Main Services Rates

Under THE GUIDE-INTERPRETER BUSINESS LAW OF JAPAN, guides who don’t have a national license cannot charge a fee. All JFG members have this national license and are fully qualified.

* Tour guiding services include sightseeing, shopping, meeting and sending-off at airports and stations, etc.
*Our highly experienced government-licensed guides provide services tailored to your goals and needs at reasonable rates.
  Up to 8 hours Up to 4 hours
1-4 persons 32,000yen 24,000yen
5-9 persons 34,000yen 26,000yen
     
Meeting/Sending-off service at airport 28,000yen
Meeting/Sending-off service at station 15,000yen  
Overtime / 1h 2,000yen/1h  
    
Early-morning / Late-night services
(Before 7:00 / After 23: 00)
1) Additional 5,000yen
2) Taxi fare when public transportation is not   available to the guide
 
The fees include tax and the guide’s travel cost between his/her home and the site of the assignment.  All the expenses incurred during work including admission fees and travel costs will be borne by the client.

* Fees vary depending on the content of the assignment, degree of specialization and other factors.

Interpretation (A):
* Booth staff for trade fairs

Service Fee(Yen) Remarks
Up to 9 hours 30,000 – 38,000  
Up to 4 hours 26,000  
Overtime / 1h 2,000  
 Interpretation (B)

* Business meeting, inspection visits etc.

Service Fee(Yen) Remarks
Up to 8 hours 40,000 – 50,000  
Up to 4 hours 30,000 – 35,000  
Overtime / 1h 6,000 – 6,500  
The fees include tax and the interpreter’s travel cost between his/her home and the site of the assignment.
All expenses incurred during work including admission fees and travel costs will be borne by you.

* When an order is cancelled, a cancellation fee will be charged as follows:
Guiding and Interpretation Services:
Number of Days of Advance Notice Cancellation Charge
No advance notice or notice on the day 100% of the fee
1-2 days in advance 80% of the fee
3-7 days in advance 30% of the fee



The Guide-Interpreter Business Law (Law No. 210 of 1949) stipulates that only persons who have passed the nation’s guide-interpreter examination may work as guide-interpreters for a fee, and that a person who has no guide license and has accompanied persons other than Japanese and provided them with travel guide services in a language other than Japanese for a fee, shall be penalized with a fine of up to 500,000 yen pursuant to Article 40
of the law.
Excerpt:
  • Article 2
  • A guide-interpreter provides travel guide service (accompanying persons other than Japanese and offering travel guide service in a language other than Japanese) for a fee.
  • Article 3
  • One who has passed an examination conducted by the Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport is eligible to be a licensed guide-interpreter.
  • Article 18
  • One who is eligible to be a licensed guide-interpreter must be approved for the guide-interpreter registration of his/her name, date of birth, address and other information stipulated by the regulations of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport before starting a guide-interpreter business.
  • Article 36
  • One who is not a licensed guide-interpreter shall not provide any guide services for a fee.
  • Article 40
  • One who has violated the provisions of Article 36 shall be penalized with a fine of up to 500,000 yen.

*This law applies to all people regardless of the person’s nationality.  Please refer to the following JNTO website for all the details of the interpreter-guide examination, which requires the ability to read and write Japanese language.

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