|Above, the Kinkaku-ji "Golden Pavilion" in Kyoto. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Japan seems to constantly come up with new and innovative ideas to assist foreign visitors.
The latest is a smartphone guide matching service.
According Japan Today:
TOKYO —International Cross-Cultural Exchange (ICCE) has launched its guide matching service, “Japan Tour Guide (JTG),” on smartphones.
For this guide service, the guest (tourist) fills out a request form for a guide. Guides then may then view the requests of the guests and apply to a candidate for a guide. The guest selects a guide from among those who applied for candidacy to form a match. Once a match is confirmed, a private chat between the guest and the guide is opened so that they may discuss further details with each other.To read more, go here.