PHOTO: The bustling city of Tokyo, Japan. (Photo via Flickr/Moyan Brenn)
Tokyo is a vast metropolis and a bustling one. It’s home to one of the world’s busiest intersections and visitors to Tokyo know how it’s easy to get turned around. Not to worry, however, the city’s volunteer guides are ready to help.
“Guides are concentrated in especially touristy areas such as Asakusa and Shinjuku, and when the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games rolls around, guides will be positioned in other areas like Roppongi and Shibuya,” says a report in Travel Wire Asia.
And, lucky for visitors, they are easy to spot.
According to Travel Wire Asia, Volunteers wear white hats and travel in pairs, and tourists are encouraged to approach them if they need assistance with directions, navigating train lines, food recommendations, attraction fares and such.
The project has also become quite popular in the city — for locals and visitors alike.
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“While the project began in 2015, the volunteer guides, whose numbers have doubled to 1,200 from two years ago, have dispersed to the east and southern exits of Shinjuku station, the Asakusa district and the Ginza station,” says Travel Wire Asia.
For more on these guides, where to find them and other programs in Tokyo, read on here.