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Nara YMCA
English Goodwill Guides  E G G   
          We call ourselves "EGG" after the initials of English         
                 Goodwill Guides.
 
Besides giving information in English at the station, in 1980 we actually started giving free guided tours (personalized tours). The EGG members consist of graduates of The Nara YMCA One Year Guide Course. They learn all the information necessary to guide people around the temple and shrines; Japan history, Buddhism, Shinto, culture and architecture etc. in English. They are really expert guides to Nara, many of them have more than 10 years of experience. Our free Guided Tours Services has been introduced in many international guide books; Lonely Planet, Travel Survival Kit, Japan Solo, and many others. We always welcome international visitors warmly, and try to convey and introduce the right information on Japan's culture and history to help you understand.

Through these activities, we would like to build international relation and developed friendship and trust, hoping eventually this will lead toward peace in the world; the EGG (English Goodwill Guide) group is merely a small organization but will blossom in the future and bring the rewards of international goodwill and peace.

 
 Founded         :     1970 
 Purpose          :     To guide foreign tourists and provide interpreting service 
                                        at tourist information centers,
                                        and build internationl goodwill 
 Members       :   Volunteers who have completed
                                      the Nara YMCA   Guide  Training  Course  
 Contact           :  "Nara YMCA"
                                   Address    4-11 Saidaiji-Minamimachi, Nara 631-0824 Japan
                                     Phone        0742-45-5920
                                   Fax            0742-46-7563 
Membership :  105 persons 
Funding           :  ①  Subsidy from the Nara City Government                                              
                                    ②  Membership fees ¥2000/year
       ③  Donation
 E-mail               :  eggnaraymca@hotmail.com
 Guests              :   We've guided visitors from 124 different countries 

 Country persons
 Argentina            5
 Australia        155
 Austria           4
 Belgium         14
 Brazil         35
 Brunei           1
 Bulgaria         15
 Canada         64
 Chile         35
 China         60
 Colombia         15
 Cuba           1
 Czech           8
 Ecuador           2
 El Salvador           1
 England         86
 Finland          2
 France         72
 Germany         61
 Greece           2
 group         71
 Holland           7
 Hong Kong          9
 Hungary        44
 Iceland               2
 India         36
 Indonesia         18
 Ireland           7
 Israel         32
 Italy         82
 Japan         17
 Korea          2
 Laos         18
 Luxembourg           2
 Malaysia        109
 Mexico         33
 Montenegro           2
 Myanmar         12
 New Zealand         16
 Nicaragua           3
 Norway          6
 Oman        31
 Philippines        94
 Poland          3
 Russia         4
 Singapole         69
 South African Republic          1
 Spain         115
 Slovenia            1
 Sri Lanka         50
 Switzerland          61
 Tadzhikistan         24
 Tahiti          2
 Taiwan          34
 Thailand         46
 Turkey         2
 United Arab Emirates          4
 USA     356             
 Venezuela           3
 Vietnam           3
  Total     2069


                                                                                                 
                                          Data of The visitors we guided in 2014    (2069 persons from 60 countries)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

   

   

   

   

   

  

 
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