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Do I Need a Private Tour Guide in Japan?


by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Amy D.

Last updated : Apr 28, 20223 min read

Travel Tips

Sure you could just book some cliche bus tour to get you from place to place - they're convenient and get you to the destination but are they really the best way to see the country? No. With a private tour guide you will be shown Japan through the eyes of a local. Japan is one of the most special and wonderful countries in the world. Don't waste your trip, let one of our certified guides help you have the experience of a life time while gaining a deeper understanding of Japanese culture. 

Check here for our list of super guides.

Below is a list of benefits of hiring a private tour guide in Japan:

Get a Local Perspective

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At GoWithGuide we only hire professional guides who are local to and/or native to the cities they guide in. They can provide insight in to the area, offer great restaurant suggestions, and offer their personal suggestions on how to get the most out of your trip. If you want to stop to take a break at a trendy cafe or enjoy some matcha soft serve, our guides will be happy go at your desired pace. Traveling with a local allows you to experience Japan as authentically as possible and appreciate and understand the culture in a deeper way.

Tours are Completely Private

Our tours are totally private so you can set the pace and destination. Not only that but our tours are usually pay per tour not pay per person so our tours work out cheaper! Private tours allow you to have a more intimate experiences where you can interact one-on-one with your tour guide as they give you a detailed history of each location. 

Book a private tour here.

Tours are Customisable

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We can arrange for you to visit areas specific to your interests, all you have to do is contact one of our lovely guides and they will work with your requests. Do you love art? We may suggest a visit to Naoshima, the art island, or perhaps Matsumoto's Ukiyo-e Museum. We can create your itinerary based around your preferences. Want to visit the Great Buddha, enjoy a garden tour, hunt for the best ramen, or hike a National Park in Hokkaido? Let us know your passion and we can build you a truly unique and memorable trip!

To request a customisable tour please fill out a form here.


Here's a time-saver

If you directly message one of the friendly guides in Tokyo, they will help you make a customized itinerary and give you a quotation for a personalized tour tailored to your needs!
Trust me: It’s a good idea to have a guide take care of you in Japan! 


Best Day trips in Japan

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We offer the best day trips that will take you to all of the top spots in Japan. Best of all you see what you want to see! Our guides are at your disposal, ready to take you to view the sites you deem must-sees, while they're happy to provide suggestions based on your interests if you are unsure. Maybe escaping the neon lights of Tokyo to visit the sacred Mt Takao is more your style, with its range of hiking trails and mountain-top temple complex virtually untouched by foreign visitors. We have everything - all you have to do is ask.

  Request your custom tour now! 

Gifu Tour Guide - Akiko W.

Akiko W.

5.00 / 5
(8 reviews)

Hello! My name is Akiko from Gifu prefecture. I am a National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter. I like going out with my family, talking with my friends over coffee at a cozy cafe, reading books, baking bread and cake when I have time. I passed the national tour guide test in 2017 and have worked as a guide since then. I have guided in Gifu city, Seki city, Takayama city, Shirakawago , Mino city and Nagoya city. I have lived in Gifu for more than forty years. Gifu prefecture is rich in nature so you can enjoy the rural atmosphere. Gifu city has a beautiful river 'Nagara river' and Mt.Kinka which has Gifu castle on the top. You can go up the mountain on foot or use a ropeway. The view from Gifu castle is so fantastic. At the foot of the mountain , there are many places to visit such as parks, a temple having a big image of Buddha, and a street preserving the historic atmosphere. At Nagara River, you can enjoy seeing a traditional way of fishing ‘cormorant fishing’ which is thought to have started 1300 years ago. Many cafes have unique service called 'morning service' in Gifu along with Aichi In the morning (until about ten thirty or eleven) when you order a cup of tea or coffee, they serve toast and salad ! Near Gifu park , you can find a nice Japanese style cafe where you enjoy good coffee and seeing a Japanese style garden. Seki city is a small city but so famous for its cutlery. At Japanese sword museum in Seki, you can see authentic Japanese swords! Mino city next to Seki city is well known for its hand made Japanese paper 'Hon minoshi' designated as intangible cultural asset by UNESCO . Until recently it was not easy to guide guests because of COVID-19 pandemic; however the situation is getting better. Some strict rules about COVID-19 have been lifted. Please visit Gifu. I am looking forward to seeing you. Please feel free to ask me when you need information about Gifu. Thank you for reading my introduction.                                                                                                                                 

Nagasaki Tour Guide - Shonosuke S.

Shonosuke S.

5.00 / 5
(1 reviews)

Hi! I'm Sho! I live in the center of Nagasaki city and work as a YouTuber, podcaster, and tour guide specializing in sharing the charms of Nagasaki. Actually, I was born and raised in Yokohama, near Tokyo, and worked for about 5 years in Tokyo. However, I fell in love with the culture and history of Nagasaki and moved here in 2020. Nagasaki has a rich history of international exchange and friendship, established about 450 years ago as an international trading port in Japan. Since then, many people from all over the world with diverse cultures and values have visited this city. I love these stories and histories of Nagasaki. Nagasaki is often associated with the sad history of the atomic bomb, which is, of course, an important part of this city's history, but Nagasaki has much more than that. I'm looking forward to introducing you to the many charms of Nagasaki!                                                                                                                                 

Fukuoka Tour Guide - Kazue I.

Kazue I.

5.00 / 5
(17 reviews)

Hi! I am Kazue. I am from Fukuoka and live in the central city. I spent almost 20 years traveling around the world as a cabin attendant. Meeting different people, different cultures and eating local food were best things in my career. This experience definitely widened my perspective and will help me in some way when I work as a guide. Since I spent half my life outside of Japan, I noticed our culture and traditions are very unique and became more interested in historical sites in Japan. For my personal life, I am a mom of twins. It is still a hard work but I am enjoying a lot with them. We take them around Kyushu whenever possible for their fun and experience. We all love traveling after all. I am looking forward to showing you around our hometown soon!                                                                                                                                  

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