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Tokyo City Guide - How to Find a Guide for Tokyo?

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by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Fidelia A.

Last updated : Apr 28, 20226 min read

Travel Tips

For those of you who are currently planning a trip to Tokyo, you might’ve realized that Tokyo has a lot of attractions and a very complex public transport system. In order to skip all these troubles, you might be considering of hiring a guide for your trip.

 

However, where can you find one?

 

Fear not! In this article, I will explain all you need to know about hiring a city guide for your Tokyo trip. Sit tight and hold on!

Do You Really Need a Tokyo Guide?

blog imageThis is the question that you might have asked yourself several times. Do you really need a guide to get around in Tokyo? Well, Tokyo is a big city with a really complex public transport system. It could be overwhelming for first timers to navigate around the city in order to get to their destinations. However, hiring a guide would save you from all of this troubles since your guide could take you straight to your destinations without any troubles at all.

 

Here’s another thing;

The language barrier is a real problem when you’re traveling in Japan.

 

You might be surprised that even in Tokyo, English is not as widely spoken as you would expect (or hope!). In general, Japanese have a basic understanding of English but most are reluctant to practice it. If you decide to hire a guide for your Tokyo trip, you could easily skip all these hassles since your guide would act as your interpreter.

 

Whether or not you choose to travel in Tokyo with a guide is completely up to you. However, you could be guaranteed to get the most out of your trip if you choose to hire a guide to accompany you. 

How to Find a Guide for your Tokyo Trip?

blog imageOf course, a simple search in Google would easily help you find a random guide to accompany you in Tokyo. It would hardly take a few seconds!

Here’s the catch:

How can you know if the guide is the best for you?

 

You can get a guide easily, but how can you be sure that they are a good guide, who can help you in your travel and also be a good companion for your trip? It’s a gamble!

 

Luckily, there are several websites where you can easily find a guide in Japan that you can trust. For example, GoWithGuide has a very strict policy for their guides in order to give the customer the best guide that suits your travel needs. They also have a lot of guides who specialize in Tokyo area, so you can just find one that fits you the best! 

How to Choose the Best Local Guide?

blog imageIn here I will give a list of specifications that would help you decided whether he or she is the best guide for your Tokyo Trip. Hold on!

 

 

  1. Price

This is easily the most logical specification. You should choose a guide whose service is available at a reasonable price. To know if the price is appropriate, you could check their profiles and see reviews and/or introduction videos (GoWithGuide offers both!)

 

Look;

Find a guide that fits your budget!

 

 

  1. Language Skills

This is very important because your guide would need to be able to clearly communicate with you. More often than not, your guide would act as a translator for you. If your guide lacks the language ability to clearly communicate with you, things would get difficult.

 

To judge if your guide has the best language ability, you should watch the introduction video that most guides have. In the video, pay attention to how the guide talks and behave. You want to make sure that you get the best guide for your trip!

 

 

  1. Guide's Personality

You need to be sure that your guide is helpful enough and wants to get the very best for you!

For example, you might need help with a few things such as reservations and bookings. You could ask your guide to do that for you! A guide with a good customer service is always a plus point. 

 

GoWithGuide have a very good customer service that would pay attention to guides who are behaving less than satisfactory. Because of that, you could be reassured that you would get the best guide that would help you plan your trips!

 

Here's another tip;

In order to get the best trip with your guide, you need to tell them your exact preferences!

 For example, if you want to try the local street food or visit the best parks in Tokyo, you should definitely say that to your guide so that they could prepare a perfectly customized tour just for you.

 

For more ideas about where to visit in Tokyo, perhaps you might want to see this sample Tokyo Itinerary, or maybe the Best Foods to Try in Tokyo. Here is also a list of Night Activities you can do in Tokyo, and events you can join during Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn in Tokyo!

More Tips

blog imageHere is a list of available private guides in Tokyo. Since most travelers usually start their trips from Tokyo, then continue to Kyoto and Osaka, I would also give you the list of available tour guides for Kyoto and Osaka.

If you think that hiring a guide is not for you, perhaps you might be interested in booking a sightseeing tour in Tokyo. You can also join a sightseeing bus tour that would take you to all the best attractions in Tokyo.

 

In this article, I have reviewed about the best way to get a guide for your Tokyo trips, along with several other tips. Here’s to a good trip in Tokyo!

Tokyo Tour Guide - Yasuro C.

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

My name is Grant I lived more than 10 years in Japan. I graduated University and translation school in Tokyo. I am fluent in Japanese. I have a degree in Asian studies and have expert-level knowledge of Japanese culture and history. I have memorized the JR rail system across all of Japan, I use the same train timetable calculators as the station staff, and I have experience using bullet train passes that are exclusive to foreign visitors. I can optimally navigate the Tokyo underground and maximize value from a Tokyo metro pass and also understand Tokyo above ground which will allow for seamless transitions between different metro stations and landmarks with minimal backtracking. *There will be a price revision at the end of June* My tour fee is Half-Day Tour: 30,000yen for 1-5hours Full-Day Tour: 50,000yen for 5-12hours The time transiting to and from your hotel for pick up or drop off within Tokyo 23wards does not count towards the time. I am also able to guide historical sites and cities such as Kyoto, Kanazawa, Nikko, and Kamakura on request if you pay my rail fare. If your group is not a tour company and you simply ask me kindly for a 10,000yen discount and I will reduce the price of your tour until the end of June.                                                                                                                                 

Kanagawa Tour Guide - Kaneo U.

Kaneo U.

4.98 / 5
(43 reviews)
Japan

I’m so excited to have a chance to show you around my favorite spots in Kanagawa prefecture. I was born in Kanagawa. I spent my whole school life, including university, here in Kanagawa. I worked as a high school English teacher here for 40 years. I love Kanagawa so much. We have many interesting tourist spots, like Hakone, Kamakura, Enoshima and Yokohama. I got my tour guide license in English in 2009. I am still an English teacher. To give an interesting and impressive lesson to young high school students, I’ve learnt and gathered many kinds of information. I also have a license to teach social studies, so I have a wide range of knowledge about Japanese culture and history. I’m sure to provide you an interesting tour.                                                                                                                                 

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