It has been a long week, you have been working hard and you already know that you will not spend your week-end watching TV at home ... You feel like getting fresh air and evacuate stress and associated tensions but you do not have any ideas of where to go and you are looking for suggestions...What about joining the weekly activities of Japan Tour Guide
or Tokyo City Guide Club ?
Your first option is totally free of charge. Once a week, usually on Saturday or Sunday from 2pm to 6pm, at Shibuya or Harajuku stations - have a look at their website (http://tourguide.jp/) or their facebook page for more details - three groups of volunteers give tourists the opportunity to discover Japanese culture through the eyes of the locals, by guiding them in the city.[caption id="attachment_3236" align="aligncenter" width="242"]
Credit: http://tourguide.jp/about.php[/caption]How can you recognize them if you did not get in touch with their association earlier ? They wander the streets, holding panels on which you can read their instantly recognizable catch phrase: "Do you need help?".[caption id="attachment_3238" align="aligncenter" width="300"]
Credit: http://blog.tourguide.jp/?_ga=1.35500711.72556302.1457680018[/caption]Why are they offering this service ? Because, they believe that the most important thing when people are travelling is to connect with locals able to show
them points of interest
and explain their significance.
To quote their founder member: "The true characteristics of a country can only be experienced through people"
.Your second choice is Tokyo City Guide Club, an Non Profit Organization (NPO) licensed and supported by the Tokyo Convention and Visitors Bureau. They organize and conduct tours in English for groups of 1 to 10 participants for a total fare of 4000 yens per group (not including the additional fees for entering some visited facilities).Here are few destinations where they can bring you: Imperial East Garden, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Temple town of Ueno, Marunouchi district, Asakusa or Tsukiji. If you are interested in other spots, you can also formulate special requests.
NPO Tokyo City Guide ClubAddress: 2-7-1Koishikawa, Bunkyo-ku Tokyo 112-0002Chief director: Tomokazu KoizumiNumber of member: 1,345 (April 1st 2015）E-mail： firstname.lastname@example.org