We call ourselves "EGG" after the initials of English
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
Membership : 105 persons
Funding : ① Subsidy from the Nara City Government
② Membership fees ￥2000/year
E-mail : email@example.com
Kintetsu Nara Information Center
We had 64,708 visitors in 2015. Taiwanese 15,328 persons
Chinese 14,328 perons
Korean 7,438 persons
from Hong Kong 5,007 persons
American 2,594 persons
JR Nara Information Center
We had 105,776 visitors in 2015. Chinese 16,814 persons
Spain 9,751 persons
French 7,324 persons
Australian 6,400 persons
Italian 6,341 persons
American 6,317 persons
Guests : We've guided ２１９５ visitors from 55 different countries in 2015.
We've guided ２069 visitors from 60 different countries in 2014.
Data of The visitors we guided in 2014 (2069 persons from 60 countries)