Japan: Kanazawa Goodwill Guide Network

Mar 6th, 2019, 02:51 PM
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Japan: Kanazawa Goodwill Guide Network

We will be going to Kanazawa for the first time later this year. In Hokkaido we contacted the Hakodate Goodwill Association at the advice of someone on this forum, and had a wonderful city visit with a husband and wife verterinarian team.

I have just found a similar organization in Kanazawa, and wondered if anyone had used them before and had any comments.
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Mar 6th, 2019, 06:43 PM
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The Japanese National Tourism Organization coordinates free volunteer guides throughout Japan. These “Goodwill guides” – who are generally knowledgeable and happy to guide you in return for practicing their English – which can be excellent, but it is a bit of a luck-of-the-draw.
http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/arrange/tr...deservice.html

You pay any entrance fees and his/her meal if your time with the guide includes one. Do NOT tip these guides, or anyone else in Japan.

Enjoy!
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Mar 13th, 2019, 06:55 AM
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We used a Kanazawa Goodwill Guide when we were there in 2015. I've found most of the Goodwill Guides I've used to be extremely knowledgeable and helpful to get a lay of the land.
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Mar 13th, 2019, 09:42 PM
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Yah, they were really a big help. IDK but we gave them some tips for we are so satisfied with their services.
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Mar 13th, 2019, 10:47 PM
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Originally Posted by mounteverest12 View Post
IDK but we gave them some tips for we are so satisfied with their services.
Oh, gosh, please don't do that again! It can be very embarrassing to Japanese to be given tips.
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Mar 14th, 2019, 07:25 AM
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What you want to do is take them out to lunch and bring them a small gift from home.
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