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Tourist Information Center

List of Volunteer Guides

There are numerous goodwill tour guide groups in Japan, offering up their language skills and insider knowledge to give tourists a richer experience.

Systemized Goodwill Guide Groups (SGG), registered with JNTO, can make arrangements for personal tours in various languages, offering the kind of local tips and insights you can't find in guidebooks. The list below details the areas and regions where such tour programs exist as well as information about how to get in touch.

Hokkaido

Furano Ski Host
Guide Area Furano Ski Area
Guide Spot Furano Ski Area
Languages Available English, (Chinese, French & Italian are by appointment only)
Website Website
Email inquiry@furanotourism.com
Message This service is the best way of getting to know the vast range of slopes at Furano Ski Area. We will take you on runs which suit your ability, whether you are a skier or a snowboarder.
Hakodate Goodwill Guide Association
Guide Area Hakodate Area
Guide Spot Morning Market / Motomachi / Bay Area & Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse Goryokaku Park & Hakodate Magistrate' Office / Mt. Hakodate
Languages Available English, Chinese & Korean
Website Website
Email hakodategoodwill@yahoo.co.jp
Message Our guide service is basically for 3 hours which could be extended.
How to Apply:
1. Visit our website above.
2. Fill out the TOUR BOOKING FORM (TBF) attached to our return mail.
3. Send it back to us at least three weeks in advance. We are unable to accept reservations for our service more than two months before you visit Hakodate.
Please feel free to contact us. We are looking forward to meeting you in HAKODATE.

Iwate

Hiraizumi Goodwill Guides
Guide Area Hiraizumi
Guide Spot Chuson-ji Temple / Motsu-ji Temple / Takkoku no Iwaya / other historical sites. Annual festivals include: Hatsukaya (Jan. 20th) / Setsubun (early Feb.) / Spring Fujiwara Festival (May 1st-5th) / Floating Poetry Festival (4th Sun. in May) / Iris Festival (June 20th-July 10th) / Mizukake Mikoshi Festival (late July) / Torch-lit O Noh (Aug. 14th) / Daimon-ji Bonfire Festival (Aug. 16th) / Bush Clover Festival (Sept. 15th-30th) / Autumn Fujiwara Festival (Nov. 1st-3rd)
Languages Available English, Chinese & German
Website Website
Email hiraizumi.sgg@gmail.com
Contact TEL: 080-1654-8525
FAX:0191-34-1005
Service hours: 9:00 - 17:00
Please contact Ms. Yuko SAYAMA by e-mail, telephone or fax at least one month in advance.
Message In 2011, five temples and gardens in Hiraizumi associated with the Pure Land were designated as a World Heritage Site.
We can show you around Hiraizumi at your request.
Morioka Goodwill Guides
Guide Area Morioka City and its surrounding area
Guide Spot Morioka Castle Site / Hachiman Shrine / Sakurayama Shrine / Splitting Cherry Tree / Mitsu-ishi Shrine (Devil's hand prints) / Hoonji Temple (five hundred statues) Festivals: Chagu Chagu Umakko (every year, the second Saturday of June) / Sansa dance parade (every year, August.1st-4th) / Hachiman shrine festival (every year, Sep.14th-16th)
Languages Available English
Website Website
Email moriokagwg@gmail.com
Message About 400 years ago, the history of Morioka began at the time when the Morioka lord of the Nanbu clan built his residential castle in the center of Morioka which was surrounded by three rivers.

Miyagi

Matsushima Goodwill Guides
Guide Area Matsushima Area
Guide Spot Zuiganji Temple / Godaido Temple / Entsuin Temple / Fukurajima Island / Oshima Island / Matsushima Bay Cruising
Languages Available English, Chinese, Korean & Spanish
Email hoshido_mutsuo@ybb.ne.jp
Message Matsushima's beautiful scenery was greatly praised by Matsuo Basho, the most famous Edo era poet, about 350 years ago. Matsushima also serves us delicious ocean and mountain foods. Matsushima has been a sacred place for 1,300 years.
Miyagi Goodwill Guide Club (MGGC)
Guide Area Around Miyagi
Guide Spot Sendai (Tanabata, Star Festival) / Matsushima / Shiroishi
Languages Available English, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, German, Korean, Swahili, Nepalese & Hindi
Website Website
Email rokugatsunokaze-2008@yahoo.co.jp
Message MGGC(Miyagi Goodwill Guide Club) is a volunteer group started in 1985 aiming at helping visitors from abroad enjoy traveling and staying in Miyagi without getting troubled by language problems.

Fukushima

Aizu Wakamatsu International Association
Guide Area Aizu Wakamatsu City and its surrounding areas
Guide Spot Tsuruga-jo Castle / other historical sites
Languages Available English, Chinese & Korean
Website Website
Email mail@awia.jp
Message We may not be able to arrange our services to all requests due to our staff's availability.

Niigata

DSI Volunteer Guide
Guide Area Sado Island
Guide Spot Any places upon requests throughout the island.
Languages Available English
Website Website
Email mijintl@lapis.plala.or.jp
Contact Contact us at least two weeks in advance.
Message Contact us at least two weeks in advance of your intended visit. We may not be able to arrange our services to all requests due to our staff's availability.

Ishikawa

Kanazawa Goodwill Guide Network
Guide Area Kanazawa City
Guide Spot Kenrokuen Garden / Kanazawa Castle Park / Higashi Chaya District / Nagamachi Buke Yashiki District
Languages Available English
Website Website
Email kggn@po4.nsk.ne.jp
Contact Contact us at least two weeks in advance.

Fukui

Fukui Phoenix SGG
Guide Area Fukui City and its surrounding areas
Guide Spot Eiheiji Temple / Echizen Bamboo Doll Craft Studio / Maruoka Castle Asakura Clan Ruins / Tojimbo
Languages Available English
Email yuko4572@yahoo.co.jp
Message Fukui is a local city rich in nature and full of tradition. There are many places where you can learn its history. Come visit us!!
We are happy to guide you in Fukui city and its neighborhood.

Nagano

Alps Language Service Association
Guide Area Matsumoto City
Guide Spot Matsumoto Castle
Languages Available English, French, Spanish, Korean & Russian
Website Website
Email npoalsa@gmail.com
Contact Contact us at least two weeks in advance.
Message Guides available on site (April - November 10:00 to 15:00 daily, reservation is not required)
Bonsho no Kai
Guide Area The area in and around Nagano City
Guide Spot Zenkoji Temple / Mastusiro / Togakusi / Obuse
Languages Available English, Chinese & German
Website Website
Email bonshonokai@yahoo.co.jp
Matsumoto City International Society
Guide Area Matsumoto City and its surrounding areas
Guide Spot Up to the requests
Languages Available English
Email yuri_kashi@city.matsumoto.nagano.jp
Message We mainly accept the inspection of government officers and tour agents who are interested in the local government operations and tourism policies.
Matsumoto SGG Club
Guide Area Matsumoto City
Guide Spot Matsumoto Castle / Matsumoto City Museum / Former Kaichi School
Languages Available English
Email saito@maxon.co.jp

Tokyo

Capital Tokyo West (CTW) SGG
Guide Area Mainly western Tokyo inclusive of whole Tokyo areas
Guide Spot Popular Japanese gardens, temples, shrines, museums, famous tourist attractions and areas such as Shinjuku, Shibuya, Harajuku, Yoyogi, Roppongi, Azabu, Daiba, Tsukiji, Ginza, Bunkyo, Akihabara, Kanda, Ueno, Yanaka, Nezu, Nippori, Ryogoku, Sumida, Asakusa and TDR, etc.
Languages Available English, French & Italian
Website Website
Email chu-san@sb3.so-net.ne.jp
Message We are pleased to take you around at your request for relaxation or sightseeing in shopping districts, noted places of culture and history such as temples, shrines and gardens every day except on August 13th to 15th and December 29th to January 3rd.
Edo Tokyo Guide Group
Guide Area Tokyo
Guide Spot Typically but not limited to; 1. Imperial Palace Area 2. Harajuku & Meiji Shrine 3. Shibuya 4. Odaiba 5. Ginza 6. Kagurazaka 7. Ueno & Yanaka 8. Asakusa & Skytree 9. Akihabara 10.Tsukiji & Hamarikyu Garden
Languages Available English, French, German, Spanish & Italian
Website Website
Message It is our great pleasure to help you make your stay enjoyable and fruitful. Eexplore ever-changing Tokyo. Find new culture and feel hundreds of years history. We'll make your own itinerary based on your requests or wishes. The history of each spot will bring your imagination into those days, when the city was called "Edo".
Shinagawa SGG Club
Guide Area Tokyo and its surrounding areas
Guide Spot Fish Market (after 9:00am) / Imperial East Garden and other Japanese Gardens / Ginza / Harajuku (Meiji Shrine) / Ueno / Asakusa / Odaiba / Shinjuku / Shibuya / etc.
Languages Available English (French, Italian, Spanish & Mandarin are exceptional)
Website Website
Email sinagawa_sgg2004@yahoo.co.jp
Contact Contact us at least two weeks in advance.
Message We accommodate your personal requests for sightseeing, shopping, etc. We are foreigner-friendly volunteer guides who love intercultural communications and exchanges with you.
The Japanese Red Cross Language Service Volunteers
Guide Area Tokyo metropolitan area Locations near Tokyo which would not require an overnight stay
Guide Spot Many places in the Tokyo metropolitan area Negotiable, please let us know which places you would like to visit.
Languages Available English
Website Website
Email sgg@tok-lanserv.jp
Contact Contact us at least two weeks in advance and explain how we can accommodate for disabilities.
Message We provide tour guides for the physically challenged, in line with the Red Cross principles.
Tokyo Free Walking Tour
Guide Area Tokyo
Guide Spot 1. East Gardens of the Imperial Palace 2. Asakusa 3. Meiji Shrine and Harajuku
Languages Available English
Website Website
Email info@tfwt.jp
Contact The tour is totally free of charge, and no reservation is needed.
Message Tokyo Free Walking Tour is a group of enthusiastic volunteer tour guides active since 2008.
We conduct regular tours on Saturdays and Sundays, and occasional weekday tours.
Visit our website, and hop on our tour!
Tokyo International Student Guide
Guide Area Tokyo Metropolitan Area and its neighbouring town
Guide Spot We can take you to any tourist spots and other places to meet your request.
Languages Available English, French, German, Chinese & Korean
Email takahashi@tit.ac.jp
Contact Contact us at least two weeks in advance.
TOKYO SGG CLUB
Guide Area 1. Asakusa Area 2. Historical spots of temples, shrines, memorials and museums in the Ueno Park 3. Imperial Palace 4. Yanaka Area
Guide Spot 1. Asakusa Kannon Temple area and it's neighborhood 2. Historical spots of temples, shrines, memorials and museums in the Ueno Park 3. Imperial Palace Outer Garden and East Garden 4. Yanaka Ginza shopping street, Yanaka Cemetery and centuries-old town district with temples
Languages Available English
Website Website
Contact No need to make reservation.
Message Please come to each designated TOKYO SGG CLUB counter desk before tour starting time.
The number of participants may be limited on a first-come-first -served basis and the tour maybe cancelled without prior notice.
Koto English-speaking Volunteer Guide Association (KEV)
Guide Area East Tokyo / Mainly Koto city
Guide Spot 1. Fukagawa Fudo-do Temple and Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine 2. Fukagawa Edo Museum and Kiyosumi Garden 3. Sunamachi Ginza Shopping Street 4. Sumo stable, Basho Museum and others
Languages Available English
Website Website
Email freetours@kev.jp
Message Our free waling tours take you off the beaten path to experience both historical side and everyday life of Tokyo, such as wandering into a revived street corner of the last samurai era at a cozy museum, taking a stroll in a refreshing Japanese garden, watching sumo morning practice and getting to know the locals in the marketalley. More details and booking through our website!
Doshisha SGG Joe Tokyo & Kyoto
Guide Area Kanto Region / Greater Tokyo Metropolitan Area
Guide Spot Tokyo, Yokohama, Kamakura, Enoshima, Hakone, Chiba & Saitama (Kawagoe)
Languages Available English, Spanish, German, French, Chinese, Korean, Thai & Indonesian
Website Website
Contact Tel: 080-5549-3467 / 080-8023-9693
Email: akeyozgo@yb.ne.jp / mikekyoko@yahoo.co.jp
Message We have headquarters both in Tokyo and Kyoto. Members are alumni of Doshisha University and Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts in Kyoto.
We offer guided tour services or support for international events in Tokyo Metropolitan area by members who have outstanding careers in business, culture and education. We are also able to offer our services in Kansai area which includes Kyoto, Nara and Osaka.

Kanagawa

Kanagawa Systematized Good Will Guide Club
Guide Area Kanagawa Prefecture
Guide Spot Yokohama City / Kamakura City / Kawasaki City / Enoshima Island
Languages Available English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Korean & Thai
Website Website
Email ksgg_guide@yahoo.co.jp
Contact Request for our services and inquiry.
Message We provide foreign visitors with voluntary sightseeing tour guide services mainly in Yokohama, Kamakura, Kawasaki & Enoshima.
Odawara Hakone Systematized Goodwill Guide Club
Guide Area Entire Hakone region / Odawara Town / Odawara Area including Odawara Castle / Ichiya-jyo Castle / Odawara Town and surrounding areas.
Guide Spot Hiking and hot spring experiences / Visiting museums and historical spots / Round trip of Hakone by a mountain train, a cable car, rope-ways and a sightseeing cruise / Odawara Castle / Ichiya-jyo Castle
Languages Available English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Korean & Thai
Website Website
Email ohsgg1@gmail.com
Message Odawara and Hakone Systematized Goodwill Guide Club (OHSGG) provides voluntary sightseeing guide services in foreign languages around the area of Hakone and Odawara to assist visitors from outside of Japan and non-Japanese speaking residents.
Our group is a non-profitable organization established in 1996 as one of the systematized goodwill guide groups under Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).

Chiba

Association of Narita Volunteer Guides
Guide Area Within the grounds of Naritasan Temple and adjacent park.
Guide Spot Main Gate / Niomon Gate / Bell Tower / Store of whole Sutras / Three storied Pagoda / Great Main Hall / Shakado Hall / Votive Tablet Hall / Komyodo Hall / Great Pagoda of Peace
Languages Available English
Email naritasan-guide@yahoo.co.jp
Message One of the most popular Buddhist Temples in Japan, conveniently located near Narita International Airport. You can enjoy not only historical buildings and Buddhist statues, but the Fire ceremony of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism.
Kashiwa Goodwill Guide Association
Guide Area Kashiwa and neighboring area / Narita / Tokyo
Guide Spot 1. Sightseeing: We can pick you up at your hotel or Narita Airport. We will guide you to the cozy local places in Kashiwa and also Tokyo. 2. Visit a Japanese House 3. Experience of Japanese Culture 4. Spiritual Experience in Kashiwa 5. Shopping Guide 6. Annual Events Guide for each season
Languages Available English, Chinese, Spanish, Korean, French, German, Thai, Portuguese, Indonesian, Malay & Romanian
Website Website
Contact Tel: 04-7164-0832
Email: bayiwatate@yahoo.co.jp / kashiwagoodwill@gmail.com
Message Kashiwa Goodwill Guide Association is more than your average City Tour Guide. We are here to show you a new and exciting way to explore new destinations including the suburbs of Tokyo.
If you're looking for a private tour or if you'd like to experience the real Japan including cultures, please contact Tsunetaro Iwatate with the subject of "Kashiwa experience tour" or "TOKYO NARITA Guide".
Nagareyama SGG Club
Guide Area Nagareyama and its surrounding areas / Tokyo
Guide Spot Registered national tangible cultural property sites / Issa Sojyu memorial hall (Issa Kobayashi: Japan's famous Haiku poet) / Encampment of Shinsen-gumi (special police force during Bakumatsu period) / Tone Canal (relaxation & scenic course in nature along the canal designed by a Dutch engineer at Meiji era)
Languages Available English, French, Spanish & Chinese
Website Website
Email info@nagareyamasgg.org
Contact Tel: 04-7152-2788
Contact us at least three weeks in advance.
Message Please contact us without hesitation. We provide you with volunteer tour guide services depending on your requests. Access: About 30 minutes by train from Tokyo area.
We will make your dream come true. Discover real Japan!!

Saitama

The Kawagoe English Walkers
Guide Area Kawagoe
Guide Spot Kitain Buddhist Temple / City Museum / Ichiban-gai Street with Kurazukuri houses
Languages Available English

Ibaraki

Chinone Group
Guide Area Tokyo / Mito City / Tokai Mura
Guide Spot We will show you around in your favorite places.
Languages Available English
Email aaj64210@pop06.odn.ne.jp
Contact Contact us at least two weeks in advance.
Chiyoda Circle
Guide Area Kasumigaura City / Tsukuba City / Tsuchiura City and surrounding areas
Guide Spot Tsukuba Science City / Mt.Tsukuba / Ushiku-Buddha Statue / Lake Kasumigaura / second largest lake in Japan / etc.
Languages Available English
Email hope_wish1216@yahoo.co.jp
Message We can take you around at your request.
COSMO ECHO
Guide Area This group is not providing any kind of tour guide.
Languages Available English
Website Website
Email cosmoecho1985@gmail.com
Message COSMO ECHO is providing foreign visitors with opportunities to experience Japanese culture such as the tea-ceremony, flower-arrangement, calligraphy, wearing a kimono and so on. However, we are not providing any kind of tour guide.
MESA FRIENDSHIP
Guide Area Mito
Languages Available English
Email mykawase@paw.hi-ho.ne.jp
N & N Guide Organization
Guide Area Kanto District in Japan
Guide Spot Kanto District in Japan
Languages Available English, Chinese, Korean, Portugee & Thai
Email norikotakahashi2016@yahoo.co.jp

Tochigi

Nikko SGG Club
Guide Area Nikko City
Guide Spot World Heritage Site (shrines and temples in Nkko)
Languages Available English
Email tomton09@lion.ocn.ne.jp
Contact Contact us at least two weeks in advance.
Message We hope everyone will visit Nikko.
UTSUNOMIYA SYSTEMATIZED GOOD-WILL GUIDES CLUB
Guide Area Utsunomiya City / Nikko City & Inner Nikko / Mashiko & Oya Town
Guide Spot Nikko World Heritage Site / Lake Chuzenji / The Kegon Fall / Mashiko Pottery Town / Oya Temple & Oya Museum / Utsunomiya Castle Ruins Park
Languages Available English & Chinese
Website Website
Contact m-hirota4954@docomo.ne.jp
(Mr. Masashi Hirota)
Contact us at least two weeks in advance (contact with Home Page of JNTO or USGG) .
Message Besides guide service, we serve counter guide for tourists at JR Utsunomiya Station every weekend.

Gunma

Friday club
Guide Area Ota City
Guide Spot Daikoin Temple / Mantokuji Temple / Ota Sports Park
Languages Available English
Website Website
Email jun80@sunfield.ne.jp

Yamanashi

Yamanashi Goodwill Guide Association
Guide Area Yamamanashi Prefecture
Guide Spot Mt.Fuji and Lakes / Erinji Temple / Syosenkyo Gorge / Mt. Iwadono / Saruhashi Bridge
Languages Available English & Chinese
Yamanashi Systematized Goodwill Guide
Guide Area Within Yananashi prefecture including Mt.Fuji Yoshidaguchi
Guide Spot Mt.Fuji in Kofu & Katsunuma Area
Languages Available English & Korean
Website Website
Email ysgg_office@yahoo.co.jp

Shizuoka

Atami Guide Club
Guide Area Atami City
Guide Spot Kiunkaku / Kinomiya Shrine / Plum Garden / Geigi Kenban / Izusan Shrine / Atami Castle / Beach
Languages Available English
Website Website
Email info@agcjp.net
Ito Systematized Goodwill Guide
Guide Area Ito
Guide Spot Mt. Omuro / Jogasaki Coast & Lake Ippeki / historical spots of Ito (shrines & temples)
Languages Available English, German & Spanish
Website Website
Email itosgg@gmail.com
IZU Systematized Goodwill Guide Club
Guide Area Shimoda / Kawazu / Miami Izu area
Guide Spot Historic walk for Gyokusenji temple / Ryosenji temple / Shirahama shrine / etc. We can guide you whatever you like.
Languages Available English
Website Website
Email izusgg1@gmail.com
Contact E-mail us first.
Message We will arrange memorable day for you.
Shimoda International Club
Guide Area Shimoda, Kawazu and Minami Izu in Izu Peninsula
Guide Spot Shimoda downtown area / Kawazu Minami Izu based on the request
Languages Available English, German & Spanish
Email sicshimoda@yahoo.co.jp

Gifu

Gifu Goodwill Guides Network
Guide Area Gifu Prefecture
Guide Spot (mainly) Gifu City / Kakamigahara City / Gujo City / Ogaki Xity
Languages Available English, Chinese & French
Email ronmama1135@gmail.com
Message Gifu Goodwill Guides Network is a non-profit organization, established in March 2005. We will offer you volunteer guide services for sightseeing tours in Gifu Prefecture . We hope to promote mutural understanding through this grass-roots services.

Aichi

Aichi Goodwill Guides Network
Guide Area Nagoya and its surrounding areas
Guide Spot Nagoya Castle / Osu Shopping Arcade / Atsuta Jingu Shrine / Tokugawa Museum / Arimatsu / Shirotori Garden / Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology / etc.
Languages Available English, Spanish, Portuguese, French & Chinese
Website Website
Email guide-desk@aggn.jp
Chita Peninsula SGG Club
Guide Area Chita Peninsula in Aichi Prefecture
Guide Spot Nankichi Memorial Museum / Handa City Musuem / Sake Museum Pottery Path in Tokoname
Website Website
Email sgg-1@ml.n-fukushi.ac.jp
Message Chita Peninsula SGG Club is a group of volunteer guides and interpreters established to introduce foreign visitors to Japanese history and culture, especially here in the Chita Peninsula.
Inuyama Goodwill Guide
Guide Area Inuyama Castle and its surrounding areas
Guide Spot Inuyama Castle / Inuyama Old town & Historical Museum / Uraku-en Garden / Joan-Tea Ceremony House / The Museum Meijimura
Languages Available English, German, Chinese & Korean
Website Website
Email guide_req@inuyamagoodwillguide.jp
Message Wander back in time to old Japan with a visit to Inuyama. Home to one of only four original National Treasure Castles and one of only three National Treasure Tea Houses remaining in Japan.

Mie

Iga SGG Club
Guide Area Iga City
Guide Spot Ninja Museum, Danjiri (festival float) Museum, Ueno Castle
Languages Available English
Website Website
Email iga-sgg@tsutamaru.or.jp
Message We are the volunteer guide group in Iga City, the birthplace of Ninja and Basho, a master of Haiku poetry. With genuine and heart-warming hospitality, we offer free guided tours in English.

Kyoto

GOOD SAMARITAN CLUB
Guide Area Kyoto City
Guide Spot Anywhere in Kyoto where the tourist wishes to visit including temples and shrines such as Kiyomizu Temple, Kinkaku-ji Temple, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, etc.
Languages Available English
Website Website
Message Hello! We are the Good Samaritan Club! We are a group of university students that provides volunteer guides for foreign tourists in Kyoto, Japan.
We are composed of students from various universities in Kyoto.
Goodwill Guide on Kyoto Handicraft & Historical Sites
Guide Area Kyoto City and its surrounding areas
Guide Spot Any spots guests want to visit, as far as it's practicable.
Languages Available English, Chinese, French & Thai
Website Website
Email UII42902@nifty.com
Contact Service hours: Basically 9:00-17:00
Message Kyoto has so many attractive things to offer to you. We are willing to guide you ancient temples, colorful shrines, refined gardens, traditional townhouses and so on. Not only these spots, we are glad to introduce you the art of handicraft the people of Kyoto have been cherishing for a long time. Our members are looking forward to guiding you soon.
Kyoto (East) S.G.G. Club
Guide Area Kyoto City
Guide Spot Higashiyama Area / Kinkakuji Temple Area / Nijo Castle / Arashiyama Area / Downtown / Fushimi Inari shrine / etc.
Languages Available English
Website Website
Email info-ksgg@kyotosgg.sakura.ne.jp
Contact Contact us at least one month in advance.
Message We are providing tour guides for overseas tourists.
Kyoto SGG Associates
Guide Area Kyoto City and the surrounding areas
Guide Spot Kiyomizu-Dera / Kinkakuji / Fushimiinari / Arashiyama Theme Walks Kyoto There are many beautiful places in Kyoto. We can also arrange a custom course as requested.
Languages Available English, Chinese & Korean
Website Website
Email sgg@costra.co.jp
Contact sgg@costra.co.jp
Message Kyoto was a capital during over 1000 years. Please come and visit World Cultural Heritage in Kyoto and enjoy beautiful scenery with us.
Sakura Volunteer Guide Club
Guide Area Kyoto / Nara / Shiga
Guide Spot 1. Nijo Castle - Golden Pavilion - Kiyomizu Temple 2. Fushimi Inari Shrine - Sanjusangen-do Temple - Kiyomizu Temple 3. Silver Pavilion - Philosopher's Walk - Eikan-do Temple or Nanzen-ji Temple
Languages Available English
Website Website
Contact Contact us at least two weeks in advance.
Message Our tours can accommodate up to 6 people. If you'd like to book more than one day, please submit a separate form for each additional day. We would be very happy to help your understanding.
SGG Club Kyoto West
Guide Area Kyoto City
Guide Spot Kyoto City
Languages Available English
The Volunteer Guide Assiciation of Kansai Traditional Handicrafts (KADEKO SGG KANSAI)
Guide Area Kyoto / Osaka / Nara / Hyogo(Kobe) / Shiga / Wakayama
Guide Spot World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, traditional handicrafts artisan's houses and traditional culture workshop (Japanese tea ceremony, Ikebana e.g.) including traditional entertainment such as Japanese dance-Kabuki, Noh play.
Languages Available Japanese, English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Indonesian & Vietnamese
Website Website
Email traditional2010@icloud.com
Contact TEL:090-8208-8356
Service hours: 10:00 - 17:00 ※Our tour guide service would be flexible.
Message Welcome to Japan. We are so glad to meet you and would like to guide you in beautiful Japan. KADEKO SGG Kansai was organized to conserve Japanese Culture as well as Traditional Handicrafts Industries in 2010. Our concept is "Warm Heart." We sincerely believe that the most important thing is "Warm Heart" for human being. Looking forward to meeting you here in Kansai Direct.
Doshisha SGG Joe Tokyo & Kyoto
Guide Area Kansai Area / Kinki Area
Guide Spot Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji), Nara, Osaka, Hyogo (Kobe, Himeji, Arima, Takarazuka) & Wakayama (Koyasan)
Languages Available English, Spanish, German & Thai
Website Website
Contact Tel: 070-5659-3467 / 090-2160-1397
Email: robin-mu@kcn.ne.jp / tomo-oonos326@kcn.jp
Message We have headquarters both in Kyoto and Tokyo. Members are alumni, students, professors and officers of Doshisha University and Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts in Kyoto. We offer guided tour services or support for international events by members who have outstanding careers in business, culture and education. The members are living in Kinki Area and we are also able to offer our services in Greater Tokyo Metropolitan Area.

Osaka

Foreigner Guides Net Osaka
Guide Area Osaka / Kyoto / Nara
Guide Spot Any place, up to guest's request
Languages Available English & Chinese
Website Website
Email yokoithr-ou42@mse.biglobe.ne.jp
Osaka SGG Club
Guide Area Osaka (Kyoto, Nara, Kobe provided you stay in Osaka)
Guide Spot Places of historic interest, scenic beauty and modern atraction in these areas, depending on the request from the visitors.
Languages Available English (guide in German, Spanish, French, Chinese, Malay & Indonesian could be provided when possible)
Website Website
Email guide-coordinator@osakasgg.org
Contact For convenience of communication, we suggest you contact us at the e-mail address.
Write Request Form and apply in advance to us by e-mail.
Message Visit our homepage for our terms & conditions for guiding.
Osaka Tenma Yomiuri SGG Club
Guide Area Osaka / Kyoto / Kobe / Nara / Shiga
Guide Spot Osaka Castle / Nijyo Castle / etc. following the requests of overseas tourists
Languages Available English, French & Chinese
Website Website
Contact Contact us at least one week in advance.
Email: hirouchi@pisces.plala.or.jp / orotyshirouchi@yahoo.co.jp
Message Osaka Tenma Yomiuri SGG Club was awarded Excellent Goodwill Guide SGG by JNTO.

Shiga

Hikone Volunteer Guide Association
Guide Area Hikone City and its surrounding areas
Guide Spot Hikone Castle / Genkyu-en Garden / Hikone Castle Museum / Hikone Castle Town Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in other places in and around Hikone.
Languages Available English, Malay & Indonesian
Website Website
Email i-hikone@hikoneshi.com
Contact Contact us at least one week in advance.
Message Guide service is free of charge. However, we charge 1,000 yen for guide's transportation. In case of no-shows or cancellations on the booked day, we also charge 1,000 yen for the guide's transportation.

Hyogo

Himeji Goodwill Guide Kashinoki-kai
Guide Area Himeji City
Guide Spot Himeji Castle / Koko-En / Mt.Shosha / Nearby Sites / Fighting Festival
Languages Available English
Email himejitourkashinoki@gmail.com
Message Kashinokikai is a volunteer group to help foreign visitors in English at Navi port in front of Himeji Station.
We also guide people to Himeji Castle, Kokoen, and Mt.Shosha by appointment.
Kobe SGG club
Guide Area Kobe / Osaka / Kyoto / Nara / Himeji
Guide Spot Kobe Nunobiki Ropeway and Herb Gardens / Mt.Rokko / Arima Hot Springs / Harborland / Meriken Park / Nada Sake Breweries / Kitano Foreiners' Residences / China Town / Pearl Bridge / Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution / Ikuta Shrine Kobe Special Gourmet: Kobe beaf / Confectionery / Sake and Kobe Wine
Languages Available English, Spanish, French, Germany, Chinese & Korean
Website Website
Email kobesgg@kobesgg.org
Contact Contact us at least two weeks in advance.
Message We can take you around at your request. We will suggest and arrange your day tour with courtesy. Our motto is to make your visit enjoyable and comfortable.
Kobe Voluntary Good-Will Guides (K.V.G.G)
Guide Area Kansai Area (A day trip area from Kobe)
Guide Spot Kobe / Arima onsen / Himeji castle / Takarazuka / Osaka / Nara
Languages Available English
Email chiko-i-kvgg@kcc.zaq.ne.jp
Contact Contact us at least three days in advance.
Takarazuka Bunkazai Guide Society
Guide Area mainly Takarazuka City
Guide Spot Junrei Kaido (The Pilgrim Highway) / Nakayamadera Temple / Horticulture area / Kiyoshi-kojin Seichoji Temple & Tessai Museum / The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum
Languages Available Japanese & English
Email e-k@jttk.zaq.ne.jp
Contact Contact us at least three days in advance.
Volunteer Guide Association of Himeji Castle
Guide Area Himeji Castle and Kokoen Garden
Guide Spot West Bailey / Second Bailey / Main bailey and Main tower
Languages Available English, Chinese & Korean
Website Website
Message Usually reserved guided tours are not accepted. Almost every day several of our members attend the office near the ticket office for guiding. When we are ready to guide visitors around the Castle, we put up a signboard near the Ticket Office of the Castle, saying "Free English-speaking guided tour Available".

Nara

IKARUGA ICES SGG
Guide Area Ikaruga Town, Ikoma Town
Guide Spot Horyuji-Temple Site
Languages Available English, Chinese & French
Website Website
Email ikaruga@kcn.ne.jp
Contact TEL: 0745-74-6800
FAX: 0745-75-9090
Service hours: 9:00 - 17:00
Message Free guiding service for Horyuji-Temple in English, Chinese and French.
NARA SGG CLUB
Guide Area NARA Prefecture
Guide Spot Nara Park Area as it includes three basic must-see-spots / UNESCO World Heritage Sites / etc.
Languages Available English (for other languages, please contact us.)
Website Website
Email narasggclub@gmail.com
Contact TEL: 0742-22-5595
FAX: 0742-22-5595
Service hours: 9:00 - 19:00
Contact us at least three days in advance.
Message We are dedicated to creating an environment where international visitors can enjoy safe and comfortable stays in Japan.
Nara Student Guide
Guide Area Nara
Guide Spot Kohukuji Temple, Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Shrine are the main spots but we can guide you anywhere in Nara.
Languages Available English
Website Website
Email narastudentguide1964@gmail.com
Nara YMCA Goodwill Guides
Guide Area Nara Prefecture, Nara City
Guide Spot Nara Park (Todaiji, Kasuga Taisha, Kofukuji Isuien Garden) / Nara-mach / Toshodai-ji / Yakushi-ji / Horyu-ji Temples / other places upon requests
Languages Available English
Website Website
Email eggnaraymca@hotmail.com
Message We are semi professional guides who have been trained about Nara, Japanese history and culture. We are waiting for your requests and looking forward to meeting you soon.
NPO Nara Guide Club
Guide Area Nara City and its environs
Guide Spot Kohfukuji Temple / Todaiji Temple / Kasugataisha Shrine / Isuien Japanese Garden / Naramachi Town / Yakushiji Temple / Toshodaiji Temple / Horyuji Temple / etc.
Languages Available English, Korean & Chinese
Website Website
Email nara-guideclub@xvh.biglobe.ne.jp

Wakayama

Wakayama Interpreter Volunteer Club
Guide Area North of Wakayama
Guide Spot Koyasan / Wakayama City / Kinokawa City / Hashimoto city / its surrounding areas We can take you around at your request.
Languages Available English
Website Website
Email hitomi-ytsp128@iris.eonet.ne.jp
Contact Contact us at least two weeks in advance.

Tottori

Yonago Goodwill Guide
Guide Area Yonago City and Sakaiminato City
Guide Spot Old downtown in Yonago / umbrella factory / mattcha tea shop / kimono shop / Tottori Prefecture Flower Park / Sakaiminato Fish Market / Mt. Daisen
Languages Available English
Website Website
Email info_ygg@yahoo.co.jp

Shimane

Iwami SGG Club (Iwami Systematized Goodwill Guides Club)
Guide Area Tsuwano / Hagi / Masuda / Hamada
Guide Spot Tsuwano (Taikodani Inari Shrine, Tsuwano Castle Ruins and traditional streets) / Hagi (Hagi Museum and Shoin Shrine) / Masuda(Sesshu Gardens and Iwami Kagura, a traditional performing art unique to Iwami Area)
Languages Available English
Website Website
Email masuda.shimane@gmail.com
Message We have not only the traditional spots but also bountiful nature.
Please visit our website. We can assist your travel to the beautiful countryside.
Matsue Goodwill Guide
Guide Area City of Matsue / Yasugi / Izumo
Guide Spot Matsue Castle / Shiomi-Nawate area / Horikawa boat cruise / Adachi Museum of Art / Izumo Grand Shrine
Languages Available English
Email sgg_mgg_club@yahoo.co.jp
Contact Upon your request other than those times and places, please contact us by e-mail.
Message We give Matsue castle free guiding tour from 10 am to 4 pm every Sat. and Sun. from March to November. We look forward to hearing from you.

Okayama

Kurashiki Goodwill Guides
Guide Area Kurashiki Bikan Area (The Old Town of Kurashiki)
Guide Spot Canal Area / Ohara Museum / Ivy Square / Ohashi's House / etc.
Languages Available English, Chinese & Korean
Email GWG_kurashiki@kurashiki-v.net
Message Kurashiki Bikan Area is a small town, but full of scenic beauty and long history. Why don't you come visit us to enjoy the walking tour around the picturesque canal area?

Hiroshima

Hiroshima SGG club
Guide Area Hiroshima City and its surrounding areas
Guide Spot 1. Peace Park / Hiroshima Castle / Shukukeien Garden 2. Miyajima Island (Itsukushima Shrine / Daisho-in Temple)
Languages Available English
Email taif@fureai-ch.ne.jp
Contact TEL: 082-843-9030
Contact us at least ten days in advance.
Message We can meet you at JR Hiroshima Station (Shinkansen ticket gate or South exit) or at your hotel.

Yamaguchi

Yanai Sightseeing Volunteer Association
Guide Area Yanai White Wall Townscape and its surrounding areas. In this area, Merchant houses from the Edo period line both sides of the street for 200 meters, and it was known as the "Warehouse of the Iwakuni Domain" during the Edo period, it was a bustling street. Walking on this street makes you feel like you have been transported back to a simpler, peaceful time.
Guide Spot Kunimori Residence / Kanro Syoyu Soy Sauce Museum / Muroya-no-sono Merchant House Museum / Willow Tree and Well (Syoko-an Temple) / Yanai Machinami Museum / Shirakabe Gakuyukan Museum / Yanai Nishigura Experience workshop
Languages Available English
Email yanaikanko.vo@gmail.com
Contact 090-5268-5908 (Yuko Izumi)
Website is in preparation but we have our page on Facebook.
Message Guide service is free of charge. Contact us at least 10 days in advance.

Tokushima

Tokushima GG Club
Guide Area Tokushima Prefecture
Guide Spot Tokushima Prefecture
Languages Available English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, French & German
Email tksggc1@gmail.com
Contact Contact us at least two weeks in advance.
If you have any inquiry on Tourism in Tokushima, please ask us via e-mail.

Kagawa

Kagawa Systematized Good-will Guide
Guide Area Kagawa Prefecture
Guide Spot Ritsurin Garden /Tamamo Park / Mt. Yashima / Shikokumura Village / Naoshima Art Island / Kotohira-gu Shrine
Languages Available English, Spanish & French
Website Website
Email kaji@mail.netwave.or.jp
Contact kaji@mail.netwave.or.jp
Message We welcome your tour guide requests.

Ehime

Ehime Systematized Good-will Guide
Guide Area Matsuyama / Oz / Uwajim / Niihama / Imabari cities / Shimanami Bridge Route
Guide Spot We can take you around at your request. Recommended sightseeing spots are : 1. The Castle at each area, Dogo Hot Spring, Ishiteji temple 2. Tobe Pottery Places, Uchiko Town
Languages Available English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish & French for Matsuyama Castle and Dogo Hot Spring English for other sightseeing places
Email setsuko.szm@adagio.ocn.ne.jp
Contact Apply by phone 9:00 - 20:00

Kochi

Kochi Systematized Goodwill Guide Club
Guide Area Kochi Prefecture *We can take you around at your request.
Guide Spot Recommended sightseeing tours are: 1. Kochi Castle - Katsura Beach 2. Kochi Castle - Ino Paper Museum 3. Sunday Market - Kochi Castle (Sunday only)
Languages Available English, Chinese, Korean & French
Website Website
Email kochisgg@hotmail.co.jp
Contact TEL: 090-7148-7608
Contact us at least two weeks in advance.

Fukuoka

Chikuho SGG Club
Guide Area Chikuho Area (Iizuka City, Tagawa City, Nogata City and the nearby counties of Fukuoka Prefecture)
Guide Spot Chikuho Area
Languages Available English
Email suzuki66@ace.ocn.ne.jp
Fukuoka SGG Club
Guide Area Fukuoka City and its surrounding areas such as Dazaifu and Yanagawa
Guide Spot Ohori Park / Fukuoka Castle ruins / museums / Hakozaki Shrine / Tochoji Temple / learning from disaster simulation drills / Japanese gardens / Japanese old houses / an old shopping arcade / Dazaifu / Yanagawa
Languages Available English, Chinese, Korean & Spanish
Website Website
Email fukuoka_sgg_club@yahoo.co.jp
Message Please refer to our website and send the application back to us. The members of our club are all local citizens. We guide you around Fukuoka City and its surrounding areas according to your request. And also, you can get our friendly advice on the best practical travel plan for you.
Kitakyushu SGG Club
Guide Area Mojiko Retro Area / Kanmon Strait Area / Chofu Town (Yamaguchi Pref) / Kitakyushu Industrial Area
Guide Spot Kokura castle / Yawata Steel Works / Mojimekari N.P. / Yaekawa Robot Factory / Mt. Sarakura cable / Kawachi Lake
Languages Available English, Chinese, Korean & Russian
Email hirokimura18@ezweb.ne.jp
Message Welcome to Kitakyushu.
Bienvenido.
Omuta SGG club
Guide Area Omuta City
Languages Available English, Chinese & Philipino
Email omutarocky@yahoo.co.jp

Saga

Imari SGG
Guide Area O-kawachi-yama / Arita / Karatsu
Guide Spot Kyushu Ceramics Museum / Karatsu Castle / Okawachiyama Area / Arita Porcelain Park
Languages Available English
Email rokuseng@live.jp
Karatsu Volunteer Guides
Guide Area Karatsu / Imari / Arita
Guide Spot Karatsu: Karatsu Castle / Rainbow Pine Forest / Mt. Kagami / Festival Float Exhibition Hall / Galleries of Karatsu Ware Imari and Arita: Oukawachi-yama (A Potters Village) / Musium of Kyushu Ceramic Arts / Galleries of Arita Ware
Languages Available English, Korean & Chinese
Email y-shinji@karatsu.or.jp
Message Website of Karatsu Volunteer Guides is in preparation but we have our page on Facebook.

Nagasaki

Nagasaki International Association
Guide Area Nagasaki Prefecture
Languages Available English
Website Website
Email nia@nia.or.jp
Contact Service hours: 9:00 - 17:30
Contact us at least three weeks in advance.
Message The Nagasaki International Association is not a travel agency, nor are our volunteers professional tour guides. Please be aware that the content of our volunteer's tours may differ from those of professional tour guides.
Please also understand that because our guides all work on a volunteer basis we cannot guarantee that one will be available on your requested date.

Oita

Beppu SGG Club
Guide Area Beppu / Yufuin / Kitsuki / Usuki
Guide Spot Beppu Jigoku Tour / Myoban Onsen / Takasaki-yama Monkey Park / Kitsuki Castle / Usuki Stone Buddhas
Languages Available English, Korean & Chinese
Email beppufriendlyguide@gmail.com
Contact TEL: 0977-23-1119 / 080-3185-6210

Kumamoto

Kumamoto SGG Club/Kumamoto Yokatoko Annainin-no-kai
Guide Area Kumamoto City and its sorrounding area
Guide Spot Kumamoto Castle/Suizenji Jojuen Garden/Shimada museum of Arts/ Traditional Craft Center/Reigardo Cave/Honmyoji Temple/etc.
Languages Available English, Chinese, Korean, etc.
Website Website
Email contact@k-yokatoko.com
Message Kumamoto City, located in the center of Kyushu is conveniently linked with other places.
There are many attractions to visit in and around Kumamoto City. Kumamoto Castle, regarded as one of the three most magnificent castles in Japan, stands in the center of the city. Mt. Aso, a huge and active volcano is about 50 kilometers east of the city.
Two very strong earthquakes in succession hit Kumamoto in April 2016.
Unfortunately, much damage was caused by the temblors. Kumamoto has a long history of recovering each time from various natural disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons.
At present, the restoration is proceeding rapidly, and visitors can observe the reconstruction process close up.

Miyazaki

Miyazaki Bridge of Fellowship
Guide Area Miyazaki City / Nichinan City / Saito City / Aya Town
Guide Spot Aoshima Island / Udo Jingu Shrine / Obi Castle Ruins / Cape Toi / Ancient Burial Mound Park
Languages Available English
Email grika8@miyazaki-catv.ne.jp

Kagoshima

Kagoshima GAiGO Gakuin SGG
Guide Area Kagoshima City
Guide Spot Sakurajima / Sengan-en Japanese garden / Museum of Meiji Restoration / etc.
Languages Available English
Website Website
Email kgaigosgg@gmail.com
Contact facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kgaigosgg/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kgaigosgg/
Message We will help you have a great time in Kagoshima!
Kagoshima iBS International Speaking Society
Guide Area Kagoshima
Guide Spot Recommended sightseeing tours are: 1. Sengan-en Japanese garden 2. Chiran Samurai House 3. M6. Sakurajima
Languages Available English
Website Website
Email ibs@ibs-gaigo.com
Message If you would like to a guided tour of Kagoshima, our members would be happy to assist you. We can take you around at your request.

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