Kyoto is one of Japan’s best cities to visit, but with all the great shrines and temples it can be a bit confusing. Which ones are best? How do I find out about the histories and beliefs behind them? There are so many ways in which a volunteer travel guide can help.
This well respected club for volunteer guides, they take can you to major sites and tourist attractions with different plans available. One nice thing about this club is that for events, such as festivals, they organise special get-togethers for a small fee.
Good Samaritan Club
Another popular service, the members are local university students hoping to meet and show foreigners around. Usually one-day tours.
Goodwill Guide on Kyoto Handicraft & Historical Sites
As the name suggests, this group focuses on traditional Kyoto, so is good for a more in-depth tour experience.
Kyoto Free Guide
A friendly volunteer guide group, with some information about your guides before you choose.
More volunteer guide services here. Volunteer guides for smaller towns are listed on each place’s page.