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How much is a local private guide in Tokyo

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by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Kenzia V.

Last updated : Apr 28, 20226 min read

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blog imageI think we can agree that it can be overwhelming planning a trip to Tokyo, determining which tour is the right one for you, private or group and how much is the cost of a guide in Tokyo.

 

Or is it?

There are a lot of information (including this article) on the internet and it takes only a few minutes to read.

 

In this article, I will inform you how much does a guide's service in Tokyo cost, information on group or private tour to help find the right kind for you, where to easily find a great tour guide in Tokyo and even more recommendations. So, sit tight and read on! 

How much is the cost of a guide in Tokyo?

If you are planning to visit Japan and wondering whether you should hire a local tour guide or not, or if you are looking for guides in Tokyo but aren’t sure how much it costs, this article can help you.

 

Normally, the average guides in Tokyo cost about US$ 35-45. Some tour guides in Tokyo can cost less or more, depending on whether they are licensed or not, and more or less experienced. Hiring a private guide in Tokyo can be very beneficial as it can give you a better experience in Tokyo. They help you save time, and allow you to visit many major spots without having to worry about getting lost and language difficulties. 

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Recommended tour guides in Tokyo

If you are looking to hire a private guide in Tokyo, there are many places on the web where you can hire one. However, it is difficult to determine whether it’s good and trustworthy website or not. My recommendation is the GoWithGuide website. The website offers many local tour guides options in Tokyo from which you can choose according to your needs and preferences.

 

The guides are qualified and experienced. Through the website, you can watch the guides’ personalized videos, read the reviews of each guide, check their availability and service cost to help you find the right guide. The website allows you to use the trip plan provided by each of the tour guides, and customize it according to your preferences.

 

The costs of tour guides in Tokyo differ, some can be cheaper and some can be more expensive. However, keep in mind that hiring a private guide with the average cost of US$40 per hour can still be cheaper to hire for groups compared to joining regular tours. Generally, regular tours charge per person and can get expensive for groups with more people. Meanwhile, when you hire a private guide, you are only paying a fee for the guide's service for your group. 

Group tour vs Private tour, which one is for you?

blog imageWhile both tours can be very beneficial as they help you experience Tokyo more thoroughly, when comparing the both of them, each has its own pros and cons. 

 

Group tours tend to cost cheaper, and possibly make your trip more fun as it lets you make new friends while traveling. However, they can be time and choice restrictive. You have to keep up with the tight schedule and there is less chance for you to learn and explore the destinations.

 

Private tour, on the other hand, can cost a little more, but it can be personalized according to your preferences and needs. It is much more flexible, you can take your time to experience and explore the destinations. You can also learn more as you can ask questions to your private tour guide freely with their full attention on you. You will also likely to be more comfortable as you are traveling with people you already know. 

 

In some cases, you can also personally choose your own private guide that matches your needs and preferences.

 

Keep in mind...

Some of the private tours may seem costly but keep in mind that the price of the tour is not per person, but for your entire group. Even though there may be a limit to your group size when hiring a private guide, most guides are willing to allow you to add a few more people, sometimes for free, and sometimes with a small fee. It's worth messaging your guide if you face this situation, maybe he or she can help. 

Where to find the perfect guide

blog imageHere is a useful link if you want to hire a private guide for your trip in Tokyo, or check the cost of guides in Tokyo.

Here are some useful links to help you find the perfect tour guide in other areas in Japan: Kyoto tour guides

Tour guides in other areas of Japan

If you are not necessarily looking for a specific private tour guide but would like to choose from private tour options, here are some other useful links if you are looking for private tours in Tokyo and more areas in Japan:

Kyoto private tours

Private tours in other areas of Japan

Cherry blossom tours

Multiple Day Package Tour Tours

Here are some other options you can choose from if you decide that the above listed are not the best options for you:

Cars, vans tours and transfers in Tokyo

Car, vans tours and transfers in Kyoto

Car, vans tours and transfers in other areas of Japan

If you are looking for a little more fast-paced standard tour that allows you to see more places in Japan like bus tours, here are some useful links: 

 1-day Mount Fuji Bus Tour

AMAZING TOKYO (BUS TOUR)

One Day Bus Tours in Japan

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Choose according to your preferences

There are many options for tour guides and also multiple options for tours, so choose your tour guide and the tours based on your preferences and needs.  

 

 

 I hope this article helps answer your question about the cost of hiring a private guide in Tokyo and gives insight on tour options in Tokyo and other areas in Japan. I hope you enjoy your time in Japan! 

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Yasuro C.

4.80 / 5
(64 reviews)
Japan

Hello, my name is Yasuro (Mr). I was born and brought up in Kansai, graduated from a univ in Kobe city, after moved into Kanto, 30 years in Tokyo, 2.5 years in Nagoya city, 7.5 years abroad (KL & S'pore) as a rep of a construction company and I got the National Guide Certificate in 2011. My hobbies are making Haiku poems, singing various songs (voice-training for 18 years), playing the folk-guitar, trekking in mountains like Takao and Okutama in the West of Tokyo, visiting museums like in Ueno Park and travelling around Japan to make Haiku poems. Thank you for your attention.                                                                                                                                 

Yokohama Tour Guide - Haruo T.

Haruo T.

4.90 / 5
(10 reviews)
Japan

I live in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture. I have a license to teach in high schools and was admitted to the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language in the University of Birmingham. Until 2015 I had been teaching English at public high schools in Kanagawa for 37 years. During that time, I had some experience of guiding students from overseas through sister-school relationship around Tokyo and Kanagawa. Therefore, I had good command of English with the TOEIC score of 935. As for a tour guide experience I earned the certificate of National Government Licensed Guide-Interpreter in English and since then I have guided tourists to the popular sites around Tokyo, Yokohama, Kamakura and Yokosuka. My guiding focuses on introducing not only Japanese historical and cultural backgrounds but also giving tourists some tips to travel Japan only by themselves, such as how to use trains and subways, find good restaurants, reserve tickets, buy survenier, and speak basic Japanese. In addition, my tour includes opportunities to experience Japanese culture like Zen meditation, ninja performance, visiting anime's location sites based on tourists' request. Besides, by means of my hobbies of writing English Haiku and Waka (traditional Japanese poems) and performing Rakugo (traditional Japanese funny story telling) in English, I can surely entertain tourists during the tour. My moto as a tour guide is let the tourists have a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Japan with my profound, intelligible and interestiog guiding.                                                                                                                                 

Tokyo Tour Guide - Grant A.

Grant A.

5.00 / 5
(14 reviews)
Japan

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Kaneo U.

4.98 / 5
(43 reviews)
Japan

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