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Good guide in Tokyo

by /bio/elegal1999 »

I am going to be in Tokyo in mid-April and want to find a very good/clear English speaker to be a guide for us - make restaurant and event reservations for us, drive us or travel the trains with us, help us order and understand what the locals are saying, etc.  I have heard of others gettting guides whose English skills were very poor so it is important for me that the guide speak clearly. Any good suggestions?  

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RE: Good guide in Tokyo

by /bio/pauline-frommer »

The Japanese government sponsors a Greeters program in which good English speakers act as guides for free for visiting locals. Now they wouldn't do more than a day trip (they're not there to be your concierge: if you stay at a business class hotel, the concierge should be a good enough English speaker for those tasks). But their services would be free and these tend to be really dedicated, well-educated people who do the free tours. I've only heard good things about their services.

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RE: Good guide in Tokyo

by /bio/starchild »

The Japan National Tourist Org (JNTO) helps provide free goodwill guides. They are not professional interpreters but there is no real need to spend $300 a day for

what you are seeking. See http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/arrange/travel/guide/list_volunteerGuides_a-n.html

Getting around Tokyo even if you don't know Japanese is not difficult at all - the signs in train stations are all in romanized letting in addition to Japanese, and you can use the ticket machines in English as well. To make things easier and more enjoyable for you, you should learn some basic Japanese expressions, as well as learn about where you are going ahead of time. For example, one of the most popular sights in Tokyo is the Sensoji Temple.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwjnQDjwaPQ

It's a nice place, but you would love it even more if you learned about the history of the place before you departed for Japan.

 

Good luck.

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RE: Good guide in Tokyo

by /bio/ilovejapan4 »

The best travel guide for Japan is "Ask the locals" in your native language.

https://tazuu.com/en?lid=f_GGIT_151214

Try to ask anything about Japan if you needs In future.
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