Hi, I’m Aiko


Hi, I’m Aiko

I’ve lived in Kyoto for 46 years

I speak English, Japanese

I am cooking instructor for foreign tourists and English tour guide


I have been working as a cooking instructor for foreign tourists since 2014. I enjoy teaching Japanese cooking and talking to people from all over the world. I took a English guide license certified by City of Kyoto Visitors Host in 2019, and by the national government in 2022. Currently, I also work as a tour guide in Kyoto, Osaka, and Nara. I would like to introduce the beauty and deep culture of Kyoto to foreign tourists.

My knowledge & interests

Street food Local cuisine Desserts Food markets Fine dining Unique & unusual foods Theater Art galleries & museums Parks Gardens Scenic routes Hikes Social history Cityscape photography Street photography Modern architecture Classical architecture Wine Whiskey Third wave coffee Gin Local beers Artisanal tea High-end fashion boutiques Department stores Vintage shops Street markets Handicrafts & souvenirs Traditional culture Popular culture Religious customs Lifestyle culture Rituals & ceremonial customs home cooked meal sake traditional crafts, kitchen tools

Experiences I love to host