English & Culture Training for Tour Guides in Kyoto

English & Culture Lessons for Tour Guides and Hospitality Industry Workers in Kyoto

Japanese culture in Kyoto can be best learned by tour guide meetings that include workshops on English, Japanese history and Japanese culture. These tour guide workshops are held every Tuesday from 6pm to 7 pm and they are open to professional tour guides, tour guide candidates and volunteer tour guides in addition to hotel clerks and concierge. The meetings are ideal to be more fluent in English, learn about various types of guests (Muslim Guests, Singh Guests, LGBT guests, guests with disabilities, etc.), expand your knowledge on Kyoto tours, Nara tours,  Mt. Koya tours, and Hiroshima Tours. You will be taught

  • How to speak English more fluently in front of a large group
  • How to respond if you don’t know an answer to a question
  • What are the differences in terms of expectations from different types of travelers (business, school trip, FIT, large family, etc.)
  • Where the best off the beaten tracks are in Kyoto and other places
  • What foreigners really like and really want to know about Japan, and etc..

Teacher: A college professor with PhD, who specializes in intercultural communication and Japanese culture

What matters most to travelers (academic study)

Tour gudies Osaka
The Format of the Class:

  • 18:00 Weekly topic (e.g. What is Kintsugi)
  • 18:30 Discussion
  • 18:45 pair work on common questions on Japan (e.g. Why do Japanese people bow?)
  • 18:50 Guiding tips and techniques (e.g. What to do if there is a conflict between you and the guests)
  • 19:00 Finish
  • On certain days, we will meet an hour early and have a guiding field trip to Nishiki Market, Yasaka Shrine, etc.
  • Cost: ¥1000, pay on the spot.

Location: Kyoto Samurai & Ninja Museum (near Nishiki Ichiba)
Weekly topics

  • Differences between Japan and Islamic Countries
  • Differences between Japan and other Asian Countries
  • Differences between Japan and Western Countries
  • The culture of Kyoto
  • Japanese gardens
  • Japanese castles
  • Japanese cuisine
  • Tea ceremony
  • Calligraphy
  • Martial arts, aikido, karate, judo, sumo, kyudo, kendo, jukendo
  • The tradition of kimono
  • The tradition of geisha
  • The tradition of samurai
  • The tradition of sumo
  • Zen Buddhism
  • Shinto beliefs
  • Differences between temples and shrines
  • Differences between maiko and geisha
  • Differences between samurai and ninja
  • The role of the emperor in Japanese society
  • Kintsugi
  • Sumi e
  • Ukiyo e
  • Bunraku
  • Rakugo
  • Noh theater culture
  • Shamisen, koto, taiko
  • Katana, yumi, yari, kenbu, iado
  • Japanese history -kofun
  • Japanese history-Nara
  • Japanese history- Heian
  • Japanese history-Kamakura
  • Japanese history-Muromachi
  • Japanese history-Edo
  • Japanese history- Bakumatsu
  • Japanese history-Meiji
  • Recommended restaurants in Kyoto
  • Recommended hidden gems in Kyoto
  • Typical Kyoto Itineraries

Commonly asked questions to tour guides in Kyoto

  • Where and how to see a geisha?
  • Is there a sumo wrestling tournament in Kyoto?
  • What do local Kyoto people do on weekends?
  • Where are the vegetarian restaurants in Kyoto
  • Where are the Halal restaurants in Kyoto
  • Why do Japanese people wear surgical masks?
  • Why is Japan so clean?
  • What do Japanese people eat for breakfast?
  • How do Japanese people sleep?
  • Why do Japanese people bow?
  • What is the religion of Japan? Are Japanese Buddhist or Shintoist?
  • What is the climate of Kyoto like?
  • What is the population of Kyoto, Osaka, Japan?
  • What is the government of Japan like?
  • Are there real samurai today?
  • Are there real ninja today?
  • Are there real geisha today?
  • Do Japanese hunt dolphins and whales?
  • Does Yakuza exist?
  • How many days do I need to stay in Kyoto?

Additional topics

  • -Analysis of negative guide reviews on Tripadvisor. What to do in order to not get a bad review on Tripadvisor?
  • -Analysis of positive guide reviews on Tripadvisor. What to do in order to not get a bad review on Tripadvisor?

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