Licensed Guide Interpreters are professionals who can accompany you anywhere in Japan to provide accurate, up-to-date information you won’t find in a guidebook or on the Internet. Our interpreters can make your time in Japan even more comfortable and enjoyable.
A Licensed Guide Interpreter must first pass the Licensed Guide Interpreter Examination administered by the Commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency and apply to the governors of the relevant prefectures for official registration. A fine of up to 500,000 can be levied on unlicensed, paid guides.
Licensed Guide Interpreters carry a registration card (example below) issued by the governor of the relevant prefecture. They can be selected in various ways. A list of easily accessible organizations officially registered with the Japan Tourism Agency which offer Licensed Guide Interpreters is below. If you would like to engage a Licensed Guide Interpreter or inquire about fees or available tour locations, please contact a listed organization.
Systematized Goodwill Guide Groups (SGG groups) use their foreign language skills in a variety of volunteer activities in different locations throughout Japan. Their members are volunteers who are ready and willing to assist overseas visitors. SGG groups are registered with JNTO and wear the badge shown at right. Several SGG groups offer tourists from overseas free local tours in English and other languages.
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Some SGG groups have pre-set walking tours. To join some of these you need only go to a pre-determined place on certain dates and at certain times, while other SGG groups will make arrangements to meet tourists' requests. There is no charge for SGG guides’ services, as they are volunteers. You are only expected to pay their travel expenses and admission fees for tourist facilities in addition to your own, and also to pay for their meals if you eat with them.
Feel free to contact any of the SGG groups listed and make arrangements for a personal tour if you are planning to visit one of the places included in the list. These volunteer guides will make your visit to the place of your choice much more memorable and rewarding.
JNTO sponsors a Goodwill Guide Program, through which some 47,000 bilingual volunteers assist visitors from abroad.
They earn the right to wear the program's identifying badge, a white pigeon superimposed upon a globe.
Throughout Japan, there are 77 Systematized Goodwill Guide groups (SGG) consisting mostly of students, housewives and retirees who engage in a variety of activities using their foreign language skills.
Some groups offer a free preset walking tour, for which the visitor only needs to go to a pre-established place at a certain date and time, while others are available to meet tourists on request. There is no charge for the service of the Goodwill Guides, as they are volunteers, only their travel expenses and their admissions to tourist facilities, and for shared meals.
Services of professional guides and interpreters may be retained through the Japan Guide Association or the Japan Federation of Licensed Guides.
A total of some 1,550 licensed guide-interpreters are registered with these organizations. (2004年Wikipediaより）
Japan Tourism Agency seated itself with intentions to stimulate local economies and to further international mutual understanding, following legislation of Basic Act on Promotion of Tourism Nation (in December 2006, to wholly revise Tourism Basic Act), committee resolutions in both Houses of the Diet in the legislation process, and decision at a Cabinet meeting of Basic Plan (in June 2007) which was drawn as provided by the Basic Act. One legal basis of the Agency is Act for Establishment of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
The two committee resolutions (of almost the same contents) are made by the Committee on Land and Transport of each House of the Diet, to point out eight issues on which the government should take appropriate measures when it enforces the Basic Act. In the issue No. 8 it was stated that the government should make efforts to set up tourism agency or so.
In the Basic Plan, five fundamental targets are set, whose substances are, respectively, to increase the number of
All the five targets each have numerical value. Many among the total of 25 various targets each have some numerical value.