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Hire a Guide in Japan - How to Find a Japan Guide?

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by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Fidelia A.

Last updated : Oct 19, 20226 min read

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It’s not every day that you’d get the chance to travel to Japan, so I’m sure you would want to make the most out of your trips. In order to make sure you have the best experience, you might be wondering about whether you should hire a guide.

Don’t worry!

In this article, I will discuss whether hiring a guide for your Japan trip be beneficial or not. Hop on!

Can I Travel to Japan Without a Guide?

blog imageThe answer is: Sure, you can!

Japan’s transportation system is very effective, and most of the signs in big cities are quite clear. Moreover, Japan is known for their helpful omotenashi culture. You could ask for directions most of the time.

However, things might be overwhelming for you. As you might have known, the public system in Japan is as effective as it is complicated. Although it could get you basically anywhere, you might lose some time if you got lost somewhere down the road.

Another thing;

English is not as commonly spoken in Japan as you might’ve thought (or hope for!)

The language barrier is a real problem for foreign travelers in Japan. It’s not uncommon to see frustrated tourists in stations. The only way you could handle this problem is probably by traveling with someone who knows their way around, and could act as your translator.

 

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Benefits of Hiring a Guide in Japan

blog imageHiring a guide to help you travel in Japan has a lot of benefits for you, which I will discuss below:

  1. Navigate Easily

A private guide could take you to your destinations easily. You do not need to worry about how to get to your destinations, or getting lost in places where no one could help you! You can definitely enjoy your trip without the hassle of navigating around Japan’s complex transportation system!

  1. Get More From Your Trip

If you want to get the most out of your trip, maybe hiring a guide would be the best option for you. Your private guide would be able to tell you more details about your destinations. If you’re traveling alone, sometimes there’s not much you can do if there is no English information available.

However, if you have a private guide that would take you around those sights, you can have them explaining the history of that place. This way, you can get more from your usual sightseeing trips.

  1. Language Problems, Solved!

As I mentioned before, hiring a private guide is like getting yourself a private translator. Your guide would be able to translate what you really want to say to the local’s establishments and would help you manage reservations and bookings.

  1. Customized Itinerary

Unlike joining a tour, hiring a guide means you can customize your travel plan as much as you want. You simply need to say what you want to your guide, since your guide could also suggest more places that would probably interest you.

 

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How to Find a Japan Guide

blog imageHere’s the thing;

Hiring a guide for Japan is easy, but how do you know whether you can trust that guide?

A simple Google search would help you find a random guide that would take you around Japan. However, how can you be sure that he is the best guide that suits your preferences?

Well, the one way you can make sure of that is to truly pay attention to their introductions and reviews that would be available on the guide’s profiles. Luckily, some websites also provide video introductions, in which you could directly see for yourself how the guide behaves and acts. That way, you can decide if they are the best-suited guide according to your preferences.

If you are planning to hire a guide for your Japan trip, I suggest you get one from GoWithGuide. They have a list of recommended guides that would take you to your destinations easily. Moreover, their excellent customer service would also help you select the best one that would suit your taste.

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Here is a list of guides available for Tokyo, and other famous destinations such as Kyoto and Osaka. GoWithGuide also have a lot of guides in other lesser-known destinations in Japan, so you need not worry about navigating alone in a small place where no one could help you!

If you think that hiring a private guide is not really what you want, then perhaps joining a simple guided tour would be better up your alley. Here is a list of available tours you can book in Japan, along with private cars that you can hire, making sure you have the easiest access to your destinations.

In this article, I have reviewed about how to hire a guide in Japan and other options for you to make sure you get the best out of your Japan trip. Here’s to a great holiday in Japan!

Gifu Tour Guide - Akiko W.

Akiko W.

5.00 / 5
(8 reviews)
Japan

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)
Japan

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)
Japan

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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