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Guide Profile - Yoshiyuki ITOI

Yoshiyuki ITOI

Yoshiyuki ITOI

English Interpreter-Guide

Guiding Area: Tokyo


Born and raised in Kansai region that is Kobe, Kyoto and Osaka until 30 years old. Worked for Japanese chemical company and foreign affiliated company in Sales and Marketing division.
Lived in Singapore for 3 years and worked for Jiji Press.
Started working as an English tour guide in 2014

Specialties and Hobbies

  • Traveled mainly visiting World Heritage Sites, including The Sahara desert in Libya, Angel Falls in Venezuela and the site of Palmyra in Syria.
  • Love taking photos and driving to rural areas to enjoy onsens, hot springs.
  • Love watching Rugby football and playing golf.
  • Fascinated by arts and architectures. Old temples, contemporary buildings, woodblock print by Hiroshige and lithograph by Christo.


Almost 50 years ago, I was moved by the three-story pagoda in Yakushi-ji Temple located in the oldest capital of Japan, Nara. Later I learned that this pagoda was praised as frozen music by Ernest FENOLLOSA. Since then, watching architectures have been my hobby. In Tokyo, I recommend visiting Meiji Shrine. Just at 8 am and 2 pm, a huge Japanese drum is beaten as a sign of breakfast or lunch. The vibration makes us spiritual in the sudden silence. And there are lots of architectures designed by Prizker Prize laurereates stand in rows at Omoresando and Ginza which I would like to introduce.
Viva ! Exciting city Tokyo.