Visiting a foreign country and taking a tour led by friendly, knowledgeable people who delight in sharing their interest and enjoyment of their country’s local history and culture is always a pleasure.
Japan currently has a special volunteer group force called the Systemized Goodwill Guide group, consisting of mainly students, retirees and housewives, all who make it their job to introduce interested visitors to the beauty and culture of Japan through their own experience and love of Japan, with a special local twist. .
SGG tours can be found all over Japan. Some ask tourists to meet at a pre-established location, while others tailor their tours to visitors’ preferences. Visitors may have a chance to enjoy not only the typical scenic spots, but perhaps drop into someone’s house for tea and cookies. This is a wonderful way to meet Japanese locals, and get an in-depth feel to the wonders of Japan.
Since the guides are all volunteers, services are free of charge. It is expected, however that visitors employing the guides’ services will cover certain fees, such as travel expenses, meals, etc. when applicable.