Free Tour Guides in Nara

Nara has lots to offer and many tourists spend just a day or two here, so a guide can be super helpful. Here are some good services to use:

nara_student_guidesNara Student Guide

Eager students from local universities can also take you around Nara. One-day tours of the major tourist areas and World Heritage sites offered.

Official Website

sakura_kyotoSakura Volunteer Guide Club

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.

Official Website

NPO Nara Guide

Available in multiple languages, this group can take visitors to the main sites in and around Nara.

Official Website

Nara YMCA Goodwill Guides

This groups offers guides in Nara city itself, as well as in the wider Nara prefecture. They are a semi-professional group.

Official Website

Visit Kansai

For those visiting places such as Osaka, Kyoto or Nara, Visit Kansai is a great choice. They have loads of bubbly volunteer guides who want to give tourists a real behind-the-scenes experience.

More volunteer guide services here. Volunteer guides for smaller towns are listed on each place’s page.

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Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who has lived in and visited Japan for over a decade. Having traveled across the country, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel here, and has also worked for many leading tourism companies. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association.