuku and we walked over to a very cozy little neighborhood for an Okinawan dinner. Emmy ordered some wonderful dishes for us to share as well as sake to compliment our choices. Conversation was very easy and fun. After dinner, she accompanied us to Don Quijote to do some shopping then we headed over to an area with local neighborhood bars. All the while she was sharing about her city and eager to learn about us as well. Emmy went far beyond just arranging the tour. At least a month before our trip I contacted her regarding other plans and reservations for our stay in Tokyo. She offered suggestions and helped with bookings given the time difference and language barrier that would make it difficult for me to do so myself. She was extremely responsive and willingly helped and assisted in anyway she could. I can't say thank Emmy enough or express how much we enjoyed our time with her. Eat Up Tokyo is highly recommended!!


Emmy was a fantastic host. She was a joy to hang out with, she immediately felt like an old friend, and her suggested spots were all such unique experiences. Our only request was to eat and drink in places that we might not have discovered on our own or might be otherwise impossible with our lack of Japanese. The three places we went delivered on all counts, from a small craft beer bar with warm and welcoming staff to an izakaya with an impenetrable menu and amazing sashimi, to a tiny loft bar in Nonbei Yokocho with just enough room for three (crouching). It was a highlight of our trip and it was really Emmy's personable nature that made it work. Beyond that she followed up later with recommendations for more spots to check out based on things we'd talked about that night. I'd definitely recommend this experience to anyone.

Jenny G.

Meeting with Emmy was the highlight of our trip! We are very adventurous and capable travelers, but she took us to places we NEVER would have found on our own - secret alleys, hidden staircases, local gems tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo tourist traps. And once we arrived at these various places, she made sure we were exposed to the finest food and drink available. She was our ambassador to local Japan and the experience is one we will never forget. Also her patience with us while we coordinated (very complicated) logistics was commendable. Not to mention, she is a delight to spend time with! Humorous, insightful, flexible and fun. I really can't recommend this Vayable tour enough. All in all, it was the perfect experience.

Anna Y.

I found Emmy through a friend who also took this tour and couldn't be happier. Emmy was great at communicating and asking questions about what we like/don't like before we met. She was kind enough to meet us at our hotel where we started our adventure! She took us to a famous pork cutlet/tonkatsu place and it was packed with people. Of course Emmy had everything taken care of and we were taken to our reserved room where we had our delicious food. Emmy was knowledgeable, easy to talk to and happy to answer all our silly questions. After dinner, she took us on a walking tour around Nakameguro where we soaked in the nighttime views of the river and cherry blossoms. Emmy was a great resource and tour guide and I would not hesitate recommending her to others!

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